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Ethnikos Achnas FC
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Full nameEthnikos Achnas Football Club
Nickname(s)Achniotes
Founded1968; 53 years ago (1968)
GroundDasaki Stadium, Dasaki Achnas
Capacity7,000
ChairmanKikis Filippou
ManagerElias Charalambous
LeagueFirst Division
2019–20]First Division, 11th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Ethnikos Achnas (Greek: Εθνικός Άχνας) is a Cypriot football club based in the village of Achna. The club was founded in 1968. The club's president is Kikis Philippou. Ethnikos Achnas plays in the Dasaki Stadium, which has a capacity of 7000 seats. It is currently used mostly for football matches and was built in 1997. It is the only Cypriot team to win a UEFA competition.

History[edit]

The club played in the Cypriot Second Division until 1983 when it was promoted to the Cypriot First Division but was immediately relegated. Ethnikos was promoted to the First Division again in 1986 and stayed there for four seasons. Another two years in the Second Division ended with promotion to the First Division in 1992, where Ethnikos Achna have remained until 2018 when they were relegated again.

The team's best overall national ranking is fourth in the 1994–95, 1997–98 and 2006–07 seasons. The club participated in the Cypriot Cup final once in 2002, where they were beaten by Anorthosis Famagusta 0–1.

European competitions[edit]

Ethnikos Achnas played six times in the UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Five times they were eliminated in the first round. However, in 2006 Ethnikos managed to win the UEFA Intertoto Cup and be one of the eleven winners of this year competition. After eliminating the Albanian team Partizani Tirana (winning at home 1–2 and losing away in Albania 2–1), they faced the Croatian team NK Osijek and tied both matches, the first leg in Osijek 2–2 and the second 0–0, becoming the only Cypriot team to advance to the third round of the Intertoto Cup. They exceeded this achievement by beating Maccabi Petah Tikva with a 2–0 victory away and a 2–3 loss at home, becoming one of eleven competition winners and progressing to the UEFA Cup second qualifying round and becoming the first Cypriot team to win a UEFA competition.

In the UEFA Cup, Ethnikos eliminated Roeselare with a 2–1 loss in Belgium and a 5–0 victory in Cyprus, qualifying for the first round. They were eliminated by Lens after drawing the first leg at home (played at GSP Stadium, Nicosia) 0–0 and losing 3–1 in France. Because of the success in Intertoto Cup, Ethnikos was awarded by Sports Journalists Union of Cyprus as the Sports Team of the Year of 2006. At the end of the same season, Ethnikos placed in the fourth position again and returned to the Intertoto Cup.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

International[edit]

Players[edit]

As of 26 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 North Macedonia MKD Martin Bogatinov (Captain)
5 DF Cyprus CYP Petros Ioannou
6 DF Cyprus CYP Marios Peratikos
7 FW Cyprus CYP Constantinos Elia
8 MF Portugal POR Miguelito
9 FW Cyprus CYP Marios Elia
10 MF Cyprus CYP Giorgos Papageorgiou
11 DF Cyprus CYP Demetris Charalambous
12 DF Portugal POR Gonçalo Santos
13 DF Brazil BRA Deyvison
15 FW Croatia CRO Jan Doležal
17 DF Serbia SRB Josip Projić
18 MF Ukraine UKR Ihor Khudobyak
19 FW Ivory Coast CIV Goba Zakpa
20 DF Croatia CRO Toni Gorupec
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF Cyprus CYP Petros Kkolos
22 DF Cyprus CYP Christos Kone
23 FW North Macedonia MKD Jovan Kostovski
25 DF Cyprus CYP Demetris Kyprianou
26 DF Cyprus CYP Christoforos Christofi
27 MF Cyprus CYP Giorgos Koushiappas
29 MF Cyprus CYP Paraskevas Moiseos
33 GK Cyprus CYP Alexander Kavaleuskiy
35 FW Cyprus CYP Andreas Ilia
44 DF Serbia SRB Milan Savić
70 GK Cyprus CYP Antonis Mavrantonis
86 GK Greece GRE Kyriakos Stratilatis
88 MF Cyprus CYP Antonis Koumis
99 FW Cameroon CMR Ibrahim Koneh

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

On loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Loan deals expire at the end of 2020–21 season

Managers[edit]

History in European competition[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Cup 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2
UEFA Intertoto Cup 16 5 6 5 20 30 −10
Total 20 6 8 6 27 35 –8

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Agg.
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Sweden Örgryte 2–1 (H) 0–4 (A) 2–5
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Hungary Győri ETO 1–1 (A) 2–2 (H) 3–3 (a)
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R North Macedonia Vardar 1–5 (H) 1–5 (A) 2–10
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Albania Partizani 4–2 (H) 1–2 (A) 5–4
2R Croatia Osijek 2–2 (A) 0–0 (H) 2–2 (a)
3R Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–0 (A) 2–3 (H) 4–3
2006–07 UEFA Cup 2Q Belgium Roeselare 1–2 (A) 5–0 (H) 6–2
1R France Lens 0–0 (H) 1–3 (A) 1–3
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R North Macedonia Makedonija GP 1–0 (H) 0–2 (A) 1–2
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Albania Besa 0–0 (A) 1–1 (H) 1–1 (a)
Notes
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macpherson, Graeme (29 January 2017). "Valdas Ivanauskas on Hearts 10 years on, working with Vladimir Romanov, and why Craig Gordon should sign for Chelsea". The Herald Scotland. Retrieved 26 October 2017.

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