Alki Larnaca FC
Alki Larnaca was a Cypriot football club based in the town of Larnaca. The club was founded in 1948 and the colours were blue. They reached the Cypriot Cup final on five occasions without a win,1979 was the best year in clubs history. They finished third in the Cypriot Championship and played the final in the Cypriot Cup, losing to APOEL Nicosia and that gave them the right to play in the UEFA Cup, where they were eliminated in the first round by Dinamo Bucharest. The team was crowned Champions of the Cypriot Second Division for the season 2009–10 and have participated in the Cypriot First Division since then
APOEL FC is a professional football club based in Nicosia, Cyprus. APOEL is the most popular team in Cyprus and they are the most successful with an overall tally of 25 championships,21 cups and 13 super cups. APOEL is the only Cypriot club who have reached the stages of both major UEFA competitions. The club was formed as POEL on 8 November 1926, the meeting took place at a traditional confectionery, owned by Charalambos Hadjioannou, downtown in Ledra Street and the first president of the club was Giorgos Poulias. The first clubhouse was the Athenians Club at the end of Ledra Street, hence it was decided to create a track and field team in addition to the football team. The name APOEL was adopted to reflect this, with the A standing for Athletic, soon after a volleyball team and a table tennis team were established. Cyprus did not have any country-wide league until 1932, Football clubs of the time played friendly matches only. In 1932, Pezoporikos Larnaca organised a league, the first island-wide league.
In 1934, there was a disagreement between Trust and Anorthosis Famagusta on the organisation of the unofficial league. APOEL and AEL Limassol organised a meeting for the foundation of a governing body. The meeting took place in APOELs clubhouse on 23 September and the establishment of the Cyprus Football Association was agreed, two years the APOEL football team celebrated its first championship title of the official Cyprus football league. APOEL won the championship for the four years, making this a very successful period for the club with 5 consecutive championships. Politics, would soon spark conflict within the team, several leftist club members perceived the telegram as a political comment on the Greek Civil War and they distanced themselves from the club. A few days later, on 4 June 1948, they founded AC Omonia, more conflicts led to further struggles for APOEL. Athletes belonging to the club participated in national clashes. During this period the team had their closest brush with relegation as most football players were actively taking part in the national struggle.
The football team were back to full strength and made their debut in European Competitions in 1963. Two victories for APOEL over both legs marked APOELs successful European debut, as became the first Hellenic team to progress in a European Competition
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe.
The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established and episkyros were Greek ball games.
An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Ammochostos Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the ground of Nea Salamis Famagusta FC. The original home ground of Nea Salamina FC was GSE Stadium in Famagusta, after that, Nea Salamis FC moved, temporarily, to Larnaca and built their own stadium. The decision to build the stadium came in 1989, the December of the same year it started to be built. After many wages offered from Salamis fans in Cyprus and abroad, from Cyprus Sports Association, the first official game of Nea Salamina Famagusta in the stadium was played on Saturday,12 October 1991 with Evagoras Paphos as opponent. The stadium hosted the 1992 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship final on 17 May 1992 between Germany and Spain where Germany won 2-1, in 1998 some improvement works took place in the stadium. Ammochostos Stadium has a capacity of 5000 seats and is located in Larnaca, soon, a third shuttle will be built and the stadium will hold 7,500 people.
Since 2007, under the shuttle of the stadium is the dwelling. Ammochostos Stadium named after the town of Famagusta, which was the seat of Nea Salamina before the Turkish invasion. The stadium was used for periods as a home ground by Alki Larnaca FC, AEL Limassol, Ermis Aradippou. Official web site of the club
Nea Salamis Famagusta FC
Nea Salamis Famagusta FC or Nea Salamina Famagusta FC is a professional football club based in Ammochostos, Cyprus. It has been a club since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The club is based in Larnaca. Nea Salaminas most notable achievements were its victories in the Cypriot Cup and its highest finish in the Cypriot First Division is third place. During its first five years, the participated in the Cyprus Amateur Football Federation championships. In 1953 the club joined the Cyprus Football Association, participating regularly in association championships and it has played in more than 50 Cypriot First Division seasons, ranking seventh in that category. The team participated for the first time in European competition in 1990 at the European Cup Winners Cup, the team is part of the Nea Salamina Famagusta sports club, which was founded in 1948, the parent club fields a mens volleyball team. The club is named after the ancient city of Cyprus, Salamis or Salamina, when Nea Salamina Famagusta was founded, Greece was entering a period of civil war between leftists and rightists.
The situation in Greece affected Cyprus, both politically and socially, most athletes were involved in politics. At this time, Famagusta had two clubs, the Evagoras Gymnastic Association, or GSE and the Anorthosis Famagusta FC. The GSE had many talented leftist athletes on its rosters, at Anorthosis, many players were leftists. Under the influence of the contemporary right-wing political climate, the GSE, Anorthosis was hosting at their clubhouse the right-wing Cypriot National Party. In early 1947 a group from Famagusta concluded there was room for sports club in the city. Due to the restrictions, they envisioned a club which would appeal to everyone in Famagusta regardless of political affiliation. On 14 February 1948 the decision was made to establish the club, after the clubs founding, many citizens expressed a desire to join, the football side was weak. The right-wing athletic clubs and athletes signed the statements, the only club refusing to sign the statement was the Kinyras Paphos gymnastic association, the left-wing athletes were opposed to the declaration, and refused to sign the statement.
Among the first athletes who refused were GSE champions Antonis Totsis and Nikis Georgiou, the GSE invited both athletes to apologize, but they insisted on their position that sports should be separate from politics. The left-wing athletes decided to support the Kinyras Paphos association if the decision to exclude it from the Pancyprian Games stood, the GSE was favored to win the competition, but finished third
Athlitiki Enosi Lemesou, commonly known as AEL, is a Cypriot sports club based in the city of Limassol, most famous for its football team. AEL maintains a mens and womens teams, a womens volleyball team and a newly established in 1976 Futsal team. AEL is considered as one of the most successful clubs of the island, the basketball branch of AEL is well known, currently being the only team from Cyprus to have won a European title. Limassols official club mascot is a Lion, who was nicknamed the lions by their fans. The club was founded on 4 October 1930, with Stavros Pittas serving as the clubs first president, the football section of the club competed in its first game on 6 January 1931 against PSC, winning 6–1 in Limassol. The club won its championship in 1934 though this is not credited as it is an unofficial title. Later that year, AEL became one of the eight founding members of the Cypriot First Division for the 1934–35 season, AEL Limassol celebrated its first official title success in 1941, defeating APOEL 4–3 in a two-legged championship play-off. AEL fans had to wait 12 years until tasting title success again, AEL would twice repeat this success, winning back-to-back league championships in 1955 and 1956.
AEL Limassol secured the Cypriot league title for the first time since 1968 on 5 May 2012, Christodoulou had a dream-like first season at the helm AEL, as his side was unbeaten and had not conceded any goals through the first five games. At the end of the round, AEL finished top of the table. In the play-off round, AEL battled with the top four teams for the championship, winning it with one game to spare and conceding only nine goals. As Christodoulou has managed to bring AEL the championship crown, he was nicknamed by fans Pambourinho, AEL received the championship trophy during a spectacular fiesta evening at the Tsirion Stadium on the evening of Saturday 12 May 2012. They followed this with a bus parade through Limassol. Up to 12,000 AEL fans packed the stadium to watch the fiesta, the following year, AEL made it to the group stage of a UEFA tournament for the first time, finishing last and picking up four points in their UEFA Europa League group. On 22 October 2013, Angolan manager Lito Vidigal was sacked after just over three months in charge, petev signed an initial deal to stay at AEL until the end of the 2014–15 season.
At the end of the 2013–14 season, AEL finished in first place in the phase of the competition. Going into the match against APOEL on 17 May 2014. The match, was abandoned after 52 minutes when firecrackers thrown by AEL fans struck APOEL player Kaká
AEP Paphos FC
AEP Paphos was a Cypriot football club based in Paphos. The club was formed in 2000 after the merger of the two clubs of Paphos, APOP and Evagoras, AEP Paphos was dissolved on 9 June 2014, in order to be merged with AEK Kouklia and create a new team, Pafos FC. APOP and Evagoras were the two clubs of Paphos playing sometimes in First and sometimes in the Second Division, for this reason the two clubs were merged to form AEP Paphos as the people of Paphos wanted a permanent team in First Division. When the two joined to form AEP, APOP was in First Division, and managed to remain there. Since APOP was in the First Division, the newly formed club of Paphos began its history from the First. They club remained in the first division until 2005, but soon had the luck of APOP and Evagoras when the team was for first time relegated to the Second Division. In the semi finals of the Cup they faced AEK Larnaca and despite the fact that Paphos was not beaten in none of the matches against AEK, they were eliminated with scores 1–1 at home and 0–0 away.
The same season, AEP won the Second Division Championship and was promoted back to First division but after a very bad season were again relegated. The club had not justified the dreams of the people of Paphos of having a team than APOP and Evagoras. On 9 June 2014, AEP Paphos was merged with AEK Kouklia and created a new team, the colours of the team were blue and white. These colours were chosen because they were both APOP and Evagoras colours, the clubs badge was a blue shield with some white lines and in the middle was the figure of Evagoras Pallikaridess as a face in a circle. Evagoras Pallikarides was a hero from Paphos who was hanged by British Colonists, as he was an EOKA guerilla, from his name came the name, Evagoras FC, one of the two football clubs which were merged for AEP to be established. For this reason it was used in AEPs badge inside the blue badge with the lines which was APOPs badge. APOPs name meant Athletic Football Club of Paphos, the home ground of AEP Paphos, was the Pafiako Stadium, a multi-use stadium in Paphos.
The capacity was 8000 seated spectators but in 2003 the ground was updated and expanded and it can now hold 11,000 fans. The Pafiako served as the ground for APOP and Evagoras. GSK stadium was the home of APOP and Evagoras before the Pafiako was built, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, for recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2013
AEK Larnaca FC
AEK Larnaca FC is a Cypriot professional football club from Larnaca, Cyprus. Their home ground as from the 2016 –2017 season is the brand new AEK Arena - Georgios Karapatakis stadium with a capacity of 7,400 spectators, the club was formed in 1994 after a merger of two Larnaca clubs, EPA Larnaca and Pezoporikos. The club has sections for men AEK Larnaca BC and women Petrolina AEK. The clubs name comes from the ancient Greek city-kingdom of Cyprus Kition and he had told his officers to keep the news of his possible death secret. The quote Και Νεκρος Ενικα refers to Kimon, greatest successes of the football club are the qualification to the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group stage and the win of Cypriot Cup in 2004. The highest league performance is the 2nd place, AEK was founded on 18 July 1994. It came from the merger of two clubs, EPA Larnaca and Pezoporikos. Pezoporikos had been established in 1924, in 1926, serving retired members of Pezoporikos founded the Athletic Musical Larnaca Club. In 1932 the two clubs were merged by founding EPA Larnaca, however, in 1937 a group of members and players of EPA left and refounded Pezoporikos.
After several decades, in 1994, the two clubs were merged and created AEK Larnaca, EPA had 50 participations in the first division, won the championship three times, five times the Cypriot Cup and once the shield of CFA. In addition, the season 1970–71 participated in the Alpha Ethniki of Greece and had three appearances in European competitions, Pezoporikos had 49 participations in the first division, won two championships and one Cypriot Cup. It had three appearances in European competitions, apart from football, the two clubs had other athletic departments. The efforts and the decision to merge was made to create in Larnaca a sports club that starred in all competitions, after the merge of the Pezoporikos and EPA, AEK replaced Pezoporikos in the first division. In its first participation in the championship, in 1994–95 season, in 1995–96 season, won the 4th place. Together with APOEL had the best defense in the league with 21 conceded goals, in the Cypriot Cup 1995–96 the club reached the final, where they lost to APOEL.
However, because APOEL had won the championship and participated in the 1996–97 UEFA Cup, in the preliminary round has faced the Armenian club Kotayk Abovyan. The first match took place in Armenia, where AEK lost 1–0, the second leg was held at the New GSZ Stadium on 22 August 1996 with AEK winning 5–0 and progressing to the first round of the tournament. In this round, AEK were drawn to face Barcelona, the first leg held at Barcelona Olympic Stadium where Spanish team won 2–0
Olympiakos Nicosia is a football club based in Nicosia and competes in the Cypriot First Division. The club was founded in 1931 and it is a founding member of the Cyprus Football Association. The club colors are black and green, olympiakoss home ground is the New GSP Stadium of 23,400 seat capacity. The teams main nickname is mavroprasini -the green blacks, the other nickname is Taktakalas from the area in Nicosia where the club hails. Olympiakos Nicosia has won three Cypriot First Division Championships, one Cypriot Cup and one Cyprus Super Cup, in the past the club had track and field, volleyball, table tennis weight lifting and futsal teams. It in the past had an orchestra and camping divisions and it all started in the 1961–62 season, when Olympiakos reached the cup final for the first time in the clubs history. Despite this, the team did not manage to win the cup trophy, Paletsios proceeded to restructure the teams squad promoting to the first team young and talented players including, Limbouris, Argyrou.
In the 1965–66 season Olympiakos was once again runner-up, with 49 points, top scorer of the championship was again an Olympiakos player, Panikos Efthymiades scoring 23 goals. The title was judged on goal difference and despite APOELs huge score in the last game of the season, Olympiakos was champion however because of the better goal difference. Top scorer of the championship was once again Panikos Efthymiades scoring 17 goals, the third Olympiakos championship came in the 1970–71 season with Englishman Rod Bradley as the manager, the team finished in first place with 31 points compared to 27 of runner up Digenis Morfou. The title of top scorer was shared by 3 footballers who all scored 11 goals amongst them once again Panikos Efthymiades, in the 1972–73 season Olympiakos finished runner-up, while in the 1974–75 season the team finished third. In 1971 Olympiakos won the Paligenesias cup that was organised by the Cyprus Football Association, in this golden period, Olympiakos managers were, Pambos Avraamidis, Giorgos Paletsios, Takis Papaxeniou, Eric Brookes and Rod Bradley.
Olympiakos has taken part in all three European competitions, in the European Champions Cup in 1967 the club faced FK Sarajevo Yugoslavia. In the first game the teams drew 2–2, while in second game Olympiakos lost with 3–1, in the European Champions Cup, Olympiakos Nicosia played against Real Madrid in 1969, losing both matches with 8–0 and 6–1. Olympiakos played in the competition in 1971 and met Feyenoord of the Netherlands. In the Cup Winners Cup, Olympiakos took part once in 1977 playing against FC Universitatea Craiova Romania while in 1973 Olympiakos played against the German team VfB Stuttgart for the UEFA Cup. In all these European games Olympiakos was forced to both games away from home as at the time the Cypriot football stadia did not meet the European regulations. In 1977, Olympiakos Nicosia beat Alki Larnaca 2–0 to win the Cypriot Cup, in 1991, Olympiakos Nicosia lost the Cypriot Cup in the finals losing 1–0 to AC Omonia
Athletic Club Omonia Nicosia, commonly referred to as Omonia, is a Cypriot football club based in Nicosia. The home ground of the club is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, the club was established on 4 June 1948. It has become a member of the Cyprus Football Association in 1953, Omonoia has won 20 League Championships,14 Cypriot Cups and 16 Super Cups. Omonoia remains the team to have won the Cypriot Cup 4 times in a row. In the UEFA rankings of the Cypriot clubs Omonoia is currently ranked in third place, as an athletic club, Omonoia operates basketball, volleyball and futsal. The latter one is being particularly successful, having won the league, Club players considering this action as a political comment on the Greek Civil War distanced themselves or were expelled from APOEL. On 4 June 1948 Dr. Mattheos Papapetrou organized a meeting to form a new club in Nicosia, many players expelled from APOEL were invited and on 17 June 1948 Omonia was established. Along with other left-wing teams such as Nea Salamina, Alki Larnaca, Omonoia took part in the CAFF league until 1953 having won 4 out of 5 played championships and 5 out of 5 played cups.
Omonoia was accepted by the Cyprus Football Association to participate in the Cypriot First Division, after joining the Cypriot First Division in 1953, Omonoia only managed to place 7th out of 9 teams in the 1953–54 season, barely avoiding relegation. During that decade, the clubs best placing came during the 1956–57 season when the club finished 3rd, the team would make its closest push for the title during the 1959–60 season after finishing 2nd,1 point behind Anorthosis Famagusta. The following year, after 7 seasons in the First Division, Omonia, in that season would score 91 goals in 24 matches on their way to their first ever Cyprus First Division title. Omonoia won their second title during the 1965–66 season, Omonia won its first trophies of the decade in 1972, when the club won both the league and the cup. Led by a young, Sotiris Kaiafas, Omonia won 7 league tittles in the 70s decade, six of them were consecutive in 1974,1975,1976,1977,1978, and 1979. By the time the decade would come to an end, Omonia had a total of 9 championship titles and 3 cups, at the end of the 1979 season, Omonia trailed its arch rival APOEL by two championships.
In 1976, Sotiris Kaiafas would go on and win the European Golden Shoe for his single-season 39 -goal performance, in 2003, he was awarded the UEFA Jubilee Awards for The Best Cypriot Footballer of the 20th Century. As the 1980s came to an end, Omonia had won 14 Cypriot Championship Titles becoming the most successful team on the island at the time, the 1990s would prove to be less successful than the previous two decades. During this time, AC Omonia only mustered one Cypriot League title during the 1992–93 season and it would be eight years before Omonia would see its next title. In 1997 Omonia signed a German named Rainer Rauffmann who would become the second top goal scorer ever for the club
Enosis Neon THOI Lakatamia
Enosis Neon THOI Lakatamia is a Cypriot football club, based in Lakatamia, Nicosia. Their colours are blue and yellow and their stadium is the Municipal Stadium of Lakatamia, in 2005/2006, it was playing in the Cypriot First Division. As of 21 September 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2016, Cypriot Third Division Winners,31983,2000,2015 Cypriot Fourth Division Winners,11999 Cypriot Cup for lower divisions Winners,12013 Official Website