Ayia Napa FC

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Ayia Napa FC
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Full name Athlitikos Omilos Ayias Napas
Founded 1990; 27 years ago (1990)
Ground Tasos Markou Municipal Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,800
Chairman Cyprus Christos Antoniou
Manager Cyprus Nikos Nikolaou
League Cypriot Second Division
2016–17 5th

Athlitikos Omilos Ayia Napa (Greek: Αθλητικός Όμιλος Αγία Νάπα, "Athletic Club Ayia Napa") is a Cypriot football club from the town of Ayia Napa. The club was founded in 1990 after the merger of two clubs: APEAN (Athlitiki Podosfairiki Enosis Ayias Napas; "Athletic Football Union of Ayia Napa") and ENAN (Enosis Neon Ayias Napas; "Youth Union Ayia Napa").

History[edit]

The club started in the Third Division (1990–91). They were promoted to Second Division in season 2000–01 after finishing 2nd in Third division. The team once played against Omonia Nicosia in Cup tournament. It lost 4–0 in the first match but came 2–2 in the second match.

Promotion to First Division[edit]

The biggest achievements of Ayia Napa FC's history was in season 2005–06 after it finished 3rd in Cyprus Second Division and was promoted to the Cypriot First Division also in the 2014–2015 season it avoided relegation for the first time in its history.

Despite their maiden presence in the First Division, Ayia Napa proved tough rival for every Cypriot team and has good presence in the 2006–07 season. From their first match they achieved the surprise by an away draw against Anorthosis Famagusta and that followed two more draws, the one of them against Omonia Nicosia. In the first 12 matches they achieved several draws, including another home draw against APOEL. However the first victory came in the 13th matchday, when the team beat Aris Limassol 4–1 and at the end of the first half of the season, the team was defeated only in 5 matches. Their most historical victory came on January 14, 2007, when the team beat one of the greatest clubs of the island Omonia Nicosia 2–1. After that victory, few more successful results came, however the team lost the last seven First Division matches of the season and was relegated again.

Cup qualification to the Quarter-finals[edit]

Another big achievement of Ayia Napa FC is the qualification to the cup's quarter-finals group stage in the 2007–08 season while the team was in the Cypriot Second Division. That season was the only team from Cypriot Second Division that qualified to quarter-finals. The club finished third in the group stages with wins against APOEL and Aris Limassol.

Stadium[edit]

The team's stadium is Municipal Stadium of Ayia Napa, which is a multi-use stadium in Ayia Napa. It is currently used mostly for football matches and holds 2,000 people. However the stadium was not suitable for first division matches, so for the season 2006–07, when Ayia Napa plays in First Division, the team is using for home the Tasos Markou Stadium in Paralimni.

The UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship was hosted in Cyprus in 1998 and the UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship in 1992 and the Ayia Napa Stadium was used for two matches of Republic of Ireland in each competition;[1] on June 19, 1998 their 5–2 victory against Croatia and four days later, their 3–0 Cyprus U-19 national team and qualified to the final where they went on to win the trophy. In 1992, the Irish were beaten by the Netherlands U-16 0–2 and tied by Spain 1–1.

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 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 Cyprus GK Giorgos Loizou
3 Cyprus MF Nektarios Tziortzis
5 Cyprus DF Marios Zannettou
6 Cyprus MF Sergios Panayiotou
7 Cyprus MF Costas Markou
8 Cyprus MF Constantinos Constantinou
9 Portugal FW José Embaló
10 Tunisia MF Mohamed Sassi
11 Cyprus FW Nicos Panayides
14 Cyprus DF Constantinos Xydias
15 Cyprus GK Ioannis Kasiakkis (on loan from Anagennisi Deryneia)
17 Cyprus FW Giorgos Nicolaou
19 Cyprus MF Elias Georgiou (Captain)
No. Position Player
21 Venezuela DF Andrés Rouga
23 Cyprus MF Zacharias Theodorou
26 Cyprus DF Antonis Machattou
28 Greece MF Petros Kaminiotis
30 Cyprus FW Andreas Christou
33 Republic of Macedonia DF Bojan Markovski
35 Cyprus MF Iasonas Ioannou
76 Cyprus DF Marios Peratikos
77 Cyprus MF Andreas Alcibiades
79 Cyprus FW Odysseas Doulgarides
73 Cyprus GK Constantinos Stefani
Cyprus DF Christoforos Christofi

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers winter 2016-17.

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 

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