Cypriot First Division
The Cypriot First Division is the top tier football league competition in Cyprus, run by the Cyprus Football Association. Since February 2016, it is sponsored by Cyta and thus known as Cyta Championship. The league is contested by 14 teams and runs from August to May, Football was introduced to Cyprus early in the 20th century by the British. Initially played in the schools, it proved hugely popular. Since 1911, when Anorthosis Famagusta FC was founded, many clubs were established, every season, the championship was organized by a different football club which caused some conflicts between some of the teams. As football became established, the clubs were united in agreeing that an official body was needed to regulate the sport. And in September 1934, the Cyprus Football Association was formed, the first Champions of Cyprus were Trust in 1935 but the club folded three years later. The 1930s were dominated by APOEL, who won five championship in a row until 1940, like other Championships in the World, the Cypriot Championship was interrupted, due to World War II from 1941 until 1945.
World War II was followed by the Greek Civil War, which caused a lot of fanaticism between Greeks, since the majority of the island are Greek Cypriots, it had a lot of influence in their society too, including sport. In 1948, some clubs were involved in politics and criticized the left-wing as responsible for the War, several footballers from those clubs criticized their club but that followed the expulsion of those players from their teams. Those players went on to establish new clubs with their own Association. Until 1953 there were two separate football Championships in Cyprus and two different Associations, however, in 1953, the two Associations unified Cypriot football, and the teams which were established in 1948 under the separate association, were allowed to become members of the CFA. Only Omonia was accepted into the First Division, and due to the addition of more clubs that season and promotion began in Cypriot football. The Cypriot Championship unification, lasted for two seasons.
The reason behind this was political, as the Turkish Cypriot leadership were supporting the partition of the island, this Federation was never recognized and no team of that federation could play in international competitions. The independence of Cyprus in 1960, was followed by full membership for the Cyprus Football Association to UEFA in 1962, from 1963, the champions of the Cyprus, could compete in the European Champions Cup and the Cup winners in the European Cup Winners Cup. Since 1971, the runners up in the Greek Cypriot First Division can compete in the UEFA Cup, from 1967 until 1974, the Greek Cypriot Champions were promoted to the Greek First National Division. However, due to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus that year, APOEL, the Greek Cypriot championship was abandoned in the 1963–64 season due to the bicommunal conflicts between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots
Danish 1st Division
The 1st Division is the second highest football league in Denmark, known as NordicBet Liga for sponsorship reasons. Division was the name of the highest level of football in Denmark, with the formation of the Danish Superliga, the second tier of Danish football became the 1st Division. While all the teams in the Superliga are full-time professional the 1, Division has a mixture of full-time professional and semi-professional teams. The top-ranking teams each year win promotion to the Superliga, while the bottom finishers get relegated to the Danish 2nd Division, tV3 Sport 1 broadcasts one match per week from the league. After World War II the format of the football division in Denmark, the Championship League. There were 10 teams in the top once again, playing each other twice. The 1953–54 season saw the first non-Copenhagen team win the Danish championship, the championship title was not reclaimed by a Copenhagen team in more than ten years, until Akademisk Boldklub won the 1967 season. From 1958, the Danish championship was arranged through one year.
From 1958 to 1974, the tournament was expanded to 12 teams, playing each other twice for 22 games per season each, the number of teams was increased to 16 for the 1975 season, which resulted in 30 games per season. In 1986, the number of participants was altered more, this time decreasing the number of teams to 14. In 1991, the Danish Superliga was created and this meant the 1st Division became the second highest league. Together with the Superliga introduction the best Danish leagues changed back to autumn-spring seasons, in 1996, the 1st Division had its first name sponsor, as the league received the official name Faxe Kondi Divisionen after main sponsor Faxe Brewery. The sponsor deal ended in 2001, but from 2004 to mid-2007 it was named Viasat Sport Divisionen, the Sport was omitted upon the closing of the Viasat Sport-channels in Denmark, and the opening of TV2 Sport. The sponsorship finally ended prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, former 1st Division sponsors and logos, Official website