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Apollon Limassol

Apollon Limassol
Full name Apollon Limassol FC
Nickname(s) θεός, tr.Theos (God)
θρύλος, tr.Thrylos (legend)
Κυανό-λευκή, tr. Kianolefki (Blue-Whites)
Ο φυγάς, tr. O Fygas (The Fugitive)
Founded 14 April 1954 (14 April 1954)
Ground Tsirion Stadium,
Limassol, Cyprus
Ground Capacity 13,331
Chairman Nicos Kirzis
Manager Pedro Emanuel
League Cypriot First Division
2014–15 3rd
Website Club home page

Apollon Limassol (Greek: Απόλλων Λεμεσού, Apollon Lemesou) is a Cypriot sports club, based in Limassol. It has football, basketball and volleyball teams. Founded in 1954, Apollon F.C. currently plays in Cypriot First Division and has won the championship title 3 times, the cup 7 times and the Super Cup once.

Contents

  • History and establishment 1
    • 1954–1955: Early years 1.1
    • 1964–1967: The first distinctions 1.2
    • 1981–1987: Back to the Cup Final after 20 fallow years 1.3
    • 1990–1999: 10 years of glory 1.4
    • 2000–2010: 1 Championship, 2 Cups and 1 Super Cup 1.5
    • 2010-11: Cup finalists 1.6
    • 2012-13: Cypriot Cup winners 1.7
    • 2013–14: Gold history and big dreams 1.8
    • 2014-2015 1.9
  • Crest and colours 2
  • Other teams 3
    • Basketball team 3.1
    • Volleyball team 3.2
    • Women's football team 3.3
  • Stadium 4
  • Supporters 5
  • Current squad 6
    • Out on loan 6.1
  • Club officials 7
    • Board of directors 7.1
    • Staff 7.2
    • Technical and medical staff 7.3
  • Sponsorship 8
    • Supporters 8.1
  • Former managers 9
  • Former players 10
  • Honours 11
    • National Titles 11.1
  • European competition history 12
    • Overall 12.1
    • Matches 12.2
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15

History and establishment

At the end of 1953, a team of young men placed as a dream and objective, the foundation of an association with national and athletic aims based on promoting the education and social skills of its young members. On 14 April 1954, the general assembly of these members with leader Mr Christakis Pavlides proposes the foundation of an athletic association called "APOLLON LIMASSOL".[1] The assembly approved the proposal and thus from that date "APOLLON was born". The first administrative council of the team included: Charalambos Lymbourides (Secretary), Andreas Psyllides (Cashier), Antonakis Fourlas (Adviser), Melis Charalampous (Adviser), Andreas Theoharous (Adviser) Andreas Aggelopoulos (Adviser) and Kostas Panayiotou (Adviser)

N.B. The 1st players of Apollon were previous players of AEL Limassol established in 1930

In its first year, Apollon had 8 defeats in 8 matches in the second division. Just before the next season (1956–57), Apollon won the regional group in the second division and subsequently the play-offs and then was promoted to the first division.

This took place in 1957 and ever since Apollon has been competing in the first division. Through his history, Apollon won three Championships (1991, 1994, 2006), seven Cups (1966, 1967, 1986, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2013), a Super Cup (2006) and also had some very successful participations in European competitions, winning several important games and at the same time, the respect of many European football clubs.[2]

1954–1955: Early years

In its first year, Apollon suffered 8 defeats in 8 matches in the second division. Just before the next season (1956–57), Apollon won the regional group in the second division and subsequently the play-offs and then was promoted to the first division. This took place in 1957 and ever since Apollon has been competing in the first division. Things were not easy however for the newly promoted club. Apollon couldn't reach a satisfactory position in the rankings and was struggling in the middle of the table for many years. But in the mid-60's things changed.[1]

1964–1967: The first distinctions

In 1965 Apollon reached the Cup Final. However, Omonia won the tile with a score of 5–1.[3] A year later, Apollon was in the Final again, and won the Cup by defeating Nea Salamina with the score of 4–2(Scorers: Panikos Yiolitis, Andros Konstantinou, Panikkos Kristallis, Antonis Panayides), and triumphantly took the trophy to Limassol.[2] Apollon managed to maintain its Cup title in 1967, by beating Alki 1–0 thanks to the goal of Antonis Panayides.[3] After celebrating these titles, Apollon had to wait another 15 years to start making history once again.

1981–1987: Back to the Cup Final after 20 fallow years

In the football season 1981–1982 Apollon managed to reach once again the Cup final however in double games Omonia won the Cup. In the 1985–1986 season,after 20 years of "drought" Apollon won once again the Cup in Tsirion Stadium, overcoming Apoel with a score of 2–0.[3] Scores were Kenny and Sokratous.[2]

1990–1999: 10 years of glory

A Apollon former coach
Diethelm Ferner

In these years, it emerged clearly that absent was this "something" that could make the difference for the team to lead in the Championship. This "something" therefore was non-other than the German coach named

  • Official Website
  • Apollon Ladies FC

External links

  1. ^ a b http://www.apollon.com.cy/founded.php
  2. ^ a b c "Apollon FC Europe". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Τελικοί Κυπέλλου Κύπρου - Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου". 
  4. ^ a b c "Cyprus Football Association - Championship record". 
  5. ^ "UEFA Europa League UEFA.com". 
  6. ^ "Roster 2015-16". Apollon FC. apollon.com.cy. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Board". Apollon FC. apollon.com.cy. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Staff". Apollon FC. apollon.com.cy. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Coaching Staff". Apollon FC. apollon.com.cy. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sponsors". Apollon FC. apollon.com.cy. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 

References

See also

Source: UEFA.com

  • QR: Qualifying round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • 1: Both matches played in Belgium.
  • 2: Both matches played in Netherlands.
Notes
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Standard Liège 0–11 1–5 1–6
1967–68 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Győri ETO 0–42 0–5 0–9
1982–83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R FC Barcelona 1–1 0–8 1–9
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R Bohemians 2–2 1–6 3–8
1986–87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Malmö FF 2–1 0–6 2–7
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1R Real Zaragoza 0–3 1–1 1–4
1991–92 European Cup 1R Universitatea Craiova 3–0 0–2 3–2
2R Red Star Belgrade 0–2 1–3 1–5
1992–93 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Liverpool 1–2 1–6 2–8
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R Vác-Újbuda 4–0 0–2 4–2
2R Inter Milan 3–3 0–1 3–4
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR KS Teuta Durrës 4–2 4–1 8–3
1R FC Sion 1–3 3–2 (aet) 4–5
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q MYPA 3–0 1–1 4–1
2Q R.E. Mouscron 0–0 0–3 0–3
1998–99 Cup Winners' Cup QR FK Ekranas 3–3 2–1 5–4
1R FK Baumit Jablonec 2–1 1–2 (aet) 3–3 (4–3 p)
2R Panionios 0–1 2–3 2–4
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Tirana 3–1 2–3 5–4
1R Ajax 0–3 0–2 0–5
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q Cork City 1–1 0–1 1–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 3Q FC Sibir Novosibirsk 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2013–14 UEFA Europa League PO Nice 2–0 0–1 2–1
Group J Trabzonspor 1–2 2–4 3rd place
Legia Warsaw 0–2 1–0
Lazio 0–0 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Lokomotiv Moscow 1–1 4–1 5–2
Group A FC Zürich 3–2 1–3 4th place
Villarreal 0–2 0–4
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–2 0–5
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q FC Saxan 2–0 2–0 4–0
2Q FK Trakai 4–0 0–0 4–0
3Q Gabala 1–1 0–1 1–2

Matches

Competition App. Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Points
UEFA Champions League 2 6 1 1 4 5 9 4
UEFA Cup/Europa League 9 33 11 7 15 49 56 40
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 16 3 2 11 16 50 11
Total 17 55 15 10 30 70 115 55

Overall

Last update: 28 August 2014

European competition history

LTV Super Cup

Cypriot Cup

Cypriot First Division

National Titles

Honours

Cyprus

Albania

Algeria

Argentina

Bulgaria

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Croatia

Czech

England

France

FYROM

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Iraq

Israel

Kazakhstan

Montenegro

Morocco

Netherlands

Nigeria

Paraguay

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Scotland

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Uruguay

Venezuela

Former players

Former managers

Supporters

  • Major Sponsor – CYTA
  • TV Sponsor – PrimeTel
  • Official Sponsors:
    • Puma
    • ARISTOS OFFICESERV.NET LTD
    • MEGABET PLUS LTD
    • Petrolina
    • Christian Xenon Jewellery and Watches

Sponsorship[10]

Technical staff
Team manager Socratis Socratous
Head coach Pedro Emanuel dos Santos
Assistant coach Virgilio Eduardo Martins
Fitness coach Rui Pedro
Goalkeeping coach George Nicolaou
Kit Man Grigorii Sprinceam
Stavros Stavrou
Chrysanthos Evripidou
Medical staff
Doctor Dr. Christoforos Kannavas
Rehabilitation Trainer Andreas Nicolaou
Rehabilitation Trainer Giannis Demetriou
Physiotherapist Savvas Skanavias
Physiotherapist Nikos Menelaou
Physiotherapist Kleanthis Antoniou
Kinesiologist Panayiotis Papandreou
Nutritionist Costas Chari

Technical and medical staff [9]

Position Staff
General Director George Papayiannis
Press Officer Fanourios Constantinou
Marketing Department Koulla Stavrinidou
Events and Public Relations Department Jovana Alavania
Accountant Despo Panayi
Sports Material Department Kyriakos Vassiliou
Football Operations Department Giannis Kyriakides
Tickets Department Panicos Frangkoudes
Secretary Stella Ignatiou

Staff [8]

Position Staff
Chairman Nicos Kirzis
Vice-Chairman A' Marinos Efstathiou
Vice-Chairman A' Fanos Kinnis
Vice-Chairman A' Antonis Glykis
Member Costas Papachristoforou
Member Ntinos Ellinas
Member Georgios Chari
Member Charalampos Antoniou

Board of directors[7]

Club officials

No. Position Player
41 MF Alastair Reynolds (on loan to Ayia Napa until 30 June 2016)
43 MF Stelios Tampouris (on loan to Enosis Neon Parekklisia until 30 June 2016)
45 DF Renos Christodoulou (on loan to Enosis Neon Parekklisia until 30 June 2016)
- DF Shane O'Neill (on loan to Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz until 30 June 2016)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Out on loan

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2015.

No. Position Player
2 DF Elízio
3 DF Nuno Lopes
4 DF Freire
5 MF Esteban Sachetti
6 MF Marcos Gullón
8 MF Farley Rosa
9 FW Thuram
10 MF Alex da Silva
11 MF Dejan Mezga
14 DF Jaime (on loan from União Madeira)
16 DF Captain)
17 MF João Pedro (on loan from Braga)
18 MF Simeon Slavchev (on loan from Sporting CP)
19 FW Abraham Gneki Guié
22 MF Luka Stojanović
23 GK Isli Hidi
No. Position Player
25 MF Chambos Kyriakou
26 MF Fotios Papoulis (vice-captain)
27 DF Angelis Charalambous
28 MF Marios Stylianou
29 FW Georgios Kolokoudias
31 GK Michalis Fani
40 GK Charis Nicolaou
42 DF Christos Wheeler
44 GK Panayiotis Panayiotou
47 DF Christos Antoniou
51 DF Stylianos Stylianou
52 MF Ioannis Pittas
53 FW Theodoros Iosifides
83 GK Bruno Vale (vice-captain)
88 MF Giorgos Vasiliou
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 30 September 2015 [6]

Current squad

− After 13 years (2005/06 season) Apollon was the unbeaten champion and the fans were singing, drinking, celebrating the whole week and in Limassol the only colours on public display were white and blue.

Apollon is amongst the most popular football teams in Cyprus. The fans are very demanding and loyal to the Club. More than 12.000 Apollon fans traveled from Limassol for the 2001 Cup Final that took place in Nicosia (14.828 tickets). This number also beat the previous top record for a team traveling for an away game to Nicosia. Celebrations for winning the League championship for the 1993/94 season following the victory against Omonoia F.C. More than 20.000 fans overflowed the Stadium to see Apollon clinch the title in the final game of the season. Celebrations following the victory against Omonoia F.C. at the 1992 FA Cup Final in Tsirio, stadium. More than 20.000 fans attended the game.

PAN.SY.FI Apollon Gate 1 is the name of the supporters fan club.

From 1996 onwards PAN.SY.FI became synonymous with GATE-1 a designation which originated from the entrance gate in the West Tsireio stadium stand, where members gather.

In 1981, the organised portion of the supporters of the club, with no official name yet, elected council members and began organising themselves, in a tiny room of the clubhouse (where it now houses the offices of the football Company) the membership fee was then 10 Cypriot cents. Later on in 1982 after the positive response in enlisting new members of the fan club, the cost of registration was increased to 2 Cyprus pounds. At a time when no other team had yet an organised groups of fans on the island, a new fan club was registered. The registration was triggered after a game in Paphos where the followers of Apollon made an organised excursion something that had not been done previously. On their return, everyone was happy with the experience, that they agreed to set up formally and officially the Sy.Fi Association (Apollon Limassol)-Apollon Limassol Fan club. In 1982 Costas Katafygiotis was elected first president of the Apollon Sy.Fi in September 1982. The next year the fan club worked in an official manner. Chaired by Dino it opened in parallel a souvenir shop on the street and gained its Independence from the football club and became a housing association for the fans. The years went by, the Apollon Sy.Fi renamed itself later to PA.SY.FI Apollon (Apollon Cyprus Association of Supporters) and much later PAN.SY.FI APOLLON (Pan Hellenic Supporters Association of Apollon) to show the bond of our association with Greece.

Supporters

Apollon has its own indoor hall, the PrimeTel Apollon Stadium, with a capacity of 2,800.

Basketball/Volleyball

Apollon deposited to KOA (Cyprus Sports Organisation, GREEK: Κυπριακού Οργανισμού Αθλητισμού) its plans for the creation of its own stadium and every Apollon supporter is now looking forward for the work to begin. The stadium will be able to accept 12.500 (seated) people but a prospect will allow the increase of the capacity to 16.000.

The team's current stadium is the 13,000 seater Tsirion Stadium, also known as the Olympia Stadium (G.S.O), it is also the home ground of AEL Limassol and Aris Limassol, The stadium holds 13,331 people and was built in 1975. Apollon Limassol generally use the West Stand of the stadium, but when the match attendance necessitates, the North and East Stands are sometimes used.

Football

Stadium

Apollon limassol girls win the first super cup, at 15/10/2013 against anorthosis, anorthosis won the double last year and played final with Apollon limassol in the cup. Super cup Score: 3-0

The women's team has won the Cypriot First Division as well as the Cypriot Women's Cup four consecitive times from 2009 to 2012. The team also reached the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 in 2010 and 2011.

Women's football team

A Founding member of the Cyprus Volleyball Federation, the women's team participated in several Championship finals (1999, 2001, 2003, 2010,2011,2012,2013) and in eight Cup finals (1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003,2011,2012,2013) . In 2003 Apollon won its first Super Cup by beating AEL 3–0. In 2011 won its first National championship. In 2013 Apollon won the Super Cup for the second time by beating Anorthosis Famagusta 3-0. In 2014 won the national championship for the second time and the Cup for the first time by beating AEK Larnaca 3-0. Also Apollon won in 2014 its third Super Cup title by beating again AEK Larnaca 3-0

Volleyball team

The Basketball team of Apollon was founded in 1967 and is one of the founding members of Cyprus Basketball Federation. From then the team participated regularly in the championship of 1st Division. The unique titles in the history of department, are two cups in 2002 and 2014 and a Super Cup in 2004. While it finished many times in second places.

Basketball team

Other teams

The team' s emblem represents the olympian God Apollo from the Greek mythology. Apollo was considered the god of sun, poetry and music. The colours of the team are blue and white. They represent the colours of the Greek flag as the creation of the team was well connected with the struggles of Cypriot people for unification with Greece. The away colours are white and the home kit blue.

Crest and colours

Apollon, having 3 points, were out of the competition after losing to FC Zürich in a replay match.

After finishing 3rd in the 2013–14 Cypriot First Division, Apollon entered the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round, where they faced Russian Premier League club FC Lokomotiv Moscow. First leg was held in Cyprus and ended with a 1-1 draw. Second leg, held in Moscow, ended with a 4-1 win to the guests and brought Apollon to group stage of the competition. Apollon became the first team in Cyprus to qualify for a European competition by winning in an away game in the play-off round for two consecutive years as well as joining UEFA Europa League for two years a row.

2014-2015

Apollon Limassol skipper OGC Nice in the first leg of their 2013–14 UEFA Europa League play-off. Christakis Christoforou's men were billed as overwhelming underdogs going into the tie, but a second-half double from Argentinian forward Gaston Sangoy has put them in a commanding position ahead of the 29 August decider at Stade Municipal du Ray. The next week Apollon travelled to Nice and the dream came true. Apollon lost 1-0 from OGC-Nice but qualified at the group stage of Europa League for first time in team's history. In the group stage Apollon will play with: Lazio, Trabzonspor and Legia Warsaw. At the debut match at G.S.P stadium in Nicosia in the group stage of Europa League Apollon Limassol defeated by Trabzonspor 1-2 and scorer was the team's star Gaston Sangoy. On 26 September Apollon became the first Cypriot side to win a game in Poland on matchday two, ending a seven-game losing streak away from home in Europe to beat Legia Warsaw 1-0. Scorer against Polish side was again Gaston Sangoy. It is a first away victory for a Cypriot side in a UEFA club competition group stage in their last 16 attempts. In the third match on 24 October Apollon claimed a 0-0 draw against Serie A side Lazio in Nicosia to keep alive their chances of qualifying from UEFA Europa League Group J.

2013–14: Gold history and big dreams

On 22 May 2013, Apollon won the Cup after 3 years (last Cup won in 2010). Apollon won in the final by beating 1-2 AEL Limassol at Tsirion Stadium in extra time, achieving the club's 7th Cypriot Cup title.[3] Apollon fans are very demanding and loyal to the Club and after 3 years they celebrated the Cup by singing, drinking, celebrating the whole week.

2012-13: Cypriot Cup winners

The following year (2011), Apollon reached the final of the Cypriot Cup for the second consecutive year, but lost to AC Omonoia on penalties, after a 1–1 draw following extra time[3]

2010-11: Cup finalists

In 2010 Apollon won the Cup after 9 years (2001 Final Cup), beating APOEL Nicosia in GSZ Stadium. The final score was 2–1.[3]

In the middle of the football season (2004–2005) and after enough failed attempts for glory after the final of 2001,German manager Bernd Stange took the responsibility, accomplishing late but regularly he brought back the lost glamour of the team. In the season, 2005–06 Apollon won the league title undefeated and earned a club record of 64 points.[4] Apollon had 19 wins and 7 draws in 26 matches and this went down in Cypriot Football history, due to fact that it was the fourth team in the Cyprus Championship that won the title unbeaten(*Apollon was the only undefeated team in Europe, running an unbeaten streak since 12 March 2005 (30 games). The next year Apollon won for the first time in his history the Super Cup beating Apoel 1–3 at home.

In the 2000–2001 season Apollon won the Cup against Viktor Zubarev.[3]

Apollon supporters during a match in 2006.

2000–2010: 1 Championship, 2 Cups and 1 Super Cup

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