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Constantinos Charalambides
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Personal information
Full name Constantinos Charalambides
Date of birth (1981-07-25) 25 July 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Nicosia, Cyprus
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Right winger
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2005 APOEL 101 (25)
2005–2007 Panathinaikos 46 (1)
2006PAOK (loan) 16 (1)
2007–2008 Carl Zeiss Jena 12 (1)
2008–2016 APOEL 219 (41)
2016–2017 AEK Larnaca 23 (3)
National team
2003–2017 Cyprus 81 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 April 2018

Constantinos Charalambides (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Χαραλαμπίδης) (born 25 July 1981 in Nicosia) is a Cypriot retired footballer.

Club career[edit]


He began his career in the 1998–99 season with Cypriot club APOEL where he became a regular, appearing 121 times, and helped lead them to two championship titles on 2002 and 2004. He also won one Cup in 1999 and two Super Cups in 2002 and 2004.

Panathinaikos / PAOK[edit]

He then signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Panathinaikos in the middle the 2004–05 season. Charalambides would make a total of 44 league appearances for Panathinaikos, but in the summer of 2007 the club chose not to renew his contract. In his final season with Panathinaikos, Charalambides spent the first six months of the season on loan to PAOK, where he made 16 league appearances and scored one goal.

Carl Zeiss Jena[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Charalambides spent time on trial at English Championship side Cardiff City but eventually signed with German club FC Carl Zeiss Jena, playing in the 2. Bundesliga for the 2007–08 season.

In the first half of the 2007–08 season, Charalambides featured regularly for Carl Zeiss Jena, making 10 starts and 12 total appearances and scoring one goal, but in January 2008 he and the relegation-bound club agreed it was better for both the player and the club to part ways, and the contract was mutually terminated.


Not long thereafter, APOEL managed to lure Charalambides back to Cyprus to again play for his former team, and on 27 January he signed a four-year contract with APOEL.[1] Since then he won the 2007–08 Cypriot Cup, the 2008–09 Cypriot First Division and also two Cypriot Super Cups (2008 and 2009) with APOEL. He also appeared in five official 2009–10 UEFA Champions League group stage matches with APOEL.

The next year he won the 2010–11 Cypriot First Division adding another championship title to his honours list. The following season, he appeared in nine 2011–12 UEFA Champions League matches for APOEL and provided three assists to his teammates, in the club's surprising run to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The next season, he won again the 2012–13 Cypriot First Division, which was his 5th league title in his career with APOEL. During the 2013–14 season, he appeared in five 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage matches for APOEL and won all the titles in Cyprus, the Cypriot League,[2][3] the Cypriot Cup[4][5] and the Cypriot Super Cup.[6][7]

Charalambides made his only group stage appearance in APOEL's 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign on 17 September 2014, coming on as a 79th-minute substitute in his team's 1–0 defeat against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou.[8] In the 2014–15 season, he managed to add two more titles to his collection, as APOEL won again both the Cypriot championship and the cup.[9]

On 15 May 2016, in the match which he lifted the 2015–16 Cypriot First Division trophy as APOEL captain, he announced that it was his farewell appearance to a club where he had spent and captained for his almost entire career, appearing in more that 400 matches in all competitions and winning 18 domestic titles.[10]

AEK Larnaca[edit]

On 1 June 2016, Charalambides joined fellow Cypriot First Division club AEK Larnaca on a two-year contract.[11]

International career[edit]

Charalambides has been an important player for the Cypriot national team in recent years.[12] He scored twice in their famous 5–2 win over the Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2008 qualifiers in October 2006, and also scored in their 3–1 win over Wales during the same campaign. The midfielder also scored twice in Cyprus' 4–1 win over Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifying match in October 2009.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Cyprus' goal tally first.[13]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 February 2004 Makario Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Georgia 1–0 3–1 2004 Cyprus International Football Tournament
2. 2–0
3. 21 February 2004 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Kazakhstan 1–0 2–1 2004 Cyprus International Football Tournament
4. 8 February 2005 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Austria 1–1 1–1 (5–4 pen.) 2005 Cyprus International Football Tournament
5. 26 March 2005 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Jordan 1–0 2–1 Friendly
6. 7 October 2006 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Republic of Ireland 4–2 4–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
7. 5–2
8. 13 October 2007 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Wales 3–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
9. 12 August 2009 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–1 1–6 Friendly
10. 10 October 2009 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Bulgaria 1–0 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 2–0
12. 13 October 2015 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–1 2–3 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification


He is known for doing a flip when he scores a goal.




  1. ^ Υπογραφή συμβολαίου Κωνσταντίνου Χαραλαμπίδη [Kostas Charalambides Signed Contract] (in Greek). APOEL F.C. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sheridan strike hands APOEL Cypriot title". UEFA. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "AEL vs. APOEL 0–1". Soccerway. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  4. ^ ΕΡΜΗΣ ΑΡΑΔΙΠΠΟΥ 0–2 ΑΠΟΕΛ (in Greek). APOEL FC. 21 May 2014. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "APOEL vs. Ermis 2–0". Soccerway. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "APOEL FC 1–0 APOLLON". APOEL FC. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "APOEL vs. Apollon 1–0". Soccerway. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Piqué the head boy as Barça edge past APOEL". UEFA. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "APOEL secure league to wrap up Cypriot double". 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "APOEL and Anorthosis play out fitting season finale". 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Υπέγραψε ο Κωνσταντίνος Χαραλαμπίδης" (in Greek). Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Cyprus – Record International Players". 29 February 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Charalambides, Kostas". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 

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