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APOP Paphos

APOP Paphos is a football (soccer) club from Cyprus.

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About APOP Paphos

APOP Kinyras Peyias (, Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Pegeias Kinyras, "Athletic Football Club Peyia Kinyras") is a Cyprus soccer club from the village of Peyia of Paphos District. The club formed in 2003 following the merger of lower division outfits APOP Peyias FC and Kinyras Empas FC. The clubs name APOP means Athlitikos Podosferikos Omilos Pegeias (Athletic Football Club Peyia) and Kinyras' name coming from the mythical king Cinyras who was the founder of Paphos.

In May 2009 APOP Kinyras caused a major stir by winning the Cypriot Cup final, upseting overwhelming favourites AC Omonia, APOEL FC and AEL Limassol, becoming the first club from Paphos to win a major trophy. In July 2008 APOP Kinyras become the first team from the Paphos region to play in a UEFA competition, visiting Rapid Wien in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

History

The club's started their history in the 3rd division on the 2003/04 season where they promoted to Second Division as Champions. The following season they won the second division championship and they were promoted as Second Division Champions

Few gave APOP Kinyras any chance of clinching silverware that season, although under coach Giorgos Polyviou, manage to create quite a stir when they upset overwhelming favourites and win the Cypriot Cup 2008-09 final against AEL Limassol. After the success, the team became the first club from Paphos to win a major trophy since the foundation of the Cyprus Football Association in 1934. After overcoming AC Omonia in quarterfinals and APOEL FC in semifinals, the Paphos side withstood some intense AEL pressure before scoring two late goals through Angelos Efthymiou and Fangio Buyse to seal a remarkable triumph in Nicosia's GSP Stadium.

In their first European game APOP Kinyras played in Vienna on July 30, 2009; losing against Rapid Wien 2-1 in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. In the second leg, Rapid needed Trimmel's exta-time goal (2-2) to eliminate the Paphos side, which impressed at the match sending it to overtime, coming from 0-1 down to 2-1 lead with two goals from Edgar Marcelino and Sebastián González.

In 2011 after 4 consecutive seasons in the first division, a record for the club, they were relegated back to the Cypriot Second Division.

Colours and badge

The club's colours are yellow and blue.

Stadium

The club's home is Peyia Municipal Stadium which has capacity of 3,828 spectators. In 2005/06, when the team participated in the First Division, they were not allowed to use Pegeia Stadium, for the reason that the stadium does not satisfy the criteria of First Division and the team used for home the Pafiako Stadium.In 2007 expansions have been made in Pegeia stadium and APOP/Kinyras was allowed to use the Pegeia stadium.





For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2010.

Notable former players

For a complete list of APOP Kinyras Peyias players, see :Category:APOP Kinyras Peyias players

Argentina
- Julian Kmet
Armenia
- Romik Khachatryan
Botswana
- Joel Mogorosi
- Jerome Ramathakwane
Brazil
- Marcio Ferreira de Souza
- Gabriel Lima
- Alexandre Negri
Bulgaria
- Rosen Kirilov
Chile
- Sebastián González
Cyprus
- Marios Christodoulou
Greece
- Alexandros Alexandris
- Nikos Chatzis
- Leonidas Vokolos

Serbia
- Milan Belić
- Radislav Dragicevic
Hungary
- Krisztián Pest
- Gábor Bardi
Poland
- Emmanuel Olisadebe
Portugal
- Bernardo Vasconcelos
- José António Calado
- José Paulo Sousa da Silva
- Miguel Rodrigo Pereira Vargas
- Luís Miguel da Costa Lobo
Rwanda
- Hamad Ndikumana
Zimbabwe
- David Kutyauripo

- - Winner (1): Cypriot Cup 2008–09
- Cypriot Second Division
- - Champions (2): 2005, 2007
- Cypriot Third Division:
- - Champions (1): 2004

APOP Kinyras in European competitions

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