Ethnikos Achna FC

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Ethnikos Achna FC
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Full nameEthnikos Achnas Football Club
Nickname(s)Achniotes
Founded1968; 51 years ago (1968)
GroundDasaki Stadium, Dasaki Achnas
Capacity7,000
ChairmanKikis Filippou
ManagerPanayiotis Engomitis
LeagueSecond Division
2017–18First Division, 14th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
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 1997. 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 until 2018 when they were relegated again.

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 3 January 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 North Macedonia GK Martin Bogatinov
2 Cyprus DF Nicolas Fotiou
3 Cyprus DF Ioannis Efstathiou
4 Croatia DF Davor Rogač
5 Brazil MF Eduardo Pincelli (Captain)
6 Cyprus DF Sotiris Finiris
7 Cyprus FW Constantinos Elia
8 Greece FW Christos Marathonitis
9 Cyprus FW Andreas Kyprianou
10 Cyprus MF Christos Poyiatzis
12 Cyprus GK Polykarpos Anastasi
15 Cyprus MF Simeon Kone
16 North Macedonia MF Nikola Gligorov (Vice-captain)
No. Position Player
18 Ukraine MF Ihor Khudobyak
20 Cyprus MF Chrysovalantis Kapartis
21 North Macedonia DF Bojan Markoski
26 Cyprus DF Christoforos Christofi
27 Cyprus DF Giorgos Koushiappas
29 Cyprus MF Paraskevas Moiseos
35 Cyprus FW Andreas Elia
43 Cyprus MF Giorgos Papageorgiou
66 Cyprus MF Nikos Katzis
70 Cyprus FW Prodromos Therapontos
75 Cyprus DF Petros Ioannou
90 Croatia DF Drago Lovrić (on loan from Anorthosis Famagusta)
95 Cyprus GK Andreas Loizou

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers winter 2018–19.
Also, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2018.

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.
  2. ^ Macpherson, Graeme (29 January 2017). "Valdas Ivanauskas on Hearts 10 years on, working with Vladimir Romanov, and why Craig Gordon should sign for Chelsea". The Herald Scotland. Retrieved 26 October 2017.

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