UA-52481335-2 APOEL - Football-Cyprus


Full Name: Athletikos Podosferikos Omilos Ellinon Lefkosias
Nicknames: Thrylos (The legend)
Founded: 1926
Stadium: Neo GSP Stadium (22,859)
Manager: Paolo Tramezzani
Chairman: Prodromos Petrides
2017-18: 1st

Titles: 27 (Last 2017-18)
Cup: 21 (Last 2014-15)
Cypriot Super cup: 13 (last 2013)

European Cup: 5 times (Best 2 Round 86-87 – Withdrew from their match against Besiktas due to political issues)
Cup Winners Cup: 10 times (Best 2 Round 76-77 – lost to Napoli)
UEFA Cup: 12 times (Best 2 Round 02-03 – lost to Hertha BSC)
Europa League: 5 times (Best Last 16 16-17 – Lost to Anderlecht)
Champions League: 10 times (Best Quarterfinals 11-12 – Lost to Real Madrid)

APOEL seems to be the challenger this season. The team got knocked out from the Europa League by FC Astana in the playoff phase and then in the league they seem to be struggling at the start of the season. Their defense seems weaker and their offense is lacking a clear goalscorer. Dellatorre just misses too many chances. Last season APOEL barely won the league but they did not deserve to win it. Yes they beat Apollon in the crucial game, but they should have not been in that position. They got points too easily in certain games. This caused the players to be a bit too comfortable that they are the best and now it shows with their performances.

Players in: GK Rafael Romo (Loan return Beerchot), DF Caju (on loan Santos), MF Kostakis Artymatas (Kerkyra), MF Savvas Gentsoglou (Hajduk Split), FW Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen), MF Musa Al-Taamari (Shabab Al-Ordon), MF Tomas De Vincenti (Shabab Al-Ahli), MF Alex Konstantinou (Ermis), MF Juan Cascini (on loan Estundiantes), DF Yohan Tavares (Vitoria Setubal), FW Leo Natel (on loan Sao Paulo), DF Carlao (on loan Torino), FW Norbert Balogh (on loan Palermo)

Players out: GK Raul Gudino ( loan return Porto B), DF Roberto Lago (released), MF Lorenzo Ebecilio (Red Star Belgrade), FW Mickael Pote (Adana Demirspor), FW Igor De Camargo (Mechelen), MF Roland Salla (SC Freiburg), GK Nauzet Perez (Las Palmas), MF Tommy Oar (Centra Coast Mariners), MF Vinicius (Released), Dzyanis Palyakow (BATE Borisov), MF Agustin Farias (Palestino), DF Yohan Tavares (Troyes), FW Andreas Makris (AEL Limassol), GK Neofytos Michael (on loan to PAS Giannina), DF Kypros Christoforou (On loan Nea Salamina), MF MF Vasilis Papafotis (Doxa), MF Georgios Christodolou (Ermis), FW Michalis Charalambous (On loan to Varzim)

Prediction 2nd.