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|Association|| Cyprus Football Association (CFA)|
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
|Head coach||Nikos Kostenoglou|
|Most caps||Ioannis Okkas (103)|
|Top scorer||Michalis Konstantinou (32)|
|Home stadium||GSP Stadium, Nicosia|
|Current||103 4 (16 September 2021)|
|Highest||43 (September 2010)|
|Lowest||142 (June 2014)|
Israel 3–1 Cyprus
(Tel Aviv, Israel; 30 July 1949)
Cyprus 1–1 Israel
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 13 November 1960)
| Cyprus 5–0 Andorra |
(Limassol, Cyprus; 15 November 2000)
Cyprus 5–0 Andorra
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 16 November 2014)
Cyprus 5–0 San Marino
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 21 March 2019)
| West Germany 12–0 Cyprus |
(Essen, West Germany; 21 May 1969)
The Cyprus national football team (Greek : Εθνική ομάδα ποδοσφαίρου της Κύπρου) represents Cyprus in international football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Nikos Kostenoglou.
The team's first match took place on 23 July 1949, one year after becoming a member of the world governing body FIFA: a friendly against Maccabi Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv, ending in a 3–3 draw. 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 rule, 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 Old GSP Stadium in Nicosia.
In 1974, the national team enjoyed one of their most famous victories when they beat Northern Ireland 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 Tsirio Stadium in Limassol, followed a month later by the same result against Czechoslovakia. Four years later, in the Euro 1988 qualification, Cyprus recorded their first ever point achieved in an away match, against Poland. In 1989 they drew 1–1 with France in the 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 against 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 UEFA Euro 2000 despite 3–2 victories against both Spain and Israel and a 4–0 win over San Marino.
On 15 November 2000, Cyprus scored their biggest win in history by beating Andorra in Limassol 5–0 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 7 October 2006, as part of the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Cyprus caused a major upset by beating the Republic of Ireland 5–2 in New GSP Stadium in Nicosia, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambidis each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis one goal. Just one month later, on 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the World Cup bronze-medalists Germany to a 1–1 draw at home. On 13 October 2007, they beat Wales 3–1 in Nicosia. On 17 October 2007, Cyprus came close to a historic away victory in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland, but the hosts equalised in the last minute of the game, and the match ended 1–1. On 3 September 2010, as part of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Cyprus claimed a historic result against Portugal after drawing 4–4 in Guimarães.
During the Euro 2016 qualifying, Cyprus national football team managed by Pambos Christodoulou claimed one of their most historic victories by defeating 2014 World Cup participant Bosnia with 2–1 in Zenica. In the last group match, the team faced Bosnia needing a victory to finish in 3rd and rely on Belgium to beat Israel in Brussels. As fate would have it, the Bosnians won the reverse 3–2 and qualified to play-offs at the expense of the home team, who at one point took a 2–1 lead during first half and for number of minutes held onto 3rd spot and a berth in the play-offs for a first time in history, as Belgium, a soon to be World number 1 side, were comfortably beating Israel at home.
Cyprus would finish behind Estonia and ahead of Gibraltar to place 5th of 6 teams in Group H in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.Their qualification run would include an impressive 3-2 home victory over Bosnia.
In the EURO 2020 qualifiers Cyprus would beat San Marino 5-0 but they would lose to Belgium and Scotland. Even though they beat Kazakhstan 1-2 away from home they lost the last three games and finished 4th of the 6 teams in the group finishing in front of Kazakhstan and San Marino.
The 20-21 Nations League was a big disappointment for Cyprus. They lost the first three games against Montenegro 0-2, Azerbaijan 0-1 and Luxembourg 2-0 and drew with and Azerbaijan 0-0 in the fourth game. Even though they beat luxembourg 2-1 at GSP stadium they got crashed by Montenegro 4-0 in the last game and finished last in a group with Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, and Montenegro.
On 7 October 2006, a new kit was made by Diadora. It outlines a map of Cyprus in amber from the shoulder to the sleeve, with a green line running down the middle to indicate 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, the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. For 2018 Macron will replace Adidas as part of the UEFA's Kit Assistance Scheme programme.
Cyprus currently plays home matches at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Home matches had previously been staged at different stadiums all around the country. Until 1974 Cyprus used either the old GSP Stadium in central Nicosia, or the GSE stadium in Famagusta. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, some matches were played at Tsirion Stadium in Limassol and the Makario Stadium in Nicosia. In 1999, the building of the New GSP Stadium in Nicosia provided a new home for the national team but in 2008 a change of sponsorship forced home fixtures for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. However, Cyprus returned to the GSP Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round matches.
|7 October 2020 FIFA International Friendly||Cyprus||1–2||Czech Republic||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|19:00||Report||Stadium: AEK Arena |
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (Switzerland)
|10 October 2020 Nations League||Luxembourg||2–0||Cyprus||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel |
Referee: Don Robertson (Scotland)
|13 October 2020 Nations League||Azerbaijan||0–0||Cyprus||Elbasan, Albania|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Elbasan Arena |
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
|11 November 2020 FIFA International Friendly||Greece||2–1||Cyprus||Athens, Greece|
|16:45||Report||Stadium: Georgios Kamaras Stadium |
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
|14 November 2020 Nations League||Cyprus||2–1||Luxembourg||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|19:00||Report||Stadium: GSP Stadium |
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
|24 March 2021 World Cup qualifier||Cyprus||0–0||Slovakia||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|20:45 (21:45 UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: GSP Stadium |
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)
|27 March 2021 World Cup qualifier||Croatia||1–0||Cyprus||Rijeka, Croatia|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Stadion Rujevica |
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
|30 March 2021 World Cup qualifier||Cyprus||1–0||Slovenia||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|18:00 (19:00 UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: GSP Stadium |
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
|4 June 2021 Friendly||Hungary||1–0||Cyprus||Budapest, Hungary|
|20:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Szusza Ferenc Stadion |
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
|7 June 2021 Friendly||Ukraine||4–0||Cyprus||Kharkiv, Ukraine|
|18:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Metalist Oblast Sports Complex |
Referee: Vitālijs Spasjoņņikovs (Latvia)
|1 September 2021 World Cup qualifier||Malta||3–0||Cyprus||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: National Stadium |
Referee: Fabio Maresca (Italy)
|4 September 2021 World Cup qualifier||Cyprus||0–2||Russia||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|16:00||Report||Stadium: GSP Stadium |
Referee: Alejandro Hernández (Spain)
|7 September 2021 World Cup qualifier||Slovakia||2–0||Cyprus||Bratislava, Slovakia|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Tehelné pole |
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
|11 November 2021 World Cup qualifier||Russia||v||Cyprus||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|19:00||Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium|
|Assistant Manager||Panagiotis Egomitis|
|Assistant Manager||Miltiadis Ziakas|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Nikos Konstantinidis|
|Physical Trainer||Pavlos Keenan|
|Match Analyst||Theodoros Antonopoulos|
The following 27 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Malta, Russia, and Slovakia in September 2021.
Caps and goals as of 7 September 2021, after the match against Slovakia.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Constantinos Panagi||8 October 1994||19||0||Omonia|
|12||GK||Demetris Demetriou||15 January 1999||6||0||Apollon Limassol|
|22||GK||Neofytos Michael||16 December 1993||7||0||APOEL|
|2||DF||Andreas Karo||9 September 1996||9||0||APOEL|
|4||DF||Nicholas Ioannou||10 November 1995||30||2||Como|
|5||DF||Constantinos Soteriou||21 June 1996||7||0||AEL Limassol|
|16||DF||Paris Psaltis||12 November 1996||3||0||Omonia|
|DF||Thomas Ioannou||19 July 1995||5||0||Ethnikos Achna|
|3||DF||Marios Antoniades||14 May 1990||15||0||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|13||DF||Nikolas Panagiotou||12 May 2000||2||0||Omonia|
|6||MF||Alex Gogić||13 April 1994||7||0||Hibernian|
|8||MF||Chambos Kyriakou||9 February 1995||40||0||Apollon Limassol|
|11||MF||Andreas Avraam||6 June 1987||46||5||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|14||MF||Fanos Katelaris||20 August 1996||11||1||Apollon Limassol|
|15||MF||Fotios Papoulis||22 January 1985||20||2||Omonia|
|17||MF||Loizos Loizou||18 July 2003||13||1||Omonia|
|18||MF||Kostakis Artymatas||15 April 1993||52||1||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|20||MF||Grigoris Kastanos||30 January 1998||39||3||Salernitana|
|21||MF||Marinos Tzionis||6 July 2001||10||0||Omonia|
|23||MF||Ioannis Pittas||10 July 1996||20||1||Apollon Limassol|
|MF||Michalis Ioannou||30 June 2000||3||0||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|9||FW||Demetris Christofi (Captain)||September 28, 1988||60||8||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|19||FW||Marios Elia||19 May 1996||7||1||Ethnikos Achna|
|7||FW||Panagiotis Zachariou||26 February 1996||9||1||Omonia|
|10||FW||Pieros Sotiriou||13 January 1993||47||10||Ludogorets Razgrad|
|FW||Dimitris Theodorou||10 September 1997||1||0||APOEL|
|14||FW||Onisiforos Roushias||15 July 1992||9||0||Anorthosis Famagusta|
The following players have also been called up to the Cyprus squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Andreas Paraskevas||15 September 1998||0||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Ukraine , 7 June 2021|
|GK||Charalambos Kyriakides||30 November 1998||4||0||Omonia||v. Montenegro , 17 November 2020|
|GK||Anastasios Kissas||18 January 1988||12||0||Nea Salamis Famagusta||v. Azerbaijan , 8 September 2020|
|DF||Ioannis Kousoulos (INJ)||14 June 1996||27||4||Omonia||v. Ukraine , 7 June 2021|
|DF||Stelios Andreou||24 July 2002||1||0||Charleroi||v. Ukraine , 7 June 2021|
|DF||Thomas Nikolaou||22 October 2001||0||0||Nea Salamis Famagusta||v. Ukraine , 7 June 2021|
|DF||Konstantinos Laifis (INJ)||19 May 1993||42||3||Standard Liège||v. Slovenia , 30 March 2021|
|DF||Christos Shelis||2 February 2000||4||0||Levski Sofia||v. Slovakia , 24 March 2021|
|DF||Charis Kyriakou||9 February 1995||14||0||Doxa Katokopia||v. Montenegro , 17 November 2020|
|DF||Christos Wheeler||29 June 1997||4||0||APOEL||v. Azerbaijan , 13 October 2020|
|DF||Valentinos Sielis||1 March 1990||18||1||Busan IPark||v. Azerbaijan , 8 September 2020|
|DF||Kypros Christoforou||24 April 1993||2||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Azerbaijan , 8 September 2020|
|MF||Hector Kyprianou||27 May 2001||0||0||Leyton Orient||v. Ukraine , 7 June 2021|
|MF||Minas Antoniou||22 February 1994||9||0||AEL Limassol||v. Slovenia , 30 March 2021|
|MF||Andreas Makris||27 November 1995||24||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Montenegro , 17 November 2020|
|MF||Vasilios Papafotis||10 August 1995||2||0||AEL Limassol||v. Montenegro , 17 November 2020|
|MF||Matija Špoljarić||2 April 1997||11||0||Aris Limassol||v. Czech Republic , 7 October 2020|
|MF||Ioannis Kosti||17 March 2000||9||0||Olympiacos B||v. Czech Republic , 7 October 2020|
|MF||Giorgos Papageorgiou||7 June 1997||0||0||Apollon Smyrnis F.C.||v. Russia , 13 October 2019|
|MF||Giannis Satsias||28 December 2002||0||0||APOEL||v. Azerbaijan , 8 September 2020|
|FW||Andreas Katsantonis||16 February 2000||0||0||APOEL||v. Hungary , 4 June 2021|
|FW||Konstantinos Ilia||25 October 2000||0||0||Ethnikos Achna||v. Ukraine , 7 June 2021|
|FW||Andronikos Kakoullis||3 May 2001||2||0||Omonia||v. Montenegro , 17 November 2020|
Most capped players
|FIFA World Cup qualification||117||16||14||87||88||300|
|European Championship qualification||114||19||15||80||98||288|
|UEFA Nations League||12||2||3||7||7||19|
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||7|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|2024||To be determined|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||To be determined|
As of 30 March 2021.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||2||0||2|
|Republic of Ireland||10||1||1||8|
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