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UEFA EURO: Cyprus - Belgium Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

CyprusGSP - NicosiaSunday 24 March 2019 - 20.45CETGroup I - Matchday 2Belgium
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/10/2017QR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus4-0
BrusselsE. Hazard 12, 63 (P), T. Hazard 52, R. Lukaku 78
06/09/2016QR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium0-3
NicosiaR. Lukaku 13, 61, Carrasco 81
2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/09/2015QR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium0-1
NicosiaE. Hazard 86
28/03/2015QR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus5-0
BrusselsFellaini 21, 66, Benteke 35, E. Hazard 67, Batshuayi 80
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/11/1995PR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium1-1LimassolAgathocleous 20; De Bilde 65
26/04/1995PR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus2-0
BrusselsDe Bilde 20, Schepens 46
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/02/1993QR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium0-3
NicosiaScifo 1, 4, Czerniatynski 87
22/04/1992QR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus1-0
BrusselsWilmots 24
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/02/1981QR (GS)Belgium - Cyprus3-2
BrusselsPlessers 13, Vandenbergh 18, Ceulemans 67; Lysandrou 42, Vrahimis 60
21/12/1980QR (GS)Cyprus - Belgium0-2
NicosiaVandenbergh 30, Ceulemans 68
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

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Squad list Only this chapter

Cyprus - Squad list
Current season
-Urko Pardo28/01/198336Alki Oroklini - 0000
-Kostas Panayi08/10/199424Omonia - 1000
-Neofytos Michael16/12/199325Giannina - 0000
-Georgios Vasiliou12/06/198434Apollon - 0000
-Giorgos Merkis30/07/198434APOEL - 1000
-Jason Demetriou18/11/198731Southend - 1000
-Margaça 17/07/198533Nea Salamis - 0000
-Dossa Júnior28/07/198632AEL - 0000
-Christos Wheeler29/06/199721AEL - 0000
-Nicholas Ioannou10/11/199523APOEL - 1000
-Ioannis Kousoulos14/06/199622Omonia - 1100
-Andreas Avraam06/06/198731AEL - 0000
-George Efrem05/07/198929APOEL - 1100
-Kostakis Artymatas15/04/199325APOEL - 1000
-Kostas Laifis19/05/199325Standard Liège - 1100
-Grigoris Kastanos30/01/199821Juventus - 0000
-Antreas Makris27/11/199523AEL - 1000
-Matija Špoljarić02/04/199721Alki Oroklini - 1000
-Anthony Georgiou24/02/199722Levante - 1000
-Pieros Sotiriou13/01/199326København - 1200
-Minas Antoniou22/02/199425Paralimni - 0000
-Nestor Mytidis01/06/199127AEL - 1000
-Fotis Papoulis22/01/198534Apollon - 1000
-Ran Ben Simon28/11/197048 - 1000
Belgium - Squad list
Current season
-Simon Mignolet06/03/198831Liverpool - 0000
-Koen Casteels25/06/199226Wolfsburg - 0000
-Thibaut Courtois11/05/199226Real Madrid - 1000
-Thomas Vermaelen14/11/198533Barcelona - 0000
-Toby Alderweireld02/03/198930Tottenham - 1000
-Jan Vertonghen24/04/198731Tottenham - 1000
-Brandon Mechele28/01/199326Club Brugge - 0000
-Timothy Castagne05/12/199523Atalanta - 1000
-Jason Denayer28/06/199523Lyon - 0000
-Eden Hazard07/01/199128Chelsea - 1200
-Thorgan Hazard29/03/199325Mönchengladbach - 1000
-Nacer Chadli02/08/198929Monaco - 1000
-Dennis Praet14/05/199424Sampdoria - 0000
-Leander Dendoncker15/04/199523Wolves - 1000
-Youri Tielemans07/05/199721Leicester - 1100
-Hans Vanaken24/08/199226Club Brugge - 0000
-Adnan Januzaj05/02/199524Real Sociedad - 0000
-Christian Benteke03/12/199028Crystal Palace - 0000
-Dries Mertens06/05/198731Napoli - 1000
-Leandro Trossard04/12/199424Genk - 0000
-Michy Batshuayi02/10/199325Crystal Palace - 1000
-Yannick Carrasco04/09/199325Dalian Yifang - 0000
-Divock Origi18/04/199523Liverpool - 0000
-Roberto Martínez13/07/197345 - 1000

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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.


Roberto Martínez

Date of birth: 13 July 1973
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Real Zaragoza, Balaguer, Wigan, Motherwell, Walsall, Swansea, Chester City
Coaching career: Swansea, Wigan, Everton, Belgium

• Born in Catalonia, Martínez started out at youth level with home-town club Balaguer before joining Zaragoza aged 16. The bulk of his three years there were spent in the youth and B teams, with a solitary appearance for the senior side before he returned to Balaguer in 1994, also running the club's football school.

• Moved to England and Wigan in 1995, forming the 'Three Amigos' with fellow Spaniards Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz; over the next six years, helped the club win the third division title in 1997 and the Football League trophy two years later. A year with both Motherwell and Walsall preceded a lengthier spell at Swansea between 2003 and 2006, Martínez helping the club to promotion to the third tier. After a season with Chester, he returned to south Wales in 2007, initially as player-manager before quickly hanging up his boots.

• Guided Swansea to the League One championship in 2008 before leaving for Premier League Wigan the following year. Inspired an unlikely escape from relegation in 2011/12 and landed the Latics' first major trophy with victory against Manchester City FC in the FA Cup final 12 months later – although three days after that landmark triumph, Wigan were relegated.

• Martínez remained a man in demand and was appointed Everton manager in June 2013, steering the club to fifth place with their record Premier League points tally in his first term. Everton reached the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 and both domestic cup semi-finals in the next campaign, but indifferent league form meant Martínez was dismissed in May 2016.

• Appointed Belgium coach three months later in the wake of Marc Wilmots' departure and led the side to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Belgium ultimately finishing third in Russia – their highest ever placing.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeFrançois Letexier (FRA)
  • Assistant refereesCyril Mugnier (FRA) , Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
  • Fourth officialJérôme Brisard (FRA)
  • UEFA DelegateGeir Thorsteinsson (ISL)
  • UEFA Referee observerNicolae Grigorescu (ROU)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
François Letexier23/04/1989013

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
13/07/2017UEL2QRCork City FCAEK Larnaca FC0-1Cork
13/12/2018UELGSAEK Larnaca FCBayer 04 Leverkusen1-5Nicosia

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    San Marino1001050
    Cyprus 5-0 San Marino
    1-0 Sotiriou 19 (P) , 2-0 Sotiriou 23 (P) , 3-0 Kousoulos 26, 4-0 Efrem 31, 5-0 Laifis 56
    Panayi, N. Ioannou, Demetriou (65 Merkis), Efrem, Mytidis, Sotiriou (27 Makris), Kousoulos, Papoulis (54 Špoljarić), Artymatas, Laifis, Georgiou
  • (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)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    San Marino1001050
    Belgium 3-1 Russia
    1-0 Tielemans 14, 1-1 Cheryshev 16, 2-1 E. Hazard 45 (P) , 3-1 E. Hazard 88
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dendoncker, Tielemans, E. Hazard, Mertens, T. Hazard (84 Chadli), Boyata, Castagne, Batshuayi
  • (24/03/2019)
  • (08/06/2019)
  • (11/06/2019)
  • (06/09/2019)
    San Marino-Belgium
  • (09/09/2019)
  • (10/10/2019)
    Belgium-San Marino
  • (13/10/2019)
  • (16/11/2019)
  • (19/11/2019)

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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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