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AC Omonia

AC Omonoia
Full name Athletic Club Omonoia Nicosia
Αθλητικός Σύλλογος Ομόνοια Λευκωσίας
Nickname(s) Τριφύλλι (Shamrock)
Founded 4 June 1948 (1948-06-04)
Ground GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus
Ground Capacity 22,859
Chairman Doros Serafeim
Manager Kostas Kaiafas
League Cyprus First Division
2014–15 4th
Website Club home page

Athletic Club Omonoia Nicosia (Greek: Αθλητικός Σύλλογος Ομόνοια Λευκωσίας, ΑΣΟΛ), commonly referred to as Omonoia, is a Cypriot professional football club based in the capital city, Nicosia.[1]

The club was established in 1948 and became a member of the Cyprus Football Association in 1953. Omonoia, which means 'Concord' in Greek, has won 20 League Championships,[2] 14 Cypriot Cups[3] and 16 Super Cups.[4] Omonoia remains the only team to have won the Cypriot Cup 4 times in a row, between the years 1980 and 1983.[3] In the UEFA rankings of the Cypriot clubs Omonoia is currently ranked in third place.[5]

As an athletic club, Omonoia also operates basketball,[6]volleyball,[7] cycling[8] and futsal. The latter one is being particularly successful, having won the league and cup in three consecutive years since 2011.[9]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Creation and Early Years (1948-1953) 1.1
    • Beginnings in the Cypriot First Division (1953-1969) 1.2
    • Golden Era (1970s-1980s) 1.3
    • General Decline (1990s) 1.4
    • Revival (2000s) 1.5
    • Financial Crisis (2012-present) 1.6
  • Name 2
  • Colours and badge 3
  • Stadium 4
  • Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors 5
  • Supporters 6
    • Financial Crisis (2012-present) and 2013 Pan-Cypriot Fundraiser 6.1
  • Honours 7
  • European record 8
    • European Cup/UEFA Champions League 8.1
    • UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 8.2
  • Players 9
    • First team squad 9.1
    • On loan 9.2
    • Former players 9.3
    • Retired number 9.4
  • Club officials 10
    • Board of Directors 10.1
    • Staff 10.2
    • Technical staff 10.3
    • Managerial history 10.4
  • References 11
  • External links 12

History

Creation and Early Years (1948-1953)

On 23 May 1948 the board of APOEL FC sent a telegram to the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (Greek: Σ.Ε.Γ.Α.Σ.), with the opportunity of the annual Panhellenic Track and Field Competition stating its wish for the "communist mutiny" to be ended. Club players considering this action as a political comment on the Greek Civil War distanced themselves or were expelled from APOEL.[10]

On 4 June 1948 Dr. Mattheos Papapetrou organized a meeting to form a new club in Nicosia . Many players expelled from APOEL were also invited and on 17 June 1948 Omonia was established. Along with other left-wing teams such as Nea Salamina, Alki Larnaca and Orfeas Nicosia, Omonoia helped create in December 1948 the Cyprus Amateur Football Federation. Omonoia took part in the CAFF league until 1953 having won 4 out of 5 played championships and 5 out of 5 played cups. Omonoia was then accepted by the Cyprus Football Association to participate in the Cypriot First Division.[11]

Beginnings in the Cypriot First Division (1953-1969)

After joining the Cypriot First Division in 1953, Omonoia only managed to place 7th out of 9 teams in the 1953–54 season, barely avoiding relegation. During that decade, the club’s best placing came during the 1956–57 season when the club finished 3rd.

The team would make its closest push for the title during the 1959–60 season after finishing 2nd, 1 point behind Anorthosis Famagusta.[12] The following year, after 7 seasons in the First Division, the club would win its first title in 1960–61 season.[12] Omonia, in that season would score 91 goals in 24 matches on their way to their first ever Cyprus First Division title. Omonoia won their second title during the 1965–66 season.

Golden Era (1970s-1980s)

Sotiris Kaiafas is not only considered one of Omonoia's all-time greatest, but the best footballer in the history of Cypriot football.

Omonia won its first trophies of the decade in 1972, when the club won both the league and the cup. Led by a young, Sotiris Kaiafas, Omonia won 7 league tittles in the 70s decade, six of them were consecutive in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979.[12] By the time the decade would come to an end, Omonia had a total of 9 championship titles and 3 cups. At the end of the 1979 season, Omonia trailed its arch rival APOEL by two championships. In 1976, Sotiris Kaiafas would go on and win the European Golden Shoe for his single-season 36-goal performance.[13] In 2003, he was awarded the UEFA Jubilee Awards for The Best Cypriot Footballer of the 20th Century.

The 1980s was a successful decade for the club as it won an additional seven Cypriot League Championship titles including another 5 consecutive in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and in 1987 and in 1989.[12] As the 1980s came to an end, Omonia had won 14 Cypriot Championship Titles becoming the most successful team on the island at the time.[12]

General Decline (1990s)

The 1990s would prove to be less successful than the previous two decades. During this time, AC Omonia only mustered one Cypriot League title during the 1992–93 season. It would be eight years before Omonia would see its next title. In 1997 Omonia signed a German named Rainer Rauffmann who would later become the second top goal scorer ever for the club. With the help of other Omonia great and then captain, Costas Malekkos, and a young Costas Kaiafas (son of Sotiris Kaiafas), Rainer Rauffmann would become top scorer of the Cypriot First Division in the 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00 and 2000–01 seasons and leading Omonoia to two titles.[2]

Revival (2000s)

After a disappointing eight seasons, the 2000s decade began with a trophy . AC Omonia celebrated its 18th Cypriot League Championship title in 2001. Now captained by Costas Kaiafas, Omonia would win its 19th Cypriot League Championship again in 2003. However, since 2003, the team would stumble and be without a title for the next several years. After numerous seasons of poor signings and underachieving, Omonia’s reigns would be taken over by new chairman and team president, Miltiadis Neophytou in 2008.

Michalis Konstantinou, mostly credited for helping the team reach its 20th championship title[14]

The team would soon be put back on track starting in 2006, beginning with the signing of Cyprus national football team goalie,

  • Official website
  • Omonoia news website
  • Gate9 official website
  • Kifines fan page
  • national-football-teams
  • on Wikimedia Commons

External links

  1. ^ http://www.omonoia.com.cy/?lang=EN&tab=football§ion=intro
  2. ^ a b http://www.e-soccer.gr/-proistoria-833/-proistoria-457/-proistoria-471
  3. ^ a b http://www.rsssf.com/tablesc/cypcuphist.html
  4. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesc/cypsupcuphist.html
  5. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/uefarankings/club/index.html
  6. ^ http://www.all4basketball.com/team-detail.php?tm=19&lang=gr
  7. ^ http://www.balla.com.cy/3/42_Cyprus/63011_Omonoia_Petosfera_Aisiodoxia__aytopepoithisi__ala_ke_realismos
  8. ^ http://www.kerkida.net/articles/alles-stiles/koys-koys/28623-omonoia-podilato
  9. ^ http://www.balla.com.cy/futsal/16579-protathlitria_i_aititi_omonia
  10. ^ http://magazine.apopsi.com.cy/2008/07/281
  11. ^ http://www.ant1iwo.com/athlitika/2013/06/17/omonoia-san-shmera-to-1948/
  12. ^ a b c d e f http://www.rsssf.com/tablesc/cyphist.html
  13. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=cyp/news/newsid=144838.html
  14. ^ http://simerini.com.cy/lifestyle/people/115654
  15. ^ http://www.cfa.com.cy/En/competitionstage/45/75/12/2009%20-%202010
  16. ^ http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/soccer/story/Dusan-Bajevic-new-coach-of-Cyprus-champion-Omonia-86335597
  17. ^ http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/2011-04-14-1078563094_x.htm
  18. ^ http://www.cfa.com.cy/En/competitionstage/62/125/15/2010-2011
  19. ^ http://www.cfa.com.cy/Gr/kofixtures/78/138/15/2010-2011
  20. ^ http://www.parikiaki.com/2012/05/omonia-cup-winners-in-cyprus/
  21. ^ http://www.cfa.com.cy/En/competitionstage/87/178/14/2011-2012
  22. ^ http://www.parikiaki.com/2012/09/omonia-sack-manager-2/
  23. ^ http://www.cfa.com.cy/En/competitionstage/111/218/13/2012-2013
  24. ^ http://cyprus-mail.com/2013/12/31/lotina-takes-over-omonia-hot-seat/
  25. ^ http://cyprus-mail.com/2014/02/07/lotina-given-the-boot-by-omonia/
  26. ^ http://www.gol-futbol.com/kostas-kaiafas-returns-to-omonia/
  27. ^ http://www.cfa.com.cy/Gr/competitions/1374198/1704614
  28. ^ http://www.kerkida.net/articles/a-katigoria/eidiseis/omonoia/50488-kataggellei-tudor-stin-oyefa
  29. ^ http://www.newzup.com/index.php?id=24945
  30. ^ http://www.kerkida.net/articles/a-katigoria/eidiseis/omonoia/56653-ferte-piso-toys-organomenoys
  31. ^ http://www.cfa.com.cy/Gr/competitionstage/1762710/2087812
  32. ^ a b "Ομόνοια: Βασίλισσα ετών 67!". balla.com.cy (in Greek). 4 June 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  33. ^ http://www.iconarchive.com/show/greek-football-club-icons-by-giannis-zographos/Omonia-Nicosia-icon.html
  34. ^ http://www.cltsconsulting.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/cyprus-football-survey.pdf page 5
  35. ^ http://www.kathimerini.com.cy/index.php?pageaction=kat&modid=1&artid=10294&show=Y
  36. ^ a b c http://www.peoplesworld.org/omonoia-feisty-team-blends-sports-and-left-politics/
  37. ^ http://www.balla.com.cy/3/14_Protathlima_a_katigorias/63798_THyra_9_Sto_istoriko_Vorio_petalo_tou_Makareiou
  38. ^ http://www.cfa.com.cy/?lang=Gr&show=news&NewsArticleID=6727
  39. ^ http://www.sigmalive.com/sports/football/cyprus/a+league/522026
  40. ^ http://www.omonoia.com.cy/?lang=GR&tab=paron
  41. ^ http://www.ant1iwo.com/athlitika/2014/03/17/omonoia-h-oikonomikh-ekstrateia-enocei-t/

References

Source: omonoia.com.cy

Managerial history

Source: omonoia.com.cy

Head coach Kostas Kaiafas
Assistant coach Akis Ioakim
Assistant & U-21 Coach Fangio Buyse
Physical fitness coach Paul Keenan
Fitness trainer Onisiforos Onisiforou
Goalkeeping coach Christoforos Loizou
Scouter/Analyst Michalis Sergiou
Scouter/Statistician Stavros Stavrou

Technical staff

Chief Executive Manager Pavlos Nicolaides
Chief Financial Officer Christodoulos Kyriakides
Media Officer Andreas Demetriou
Marketing Executive Giorgos Halloumis
Administration Officer Apostolos Mikellidis
Ticketing Officer Andreas Petrou
Team Manager Christos Tziambouris
Accountant Yiota Rotou
Commercial Unit Officers Stathis Vasiliou, Demetris Demetriou
Academy Officers Andreas Miliotis, Kostakis Yiannouris, Charalambos Argyrou
Secretary Niki Anthimou

Staff

President Doros Seraphim
A Vice President Panikos Neophytou
B Vice President Lakis Polykarpou
General Secretary Christos Neophytou
B General Secretary Andreas Pashiortides
Member Agis Iakovides
Member Nikos Charalambous
Member Photos Ioannou
Member Costas Constantinou
Member Andrea Lamprou
Member Yiannakis Ioannou
Member Christodoulos Christodoulou
Member Antonis Zymaras
Member Antonis Tzionis
Member Costas Christou

Board of Directors

Club officials

12Club supporters (the 12th man)

Retired number

For details of former players, see Category:AC Omonia players

Former players

Source: omonoia.com.cy

No. Position Player
DF Demetris Moulazimis (at Ermis Aradippou until 31 May 2016)
DF Pantelis Konomis (at Omonia Aradippou until 31 May 2016)
DF Andreas Frangeskou (at PAEEK until 31 May 2016)
MF MEAP Nisou until 31 May 2016)
No. Position Player
MF Constantinos Louvaris (at Olympiakos Nicosia until 31 May 2016)
MF Panayiotis Therapontos (at PAEEK until 31 May 2016)
FW Apollonas Vasiliou (at MEAP Nisou until 31 May 2016)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

On loan

No. Position Player
1 GK Constantinos Panagi
3 DF Ucha Lobjanidze
5 MF Romaric
6 DF Matías Pérez
7 MF Marios Demetriou
8 FW Onisiforos Roushias
9 FW Cillian Sheridan
10 MF Luciano Bebê
13 FW Eze Vincent
16 MF Cristóvão Ramos
19 DF Andreas Panayiotou
20 MF Gerasimos Fylaktou
21 MF Nuno Assis (Captain)
23 MF Giorgos Economides
No. Position Player
24 DF Anastasios Kantoutsis
27 FW Andre Schembri
28 MF Renato Margaça (vice-captain)
30 MF Andraž Kirm
31 GK Laurențiu Brănescu (on loan from Juventus)
33 GK Antonis Georgallides
39 FW Ziguy Badibanga
45 DF Karim Hafez (on loan from Lierse)
49 MF Fanos Katelaris
53 DF Hélder Cabral
76 DF Jackson Mendy
77 FW Demetris Christofi
90 DF Ivan Runje (on loan from FC Nordsjælland)
93 MF Hérold Goulon
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

First team squad

Players

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League

European Cup/UEFA Champions League

European record

Cyprus Amateur Football Federation

Cyprus Football Association

Honours

By the end of February 2013 Omonia was struggling to meet the UEFA criteria due to the economic crisis that had engulfed the club. The president then decided to start a fundraiser and called for the supporters of the club to donate as much as they could. Hundreds of events were organised island wide with the motto; "ΕΙΜΑΙ ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ ΔΗΛΩΝΩ ΠΑΡΩΝ" meaning "I'M WITH OMONOIA, I DECLARE MYSELF PRESENT".[39] Current and former players contributed by signing autographs and selling club merchandise. Although the situation at the beginning was described as grim, money poured in from all over the island and from abroad including England and the United States. In about a month and a half €3.5 million was collected from the club's supporters.[40] Despite the fundraiser's big outcome the club's financial difficulties returned in the 2013-2014 season.[41]

Financial Crisis (2012-present) and 2013 Pan-Cypriot Fundraiser

Omonoia is the most popular club in the country. A poll places the club as the most popular team on the island with 28.6% of asked Cypriot football fans stating they supported Omonoia.[34] The fans are known for their left-leaning, socialist character, with over 60% stating in a survey that they associate themselves with the communist [36] Omonia's fans are well known for their passion. The record for most tickets sold in a single season for Omonia stands at 162,061 tickets sold during the 2009–2010 season. The Omonoia fans which are called Gate 9 have friendship with other teams supporters such as Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Standard Liege fans.[38]

Omonia fans at an away match against FC Red Bull Salzburg

Supporters

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1992–1994 Umbro Lois
1994–1998 Diadora KEO
1998–1999 Kappa
1999–2001 Umbro
2001–2004
2004–2007 Lotto LOEL juices
2007–2008 miVision
2008–2010 Ocean Tankers
2010–2012 Adidas Cytamobile-Vodafone
2012– Nike

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Since 23 October 1999, Omonia has been using the 22,859-seat GSP Stadium, the largest stadium in Cyprus. They share the stadium with local rivals APOEL and Olympiakos. Omonia played in the Makario Stadium from 1978 until 1999 and in old GSP Stadium prior to 1978. When the club was first created, it used the Goal Stadium.

Omonia's current stadium, GSP

Stadium

AC Omonia's colors are green and white. Their current alternate kit is black and red. AC Omonia's badge has a green shamrock in a white circle.[33] Green symbolizing hope.[32]

Colours and badge

"Omonia" is the greek word for concord, showing the contrast of the club for discord and disruption.[32]

Name

In August 2014 Omonia was knocked out of the Europa League playoff stages by Dynamo Moscow. The club issued a complaint to UEFA regarding the refereeing of the match by Alexandru Tudor.[28] In early September the club stopped supplying the fans' group Gate-9 with tickets resulting in the group's abstention from matches.[29] Two weeks later after a meeting between the president and the coach it was decided that tickets were to be supplied again to Gate-9.[30] Omonia managed to finish 4th in the league. The team was knocked out of the Cypriot Cup semifinals by APOEL FC.[31]

[12] finishing its worst season in 56 years since the 1957-1958 season.[27] In 2013 Omonoia begun the new season with

Coach Neophytos Larkou left the club in September 2012[22] and Toni Savevski was then appointed as coach. The team begun the season with a great win but found its second success after several games. A disappointing first round proved enough to exclude the club from contesting for the championship or the cup. The team managed better results in the second round finishing the season in 3rd place.[23] Thousands of fans answered the president's call to donate as much as they could and the financial issues of the club improved. Omonoia's final match ended in a 3−1 victory over AEK Larnaca. Omonoia was knocked out in the semifinals of the cup by AEL Limassol.

Financial Crisis (2012-present)

Omonia spent a difficult year but managed to win their 14th Coca-Cola Cup starring Andre Alves who scored the winning goal against AEL Limassol.[20] Under the guidance of newly appointed Director of Football Nickolas Danskalou AC Omonoia managed to finish 2nd in the Championship and 3rd after the playoff rounds all but assuring they would qualify for the Second round of the 2012–13 UEFA Cup Competition.[21]

Coach Takis Lemonis left the club after disappointing results and Dušan Bajević became the new coach in October 2010[16] but was fired in April 2011.[17] He was replaced by Neophytos Larkou.Omonia would not be able to repeat as Champion during the 2010–11 regular season, and instead had to settle with finishing 2nd,[18] despite the addition of yet another young Cypriot rising star, Andreas Avraam. However the team was to end on a positive note. Under interim coach Neophytos Larkou, Omonia defeated Apollon Limassol in the Cyprus Cup Final and won their 13th Coca-Cola Cup.[19]

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