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|Association||Cyprus Football Association (CFA)|
Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου
|Head coach||Johan Walem|
|Most caps||Ioannis Okkas (106)|
|Top scorer||Michalis Konstantinou (32)|
|Home stadium||GSP Stadium, Nicosia|
|Current||99 1 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||43 (September 2010)|
|Lowest||142 (June 2014)|
|Current||126 24 (26 October 2020)|
|Highest||69 (22 March 2000)|
|Lowest||141 (March 1992)|
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 Johan Walem.
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.
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.
Total results and records
As of 13 October 2020.
|FIFA World Cup qualification||114||15||13||86||87||299|
|European Championship qualification||114||19||15||80||98||288|
|UEFA Nations League||10||1||3||6||5||14|
FIFA World Cup record
|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
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|2024||To be determined|
UEFA Nations League record
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||C||To be determined|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or qualification|
|1||Luxembourg (X)||4||3||0||1||6||3||+3||9[a]||Promotion to League B||—||0–1||17 Nov||2–0|
|2||Montenegro (X)||4||3||0||1||6||2||+4||9[a]||1–2||—||2–0||17 Nov|
|4||Cyprus (Y)||4||0||1||3||0||5||−5||1||Qualification to relegation play-outs||14 Nov||0–2||0–1||—|
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Cannot be relegated; (Y) Cannot be promoted.
- Ranked on head-to-head away goals: Luxembourg 2, Montenegro 1.
The following players were called up for the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League matches against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan on 10 and 13 October 2020 respectively.
Caps and goals as of 13 October 2020, after the match against Azerbaijan.
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||Urko Pardo||28 January 1983||9||0||Unattached||v. Belgium, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Giorgos Merkis RET||30 July 1984||55||1||APOEL||v. Belgium, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Jason Demetriou||18 November 1987||51||1||Southend United||v. Belgium, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Fotios Papoulis||22 January 1985||12||2||Omonia||v. Belgium, 19 November 2019|
|MF||Demetris Theodorou||10 September 1997||1||0||Enosis Neon Paralimni||v. Belgium, 19 November 2019|
|FW||Panagiotis Zachariou||26 February 1996||6||1||Olympiakos Nicosia||v. Belgium, 19 November 2019|
Head to head records
As of 13 October 2020.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||2||0||2|
|Republic of Ireland||10||1||1||8|
|Ran Ben Shimon||2017–2020|
As of 10 October 2017.
Most capped players
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- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
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- FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
- "Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Football Match Summary - August 31, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
- "Cyprus Football Association – Εθνική Ανδρών: Προπονητές". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- "Cyprus National Team Coaches". www.rsssf.com.
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