Cyprus national under-21 football team

Cyprus national under-21 football team
Cyprus Under-21
Nickname(s) Εθνική Ελπίδων
("National team of Hopes")
Association Cyprus Football Association
Head coach Cyprus Savvas Paraskevas
Captain Marios Antoniades
Most caps
Top scorer
Home colours
Away colours

The Cyprus national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team for Cyprus and like the senior team, is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association.

The team drew their first official match 0-0 in 1978 at home to Spain in a qualifying match for the 1980 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. They then drew 0-0 with the trophy holders Yugoslavia, also at home. They lost both away games though. And finished last in the group of three teams, with two points from four games, and so did not qualify for the Finals.

In the qualifying stages for the 1982 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, Cyprus made history when they defeated France 2-1 in Cyprus as it was the countries first ever official victory at National or Under-21 football level.The scorer of the Cypriot goals was Islington born Kikis Kyriacou of Olympiakos-Nicosia whose promising career was brought to a premature end following a horrific leg injury.

In the qualifying stages for the 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, the team beat Greece 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Sweden who went on to reach the Final. Cyprus finished last in their qualifying group with three points, the same number as Greece.

The Under 21 team made gradual improvements and in September 1999, in a qualifying match for the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, drew 1-1 in Spain, the eventual winners of the competition. The team finished fourth out of five teams in their qualifying group, ahead of Austria.

The qualifying stages for the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship provided the greatest achievement for the Cyprus under-21 national team to date, when they finished second in Qualification Group One, with 15 points, winning five of their eight matches. France won the group with 22 points, seven points ahead of Cyprus.

In 2004, Cyprus joined the European Union, and Cypriot teams took advantage of the Bosman rule bringing in foreign players. This has meant that young Cypriot players are now not as common in the Cypriot First Division and is therefore also having an adverse affect on the under-21 national team.

Contents

Cyprus National Team Competition Record

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA U-21 Championship 104 20 12 72 88 211

European Championship record Under-21

Current squad

Squad called up for the friendly matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 12, 2011 and against Germany on November 15, 2011 .

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Kyriacos Ioannou 8 October 1990 (1990-10-08) (age 21) 7 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopia
GK Giorgos Papadopoulos 24 April 1991 (1991-04-24) (age 20) 2 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou
DF Marios Antoniades 14 May 1990 (1990-05-14) (age 21) 13 0 Cyprus APOEL
DF Andreas Christofides 14 October 1992 (1992-10-14) (age 19) 4 0 Cyprus APOEL
DF Stelios Demetriou 4 October 1990 (1990-10-04) (age 21) 6 1 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
DF Valentinos Sielis 1 March 1990 (1990-03-01) (age 21) 8 2 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
DF Sotiris Finiris 7 September 1991 (1991-09-07) (age 20) 2 0 Cyprus PAEEK
DF Nicolas Killas 8 February 1991 (1991-02-08) (age 20) 2 0 Cyprus Atromitos Yeroskipou
MF Angelos Perikleous 5 January 1990 (1990-01-05) (age 21) 7 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
MF Giorgos Economides 10 April 1990 (1990-04-10) (age 21) 9 0 Cyprus APOEL
MF Rafael Yiangoudakis 3 August 1990 (1990-08-03) (age 21) 6 0 Cyprus Nea Salamina
MF Emilios Panayiotou 22 September 1992 (1992-09-22) (age 19) 6 0 Cyprus APOEL
MF Andreas Alcibiades 19 September 1991 (1991-09-19) (age 20) 5 0 Cyprus PAEEK
FW Zacharias Theodorou 7 July 1993 (1993-07-07) (age 18) 0 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
MF Christos Mylonas 19 October 1990 (1990-10-19) (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou
FW Nestoras Mitidis 1 June 1991 (1991-06-01) (age 20) 5 3 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
FW Andreas Pittaras 3 August 1990 (1990-08-03) (age 21) 8 3 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
FW Achilleas Vasiliou 8 April 1991 (1991-04-08) (age 20) 4 0 Cyprus Doxa Katokopia
FW Marcos Michael 13 June 1991 (1991-06-13) (age 20) 1 3 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
FW Pieros Sotiriou 13 January 1993 (1993-01-13) (age 18) 4 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta


Recent Callups

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest Call-up
GK Andreas Kittou 9 September 1990 (1990-09-09) (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni v.  San Marino, 29 March 2011
DF Rafael Panayiotou 18 June 1991 (1991-06-18) (age 20) 2 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Parekklisia v.  Germany, 9 August 2011
DF Lambros Fylaktou 16 June 1991 (1991-06-16) (age 20) 3 0 Cyprus APOP Kinyras v.  Belarus, 7 October 2011
DF Demetris Economou 10 November 1992 (1992-11-10) (age 19) 0 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni v.  Germany, 9 August 2011
MF Adamos Hadjigeorgiou 18 September 1992 (1992-09-18) (age 19) 1 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 October 2011
MF Christoforos Charalambous age=9 July 1992 (1992-07-09) (age 19) 1 0 Cyprus AC Omonia v.  Belarus, 7 October 2011
MF Ioannis Chadjivasilis 26 April 1990 (1990-04-26) (age 21) 2 0 Cyprus AC Omonia v.  Germany, 9 August 2011
FW Charalambos Demosthenous 16 April 1990 (1990-04-16) (age 21) 2 1 Cyprus AEP Paphos v.  Germany, 9 August 2011
FW Stamatis Pantos 22 March 1990 (1990-03-22) (age 21) 4 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Parekklisia v.  Germany, 9 August 2011
FW Onisiforos Roushias 15 July 1992 (1992-07-15) (age 19) 2 0 Cyprus Enosis Neon Paralimni v.  Belarus, 7 October 2011

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