2014–15 Cypriot First Division

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Cypriot First Division
Season 2014–15
Champions APOEL
24th title
Relegated Othellos
UEFA Champions League APOEL
UEFA Europa League AEK
Apollon
Omonia
Matches played 192
Goals scored 503 (2.62 per match)
Top goalscorer Mickaël Poté
(17 goals)
Biggest home win Nea Salamina 6–0 Doxa
(16 May 2015)

Omonia 7–1 Ermis
(17 May 2015)
Biggest away win Doxa 0–4 AEL
(14 September 2014)
Ethnikos 0–4 APOEL
(1 November 2014)
Doxa 0–4 Anorthosis
(22 November 2014)
Ermis 0–4 AEK
(10 January 2015)
Ayia Napa 1–5 Anorthosis
(11 January 2015)

Ermis 0–4 AEK
(21 March 2015)
AEL 0–4 Doxa
(26 April 2015)
Doxa 1–5 Ethnikos
(23 May 2015)
Highest scoring APOEL 4–4 AEK
(15 December 2014)
Omonia 7–1 Ermis
(17 May 2015)
Longest winning run 5 matches
Ermis
Anorthosis
Ethnikos
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches
APOEL
Longest winless run 12 matches
Othellos
Longest losing run 6 matches
Doxa
Highest attendance 15,562[1]
APOEL 1–1 AEK
(16 May 2015)
Lowest attendance 7[2]
Doxa 1–3 Ermis
(7 January 2015)
Total attendance 413,011[1]
Average attendance 2,151[1]
All statistics correct as of 24 May 2015.

The 2014–15 Cypriot First Division was the 76th season of the Cypriot top-level football league. It began on 23 August 2014[3] and ended on 24 May 2015.[4] APOEL were the defending champions.

The league reduced from 14 to 12 teams this season, comprised ten teams from the 2013–14 season and two promoted teams from the 2013–14 B1 Division. APOEL won the league for a 24th time and a third time in a row, after amassing 62 points.[5]

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)[edit]

Enosis Neon Paralimni and Alki Larnaca were relegated at the end of the first stage of the 2013–14 season after finishing in the bottom two places of the table. They were joined by Aris Limassol and AEK Kouklia, who finished at the bottom of the second-phase relegation group.

The relegated teams were replaced by 2013–14 B1 Division champions Ayia Napa and runners-up Othellos Athienou.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of clubs in 2014–15 Cypriot First Division
Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
Club Location Venue[6][7] Capacity
AEK Larnaca GSZ Stadium 13,032
AEL Limassol Tsirion Stadium 13,331
Anorthosis Larnaca Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium 10,230
APOEL Nicosia GSP Stadium 22,859
Apollon Limassol Tsirion Stadium 13,331
Ayia Napa Ayia Napa Tasos Markou Stadium 5,800
Doxa Peristerona Makario Stadium 16,000
Ermis Aradippou Ammochostos Stadium[a] 5,500
Ethnikos Achna, Famagusta Dasaki Stadium 7,000
Nea Salamina Larnaca Ammochostos Stadium 5,500
Omonia Nicosia GSP Stadium 22,859
Othellos Athienou, Larnaca Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium 10,230
  1. ^ Ermis Aradippou was using Dasaki Stadium for his home matches from the beginning of the season until 25 February 2015.[8]

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
AEK Spain Thomas Christiansen Greece Giannis Skopelitis Umbro CytaVision
AEL Cyprus Christakis Christoforou Cyprus Marios Nicolaou Nike CytaVision
Anorthosis Netherlands André Paus Cyprus Christos Marangos Macron CytaMobile-Vodafone
APOEL Brazil Gustavo Manduca (Caretaker) Cyprus Constantinos Charalambides Puma MTN
Apollon Netherlands Ton Caanen Cyprus Giorgos Merkis Macron Cyta
Ayia Napa Cyprus Giorgos Kosma Republic of Macedonia Bojan Markovski Sportika Cyta
Doxa Cyprus Nikos Andreou Portugal Ricardo Fernandes Legea Cytanet
Ermis Cyprus Michalis Markou (Caretaker) Cyprus Andreas Papathanasiou Legea Cyta
Ethnikos Republic of MacedoniaCyprus Borce Gjurev Cyprus Christos Poyiatzis Mitre Cyta
Nea Salamina Cyprus Floros Nicolaou (Caretaker) Spain Diego León GEMS CytaMobile-Vodafone
Omonia Cyprus Kostas Kaiafas Portugal Nuno Assis Nike CytaMobile-Vodafone
Othellos Cyprus Costas Sakkas Cyprus Andreas Vasiliou Joma Kleima

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Doxa Cyprus Demetris Ioannou Sacked 1 September 2014[9] 10th Serbia Slobodan Krčmarević 8 September 2014[10]
Ermis Cyprus Nicos Panayiotou Sacked 7 September 2014[11] 6th Cyprus Nikodimos Papavasiliou 8 September 2014[12]
Ayia Napa Cyprus Nikos Andronikou Mutual consent 30 September 2014[13] 12th Cyprus Giorgos Kosma 23 October 2014[14]
Apollon Cyprus Christakis Christoforou Sacked 8 October 2014[15] 2nd Romania Ioan Andone 16 October 2014[16]
AEL Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev Sacked 17 November 2014[17] 5th Cyprus Christakis Christoforou 17 November 2014[18]
Nea Salamina Cyprus Neophytos Larkou Mutual consent 16 December 2014[19] 9th Cyprus Nicos Panayiotou 16 December 2014[20]
APOEL Greece Giorgos Donis Mutual consent 6 January 2015[21] 1st Germany Thorsten Fink 10 January 2015[22]
Ermis Cyprus Nikodimos Papavasiliou Sacked 2 February 2015[23] 6th Netherlands Mitchell van der Gaag 5 February 2015[24]
Doxa Serbia Slobodan Krčmarević Mutual consent 15 February 2015[25] 11th Cyprus Nikos Andreou 4 March 2015[26]
Ermis Netherlands Mitchell van der Gaag Mutual consent 24 March 2015[27] 6th Cyprus Ioannis Okkas 24 March 2015[28]
Ethnikos Cyprus Apostolos Makrides Resigned 24 March 2015[29] 9th Republic of MacedoniaCyprus Borce Gjurev 28 March 2015[30]
Apollon Romania Ioan Andone Sacked 8 April 2015[31] 1st Netherlands Ton Caanen 9 April 2015[32]
Nea Salamina Cyprus Nicos Panayiotou Mutual consent 4 May 2015[33] 9th Cyprus Floros Nicolaou (Caretaker) 5 May 2015[34]
APOEL Germany Thorsten Fink Mutual consent 11 May 2015[35] 1st Brazil Gustavo Manduca (Caretaker) 11 May 2015[35]
Ermis Cyprus Ioannis Okkas Sacked 11 May 2015[36] 6th Cyprus Michalis Markou (Caretaker) 14 May 2015[37]

First Phase[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Apollon Limassol 22 15 3 4 49 26 +23 48 Qualification for Championship group
2 APOEL 22 13 7 2 34 13 +21 46
3 Omonia Nicosia 22 12 3 7 32 22 +10 39 OMO 0–1 AEK
AEK 1–3 OMO
4 AEK Larnaca 22 11 6 5 41 23 +18 39
5 Anorthosis Famagusta 22 12 2 8 32 22 +10 38
6 Ermis Aradippou 22 10 5 7 29 28 +1 35
7 AEL Limassol 22 7 9 6 33 26 +7 30 Qualification for Relegation group
8 Ethnikos Achna 22 5 7 10 18 37 −19 22
9 Nea Salamis Famagusta 22 4 7 11 16 29 −13 19
10 Ayia Napa 22 3 7 12 21 42 −21 16 AYN 1–0 OTH
OTH 2–1 AYN
11 Othellos Athienou 22 3 7 12 13 26 −13 16
12 Doxa Katokopias 22 3 5 14 14 38 −24 14

Updated to games played on 28 February 2015.
Source: UEFA, CFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head away goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away AEK AEL ANO APOE APOL AYN DOX ERM ETH NSL OMO OTH
AEK Larnaca 1–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 5–0 2–0 1–3 2–2
AEL Limassol 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0
Anorthosis Famagusta 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
APOEL 4–4 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Apollon Limassol 2–5 3–3 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 5–0 3–0 4–0
Ayia Napa 1–2 1–1 1–5 1–3 2–5 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–0
Doxa Katokopias 1–4 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0
Ermis Aradippou 0–4 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–0
Ethnikos Achna 2–1 4–2 0–0 0–4 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0
Nea Salamis Famagusta 0–0 0–2 2–3 0–1 4–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1
Omonia Nicosia 0–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 4–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0
Othellos Athienou 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–1

Updated to games played on 28 February 2015.
Source: CFA
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second Phase[edit]

Championship group[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 APOEL (C) 32 17 11 4 52 26 +26 62 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 AEK Larnaca 32 17 8 7 56 31 +25 59 2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
3 Apollon Limassol 32 18 5 9 59 41 +18 59 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1 APOL : 9 pts
OMO  : 3 pts
4 Omonia Nicosia 32 17 5 10 52 34 +18 56
5 Anorthosis Famagusta 32 16 4 12 50 37 +13 52
6 Ermis Aradippou 32 11 7 14 38 55 −17 40

Updated to games played on 24 May 2015.
Source: CFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
1Since Cypriot cup winners APOEL qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, the fourth placed team will also qualify for the first qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away AEK ANO APOE APOL ERM OMO
AEK Larnaca 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1
Anorthosis Famagusta 3–0 3–3 3–1 3–1 1–3
APOEL 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 3–2
Apollon Limassol 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–2 2–1
Ermis Aradippou 0–4 1–1 2–4 1–0 0–1
Omonia Nicosia 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 7–1

Updated to games played on 24 May 2015.
Source: CFA
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation group[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Ethnikos Achna 32 11 8 13 36 49 −13 41
8 AEL Limassol 32 9 12 11 42 42 0 39
9 Nea Salamis Famagusta 32 9 9 14 31 37 −6 36
10 Ayia Napa 32 6 12 14 32 54 −22 30
11 Doxa Katokopias 32 7 7 18 29 55 −26 28
12 Othellos Athienou (R) 32 5 10 17 26 42 −16 25 Relegation to Cypriot Second Division

Updated to games played on 23 May 2015.
Source: CFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away AEL AYN DOX ETH NSL OTH
AEL Limassol 2–2 0–4 1–2 2–0 0–1
Ayia Napa 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–2
Doxa Katokopias 1–2 0–1 1–5 3–0 3–3
Ethnikos Achna 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–1 3–1
Nea Salamis Famagusta 1–1 3–0 6–0 1–0 1–0
Othellos Athienou 3–0 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–2

Updated to games played on 23 May 2015.
Source: CFA
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Including matches played on 24 May 2015; Source: Cyprus Football Association
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Benin Mickaël Poté Omonia 17
2 Nigeria Ifeanyi Onyilo Ermis 15
3 Algeria Rafik Djebbour APOEL 14
Greece Fotios Papoulis Apollon
5 Cyprus Andreas Makris Anorthosis 13
6 Brazil Valdo Ethnikos 11
7 Brazil Ricardo Lobo Doxa 10
Ivory Coast Abraham Gneki Guié Apollon
Cyprus Nestoras Mitidis AEK
Brazil Thiago Othellos
11 Argentina Gastón Sangoy Apollon 9
Portugal Esmaël Gonçalves Anorthosis

Hat-tricks[edit]

# Player For Against Result Date
1. Brazil Ricardo Lobo Doxa AEL 0–4 26 April 2015

Scoring[edit]

Discipline[edit]

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