|Head coach||Johan Walem|
|Most caps||Ioannis Okkas (106)|
|Top scorer||Michalis Konstantinou (32)|
|Home stadium||GSP Stadium, Nicosia|
|Current||95 (19 December 2019)|
|Highest||43 (September 2010)|
|Lowest||142 (June 2014)|
|Current||107 6 (25 November 2019)|
|Highest||69 (22 March 2000)|
|Lowest||141 (March 1992)|
Israel 3-1 Cyprus
(Tel-Aviv, Israel; 30 July 1949)
Cyprus 1-1 Israel
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 13 November 1960)
| Cyprus 5-0 Andorra |
(Limassol, Cyprus; 15 November 2000)
Cyprus 5-0 Andorra
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 16 November 2014)
Cyprus 5-0 San Marino
(Nicosia, Cyprus; 21 March 2019)
| West Germany 12-0 Cyprus |
(Essen, West Germany; 21 May 1969)
The Cyprus national football team (Greek: ) represents Cyprus in international football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Ran Ben Shimon.
The team's first match took place on 23 July 1949, one year after becoming a member of the world governing body FIFA: a friendly against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Tel Aviv, ending in a 3-3 draw. Seven days later, the team had its first international game: a 3-1 defeat against Israel in the same city.
In November 1960, following independence from British rule, Cyprus drew its first post-independence official match 1-1 against Israel, as part of the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament. Cyprus' first international victory was a 3-1 win against Greece on 27 November 1963 in a friendly. On 17 February 1968, Cyprus recorded their first competitive win, beating Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championship qualifying match in Old GSP Stadium in Nicosia.
In 1974, the national team enjoyed one of their most famous victories when they beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Nicosia. On 12 February 1983, as part of the Euro 1984 qualifiers, Cyprus held world champions Italy to a 1-1 draw in Tsirio Stadium in Limassol, followed a month later by the same result against Czechoslovakia. Four years later, in the Euro 1988 qualification, Cyprus recorded their first ever point achieved in an away match, against Poland. In 1989 they drew 1-1 with France in the World Cup qualifying match. Despite a number of triumphs on home soil, Cyprus had to wait until 1992 to record their first away win: a 2-0 victory against the Faroe Islands.
Results in qualifying tournaments have also improved considerably in recent times. In the qualifying stages for the 1996 UEFA European Championship, Cyprus drew 1-1 with holders Denmark. Four years later, they missed out on a place in the 2000 European Football Championship despite 3-2 victories against both Spain and Israel and a 4-0 win over San Marino.
On 15 November 2000, Cyprus scored their biggest win in history by beating Andorra in Limassol 5-0 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 7 October 2006, as part of the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Cyprus caused a major upset by beating the Republic of Ireland 5-2 in New GSP Stadium in Nicosia, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambides each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis one goal. Just one month later, on 15 November 2006, they caused another surprise by holding the World Cup semi-finalists Germany to a 1-1 draw at home. On 13 October 2007, they beat Wales 3-1 in Nicosia. On 17 October 2007, Cyprus came close to a historic away victory in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland, but the hosts equalised in the last minute of the game, and the match ended 1-1. On 3 September 2010, as part of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Cyprus claimed a historic result against Portugal after drawing 4-4 in Guimarães.
During the Euro 2016 qualifying, Cyprus national football team managed by Pambos Christodoulou claimed one of their most historic victories by defeating 2014 World Cup participant Bosnia with 2-1 in Zenica. In the last group match, the team faced Bosnia needing a victory to finish in 3rd and rely on Belgium to beat Israel in Brussels. As fate would have it, the Bosnians won the reverse 3-2 and qualified to play-offs at the expense of the home team, who at one point took a 2-1 lead during first half and for number of minutes held onto 3rd spot and a berth in the play-offs for a first time in history, as Belgium, a soon to be World number 1 side, were comfortably beating Israel at home.
Cyprus would finish behind Estonia and ahead of Gibraltar to place 5th of 6 teams in Group H in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Their qualification run would include an impressive 3-2 home victory over Bosnia.
On 7 October 2006, a new kit was made by Diadora. It outlines a map of Cyprus in amber from the shoulder to the sleeve, with a green line running down the middle to indicate the division of the island. This kit was used for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, and was replaced by a kit made by Adidas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. For 2018 Macron will replace Adidas as part of the UEFA's Kit Assistance Scheme programme.
Cyprus currently plays home matches at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Home matches had previously been staged at different stadiums all around the country. Until 1974 Cyprus used either the old GSP Stadium in central Nicosia, or the GSE stadium in Famagusta. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, some matches were played at Tsirion Stadium in Limassol and the Makario Stadium in Nicosia. In 1999, the building of the New GSP Stadium in Nicosia provided a new home for the national team but in 2008 a change of sponsorship forced home fixtures for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification to be played at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. However, Cyprus returned to the GSP Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round matches.
As of 19 November 2019.
|FIFA World Cup qualification||114||15||13||86||87||299|
|European Championship qualification||114||19||15||80||98||288|
|UEFA Nations League||6||1||2||3||5||9|
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||7|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|2024||To be determined|
|1||Belgium||10||10||0||0||40||3||+37||30||Qualify for final tournament||—||3-1||3-0||6-1||3-0||9-0|
The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 2 December 2018 in Dublin. Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).
The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Scotland and Belgium on 16 and 19 November 2019 respectively.
Caps and goals as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Belgium.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Anastasios Kissas||18 January 1988||12||0||Nea Salamina|
|GK||Urko Pardo||28 January 1983||9||0||Alki Oroklini|
|GK||Neofytos Michael||16 December 1993||1||0||Asteras Tripolis|
|DF||Giorgos Merkis||30 July 1984||54||1||APOEL|
|DF||Jason Demetriou||18 November 1987||51||1||Southend United|
|DF||Chambos Kyriakou||9 February 1995||26||0||Apollon Limassol|
|DF||Ioannis Kousoulos||14 June 1996||18||4||Omonia|
|DF||Nicholas Ioannou||10 November 1995||18||2||APOEL|
|DF||Kypros Christoforou||24 April 1993||2||0||Nea Salamina|
|DF||Andreas Karo||9 September 1996||1||0||Salernitana|
|DF||Christos Wheeler||29 June 1997||1||0||AEL Limassol|
|MF||Georgios Efrem||5 July 1989||48||5||APOEL|
|MF||Andreas Avraam||6 June 1987||41||5||AEL Limassol|
|MF||Kostakis Artymatas||15 April 1993||38||1||APOEL|
|MF||Grigoris Kastanos||30 January 1998||22||1||Pescara|
|MF||Fotios Papoulis||22 January 1985||12||2||Apollon Limassol|
|MF||Giorgos Economides||10 April 1990||12||0||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|MF||Matija ?poljari?||2 April 1997||9||0||Alki Oroklini|
|MF||Ioannis Kosti||17 March 2000||8||0||Nea Salamina|
|MF||Michalis Ioannou||30 June 2000||3||0||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|MF||Demetris Theodorou||10 September 1997||1||0||Enosis Neon Paralimni|
|FW||Pieros Sotiriou||13 January 1993||40||10||Copenhagen|
|FW||Panagiotis Zachariou||26 February 1996||4||1||Pafos|
The following players have also been called up to the Cyprus squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Constantinos Panagi||8 October 1994||22||0||Omonia||v. Russia, 13 October 2019|
|GK||Constantinos Petrou||23 September 1997||0||0||Enosis Neon Paralimni||v. Russia, 11 June 2019|
|DF||Konstantinos Laifis||19 May 1993||34||3||Standard Liège||v. Russia, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Constantinos Mintikkis||14 July 1989||2||0||Doxa Katokopias||v. Russia, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Giorgos Vasiliou||12 June 1984||11||0||Apollon Limassol||v. San Marino, 9 September 2019|
|DF||Andreas Panayiotou||31 May 1995||1||0||Pafos||v. San Marino, 9 September 2019|
|DF||Marios Antoniades||14 May 1990||15||0||AEK Larnaca||v. Russia, 11 June 2019|
|DF||Fanos Katelaris||26 August 1996||8||1||Omonia||v. Russia, 11 June 2019|
|DF||Dossa Júnior||27 August 1986||24||1||AEL Limassol||v. Belgium, 24 March 2019|
|MF||Renato Margaça||17 July 1985||21||0||Nea Salamina||v. Russia, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Anthony Georgiou||24 February 1997||8||0||Ipswich Town||v. Russia, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Ioannis Pittas||10 July 1996||4||0||Enosis Neon Paralimni||v. Russia, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Jack Roles||26 February 1999||0||0||Cambridge United||v. San Marino, 9 September 2019|
|FW||Demetris Christofi||28 September 1988||52||8||Omonia||v. Russia, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Nestoras Mitidis||1 June 1991||32||5||AEL Limassol||v. Russia, 11 June 2019|
|FW||Andreas Makris||27 November 1995||23||0||AEL Limassol||v. Russia, 11 June 2019|
|FW||Minas Antoniou||22 February 1994||2||0||APOEL||v. Russia, 11 June 2019|
As of 19 November 2019.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||2||0||2|
|Republic of Ireland||10||1||1||8|
|Ran Ben Shimon||2017-|
As of 10 October 2017.