Cyprus national under-21 football team

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Cyprus Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Εθνική Ελπίδων
("National team of Hopes")
Association Cyprus Football Association
Head coach Cyprus Loukas Hadjiloukas
Top scorer
First colours
Second colours

The Cyprus national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team for Cyprus and like the senior team, is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association.

The team drew their first official match 0-0 in 1978 at home to Spain in a qualifying match for the 1980 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. They then drew 0-0 with the trophy holders Yugoslavia, also at home. They lost both away games though. And finished last in the group of three teams, with two points from four games, and so did not qualify for the Finals.

In the qualifying stages for the 1982 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, Cyprus made history when they defeated France 2-1 in Cyprus as it was the countries first ever official victory at National or Under-21 football level. The scorer of the Cypriot goals was Islington born Kikis Kyriacou of Olympiakos-Nicosia whose promising career was brought to a premature end following a horrific leg injury.

In the qualifying stages for the 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, the team beat Greece 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Sweden who went on to reach the Final. Cyprus finished last in their qualifying group with three points, the same number as Greece.

The Under 21 team made gradual improvements and in September 1999, in a qualifying match for the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, drew 1-1 in Spain, the eventual winners of the competition. The team finished fourth out of five teams in their qualifying group, ahead of Austria.

The qualifying stages for the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship provided the greatest achievement for the Cyprus under-21 national team to date, when they finished second in Qualification Group One, with 15 points, winning five of their eight matches. France won the group with 22 points, seven points ahead of Cyprus.

In 2004, Cyprus joined the European Union, and Cypriot teams took advantage of the Bosman rule bringing in foreign players. This has meant that young Cypriot players are now not as common in the Cypriot First Division and is therefore also having an adverse effect on the under-21 national team.

Cyprus National Team Competition Record[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA U-21 Championship 104 20 12 72 88 211

European Championship record Under-21[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad selected for 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Belgium U21 on 25 March 2013. Selection of 4 October 2014:[1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Demetris Tziakouris (1994-05-28) May 28, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Othellos Athienou
1GK Constantinos Panagi (1994-10-08) October 8, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus AC Omonia
2DF Panayiotis Loizides (1995-02-25) February 25, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
2DF Evangelos Kyriacou (1994-02-03) February 3, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus Othellos Athienou
2DF Stefanos Mouktaris (1994-07-10) July 10, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
2DF Andreas Kyriacou (1994-02-05) February 5, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
2DF Nicholas Ioannou (1995-11-10) November 10, 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Cyprus APOEL
2DF Christos Djamas (1995-09-06) September 6, 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Cyprus Ayia Napa
2DF Pantelis Konomis (1995-11-15) November 15, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopias
2DF Thomas Ioannou (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Cyprus Pafos FC
3MF Adamos Andreou (1994-12-18) December 18, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Antonis Koumis (1997-02-11) February 11, 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni
3MF Jack Sammoutis (1994-01-15) January 15, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus AC Omonia
3MF Panos Theodorou (1994-09-03) September 3, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Aris Limassol
3MF Giannis Pachipis (1994-04-11) April 11, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Karmiotissa Polemidion
3MF Neofytos Kyriacou (1997-10-29) October 29, 1997 (age 17) 0 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
3MF Loizos Kosma (1995-01-25) January 25, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni
2DF Constantinos Chirstodoulou (1996-03-23) March 23, 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopias
4FW Minas Antoniou (1994-02-22) February 22, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus AEZ Zakakiou
4FW Giannis Mavrou (1994-07-19) July 19, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
4FW Kristis Andreou (1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius
4FW Andreas Panayiotou (1995-05-31) May 31, 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Cyprus AC Omonia


Recent Callups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Zannetos Mytidis (1992-03-20) March 20, 1992 (age 23) 5 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
DF Marios Stylianou (1993-10-23) October 23, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol v.  Northern Ireland, 19 November 2013
DF Nicos Efthymiou (1993-02-04) February 4, 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Cyprus Othellos Athienou v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
DF Demetris Moulazimis (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
DF Andreas Christofides (1992-10-14) October 14, 1992 (age 22) 10 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
DF Andreas Themistokleous (1994-03-01) March 1, 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Latvia FK Jelgava v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
DF Anthony Furlonge (1993-12-03) December 3, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 England Stevenage v.  Northern Ireland, 19 November 2013
DF Nikos Englezou (1993-07-11) July 11, 1993 (age 21) 9 1 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
DF Ioannis Kousoulos (1996-06-14) June 14, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Cyprus Nea Salamis Famagusta v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
MF Charalambos Kyriacou (1995-02-09) February 9, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol v.  Northern Ireland, 5 September 2013
MF Demetris Kyprianou (1993-02-02) February 2, 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
MF Markos Charalambous (1993-01-11) January 11, 1993 (age 22) 4 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Serbia, 11 October 2013
MF Zacharias Theodorou (1993-07-07) July 7, 1993 (age 21) 6 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
MF Constantinos Laifis (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
MF Marios Poutziouris (1993-12-08) December 8, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Cyprus Othellos Athienou v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
MF Dimitris Froxylias (1993-06-28) June 28, 1993 (age 21) 6 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
FW Pieros Sotiriou (1993-01-13) January 13, 1993 (age 22) 12 2 Cyprus APOEL v.  Italy, 9 September 2014
FW Marios Demetriou (1992-12-25) December 25, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Belgium, 5 September 2014
FW Onisiforos Roushias (1992-07-15) July 15, 1992 (age 22) 9 1 Cyprus Omonia v.  Italy, 9 September 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cyprus squad". Cyprus FA. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 

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