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Cyprus National Football Team
Cyprus
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association
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ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJohan Walem
CaptainGiorgos Merkis
Most capsIoannis Okkas (106)
Top scorerMichalis Konstantinou (32)
Home stadiumGSP Stadium, Nicosia
FIFA codeCYP
FIFA ranking
Current 100 Steady(10 December 2020)[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)

The Cyprus national football team (Greek: ) 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 Johan Walem.

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.[3]

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.[4] Their qualification run would include an impressive 3-2 home victory over Bosnia.[5]

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
Italy Lotto 0000-2000
Italy Errea 2000-2002
England Umbro 2002-2006
Italy Diadora 2006-2008
Germany Adidas 2008-2018
Italy 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.

Total results and records

As of 17 November 2020.

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
FIFA World Cup qualification 114 15 13 86 87 299
European Championship qualification 114 19 15 80 98 288
Friendly matches 127 35 32 60 134 189
UEFA Nations League 12 2 3 7 7 19
TOTAL 367 71 63 233 326 795

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
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 7
England 1966 4 0 0 4 0 19
Mexico 1970 6 0 0 6 2 35
West Germany 1974 6 1 0 5 1 14
Argentina 1978 6 0 0 6 3 24
Spain 1982 8 0 0 8 4 29
Mexico 1986 6 0 0 6 3 18
Italy 1990 8 0 1 7 6 20
United States 1994 10 2 1 7 8 18
France 1998 8 3 1 4 10 15
South Korea Japan 2002 10 2 2 6 13 31
Germany 2006 10 1 1 8 8 20
South Africa 2010 10 2 3 5 14 16
Brazil 2014 10 1 2 7 4 15
Russia 2018 10 3 1 6 9 18
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 114 15 13 86 87 299

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did not enter
Spain 1964
Italy 1968 Did not qualify
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016
Europe 2020
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total 0/16

UEFA Nations League record

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018-19 C Group stage 3rd 6 1 2 3 5 9
2020-21 C To be determined
Total Group stage
League C
1/1 6 1 2 3 5 9

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification Montenegro Luxembourg Azerbaijan Cyprus
1  Montenegro (P) 6 4 1 1 10 2 +8 13 Promotion to League B 1-2 2-0 4-0
2  Luxembourg 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10 0-1 0-0 2-0
3  Azerbaijan 6 1 3 2 2 4 −2 6 0-0 1-2 0-0
4  Cyprus (Q) 6 1 1 4 2 10 −8 4 Qualification to relegation play-outs 0-2 2-1 0-1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Cyprus 0-2 Montenegro
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)

Attendance: 0
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)

Luxembourg 2-0 Cyprus


Cyprus 2-1 Luxembourg

Montenegro 4-0 Cyprus

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League matches against Luxembourg and Montenegro on 14 and 17 November 2020 respectively.
Caps and goals as of 17 November 2020, after the match against Montenegro.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Demetris Demetriou (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
12 1GK Charalambos Kyriakides (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Cyprus Omonia
22 1GK Neofytos Michael (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 27) 1 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia

2 2DF Andreas Karo (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 24) 8 0 Italy Salernitana
3 2DF Christos Shelis (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 20) 4 0 Cyprus APOEL
4 2DF Nicholas Ioannou (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 25) 21 2 Greece Aris Thessaloniki
6 2DF Charis Kyriakou (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 25) 14 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
16 2DF Thomas Ioannou (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca

5 3MF Fanos Katelaris (1996-08-20) 20 August 1996 (age 24) 10 1 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
8 3MF Chambos Kyriakou (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 25) 32 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
10 3MF Vasilios Papafotis (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
11 3MF Andreas Makris (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 25) 24 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
15 3MF Alex Gogi? (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Scotland Hibernian
17 3MF Loizos Loizou (2003-07-18) 18 July 2003 (age 17) 6 1 Cyprus Omonia
18 3MF Kostakis Artymatas (1993-04-15) 15 April 1993 (age 27) 44 1 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
20 3MF Grigoris Kastanos (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 22) 30 3 Italy Frosinone
21 3MF Marinos Tzionis (2003-07-06) 6 July 2003 (age 17) 7 0 Cyprus Omonia
23 3MF Ioannis Pittas (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 24) 12 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol

14 4FW Andronikos Kakoullis (2001-05-03) 3 May 2001 (age 19) 2 0 Cyprus Omonia

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 Anastasios Kissas (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 (age 33) 12 0 Cyprus Nea Salamis Famagusta v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020

DF Konstantinos Laifis (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 27) 39 3 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Luxembourg, 14 November 2020
DF Ioannis Kousoulos (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 24) 24 4 Cyprus Omonia v.  Luxembourg, 14 November 2020
DF Christos Wheeler (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 23) 4 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020
DF Valentinos Sielis (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 30) 18 1 South Korea Jeju United v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020
DF Kypros Christoforou (1993-04-24) 24 April 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Cyprus Nea Salamis Famagusta v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020

MF Minas Antoniou (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 26) 7 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Luxembourg, 14 November 2020
MF Michalis Ioannou (2000-06-30) 30 June 2000 (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands Roda JC v.  Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020
MF Matija ?poljari? (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 23) 11 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Czech Republic, 7 October 2020
MF Ioannis Kosti (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 20) 9 0 Greece Olympiacos Piraeus v.  Czech Republic, 7 October 2020
MF Andreas Avraam (1987-06-06) 6 June 1987 (age 33) 42 5 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020
MF Giannis Satsias (2002-12-28) 28 December 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020

FW Marios Elia (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 24) 3 1 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna v.  Luxembourg, 14 November 2020
FW Demetris Christofi (Captain) (1988-09-28) September 28, 1988 (age 32) 57 8 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Greece, 11 November 2020
FW Pieros Sotiriou (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 28) 44 10 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020
FW Panagiotis Zachariou (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 24) 6 1 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia v.  Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020

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

Head to head records

As of 13 October 2020.

Past managers

As of 1 December 2015.[6][7]

Player records

As of 17 November 2020[8]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

References

Notes
Citation
  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ uefa.com (13 October 2015). "Bosnia and Herzegovina in play-offs, Cyprus out". Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia(TM) - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
  5. ^ "Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Football Match Summary - August 31, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "Cyprus Football Association - ". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Cyprus National Team Coaches". www.rsssf.com.
  8. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Cyprus - Record International Players". RSSSF.

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