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Ethnikos Achna FC

 

Ethnikos Achna FC

Ethnikos Achnas FC
Full name Ethnikos Achnas Football Club
Nickname(s) Achniotes
Founded 1968 (1968)
Ground Dasaki Stadium, Achna
Ground Capacity 7,000
Chairman Kikis Filippou
Manager Borce Gjurev
League Cypriot First Division
2014–15 7th
Website Club home page

Ethnikos Achna (Greek: Εθνικός Άχνας) is a Cyprus football club based in the village of Achna. The club was founded in 1968. The club's president is Kikis Philippou. Ethnikos Achnas plays in the Dasaki Stadium, which has a capacity of 7,000 seats. It is currently used mostly for football matches and was built in 1997. It was the only Cypriot team to qualify for the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto Cup.

Contents

  • History 1
    • European Competitions 1.1
  • Current squad 2
    • On loan 2.1
  • Coaching Staff 3
  • Former players 4
  • Honours 5
    • Domestic 5.1
    • International 5.2
  • Managers 6
  • Notes 7
  • External links 8

History

The club played in the Cypriot Second Division until 1983 when it was promoted to the Cypriot First Division but was immediately relegated. Ethnikos was promoted to the First Division again in 1986 and stayed there for four seasons. Another two years in the Second Division ended with promotion to the First Division in 1992, where Ethnikos Achna have remained since.

The team's best overall national ranking is fourth in the 1994/95, 1997/98 and 2006/07 seasons. The club participated in the Cypriot Cup final once in 2002, where they were beaten by Anorthosis 0–1.

European Competitions

Ethnikos Achna played five times in the UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Four times they were eliminated in the first round. However, in 2006 Ethnikos managed to win the UEFA Intertoto Cup and be one of the eleven winners of this year competition. After eliminating the Albanian team KF Partizani Tirana (winning at home 4–2 and losing away in Albania 2–1), they faced the Croatian team NK Osijek and tied both matches, the first leg in Osijek 2–2 and the second 0–0, becoming the only Cypriot team to advance to the third round of the Intertoto Cup. They exceeded this achievement by beating Maccabi Petah Tikva FC with a 2–0 victory away and a 2–3 loss at home, becoming one of eleven competition winners and progressing to the UEFA Cup second qualifying round and becoming the first Cypriot team to win a UEFA competition.

In the UEFA Cup, Ethnikos eliminated K.S.V. Roeselare with a 2–1 loss in Belgium and a 5–0 victory in Cyprus, qualifying for the first round. They were eliminated by RC Lens after drawing the first leg at home (played at GSP Stadium, Nicosia) 0–0 and losing 3–1 in France. Because of the success in Intertoto Cup, Ethnikos was awarded by Sports Journalists Union of Cyprus as the Sports Team of the Year of 2006. At the end of the same season, Ethnikos placed in the fourth position again and returned to the Intertoto Cup.

Current squad

As of 21 October 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
3 DF Everton
4 DF Alexandru Iacob
5 MF Pinceli (3rd captain)
6 MF Bruno Arrabal
7 FW Carles Coto
8 MF Marios Poutziouris
9 FW Jhon Obregón
10 MF Christos Poyiatzis (Captain)
11 MF Sebastian Cojocnean
12 MF Alexandru Coman
13 DF Petros Hadjiaros (Vice-captain)
14 MF Emmerik De Vriese
15 DF Symeon Kone
16 GK Michalis Panayiotou
19 FW Ioannis Hadjivasilis
20 MF Thomas Prager
No. Position Player
21 MF Shota Grigalashvili
22 GK Martin Bogatinov
23 GK Zannetos Mytidis
24 MF Paraskevas Koui
25 DF Ganiu Ogungbe
27 DF Giorgos Koushiappas
30 MF Krasniqi Kreshnic
35 FW Marios Elia
40 DF Charis Kyriakou
41 DF Samuel Araújo
43 MF Giorgos Papageorgiou
44 DF Pavlos Engomitis
45 MF Antonis Katsiaris
83 GK Corrin Brooks-Meade
88 FW Beka Tugushi

On loan

Out

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
No. Position Player

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

Coaching Staff

  • Manager: Borce Gjurev
  • Assistant Manager: Dragoslav Music
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Panayiotis Charalambous
  • Fitness Coach: Charis Falas

Former players

Honours

Domestic

International

Managers

Notes

  1. ^ The UEFA Intertoto Cup: Past Winners. Listed are all 11 teams that won the Intertoto Cup, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

External links

  • Official site
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