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worldcup: Greece - Cyprus Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

GreeceGreeceStadio Georgios Karaiskakis - PiraeusFriday 7 October 2016
20.45CET (21.45 local time)
Group H - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

1988 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/01/1987PR (GS)Greece - Cyprus3-1
AthensAnastopoulos 54, 66, Bonovas 63; Savva 60
03/12/1986PR (GS)Cyprus - Greece2-4
NicosiaChristofi 28, Savvides 41; Antoniou 14, Papaioanou 48, Batsinilas 73, Anastopoulos 85
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Greece - Squad list
Current season
-Orestis Karnezis11/07/198531Udinese - 1000
-Stefanos Kapino18/03/199422Olympiacos - 0000
-Panagiotis Glykos10/10/198629PAOK - 0000
-Vasilis Torosidis10/06/198531Bologna - 1100
-Sokratis Papastathopoulos09/06/198828Dortmund - 1000
-Giorgos Tzavellas26/11/198728PAOK - 1000
-Giannis Maniatis12/10/198629Olympiacos - 1000
-Kyriakos Papadopoulos23/02/199224Leipzig - 0000
-Kostas Manolas14/06/199125Roma - 1000
-Kostas Stafylidis02/12/199322Augsburg - 0000
-José Holebas27/06/198432Watford - 0000
-Marios Oikonomou06/10/199224Bologna - 0000
-Alexandros Tziolis13/02/198531PAOK - 1000
-Panagiotis Tachtsidis15/02/199125Cagliari - 0000
-Petros Mantalos31/08/199125AEK - 1000
-Kostas Fortounis16/10/199223Olympiacos - 1100
-Thanos Petsos05/06/199125Bremen - 0000
-Kostas Mitroglou12/03/198828Benfica*1100
-Nikos Karelis24/02/199224Genk - 0000
-Apostolos Vellios08/01/199224Nottm Forest - 1000
-Yannis Gianniotas29/04/199323APOEL - 1000
-Tasos Bakasetas28/06/199323AEK - 1000
-Michael Skibbe04/08/196551 - 1000
Cyprus - Squad list
Current season
-Antonis Giorgallides30/01/198234AEK Larnaca - 0000
-Tasos Kissas18/01/198828Apollon - 0000
-Kostas Panayi08/10/199421Omonia - 1000
-Elias Charalambous25/09/198036AEK Larnaca - 0000
-Nektarios Alexandrou19/12/198332APOEL - 1000
-Giorgos Merkis30/07/198432APOEL - 0000
-Andreas Avraam06/06/198729Larissa - 0000
-Marios Antoniades14/05/199026Panionios - 0000
-Jason Demetriou18/11/198728Southend - 1000
-Dossa Júnior28/07/198630AEL - 1000
-Marios Stylianou23/09/199323Apollon - 0000
-Marios Nikolaou04/10/198333AEL - 0000
-Vincent Laban09/09/198432AEK Larnaca*1000
-George Efrem05/07/198927APOEL - 1000
-Kostakis Artymatas15/04/199323APOEL - 1000
-Kostas Laifis19/05/199323Standard Liège*1000
-Charis Kyriakou09/02/199521Apollon - 1000
-Grigoris Kastanos30/01/199818Juventus*1000
-Costas Charalambides25/07/198135AEK Larnaca*1000
-Dimitris Christofi28/09/198828Omonia - 0000
-Pieros Sotiriou13/01/199323APOEL - 1000
-Nestor Mytidis01/06/199125Roda - 1000
-Antreas Makris27/11/199520Anorthosis - 1000
-Christakis Christoforou26/01/196452 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Michael Skibbe

Date of birth: 4 August 1965
Nationality: German
Playing career: FC Schalke 04
Coaching career: Borussia Dortmund, Germany (assistant), Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Galatasaray AŞ, Eintracht Frankfurt, Eskişehirspor (twice), Hertha BSC Berlin, Kardemir Karabükspor, Grasshopper Club, Greece

• Michael Skibbe started out as a midfielder at home-town club Schalke; however, the former youth international made just 15 first-team appearances before a series of cruciate injuries forced him to abandon his playing career in his early 20s.

• Impressing as a youth coach at Schalke and Dortmund, Skibbe became the youngest boss in Bundesliga history when he was given the senior job at Dortmund aged 32 in July 1998.

• Worked in tandem with Rudi Völler during the latter's time as Germany coach, reaching the 2002 FIFA World Cup final but the pair resigning after the national team's early exit from UEFA EURO 2004. Skibbe returned to club football, coaching Leverkusen from 2005–08.

• First ventured abroad to coach Galatasaray from 2008–09. Went back to Turkey three more times, twice leading Eskişehirspor and briefly taking charge of Karabükspor. Had a longer stint in Switzerland with Grasshoppers.

• Hired as Greece coach in late October 2015, tasked with directing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying attempt after failure to reach UEFA EURO 2016.



Christakis Christoforou

Date of birth: 26 January 1964
Nationality: Cypriot
Playing career: AEL Limassol FC, APOEL FC
Coaching career: Apollon Limassol FC (youth), APOEL FC (youth), Cyprus Under-17, Apollon Ladies FC, Apollon Limassol FC, AEL Limassol FC

• Played as a midfielder for AEL, helping them beat city rivals Apollon 1-0 in the 1987 Cypriot Cup final; later left Limassol to join APOEL.

• Coached AEL and APOEL's youth academies before steering Cyprus's Under-17s to the elite round of the 1999 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

• Took charge of Apollon Ladies in 2009 and won five consecutive domestic doubles as well as reaching the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 three times.

• After a switch to Apollon's men's team in 2013, became the first coach to lead men's and women's divisions of the same club into the group stage of a UEFA competition; lifted Cypriot Cup with Apollon and took them to the UEFA Europa League group stage in successive seasons.

• Returned to AEL as coach though his side lost 4-2 to APOEL in the 2014/15 Cypriot Cup final; made some amends by beating the Nicosia club on penalties to claim the 2015 Cyprus Super Cup. Left post in October 2015, taking up Cyprus job in early December.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereePavel Královec (CZE)
  • Assistant refereesRoman Slyško (SVK) , Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
  • Fourth officialMiroslav Zelinka (CZE)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerCampbell Ogilvie (SCO)
  • Referee observerCharles Agius (MLT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Pavel Královec16/08/1977283

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from 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
28/07/2005UEL1QRAPOEL FCBirkirkara FC4-0Nicosia
04/11/2005U19QRNorwayCyprus0-1Rishon Le-zion
06/11/2005U19QRCyprusMalta2-1Rishon Le-zion
04/10/2007UELR1Anorthosis Famagusta FCTottenham Hotspur FC1-1Larnaca
05/11/2009UELGSSK Sturm GrazPanathinaikos FC0-1Graz
16/08/2016UCLPOFC KøbenhavnAPOEL FC1-0Copenhagen

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    Bosnia and Herzegovina1100503
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Gibraltar 1-4 Greece
    0-1 Mitroglou 10, 1-1 Walker 26, 1-2 Wiseman 44 (og) , 1-3 Fortounis 45, 1-4 Torosidis 45+2
    Karnezis, Maniatis (71 Tziolis), Tzavellas, Manolas, Fortounis, Mitroglou (73 Vellios), Bakasetas, Torosidis, Mantalos (62 Gianniotas), Papastathopoulos, Samaris
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Greece-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Greece
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
    0-1 R. Lukaku 13, 0-2 R. Lukaku 61, 0-3 Carrasco 81
    Panayi, Dossa Júnior, Demetriou, Sotiriou (69 Mytidis), Charalambides, Alexandrou, Laban (69 Artymatas), Kyriakou, Efrem, Laifis, Kastanos (78 Makris)
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Cyprus
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Cyprus-Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

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


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on