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Cyprus team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
Cyprus have been attempting to qualify for a major tournament for over half a century but never come close, though they have recorded their fair share of memorable results.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

Cyprus team profile

Cyprus have been attempting to qualify for a major tournament for over half a century but never come close, though they have recorded their fair share of memorable results.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Charalampos Christodoulou
Leading scorers: all-time – Michalis Konstantinou (32); current – Constantinos Charalambides, Stathis Aloneftis (11)
Most appearances: all-time – Ioannis Okkas (106); current – Constantinos Charalambides (74)
Association formed: 1934
Nickname: Galanolefki (Blue-and-White)
Where they play: GSP Stadium, Nicosia; Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca

Cyprus have been attempting to qualify for a major tournament for over half a century but have never come close, registering just a dozen wins apiece in the FIFA World Cup (in 104 attempts) and the UEFA European Championship (94). The island has nonetheless witnessed some famous upsets, including a 3-2 win against Spain on the road to UEFA EURO 2000 and a 5-2 victory against the Republic of Ireland in UEFA EURO 2008 qualification. Fortunes have dwindled of late, however – in contrast to the improved efforts of the country's top clubs in Europe, with APOEL FC notably having reached the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P94 W12 D14 L68 F67 A258
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P94 W12 D14 L68 F67 A251

Cyprus have produced several notable results, with 1-1 draws at home against World Cup holders Italy (1983) and European champions Denmark (1995). Yet the real breakthrough was their UEFA EURO 2000 campaign, when home wins against Spain and Israel meant Stavros Papadopoulos' side travelled to Austria for their final match knowing a win would probably ensure second place. Down to nine men before half-time, Cyprus lost 3-1 and their haul of 12 points was one short of a play-off slot. They broke that record tally in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying (14), winning 5-2 against the Republic of Ireland and 3-1 against Wales. They also drew 1-1 against Germany.

Cyprus kicked off UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying with a remarkable 4-4 draw against Portugal in Guimaraes, but in their remaining seven games scored just three more goals and picked up only one more point, with a 0-0 draw against Iceland. Greek coach Nikos Nioplias replaced compatriot Angelos Anastasiadis midway through the campaign, but could not stop his new side finishing bottom and stepped down.

Memorable EURO matches
07/10/2006: Cyprus 5-2 Republic of Ireland, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying

Charalambides (2), Konstantinou (2) and Alexandros Garpozis scored in a rousing success.

05/09/1998: Cyprus 3-2 Spain, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Panayiotis Engomitis, Siniša Gogić and Milenko Špoljarić scored in a win that ended Javier Clemente's reign as Spain coach.

12/02/1983: Cyprus 1-1 Italy, 1984 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Christos Omirou's low shot had the world champions creaking until Francesco Graziani rescued a point.

Did you know?
Cyprus hosted their home games on a gravel pitch at the old GSP Stadium in Nicosia until 1974.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.15CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 03/09/2015 11:43 CET
4 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia2-0Cyprus
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 18:59:44
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina1-2Cyprus
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
07/11/2015 08:26:37
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Cyprus1-2Israel
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
08/28/2015 09:55:02
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales2-1Cyprus
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
07/11/2015 08:27:24
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Cyprus5-0Andorra
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
08/28/2015 09:55:04
Belgium5-0Cyprus
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
07/11/2015 08:28:21
Andorra1-3Cyprus
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
08/21/2015 11:13:22
03 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusWales
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusBelgium
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
09/03/2015 11:01:24
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
IsraelCyprus
Referee: TBD Stadium: Itztadion Teddy, Jerusalem (ISR)
08/30/2015 16:11:58
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
09/01/2015 09:18:44
CyprusBelgium
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:29:32
GreeceCyprus
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:48:37
Bosnia and HerzegovinaCyprus
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:26:47
CyprusEstonia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:15:33
CyprusBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:01:17
EstoniaCyprus
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:18:18
CyprusGreece
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:08:48
BelgiumCyprus
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:52:48

General info

  • Founded : 1934
  • Stadium : GSP Stadium
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    16/11/2014, Cyprus 5-0 Andorra, Nicosia
  • Biggest defeat:
    08/09/1999, Spain 8-0 Cyprus, Badajoz
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 13
  • Player with most appearances: 31
    Ioannis Okkas (CYP)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Ioannis Okkas (CYP)
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