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The Cyprus national football team is the national football team of the island of Cyprusmarker and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association. They have never reached the finals of either the European Championships or the World Cup.

They are currently managed by Angelos Anastasiadis.

History

Their first match was a friendly on 23 July 1949, against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Tel Avivmarker which ended in a 3-3 draw, one year after becoming a member of the world governing body FIFAmarker. Seven days later the team had its first international game, a 3-1 defeat against Israel in the same city. In November 1960, following independence from British rulemarker, Cyprus drew its first post-independence official match 1-1 against Israel, as part of the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament.

Cyprus' first international victory was a 3-1 win against Greece on 27 November 1963 in a friendly. On 17 February 1968 Cyprus recorded their first competitive win, beating Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championship qualifying match in Nicosiamarker.

In 1974, the national team enjoyed one of their most famous victories when they beat a Northern Ireland side 1-0 in Nicosia. On 12 February 1983, as part of the Euro 1984 qualifiers, Cyprus held world champions Italy to a 1-1 draw in Nicosiamarker, followed a month later by the same result against Czechoslovakia. In 1989 they drew 1-1 with France in World Cup qualifying match. Despite a number of triumphs on home soil, Cyprus had to wait until 1992 to record their first away win, a 2-0 victory in the Faroe Islands.

Results in qualifying tournaments have also improved considerably in recent times. In the qualifying stages for the 1996 UEFA European Championship, Cyprus drew 1-1 with holders Denmark. Four years later, they missed out on a place in the 2000 European Football Championship by a solitary point, 3-2 victories against Spain and Israel and a 4-0 defeat of San Marino contributing to the team finishing on 12 points, just one point behind Israel who qualified for the Euro 2000 play-offs.

On 15 November 2000 Cyprus scored their biggest win in history by beating Andorra in Limassolmarker 5-0 for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification.

On 7 October 2006, as part of the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Cyprus caused a major upset by beating Republic of Ireland 5-2 at home with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambides each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis one goal. On 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the World Cup semi-finalists Germany to a 1-1 draw at home. On 13 October 2007, they won over Wales 3-1 in Nicosiamarker. Also on 17 October 2007 Cyprus came close to a historic away victory in Dublinmarker against Republic of Ireland, but equalised on the last minute of the game, and the match ended 1-1.

Kit

On 7 October 2006 a new kit, made by Diadora and outlining a map of Cyprusmarker in amber from the shoulder to the sleeve with a green line running down the middle indicating the division of the island. This kit was used for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, and was replaced by a kit made by Adidas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

Home stadium

Cyprus versus Italy, 6 September 2008.
Cyprus currently plays home matches at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadiummarker in Larnacamarker. Home matches had previously been staged at different stadiums all around the country. Until 1974 Cyprus used either the old GSP Stadium in central Nicosiamarker, or the GSE stadium in Famagustamarker. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, some matches were played at Tsirion Stadiummarker in Limassolmarker and the Makario Stadiummarker in Nicosia. In 1999, the building of the New GSP Stadiummarker in Nicosiamarker provided a new home for the national team however in 2008 a change of sponsorship forced home fixtures for FIFA 2010 qualification to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadiummarker.

Total Results and Records

Last Update: October 11, 2009

Competition Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
FIFA World Cup qualification 93 11 10 72 72 263
European Championship qualification 86 12 12 62 60 231
Friendly Matches 102 32 26 44 119 152
TOTAL 281 55 48 178 251 646


FIFA World Cup Record



European Championship Record

UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

Key:
  • Teams highlighted in green are certain of qualification.
  • Teams highlighted in red are unable to qualify.


2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

World Cup Qualification Matches

All times for FIFA World Cup qualification at CET


























Current Squad

Caps and goals as of October 11 2009, included last match against Bulgaria.







Recent Call Ups

Past Managers



Player records

As of October 11, 2009

Most capped Cyprus players



Top Cyprus goalscorers



See herefor top goal scorers per country.

References

External links



Name
Career
Angelos Anastasiadis
2004 - current
Momčilo Vukotić
2001 - 2004
Stavros Papadopoulos
1999 - 2001
Panikos Georgiou
1997 - 1999
Andreas Michaelides
1991 - 1997
Panikos Iakovou
1984 - 1991
Vassil Spasov
1982 - 1984
Kostas Talianos
1977 - 1982
Panikos Krystallis
1976 - 1977
Pambos Avraamidis
1972 - 1976
Sima Milovanov
1972
Ray Wood
1969 - 1971
Pambos Avraamidis
1968 - 1969
Argyrios Gavalas
1960 - 1967
Gyula Zsengellér
1958 - 1959
#
Name
Debut
Caps
Goals
Active?
1
Ioannis Okkas
1997
96
23
Yes
2
Pambos Pittas
1987
82
7
No
3
Nicos Panayiotou
1994
75
0
No
4
Michalis Constantinou
1998
74
29
Yes
5
Giorgos Theodotou
1996
70
0
No
#
Player
Debut
Caps
Goals
Active?
1
Michalis Konstantinou
1998
74
29
Yes
2
Ioannis Okkas
1997
96
23
Yes
3
Constantinos Charalambides
2003
49
11
Yes
4
Marios Agathokleous
1994
38
10
Yes
5
Milenko Spoljaric
1997
21
8
No
6
Siniša Gogić
1994
37
8
No

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