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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: 23/02/14 14.47CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 28/05/2014 07:41 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Bulgaria1-0Cyprus
Referee: Christopher Lautier (MLT)
08/18/2014 15:53:18
Albania3-1Cyprus
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ) – Stadium: Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa, Tirana (ALB)
04/18/2013 18:13:20
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
Cyprus1-0Iceland
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) – Stadium: Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca (CYP)
04/18/2013 19:16:07
Slovenia2-1Cyprus
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) – Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
04/18/2013 19:16:22
Cyprus1-3Norway
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) – Stadium: Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca (CYP)
04/18/2013 19:16:52
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Cyprus0-3Finland
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
08/18/2014 15:54:02
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Cyprus1-3Serbia
Referee: Antonis Giachos (GRE) – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
08/18/2014 15:50:37
Cyprus0-0Switzerland
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Switzerland1-0Cyprus
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA) – Stadium: Stade de Genève, Geneva (SUI)
06/08/2013 18:22:28
Norway2-0Cyprus
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/11/2013 07:09:31
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
Cyprus0-2Slovenia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
09/11/2013 07:29:06
Iceland2-0Cyprus
Referee: István Vad (HUN) – Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
12/16/2013 12:40:39
Cyprus0-0Albania
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
12/16/2013 12:40:38
5 March 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Cyprus0-0Northern Ireland
Referee: not available – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
08/18/2014 15:50:33
27 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Japan1-0Cyprus
Referee: not available – Stadium: Saitama, Saitama (JPN)
08/18/2014 15:51:03
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and HerzegovinaCyprus
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Bilino Polje, Zenica (BIH)
09/02/2014 20:44:39
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusIsrael
Referee: TBD – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
08/25/2014 10:26:29
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
WalesCyprus
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
08/07/2014 11:39:34
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusAndorra
Referee: TBD – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
08/07/2014 11:41:05
BelgiumCyprus
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:00
AndorraCyprus
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:49
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusWales
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:54
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusBelgium
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:20
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
IsraelCyprus
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:00
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:44

General info

  • Founded : 1934
  • Stadium : GSP Stadium
  • Currently playing : European Championship , Friendly matches 2012/2014

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    10/02/1999, Cyprus 4-0 San Marino, Limassol
  • 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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