Cyprus national football team
|Association||Cyprus Football Association (CFA)|
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
|Head coach||Temur Ketsbaia|
|Most caps||Ioannis Okkas (103)|
|Top scorer||Michalis Konstantinou (32)|
|Home stadium||GSP Stadium|
|Current||111 1 (6 April 2023)|
|Highest||43 (September 2010)|
|Lowest||142 (June 2014)|
Israel 3–1 Cyprus
(Tel Aviv, Israel; 30 July 1949)
Cyprus 1–1 Israel
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 13 November 1960)
| 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)
| 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 international 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 Temur Ketsbaia.
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 by Israel in the same city.
In November 1960, following independence from British rule, Cyprus drew its first post-independence official match 1–1 against Israel, as part of the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament. Cyprus' first international victory was a 3–1 win over Greece on 27 November 1963 in a friendly. On 17 February 1968, Cyprus recorded their first competitive win, beating Switzerland 2–1 in a European Championship qualifying match in Old GSP Stadium in Nicosia.
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 UEFA Euro 2000 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 at GSP Stadium in Nicosia, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambidis each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis finishing off the match. Just one month later, on 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the previous World Cup's hosts 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 4–4 draw against Portugal in Guimarães.
During the Euro 2016 qualification phase, Cyprus, managed by Pambos Christodoulou, claimed one of their most historic victories by defeating 2014 World Cup participant Bosnia 2–1 in Zenica. In the last group match, the team faced Bosnia, needing a victory to finish 3rd and rely on Belgium to beat Israel in Brussels. As fate would have it, the Bosnians won the reverse leg 3–2 and qualified to the play-offs at the expense of the home team, who at one point took a 2–1 lead during the first half and for a number of minutes held onto 3rd place and a berth in the play-offs for the first time in history, as Belgium, a soon to be world number 1 side, were comfortably beating Israel at home.
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. Their qualification run would include an impressive 3–2 home victory over Bosnia.
In the Euro 2020 qualifiers, Cyprus beat San Marino 5–0 but they lost to Belgium and Scotland. Even though they beat Kazakhstan 1–2 away from home, they lost their last three games and finished 4th out of 6 teams in the group, just ahead of Kazakhstan and San Marino.
The 2020–21 UEFA Nations League was a big disappointment for Cyprus. They lost their first three games against Montenegro 0–2, Azerbaijan 0–1 and Luxembourg 2–0 and drew with Azerbaijan 0–0 in the fourth game. Even though they beat Luxembourg 2–1 at home, they were crushed 4–0 by Montenegro in their last game and finished last in their group. This meant that they had to face Estonia in the relegation play-offs. They defeated Estonia 2–0 on aggregate, with goals from Marinos Tzionis and Pieros Sotiriou.
The 2022–2023 Nations League ended in another big disappointment for Cyprus. In their opening game, Cyprus lost 2–0 to Kosovo with Kosovo scoring two late second half goals then after a quite good performance failed to score against Northern Ireland with the game ending in a scoreless draw 0-0. In the next game, Cyprus got crushed by Greece 3-0. Cyprus got a 0–2 lead against Northern Ireland with Andronikos Kakoullis scoring twice but Cyprus could not hold the lead as Northern Ireland equalised with a 94th minute goal by Jonny Evans, with Cyprus failing to win for the 4th time in the UEFA Nations League. In spite of all odds being stacked against them, Cyprus pulled off a miracle win against top of the group Greece which had won all their games in the group at Larnaca with an early first half goal from Marinos Tzionis. In the final game of the group, Cyprus was defeated by Kosovo 5-1, finishing in the last place of their group.
On 7 October 2006, Diadora unveiled Cyprus' new kit. 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 controversial kit was used for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying phase. Then, Adidas made Cyprus' kits for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification phases. In 2018, Macron replaced Adidas as part of UEFA's Kit Assistance Scheme.
Cyprus currently play their home matches at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia or the AEK Arena in Larnaca. 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 the 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 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification phase to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca. However, Cyprus returned to the GSP Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying phase.
Results and fixtures
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|2 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Cyprus||0–2||Kosovo||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis|
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (France)
|5 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Cyprus||0–0||Northern Ireland||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis|
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
|9 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Greece||3–0||Cyprus||Volos, Greece|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Panthessaliko Stadium|
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)
|12 June 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Northern Ireland||2–2||Cyprus||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
||Stadium: Windsor Park|
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
|24 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Cyprus||1–0||Greece||Larnaca, Cyprus|
||Report||Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis|
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
|27 September 2022 2022–23 Nations League||Kosovo||5–1||Cyprus||Pristina, Kosovo|
Muriqi 52', 84'
|Report||Roberge 81'||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
|16 November 2022 Friendly||Cyprus||0–2||Bulgaria||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis|
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
|20 November 2022 Friendly||Israel||2–3||Cyprus||Petah Tikva, Israel|
||Stadium: HaMoshava Stadium|
Referee: Arda Kardeşler (Turkey)
|25 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Scotland||3–0||Cyprus||Glasgow, Scotland|
||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Referee: Duje Strukan (Croatia)
|28 March 2023 Friendly||Armenia||2–2||Cyprus||Yerevan, Armenia|
||Report||Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium|
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
|17 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Cyprus||v||Georgia||TBD, Cyprus|
|20 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Norway||v||Cyprus||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
|8 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Cyprus||v||Scotland||TBD, Cyprus|
|11 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Spain||v||Cyprus||TBD, Spain|
|12 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Cyprus||v||Norway||TBD, Cyprus|
|15 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Georgia||v||Cyprus||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena|
|16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Cyprus||v||Spain||TBD, Cyprus|
|Assistant Manager||Mamuka Chakvetadze|
|Assistant Manager||Aleksandre Chanturishvili|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Irakli Kuchava|
|Physical Trainer||Giorgi Papunashvili|
|Match Analyst||Davit Arveladze|
- Argyrios Gavalas (1960–1967)
- Pambos Avraamidis (1968–1969)
- Ray Wood (1970–1971)
- Sima Milovanov (1972)
- Pambos Avraamidis (1972–1974)
- Panikos Iakovou (1974)
- Pambos Avraamidis (1975)
- Kostas Talianos (1976)
- Panikos Krystallis (1976–1977)
- Andreas Lazarides (1977)
- Kostas Talianos (1978–1982)
- Vasil Spasov (1982–1984)
- Panikos Iakovou (1984–1987)
- Takis Charalambous (1987)
- Panikos Iakovou (1988–1991)
- Andreas Michaelides (1991–1996)
- Stavros Papadopoulos (1997)
- Panikos Georgiou (1997–1999)
- Stavros Papadopoulos (1999–2001)
- Takis Charalambous (2001)
- Momčilo Vukotić (2001–2004)
- Angelos Anastasiadis (2005–2011)
- Nikos Nioplias (2011–2013)
- Pambos Christodoulou (2014–2015)
- Christakis Christoforou (2015–2017)
- Ran Ben Shimon (2017–2020)
- Johan Walem (2020–2021)
- Nikos Kostenoglou (2021–2022)
- Temur Ketsbaia (2022–)
The following players were called for the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match against Scotland on 25 March 2023 and the friendly match against Armenia on 28 March 2023.
- Caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2022, after the match against Armenia.
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||Andreas Christodoulou||26 March 1997||1||0||APOEL||v. Israel, 20 November 2022|
|GK||Ioakeim Toumbas||19 February 1999||0||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Kosovo, 27 September 2022|
|GK||Neofytos Michael||16 December 1993||15||0||APOEL||v. Northern Ireland, 12 June 2022|
|DF||Fanos Katelaris||26 August 1996||19||1||Oostende||v. Israel, 20 November 2022|
|DF||Stelios Andreou||24 July 2002||9||0||Charleroi||v. Israel, 20 November 2022|
|DF||Christos Shelis||2 February 2000||5||0||Volos||v. Israel, 20 November 2022|
|DF||Pavlos Correa||14 July 1998||2||0||Anorthosis Famagusta||v. Israel, 20 November 2022|
|MF||Matija Špoljarić||2 April 1997||15||0||Aris Limassol||v. Israel, 20 November 2022|
|MF||Rafail Mamas||4 March 2001||2||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Israel, 20 November 2022|
|MF||Fotis Papoulis||22 January 1985||27||3||Omonia||v. Kosovo, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Andreas Avraam||6 June 1987||48||5||Anorthosis Famagusta||v. Northern Ireland, 12 June 2022|
|MF||Giannis Satsias||28 December 2002||0||0||APOEL||v. Northern Ireland, 12 June 2022|
|FW||Pieros Sotiriou||13 January 1993||58||12||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||v. Kosovo, 27 September 2022|
- As of 7 September 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Cyprus.
Most capped players
- As of 28 March 2023.
|FIFA World Cup qualification||124||16||15||93||91||320|
|European Championship qualification||115||19||15||81||98||291|
|UEFA Nations League||20||4||6||10||13||31|
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||7|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifying record|
|1960||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify||6||1||0||5||3||25|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA Nations League record
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||C||2||To be determined||45th|
As of 28 March 2023.
Positive record Neutral record Negative record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||2||0||2|
|Republic of Ireland||10||1||1||8|
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