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.
|Association||Cyprus Football Association (CFA)|
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
|Head coach||Nikos Kostenoglou|
|Most caps||Ioannis Okkas (103)|
|Top scorer||Michalis Konstantinou (32)|
|Home stadium||GSP Stadium, Nicosia|
|Current||97 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||43 (September 2010)|
|Lowest||142 (June 2014)|
Israel 3–1 Cyprus
(Tel Aviv, Israel; 30 July 1949)
Cyprus 1–1 Israel
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 13 November 1960)
| 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)
| West Germany 12–0 Cyprus |
(Essen, West Germany; 21 May 1969)
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.
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. Their qualification run would include an impressive 3-2 home victory over Bosnia.
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.
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
|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|
||Stadium: GSP Stadium|
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
|8 September 2020 Nations League||Cyprus||0–1||Azerbaijan||Nicosia, Cyprus|
||Stadium: GSP Stadium|
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
|7 October 2020 Friendly||Cyprus||1–2||Czech Republic||Larnaca, Cyprus|
||Stadium: AEK Arena|
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (Switzerland)
|10 October 2020 Nations League||Luxembourg||2–0||Cyprus||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Don Robertson (Scotland)
|13 October 2020 Nations League||Azerbaijan||0–0||Cyprus||Elbasan, Albania|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena|
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
|11 November 2020 Friendly||Greece||2–1||Cyprus||Athens, Greece|
||Stadium: Georgios Kamaras Stadium|
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
|14 November 2020 Nations League||Cyprus||2–1||Luxembourg||Nicosia, Cyprus|
||Stadium: GSP Stadium|
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
|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|
||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)||
||Report||Stadium: GSP Stadium|
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Constantinos Panagi||8 October 1994||18||0||Omonia|
|22||GK||Neofytos Michael||16 December 1993||3||0||Olympiakos Nicosia|
|GK||Andreas Paraskevas||15 September 1999||0||0||Doxa Katokopia|
|DF||Andreas Panayiotou Filiotis||31 May 1995||1||0||Apollon Limassol|
|2||DF||Andreas Karo||9 September 1996||8||0||Marítimo|
|2||DF||Paris Psaltis||12 November 1996||1||0||Olympiakos Nicosia|
|3||DF||Stelios Andreou||24 July 2002||1||0||Olympiakos Nicosia|
|4||DF||Nicholas Ioannou||10 November 1995||24||2||Aris Thessaloniki|
|13||DF||Ioannis Kousoulos||14 June 1996||27||4||Omonia|
|16||DF||Constantinos Soteriou||21 June 1996||3||0||Olympiakos Nicosia|
|DF||Thomas Ioannou||19 July 1995||4||0||AEK Larnaca|
|6||MF||Alex Gogić||27 November 1995||5||0||Hibernian|
|8||MF||Chambos Kyriakou||9 February 1995||35||0||Apollon Limassol|
|11||MF||Andreas Avraam||6 June 1987||42||5||AEL Limassol|
|15||MF||Fotios Papoulis||22 January 1985||15||2||Omonia|
|17||MF||Loizos Loizou||18 July 2003||8||1||Omonia|
|18||MF||Kostakis Artymatas||15 April 1993||47||1||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|20||MF||Grigoris Kastanos||30 January 1998||33||3||Frosinone|
|23||MF||Ioannis Pittas||10 July 1996||15||1||Apollon Limassol|
|MF||Hector Kyprianou||27 May 2001||0||0||Leyton Orient|
|FW||Demetris Christofi (Captain)||September 28, 1988||57||8||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|9||FW||Marios Elia||19 May 1996||6||1||Ethnikos Achna|
|FW||Panagiotis Zachariou||26 February 1996||6||1||Olympiakos Nicosia|
|FW||Andreas Katsantonis||16 February 2000||0||0||APOEL|
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||15 January 1999||6||0||Apollon Limassol|
|GK||Charalambos Kyriakides||30 November 1998||4||0||Omonia||v. Montenegro, 17 November 2020|
|GK||Anastasios Kissas||18 January 1988||12||0||Nea Salamis Famagusta||v. Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020|
|DF||Konstantinos Laifis||19 May 1993||42||3||Standard Liège|
|DF||Christos Shelis||2 February 2000||4||0||APOEL|
|DF||Charis Kyriakou||9 February 1995||14||0||AEL Limassol||v. Montenegro, 17 November 2020|
|DF||Christos Wheeler||29 June 1997||4||0||APOEL||v. Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020|
|DF||Valentinos Sielis||1 March 1990||18||1||Jeju United||v. Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020|
|DF||Kypros Christoforou||24 April 1993||2||0||Nea Salamis Famagusta||v. Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020|
|MF||Marinos Tzionis||6 July 2001||8||0||Omonia|
|MF||Minas Antoniou||22 February 1994||9||0||AEL Limassol|
|MF||Fanos Katelaris||20 August 1996||10||1||Apollon Limassol|
|MF||Andreas Makris||27 November 1995||24||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Montenegro, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Vasilios Papafotis||10 August 1995||2||0||AEL Limassol||v. Montenegro, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Michalis Ioannou||30 June 2000||3||0||Roda JC||v. Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020|
|MF||Matija Špoljarić||2 April 1997||11||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Czech Republic, 7 October 2020|
|MF||Ioannis Kosti||17 March 2000||9||0||Levadiakos||v. Czech Republic, 7 October 2020|
|MF||Giannis Satsias||28 December 2002||0||0||APOEL||v. Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020|
|FW||Pieros Sotiriou||13 January 1993||47||10||Ludogorets Razgrad|
|FW||Andronikos Kakoullis||3 May 2001||2||0||Omonia||v. Montenegro, 17 November 2020|
|FW||Onisiforos Roushias||15 July 1992||4||0||Ermis Aradippou|
|FW||Dimitris Theodorou||10 September 1997||1||0||Enosis Neon Paralimni|
Most capped players
- 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)
- As of 30 March 2021.
|FIFA World Cup qualification||117||16||14||87||88||300|
|European Championship qualification||114||19||15||80||98||288|
|UEFA Nations League||12||2||3||7||7||19|
FIFA World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||7|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA European Championship record
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|2024||To be determined|
As of 30 March 2021.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||2||0||2|
|Republic of Ireland||10||1||1||8|
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 were played behind closed doors.
- 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.
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