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Anorthosis Famagusta

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Αnorthosis Famagusta FC (. Anorthosi Ammochostou) is a Cyprus association football and volleyball club which is originally based in Famagusta, but is now temporarily based in Larnaca, due to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Anorthosis is one of the most successful clubs in Cypriot football, having won 13 Cypriot Championship titles, 10 Cypriot Cups and 6 LTV Super Cup. Their home ground is the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, the current president of the club is Savvas Kakos and the coach is Ronny Levy.


The club was founded in Famagusta on January 30, 1911. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Anorthosis was temporarily based in Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium of Larnaca. Anorthosis Home Stadium is in occupied Famagusta is G.S.E (Gymnastic Club Evagoras) which has been abandoned since 1974, and is in poor condition.

Ammochostos, or better Varoshi, around 1910 was a small town of about 4,000 inhabitants: farmers, fishermen and a few shop-keepers. The only place of recreation was the coffee shop. At this time a few, spirited and enthusiastic men of that small community of Ammochostos set a goal and managed to create a "reading club" in hospitable rooms where they could gather and educate the youth in cultural and national matters.

First Period 1911–1928

The period from 1911 until 1928, can be characterized as the first period of Anorthosis history. In this first period Anorthosis is mostly a nationalist and spiritual group. Patriotic speeches and national commemorations were organised in the building of Anorthosis. But the sector where Anorthosis had created a tradition, unique in the history of clubs of which the reputation and activity was spread all over Cyprus, was in the sector of Music.

Under the control of Demetris Demetriades, it began with great success the one and only madolinade and band of Anorthosis. The actions taken at that time were many, some of them were:

(From Anorthosis Practices)
1913: In a collection that has been done in the building of Anorthosis (mathitec) the extravagant – for that time – amount of 84 pounds was gathered in just one hour, which was given for the political needs of the country (which was under British rule).
1922: Anorthosis establishes a depository for the relief of the refugees from the Asia Minor destruction.

Second Period: 1929–1955

The second period in the history of Anorthosis (mathitec) starts with an important changeover in the aims and actions of the club. The "Anorthosis Reading Club" renames to "Musical Philological and Philanthropical Club" and as an emblem of the club is now the mythical bird Phoenix. During this period the mantolinade and band of Anorthosis are better organised and stipendiary teachers are being appointed for the development of the two groups.

Third Period: 1955–1974

In the philological sector the bright tradition of the past continues. Anorthosis (Mathitec) creates a first class library with a lending section. We specifically refer to the fact that in 1936 1,500 volumes of books were lent to Anorthosis members. In the second period a great importance was given to the athletic sector. Under the control of professor of Gymnastics, Mr. Anastasis Oikonomides, football and volleyball teams, sea sports and teams of classical athleticism, gave Anorthosis many first wins, renown and trophies.

Anorthosis, better known as Mathitec, in association with Gymnastic Club Evagoras (GSE), which is its own child, organized district and pan-Cyprian games and athletes got their first wins, not only in PanCyprian games. Of course, for a small time period, there was almost nothing to show. For example, in 1929 with a letter of POEB of which members are in Anorthosis, said that it was ready to break up and its members to be merged into the football team of Anorthosis. Then, it was decided that a second football team should be funded, and the responsibility was on Mr. An. Oikonomidis and S. Mathaiou. In the February 11, 1932, at the command of the Ammochostos governor (Cyprus was still under British rule) the club of Anorthosis closed for a short time.

On October 29 the president, the general secretary and the boufι manager of Anorthosis were arrested by the police because the Greek flag was hanging on the balcony of the club building.

Fourth Period: 1974–2008

On July 26, 2005, they achieved one of the greatest results in Cypriot football history when they beat the Turkish team Trabzonspor 3–1 in the first leg of their second round UEFA Champions League qualifying match. They lost the second leg 1–0 in Turkey, but progressed 3–2 on aggregate. In the third-round qualifying tie against the Scottish team Rangers F.C., Anorthosis lost the first leg 2–1, and the second leg 2–0, so dropped into the first round of the UEFA Cup. They were then defeated 6–1 on aggregate by the Italian team U.S. Città di Palermo.

Anorthosis (mathitec) qualifed for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup by way of their Cypriot Cup win. They entered the competition at the First Qualifying round stage. Aggregate victories over FK Vardar and CFR Cluj saw them move through to the First Round proper. Anorthosis were drawn against English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. The first leg was played at White Hart Lane on September 20, 2007 which Tottenham Hotspur F.C. won 6–1. On October 4, 2007 the second leg resulted in a 1–1 draw when Robbie Keane equalised for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. after Fabio de Matos Pereira had put Anorthosis ahead.

Champions League 2008–09

After winning the domestic league 2007–2008 Anorthosis managed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League 2008–09 Group Stage, over-running Armenian Champions FC Pyunik, Austrian Champions Rapid Wien and Greek Champions Olympiacos F.C. in the qualifying rounds.

This allowed the team to qualify for the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League, the first time for a Cypriot team.

In the group stage, they earned their first point following a 0–0 away draw with SV Werder Bremen, then got their first win beating Panathinaikos FC 3–1 while Hawar Mulla Mohammed became the first Iraqi player to score in the UEFA Champions League, although they lost to F.C. Internazionale Milano 1–0 at San Siro, they drew 3–3 in GSP Stadium.
In their 5th Champions League game, Anorthosis had a chance to make it to the knock-out stage if they would have won against Werder Bremen.
Anorthosis went up 2–0, but in the second half Diego made the score 2–1, and minutes before the match ended, Hugo Almeida managed to equalise for Bremen, and the match finished 2–2. Anorthosis still had a chance to get into the knock-out stage in the final match against Panathinaikos if they would have won. However, during the last game they lost 1–0 away to Panathinaikos. Inter (who had already qualified for the next stage) lost 2–1 to Bremen, meaning that Anorthosis finished fourth – missing out on a consolation UEFA Cup place.

In the week prior to the game against Panathinaikos the club was disrupted when the Directors complained to the police that the President was embezzeling funds. He was remanded in custody and forced to resign, eventually being released by the police without charges.

Europa League disappointment 2009–10

After the highs of their exploits in the previous season's Champions League, Anorthosis went crashing out of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League in the second qualifying round, losing 4–3 on aggregate to OFK Petrovac of Montenegro.

Europa League 2010–2011

Anorthosis started well the Europa League 2010–11 by beating FC Banants of Armenia 3–0 and 0–1 respectively. However in the second round they lost 0–2 to HNK Šibenik of Croatia. Furthermore, for the next round they managed to qualify after a 3–0 victory accompanied by great performance.
In the third qualifying round Anorthosis had a poor performance against Cercle Brugge, losing 0–1 in Belgium. Whenever they came back in Cyprus for the rematch they defeated Cercle 3–1 with Cafu scoring all 3 goals. Anorthosis's adventure ended with a 0–4 loss in Moscow and a 1–2 home loss against CSKA Moscow.

Europa League 2011-2012

Anorthosis in season 2011-12 start from the Second qualifying round. On that round Anorthosis meet FC Gagra. The cypriot club defeate the Georgian Club 3-0 on Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium and they defeated 2-0 on Georgian Boris Paichadze Stadium. In the third qualifying round Anorthosis encountered FK Rabotnički Skopje. The first match on Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium it was not the ideal for the cypriot club, after the first 70 minutes the result was 0-0. The Skopje Club score in ther first chance score the first goal on the match, 10 minutes after score there second goal with an incredible mistake by the goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov. On the second match in Philip II Arena Anorthosis won 1-2 FK Rabotnički, With the score 0-2 until 87 minute. After that match Dimitar Ivankov released from Anorthosis Squad. 9 weeks after. After doping control on FK Rabotnički with S.S. Lazio, FK Rabotnički players found doped.


Anorthosis original home stadium was G.S.E. in Famagusta but it has been closed down and in disrepair since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Anorthosis, in order to recover from the Turkish invasion, rise from the ashes like its symbol – the mythic phoenix – had to build a new stadium. Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium is the home of Anorthosis Famagusta and it was built in 1986 in the city of Larnaca. The ground was given the name of great person who helped Anorthosis in various ways through the years, he was a fighter in EOKA war for Cyprus indepence and unity with Greece and Anorthosis helped the war and he was also a very talented football player of Anorthosis and later a manager. The initial capacity of the ground was about 6,000 but gradually increased during the years to 13,000. With a major reconditioning in 1998, capacity was reduced to 11,000 (all seated).

In 2005 the east stand was named "Quality Stand" after the club's main sponsor. "Quality Stand" is a two story stand which holds the newly-build VIP Boxes (upper story), Press Room, Dressing Rooms, Bar, etc. In 2006 the stadium went through another reconditioning including the building of VIP Boxes in the upper section of west stand, the launching of the automatic ticketing issue and entrance system, the replacing of metal front fence with clear acrylic glass for security reasons and for maximized field view. Also some other facilities are offered in the west stand such as new restrooms, bar, and fan's shop.

The stadium also is approved by UEFA for European games. It has hosted some matches of the Cyprus national football team. In that stadium, Cyprus achieved its greatest success against Spain national football team by a score 3–2. On May 16, 1992, the stadium hosted the 1992 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship Third position final between Italy national football team and Portugal national football team, where Italy national football team won 1–0.

On the 23th of November 2011 D. Ellinas group signed a contract with Anorthosis to built new offices for Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. The old offices of the stadium will be joint area outside the locker room, journalistic theory, clinics and other. The cost amounts to € 400,000 but the company D. Ellinas group will built the offices for free in exchange, with advertisement from Anorthosis side.

Last Update: July 25, 2011

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers winter 2011–12

Reserve squad

Out on loan

International players

(Albania national under-17 football team)
- Stanislav Angelov
- Marcos Antônio Malachias Junior
- Marangos Christos

- Ioannis Okkas
- Valentinos Sielis
- Zacharias Theodorou (Cyprus national under-21 football team/Cyprus national under-19 football team)

- David Kvirkvelia
- Jaouad Zairi

- Jan Rezek
- Vincent Laban
- David Kvirkvelia
- Jürgen Colin
- Adam Stachowiak
- Marko Andić
- Nemanja Vučićević
- Matúš Kozáčik

- Marcos Antônio Malachias Junior
- Igor Tomašić
- Janício Martins
- Civard Sprockel

- Jaouad Zairi

2: Both matches played in Belgium.

UEFA club competition record

Last Update: August 4, 2011

{, including season 2011–12.

Last update: January 01, 2012
{ Vodafone
- Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer – Puma AG
- Official Athletism Sponsor – MTN Group
- Official Stadium Sponsor – Quality Group
- Official Communication Sponsor – Lumiere TV
- Official Sport Drink – Powerade

Other Sponsors

- Cucina & Cucina Ltd
- ΕΚΑ Ltd
- Fanos N. Epiphaniou
- Ford Motor Company
- Betfair
- Pokka
- Jermino Electrical Appliances
- Domus Island
- P. David Sanitary Ware
- Christakis Elia & Sons Ltd
- Kypros & Geranis Ltd
- Haier
- Hassapis Land Developers
- LG Group
- Marfin Popular Bank

- Empire Group
- Magnumserve Ltd
- Aldecor Exclusive
- Evangelou Technical Systems
- Cycom Business Solutions Ltd
- Christos Nikola & Sons Ltd
- Karpasia Coop
- Kyriakos Antoniou Limniotis Ltd
- Matthaiou Bros
- Pampos Charalampous Alousystem
- Photiou Contractors & Developers
- Women's Co-operative Bank of Cyprus Ltd
- Xenis Toumazou & Sons Ltd
- Floralink Suppliers LTD
- PrimeTel

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers


- Charalambos Andreou
- Zacharias Charalambous
- Panayiotis Engomitis
- Costas Foti
- Antonis Georgallides
- Demetris Ioannou
- Christakis Kassianos
- Spyros Kastanas
- Petros Konnafis
- Stefanos Lysandrou
- Vassos Melanarkitis
- Marios Neophytou
- Nikos Nicolaou (footballer born 1973)
- Michalis Pamboris
- Nicos Panayiotou
- Nicos Papavasiliou
- Panayiotis Pounnas
- Andreas Sotiriou
- Fivos Vrachimis
- Panayiotis Xiourouppas

- Arjan Beqaj
- Alessandro Soares
- Fabio de Matos Pereira
- Mário Jardel
- Sávio Bortolini Pimentel
- William Boaventura

- Valentin Ignatov
- Ilian Kiriakov
- Nikolay Kostov

- Magdy Tolba

- Bruno Cheyrou

- Temuri Ketsbaia
- Georgi Kinkladze

- Marco Haber

- Nikos Frousos
- Nikos Katsavakis
- Savvas Poursaitidis
- Giorgos Xenides

- Hawar Mulla Mohammed

- Marian Pahars

- Jeffrey Leiwakabessy
- Nordin Wooter

- Michael Obiku

- Wojciech Kowalczyk
- Sławomir Majak
- Radoslaw Michalski
- Mariusz Piekarski
- Lukasz Sosin

- Sinisa Dobrasinovic
- Siniša Gogić
- Sása Jovanović
- Slobodan Krčmarević
- Vesko Mihajlović
- Zoran Milinković (footballer)
- Srboljub Nikolić
- Svetozar Šapurić
- Vladan Tomić

- Jozef Kožlej

- Anton Žlogar

Volleyball team

The volleyball team won their first trophy in 1972–73, and since that time, the Cypriot Championship was organized by Greek Volleyball Federation, as Champions they gained the right to compete in the Greek National First Division. However, they withdrew from the Championship, when five matches before the end of the competition because of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Since then they have dominated Cypriot Volleyball, having been crowned Champions and Cup winners more times than any other team. They have won the Championship 16 times, the Cup 14 times, and the Super Cup 5 times.



- Cypriot Championship (Cypriot First Division) (13 in total):1950, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2008
- Cypriot Cup (Cypriot First Division) (10 in total):1949, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1971, 1975, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007
- LTV Super Cup (7 in total):1962, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007

U21 football team titles

- Cypriot U21 Championship: 2010

- Cyprus U21 Cup:

U17 football team titles

- Cypriot U17 Championship: 2010

- Cyprus U17 Cup:

U15 football team titles

- Cypriot U15 Championship:

- Cyprus U15 Cup:

U13 football team titles

- Cypriot U13 Championship: 2010

- Cyprus U13 Cup:

U12 football team titles

- Cypriot U12 Championship: 2010
- KUN Cup winners: 2010
- KUN Cup Runner-up:

U11 football team titles

- Gothia Cup winners:
- Gothia Cup Runner-up: 2011

Men's Volleyball

- Cypriot Championship (20 in total): 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- Cypriot Cup (14 in total): 1975, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2005
- Cypriot Super Cup (7 in total) : 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2009

Women's Volleyball

- Cypriot Championship (4 in total): 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010
- Cypriot Cup (10 in total): 2004,2008,2009,2010
- Cyprus FA Shield (6 in total): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005.

Handball team

Women's Handball

- Cypriot Championship (3 in total): 1999, 2000, 2001
- Cypriot Cup (3 in total): 1999, 2000, 2001
- Cypriot Super Cup (2 in total): 1999, 2000

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