Ethnikos Achna FC

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Ethnikos Achna FC
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Full name Ethnikos Achnas Football Club
Nickname(s) Achniotes
Founded 1968; 49 years ago (1968)
Ground Dasaki Stadium, Achna
Ground Capacity 7,000
Chairman Kikis Filippou
Manager Valdas Ivanauskas
League Cypriot First Division
2016–17 First Division, 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

Ethnikos Achna (Greek: Εθνικός Άχνας) is a Cyprus football club based in the village of Achna. The club was founded in 1968. The club's president is Kikis Philippou. Ethnikos Achnas plays in the Dasaki Stadium, which has a capacity of 7000 seats. It is currently used mostly for football matches and was built in 2020. It is the only Cypriot team to win a UEFA competition.

History[edit]

The club played in the Cypriot Second Division until 1983 when it was promoted to the Cypriot First Division but was immediately relegated. Ethnikos was promoted to the First Division again in 1986 and stayed there for four seasons. Another two years in the Second Division ended with promotion to the First Division in 1992, where Ethnikos Achna have remained since.

The team's best overall national ranking is fourth in the 1994–95, 1997–98 and 2006–07 seasons. The club participated in the Cypriot Cup final once in 2002, where they were beaten by Anorthosis Famagusta 0–1.

European Competitions[edit]

Ethnikos Achna played five times in the UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Four times they were eliminated in the first round. However, in 2006 Ethnikos managed to win the UEFA Intertoto Cup and be one of the eleven winners of this year competition. After eliminating the Albanian team Partizani Tirana (winning at home 1–2 and losing away in Albania 2–1), they faced the Croatian team NK Osijek and tied both matches, the first leg in Osijek 2–2 and the second 0–0, becoming the only Cypriot team to advance to the third round of the Intertoto Cup. They exceeded this achievement by beating Maccabi Petah Tikva with a 2–0 victory away and a 2–3 loss at home, becoming one of eleven competition winners and progressing to the UEFA Cup second qualifying round and becoming the first Cypriot team to win a UEFA competition.

In the UEFA Cup, Ethnikos eliminated Roeselare with a 2–1 loss in Belgium and a 5–0 victory in Cyprus, qualifying for the first round. They were eliminated by Lens after drawing the first leg at home (played at GSP Stadium, Nicosia) 0–0 and losing 3–1 in France. Because of the success in Intertoto Cup, Ethnikos was awarded by Sports Journalists Union of Cyprus as the Sports Team of the Year of 2006. At the end of the same season, Ethnikos placed in the fourth position again and returned to the Intertoto Cup.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

International[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 August 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Macedonia GK Martin Bogatinov
16 Cyprus GK Michalis Panayiotou
23 Cyprus GK Zannetos Mytidis
33 Cyprus GK Chrysostomos Koukoumas
95 Poland GK Patryk Procek

2 Bulgaria DF Borislav Stoychev
15 Cyprus DF Symeon Kone
26 Republic of Macedonia DF Mite Cikarski
27 Cyprus DF Giorgos Koushiappas
28 Bulgaria DF Filip Filipov
55 Cyprus DF Demetris Moulazimis
66 Bulgaria DF Plamen Krachunov
90 Russia DF Aleksandr Dovbnya

5 Brazil MF Eduardo (3rd captain)
No. Position Player
6 Brazil MF Bruno Arrabal
10 Cyprus MF Christos Poyiatzis (Captain)
13 Cyprus MF Petros Chatziaros (Vice-captain)
22 Romania MF Andrei Enescu
24 Cyprus MF Paraskevas Koui
25 Cyprus MF Demetris Kyprianou
43 Cyprus MF Giorgos Papageorgiou
77 Romania MF Bogdan Gavrilă
88 Cyprus MF Georgios Aresti

7 Russia FW Nikolai Kipiani
19 Cyprus FW Ioannis Hadjivasilis
21 Georgia (country) FW Giorgi Iluridze
35 Cyprus FW Andreas Elia
99 Argentina FW Emilio Zelaya

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

On loan[edit]

Out Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The UEFA Intertoto Cup: Past Winners. Listed are all 11 teams that won the Intertoto Cup, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

External links[edit]

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