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APOEL
APOEL FC emblem
Full name Athletikos Podosferikos Omilos Ellinon Lefkosias
Nickname(s) Τhrylos (The Legend)
Founded 8 November 1926; 90 years ago (1926-11-08)
Ground GSP Stadium,
Nicosia, Cyprus
Ground Capacity 22,859
Owner APOEL Football Limited
Chairman Prodromos Petrides
Manager Thomas Christiansen
League Cypriot First Division
2015–16 1st
Website Club home page
Current season
Active departments of APOEL
Football pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg
Football Basketball Volleyball
Futsal pictogram.svg Table tennis pictogram.svg Cycling (road) pictogram.svg
Futsal Table tennis Cycling
Bowling pictogram.svg Archery pictogram.svg Swimming pictogram.svg
Bowling Archery Swimming
Water polo pictogram.svg Athletics pictogram.svg Blu Bianco e Giallo (Diagonale).png
Water polo Runners Team The Club

APOEL FC (Greek: ΑΠΟΕΛ; short for Αθλητικός Ποδοσφαιρικός Όμιλος Ελλήνων Λευκωσίας, Athletikos Podosferikos Omilos Ellinon Lefkosias, "Athletic Football Club of Greeks of Nicosia") is a professional football club based in Nicosia, Cyprus. APOEL is the most popular football team in Cyprus[1][2] and they are the most successful with an overall tally of 25 championships, 21 cups and 13 super cups.[3]

APOEL's greatest moment in the European competitions occurred in the season 2011–12, when the club participated in the group stages of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League (along with FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St. Petersburg) and achieved qualification for the quarter-finals of the competition by topping the group and eliminating Olympique Lyonnais in the last 16, becoming the only Cypriot club to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. APOEL's European competitions highlights include also appearances in the group stages of the 2009–10 & 2014–15 UEFA Champions League and the group stages of the 2013–14, 2015–16 & 2016–17 UEFA Europa League. They marked their most successful UEFA Europa League campaign during 2016–17 season, when they managed to reach the knockout phase of the competition.[4] APOEL is the only Cypriot club who have reached the group stages of both major UEFA competitions (UEFA Champions League & UEFA Europa League).

APOEL FC is part of the APOEL multi-sport club, which was founded in 1926 and maintains departments for several sports including football, basketball, volleyball, futsal, table tennis, bowling, cycling, archery, swimming and water polo. APOEL is one of the founding members of the Cyprus Football Association[5] and also an ordinary member of the European Club Association, an organization that replaced the previous G-14 which consists of major football clubs in Europe.

History

1926–1929 : The early years

The club was formed as POEL (Greek: ΠΟΕΛ; Ποδοσφαιρικός Όμιλος Ελλήνων Λευκωσίας, Podosferikos Omilos Ellinon Lefkosias, Football Club of Greeks of Nicosia) on 8 November 1926. The club's formation came about when a group of forty people, with a common vision, met and set the foundations for creating a football club that would represent the Greek residents of the capital and express their deep desire for Cyprus' incorporation (enosis) into Greece. The meeting took place at a traditional confectionery, owned by Charalambos Hadjioannou, downtown in Ledra Street and the first president of the club was Giorgos Poulias.[5] The first clubhouse was the "Athenians Club" (Λέσχη Αθηναίων) at the end of Ledra Street.[5]

After a journey to the football club in Alexandria, Egypt in 1927 the General Assembly of 1928 decided the players showed that they were not just good footballers but also excellent track and field athletes. Hence it was decided to create a track and field team in addition to the football team. The name APOEL was adopted to reflect this, with the 'A' standing for 'Athletic'. Soon after a volleyball team and a table tennis team were established.

The 1930s : The first league titles

Cyprus did not have any country-wide league until 1932. Football clubs of the time played friendly matches only. In 1932, Pezoporikos Larnaca organised an unofficial league, the first island-wide league, and it was won by APOEL after defeating AEL Limassol in the final by 4–0. In 1934, there was a disagreement between Trust and Anorthosis Famagusta on the organisation of the fourth unofficial league. APOEL and AEL Limassol organised a meeting for the foundation of a country-wide governing body and an official country-wide league. The meeting took place in APOEL's clubhouse on 23 September and the establishment of the Cyprus Football Association was agreed. Two years later the APOEL football team celebrated its first championship title of the official Cyprus football league. APOEL also won the championship for the following four years, making this a very successful period for the club with 5 consecutive championships (1936–1940).[5]

The 1948 conflicts

Politics, however, would soon spark conflict within the team. On 23 May 1948 the board of the club send a telegram to the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (Greek: Σ.Ε.Γ.Α.Σ.), with the opportunity of the annual Panhellenic Track and Field Competition, which included wishes that "the rebellion" is finished. Several leftist club members perceived the telegram as a political comment on the Greek Civil War and they distanced themselves from the club.[6] A few days later, on 4 June 1948, they founded AC Omonia, which until today is the arch rival of APOEL and there has been a traditional animosity between the fans of the two teams.[6]

1955–59 period

More conflicts led to further struggles for APOEL. Athletes belonging to the club frequently participated in national clashes. During the 1955–59 national uprising against the British, many of APOEL's athletes and members of the club were active members of EOKA (the National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters), the most outstanding example being the club's track and field athlete Michalakis Karaolis who was hanged by the British colonial authorities. During this period the football team had their closest brush with relegation as most football players were actively taking part in the national struggle.

Triumph in the 1963–64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

The football team were quickly back to full strength and made their debut in European Competitions (the first not only for APOEL but for any Cypriot team) in 1963, when they faced the Norwegian team SK Gjøvik-Lyn in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Two victories for APOEL over both legs (6–0, 1–0) marked APOEL's successful European debut, as they became the first Hellenic team to progress in a European Competition. The next round against the tournament winners Sporting Clube de Portugal met APOEL with their heaviest defeat ever (16–1) and put an end to APOEL's European debut.[7]

The successful participation in pan-Hellenic Greek Championship

Other triumphs followed in the early 1970s. In 1973 the domestic double was achieved with coach Panos Markovic. The following year APOEL became the only Cypriot team to avoid relegation from the pan-Hellenic Greek Championship. That was also the last season that the Cypriot champion played in the Greek Football League the following year due to the volatile situation in Cyprus during 1974.[8]

The 1980s: European Cup 1986–87 withdrawal

The 1980s were a relatively fruitless period for APOEL. They have only won two championships (1980,1986), one cup (1984) and two super cups (1984, 1986). In 1986 APOEL was drawn against Beşiktaş J.K. for the second round of the European Cup. This was the first time that a Cypriot team faced a Turkish team in a European football competition. The Cypriot government prohibited APOEL from playing against the Turkish team, so APOEL was punished with two years disqualification from any UEFA competition.[9] This penalty was later reduced to one-year.

The 1990s : The unbeaten "double" in 1995–96

The 1990s[10] were a successful decade for APOEL with 3 championships (1990, 1992, 1996), 5 cups (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999) and 4 super cups (1992, 1993, 1996, 1999). The most successful season in the 1990s was 1995–96 in which APOEL achieved a celebratory double while remaining undefeated in the league. The basketball team won a double on the same season, making this the ideal season for a 70th anniversary celebration.

The formation of APOEL FC Company

APOEL Football (Public) Ltd was established in May 1997, after the decision of APOEL committee.[11] This had a significant effect on the club because it separated the activities of the football team from those of the sports club.[12] The formation of the company was necessitated by the financial difficulties the team faced at the time. The company began its operations with a capital of CY £600,000.

2002–present: 9 championships, 4 cups and 6 super cups

APOEL is the most successful football team in Cyprus in the 2000s. The last fifteen years, the club won nine championships (2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), four cups (2006, 2008, 2014, 2015) and six super cups (2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013). In season 2013–14, APOEL achieved a historical domestic treble by winning all the Cypriot competitions trophies, the league, the cup and the super cup. The next season (2014–15), APOEL won their second consecutive double, after winning again the championship and the cup.

European ambitions

APOEL's first great run in European competitions came in 2002, when the team was knocked out on the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, entered the UEFA Cup and reached the second round of the competition. The following years, APOEL qualified three times for the UEFA Champions League group stages (2009–10, 2011–12, 2014–15) and managed to reach the quarter-finals in the 2011–12 season. The team also participated in the group stages of the 2013–14, 2015–16 & 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, managing to reach the knockout phase of the competition during 2016–17 season.[4]

2002–03 European campaign

In the 2002–03 season, the football team embarked on an impressive run, playing ten games before being knocked out from the European competitions. The team participated in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League and after eliminating Flora Tallinn (0–0 away draw, 1–0 home win) and NK Maribor (1–2 away loss, 4–2 home win), was knocked out by AEK Athens (2–3 home loss, 0–1 away loss) in the third qualifying round. So, they entered the UEFA Cup on the first round and after eliminating Grazer AK (2–0 home win, 1–1 away draw) they advanced until the second round when they were knocked out by Hertha BSC Berlin (0–1 home loss, 0–4 away loss).

Champions League 2009–10 group stages

The first big success of the club in European competitions came on season 2009–10, when the team reached the group stages of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League for the first time, by eliminating EB/Streymur (2–0 away win, 3–0 home win), FK Partizan (2–0 home win, 0–1 away loss) and F.C. Copenhagen (0–1 away loss, 3–1 home win) in the play-off round. APOEL were drawn in Group D against Chelsea F.C., FC Porto and Atlético Madrid. APOEL drew 0–0 against Atlético Madrid in the first game at Vicente Calderón, lost 0–1 from Chelsea F.C. at GSP stadium on matchday 2, lost 2–1 from FC Porto at Dragão in the third match and lost again 0–1 from FC Porto at GSP Stadium on matchday 4. In the fifth match of the group APOEL drew with Atlético Madrid 1–1 at GSP Stadium and on matchday 6, APOEL drew with Chelsea F.C. at Stamford Bridge. So, APOEL finished fourth having equal (3) points with the eventual UEFA Europa League winner Atlético Madrid, but failed to qualify to UEFA Europa League, because of the away goal that Atlético Madrid had scored in Nicosia.

Champions League 2011–12 quarter-finals

APOEL's 2011–12 UEFA Champions League starting line-up that managed to beat Lyon 1–0 (4–3 pen.) at home and reached the quarter-finals, marking APOEL's greatest achievement in their history.[13]

APOEL's greatest success in European competitions came on season 2011–12. Two years after its first participation, APOEL qualified again for the UEFA Champions League group stages by eliminating Skënderbeu Korçë (2–0 away win, 4–0 home win), Slovan Bratislava (0–0 home draw, 2–0 away win) and Wisła Kraków (0–1 away loss, 3–1 home win) in the play-off round. APOEL drawn in Group G, alongside FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St. Petersburg. On matchday 1, APOEL won 2–1 against Zenit St. Petersburg at GSP Stadium and secured its first ever victory in the UEFA Champions League group stage. On matchday 2, APOEL held Shakhtar Donetsk to a 1–1 draw at the Donbass Arena and in the third match they drew 1–1 with FC Porto at Dragão. On matchday 4, APOEL won 2–1 against FC Porto at GSP Stadium and on the next matchday they made history and reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League by holding Zenit St. Petersburg to a 0–0 draw in Petrovsky Stadium.[14] Eventually, APOEL reached the last 16 as a group winner, despite losing 0–2 at home from Shakhtar Donetsk on the last matchday. In the last 16, APOEL was drawn against Olympique Lyonnais. Lyon won 1–0 in the first leg at Stade de Gerland, but in the second leg at GSP Stadium APOEL won 1–0, sending the match to penalties where they won 4–3, reaching the quarter-finals for the first time. In the quarter-finals, APOEL hosted Real Madrid in the first leg, but were defeated 0–3 by the Spanish giants. In the second leg at Santiago Bernabéu, APOEL managed to score twice but Real Madrid won by 5–2 and reached the semi-finals with an aggregate score of 8–2.

Europa League 2013–14 group stages

APOEL began their 2013–14 European campaign in the third qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League against Slovenian side NK Maribor. In the first leg, the two teams drew 1–1 at GSP Stadium, but in the second leg at Slovenia, APOEL only managed a goalless draw and eliminated by NK Maribor on away goals rule after a 1–1 aggregate score.

After being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, APOEL dropped down into the UEFA Europa League play-off round, and drawn against Belgian side Zulte Waregem. The first leg was held at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels and ended in a 1–1 draw. In the second leg, APOEL lost 1–2 at GSP Stadium and Belgians went through 3–2 on aggregate. Despite losing to Zulte Waregem in the play-off round, APOEL reinstated in Europa League replacing the Turkish side Fenerbahçe who were banned because of the match-fixing case related to the 2010–11 Süper Lig title.[15] APOEL were selected by a random drawing among all the losing teams from the play-off round[16] and drawn in Group F, alongside Bordeaux, Eintracht Frankfurt and Maccabi Tel Aviv. APOEL began their group stage adventure with a goalless draw at Bloomfield Stadium against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 19 September 2013. On matchday 2, APOEL were beaten 0–3 at GSP Stadium by German side Eintracht Frankfurt. On matchday 3, APOEL were stunned by a last-minute Bordeaux winner, as they went down to a 2–1 defeat at Stade Chaban-Delmas in France. On matchday 4, APOEL won 2–1 against French side Bordeaux at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium and secured its first ever victory in the UEFA Europa League group stages. On matchday 5, APOEL were held to a goalless draw by Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv at GSP Stadium and remained in third place of Group F, three points behind second-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv. APOEL’s Europa League adventure was concluded at Commerzbank-Arena with a 2–0 loss to Group F winners Eintracht Frankfurt on 12 December 2013. Eintracht completed the group stage of the competition on top of the Group F standings with 15 points, Maccabi Tel Aviv ended second with 11 points, APOEL ended in third place with five points, while Bordeaux were at the bottom with just three points.

Champions League 2014–15 group stages

Three years after their surprising run to the quarter-finals of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, APOEL qualified again for the UEFA Champions League group stages, for the third time in their history. They eliminated HJK Helsinki in the third qualifying round by drawing 2–2 at Finland and winning 2–0 at home and trashed Aalborg BK in the play-off round by drawing 1–1 at Denmark and winning 4–0 at home. APOEL were drawn in Group F alongside Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax.[17]

APOEL opened their Champions League campaign with a 1–0 defeat against Barcelona at Camp Nou thanks to a Gerard Piqué's goal, but left the Catalan capital with all the plaudits following a stellar display which so nearly earned a historic result.[18] On matchday 2, Gustavo Manduca cancelled out Lucas Andersen's opener to secure a first Group F point for APOEL, after an 1–1 draw against Ajax at GSP Stadium.[19] On matchday 3, despite another excellent display against one of the continent’s strongest sides, APOEL were left bitterly disappointed as they went down to a 0–1 home defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain following a late Edinson Cavani goal, just three minutes before the end.[20] On matchday 4, APOEL fell to a 1–0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes, as Edinson Cavani was again the difference between the two teams, scoring the only goal of the match after just 56 seconds.[21] On matchday 5, Barcelona proved too much for APOEL as the Catalan giants cruised to a 4–0 win in a night that belonged to Lionel Messi as his hat-trick in Nicosia made him the UEFA Champions League's all-time top scorer on 74 goals.[22] On matchday 6, APOEL suffered a 4–0 defeat to Ajax at Amsterdam Arena in the battle for third place and were sent out of European competitions after finishing fourth in Group F with just one point.[23]

Europa League 2015–16 group stages

APOEL began their 2015–16 European campaign in the second qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, eliminating FK Vardar on away goals rule after a 0–0 draw at home and a 1–1 away draw. In the third qualifying round they eliminated Danish champions FC Midtjylland again on away goals rule after a 2–1 away win and a 0–1 home defeat. APOEL were eliminated by Kazakh champions FC Astana in the play-off round, losing 0–1 at Kazakhstan and drawing 1–1 at Nicosia.

After being eliminated in the play-off round of the Champions League, APOEL were automatically transferred to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, drawn in Group K alongside Schalke 04, Sparta Prague and Asteras Tripoli.[24] APOEL's Europa League campaign got off to bad start as they suffered a 3–0 defeat by Schalke 04 at GSP Stadium in Nicosia. On matchday 2, APOEL fell to a second straight defeat, going down to a 2–0 loss to Sparta Prague at Generali Arena. On 22 October 2015, APOEL came from behind to earn their first points in Group K after beating Asteras Tripoli 2–1 at GSP Stadium, thanks to goals by Fernando Cavenaghi and Carlão. On matchday 4, APOEL's chances of making the knockout phase of the Europa League were dealt a huge blow as they suffered a 2–0 defeat at the hands of Asteras Tripoli at Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium. On 26 November 2015, a late Schalke 04 winner at Veltins-Arena was enough to knock APOEL out of UEFA Europa League. APOEL ended their Europa League group stage campaign with a 1–3 home defeat by Sparta Prague, despite Fernando Cavenaghi's early opener and finished bottom of Group K with just three points.

APOEL FC as a company

The football department of APOEL is legally owned by APOEL Football (Public) Ltd (Greek: ΑΠΟΕΛ Ποδόσφαιρο (Δημόσια) Λτδ), a public limited company,[12] since 1997. The company's main activity is the management, operation and commercial exploitation of APOEL Football club. The company owns all the rights for the football department under an agreement with APOEL sports club and pays the club CY£100,000 annually for the privilege.[10] The agreement between the company and the club is renewed every five years. The company has 1745 shareholders[12] and besides the football club, also maintains a team boutique (Orange Shop), the APOELFC (Greek: ΑΠΟΕΛFC) magazine and the apoelfc.com.cy website among others.

Youth Academy

APOEL's youth academy is a separate legal entity from the football club. They are responsible for the under 21 teams for football, basketball and volleyball and they have their own board of directors and budget. The football academy has produced many quality Cypriot players over the years. Players started from the academy and had great contribution APOEL are: Marinos Satsias, Constantinos Charalambides, Nektarios Alexandrou, Michalis Morfis and Marios Antoniades. All of them have also competed at international level with the Cyprus national football team while Charalambides and Alexandrou have played for teams in the Greek Super League in the past.

UEFA Youth League participations

APOEL's U19 team participated for the first time in the UEFA Youth League group stage during 2014–15 season, drawn in Group F alongside Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax.[25] APOEL managed to collect only one point after drawing 0–0 with Ajax at home[26] and lost their other five Group F matches. They lost twice to Barcelona (2–3 at home, 0–3 away), lost twice to Paris Saint-Germain (0–3 at home, 0–6 away) and also lost to Ajax 1–4 away, finishing fourth in their group.

The next season, APOEL's U19 team participated again in the 2015–16 UEFA Youth League. This time they competed in the first round of the Domestic Champions Path, being drawn to face Puskás Akadémia from Hungary. After a dramatic 3–3 draw in the first leg in Nicosia, APOEL U19 suffered a heavy 6–1 loss in Felcsút and were eventually eliminated.

Colours and badge

The club's colours and badge displayed by APOEL fans in the 2009–10 Champions League match against Chelsea.

APOEL's colours are blue and yellow. Blue symbolizes Greece and yellow symbolizes Byzantium.[27][28] The logo is a blue and yellow shield with the name of the club written diagonally in blue. After the club won their 20th championship (2008–09 season), two stars were added above the logo to symbolize the 20 championship titles (one star for every ten championships won). Other than that, the badge has remained the same since the establishment of the club.

Stadium

APOEL's home ground since 23 October 1999, is the 22,859 seater GSP Stadium. It is the largest stadium in Cyprus and they share it with local rivals Omonia and Olympiakos Nicosia.[29]

Before moving to GSP Stadium, APOEL used as home grounds the Makario Stadium (from 1978 until 1999) and the old GSP Stadium (prior to 1978).

Supporters

APOEL fans celebrating after eliminating Wisła Kraków in the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League.

APOEL is the most popular team in Cyprus.[1][2] APOEL fans are right-wing in their majority but there are no strong ties between the organised fans and any political party.[27] That wasn't always the case but during the past years they have actively avoided association with any political party.[27]

The main supporter group is PAN.SY.FI (Greek: ΠΑΝ.ΣΥ.ΦΙ). PAN.SY.FI was founded in 1979[30] and has branches in all major cities in Cyprus and also in other countries. The PAN.SY.FI (and most ultras) wear orange jackets (or T-shirts). The first game they sported the orange jackets was during the first round game of the 1992–93 championship against AEL Limassol in Makario Stadium.[30] APOEL have reserved the shirt number 79 in honour of PAN.SY.FI. (APOEL Ultras), to denote the year the group was founded, 1979.[31]

The club record for ticket sales in a single season is 141,268[32] (15 matches, home league games only) during the 2010–11 season. The club record for average league games attendance in a single season is 9,582 (13 matches, home league games only) during the 2012–13 season.[33] The club's season tickets sales record was set on season 2014–15, in which more than 8,000 season tickets were sold.[34]

APOEL holds the record of the highest home attendance for Cyprus First Division in the game against Omonia with 23,043[35] tickets for 2002–03 season. The match was held at GSP Stadium on 7 December 2002 and ended in a goalless draw.

The club holds also the record of the highest attendance of a Cypriot team for a European Competition game with 22,701[36] tickets in the match against Olympique Lyonnais for the return leg of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League last 16. The match which was held on 7 March 2012 at GSP Stadium of Nicosia ended with a 1–0 win for APOEL after extra time and 4–3 win on penalties.

On 8 December 2009, APOEL fans created another impressive record. More than 6,000[37] fans of the team travelled to London at Stamford Bridge for the last match of the 2009–10 Champions League group D against Chelsea F.C. which ended in a 2–2 draw. This is the biggest number of fans of any Cypriot team that had ever travelled away from Cyprus. A similar record created on 14 February 2012, in APOEL's participation to the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League last 16, when more than 5,000[38] APOEL fans travelled in France to support their team against Olympique Lyonnais. The match was held at Stade de Gerland and Olympique Lyonnais took a slender advantage into the second leg by winning 1–0. Also, on 4 April 2012, about 4,000[39] APOEL fans travelled to Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, to support APOEL against Real Madrid for the return leg of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, in a match which Real Madrid won by 5–2.

During 2009–10 season APOEL sold in total 244,977 tickets for its home matches in all competitions (Championship, Cup, Champions League), which is the biggest number of tickets sold by a Cypriot club in a single season.

Rivalries

Nicosia derby

Main article: Nicosia derby

The Nicosia derby (or the Derby of the eternal enemies) refers to the Nicosia's local derby, football matches played between APOEL and Omonia. It is the classic rivalry of the Cypriot football, as the two teams are the most successful and most popular football clubs of the island. The rivalry is also indicative of social, cultural and political differences and originates from 1948 when the board of APOEL sent a telegram to the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (Greek: Σ.Ε.Γ.Α.Σ.), with the opportunity of the annual Panhellenic Track and Field Competition stating its wish for the "communist mutiny" to be ended. Club's players considering this action as a political comment on the Greek Civil War distanced themselves or were expelled from APOEL and a month later they formed Omonia.[40] The first derby was played on 12 December 1953 and ended in a goalless draw.[41]

Current squad

Last Update: 19 September 2016[42]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Cyprus DF Kypros Christoforou (on loan from Aris Limassol)
3 Spain DF Roberto Lago
4 Cyprus MF Kostakis Artymatas
5 Brazil DF Carlão
7 Cyprus MF Georgios Efrem
8 Spain MF Andrea Orlandi
9 Belgium FW Igor de Camargo
10 Argentina MF Facundo Bertoglio
11 Cyprus MF Nektarios Alexandrou (captain)
14 Albania MF Qazim Laçi (on loan from Olympiacos)
16 Brazil MF Vinícius
19 Cyprus FW Michalis Charalambous
20 Cyprus FW Pieros Sotiriou
21 Bulgaria DF Zhivko Milanov
No. Position Player
23 Spain DF Iñaki Astiz
26 Portugal MF Nuno Morais (vice-captain)
27 Poland FW Mateusz Piątkowski
28 Portugal DF Mário Sérgio (3rd captain)
30 Cyprus DF Giorgos Merkis
31 Cyprus MF Vasilios Papafotis
44 Cyprus DF Nicholas Ioannou
46 Cyprus FW Efstathios Aloneftis
70 Greece MF Giannis Gianniotas (on loan from Olympiacos)
77 Brazil MF Vander Vieira
78 Spain GK Urko Pardo (4th captain)
88 Belarus MF Renan Bressan
98 Cyprus GK Antreas Paraskevas
99 Netherlands GK Boy Waterman

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2016.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Cyprus DF Christos Kallis (on loan at Alki Oroklini)
22 Cyprus DF Paris Psaltis (on loan at Ermis Aradippou)
25 Cyprus DF Rafael Anastasiou (on loan at Anagennisi Deryneia)
No. Position Player
33 Greece DF Kyriakos Aretas (on loan at Doxa Katokopias)
45 Cyprus MF Georgios Christodoulou (on loan at Anagennisi Deryneia)

Loan deals expire at the end of 2016–17 season

International players

Foreign players

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Club officials

Board of directors

Position Staff
Chairman Cyprus Prodromos Petrides
Vice-Chairmen Cyprus Vassos G. Eliades
Cyprus Harris Photiou
Members Cyprus Alexis Andreou
Cyprus George Stamatis
Cyprus Constantinos Ioannou
Cyprus Stéphane Fissentzides
Cyprus Stelios Zampas
Cyprus Charis Panayides
Cyprus Vaggelis Tsaggarides
Cyprus Panos Panayiotou

Source: apoelfc.com.cy

Personnel

Position Staff
General Manager Cyprus Efthymios Agathokleous
Football Director Serbia Svetozar Šapurić
Academy technical director Croatia Zoltan Kovács[43]
Financial Controller Cyprus Alexis Demetriou
Operations Manager Cyprus Marios Christodoulou
Youth Academies General Manager Greece George Lykouris
Head of Communications Department Cyprus Nectarios Petevinos
Team Manager Cyprus George Savvides
Accountant Cyprus Antigoni Lambrou

Source: apoelfc.com.cy

Technical staff

Technical staff
Head coach Spain Thomas Christiansen
Assistant coach Spain Julio Bañuelos
Assistant coach/Analyst Greece Georgios Kostis
Goalkeeper coach Spain Eduardo Perez Moran
Fitness coach Spain Ivan Torres Abad
Assistant fitness coach Cyprus Christos Sotiriou
Scouting staff
Head of Scouting Department Spain Juan José Lorenzo[44]

Source: apoelfc.com.cy

Medical staff

Medical staff
Head of medical department Greece Nikolaos Tzouroudis
Head of physiotherapy dept. Cyprus Marios Siamaris
Physiotherapists Cyprus Constantinos Kaparis
Cyprus Marinos Evripidou
Masseur Greece Evangelos Kanellos
Nutritionist Cyprus Nicoletta Michaelidou
Caregiver Cyprus Costas Stefanou

Source: apoelfc.com.cy

Sponsorship

Main sponsors

  • Official shirt sponsor – Pari-Match
  • Official sport clothing provider – Nike
  • Official host broadcaster – Cytavision
  • Official back of shirt sponsor – 3CX

Source: apoelfc.com.cy

Managerial history

Last Update: 21 April 2016[45]

Presidential history

APOEL has had numerous presidents over the course of their history. Since the establishment of APOEL Football Ltd, the presidents of the board of directors of the company (chairmen) have assumed all presidential duties for the football club. Here are complete lists of both:

Former players

List of former players with national team appearances or having won multiple titles with the club:[47]

Honours[3]

Winners (25) (record): 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1964–65, 1972–73, 1979–80, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Winners (21) (record): 1936–37, 1940–41, 1946–47, 1950–51, 1962–63, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2013–14, 2014–15
Winners (13): 1963, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Records

Last update: 24 November 2016

3 for win: 83, 2015–16[52] (full season) — 69, 2008–09 (regular season)
2 for win: 51, 1976–77

League and Cup history

European competitions record

Last update: 24 November 2016[53]

UEFA competitions
Competition Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Last season played
UEFA Champions League 74 21 21 32 80 97 2016–17
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 75 28 17 30 97 105 2016–17
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 30 6 6 18 27 78 1997–98
Total 179 55 44 80 204 280

Matches

#Q = #preliminary, #R = #round, PO = play-offs, G = Group stage, R32 = Round of 32, R16 = last 16, QF = quarter-finals

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1963–64 Cup Winners' Cup Q Norway SK Gjøvik-Lyn 6–0 1–0 7–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Portugal Sporting CP 0–21 1–16 1–18 Symbol delete vote.svg
1965–66 European Cup Q West Germany Werder Bremen 0–52 0–5 0–10 Symbol delete vote.svg
1968–69 Cup Winners' Cup 1R Scotland Dunfermline Athletic 0–2 1–10 1–12 Symbol delete vote.svg
1969–70 Cup Winners' Cup 1R Belgium Lierse S.K. 0–13 1–10 1–11 Symbol delete vote.svg
1973–74 European Cup 1R Soviet Union Zorya Voroshilovgrad 0–1 0–2 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1976–77 Cup Winners' Cup 1R Greece Iraklis Thessaloniki 2–0 0–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Italy Napoli 1–1 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Torino 1–1 0–3 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1978–79 Cup Winners' Cup 1R Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 0–2 0–1 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1979–80 Cup Winners' Cup Q Denmark Boldklubben 1903 0–1 0–6 0–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
1980–81 European Cup 1R East Germany Dynamo Berlin 2–1 0–3 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R Romania Argeş Piteşti 1–1 0–4 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
1984–85 Cup Winners' Cup 1R Switzerland Servette 0–3 1–3 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 2–2 2–4 (aet) 4–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
1986–87 European Cup 1R Finland HJK Helsinki 1–0 2–3 3–3 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Turkey Beşiktaş Withdrew (Political reasons) Symbol delete vote.svg
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia RŠD Velež 2–5 0–1 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
1990–91 European Cup 1R West Germany Bayern Munich 2–3 0–4 2–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
1992–93 Champions League 1R Greece AEK Athens 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
1993–94 Cup Winners' Cup Q Northern Ireland Bangor City 2–1 1–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R France Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 0–2 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1995–96 Cup Winners' Cup Q Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 3–0 0–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Spain Deportivo La Coruña 0–0 0–8 0–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q Faroe Islands B71 Sandur 4–2 5–1 9–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Greece Iraklis Thessaloniki 2–1 1–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Spain RCD Espanyol 2–2 0–1 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1997–98 Cup Winners' Cup Q Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn 6–0 1–1 7–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Austria Sturm Graz 0–1 0–3 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1999–00 UEFA Cup Q Bulgaria Levski Sofia 0–0 0–2 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2000–01 UEFA Cup Q Albania Tomori Berat 2–0 3–2 5–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Belgium Club Brugge 0–1 0–2 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 Champions League 1Q Estonia Flora Tallinn 1–0 0–0 1–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Slovenia Maribor 4–2 1–2 5–4 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Greece AEK Athens 2–3 0–1 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup 1R Austria Grazer 2–0 1–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Germany Hertha 0–1 0–4 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2003–04 UEFA Cup Q Republic of Ireland Derry City 2–1 3–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Spain RCD Mallorca 1–2 2–4 3–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2004–05 Champions League 2Q Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2–2 1–2 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Malta Birkirkara 4–0 2–0 6–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–0 2–2 (aet) 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Germany Hertha 0–1 1–3 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q San Marino S.S. Murata 3–1 4–0 7–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Turkey Trabzonspor 1–1 0–1 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 Champions League 1Q Belarus BATE Borisov 2–0 0–3 (aet) 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Republic of Macedonia FK Pelister 1–0 0–0 1–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–2 3–3 (aet) 5–5 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Germany Schalke 04 1–4 1–1 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 Champions League 2Q Faroe Islands EB/Streymur 3–0 2–0 5–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Serbia FK Partizan 2–0 0–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Denmark Copenhagen 3–1 0–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group D Spain Atlético Madrid 1–1 0–0 4th place Symbol delete vote.svg
England Chelsea 0–1 2–2
Portugal Porto 0–1 1–2
2010–11 Europa League 2Q Lithuania FK Tauras 3–1 3–0 6–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Czech Republic FK Jablonec 1–0 3–1 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Spain Getafe 1–1 (aet) 0–1 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 Champions League 2Q Albania Skënderbeu Korçë 4–0 2–0 6–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 0–0 2–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Poland Wisła Kraków 3–1 0–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group G Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 2–1 0–0 1st place Symbol keep vote.svg
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 1–1
Portugal Porto 2–1 1–1
R16 France Lyon 1–0 (aet) 0–1 1–1 (4–3 p) Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Spain Real Madrid 0–3 2–5 2–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 Europa League 2Q Slovakia FK Senica 2–0 1–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Norway Aalesunds FK 2–1 1–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 1–3 1–1 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 Champions League 3Q Slovenia Maribor 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 Europa League PO Belgium Zulte Waregem 1–2 1–1 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
Group F4 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–0 0–0 3rd place Symbol delete vote.svg
Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 0–3 0–2
France Bordeaux 2–1 1–2
2014–15 Champions League 3Q Finland HJK Helsinki 2–0 2–2 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Denmark Aalborg BK 4–0 1–1 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group F Spain Barcelona 0–4 0–1 4th place Symbol delete vote.svg
Netherlands Ajax 1–1 0–4
France Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 0–1
2015–16 Champions League 2Q Republic of Macedonia FK Vardar 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Denmark Midtjylland 0–1 2–1 2–2 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Kazakhstan Astana 1–1 0–1 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 Europa League Group K Germany Schalke 04 0–3 0–1 4th place Symbol delete vote.svg
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–3 0–2
Greece Asteras Tripolis 2–1 0–2
2016–17 Champions League 2Q Wales The New Saints 3–0 0–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Norway Rosenborg BK 3–0 1–2 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Denmark Copenhagen 1–1 0–1 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 Europa League Group B Kazakhstan Astana 2–1 1–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Greece Olympiacos 1–0
Switzerland Young Boys 1–0 1–3
R32

1: Both matches played in Portugal.
2: Both matches played in Germany.
3: Both matches played in Belgium.
4: APOEL reinstated in the Europa League by random draw after Fenerbahçe's exclusion from the UEFA competitions due to match-fixing.[15][16]

UEFA & IFFHS rankings

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