UA-52481335-2 Apollon - Football-Cyprus


Full Name: Apollon Limassol FC
Nicknames: Kianolefki (Blue-whites), O Fygas (The fugitive)
Founded: 1954
Stadium: Tsirion Stadium (13331)
Manager: Sofronis Avgousti
Chairman: Nicos Kirzis
2016-17: 3rd

Titles: 3 (Last 2005-06)
Cup: 9 (Last 2016-17)
Cypriot Super cup: 3 (Last 2017)

European Cup: 1 time (Best 2nd Round 1991-92 – Lost to Red Star Belgrade)
Cup Winners Cup: 6 times (Best 2nd Round 1998-99 – Lost to Panionios)
UEFA Cup: 6 times (Best 2nd Round 1994-95 – lost to Inter Milan)
Europa League: 6 times (Best Group Stage 2013-14 – Finished 3rd in group)
Champions League: 1 time (Best 1st qualifying round 2006-07 – Lost to Cork City)

The manager is the same but the playing squad has changed quite a bit. They have new strikers with only Maglica remaining with the team. A lot of changes in midfield and defense also.

Apollon is a strong home team and they were the only team to have consistently beat APOEL. The last time APOEL beat them was during the 2015-16 season. Their problem has been beating the weaker teams. They played a lot of draws and also AEK was able to beat them twice. The Cyprus 1st Division is a difficult league to win. You cannot afford to drop points against the weaker teams.

Apollon already showed in the Europa League qualifiers that they are a team in form. Their defense is still solid and offensively they can score against anyone. They have plenty of offensive options so they can even handle if players are suspended or injured. Their strength is in their depth. They seem to be at least same level as last season but most likely a bit better.

Players in: FW Emilio Zelaya (Ethnikos Achnas), DF Jander (Moreirense), FW Andre Schembri (Boavista), MF Hector Yuste (Mallorca), FW Ioannis Chadjivasilis (Ethnikos Achnas), MF Jason Silva (Palestino), MF Matija Spoljaric (Atletico Juvenil), MF Alef (on loan from Braga B), MF Antonio Jakolis (on loan from Steaua Bucharest), MF Luca Polizzi (Inter Zapresic)

Players out: DF Andreas Karo (on loan to Nea Salamina), DF Mario Sergio (Varzim), DF Dudu Paraiba (released), FW Arkadiusz Piech (Slask Wroclaw), FW Abraham Gneki Guie (Orleans), DF Tiago Gomes (loan return to Braga), GK Michalis Fani (retired), DF Giorgos Pelagias (released), DF Christos Wheeler (AEL Limassol), FW Theodoros Iosifides (Fuenlabrada), DF Paulo Vinicius (CFR Cluj), MF Sergio Semedo (released)

They can have a better season than last year.

Prediction 2nd.