Cyprus national football team

The Cyprus national football team (Greek: Εθνική ομάδα ποδοσφαίρου της Κύπρου) represents Cyprus in international football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Nikos Kostenoglou.

Cyprus
AssociationCyprus Football Association (CFA)
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachNikos Kostenoglou
CaptainGiorgos Merkis
Most capsIoannis Okkas (103)
Top scorerMichalis Konstantinou (32)
Home stadiumGSP Stadium, Nicosia
FIFA codeCYP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 97 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest43 (September 2010)
Lowest142 (June 2014)
First international
Unofficial:
 Israel 3–1 Cyprus 
(Tel Aviv, Israel; 30 July 1949)
Official:
 Cyprus 1–1 Israel 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 13 November 1960)
Biggest win
 Cyprus 5–0 Andorra 
(Limassol, Cyprus; 15 November 2000)
 Cyprus 5–0 Andorra 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 16 November 2014)
 Cyprus 5–0 San Marino 
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 21 March 2019)
Biggest defeat
 West Germany 12–0 Cyprus 
(Essen, West Germany; 21 May 1969)

History

The team's first match took place on 23 July 1949, one year after becoming a member of the world governing body FIFA: a friendly against Maccabi Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv, ending in a 3–3 draw. Seven days later, the team had its first international game: a 3–1 defeat against Israel in the same city.

In November 1960, following independence from British rule, Cyprus drew its first post-independence official match 1–1 against Israel, as part of the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament. Cyprus' first international victory was a 3–1 win against Greece on 27 November 1963 in a friendly. On 17 February 1968, Cyprus recorded their first competitive win, beating Switzerland 2–1 in a European Championship qualifying match in Old GSP Stadium in Nicosia.

In 1974, the national team enjoyed one of their most famous victories when they beat Northern Ireland 1–0 in Nicosia. On 12 February 1983, as part of the Euro 1984 qualifiers, Cyprus held world champions Italy to a 1–1 draw in Tsirio Stadium in Limassol, followed a month later by the same result against Czechoslovakia. Four years later, in the Euro 1988 qualification, Cyprus recorded their first ever point achieved in an away match, against Poland. In 1989 they drew 1–1 with France in the World Cup qualifying match. Despite a number of triumphs on home soil, Cyprus had to wait until 1992 to record their first away win: a 2–0 victory against the Faroe Islands.

Results in qualifying tournaments have also improved considerably in recent times. In the qualifying stages for the 1996 UEFA European Championship, Cyprus drew 1–1 with holders Denmark. Four years later, they missed out on a place in the UEFA Euro 2000 despite 3–2 victories against both Spain and Israel and a 4–0 win over San Marino.

On 15 November 2000, Cyprus scored their biggest win in history by beating Andorra in Limassol 5–0 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 7 October 2006, as part of the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Cyprus caused a major upset by beating the Republic of Ireland 5–2 in New GSP Stadium in Nicosia, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambidis each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis one goal. Just one month later, on 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the World Cup bronze-medalists Germany to a 1–1 draw at home. On 13 October 2007, they beat Wales 3–1 in Nicosia. On 17 October 2007, Cyprus came close to a historic away victory in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland, but the hosts equalised in the last minute of the game, and the match ended 1–1. On 3 September 2010, as part of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Cyprus claimed a historic result against Portugal after drawing 4–4 in Guimarães.

During the Euro 2016 qualifying, Cyprus national football team managed by Pambos Christodoulou claimed one of their most historic victories by defeating 2014 World Cup participant Bosnia with 2–1 in Zenica. In the last group match, the team faced Bosnia needing a victory to finish in 3rd and rely on Belgium to beat Israel in Brussels. As fate would have it, the Bosnians won the reverse 3–2 and qualified to play-offs at the expense of the home team, who at one point took a 2–1 lead during first half and for number of minutes held onto 3rd spot and a berth in the play-offs for a first time in history, as Belgium, a soon to be World number 1 side, were comfortably beating Israel at home.[2]

Cyprus would finish behind Estonia and ahead of Gibraltar to place 5th of 6 teams in Group H in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[3] Their qualification run would include an impressive 3-2 home victory over Bosnia.[4]

in the EURO 2020 qualifiers Cyprus would finish 4th behind Scotland with 10 points but ahead of Kazakhstan and san Marino.

Kit

On 7 October 2006, a new kit was made by Diadora. It outlines a map of Cyprus in amber from the shoulder to the sleeve, with a green line running down the middle to indicate the division of the island. This kit was used for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, and was replaced by a kit made by Adidas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. For 2018 Macron will replace Adidas as part of the UEFA's Kit Assistance Scheme programme.

Kit provider Period
Lotto 0000–2000
Errea 2000–2002
Umbro 2002–2006
Diadora 2006–2008
Adidas 2008–2018
Macron 2018–present

Home stadium

Cyprus currently plays home matches at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Home matches had previously been staged at different stadiums all around the country. Until 1974 Cyprus used either the old GSP Stadium in central Nicosia, or the GSE stadium in Famagusta. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, some matches were played at Tsirion Stadium in Limassol and the Makario Stadium in Nicosia. In 1999, the building of the New GSP Stadium in Nicosia provided a new home for the national team but in 2008 a change of sponsorship forced home fixtures for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. However, Cyprus returned to the GSP Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round matches.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2020

26 March 2020 Friendly Cyprus  Cancelled  Luxembourg Nicosia, Cyprus
19:00 UTC+2 Stadium: GSP Stadium
31 March 2020 Friendly Cyprus  Cancelled  Sweden Nicosia, Cyprus
20:30 UTC+3 Stadium: GSP Stadium
26 May 2020 Friendly Ukraine  Cancelled  Cyprus Kharkiv, Ukraine
Stadium: Metalist Oblast Sports Complex
5 September 2020 Nations League Cyprus  0–2  Montenegro Nicosia, Cyprus
19:00 Report
Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
8 September 2020 Nations League Cyprus  0–1  Azerbaijan Nicosia, Cyprus
21:45 Report
  • Medvedev  29'
Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
7 October 2020 Friendly Cyprus  1–2  Czech Republic Larnaca, Cyprus
19:00
  • Loizou  32'
Report
  • Holeš  13'
  • Darida  43' (pen.)
Stadium: AEK Arena
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (Switzerland)
10 October 2020 Nations League Luxembourg  2–0  Cyprus Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
15:00
  • Sinani  12', 26'
Report Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Attendance: 1,334[7]
Referee: Don Robertson (Scotland)
13 October 2020 Nations League Azerbaijan  0–0  Cyprus Elbasan, Albania
21:00 Report Stadium: Elbasan Arena[note 2]
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
11 November 2020 Friendly Greece  2–1  Cyprus Athens, Greece
16:45
  • Tzolis  8'
  • Giakoumakis  17'
Report
  • Elia  58'
Stadium: Georgios Kamaras Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
14 November 2020 Nations League Cyprus  2–1  Luxembourg Nicosia, Cyprus
19:00
  • Kastanos  34' (pen.), 71'
Report
  • Kousoulos  5' (o.g.)
Stadium: GSP Stadium
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
17 November 2020 Nations League Montenegro  4–0  Cyprus Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45
  • Jovetić  14'
  • Boljević  25', 28'
  • Mugoša  60'
Report Stadium: City Stadium
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (Israel)

2021

24 March 2021 World Cup qualifier Cyprus  0–0  Slovakia Nicosia, Cyprus
20:45 (21:45 UTC+2) Report Stadium: GSP Stadium
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)
27 March 2021 World Cup qualifier Croatia  1–0  Cyprus Rijeka, Croatia
18:00
  • Pašalić  40'
Report Stadium: Stadion Rujevica
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
30 March 2021 World Cup qualifier Cyprus  1–0  Slovenia Nicosia, Cyprus
18:00 (19:00 UTC+3)
  • Pittas  42'
Report Stadium: GSP Stadium
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
4 June 2021 Friendly Hungary  v  Cyprus Hungary
Stadium: Szusza Ferenc Stadion
7 June 2021 Friendly Ukraine  v  Cyprus Ukraine
Stadium: Metalist Oblast Sports Complex

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against  Hungary and  Ukraine on June 4 and June 7 respectively.
Caps and goals as of 30 March 2021, after the match against Slovenia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Constantinos Panagi (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 18 0 Omonia
22 1GK Neofytos Michael (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 3 0 Olympiakos Nicosia
1GK Andreas Paraskevas (1999-09-15) 15 September 1999 0 0 Doxa Katokopia

2DF Andreas Panayiotou Filiotis (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 1 0 Apollon Limassol
2 2DF Andreas Karo (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 8 0 Marítimo
2 2DF Paris Psaltis (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 1 0 Olympiakos Nicosia
3 2DF Stelios Andreou (2002-07-24) 24 July 2002 1 0 Olympiakos Nicosia
4 2DF Nicholas Ioannou (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 24 2 Aris Thessaloniki
13 2DF Ioannis Kousoulos (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 27 4 Omonia
16 2DF Constantinos Soteriou (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 3 0 Olympiakos Nicosia
2DF Thomas Ioannou (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 4 0 AEK Larnaca

6 3MF Alex Gogić (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 5 0 Hibernian
8 3MF Chambos Kyriakou (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 35 0 Apollon Limassol
11 3MF Andreas Avraam (1987-06-06) 6 June 1987 42 5 AEL Limassol
15 3MF Fotios Papoulis (1985-01-22) 22 January 1985 15 2 Omonia
17 3MF Loizos Loizou (2003-07-18) 18 July 2003 8 1 Omonia
18 3MF Kostakis Artymatas (1993-04-15) 15 April 1993 47 1 Anorthosis Famagusta
20 3MF Grigoris Kastanos (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 33 3 Frosinone
23 3MF Ioannis Pittas (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 15 1 Apollon Limassol
3MF Hector Kyprianou (2001-05-27) 27 May 2001 0 0 Leyton Orient

4FW Demetris Christofi (Captain) (1988-09-28) September 28, 1988 57 8 Anorthosis Famagusta
9 4FW Marios Elia (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 6 1 Ethnikos Achna
4FW Panagiotis Zachariou (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 6 1 Olympiakos Nicosia
4FW Andreas Katsantonis (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 0 0 APOEL

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Cyprus squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Demetris Demetriou (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 6 0 Apollon Limassol
GK Charalambos Kyriakides (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998 4 0 Omonia v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
GK Anastasios Kissas (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 12 0 Nea Salamis Famagusta v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020

DF Konstantinos Laifis (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 42 3 Standard Liège
DF Christos Shelis (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 4 0 APOEL
DF Charis Kyriakou (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 14 0 AEL Limassol v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
DF Christos Wheeler (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 4 0 APOEL v.  Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020
DF Valentinos Sielis (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 18 1 Jeju United v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020
DF Kypros Christoforou (1993-04-24) 24 April 1993 2 0 Nea Salamis Famagusta v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020

MF Marinos Tzionis (2001-07-06) 6 July 2001 8 0 Omonia
MF Minas Antoniou (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 9 0 AEL Limassol
MF Fanos Katelaris (1996-08-20) 20 August 1996 10 1 Apollon Limassol
MF Andreas Makris (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 24 0 AEK Larnaca v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
MF Vasilios Papafotis (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 2 0 AEL Limassol v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
MF Michalis Ioannou (2000-06-30) 30 June 2000 3 0 Roda JC v.  Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020
MF Matija Špoljarić (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 11 0 AEK Larnaca v.  Czech Republic, 7 October 2020
MF Ioannis Kosti (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 9 0 Levadiakos v.  Czech Republic, 7 October 2020
MF Giannis Satsias (2002-12-28) 28 December 2002 0 0 APOEL v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020

FW Pieros Sotiriou (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 47 10 Ludogorets Razgrad
FW Andronikos Kakoullis (2001-05-03) 3 May 2001 2 0 Omonia v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
FW Onisiforos Roushias (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 4 0 Ermis Aradippou
FW Dimitris Theodorou (1997-09-10) 10 September 1997 1 0 Enosis Neon Paralimni

  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended

Player records

As of 17 November 2020[9]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Coaching history

As of 1 December 2015.[10][11]
  • Argyrios Gavalas (1960–1967)
  • Pambos Avraamidis (1968–1969)
  • Ray Wood (1970–1971)
  • Sima Milovanov (1972)
  • Pambos Avraamidis (1972–1974)
  • Panikos Iakovou (1974)
  • Pambos Avraamidis (1975)
  • Kostas Talianos (1976)
  • Panikos Krystallis (1976–1977)
  • Andreas Lazarides (1977)
  • Kostas Talianos (1978–1982)
  • Vasil Spasov (1982–1984)
  • Panikos Iakovou (1984–1987)
  • Takis Charalambous (1987)
  • Panikos Iakovou (1988–1991)
  • Andreas Michaelides (1991–1996)
  • Stavros Papadopoulos (1997)
  • Panikos Georgiou (1997–1999)
  • Stavros Papadopoulos (1999–2001)
  • Takis Charalambous (2001)
  • Momčilo Vukotić (2001–2004)
  • Angelos Anastasiadis (2005–2011)
  • Nikos Nioplias (2011–2013)
  • Pambos Christodoulou (2014–2015)
  • Christakis Christoforou (2015–2017)
  • Ran Ben Shimon (2017–2020)
  • Johan Walem (2020–2021)
  • Nikos Kostenoglou (2021–present)

Competitive record

All-time record

As of 30 March 2021.
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
FIFA World Cup qualification11716148788300
European Championship qualification11419158098288
Friendly matches127353260134189
UEFA Nations League12237719
TOTAL3707264234327796

FIFA World Cup record

2012 Cyprus national football team in Bulgaria.
FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Declined participation
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 7
1966 4 0 0 4 0 19
1970 6 0 0 6 2 35
1974 6 1 0 5 1 14
1978 6 0 0 6 3 24
1982 8 0 0 8 4 29
1986 6 0 0 6 3 18
1990 8 0 1 7 6 20
1994 10 2 1 7 8 18
1998 8 3 1 4 10 15
2002 10 2 2 6 13 31
2006 10 1 1 8 8 20
2010 10 2 3 5 14 16
2014 10 1 2 7 4 15
2018 10 3 1 6 9 18
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total 0/23 114 15 13 86 87 299

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1960 Did not enter
1964
1968 Did not qualify
1972
1976
1980
1984
1988
1992
1996
2000
2004
2008
2012
2016
2020
2024 To be determined
Total 0/16

UEFA Nations League record

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
2018–19 C 3 6 1 2 3 5 9 36th
2020–21 C 1 6 1 1 4 2 10 TBD 46th
2022–23 To be determined
Total 12 2 3 7 7 19 36th

Head-to-head record

As of 30 March 2021.

References

Notes
  1. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 were played behind closed doors.[5][6]
  2. The Azerbaijan v Cyprus match, originally scheduled to be played at Olympic Stadium, Baku, was later moved to the neutral Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[8]
Citation
  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. uefa.com (13 October 2015). "Bosnia and Herzegovina in play-offs, Cyprus out". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  3. FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
  4. "Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Football Match Summary - August 31, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  5. "UEFA meets general secretaries of member associations". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  6. "UEFA Super Cup to test partial return of spectators". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  7. "Luxembourg vs. Cyprus". ESPN. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  8. "Two UEFA Nations League matches moved to neutral venues". UEFA. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  9. Mamrud, Roberto. "Cyprus - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  10. "Cyprus Football Association – Εθνική Ανδρών: Προπονητές". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  11. "Cyprus National Team Coaches". www.rsssf.com.
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