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APOEL Nicosia

Full Name: APOEL – Athletikos Podosferikos Omilos Ellinon Lefkosias, “Athletic Football Club of Greeks of Nicosia”
Nicknames: Thrylos (Legend)
Founded: 1926

Stadium: GSP Stadium Nicosia (22,859) shares it with Omonia
Manager: Domingos Paciência
Chairman: Prodromos Petrides
2014 – 2015 : 1st / qualified to Europe

Honours:
Titles: 24 (Last 2015)
Cup: 21 (Last 2015)
Europe:
European cup: Best / Second round on 86-87 Besiktas (Withdrew due to political reasons)
Champions League: Best / Quarter Finals 2011 – 2012 Real Madrid (2-8 on aggregate)
Cup Winners Cup: Best / Second round 1976-77 Napoli (1-3 on Aggregate)
UEFA Cup: Best/ Second round 2002-03 Hertha BSC (0-5 on Agg.)
Europa League: Best / Group stages 2013-14, 3rd in a group with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bordeaux

APOEL Nicosia had a good 2014-15 season if you look at the results. They made it into the Champions League group stages and won the domestic double. If you look closely though, the season was far from perfect.

They were given a really tough group in the Champions League with Paris SG, Barcelona and Ajax but still they managed to earn only 1 point. In the league their points average was the lowest in 7 years. For the first time in 7 years they had less than 2.00 point average per game (1.94). Compared to the previous winning years they had 2.25 and 2.28 points per game.

On top of this they had 3 different managers during the season. Donis left in Decemer and Thorsten Fink did not last as his defensive tactics did not give the results they wanted. Gustavo Manduca was in charge for the final games and it was enough. They won because there was no other contender. Apollon, Omonia, AEK, Ermis and Anorthosis all took points from each other and that saved APOEL.

Now they start the season with another new manager, Domingos Paciência. The former Portugal and Porto striker has had an inconsistent start for his managerial career. It started well and he guided Braga into the Europa League final but after that it has been more downhill. He was released from Sporting CP, Deportivo La Coruna, Kayserirspor and Vitoria Setubal without even finishing the season. To be fair, in Deportivo and Kayserispor he came in the middle of the season. Now he will have a full pre-season to get his players ready.

The squad is mainly the same but there are a couple of crucial missings. From the starting eleven, they lost Left back Riise and striker Djebbour. On top of these Lanig who was a key player at the end of season after Fink brought him in, terminated his contract and went back to Germany. Third choice central back Kaka did not receive his Portuguese nationality and he might be released because there is no more room for another foreign player. They also released legendary keeper Chiotis, second striker Sheridan (who moved to rivals Omonia) and substitute midfielder Thiago Gomes.

Last season they waited too long to sign players. Both Riise and Djebbour were unfit when they signed them in August and it took them months to get match fit. Now they have been smarter and have signed more players to have a full pre-season. They brought in winger Vander from AEK Larnaca, Playmaker Stilic from Wisla Krakova, Right back Choco from Ludogorets Razgrad, central midfielder and Cyprus international Makrides from Metalurh Donetsk and striker Luis Leal from the middle east.

They also suffered a set back when number one goalkeeper Pardo required a surgery for his injury and will miss a few months from the beginning of the season. Instead of letting Chiotis take over, they released him and signed a new keeper from Getafe, Jordi Codina. He will start the season as number 1.

This will be an interesting season for APOEL and they are still missing a couple of more players but they are definately more prepared now than they were last season.

Current squad

Goalkeepers:
1 Jordi Codina – Spanish – Born: 1982
78 Urko Pardo – Spanish 32-year old goalkeeper who signed in 2011.
88 Tasos Kissas – Cypriot 27-year old goalkeeper who has 13 caps for Cyprus. At APOEL since 2005.
96 Giorgos Tasouris – Young Cypriot keeper

Defenders:
3 Amorim – Brazilian 29-year old CB/DM. Full name João Guilherme. At APOEL since 2013.
5 Carlao – Brazilian 29-year old CB/DM. Full name Carlos Roberto da Cruz Junior. At APOEL since 2014.
15 Marios Antoniades – Cypriot 25-year old LB who has 7 caps for Cyprus. At APOEL since 2007
23 Iñaki Astiz – Spanish – Born: 1983 – CB
28 Mario Sergio – Portuguese 33-year old RB who has 16 U-21 caps for Portugal. At APOEL since 2012.
32 Andreas Assiotis – Cypriot 23-year old defender. At APOEL since 2014.
44 Nicholas Ioannou – Cypriot 19-year old LB/CB. He did his Youth career with Manchester United.  At APOEL since 2014.
90 Guilherme Choco – Brazilian 25-year old RB. Signed in 2015 from Ludogoretz Razgrad.

Midfielders:
4 Kostakis Artymatas – Cypriot 22-year old DM who  has 5 caps for Cyprus. At APOEL since 2013.
7 Georgios Efrem – Cypriot 25-year old winger who has 28 caps for Cyprus. At APOEL since 2014.
8 Tomas De Vincenti – Argentinean 26-year old AM. At APOEL since 2014.
10 Constantinos Charalambidis (C) – Cypriot 33-year old RW who has 77 caps for Cyprus.  At APOEL since 2008.
11 Nektarios Alexandrou (VC) – Cypriot 31-year old LW who has 29 caps for Cyprus. At APOEL since  2008.
13 Constantinos Makrides – Cypriot – Born:1982 – AM/DM – 65 caps
14 Alex Konstantinou – Cypriot 23-year old RW. Spent his youth career with Northampton Town. At APOEL since 2014.
16 Vinicius – Brazilian 29-year old CM. At APOEL since 2013.
17 Semir Štilić – Bosnian – Born: 1987 – AM – 7 caps
26 Nuno Morais (3rd C) – Portuguese 31- year old CM. He was signed from Chelsea in 2007.
31 Vasilis Papafotis – Cypriot 19-year old AM. He has been with APOEL since 2010.
40 Demetris Charalambous – Cypriot young midfielder.
45 Georgios Christodoulou – Cypriot young midfielder.
46 Efstathios Aloneftis – Cypriot 32-year old left winger. He has 60 caps for Cyprus. At APOEL since 2012.
77 Vander Vieira – Brazilian 26-year old winger/attacking midfielder. At APOEL since 2015.

Forwards:
9 Luis Leal – Santomean – Born: 1987 – Striker – 3 caps
20 Pieros Sotiriou – Cypriot 22-year old FW who has 12 caps for Cyprus. At APOEL since 2013.
27 Mateusz Piątkowski – Polish – Born: 1984 – Striker
34 Valmir Nafiu – Macedonian 21-year old FW who was signed in 2015 from Hamburger SV.

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