Ayia Napa FC

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AO Ayia Napa
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Full nameAthlitikos Omilos Ayias Napas
Founded14 July 1990; 30 years ago (1990-07-14)
GroundMunicipal Stadium of Ayia Napa
Capacity2,000
ChairmanDemetris Masias
ManagerManuele Blasi
LeagueSecond Division
2019–20Second Division, 4th

Athlitikos Omilos Ayia Napa (Greek: Αθλητικός Όμιλος Αγία Νάπα, Athletic Club Ayia Napa) is a Cypriot football club from the town of Ayia Napa. The club was founded in 1990 after the merger of two clubs: APEAN (Athlitiki Podosfairiki Enosis Ayias Napas; "Athletic Football Union of Ayia Napa") and ENAN (Enosis Neon Ayias Napas; "Youth Union Ayia Napa").

History[edit]

The club started in the Third Division (1990–91). They were promoted to Second Division in season 2000–01 after finishing 2nd in Third division. The team once played against Omonia Nicosia in Cup tournament. It lost 4–0 in the first match but came 2–2 in the second match.

Promotion to First Division[edit]

The biggest achievement of AO Ayia Napa's history was in the 2005–06 season after the team finished 3rd in Cypriot Second Division and was promoted to the Cypriot First Division. Despite it being their maiden appearance in the First Division, Ayia Napa proved a formidable force for other First Division sides in the 2006–07 season. In their first match in the division, they achieved a surprise away draw against Anorthosis Famagusta, which were followed by two more draws, including one against First Division Heavyweights Omonia Nicosia. In their first 12 matches overall they achieved several draws, including another home draw against APOEL. However, they had to wait until the 13th matchday for their first victory, when the team beat Aris Limassol 4–1. By the midway point of the season, the team had lost just 5 times. On January 14, 2007, in the reverse fixture of their earlier draw, Ayia Napa beat Omonia Nicosia 2–1, arguably the most impressive result in the clubs' history. After that victory there were a few more successful results and the club looked like they may avoid relegation. However, the team lost their last seven First Division matches of the season and ended up relegated.

Cup qualification to the Quarter-finals[edit]

Another big achievement of Ayia Napa FC is the qualification to the cup's quarter-finals group stage in the 2007–08 season while the team was in the Cypriot Second Division. That season was the only team from Cypriot Second Division that qualified to quarter-finals. The club finished third in the group stages with wins against APOEL and Aris Limassol.

Stadium[edit]

The team's stadium is Municipal Stadium of Ayia Napa, which is a multi-use stadium in Ayia Napa. It is currently used mostly for football matches and holds 2,000 people. However the stadium was not suitable for first division matches, so for the season 2006–07, when Ayia Napa plays in First Division, the team is using for home the Tasos Markou Stadium in Paralimni.

The UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship was hosted in Cyprus in 1998 and the UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship in 1992 and the Ayia Napa Stadium was used for two matches of Republic of Ireland in each competition;[1] on June 19, 1998 their 5–2 victory against Croatia and four days later, their 3–0 Cyprus U-19 national team and qualified to the final where they went on to win the trophy. In 1992, the Irish were beaten by the Netherlands U-16 0–2 and tied by Spain 1–1.

Players[edit]

As of 16 September 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Cyprus CYP Andreas Kittou
2 DF Cyprus CYP Stylianos Adamou
3 MF Cyprus CYP Nektarios Tziortzis (Captain)
4 DF Italy ITA Mattia Cinquini
5 MF Cyprus CYP Giorgos Charalambous
6 DF Greece GRE Christos Palamoutsis
7 MF Italy ITA Marco Criaco
8 MF Cyprus CYP Andreas Papadopoulos
9 FW Canada CAN Francis Avoce
10 FW Cyprus CYP Georgios Kolokoudias
11 MF Ivory Coast CIV Salif Sangare
14 MF Mexico MEX Alam Galindo
16 DF Mali MLI Ali Samake
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Cyprus CYP Andreas Karamanolis
18 MF Greece GRE Antonis Tsiaras
19 MF Cyprus CYP Simeon Solomou
20 MF Cyprus CYP Marios Nicolaou (on loan from Anorthosis Famagusta)
21 DF Cyprus CYP Panayiotis Loizides
23 FW Cyprus CYP Marios Zannettou
24 DF Cyprus CYP Ioannis Antoniou
28 MF Cyprus CYP Panayiotis Lemesios
30 DF Cyprus CYP Eleftherios Mertakas
33 GK Cyprus CYP Antonis Georgallides
37 MF Brazil BRA Eduardo Pincelli
55 DF Greece GRE Orestis Nikolopoulos

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2020.

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-07-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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