AC Omonia

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Omonia Nicosia
Full nameΑθλητικός Σύλλογος Ομόνοια Λευκωσίας (Athletic Club Omonia Nicosia)
Founded4 June 1948; 75 years ago (1948-06-04)
GroundGSP Stadium
PresidentStavros Papastavrou
ChairmanMarios Argyrides
Head CoachValdas Dambrauskas
LeagueFirst Division
2022–23First Division, 6th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Athletic Club Omonia Nicosia (Greek: Αθλητικός Σύλλογος Oμόνοια Λευκωσίας; Athlitikós Sýllogos Omónoia Lefkosías), commonly known as Omonia Nicosia, or simply Omonia (also transliterated as Omonoia), is the best Cypriot professional multi-sport club, established on 4 June 1948 in Nicosia. It is best known for its football department, which has played in the Cypriot First Division since 1953. On 14 June 2018, the football department of AC Omonia became a professional for-profit football company, and is since known as Omonia FC.[1]

Omonia is one of Cyprus' most successful football clubs, having won 21 National Championships, 16 Cups, and a record 17 Super Cups.[2] Omonia has won five doubles and a record three domestic trebles, and is one of three Cypriot clubs to never have been relegated to the second division. Omonia also holds an outstanding record of 14 championships in two decades (between 1970 and 1989), a record of being either champion or runner-up 14 times in a row in the championship (between 1973 and 1986), and the record of having won the Cypriot Cup four times in a row (between 1980 and 1983).

AC Omonia also operates departments in basketball, volleyball, futsal, cycling, runners, women's football and women's volleyball.[3]


Creation and early years (1948–1953)[edit]

On 23 May 1948, the governing board of APOEL football club sent a telegram to the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (Greek: Σ.Ε.Γ.Α.Σ.), with the opportunity of the annual Panhellenic Track and Field Competition. In its telegram, the board stated its wish for what it described as the "communist mutiny" to be ended. Club players considering this action as a specifically political comment on the Greek Civil War distanced themselves from the board and were duly expelled from APOEL.[4] On 4 June 1948, Dr. Mattheos Papapetrou organized a meeting in Nicosia that led to the creation of Omonia. Many players expelled from APOEL were present at the meeting and joined the new club. Along with other left-wing teams such as Nea Salamina, Alki Larnaca and Orfeas Nicosia, Omonia helped create the Cyprus Amateur Football Federation in December 1948. Omonia took part in the CAFF league until 1953, having won four out of five played championships and five out of five played cups. Omonia was then accepted by the Cyprus Football Association to participate in the Cypriot First Division.

Beginnings in the Cypriot First Division (1953–1969)[edit]

After joining the Cypriot First Division in 1953, Omonia only placed seventh out of nine teams in the 1953–54 season, barely avoiding relegation. During that decade, the club's best placing came during the 1956–57 season when the club finished in the third position.

The team would make its closest push for the title during the 1959–60 season after finishing second, one point behind Anorthosis Famagusta.[5] The following year, after seven seasons in the First Division, the club would win its first title in 1960–61 season.[5] Omonia, in that season, would score 91 goals in 24 matches on their way to their first ever Cyprus First Division title. Omonia won their second title during the 1965–66 season.

Golden era (1970s–1980s)[edit]

Sotiris Kaiafas is not only considered one of Omonia's all-time greatest, but the best footballer in the history of Cypriot football.

Omonia won its first trophies of the decade in 1972, when the club won both the league and the cup. Led by a young Sotiris Kaiafas, Omonia won seven league titles in the 1970s, six of them were consecutive (1974–1979).[5] At the end of the decade, Omonia had a total of nine championship titles and three cups. At the end of the 1979 season, Omonia trailed its arch-rival APOEL by two championships. In 1976, Sotiris Kaiafas would go on and win the European Golden Shoe for his single-season 39-goal performance.[6] In 2003, he was awarded the UEFA Jubilee Awards for the Best Cypriot Footballer of the 20th century.

The 1980s was a successful decade for the club as it won an additional seven Cypriot League Championship titles including another five consecutive in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and in 1987 and in 1989.[5] As the 1980s came to an end, Omonia had won 14 Cypriot championship titles, becoming the most successful team on the island at the time.[5]

General decline (1990s)[edit]

The 1990s would prove to be less successful than the previous two decades. During this time, Omonia only mustered one Cypriot League title during the 1992–93 season. It would be eight years before Omonia would see its next title. In 1997, Omonia signed the German Rainer Rauffmann, who would later become the second top goalscorer ever for the club. With the help of other Omonia great and then captain, Costas Malekkos, and a young Costas Kaiafas (the son of Sotiris Kaiafas), Rauffmann would become top scorer of the Cypriot First Division in 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00 and 2000–01 seasons and led Omonia to two titles.[7]

Revival (2000s)[edit]

After a disappointing eight seasons, the 2000s decade began with a trophy. Omonia celebrated its 18th Cypriot league championship title in 2001. Now captained by Costas Kaiafas, Omonia would win its 19th Cypriot League Championship again in 2003. Since 2003, however, the team would stumble and be without a title for the next several years. After numerous seasons of poor signings and underachieving, Omonia's reigns would be taken over by new chairman and team president, Miltiadis Neophytou in 2008.

Michalis Konstantinou, mostly credited for helping the team reach its 20th championship title.[8]

The team would soon be put back on track starting in 2006, beginning with the signing of Cyprus international goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides. Omonia would continue its star-studded signings by acquiring Cypriot stars that had been playing abroad, such as Elias Charalambous and Stathis Aloneftis. Omonia would then make headlines with the shocking signing of all-time leading scorer for Cyprus, Michalis Konstantinou. In 2009, Omonia would also sign another Cypriot star, Konstantinos Makrides. En route, Omonia would also acquire young Cypriot hopefuls, 21-year-old Dimitris Christofi and 20-year-old Georgios Efrem. Efrem, who had been playing on the youth team of Arsenal and later Scottish side Rangers, would be the final piece to the puzzle needed to win its 20th Cypriot league championship. After putting the proper pieces in place, Omonia did just that. During the 2009–10 season, led by the new captain, Elias Charalambous, Omonia would not lose a single derby, including play-off matches against APOEL, Anorthosis and Apollon.

Head coach Takis Lemonis left the club after disappointing results and Dušan Bajević became the new coach in October 2010,[9] but was fired in April 2011.[10] He was replaced by Neophytos Larkou. Omonia would not be able to repeat as Champion during the 2010–11 regular season, and instead had to settle with finishing second,[11] despite the addition of yet another young Cypriot rising star, Andreas Avraam. The club, however, was able to finish the season on a positive note: under Larkou, Omonia defeated Apollon Limassol in the Cypriot Cup final to win their 13th cup title.[12]

The following season, Omonia won their 14th cup starring André Alves, who scored the winning goal against AEL Limassol in the final.[13] Under the guidance of newly appointed director of football Nickolas Danskalou, Omonia finished third in the league, all but assuring they would qualify for the second round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.[14]

Financial crisis (2012–2018)[edit]

Head coach Neophytos Larkou left the club in September 2012[15] and Toni Savevski was then appointed as coach. The team began the season with a great win but found its second success after several games. A disappointing first round proved enough to exclude the club from contesting for the championship or the cup. The team managed better results in the second round, finishing the season in third place.[16] Thousands of fans answered the president's call to donate as much as they could and the financial issues of the club improved. Omonia was knocked out in the semi-finals of the cup by AEL Limassol.

In 2013, Omonia began the new season with Savevski as manager, but he was sacked halfway beside positive results. Miguel Ángel Lotina was hired as the replacer,[17] but was sacked just 37 days later.[18] Kostas Kaiafas, ex-player was then appointed as the new coach.[19] The club's financial difficulties returned despite the massive fundraiser organized the previous season. Omonia finished fifth in the league,[20] making it its worst season in 56 years.[5]

In August 2014, Omonia was knocked out of the Europa League by Dynamo Moscow, in the play-off round. The club issued a complaint to UEFA regarding the refereeing of the match by Alexandru Tudor.[21] In early September, the club stopped supplying the fans' group Gate 9 with tickets resulting in the group's abstention from matches.[22] Two weeks later, after a meeting between the president and the coach, it was decided that tickets were to be supplied again to Gate 9.[23] Omonia finished fourth in the league. The team was eliminated from the Cypriot Cup in the semi-finals by APOEL.[24]

The team ended the 2015–16 campaign in 4th place.[25] During this season, Omonia reached the final of the Cypriot Cup but lost to Apollon Limassol.[26] The 2016–17 season saw the club finish 5th. This meant that for the first time in 15 years the club had failed to qualify for European football.[27] Following a general assembly at the end of the season, Antonis Tzionis was elected as the new club president.[28] While the 2017–18 campaign began with high expectations, Omonia finished the season in 6th place. This season was the worst in the club's history, in terms of defeats and goals conceded.[29] Despite this, the club sold a total of 95,222 tickets during the season, more than any other team in the league.[30]

Papastavrou era (2018–present)[edit]

The decline of the club's football department and the financial difficulties it faced convinced many that a change in the way the club was being run was needed. In May 2018, a general assembly was called and members voted to hand the football department over to Stavros Papastavrou, an American-based Cypriot businessman.[31][32] He has stated that he will provide funds for the development of the club's academies and training grounds, and that the potential creation of a new stadium will be considered.[33] The agreement, initially set for 10 years, was extended indefinitely in 2023.[34] In the club's first season under Papastavrou's ownership, Omonia finished the 2018–19 campaign in 6th place. Manager Yannis Anastasiou was replaced by Henning Berg in June 2019.[35]

The 2019–20 Cypriot season was abandoned in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of its abandonment, Omonia was tied with Anorthosis Famagusta on points, but was ranked first due to a better head-to-head record and thus qualified for the first qualifying round of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League.[36]

AC Omonoia's 2020–21 UEFA Europa League starting line-up in the club's first ever winning game at a group stage level against PAOK with final score 2-1.

The following season, Omonia would beat Red Star Belgrade to qualify for the group stage of a European Competition for the first time in the club's history.[37] Omonia finished fourth in Group E of the 2020–21 Europa League.[38] In the home game against PSV Eindhoven, Omonia captain Jordi Gómez scored from a distance of 56 metres, breaking the record for the furthest distance ever for a goal scored in the Europa League.[39] In May 2021, Omonia ended the season by winning the Cypriot League for the 21st time, and for the first time since 2010.[40]

Omonia started the 2021–22 season by winning the Super Cup, and qualifying for the group stage of the Europa Conference League.[41][42] However, a disastrous first half of the league campaign saw the club out of the top 6 for the first time since the 1953–54 season.[43] Heavy criticism led to the release of head coach Henning Berg in February 2022.[44] He was replaced by Neil Lennon,[45] who was able to salvage the season by winning the 2021–22 Cypriot Cup, Omonia's first in 12 years.[46]

In August 2022, Omonia shocked Belgian cup winners Gent 4–0 on aggregate to enter the 2022–23 Europa League group stage.[47] There, Omonia would fail to earn a single point in their group, despite respectable showings against the likes of Manchester United and Real Sociedad.[48] The league campaign was also unsuccessful, with the club finishing in sixth. Under new coach Sofronis Avgousti, they were able to win the Cup for the second year in a row, beating AEL Limassol 1–0 in the final.[49] In the Europa Conference League, Omonia have managed to beat Gabala FK 3–7 on aggregate in the second round, and despite winning against FC Midtjylland 1–0 in the 1st leg of the 3rd qualifying round, Omonia have lost 5–1 in the second leg, which meant that they would be kicked out of any European group stage since the 2020–21 season.



"Omonia" (Ομόνοια) is the Greek language word for harmony, unity, or concord.[50]

Colours and badge[edit]

Omonia's club colours are green and white. The green color indicates hope while white indicates happiness.[50]

Omonia's badge has a green shamrock in a white circle.[51]

Omonia tends to use a red alternative kit.


Omonia's official anthem was written by Costas Melides in 1971, and recorded by Giannis Avraamides in 1972, in Athens. The lyrics of the anthem reference Omonia's competitive spirit ("Lions in defense, cannons in attack", Greek: "Στην άμυνα λιοντάρια, επίθεση κανόνια"), the club's left-wing roots ("the people's team", Greek: "Του λαού ομάδα"), and the loyalty of the team's supporters, regardless of its results ("In every match, thousands of your loyal fans", Greek: "Σε κάθε σου αγώνα, χιλιάδες οι πιστοί σου οπαδοί").[52]


Omonia's current stadium, New GSP Stadium

Since 23 October 1999, Omonia has been using the 22,859-seat New GSP Stadium, the largest stadium in Cyprus. They share and rent the stadium with local rival APOEL.[53]

Initially, the team played at the Goal Stadium from 1948 to 1953. After joining the Cyprus Football Association, Omonia moved to the old GSP Stadium in 1953, and then to the Makario Stadium in 1978, where they played until 1999.[53]

Plans for construction of a privately owned stadium[edit]

Omonia has never owned its own stadium. The idea was discussed and attempted several times, but it has yet to come to fruition. The club had initiated the creation of a stadium in Mia Milia in 1971, but plans were abandoned after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. In 2003, the club purchased a piece of land in Nicosia with the aim of building a stadium, however the property was given to the Bank of Cyprus due to debts of the owner company.[53]

The current owner of Omonia FC, Stavros Papastavrou, has spoken about wanting to build a new stadium for the team. His 2023 agreement with the club's board of directors will allow him to proceed with the plan. He has stated that Omonia's new stadium could be ready in five years, and has described the matter as a "priority".[54]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1992–1994 Umbro Lois
1994–1998 Diadora KEO
1998–1999 Kappa
1999–2001 Umbro
2004–2007 Lotto LOEL juices
2007–2008 miVision
2008–2010 Ocean Tankers
2010–2012 Adidas CYTAmobile-Vodafone
2012–2016 Nike
2016–2017 Puma Gree
2017–2018 DIMCO
2018–2019 Fonbet
2019–2021 Macron
2021–2023 Stoiximan
2023–0000 Novibet


Supporters of Omonia Nicosia at an away match vs. Red Bull Salzburg in 2010

Historically, Omonia has been one of the most popular teams in Cyprus since the creation of the club. A 2022 study conducted by the University of Nicosia found Omonia to be the most popular team on the island by far, with 30.7% of the approximately 1500 contestants stating they support the club.[55]

Omonia holds the record for the most league tickets sold by a Cypriot team in a single season (162,061 during the 2009–10 campaign). The club also holds the Cypriot record for the highest average attendance in a season (11,003 during the 2003–04 campaign).[56]

Omonia supporters are known for their left-leaning, socialist character, with many stating that they associate themselves with the Progressive Party of Working People. Omonia is also traditionally regarded as the club of "the people" and Cyprus' working class. Many of Omonia's supporters can be seen waving banners bearing Che Guevara's image.[57]

Financial crisis and 2013 Pan-Cypriot fundraiser[edit]

By the end of February 2013, Omonia was struggling to meet the UEFA criteria due to the economic crisis that had engulfed the club. The club's president then decided to start a fundraiser and called for the supporters of the club to donate as much as they could. Hundreds of events were organised island wide with the motto; "ΕΙΜΑΙ ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ ΔΗΛΩΝΩ ΠΑΡΩΝ" meaning, "I'M WITH OMONIA, I DECLARE MYSELF PRESENT."[58] Current and former players contributed by signing autographs and selling club merchandise. Although the situation at the beginning was described as grim, money poured in from all over the island and from abroad including England and the United States. In about a month and a half, €3.5 million was collected from the club's supporters.[citation needed]

Gate 9[edit]

The team's ultras group, Gate 9, was established in 1992. The group would occupy the GSP Stadium's north stand during Omonia's home games.[59] Gate 9 has established relations with other left wing supporters such as those of Hapoel Tel Aviv and Standard Liège.[citation needed]

On 29 May 2018, the club agreed to turn its football department into a for-profit company, under the ownership of Stavros Papastavrou.[60] Gate 9 had previously condemned the idea and published several statements criticising it.[61][62] On the same day, Gate 9 declared they would no longer support the team, and announced they would create their own football club, which would "respect the principles and history of Omonia".[63][64] People's Athletic Club Omonia 29M was founded on 23 July 2018 and currently plays in the Cypriot Second Division.


Player records[edit]

All current players are listed in bold

As of match played 17 August 2023

Most appearances

Rank Player Apps Years
1 Cyprus Andreas Kanaris 503 1968-1985
2 Cyprus Kostas Kaiafas 498 1991-2009
3 Cyprus Andreas Kantilos 489 1980-1997
4 Cyprus Sotiris Kaiafas 476 1967-1984
5 Cyprus Evagoras Christofi 463 1979-1996
6 Cyprus Sotiris Tsikkos 427 1974-1990
7 Cyprus Takis Mavris 417 1974-1988
8 Cyprus Sakis Andreou 372 1986-2000
9 Cyprus Andreas Charitou 369 1981-1999
10 Cyprus Yiannos Kalotheou 353 1984-1999
Cyprus Panikos Xiouroupas 353 1986-1998

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Goals
1 Cyprus Sotiris Kaiafas 321
2 GermanyCyprus Rainer Rauffmann 233
3 Cyprus Andreas Kanaris 190
4 Cyprus Panikos Xiouroupas 159
5 Cyprus Andreas Kantilos 152
6 Cyprus Giorgos Savvidis 120
7 Cyprus Evagoras Christofi 108
8 Cyprus Takis Mavris 86
Cyprus Gregory Savva 86
10 Cyprus Kokos Christofi 84

Top scorers in UEFA competitions

Rank Player Goals Apps
1 GermanyCyprus Rainer Rauffmann 11 16
2 Cyprus Andreas Kantilos 7 34
3 Ukraine Roman Bezus 6 9
4 Cyprus Sotiris Kaiafas 6 20
Cyprus Giorgos Savvidis 6 20
6 Cyprus Filippos Dimitriou 6 22
7 Cyprus Andronikos Kakoullis 6 29
8 Cyprus Kostas Kaiafas 6 40
9 Cyprus Michalis Konstantinou 5 9
10 Cyprus Panikos Xiouroupas 5 16

Record in European competitions[edit]

As of match played 17 August 2023
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against
UEFA Champions League 55 18 8 29 66 111
UEFA Europa League 90 35 19 36 132 118
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 12 2 1 9 7 23
UEFA Conference League 10 3 4 3 14 18
Total 167 58 32 78 219 270

European Cup / UEFA Champions League[edit]

European Cup / UEFA Champions League
Season Round Rival Home Away Agg.
1966–67 First round Germany 1860 Munich 1–2 0–8 1–10
1972–73 First round Republic of Ireland Waterford United 2–0 1–2 3–2
Second round Germany Bayern Munich 0–4 0–9 0–13
1974–75 First round Republic of Ireland Cork Celtic (w/o)
1975–76 First round Iceland IA Akranes 2–1 0–4 2–5
1976–77 First round Greece PAOK 0–2 1–1 1–3
1977–78 First round Italy Juventus 0–3 0–2 0–5
1978–79 First round Republic of Ireland Bohemians 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
1979–80 First round Luxembourg Red Boys Differdange 6–1 2–1 8–2
Second round Netherlands Ajax 4–0 0–10 4–10
1981–82 First round Portugal Benfica 0–1 0–3 0–4
1982–83 First round Finland HJK Helsinki 2–0 0–3 2–3
1983–84 First round Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 4–1 0–3 4–4 (a)
1984–85 First round Romania Dinamo București 2–1 1–4 3–5
1985–86 First round Malta Rabat Ajax 5–0 5–0 10–0
Second round Belgium Anderlecht 1–3 0–1 1–4
1987–88 First round Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 0–0 1–0 1–0
Second round Romania Steaua București 0–2 1–3 1–5
1989–90 First round Austria Swarovski Tirol 2–3 0–6 2–9
1993–94 Preliminary round Switzerland Aarau 2–1 0–2 2–3
2001–02 Second qualifying round Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–1 1–2 2–3
2003–04 First qualifying round Kazakhstan Irtysh 0–0 2–1 2–1
Second qualifying round Poland Wisła Kraków 2–2 2–5 4–7
2010–11 Second qualifying round North Macedonia Renova 3–0 2–0 5–0
Third qualifying round Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–1 1–4 2–5
2020–21 First qualifying round Armenia Ararat-Armenia 1–0 (aet)
Second qualifying round Poland Legia Warsaw 2–0 (aet)
Third qualifying round Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–1 (4–2 p)
Play-off round Greece Olympiacos 0–0 0–2 0–2
2021–22 Second qualifying round Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–1 0–2 0−3

European Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

European Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Rival Home Away Agg.
1965–66 First qualifying round Greece Olympiacos 0–1 1–1 1–2
1980–81 First qualifying round Belgium Waterschei Thor 1–3 0–4 1–7
1988–89 First qualifying round Greece Panathinaikos 0–1 0–2 0–3
1991–92 First qualifying round Belgium Club Brugge 0–2 0–2 0–4
1994–95 First qualifying round Moldova Tiligul Tiraspol 3–1 1–0 4–1
Second qualifying round England Arsenal 1–3 0–3 1–6

UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League[edit]

UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
Season Round Rival Home Away Agg.
1986–87 First round Sportul Studențesc 1–1 0–1 1–2
1990–91 First round Slavia Sofia 4–2 1–2 5–4
Second round Belgium Anderlecht 1–1 0–3 1–4
1995–96 Preliminary round Malta Sliema Wanderers 3–0 2–1 5–1
First round Italy Lazio 1–2 0–5 1–7
1998–99 First qualifying round Northern Ireland Linfield 5–1 3–5 8–6
Second qualifying round Austria Rapid Wien 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
1999–2000 Qualifying round Belarus Belshina Bobruisk 3–0 5–1 8–1
First round Italy Juventus 2–5 0–5 2–10
2000–01 Qualifying round Bulgaria Naftex Burgas 0–0 1–2 1–2
2004–05 First Qualifying round North Macedonia Sloga Jugomagnat 4–0 4–1 8–1
Second qualifying round Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1–1 1–3 2–4
2005–06 First qualifying round Malta Hibernians 3–0 3–0 6–0
Second qualifying round Romania Dinamo București 2–1 1–3 3–4
2006–07 First qualifying round Croatia Rijeka 2–1 2–2 4–3
Second qualifying round Bulgaria Litex Lovech 0–0 1–2 1–2
2007–08 First qualifying round Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 2–0 2–0 4–0
Second qualifying round Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1–1 1–2 2–3
2008–09 First qualifying round North Macedonia Milano 2–0 2–1 4–1
Second qualifying round Greece AEK Athens 2–2 1–0 3–2
First round England Manchester City 1–2 1–2 2–4
2009–10 Second qualifying round Faroe Islands HB 4–0 4–1 8–1
Third qualifying round Romania Vaslui 1–1 0–2 1–3
2010–11 Play-off round Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 0–1 2–2 2–3
2011–12 Third qualifying round Netherlands ADO Den Haag 3–0 0–1 3–1
Play-off round Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2012–13 Third qualifying round Serbia Red Star Belgrade 0–0 (a.e.t.) 0–0 0–0 (5–6 p)
2013–14 Second qualifying round Romania Astra Giurgiu 1–2 1–1 2–3
2014–15 Second qualifying round Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 0–0 2–0 2–0
Third qualifying round North Macedonia Metalurg Skopje 3–0 1–0 4–0
Play-off round Russia Dynamo Moscow 1–2 2–2 3–4
2015–16 First qualifying round Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi 2–0 0–1 2–1
Second qualifying round Poland Jagiellonia Białystok 1–0 0–0 1–0
Third qualifying round Denmark Brøndby 2–2 0–0 2–2 (a)
2016–17 First qualifying round Armenia Banants 4–1 1–0 5–1
Second qualifying round Israel Beitar Jerusalem 3–2 0–1 3–3 (a)
2020–21 Group stage Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1–2 0–4 4th
Greece PAOK 2–1 1–1
Spain Granada 0–2 1–2
2021–22 Third qualifying round Estonia Flora 1–0 1–2 (a.e.t.) 2–2 (5–4 p)
Play-off round Belgium Royal Antwerp 4–2 0–2 (a.e.t.) 4–4 (2–3 p)
2022–23 Play-off round Belgium Gent 2–0 2–0 4–0
Group stage England Manchester United 2–3 0–1 4th
Spain Real Sociedad 0–2 1–2
Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0–3 0–1

UEFA Conference League[edit]

UEFA Conference League
Season Round Rival Home Away Agg.
2021–22 Group Stage Switzerland Basel 1–1 1–3 3rd
Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–4 2–2
Kazakhstan Kairat 0–0 0–0
2023–24 Second qualifying round Azerbaijan Gabala 4–1 3–2 7–3
Third qualifying round Denmark Midtjylland 1–0 1–5 2–5
2024–25 Second qualifying round

UEFA Club ranking[edit]

Last updated: 29 February 2024



Current squad[edit]

As of 24 May 2024[66]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
5 DF Mali MLI Senou Coulibaly
6 DF Brazil BRA Marquinhos Cipriano
7 FW Cape Verde CPV Willy Semedo
8 MF Guinea-Bissau GNB Moreto Cassamá
9 FW Cyprus CYP Andronikos Kakoullis
14 FW Poland POL Mariusz Stępiński
15 FW Montenegro MNE Dušan Bakić
16 MF Sweden SWE Alexander Fransson
21 FW Serbia SRB Veljko Simić
22 DF Hungary HUN Ádám Lang
23 GK Nigeria NGA Francis Uzoho
24 MF Montenegro MNE Novica Eraković
No. Pos. Nation Player
30 DF Cyprus CYP Nikolas Panayiotou
31 MF Cyprus CYP Ioannis Kousoulos (captain)
40 GK Brazil BRA Fabiano
48 DF Morocco MAR Amine Khammas
74 MF Cyprus CYP Panayiotis Andreou
76 MF Cyprus CYP Charalampos Charalampous
79 FW Cyprus CYP Tahsin Özler
87 DF Cyprus CYP Constantinos Panteli
90 MF Ukraine UKR Roman Bezus
91 GK Cyprus CYP Sotiris Kelepeshis
98 GK Cyprus CYP Charalambos Kyriakides

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Cyprus CYP Constantinos Panagi (at Ethnikos Achna until 31 May 2024)
DF Cyprus CYP Alexandros Kaiafas (at MEAP Nisou until 31 May 2024)
DF Cyprus CYP Nikolas Kyriakides (at MEAP Nisou until 31 May 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Cyprus CYP Andreas Asimenos (at Olympiakos Nicosia until 31 May 2024)
FW Cyprus CYP Loizos Loizou (at Heerenveen until 30 June 2024)

Former players[edit]

For details of former players, see Category:AC Omonia players

Retired number[edit]

12The club's supporters (the 12th man)


Technical staff[edit]

Head coach Greece Giannis Anastasiou
Assistant coach Cyprus Marios Nicolaou
Head of Scouting Cyprus Simos Tarapoulouzis
Physical fitness coaches Cyprus Savvas Lithraggomitis
Cyprus Giorgos Georgiou
Goalkeeping coach Cyprus Andreas Lougrides
Performance Analyst Cyprus Athanasios Aggeli
Football Analyst Cyprus Kyriakos Panagiotou


Team Manager Cyprus Isavella Panaretou
Team Officer Cyprus Takis Kofteros
Doctor Cyprus Andreas Petrou
Physiotherapists Cyprus Evaggelos Nicolaou
Cyprus Marios Paraskeva
Cyprus Costas Piponas
Chiropractor Cyprus Giorgos Oxinos
Νutritionist Cyprus Elina Grigoriou
Masseur Cyprus Nicolai Temelkov
Scouters Germany Rainer Rauffmann
Cyprus Nicolas Theodosiou
Plant Administrator Cyprus Andreas Papastavrou
Caregiver Cyprus Giorgos Karagiannis
Cyprus Giorgos Hadjievaggelou
Cyprus Thanasis Risvanis



AC Omonia[edit]

Position Name
President Cyprus Marios Argyrides
Vice President A' Cyprus Matheos Papapetrou
Vice President B' Cyprus Antonis Zymaras
General Secretary Cyprus Pavlos Nicolaides
General Secretary B' Cyprus Kiki Hadjisergi
Head of Finance Cyprus Sokratis Efstratiou
Member Cyprus Gianna Argyrou
Cyprus Costas Vasileiou
Cyprus Emilios Ioannou
Cyprus Christodoulos Kountouris
Cyprus Koullis Poyiadjis
Cyprus Polys Poumpouris
Cyprus Nikolas Philotheou
Cyprus Koullis Hadjigavriel
Cyprus Christos Lambrou

Source: [3] Archived 24 July 2019 at the Wayback Machine

Omonia FC[edit]

Position Name
President Cyprus Stavros Papastavrou
Vice President Cyprus Demetris Grigori
Member Cyprus Marios Argyrides
Cyprus Nikolas Georgiades
Cyprus Polys Malloupas
Cyprus Mattheos Papapetrou

Source: Archived 17 May 2020 at the Wayback Machine

Managerial history[edit]

Source: Trifylli Archived 2 September 2022 at the Wayback Machine (in Greek)

Presidential history[edit]

Here is the list of the previous presidents of Omonia:[68]

Name From To Honours
Takis Nikolaidis 1948 1974 4 Cypriot Championship, 3 Cypriot Cup, 1 Cypriot Super Cup, 4 CAFF Championship, 5 CAFF Cup
Kostas Limpouris 1974 1981 6 Cypriot Championship, 2 Cypriot Cup, 2 Cypriot Super Cup
Kostakis Konstantinides 1981 1989 6 Cypriot Championship, 3 Cypriot Cup, 5 Cypriot Super Cup
Panikos Neophytou 1989 1996 1 Cypriot Championship, 2 Cypriot Cup, 3 Cypriot Super Cup
Lakis Polykarpou 1996 2000 1 Cypriot Cup
Doros Seraphim 2000 2008 2 Cypriot Championship, 1 Cypriot Cup, 3 Cypriot Super Cup
Miltiades Neophytou 2008 2012 1 Cypriot Championship, 2 Cypriot Cup, 1 Cypriot Super Cup
Stelios Milonas 2012 2014 1 Cypriot Super Cup
Doros Seraphim 2014 2016
Antonis Tzionis 2016 2018
Loris Kyriakou 2018 2020
Marios Argyrides 2020 Present 1 Cypriot Championship, 2 Cypriot Cup, 1 Cypriot Super Cup


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