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Omonia Nicosia

Omonia Nicosia is a football (soccer) club from Cyprus.

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About Omonia Nicosia

Athletic Club Omonoia Nicosia (, Athlitikos Syllogos Omonoia Lefkosias) is a professional association football club that plays in the Cyprus capital city Nicosia. The club was established in 1948 and became a member of the Cyprus Football Association in 1953–54 Cypriot First Division. Omonoia, which means 'Concord' in Greek, has won 20 League Championships, 13 Cypriot Cups and 15 Cyprus FA Shield and 5 domestic Double (association football) – in 1971–72 Cypriot First Division, 1973–74 Cypriot First Division, 1980–81 Cypriot First Division, 1981–82 Cypriot First Division and 1982–83 Cypriot First Division all since 1948. Omonoia's history speaks for herself. Since joining the Cypriot First Division, Omonoia has won nearly 1 out of every 3 league titles, qualifying it as the most successful club in Cypriot history. Prior to the 1953 season, no more than 8 teams participated in the Cypriot First Division, and half of which no longer exist. (APOEL Nicosia has won 21 titles. However half of them were won between the years 1935 and 1953, prior to the formation of AC Omonoia when Omonoia AC players still played for APOEL Nicosia). The Cyprus Football Association declared them as the Team of the 20th Century. Omonoia remains the only team to have won the Cypriot Cup 4 times in a row, between the years 1980 and 1983. As an athletic club, Omonoia also has basketball, volleyball, futsal and cycling sections.

History

AC Omonoia was founded in 1948, in the backdrop of the Greek Civil War. During a period of the most hostile political turbulence which spilled over into Cyprus, APOEL board officials sent a telegram the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association (SEGAS) with intention of having its players sign allegiances to Greece’s right-wing, clearly violating the statue prohibiting clubs from being associated with any political groups.

After numerous players criticized the decision made by the board, and ultimately refused to sign any documents professing any political party or philosophy, those players were expelled from the club. Betrayed, but determined to carry on, those players and other club members, would leave the team and establish their own, separate clubs in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia. On 17 June 1948, AC Omonoia was born and by 1953, AC Omonoia it was admitted into the Cypriot First Division. Nea Salamina, Alki Larnaca, and Orfeas Nicosia were also founded in the same year.

1950s

After entering the Cypriot First Division 1953-54 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.

1960s

After a mediocre decade in the in 1953, AC Omonoia would make its closest push for the title during the 1959–60 season after finishing 2nd only 1 point behind Anorthosis Famagusta. More motivated than ever, the following year, after just 7 seasons in the First Division, AC Omonoia would go on and win its first title in 1960–61 season, sending shockwaves across Cyprus. Omonoia, in that season would score an unheard of 91 goals in 24 matches on their way to their first ever Cyprus First Division title. Omonoia would go on to win their second title during the 1965–66 season.

1970s

During the 1970s, AC Omonoia had established itself as a force to be reckoned with. During the decade, led by a young, Sotiris Kaiafas, Omonoia would accomplish what no team in Cyprus would ever accomplish by winning 7 Cypriot League Championships beginning in 1972, including six consecutive titles in 1974, 1975, 1976, 977, 1978, and 1979. By the time the decade would come to an end, Omonoia had already surpassed the number of titles of Anorthosis Famagusta which was established in 1911 (nearly 40 years prior to the establishment of Omonoia). Omonoia was also well under way to catching its rival, APOEL, who also had a 13 year head-start on Omonoia. At the end of the 1979 season, Omonoia only trailed APOEL by two championships.
Sotiris Kaiafas would become top scorer in Cyprus during the 1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1982–83, and 1983–84 seasons. In 1976, Sotiris Kaiafas would go on and win the European Golden Shoe Award for his single-season 36-goal performance. In 2003, he was awarded the UEFA Jubilee Awards for The Best Cypriot Footballer of the 20th Century.

1980s

AC Omonoia won an additional seven Cypriot League Championship titles including another 5 consecutive in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and again in 1987 and in 1989. As the 1980s came to an end, Omonoia had surpassed Anorthosis and APOEL for the most titles in Cypriot history. In the 20 year span between 1970 and 1990, Omonoia had won 14 Cypriot Championship Titles.

1990s

The 1990s would prove to be less fruitful than the previous two decades. During this time, AC Omonoia only mustered one Cypriot League title during the 1992–93 season. It would be eight long years before Omonoia would see its next title. The only ray of hope came in 1997 after the signing a German named Rainer Rauffmann. Rainer Rauffmann would leave his mark in the long line of Omonoia greats. With the help of other Omonoia 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. Unfortunately, even with Rauffman’s success, Omonoia had no title to show for it.

2000s

After a disappointing eight seasons, the 2000s decade began on the right foot. AC Omonoia would celebrate its 18th Cypriot League Championship title in 2001. Now captained by Costas Kaiafas, Omonoia 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, Omonoia’s reigns would be taken over by new chairman and team president, Miltiades Neofytou in 2008.

2009–2010

The team would soon be put back on track starting in 2006, beginning with the signing of Cyprus national football team goalie, Antonis Georgallides. Omonoia would continue its star-studded signings by acquiring Cypriot stars that had been playing abroad such as, Elias Charalambous and Stathis Aloneftis. Omonoia would then make headlines with the shocking signing of all-time leading scorer of the Cyprus national football team, Michalis Konstantinou. In 2009, Omonoia would also sign another Cypriot star, Konstantinos Makrides. Along the way, Omonoia would also acquire young Cypriot hopefuls, 21 year-old Dimitris Christofi, and 20 year-old Georgios Efrem. Efrem, who had been playing on the youth team of Arsenal FC and later Scottish side, Rangers F.C., would be the final piece to the puzzle needed to win its 20th Cypriot League Championship.
After putting the proper pieces in place, AC Omonoia did just that. During the 2009–10 season, led by new captain, Elias Charalambous, AC Omonoia would not lose a single derby, including play-offs matches against either, APOEL, Anorthosis Famagusta, nor Apollon. After defeating its rival APOEL three consecutive times, Omonoia became the 2009–10 Cypriot League Champions for the 20th time.

2010–2011

Omonoia would not be able to repeat as Champion during the 2010–2011 regular season, and instead had to settle with finishing 2nd, 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, Omonoia finished its final 4 matches without a loss, including a 1–0 victory over APOEL. In addition, on 18 May 2011, Omonoia defeated Apollon Limasol in the Cyprus Cup Final and won their 13th Coca-Cola Cup.

Colours and badge

AC Omonoia's colours are green and white. AC Omonoia's badge has a green shamrock in a white circle.

Stadium

Since 23 October 1999, Omonoia has been using the 22,859 seat GSP Stadium, the largest stadium in Cyprus. They share the stadium with local rivals APOEL and Olympiakos Nicosia. Omonoia played in the Makario Stadium from 1978 until 1999 and in GSP Stadium (1902) prior to 1978. When the club was first created, it used the Goal Stadium.

Supporters

Omonoia is by far the most popular club in the country having a following that is said to be nearly half of the island's population. Omonoia is known for the left-leaning, socialist character of its supporters. Omonoia is also traditionally regarded as the club of Cyprus's working-class. Most of Omonoia's supporters have adopted an outspoken stance against both racism and fascism alike. Many of Omonoia's supporters can be seen waving banners bearing Che Guevara's image and unlike many of Cyprus's right-wing teams, proudly wave the flag of Cyprus during matches. The extreme, more hardcore fans can be seen in

Omonoia's fans are well known for their loyalty towards their club. Their presence is seen on the fields in Cyprus during Cypriot League matches and throughout Europe. In 2003, Omonoia's fans broke their previous record for attendance in home matches with the improved figure of 140,740. The record was broken again the following year with 143,033 tickets sold in 13 home matches. The record now stands at 162,061 tickets sold during the 2009–2010 season.

Retired number(s)

12 – 12th man (football)

Honours

Cyprus Football Association
- Cypriot First Division: 20
- - Cypriot First Division 1960-61, Cypriot First Division 1965-66, Cypriot First Division 1971-72, Cypriot First Division 1973-74, Cypriot First Division 1974-75, Cypriot First Division 1975-76, Cypriot First Division 1976-77, Cypriot First Division 1977-78, Cypriot First Division 1978-79, Cypriot First Division 1980-81, Cypriot First Division 1981-82, Cypriot First Division 1982-83, Cypriot First Division 1983-84, Cypriot First Division 1984-85, Cypriot First Division 1986-87, Cypriot First Division 1988-89, Cypriot First Division 1992-93, Cypriot First Division 2000-01, Cypriot First Division 2002-03, Cypriot First Division 2009-10

- Cypriot Cup: 13
- - 1965, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010–11 Cypriot Cup

- LTV Super Cup: 15 (record)
- - 1966, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2010

Cyprus Amateur Football Federation
- Championship: 4
- - 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952
- Cup: 5
- - 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953

Players

First team squad





On loan



Former players

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

Personnel

Coaching staff



Former managers

- Pampos Avraamides (1954)
- Igor Netto (1967)
- Yoncho Arsov (1988)
- Helmut Senekowitsch (1991)
- Andreas Michaelides (1997–99)
- Dušan Galis (1999)
- Yoncho Arsov (1999–00)
- Asparuh Nikodimov (2000)
- Arie Haan (2000)
- Henk Houwaart (2000–01)
- Andreas Mouskallis (2002)
- Toni Savevski (2002–04)
- Franciszek Smuda (2004)
- Henk Houwaart (2004–05)
- Ioan Andone (2005–07)
- Dragomir Okuka (2007)
- Ioannis Matzourakis (2007)
- Giorgos Savvidis (2008)
- Nedim Tutić (2008–09)
- Takis Lemonis (2009–10)
- Dusan Bajevic (2010–11)

Management

- President: Miltiadis Neophytou
- Vice-President : Stelios Milonas
- Vice-President: Nikos Charalambous
- General Secretary: Andreas Leonidou
- B General Secretary: Christos Tsangaris
- Pavlos Chrysanthou: Μember
- Petros Petrou: Μember
- Photos Ioannou: Μember
- Dafnis Aristodemou: Μember
- Constantinos Christou: Μember
- Filipos Demetriou: Μember
- Costas Vasiliou: Μember
- Christoforos Christofi: Μember
- Antonis Zimaras: Μember
- Giorgos Afxendiou: Μember
Administrative Staff
- Pavlos Nicolaides – Chief Executive Manager
- Christakis Georgiou – Team Manager
- Christos Andronikou – Press / Communication Officer
- Andreas Elia – Marketing Officer
- Christos Hadjisoteriou – Administrative / Marketing Officer
- Οdysseas Odysseos – Futsal, Basketball, Volleyball Officer
- Andreas Miliotis – Academy Director
- Charalambos Argyrou, Kostakis Yiannouris – Academy Officers
- George Tziambouris – Facilities Manager
- Stathis Vasiliou- Commercial Division Officer
- Yiota Rotou – Accountant
- Myria Strouthou – Secretary




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