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UEFA EURO: Cyprus - San Marino Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

CyprusGSP - NicosiaThursday 21 March 2019 - 18.00CETGroup I - Matchday 1San Marino
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/09/2007QR (GS)Cyprus - San Marino3-0NicosiaMakridis 15, Aloneftis 41, 90+2
22/08/2007QR (GS)San Marino - Cyprus0-1SerravalleOkkas 54
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/02/1999PR (GS)Cyprus - San Marino4-0
LimassolMelanarkitis 18, Konstantinou 32, 45+2, Christodoulou 90
18/11/1998PR (GS)San Marino - Cyprus0-1
SerravalleŠpoljarić 40
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
San Marino20022002----400409
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San Marino------------------
San Marino20022002----400409

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 21/03/2019 13:57CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Cyprus - Squad list
Current season
-Urko Pardo28/01/198336Alki Oroklini - 0000
-Kostas Panayi08/10/199424Omonia - 0000
-Neofytos Michael16/12/199325Giannina - 0000
-Georgios Vasiliou12/06/198434Apollon - 0000
-Giorgos Merkis30/07/198434APOEL - 0000
-Jason Demetriou18/11/198731Southend - 0000
-Margaça 17/07/198533Nea Salamis - 0000
-Dossa Júnior28/07/198632AEL - 0000
-Christos Wheeler29/06/199721AEL - 0000
-Nicholas Ioannou10/11/199523APOEL - 0000
-Ioannis Kousoulos14/06/199622Omonia - 0000
-Andreas Avraam06/06/198731AEL - 0000
-George Efrem05/07/198929APOEL - 0000
-Kostakis Artymatas15/04/199325APOEL - 0000
-Kostas Laifis19/05/199325Standard Liège - 0000
-Grigoris Kastanos30/01/199821Juventus - 0000
-Antreas Makris27/11/199523AEL - 0000
-Matija Špoljarić02/04/199721Alki Oroklini - 0000
-Anthony Georgiou24/02/199722Levante - 0000
-Pieros Sotiriou13/01/199326København - 0000
-Minas Antoniou22/02/199425Paralimni - 0000
-Nestor Mytidis01/06/199127AEL - 0000
-Fotis Papoulis22/01/198534Apollon - 0000
-Ran Ben Simon28/11/197048 - 0000
San Marino - Squad list
Current season
-Elia Benedettini22/06/199523Novara - 0000
-Matteo Zavoli06/07/199622Libertas - 0000
-Simone Benedettini21/01/199722Marino - 0000
-Davide Simoncini30/08/198632Libertas - 0000
-Cristian Brolli28/02/199227Folgore - 0000
-Mattia Giardi15/12/199127Tre Fiori - 0000
-Manuel Battistini22/07/199424Libertas - 0000
-Davide Cesarini16/02/199524Tre Penne - 0000
-Andrea Grandoni23/03/199721Marignanese - 0000
-Marcello Mularoni08/09/199820Pietracuta - 0000
-Michele Cevoli22/07/199820Marino - 0000
-Mirko Palazzi21/03/198732Tre Penne - 0000
-Enrico Golinucci16/07/199127Libertas - 0000
-Danilo Rinaldi18/04/198632La Fiorita - 0000
-Alessandro Golinucci10/10/199424Pietracuta - 0000
-Luca Censoni18/07/199622Riccione - 0000
-Michael Battistini08/10/199622Libertas - 0000
-Lorenzo Lunadei12/07/199721Riccione - 0000
-Matteo Vitaioli27/10/198929Tropical Coriano - 0000
-José Hirsch31/01/198633La Fiorita - 0000
-Fabio Tomassini05/02/199623Pietracuta - 0000
-Filippo Berardi18/05/199721Monopoli - 0000
-Nicola Nanni02/05/200018Crotone - 0000
-Franco Varrella25/01/195366 - 0000

Last updated 21/03/2019 14:21CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Ran Ben Shimon

Date of birth: 28 November 1970
Nationality: Israeli
Playing career: Maccabi Petach-Tikva, Hapoel Haifa, Hapoel Petach-Tikva, Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv
Coaching career: Hapoel Haifa, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona (twice), Maccabi Tel-Aviv, AEK Larnaca, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Petach-Tikva, Beitar Jerusalem, Ashdod, Cyprus

• Capped 34 times as a defender for Israel, Ben Shimon spent much of his career with home-town clubs Maccabi Petach-Tikva and Hapoel Petach-Tikva, but was perhaps in his prime during a six-year spell at Hapoel Haifa, during which he won the 1998/99 Israeli championship – the club's first league title.

• After hanging up his boots in 2003 following a stint at Bnei Yehuda, Ben Shimon was in charge of Maccabi Tel-Aviv's youth teams, taking his first senior jobs in the second tier with Hapoel Haifa and then Kiryat Shmona, whom he led to promotion in his first campaign at the helm.

• Briefly in the Maccabi Tel-Aviv hot seat in 2008, he guided Kiryat Shmona to another promotion after rejoining them in 2009, then masterminded their shock title success of 2011/12. He moved abroad for the first time in 2012 to coach Cypriot club AEK Larnaca, earning a third-placed finish in his sole season in command.

• Returning to Israel in 2013, he subsequently held the reins at Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Petach-Tikva, Beitar Jerusalem and – in 2016/17 – Ashdod.

• Ben Shimon accepted the Cyprus post in July 2017, filling the void left by Christakis Christoforou's departure, and the following month oversaw a memorable 3-2 home win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.


Franco Varrella

Date of birth: 25 January 1953
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: Rimini, Urbino, Montecchio, Jesina
Coaching career: Bellaria, Pietri Carpi, Forli, Brescia, Monza, Casertana, Salernitana, Reggiana, Savoia, Padova, Triestina, Ravenna, San Marino

• A youth player with Juventus for a time, Varrella played at a senior level in the lower leagues in Italy before becoming a games teacher.

• Started coaching with Bellaria and later moved into Serie C2 with Forlì in 1986/87, stepping up to Serie B to take charge of Brescia, Salernitana, Reggiana, Savoia and Ravenna.

• Won Serie C2 – the fourth highest division in Italy – with Padova in 2000/01. Hired as San Marino coach in January 2018.

• Worked as Arrigo Sacchi's assistant with Italy from 1995 onwards, culminating in a trip to EURO '96. Varrella continues to teach coaches at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) technical centre in Coverciano and for UEFA Coach Education Programme.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeJuri Frischer (EST)
  • Assistant refereesSilver Koiv (EST) , Aron Härsing (EST)
  • Fourth officialKristo Tohver (EST)
  • UEFA DelegatePaul Krähenbühl (SUI)
  • UEFA Referee observerAlbano Janku (ALB)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Juri Frischer12/02/1984026

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
30/06/2016UEL1QRSP La FioritaDebreceni VSC0-5Serravalle

Last updated 21/03/2019 14:15CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    San Marino0000000
    Cyprus-San Marino
  • (24/03/2019)
  • (08/06/2019)
  • (11/06/2019)
  • (06/09/2019)
  • (09/09/2019)
    San Marino-Cyprus
  • (10/10/2019)
  • (13/10/2019)
  • (16/11/2019)
  • (19/11/2019)

San Marino

  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    San Marino0000000
    Cyprus-San Marino
  • (24/03/2019)
    San Marino-Scotland
  • (08/06/2019)
    Russia-San Marino
  • (11/06/2019)
    Kazakhstan-San Marino
  • (06/09/2019)
    San Marino-Belgium
  • (09/09/2019)
    San Marino-Cyprus
  • (10/10/2019)
    Belgium-San Marino
  • (13/10/2019)
    Scotland-San Marino
  • (16/11/2019)
    San Marino-Kazakhstan
  • (19/11/2019)
    San Marino-Russia

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:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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