UA-52481335-2 Omonia - Football-Cyprus


Full Name: Athletic Club Omonia Nicosia
Nicknames: Prassini (The Green), Trifilli (The Shamrock), Vasilissa (Queen)
Founded: 1948
Stadium: Neo GSP Stadium (22,859)
Manager: Pambos Christodolou
Chairman: Antonis Tzionis
2016-17: 5th

Titles: 20 (Last 2009-10)
Cup: 14 (Last 2011-12)
Cypriot Super cup: 16 (last 2012)

European Cup: 16 times (Best 2 Round Latest 87-88 – Lost to Steaua Bucharest)
Cup Winners Cup:-
UEFA Cup: 11 times (Best 1st Round 08-09 – lost to Manchester City)
Europa League: 8 times (Best 3rd qualifying round 08-09 – Lost to RB Salzburg)
Champions League: 3 times (3rd Qualifying round 2010-11 – Lost to RB Salzburg)

Omonia has been struggling in the past few years with financial difficulties but they are very hopeful that this season they can challenge the top teams better. They brought in Pambos Christodolou who did great with AEL Limassol last season. He specialized in getting good players from Portugal and Spain region a bit cheaper but who also strengthen the team. This is also what he has done with Omonia as the team has changed a lot.

Last season they had several issues in defense and they conceded too many goals. Offensively they were good as Matt Derbyshire was their top scorer and he stayed with the club. Defensively they should be better this season and the team should be more balanced. They have been second best to their rivals APOEL now for years and they will want to change that this season.

Players in: DF Kay (CSU Craiova), DF Fabricio (Ashdod), DF William Soares (Hapoel Be er Sheva), MF Alex Soares (Maritimo), MF Kanu (Free), FW Leandro Gonzalez (Atletico Tucuman), DF Jailson (Anapolis), MF Jarchinio Antonia (G Ahead Eagles), FW Rafael Lopes (Chaves), GK Piet Velthuizen (Hapoel Haifa), MF Hedwiges Maduro (Groningen), DF Mamadu Cande (Free), DF Borja Ekiza (Zirka Kropyvnytskyi)

Players out: DF Bruno Nascimento (Feirense), DF Aristidis Soiledis (Kerkyra), DF Tanasis Panteliadis (Lamia), FW Oniforos Roushias (AEK Larnaca), MF Cleyton (Elazigspor), GK Konstantinos Kotsaris (loan return to Panathinaikos), MF Dimosthenis Chantzaras (released), GK Dario Kresic (released), MF Gerasimos Fylaktou (on loan to Pafos), DF Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), DF Dimitris Konstantinidis (loan return PAOK), DF Carlitos (released), MF George Florescu (released)

The team has improved and they should make it into Europe but this is still a team in the middle of rebuilding and their best efforts might be seen next season if they keep the core group of players and manager.

Prediction 4th.