Ethnikos Achna FC

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Ethnikos Achnas
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Full name Ethnikos Achnas
Nickname(s) Achniotes
Founded 1968; 46 years ago (1968)
Ground Dasaki Stadium, Achna
Ground Capacity 7,000
Chairman Cyprus Kikis Filippou
Manager Cyprus Apostolos Makridis
League Cypriot First Division
2012–13 9th
Website Club home page

Ethnikos Achna (Greek: Εθνικός Άχνας) is a Cyprus football club based in the village of Achna. The club was founded in 1968. The club's president is Kikis Philippou. Ethnikos Achnas plays in the Dasaki Stadium, which has a capacity of 7,000 seats. It is currently used mostly for football matches and was built in 1997. It was the only Cypriot team to qualify for the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto Cup.

History[edit]

The club played in the Cypriot Second Division until 1983 when it was promoted to the Cypriot First Division but immediately relegated. Ethnikos was promoted to the First Division again in 1986 and stayed there for four seasons. Another two years in the Second Division ended with promotion to the First Division in 1992, where Ethnikos Achna have remained since.

The team's best overall national ranking is fourth in the 1994/95, 1997/98 and 2006/07 seasons. The club participated in the Cypriot Cup final once in 2002, where they were beaten by Anorthosis 0–1.

European Competitions[edit]

Ethnikos Achna played five times in the UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Four times they were eliminated in the first round. However, in 2006 Ethnikos managed to win the UEFA Intertoto Cup and be one of the eleven winners of this year competition. After eliminating the Albanian team KF Partizani Tirana (winning at home 4–2 and losing away in Albania 2–1), they faced the Croatian team NK Osijek and tied both matches, the first leg in Osijek 2–2 and the second 0–0, becoming the only Cypriot team to advance to the third round of the Intertoto Cup. They exceeded this achievement by beating Maccabi Petah Tikva FC with a 2–0 victory away and a 2–3 loss at home, becoming one of eleven competition winners and progressing to the UEFA Cup second qualifying round and becoming the first Cypriot team to win a UEFA competition.

In the UEFA Cup, Ethnikos eliminated K.S.V. Roeselare with a 2–1 loss in Belgium and a 5–0 victory in Cyprus, qualifying for the first round. They were eliminated by RC Lens after drawing the first leg at home (played in the Neo GSP Stadium, Nicosia) 0–0 and losing 3–1 in France. Because of the success in Intertoto Cup, Ethnikos was awarded by Sports Journalists Union of Cyprus as the Sports Team of the Year of 2006. At the end of the same season, Ethnikos placed in the fourth position again and returned to the Intertoto Cup.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Senegal GK Bouna Coundoul
4 Cyprus DF Panayiotis Frantzeskou
6 Senegal DF Gora Tall
9 Cyprus FW Christoforos Xenofontos
10 Cyprus MF Christos Poyiatzis (Captain)
12 Cyprus GK Pavlos Pitsillidis
13 Cyprus DF Petros Hatziaros
No. Position Player
26 Cyprus FW Christoforos Christofi
34 Cyprus DF Nicolas Aristotelous
88 Switzerland MF Fabian Stoller

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2014.

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Manager: Cyprus Apostolos Makridis(national team under 21 of Cyprus e ex manager, talented and optimistic.
  • Assistant Manager: Cyprus Panayiotis Engomitis(PAOK THESSALONIKI ex player)
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Cyprus Adamos Isaak(E.N.Paralimni ex gk coach with great succes and one of the best gk coaches)
  • Fitness Coach: Cyprus Lambros Ioannou( ANORTHOSIS FAMAGUSTA under 21 ex fitness coach, Neas SALAMINAS FAMAGUSTA ex fitness coach) with new methods of physical training, Specialize on special endurance and full of skills.

Former players[edit]

Major Honours and Trophies[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Managers[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The UEFA Intertoto Cup: Past Winners. Listed are all 11 teams that won the Intertoto Cup, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

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