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Nicholas Ioannou

Nicholas Ioannou
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Ioannou
Date of birth (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Limassol, Cyprus
Height 1.84 m (6 ft  in)
Playing position Centre back / Left-back
Club information
Current team
APOEL
Number 44
Youth career
2006-2014 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014- APOEL 73 (5)
National team?
2012 Cyprus U19 1 (0)
2014-2016 Cyprus U21 12 (1)
2017- Cyprus 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2019
? National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019

Nicholas Ioannou (born 10 November 1995) is a Cypriot professional footballer who plays as a defender for APOEL. He is also a Cyprus international.

Club career

Youth career

Ioannou joined Manchester United youth academy at the age of 11. He played at the Marveld Tournament with the under-15 team in June 2010 held at Netherlands. This was followed by his participation in Manchester United Premier Cup. His form earned him a two-year scholarship in June 2012. But it is also reported that Manchester United was reluctant to give him a full-time contract.[1] He made his debut in Old Trafford against Charlton Athletic in FA Youth Cup aged 16. While playing in Milk Cup, he was injured which drove him out of action for most of the 2012-2013 season. In his last match for the reserves, he captained his team against Tottenham Hotspur.[2] He also appeared in three 2013-14 UEFA Youth League group stage matches with Manchester United U19 team.[3]

APOEL

After being released by Manchester United, he signed a three-year contract with APOEL on 24 April 2014.[4] On joining the club, Ioannou commented: "My main aim is to win trophies of course, but obviously I need to start playing. APOEL play in big competitions - Champions League and Europa League - so hopefully I can get a few games."[5]

He made his official debut against Finnish club HJK Helsinki on 30 July 2014, in APOEL's 2-2 away draw for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.[6] On 5 November 2014, aged 18, he made his first UEFA Champions League group stage appearance, playing the full 90 minutes in APOEL's 0-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes.[7] In his first season at APOEL, Ioannou appeared only in seven matches in all competitions, but he managed to win the double, as his team won both the Cypriot championship and the cup.[8]

On 3 June 2016, Ioannou signed a three-year contract extension until 31 May 2019,[9] but a few months later, on 13 March 2017, he signed a further two-year contract extension with APOEL, running until 31 May 2021.[10] Following his successful 2016-17 season with APOEL, Ioannou awarded the "Young Player of the season" award by Cyprus Football Association.[11]

International career

Being an English-Cypriot, Ioannou is eligible to represent the national teams of both the countries. In 2012, he had been capped by Cyprus U19.[5] He made his Cyprus U21 debut on 5 September 2014, coming on as a 70th-minute substitute in a UEFA European U-21 Championship qualifying match against Belgium.[12]

He received his first senior Cyprus national team call-up at the age of 18, being an unused substitute for Cyprus in the friendly match against Japan on 27 May 2014.[13] He made his debut for Cyprus in 2017.

Career statistics

Club statistics

As of 24 May 2019[14]
Club Season League National Cup Continental[a] Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
APOEL 2014-15 Cypriot First Division 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
2015-16 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
2016-17 17 0 6 0 4 0 1 0 28 0
2017-18 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
2018-19 24 4 6 0 5 0 0 0 35 4
Total 59 5 18 0 12 0 1 0 90 5
Career total 59 5 18 0 12 0 1 0 90 5
  1. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.
  2. ^ Includes Cypriot Super Cup matches.

International

As of 19 November 2019[14]
Cyprus
Year Apps Goals
2017 1 0
2018 7 0
2019 10 2
Total 18 2

International goals

Scores and results list Cyprus' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 October 2019 Astana Arena, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 2-1 2-1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
2. 19 November 2019 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 1-0 1-6

Honours

Club

APOEL

Individual

Personal life

Ioannou's father (Demetris Ioannou) is a former Cypriot international captain.[5] His elder brother is Michael Ioannou, who is a Cypriot youth international. He attended St George's RC High School in Walkden, Greater Manchester, during his time at the Manchester United academy. [15]

References

  1. ^ "Cypriot teen released by Man United joins APOEL". Cyprus mail. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Ioannou joins Apoel Nicosia". Manchester United. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Nicholas Ioannou". UEFA. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "? ". APOEL FC. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Cypriot Teenager Released by Man Utd Joins APOEL". Greekreporter. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "APOEL comeback halts ten-man HJK". UEFA. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Quick-fire Cavani sends Paris through, APOEL out". UEFA. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "APOEL secure league to wrap up Cypriot double". UEFA.com. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ " ?". APOEL FC. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ " ?". APOEL FC. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ a b "? ? ?" (in Greek). cfa.com.cy. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Cyprus U21 vs. Belgium U21 0-6". Soccerway. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Japan vs Cyprus 1-0". Soccerway. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Nicolas Ioannou". Soccerway. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ "Rough Diamonds #7-Nick Ioannou (Manchester United)". The False 9. Retrieved 2014.

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