Ayia Napa FC

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Ayia Napa FC
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Full name Athlitikos Omilos Ayias Napas
Founded 14 July 1990; 28 years ago (1990-07-14)
Ground Tasos Markou Municipal Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,800
Chairman Costas Elia
Manager Marios Karas
League Second Division
2017–18 Second Division, 4th

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 achievement of Ayia Napa FC's history was in the 2005–06 season after the team finished 3rd in Cypriot Second Division and was promoted to the Cypriot First Division. Despite it being their maiden appearance in the First Division, Ayia Napa proved a formidable force for other First Division sides in the 2006–07 season. In their first match in the division, they achieved a surprise away draw against Anorthosis Famagusta, which were followed by two more draws, including one against First Division Heavyweights Omonia Nicosia. In their first 12 matches overall they achieved several draws, including another home draw against APOEL. However, they had to wait until the 13th matchday for their first victory, when the team beat Aris Limassol 4–1. By the middway point of the season, the team had lost just 5 times. On January 14 2007, in the reverse fixture of their earlier draw, Ayia Napa beat Omonia Nicosia 2–1, arguably the most impressive result in the clubs' history. After that victory there were a few more successful results and the club looked like they may avoid relegation. However, the team lost their last seven First Division matches of the season and ended up relegated.

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 2017

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 Andreas Kittou
3 Cyprus MF Nektarios Tziortzis
4 Cyprus MF Andreas Gkougkouris
5 Cyprus MF Paris Panayiotou
6 Portugal MF Julien Fernandes
7 Cyprus MF Costas Markou
8 Cyprus MF Andreas Papadopoulos
10 Cyprus FW Alekos Alekou
11 Cyprus FW Marios Zannettou
12 Cyprus DF Stylianos Stylianou
13 Cyprus GK Panayiotis Panayiotou
No. Position Player
14 Comoros MF Halifa Soulé
17 Cyprus MF Marios Laifis
19 Cyprus MF Elias Georgiou (Captain)
22 Cyprus DF Kyriacos Panagi
26 Greece MF Rafail Gioukaris
27 France DF Robin Lafarge
30 Cyprus FW Demetris Machattou
53 Ghana DF Daniel Mensah
56 England MF Alistair Slowe
76 Cyprus DF Marios Peratikos
77 Venezuela DF Raúl González

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2017.

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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