Cyprus national football team

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Cyprus
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCyprus Football Association (CFA)
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRan Ben Shimon
Most capsIoannis Okkas (106)
Top scorerMichalis Konstantinou (32)
Home stadiumGSP Stadium, Nicosia
FIFA codeCYP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 93 Steady (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest43 (September 2010)
Lowest142 (June 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 103 Increase 3 (30 July 2019)[2]
Highest69 (22 March 2000)
Lowest141 (March 1992)
First international
Unofficial:
 Israel 3–1 Cyprus 
(Tel-Aviv, Israel; 30 July 1949)
Official:
 Cyprus 1–1 Israel 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 13 November 1960)
Biggest win
 Cyprus 5–0 Andorra 
(Limassol, Cyprus; 15 November 2000)
 Cyprus 5–0 Andorra 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 16 November 2014)
 Cyprus 5–0 San Marino 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 21 March 2019)
Biggest defeat
 West Germany 12–0 Cyprus 
(Essen, West Germany; 21 May 1969)

The Cyprus national football team (Greek: Εθνική ομάδα ποδοσφαίρου της Κύπρου) represents Cyprus in association football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Ran Ben Shimon.

History[edit]

The team's first match took place on 23 July 1949, one year after becoming a member of the world governing body FIFA: a friendly against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Tel Aviv, ending in a 3–3 draw. Seven days later, the team had its first international game: a 3–1 defeat against Israel in the same city.

In November 1962 Cyprus qualified for the World Cup go there first time in history, although losing 2 of there 3 games in the group the held the past champions west Germany to a 1-1 draw

In 1974, the national team enjoyed one of their most famous victories when they beat Northern Ireland 1–0 in Nicosia. On 12 February 1983, as part of the Euro 1984 qualifiers, Cyprus held world champions Italy to a 1–1 draw in Tsirio Stadium in Limassol, followed a month later by the same result against Czechoslovakia. Four years later, in the Euro 1988 qualification, Cyprus recorded their first ever point achieved in an away match, against Poland. In 1989 they drew 1–1 with France in the World Cup qualifying match. Despite a number of triumphs on home soil, Cyprus had to wait until 1992 to record their first away win: a 2–0 victory against the Faroe Islands.

Results in qualifying tournaments have also improved considerably in recent times. In the qualifying stages for the 1996 UEFA European Championship, Cyprus drew 1–1 with holders Denmark. Four years later, they missed out on a place in the 2000 European Football Championship despite 3–2 victories against both Spain and Israel and a 4–0 win over San Marino.

On 15 November 2000, Cyprus scored their biggest win in history by beating Andorra in Limassol 5–0 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 7 October 2006, as part of the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Cyprus caused a major upset by beating the Republic of Ireland 5–2 in New GSP Stadium in Nicosia, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambides each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis one goal. Just one month later, on 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the World Cup semi-finalists Germany to a 1–1 draw at home. On 13 October 2007, they beat Wales 3–1 in Nicosia. On 17 October 2007, Cyprus came close to a historic away victory in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland, but the hosts equalised in the last minute of the game, and the match ended 1–1. On 3 September 2010, as part of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Cyprus claimed a historic result against Portugal after drawing 4–4 in Guimarães.

During the Euro 2016 qualifying, Cyprus national football team managed by Pambos Christodoulou claimed one of their most historic victories by defeating 2014 World Cup participant Bosnia with 2–1 in Zenica. In the last group match, the team faced Bosnia needing a victory to finish in 3rd and rely on Belgium to beat Israel in Brussels. As fate would have it, the Bosnians won the reverse 3–2 and qualified to play-offs at the expense of the home team, who at one point took a 2–1 lead during first half and for number of minutes held onto 3rd spot and a berth in the play-offs for a first time in history, as Belgium, a soon to be World number 1 side, were comfortably beating Israel at home.[3]

Cyprus would finish behind Estonia and ahead of Gibraltar to place 5th of 6 teams in Group H in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[4] Their qualification run would include an impressive 3-2 home victory over Bosnia.[5]

Kit[edit]

On 7 October 2006, a new kit was made by Diadora. It outlines a map of Cyprus in amber from the shoulder to the sleeve, with a green line running down the middle to indicate the division of the island. This kit was used for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, and was replaced by a kit made by Adidas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. For 2018 Macron will replace Adidas as part of the UEFA's Kit Assistance Scheme programme.

Kit provider Period
Italy Lotto 0000–2000
Italy Errea 2000–2002
England Umbro 2002–2006
Italy Diadora 2006–2008
Germany Adidas 2008–2018
Italy Macron 2018–present

Home stadium[edit]

Cyprus currently plays home matches at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Home matches had previously been staged at different stadiums all around the country. Until 1974 Cyprus used either the old GSP Stadium in central Nicosia, or the GSE stadium in Famagusta. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, some matches were played at Tsirion Stadium in Limassol and the Makario Stadium in Nicosia. In 1999, the building of the New GSP Stadium in Nicosia provided a new home for the national team but in 2008 a change of sponsorship forced home fixtures for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. However, Cyprus returned to the GSP Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round matches.

Total results and records[edit]

As of 9 June 2017.

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
FIFA World Cup qualification 110 14 13 83 83 290
European Championship qualification 104 16 14 74 83 268
Friendly matches 120 35 31 54 130 174
TOTAL 334 65 58 211 296 732

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

2012 Cyprus national football team in Bulgaria.
FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 7
England 1966 4 0 0 4 0 19
Mexico 1970 6 0 0 6 2 35
West Germany 1974 6 1 0 5 1 14
Argentina 1978 6 0 0 6 3 24
Spain 1982 8 0 0 8 4 29
Mexico 1986 6 0 0 6 3 18
Italy 1990 8 0 1 7 6 20
United States 1994 10 2 1 7 8 18
France 1998 8 3 1 4 10 15
South Korea Japan 2002 10 2 2 6 13 31
Germany 2006 10 1 1 8 8 20
South Africa 2010 10 2 3 5 14 16
Brazil 2014 10 1 2 7 4 15
Russia 2018 10 3 1 6 9 18
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 114 15 13 86 87 299

European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did not enter
Spain 1964
Italy 1968 Did not qualify
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016
Europe 2020 To be determined
Germany 2024
Total 0/15

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Belgium Russia Kazakhstan Scotland Cyprus San Marino
1  Belgium 4 4 0 0 11 1 +10 12 Qualify for final tournament 3–1 3–0 3–0 19 Nov 10 Oct
2  Russia 4 3 0 1 15 3 +12 9 16 Nov 9 Sep 10 Oct 1–0 9–0
3  Kazakhstan 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 6[a] 13 Oct 0–4 3–0 10 Oct 4–0
4  Scotland (X) 4 2 0 2 4 7 −3 6[a] 9 Sep 6 Sep 19 Nov 2–1 13 Oct
5  Cyprus 4 1 0 3 6 5 +1 3 0–2 13 Oct 6 Sep 16 Nov 5–0
6  San Marino 4 0 0 4 0 20 −20 0 6 Sep 19 Nov 16 Nov 0–2 9 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 11 June 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least play-offs.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Kazakhstan 3, Scotland 0.

Matches[edit]

The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 2 December 2018 in Dublin.[6][7] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Cyprus 5–0 San Marino
Report

Cyprus 0–2 Belgium
Report

Scotland 2–1 Cyprus
Report

Russia 1–0 Cyprus
Report

Cyprus v Kazakhstan
Report

San Marino v Cyprus
Report

Kazakhstan v Cyprus
Report

Cyprus v Russia
Report

Cyprus v Scotland
Report

Belgium v Cyprus
Report

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Scotland and Russia on 8 and 11 June 2019 respectively.[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Urko Pardo (1983-01-28) 28 January 1983 (age 36) 7 0 Cyprus Alki Oroklini
22 1GK Neofytos Michael (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Greece PAS Giannina
1 1GK Constantinos Petrou (1997-09-23) 23 September 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni

19 2DF Konstantinos Laifis (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 26) 30 3 Belgium Standard Liège
15 2DF Marios Antoniades (1990-05-14) 14 May 1990 (age 29) 15 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
13 2DF Ioannis Kousoulos (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 23) 12 2 Cyprus Omonia
3 2DF Nicholas Ioannou (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 23) 12 0 Cyprus APOEL
5 2DF Giorgos Vasiliou (1984-06-12) 12 June 1984 (age 35) 11 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
6 2DF Fanos Katelaris (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 22) 8 1 Cyprus Omonia

7 3MF Georgios Efrem (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 30) 45 4 Cyprus APOEL
11 3MF Andreas Avraam (1987-06-06) 6 June 1987 (age 32) 41 5 Cyprus AEL Limassol
18 3MF Kostakis Artymatas (1993-04-15) 15 April 1993 (age 26) 34 0 Cyprus APOEL
17 3MF Renato Margaça (1985-07-17) 17 July 1985 (age 34) 19 0 Cyprus Nea Salamina
21 3MF Anthony Georgiou (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 22) 6 0 Spain Levante
16 3MF Matija Špoljarić (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 22) 4 0 Cyprus Alki Oroklini
20 3MF Ioannis Kosti (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Cyprus Nea Salamina
23 3MF Ioannis Pittas (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni
2 3MF Michalis Ioannou (2000-06-30) 30 June 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta

10 4FW Pieros Sotiriou (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 26) 35 8 Denmark Copenhagen
9 4FW Nestoras Mitidis (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 28) 32 5 Cyprus AEL Limassol
14 4FW Andreas Makris (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 23) 23 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
8 4FW Minas Antoniou (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Cyprus APOEL

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Cyprus squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Constantinos Panagi (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 (age 24) 18 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Belgium, 24 March 2019
GK Antonis Georgallides (1982-01-30) 30 January 1982 (age 37) 66 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia v.  Slovenia, 16 October 2018
GK Andreas Christodoulou (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Norway, 19 November 2018

DF Jason Demetriou (1987-11-18) 18 November 1987 (age 31) 50 1 England Southend United v.  Belgium, 24 March 2019
DF Giorgos Merkis (1984-07-30) 30 July 1984 (age 35) 49 1 Cyprus APOEL v.  Belgium, 24 March 2019
DF Dossa Júnior (1986-08-27) 27 August 1986 (age 32) 24 1 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Belgium, 24 March 2019
DF Christos Wheeler (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Belgium, 24 March 2019
DF Valentinos Sielis (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 29) 16 1 South Korea Gangwon FC v.  Norway, 19 November 2018
DF Andreas Karo (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Cyprus Pafos FC v.  Norway, 19 November 2018

MF Grigoris Kastanos (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 21) 19 1 Italy Juventus v.  Belgium, 24 March 2019
MF Fotios Papoulis (1985-01-22) 22 January 1985 (age 34) 6 1 Cyprus Apollon Limassol v.  Belgium, 24 March 2019
MF Vincent Laban (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 34) 28 3 Free agent v.  Norway, 19 November 2018
MF Chambos Kyriakou INJ (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 24) 20 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol v.  Norway, 19 November 2018
MF Giorgos Economides (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 29) 12 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Norway, 19 November 2018
MF Gerasimos Fylaktou (1991-07-24) 24 July 1991 (age 28) 4 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou v.  Norway, 19 November 2018
MF Vasilios Papafotis (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopias v.  Norway, 19 November 2018
MF Dimitris Froxylias (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 26) 2 0 England Haringey Borough v.  Jordan, 20 May 2018

FW Demetris Christofi (1988-09-28) 28 September 1988 (age 30) 52 8 Cyprus Omonia v.  Slovenia, 16 October 2018
FW Onisiforos Roushias (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 27) 8 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Norway, 19 November 2018
FW Panagiotis Zachariou (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 23) 2 1 Cyprus Pafos FC v.  Norway, 19 November 2018

  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended

Head to head records[edit]

As of 24 March 2019.

Past managers[edit]

As of 1 December 2015.[9][10]

Player records[edit]

As of 10 October 2017.

Most capped players[edit]

# Name Period Caps Goals
1 Ioannis Okkas 1997–2011 106 27
2 Constantinos Charalambides 2003–2016 96 12
3 Michalis Konstantinou 1998–2012 86 32
4 Pambos Pittas 1987–1999 82 7
5 Constantinos Makrides 2004–2017 77 5

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Michalis Konstantinou 1998–2012 86 32
2 Ioannis Okkas 1997–2011 106 27
3 Constantinos Charalambides 2003–2016 96 12
4 Efstathios Aloneftis 2005–2017 62 10
Marios Agathokleous 1994–2003 38 10

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches in March and November 2019, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
Citation
  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ uefa.com (13 October 2015). "Bosnia and Herzegovina in play-offs, Cyprus out". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
  5. ^ "Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Football Match Summary - August 31, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying schedule: all the fixtures". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  7. ^ "European Qualifiers 2018–20: Group stage fixture list" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Η κλήση της Εθνικής Ανδρών για τους αγώνες με Σαν Μαρίνο και Βέλγιο". www.cfa.com.cy (in Greek). Cyprus Football Association. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Cyprus Football Association – Εθνική Ανδρών: Προπονητές".
  10. ^ "Cyprus National Team Coaches". www.rsssf.com.

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