Aris Limassol FC

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Aris Limassol
Aris Limassol.png
Full name Aris Limassol Football Club
Nickname(s) Ελαφρά Ταξιαρχία (The Light Brigade)
Founded 1930; 87 years ago (1930)
Ground Tsirion Stadium,
Limassol, Cyprus
Ground Capacity 13,331
Chairman Stavros Demosthenous
Manager Nikolas Martides
League Cypriot First Division
2015–16 10th
Website Club home page

Aris Limassol (Greek: Άρης Λεμεσού) is a Greek Cypriot football club based in Limassol. The club's colours are green and white, its home is the Tsirion Stadium. Aris Limassol is one of the most historic football clubs in Cyprus dated since 1930.


One of the founder members of Cyprus Football Association, and was around between 5th and 7th position in the 1930s. During the 1940s, the team didn't compete in the Cypriot First Division, however they returned in the Cypriot Championship in 1954 and they were the first team to be relegated to the Second Division after finishing last in the table. The following season they became Champions in the Second Division and returned to be relegated again. Returning to the First Division, where after a good appearance in the First Division, they gained the fourth position.

Being one of the weakest teams in the First Division during the 1960s, they were finally relegated in 1969–70 as 12th and remained for two seasons in the Second Division. The situation changed for Aris between 1975 and 1980 when the team won again the fourth position in 1976–77 and 1978–79. Two years after winning the fourth position, in 1981 the team were relegated again after finishing last (14th) but returned as runners up the following season and finished 5th in 1985–86.

The greatest success of the club was in 1989 when the team qualified to the Cyprus Cup final, where they were beaten by AEL Limassol 2–3. The following season, in 1989–90, the club signed the Ukrainian Oleh Blokhin, the 1975 European Footballer of the Year, and helped them to win for another time the fourth position, which was the club's greatest position. After the end of the season, Blokhin ended his career playing for Aris Limassol.

After the relegation in 1992–93, the team won the following season for third time the Second Division Championship. Since 1996–97, when the club was in Cypriot First Division, the team was then every year relegated to the Cypriot Second Division and the following year was promoted to the Cypriot First Division. That situation ended in 2006–07, when the team finished 8th in the championship and managed to remain in the Cypriot First Division. Aris was relegated to the Cypriot Second Division in 2008–09, the team finished in 2nd place and played in the Cypriot First Division in 2009–10 but was relegated again. In 2009–10 it reached the Cyprus Cup semi-final. In the next season 2010–11 the club was again promoted but finished 3rd from bottom in the 2011–12 season and was yet again relegated. In 2012–13 Aris won the Cypriot Second Division and was again promoted to the Cypriot First Division only to be relegated again after the 2013–14 season. In 2014–15 Aris finished third in the second division and was promoted to the Cypriot First Division.

After 9 years of draught, Aris Limassol managed to remain in the Cypriot First Division in 2015–16 finishing in 10th place. Also, it was the only team that used more than 6 Cypriot players in the pitch in every match.


Aris has a smaller number of fans than other Limassol clubs, but these are very committed to their club. As a result, they are often referred to as "the 300 of Leonidas", in reference to the famous 300 Spartan soldiers that delayed the Persian army at Thermopylae.

Other Sport Departments[edit]

Although the football team forms the centre of sporting activity for Aris, the club has over the years maintained teams in other sports including basketball, table tennis and chess. The Aris chess team dominated Cypriot chess during the 1980s.


Additionally, the Aris choir was established in 1938 by the famous conductor and composer Solon Michaelides who remained its conductor until 1956 to undertake the direction of the National Orchestra of Salonica, Greece. In 1962, the choir made a new start under the direction of Marinos Mitellas and remains one of the best known Hellenic choirs performing in Cyprus, Greece and internationally.

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 September 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Gottfried Golz
2 Brazil DF Marco Aurélio
3 Cyprus DF Ioannis Efstathiou
6 Cyprus MF Andreas Pachipis
8 Cyprus MF Andreas Frangos (on loan from AEL Limassol)
9 Albania FW Vasil Shkurti
10 Brazil MF Rogério
11 Greece FW Markos Maragoudakis (Vice-captain)
15 Spain DF Alain Álvarez
16 Romania DF Andrei Radu
21 Cyprus DF Christos Theophilou (Captain)
22 Cyprus FW Minas Antoniou
27 Poland DF Tomasz Wełna
No. Position Player
28 Cyprus MF Kyriacos Pavlou
30 Cyprus MF Kyriacos Panagi
31 Greece GK Nikos Giannakopoulos (on loan from Panathinaikos)
32 Cyprus MF Evangelos Kyriacou
39 Cyprus GK Simos Tsiakkas
70 Nigeria MF Harmony Ikande
71 Colombia FW Oscar Guerrero Alvarado
80 Cyprus MF Andreas Masonou
87 Sweden MF Christer Youssef
92 Sweden DF Rasmus Sjöstedt
97 Cyprus GK Giannis Stefanou
98 Cyprus MF Andreas Charalambous
99 Argentina FW Silvio González

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. Position Player
- Cyprus DF Kypros Christoforou (on loan at APOEL)


Runners-up (1):1989
Winners (5): 1954, 1956, 1994, 2011, 2013


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