2017–18 Cypriot First Division

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Cyta Championship
Season 2017–18
Champions APOEL
27th title
Relegated Olympiakos
Aris
Ethnikos
Champions League APOEL
Europa League Apollon
Anorthosis
AEK Larnaca
Matches played 242
Goals scored 720 (2.98 per match)
Top goalscorer Matt Derbyshire
(23 goals)
Biggest home win Apollon 6–0 Pafos
(2 December 2017)
APOEL 7–1 Ethnikos
(6 February 2018)
Biggest away win Doxa 0–8 APOEL
(14 January 2018)
Highest scoring Doxa 0–8 APOEL
(14 January 2018)
APOEL 7–1 Ethnikos
(6 February 2018)
Doxa 2–6 Nea Salamina
(10 March 2018)
Longest winning run 7 matches
APOEL
Apollon
Longest unbeaten run 21 matches
Apollon
Longest winless run 24 matches
Ethnikos
Longest losing run 11 matches
Omonia
All statistics correct as of 13 May 2018.

The 2017–18 Cypriot First Division was the 79th season of the Cypriot top-level football league. The season began on 19 August 2017 and is ended on 13 May 2018[1].

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)[edit]

Anagennisi Deryneia and AEZ Zakakiou were relegated at the end of the first-phase of the 2016–17 season after finishing in the bottom two places of the table. They were joined by Karmiotissa, who finished at the bottom of the second-phase relegation group.

The relegated teams were replaced by 2016–17 Second Division champions Alki Oroklini, runners-up Pafos FC and third-placed team Olympiakos Nicosia.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
Team Location Stadium Capacity
AEK Larnaca AEK Arena 7,400
AEL Limassol Tsirio Stadium 13,331
Alki Oroklini, Larnaca Ammochostos Stadium 5,500
Anorthosis Famagusta Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium 10,230
APOEL Nicosia GSP Stadium 22,859
Apollon Limassol Tsirio Stadium 13,331
Aris Limassol Tsirio Stadium 13,331
Doxa Katokopia, Nicosia Makario Stadium 16,000
Ermis Aradippou, Larnaca GSZ Stadium 13,032
Ethnikos Achna, Famagusta Dasaki Stadium 7,000
Nea Salamina Famagusta Ammochostos Stadium 5,500
Olympiakos Nicosia Makario Stadium 16,000
Omonia Nicosia GSP Stadium 22,859
Pafos Paphos Stelios Kyriakides Stadium 9,394

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 Larnaca Spain Imanol Idiakez Spain David Català Puma A.J.K.
AEL Bosnia and Herzegovina Dušan Kerkez Cyprus Marios Nicolaou Nike Kepaky
Alki Cyprus Savvas Damianou Cyprus Nicolas Manoli Joma Alexander College
Anorthosis Israel Ronny Levy Brazil João Victor Nike
APOEL Portugal Bruno Baltazar Cyprus Nektarios Alexandrou Nike Pari-Match
Apollon Cyprus Sofronis Avgousti Cyprus Giorgos Vasiliou Puma Carabao
Aris Cyprus Nicos Panayiotou Greece Markos Maragoudakis Nike Europcar
Doxa Cyprus Loukas Hadjiloukas Spain Manuel Redondo Nike Victory Ammunition
Ermis Aradippou Cyprus Kostas Kaiafas Ukraine Yaroslav Martynyuk Nike Cablenet
Ethnikos Cyprus Panayiotis Engomitis Cyprus Christos Poyiatzis Legea OPAP Cyprus
Nea Salamina Cyprus Savvas Poursaitidis Bulgaria Dimitar Makriev GEMS Vitex
Olympiakos Nicosia Cyprus Kyriacos Polykarpou Cyprus Kyriacos Polykarpou Nike Moon Cocktail Bar
Omonia Denmark Jesper Fredberg Cyprus Demetris Christofi Puma DIMCO
Pafos FC Scotland Steven Pressley Cyprus Charalambos Demosthenous Jako Korantina Homes

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Ethnikos Lithuania Valdas Ivanauskas Sacked 18 May 2017[2] Pre-season Cyprus Panayiotis Engomitis 4 July 2017[3]
APOEL Netherlands Mario Been Sacked 27 July 2017[4] Pre-season Greece Giorgos Donis 28 July 2017[5]
Aris Limassol Cyprus Nikolas Martides Sacked 3 October 2017[6] 13th Greece Giannis Christopoulos 3 October 2017[7]
Nea Salamina Cyprus Liasos Louka Sacked 18 October 2017[8] 12th Cyprus Savvas Poursaitidis 18 October 2017[9]
Ermis Aradippou Cyprus Nicos Panayiotou Sacked 7 November 2017[10] 10th Serbia Goran Milojević 7 November 2017[11]
Ethnikos Cyprus Panayiotis Engomitis Sacked 12 November 2017[12] 14th Georgia (country) Giorgi Chikhradze 13 November 2017[13]
Omonia Cyprus Pambos Christodoulou Sacked 5 December 2017[14] 7th Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev 14 December 2017[15]
Ermis Aradippou Serbia Goran Milojević Sacked 22 December 2017[16] 10th Cyprus Kostas Kaiafas 23 December 2017[17]
Aris Limassol Greece Giannis Christopoulos Sacked 22 January 2018[18] 13th Cyprus Nicos Panayiotou 22 January 2018[19]
Pafos Slovenia Luka Elsner Sacked 21 January 2018[20] 10th Scotland Steven Pressley 31 January 2018[21]
Ethnikos Georgia (country) Giorgi Chikhradze Sacked 19 January 2018[22] 14th Cyprus Panayiotis Engomitis 1 February 2018[23]
AEL Limassol Portugal Bruno Baltazar Resigned 5 March 2018[24] 5th Bosnia and Herzegovina Dušan Kerkez 7 March 2018
Olympiakos Nicosia Cyprus Chrysis Michael Sacked 19 March 2018 12th Serbia Vesko Mihajlović 24 March 2018
Omonia Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev Sacked 21 March 2018 6th Denmark Jesper Fredberg 22 March 2018
APOEL Greece Giorgos Donis Sacked 22 March 2018 2nd Portugal Bruno Baltazar 22 March 2018
Olympiakos Nicosia Serbia Vesko Mihajlović Resigned 24 April 2018 12th Cyprus Kyriacos Polykarpou 29 April 2018

Regular season[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 APOEL 26 20 3 3 72 25 +47 63 Qualification for the Championship round
2 Apollon Limassol 26 18 7 1 67 15 +52 61
3 Anorthosis Famagusta 26 16 8 2 41 17 +24 56
4 AEK Larnaca 26 16 5 5 57 24 +33 53
5 AEL Limassol 26 14 6 6 35 17 +18 48
6 Omonia 26 13 5 8 51 38 +13 44
7 Doxa Katokopias 26 10 4 12 35 40 −5 34 Qualification for the Relegation round
8 Ermis Aradippou 26 9 3 14 35 49 −14 30
9 Pafos FC 26 6 8 12 23 38 −15 26
10 Nea Salamis Famagusta 26 6 6 14 28 46 −18 24
11 Alki Oroklini 26 6 5 15 30 57 −27 23
12 Olympiakos Nicosia 26 4 8 14 22 55 −33 20
13 Aris Limassol (R) 26 3 7 16 19 49 −30 16 Relegation to the Cypriot Second Division
14 Ethnikos Achna (R) 26 1 5 20 19 64 −45 8
Source: CFA (in Greek)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Play-off (only if deciding championship round, relegation round or relegation).[25]
(R) Relegated.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AEK AEL ALK ANO APOE APOL ARI DOX ERM ETH NSL OLY OMO PAF
AEK Larnaca 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–1 4–0 1–1 6–1 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–0
AEL Limassol 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–1 3–0 2–3 0–1
Alki Oroklini 0–1 2–4 0–1 0–1 1–4 3–3 0–5 3–4 2–1 0–4 1–1 0–3 2–1
Anorthosis Famagusta 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–0 5–1 1–2 0–0
APOEL 3–1 2–1 4–0 0–1 0–4 5–2 2–0 2–1 7–1 2–1 6–1 2–1 4–0
Apollon Limassol 2–0 1–1 5–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 4–2 4–2 3–0 5–0 5–0 1–0 6–0
Aris Limassol 0–5 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–6
Doxa Katokopias 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–8 0–2 2–1 2–1 4–2 4–1 3–1 1–2 1–1
Ermis Aradippou 0–4 0–1 3–2 1–2 0–4 0–6 4–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–0
Ethnikos Achna 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–4 0–4 0–4 0–0 0–3 1–2 2–2 3–0
Nea Salamis Famagusta 1–0 0–3 2–3 1–1 1–4 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–3 3–0
Olympiakos 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–3 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–3 0–0
Omonia Nicosia 5–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–1 3–0 1–3 3–0 2–1 5–1 1–1 3–0
Pafos FC 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–3 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–1
Source: Cyprus Football Association (in Greek)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Positions by Round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Qualification to Championship round
Qualification to Relegation round
Relegation to 2018–19 Cypriot Second Division
Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
APOEL 8 10 6 9 11 8 4 7 8 8 8 6 3 3 4 4 4 3 4 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
Apollon 9 11 11 7 8 5 7 5 7 5 4 4 5 5 3 3 3 4 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 2
Anorthosis 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 4 3 3 4 3 3 3
AEK 7 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 4 4 3 4 4 4
AEL 1 5 3 4 5 4 5 8 5 4 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Omonia 11 12 8 11 3 7 9 6 4 6 5 7 7 7 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Doxa 5 2 5 3 4 3 6 4 6 7 6 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Ermis 10 13 14 14 14 14 11 11 10 11 10 10 9 10 10 10 11 11 10 10 9 8 8 8 8 8
Pafos 12 14 13 8 9 6 3 3 3 3 7 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 8 8 10 10 9 9 9 9
Nea Salamina 4 7 10 13 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 13 12 11 11 11 11 11 10
Alki 2 6 4 5 6 10 8 10 11 10 11 12 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 9 10 10 10 11
Olympiakos 6 9 9 6 7 9 10 9 9 9 9 9 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12
Aris 13 8 12 12 13 12 14 14 13 13 13 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
Ethnikos 14 3 7 10 12 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14

Championship round[edit]

Championship round table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 APOEL (C) 36 27 5 4 92 35 +57 86 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Apollon Limassol 36 25 7 4 90 26 +64 82 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Anorthosis Famagusta 36 19 12 5 53 29 +24 69
4 AEK Larnaca 36 20 8 8 74 39 +35 68 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
5 AEL Limassol 36 17 7 12 47 38 +9 58
6 Omonia 36 14 5 17 58 60 −2 47
Source: CFA (in Greek)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Play-off (only if deciding champion or UEFA competitions).[26]
(C) Champion.
Notes:

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AEK AEL ANO APOE APOL OMO
AEK Larnaca 3–2 2–2 1–3 3–0 2–0
AEL Limassol 3–2 0–2 1–2 0–2 2–1
Anorthosis Famagusta 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1
APOEL 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 4–1
Apollon Limassol 3–0 5–1 3–1 4–2 3–0
Omonia Nicosia 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–0
Source: Cyprus Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Positions by Round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches.

Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
Team \ Round 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
APOEL 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Apollon 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2
Anorthosis 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
AEK 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
AEL 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Omonia 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Relegation round[edit]

Relegation round table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
7 Nea Salamis Famagusta 36 14 6 16 53 55 −2 48
8 Ermis Aradippou 36 14 4 18 50 64 −14 46[a]
9 Doxa Katokopias 36 14 4 18 54 63 −9 46[a]
10 Pafos FC 36 11 9 16 36 51 −15 42
11 Alki Oroklini 36 11 6 19 48 73 −25 39
12 Olympiakos Nicosia (R) 36 5 9 22 34 81 −47 24 Relegation to the Cypriot Second Division
Source: CFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Play-off (only if deciding champion or UEFA competitions).[27]
(R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head to head record: Doxa 2–1 Ermis, Ermis 1–2 Doxa, Doxa 2–3 Ermis, Ermis 2–1 Doxa.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ALK DOX ERM OLY NSL PAF
Alki Oroklini 1–3 2–3 3–1 1–0 3–0
Doxa Katokopias 4–3 2–3 5–0 2–6 0–3
Ermis Aradippou 0–1 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–1
Olympiakos 0–3 0–1 3–3 0–2 3–0
Nea Salamis Famagusta 4–0 4–1 2–0 3–1 1–3
Pafos FC 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 1–2
Source: Cyprus Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Positions by Round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches.

Relegation to 2018–19 Cypriot Second Division
Team \ Round 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Nea Salamina 11 11 10 9 10 9 9 9 8 7
Ermis 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 9 8
Doxa 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 9
Pafos 9 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10
Alki 10 9 9 10 9 10 10 10 10 11
Olympiakos 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 13 May 2018 [28]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Matt Derbyshire Omonia 23
2 France Florian Taulemesse AEK Larnaca 22
3 Brazil Fabrício Alki 20
4 Finland Berat Sadik Doxa 18
5 Argentina Emilio Zelaya Apollon 17
6 Croatia Anton Maglica Apollon 16
7 Belgium Igor de Camargo APOEL 15
Greece Fotios Papoulis Apollon
9 Republic of Macedonia Ivan Tričkovski AEK Larnaca 11
Spain Acorán AEK Larnaca
Benin Mickaël Poté APOEL
Slovakia Michal Ďuriš Anorthosis

Hat-tricks[edit]

# Player For Against Result Date
1. Austria Nils Zatl Doxa Alki 5–0 21 October 2017
2. Guinea Demba Camara Anorthosis Olympiakos 5–1 4 November 2017
3. Argentina Emilio Zelaya Apollon Ermis 6–0 21 December 2017
4. France Florian Taulemesse AEK Aris 4–1 13 January 2018
5. Cyprus Georgios Efrem APOEL Doxa 8–0 14 January 2018
6. Brazil Fabrício Simões Alki Ermis 3–4 30 January 2018
7. England Matt Derbyshire Omonia Nea Salamina 5–1 30 January 2018
8. Austria Daniel Sikorski Pafos FC Aris Limassol 6–0 6 February 2018
9. Curaçao Boy Deul Pafos FC Aris Limassol 6–0 6 February 2018
10. Brazil Luís Carlos Doxa Olympiakos 5–0 14 April 2018
11. Croatia Anton Maglica Apollon Anorthosis 3–0 23 April 2018

Scoring[edit]

Discipline[edit]

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