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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 Steady (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)

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.

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]

In the EURO 2020 qualifiers Cyprus would beat San Marino 5-0 but they would lose to Belgium and Scotland. Even though they beat Kazakhstan 1-2 away from home they lost the last three games and finished 4th of the 6 teams in the group finishing in front of Kazakhstan and San Marino.

The 20-21 Nations League was a big disapointment for Cyprus. They lost the first three games against Montenegro 0-2, Azerbaijan 0-1 and Luxembourg 2-0 and drew with and Azerbaijan 0-0 in the fourth game. Even though they beat luxembourg 2-1 at GSP stadium they got crashed by Montenegro 4-0 in the last game and finished last in a group with Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, and Montenegro.

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.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

Main article: Cyprus national football team results (2020–29)

2020

26 March 2020 FIFA International Friendly Cyprus  Cancelled  Luxembourg Nicosia, Cyprus
19:00 UTC+2 Stadium: GSP Stadium
31 March 2020 FIFA International Friendly Cyprus  Cancelled  Sweden Nicosia, Cyprus
20:30 UTC+3 Stadium: GSP Stadium
26 May 2020 FIFA International 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
Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
7 October 2020 FIFA International Friendly Cyprus  1–2  Czech Republic Larnaca, Cyprus
19:00
Report
Stadium: AEK Arena
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (Switzerland)
10 October 2020 Nations League Luxembourg  2–0  Cyprus Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
15:00
Report Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Attendance: 1,334[8]
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 FIFA International Friendly Greece  2–1  Cyprus Athens, Greece
16:45
Report
Stadium: Georgios Kamaras Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
14 November 2020 Nations League Cyprus  2–1  Luxembourg Nicosia, Cyprus
19:00
Report
Stadium: GSP Stadium
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
17 November 2020 Nations League Montenegro  4–0  Cyprus Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45
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
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)
4 June 2021 Friendly Hungary  1–0  Cyprus Budapest, Hungary
20:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
7 June 2021 Friendly Ukraine  4–0  Cyprus Kharkiv, Ukraine
18:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Metalist Oblast Sports Complex
Referee: Vitālijs Spasjoņņikovs (Latvia)

Players

Current squad

The following 25 players were called up for the friendly matches against  Hungary and  Ukraine on June 4 and June 7 respectively.
Caps and goals as of 7 June 2021, after the match against Ukraine.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Constantinos Panagi (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 (age 26) 19 0 Cyprus Omonia
22 1GK Neofytos Michael (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 27) 4 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
1GK Andreas Paraskevas (1998-09-15) 15 September 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopia

2DF Andreas Panayiotou Filiotis (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 26) 1 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
2 2DF Andreas Karo (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 24) 8 0 Cyprus APOEL
2 2DF Paris Psaltis (1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
3 2DF Stelios Andreou (2002-07-24) 24 July 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Belgium Charleroi
4 2DF Nicholas Ioannou (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 25) 27 2 Italy Como
13 2DF Ioannis Kousoulos (1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 (age 25) 27 4 Cyprus Omonia
16 2DF Constantinos Soteriou (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 25) 3 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
2DF Thomas Nikolaou (2001-10-22) 22 October 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Cyprus Nea Salamis Famagusta

6 3MF Alex Gogić (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 27) 7 0 Scotland Hibernian
8 3MF Chambos Kyriakou (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 26) 35 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
11 3MF Andreas Avraam (1987-06-06) 6 June 1987 (age 34) 42 5 Cyprus AEL Limassol
15 3MF Fotios Papoulis (1985-01-22) 22 January 1985 (age 36) 15 2 Cyprus Omonia
17 3MF Loizos Loizou (2003-07-18) 18 July 2003 (age 18) 8 1 Cyprus Omonia
18 3MF Kostakis Artymatas (1993-04-15) 15 April 1993 (age 28) 49 1 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
20 3MF Grigoris Kastanos (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 23) 33 3 Italy Juventus U23
23 3MF Ioannis Pittas (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 25) 15 1 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
3MF Hector Kyprianou (2001-05-27) 27 May 2001 (age 20) 0 0 England Leyton Orient

4FW Demetris Christofi (Captain) (1988-09-28) September 28, 1988 (age 32) 57 8 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
9 4FW Marios Elia (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 25) 6 1 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna
4FW Panagiotis Zachariou (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 25) 7 1 Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia
4FW Andreas Katsantonis (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus APOEL
4FW Konstantinos Ilia (2000-10-25) 25 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna

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 (age 22) 6 0 Cyprus Apollon Limassol v.  Croatia, 27 March 2021
GK Charalambos Kyriakides (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
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 28) 42 3 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2021
DF Christos Shelis (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 21) 4 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia v.  Slovakia, 24 March 2021
DF Charis Kyriakou (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 26) 14 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
DF Thomas Ioannou (1995-07-19) 19 July 1995 (age 26) 4 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
DF Christos Wheeler (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020
DF Valentinos Sielis (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 31) 18 1 South Korea Busan IPark v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020
DF Kypros Christoforou (1993-04-24) 24 April 1993 (age 28) 2 0 Cyprus Nea Salamis Famagusta v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020

MF Marinos Tzionis (2001-07-06) 6 July 2001 (age 20) 8 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2021
MF Minas Antoniou (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 27) 9 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
MF Fanos Katelaris (1996-08-20) 20 August 1996 (age 24) 10 1 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
MF Andreas Makris (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 25) 24 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
MF Vasilios Papafotis (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
MF Michalis Ioannou (2000-06-30) 30 June 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Azerbaijan, 13 October 2020
MF Matija Špoljarić (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 24) 11 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca v.  Czech Republic, 7 October 2020
MF Ioannis Kosti (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 21) 9 0 Greece Olympiacos v.  Czech Republic, 7 October 2020
MF Giorgos Papageorgiou (1997-06-07) 7 June 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Greece Apollon Smyrnis F.C.
MF Giannis Satsias (2002-12-28) 28 December 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Cyprus APOEL v.  Azerbaijan, 8 September 2020

FW Pieros Sotiriou (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 28) 47 10 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad v.  Slovenia, 30 March 2021
FW Andronikos Kakoullis (2001-05-03) 3 May 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Montenegro, 17 November 2020
FW Onisiforos Roushias (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 29) 4 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou
FW Dimitris Theodorou (1997-09-10) 10 September 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Cyprus 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[10]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Coaching history

As of 15 June 2021.[11][12]

Competitive record

All-time record

As of 30 March 2021.
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
FIFA World Cup qualification 117 16 14 87 88 300
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 370 72 64 234 327 796

FIFA World Cup record

2012 Cyprus national football team in Bulgaria.
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 0/23 114 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
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
Portugal 2018–19 C 3 6 1 2 3 5 9 Same position 36th
Italy 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. ^ a b Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 were played behind closed doors.[6][7]
  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.[9]
Citation
  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 24 July 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  3. ^ uefa.com (13 October 2015). "Bosnia and Herzegovina in play-offs, Cyprus out". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
  5. ^ "Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Football Match Summary - August 31, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "UEFA meets general secretaries of member associations". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  7. ^ "UEFA Super Cup to test partial return of spectators". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Luxembourg vs. Cyprus". ESPN. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Two UEFA Nations League matches moved to neutral venues". UEFA. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  10. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Cyprus - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  11. ^ "Cyprus Football Association – Εθνική Ανδρών: Προπονητές". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  12. ^ "Cyprus National Team Coaches". www.rsssf.com.