Cyprus national under-21 football team

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Cyprus U21
Nickname(s) Εθνική Ελπίδων
("National team of Hopes")
Association Cyprus Football Association
Head coach Nikos Andronikou
Captain Andreas Frangos
Most caps Marios Christodoulou (27)
Top scorer Christos Poyiatzis & Giorgos Nicolaou (5)
Home stadium AEK Arena - Georgios Karapatakis
First colours
Second colours
First international
Cyprus Cyprus 0 - 0 Spain Spain
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 1978)
Biggest win
Cyprus Cyprus 6 - 0 San Marino San Marino
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 2011)
Biggest defeat
Portugal Portugal 7 - 0 Cyprus Cyprus
(Abrantes, Portugal; 2001)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances None

The Cyprus national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team for Cyprus and like the senior team, is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association.

The team drew their first official match 0-0 in 1978 at home to Spain in a qualifying match for the 1980 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. They then drew 0-0 with the trophy holders Yugoslavia, also at home. They lost both away games though. And finished last in the group of three teams, with two points from four games, and so did not qualify for the Finals.

In the qualifying stages for the 1982 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, Cyprus made history when they defeated France 2-1 in Cyprus as it was the countries first ever official victory at National or Under-21 football level. The scorer of the Cypriot goals was Islington born Kikis Kyriacou of Olympiakos Nicosia whose promising career was brought to a premature end following a horrific leg injury.

In the qualifying stages for the 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, the team beat Greece 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Sweden who went on to reach the Final. Cyprus finished last in their qualifying group with three points, the same number as Greece.

The Under 21 team made gradual improvements and in September 1999, in a qualifying match for the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, drew 1-1 in Spain, the eventual winners of the competition. The team finished fourth out of five teams in their qualifying group, ahead of Austria.

The qualifying stages for the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship provided the greatest achievement for the Cyprus under-21 national team to date, when they finished second in Qualification Group One, with 15 points, winning five of their eight matches. France won the group with 22 points, seven points ahead of Cyprus.

In 2004, Cyprus joined the European Union, and Cypriot teams took advantage of the Bosman rule bringing in foreign players. This has meant that young Cypriot players are now not as common in the Cypriot First Division and is therefore also having an adverse effect on the under-21 national team.

European Championship record Under-21[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD Pld W D L GF GA GD
1978 Did not enter -
1980[1] Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 1 5 −4
1982[2] 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3
1984[3] 6 0 0 6 4 14 −10
1986[4] 6 0 2 4 3 13 -10
1988[5] 6 1 0 5 4 18 −14
1990[6] 4 0 1 3 0 3 −3
1992[7] 6 1 1 4 3 15 −12
France 1994[8] 8 0 0 8 4 21 −17
Spain 1996[9] 10 3 1 6 10 25 −15
Romania 1998[10] 8 3 1 4 16 15 +1
Slovakia 2000[11] 8 1 3 4 7 18 −11
Switzerland 2002[12] 8 3 0 5 9 17 −8
Germany 2004[13] 8 5 0 3 12 5 +7
Portugal 2006[14] 8 0 1 7 2 17 -15
Netherlands 2007[15] 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3
Sweden 2009[16] 8 2 0 6 9 15 −6
Denmark 2011[17] 8 2 0 6 8 13 −5
Israel 2013[18] 10 4 0 6 16 20 −4
Czech Republic 2015[19] 8 2 0 6 7 21 −14
Poland 2017 5 0 1 4 2 12 −10
Italy San Marino 2019 Qualification in progress 8 2 0 6 7 18 -11
Total 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 139 32 19 99 132 286 −154

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium (Y) 9 7 2 0 20 5 +15 23 Final tournament 1–1 0–0 3–0 3–2 2–1
2  Sweden (Y) 9 6 2 1 19 5 +14 20 Play-offs if among four best runners-up 16 Oct 0–1 1–0 4–1 3–0
3  Turkey (E) 9 4 2 3 12 9 +3 14 1–2 0–3 0–0 4–0 4–2
4  Hungary (E) 8 3 2 3 10 10 0 11 0–3 2–2 16 Oct 4–0 2–1
5  Cyprus (E) 9 2 0 7 7 22 −15 6 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–1
6  Malta (E) 8 0 0 8 5 22 −17 0 0–4 0–4 0–1 12 Oct 16 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 11 September 2018. Source: UEFA
(E) Eliminated; (Y) Assured of at least second place.

Friendly matches[edit]

Coaching staff[20][edit]

Position Name
Coach Cyprus Nikos Andronikou
Assistant Coach Cyprus Venizelos Tziambazis
Goalkeeper Coach Cyprus Christoforos Loizou
Fitness Coach Cyprus Constantinos Rostantis

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to participate in the friendly game against Russia U21 on 20 May 2018.

Caps and goals are correct as of 20 May 2018, after match against Russia U21. [21]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Andreas Paraskevas (1998-09-15) September 15, 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Cyprus APOEL
12 1GK Demetris Demetriou (1999-01-15) January 15, 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta

2 2DF Harry Kyprianou (1997-03-16) March 16, 1997 (age 21) 3 0 England Southend United
13 2DF Panayiotis Artymatas (1998-11-12) November 12, 1998 (age 19) 9 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
14 2DF Leonidas Kyriakou (1998-02-24) February 24, 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Cyprus THOI Lakatamia
15 2DF Paris Psaltis (1996-11-12) November 12, 1996 (age 21) 10 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou
18 2DF Zacharias Adoni (1999-07-13) July 13, 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopias
19 2DF Constantinos Sotiriou (1996-06-21) June 21, 1996 (age 22) 10 1 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
20 2DF Kostas Pilea (1998-12-11) December 11, 1998 (age 19) 5 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta

3 3MF Sean Ioannou (1998-01-18) January 18, 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Cyprus Anagennisi Deryneia
4 3MF Giorgos Papageorgiou (1997-06-07) June 7, 1997 (age 21) 5 1 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna
5 3MF Matija Špoljarić (1997-04-02) April 2, 1997 (age 21) 7 0 Cyprus Alki Oroklini
6 3MF Giannis Panayides (1999-10-06) October 6, 1999 (age 18) 2 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
7 3MF Kyriacos Panagi (1996-04-22) April 22, 1996 (age 22) 15 0 Cyprus Aris Limassol
10 3MF Andreas Frangos (captain) (1997-01-19) January 19, 1997 (age 21) 14 2 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni FC
16 3MF Jack Roles (1999-02-26) February 26, 1999 (age 19) 1 0 England Tottenham U23
17 3MF Christos Hadjipaschalis (1999-08-01) August 1, 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta

8 4FW Michalis Charalambous (1999-01-29) January 29, 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Portugal Varzim
9 4FW Nikolas Mattheou (1998-05-07) May 7, 1998 (age 20) 5 0 Greece A.E. Karaiskakis F.C.
11 4FW Ioannis Pittas (1996-07-10) July 10, 1996 (age 22) 18 2 Cyprus Apollon Limassol

Recent Callups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Giorgos Tasouris (1996-01-16) January 16, 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Cyprus Ethnikos Assia v.  Israel, 23 March 2017
GK Andreas ChristodoulouA (1997-03-26) March 26, 1997 (age 21) 10 0 Cyprus Omonia Nicosia v.  Sweden, 27 March 2018

DF Rafael Anastasiou (1997-06-09) June 9, 1997 (age 21) 8 1 Cyprus Anagennisi Deryneia v.  Hungary, 14 November 2017
DF Thanasis Liasides (1997-01-14) January 14, 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Cyprus THOI Lakatamia v.  Czech Republic, 1 June 2017
DF Christos Wheeler (1997-01-29) January 29, 1997 (age 21) 15 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Sweden, 27 March 2018
DF Andys Nikolaou (1996-03-10) March 10, 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Cyprus PAEEK v.  Sweden, 5 September 2017
DF Ioannis KousoulosA (1996-06-14) June 14, 1996 (age 22) 15 0 Cyprus Nea Salamina v.  Hungary, 14 November 2017
DF Andreas KaroA (1996-09-09) September 9, 1996 (age 22) 16 2 Cyprus Nea Salamina v.  Sweden, 27 March 2018

MF Georgios Christodoulou (1997-08-17) August 17, 1997 (age 21) 5 1 Cyprus Pafos FC v.  Belgium, 10 October 2017
MF Antonis Koumis (1999-02-11) February 11, 1999 (age 19) 12 0 Cyprus ENP Paralimni v.  Hungary, 14 November 2017

FW Theodoros Iosifidis (1997-01-17) January 17, 1997 (age 21) 10 1 Spain CF Fuenlabrada B v.  Hungary, 14 November 2017
FW Marios EliaA (1996-05-19) May 19, 1996 (age 22) 13 1 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Sweden, 27 March 2018

  • A Called up by the Cyprus A National Team
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended

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