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Cyprus | 13/10/2018

Postby petreleo » 2010 Feb 16, 16:21

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Nickname: Ethniki

Official Website: cfa.com.cy

Manager: _isr Ran Ben Shimon


Team Roster:

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Goalkeepers:
#1 - Antonis Georgallides - _cyp Olympiakos Nicosia
#12 - Urko Pardo - _cyp Alki Oroklini
#22 - Constantinos Panagi - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia

Defenders:
#2 - Marios Stylianou - _cyp Apollon Limassol
#3 - Nicholas Ioannou - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
#4 - Giorgos Merkis - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
#5 - Valentinos Sielis - _kor Gangwon
#6 - Jason Demetriou - _eng Southend United
#11 - Andreas Avraam - _cyp AEL Limassol
#13 - Ioannis Kousoulos - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
#19 - Constantinos Laifis - _bel Standard Liège
#21 - Giorgos Vasiliou - _cyp Apollon Limassol

Midfielders:
#7 - Georgios Efrem - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
#8 - Charalambos "Hambos" Kyriakou - _cyp Apollon Limassol
#16 - Vasilios Papafotis - _cyp Doxa Katokopias
#17 - Renato Margaça - _cyp Nea Salamina
#18 - Kostakis Artymatas - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
#20 - Grigoris Kastanos - _ita Juventus
#23 - Georgios Economides - _cyp Anorthosis Famagusta

Strikers:
#9 - Demetris Christofi © - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
#10 - Pieros Sotiriou - _den København
#14 - Onisiforos Roushias - _cyp AEK Larnaca
#15 - Fotios Papoulis - _cyp Apollon Limassol


Recent Call-ups/Reserves:

GK - Andreas Christodoulou - _cyp AEK Larnaca
GK - Neofytos Michael - _gre PAS Giannina
GK - Anastasios Kissas - _cyp Apollon Limassol
DF - Dossa Júnior - _cyp AEL Limassol
DF - Stefanos Mouchtaris - _cyp Doxa Katokopias
DF - Andreas Karo - _cyp Pafos
DF - Charis Kyriakou- _cyp AEL Limassol
DF - Stelios Demetriou - _sco Ross County
DF - Kypros Christoforou - _cyp Nea Salamina
DF - Andreas Panayiotou "Filiotis" - _cyp Pafos
DF - Marios Demetriou - _cyp Ermis Aradippou
DF - Marios Antoniades - _cyp AEK Larnaca
DF - Nektarios Alexandrou - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
MF - Fanos Katelaris - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
MF - Marios Nicolaou - _cyp AEL Limassol
MF - Vincent Laban - _cyp AEK Larnaca
MF - Gerasimos Fylaktou - _cyp Ermis Aradippou
MF - Minas Antoniou - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
MF - Anthony Georgiou - _eng Tottenham Hotspur
MF - Nikos Englezou - _cyp Anorthosis Famagusta
MF - Dimitrios Froxylias - _sco Falkirk
FW - Andreas Makris - _cyp AEL Limassol
FW - Nestoras Mytides - _cyp AEL Limassol
FW - Marios Elia - _cyp Alki Oroklini



Formation:

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GK: Constantinos Panagi
RCB: Ioannis Kousoulos
LCB: Constantinos Laifis
RB: Jason Demetriou
LB: Nicholas Ioannou
DMF: Charalambos "Hambos" Kyriakou
DMF: Renato Margaça
RMF: Demetris Christofi (captain)
AMF: Grigoris Kastanos
LMF: Georgios Efrem
CF: Pieros Sotiriou


Team Tactics: 4-2-3-1 (Counter-Attack)

Piece Takers:
Long Free Kicks: Margaça
Short Free Kicks: Christofi
FK 2nd Taker: Kastanos
Left Corner Kicks: Kastanos
Right Corner Kicks: Margaça
Penalties: Christofi
Players to come up on set pieces: Kousoulos, Laifis, Ioannou

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Re: Cyprus | 10/06/2014

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Re: Cyprus | 10/06/2014

Postby John » 2014 Jun 10, 01:52

Yes, his set got deleted in a recent clean-up.
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Re: Cyprus | 10/06/2014

Postby petreleo » 2014 Nov 20, 19:44

Surpisingly, Cyprus is doing really well for Euro 2016 qualifiers... Currently in 3rd place with 6 points with a 2-1 win away in Bosnia, and a 5-0 win against Andorra in Cyprus.
Even the 2-1 defeats, against Israel(home) and Wales(away), Cyprus could have easily got two points from those games.
We were correct saying that Pambos will do a great job as coach.
Right now, Cyprus is maybe a top-class striker- away from qualifying for the Euros, as Okkas and Constantinou were neven replaced since retiring.

The team is really good and balanced right now. Many young players hungry for success, like Angelis, Demetriou, Charis and Antoniades, and many experienced guys like Aloneftis, Nicolaou, Makrides, Merkis, Laban and even Christofi that can still offer much.

However, some really old guys like Charalambides, Elias Charalambous and even Alexandrou have basically declined so much that they cannot offer much at club and international level anymore.

When everybody is fit, especially injury-prone players like Aloneftis, Jason Demetriou, Laban and Georgallides, the line-up is pretty strong.
On the other hand, if one or many of them are injured, Cyprus don't have top class back-up to replace them. For example, if Aloneftis is injured, who will play instead of him? Makris, although promising, he is just 18, and more of a Second-Striker than WInger, I would say. Also, if Georgallides is injured, something which happened Vs Wales, who will replace him? Kissas plays like once a year for APOEL, so he is a ridiculous option for any National Team. Loizou can't even get a game at Ethnikos Achnas. Panos Constantinou had a great game Vs Japan in May, but after that he was more than half a year without a club, until he recently re-joined Aris in the Second Division! Mastrou in the last 2 years went form playing regularly for Anorthosis and Cyprus, to being the second-choice GK of ENP in the Second Division!

If all players are fit, Pambos should a clear preference towards this particular starting eleven:

(4-2-3-1)
Georgallides(GK)
Demetriou(RB), Merkis(RCB), Junior(LCB), Antoniades(LB)
Nicolaou(RDMF), Laban(LDMF)
Efrem(RMF), Makrides ©(AMF), Aloneftis(LMF)
Christofi(CF)

In this 11, Georgallides is great at GK(although he doesn't have good back-up).
The whole back four looks fine, except Dosa Junior, who although is pretty quick, athletic and attacking-minded for CB, he lacks defensive intelligence, for example, Georgallides injured his leg Vs Israel and he couldn't shoot the ball, but Junior was passing the ball to him all the time, even though he couldn't clear the ball! I would definitely prefer younger, and better defensively Angelis Angeli as Merkis partner, instead of Dosa.
Antoniades, maybe he is not a high-profile player, but he plays with confidence and aggression and surprisingly he showed great attacking skills Vs Andorra. He is doing great at APOEL also, as he is getting games ahead of Riise at the moment!

In Midfield, Nicolaou and Laban are doing great. Nicolaou keeps the balance of the team, but Laban is the player who impressed me the most as he is the midfield maestro of the team.
However, is there good back-up for them if one of them is out injured(given that Laban is injury-prone)? I don't think so... Although I rate Artymatas really highly, he didn't look great at APOEL this season, even though he was given many opportunities. The other "good" option is Laifis, who started playing CMF this season for Anorthosis(used to be a LB), but Vs Andorra in his debut, he played as AMF!

The three attacking-minded midfielders playing behind the CF look great. Maybe, there isn't such a speedster like Aloneftis to replace him when he is out injured, but there a couple of good players to come in. Christofi can drop back and play in his natural, Winger position(for example, he was great Vs Andorra at LMF). Efrem can play centrally to replace Makrides at AMF(he scored a hattrick playing there Vs Andorra) and even Laifis, and then youngsters like Makris and Alex Constantinou(if he ever recovers from injuries and gets some games at APOEL) can come in to gain experience in the Wings, and maybe some more experienced players like Avraam can play, who, however is in the decline.

The CF position is one of the biggest problems of the team. There are a number of decent players who can play there, but not really a top-class player, like we used to have in Okkas and Constantinou.
Christofi who is no.1 option there, isn't a typical CF. He is a typical WInger, who can be decent in Counter-Attacks at CF, in the one or two chances per game when there is a good through ball played to him, so that he can run into space using his speed(like he did Vs Bosnia), but in 90 minutes of football, he cannot offer much playing there.
Other options: Mytides, decent option, pacey despite his height, and good teamplayer, but not really a natural-born goalscorer. Pieros, used to be decent for the U21s, however, at club level he plays mostly as a Winger, and he is not getting much games and goals at APOEL in the last 2 seasons. Kolokoudias, good goal-scorer, but he is like Chicharito, he just knows how to score goals and nothing else. Papathanasiou, used to be a decent CF as Target-man, but he is more of a CB right now, and even there he can't even get a game at Ermis!
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Re: Cyprus | 10/06/2014

Postby petreleo » 2015 Oct 16, 15:52

What a EURO 2016 qualifying campaign Cyprus had! Just one win from qualifying to the play-offs...

I think that this is the most complete Cypriot National Team ever... Despite not having as many star players like Cyprus used to have in the early 90s and in the 00s, the team now has much greater balance and chemistry and passion, all credit to the coach, Pambos Christodoulou.

Nestor Mytides of AEK Larnaca emerged during the last year as the best striker Cyprus had since Michalis Constantinou had retired. 4 goals in the qualifiers for the young striker, known for his speed and aerial abilities, and as expected, many German and Dutch clubs are after him nowdays, and AEK renewed his contract last week until 2017, to prevent any interest from within Cyprus and especially from APOEL.

Constantinos Laifis of Anorthosis Famagusta, is just the surprise of the team. Until just over a year ago he was on-loan to Alki Larnaca, playing for a relegated team after Anorthosis thought he wasn't good enough as a Left-Back and Left-Winger. However, in the last year, he has emerged as a commanding, ball-playing Center-Back and all-round, playmaking, Defensive-Midfielder, under the guidance of Dutch André Paus at Anorthosis. The former Nottingham Forrest youngster, became a crucial player for Cyprus in the heart of defence, after debuting Vs Andorra about a year ago as an Attacking-Midfielder. If he stays away from injuries that have previously affected his development, he's is bound to be transferred abroad for an awful lot of money, with PAOK, Olympiacos, Anderlecht and Werder Bremen all tracking his development.

Jason Demetriou has been in top form since moving to England, once again, this season, this time with Walsall FC, the table leaders at League One. Once a promising player with great career at Leyton Orient and AEK Larnaca, however his form had dropped in recent years, especially at Anorthosis due to injuries. He scored the crucial winner Vs Israel away after a beautiful assist from Charalambides, and he once again "bosses" his side. There are rumours that he might return to Cyprus in January for APOEL.

A good sign for Cyprus is the new Goalkeeping situation. A year ago, I was writing that if Georgallides gets injured, basically Cyprus has no real back-up to replace him. Well... a year after that, that's definitely not the case, with experienced Italo-Brazilian goalkeeper and former Brazilian youth international, Alexandre Negri, known for his good shot-stopping abilities gaining Cypriot nationality after many years of playing in the island.
Also, youngster Constantinos Panagi has moved last season from 2nd Division side Olympiacos Nicosia to Omonoia to become their 3rd choice goalkeeper, but discipline problems with 1st choice Jose Moreira and bad form at club level of 2nd choice Georgallides, meant that the youngster became their 1st choice goalkeeper for the majority of the second part of last season, making many top class performances, showing that he is a good all-round promising goalkeeper, despite having some injury problems this season and not featuring that much.
At the moment, I think that Georgallides has every right to keep his starting spot at the National Team in-what it seems- his last season in professional football, as he was performing consistently in all those years until today for Cyprus, even though his handling can be frustrating, at times.

In the last matchday Vs Bosnia, Cyprus didn't won and qualify just because of inexperience at the back, especially from Marios Antoniades, who although played in every single minute of the qualifiers, he just isn't the same player he once was after being benched last season at APOEL for John Arne Riise.
Bosnia's crucial 2nd goal is a result from poor Antoniades marking, and the same exact thing happened for APOEL Vs Astana in the Champions League play-offs this season, but fair play to him, Cyprus doesn't have any better Left-Backs at the moment, so he has to play, and he even made some good games, especially Vs Israel away.
With Merkis coming back from his long-term injury, the coach might decide to replace Antoniades with left-footed Laifis at Left-Back, and play Merkis with Dossa in the center of defence.

By the way, it is a shame that the contract of Pambos Christodoulou, the coach, was not renewed. I mean, he was definitely not satisfied with something in the Cyprus FA, because even though he was offered substantial pay rise to renew his contract, he rejected it, refusing to take part in any further negotiation with the FA. We are talking about, by far, the best coach the Cyprus National team ever had.

What's next for Cyprus? I hope that the new manager is a local and especially a passionate lad, like Pambos and Anastasiades used to be in the best years on the National team, and not a big foreign name, who is just interested in the money.
Neophytos Larkou seems a good option to me. A manager at the perfect age(49 years old), passionate, with a good eye for identifying talent and relatively experienced, after spells at "big" clubs, Omonoia and AEK Larnaca.
Stephen Constantine, the former Nepal, Malawi, Sudan, Rwanda and current India coach is another option which stands-out. He is manager who knows better than anyone else who it is to manage a national team, from grassroots level all the way to the senior team, and being an English-Cypriot with spells at several mid-table Cypriot clubs, he knows the Cypriot League and the players he will have available to be called in the national team.


The current first post of the "Cyprus National Team Topic" is out-of-date.
I have decided to try and update it:

Cyprus National Team

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Official Website: cfa.com.cy

Manager: _cyp Christakis Christoforou

Team Roster:

Goalkeepers:
1- Antonis Georgallides - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
12- Alexandre Negri - _cyp Doxa Katokopias
22- Constantinos Panagi - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia

Defenders:
2- Dossa Júnior - _tur Konyaspor
3- Elias Charalambous - _cyp AEK Larnaca
4- Giorgos Merkis - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
5- Jason Demetriou - _eng Walsall
6- Angelis "Charalambous" Angeli - _cyp Apollon Limassol
8- Charis Kyriakou - _cyp Ethnikos Achnas
15- Marios Antoniades - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
19 - Constantinos Laifis - _cyp Anorthosis Famagusta


Midfielders:
10- Constantinos Charalambides © - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
11- Georgios Economides - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
13- Constantinos Makrides - _cyp Apollon Limassol
14- Vincent Laban - _cyp AEK Larnaca
17- Georgios Efrem - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
20- Kostakis Artymatas - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
23- Marios Nicolaou - _gre Levadeiakos

Forwards:
7- Efstathios Aloneftis - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
8- Nestor Mytides - _cyp AEK Larnaca
9- Demetris Christofi - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
16- Pieros Sotiriou - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
21- Andreas Makris - _cyp Anorthosis Famagusta

Recent call-ups:

Goalkeepers:
- Anastasios Kissas - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
- Christos Mastrou - _cyp Anagennisi Deryneias
- Panos Constantinou - _gre Apollon Kalamarias
- Georgios Loizou - _cyp Aris Limassol
- Andreas Kittos - _cyp Ayia Napa

Defenders:
- Valentinos Sielis - _cyp AEL Limassol
- Athos Solomou - _cyp Doxa Katokopias
- Georgios Eleftheriou - _cyp AEL Limassol
- Nicholas Ioannou - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
- Christos Theophilou - _cyp Aris Limassol
- Stelios Parpas - _cyp Enosis Neon Paralimni
- Marios Stylianou - _cyp Apollon Limassol
- Georgios Vasiliou - _cyp Apollon Limassol
- Constantinos Mintikkis - _cyp AEK Larnaca
- Georgios Pelagias - _hun Tatabánya
- Eleftherios Mertakkas - _cyp Ayia Napa


Midfielders:
- Nektarios Alexandrou - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
- Andreas Avraam - _cyp Anorthosis Famagusta
- Grigoris Kastanos - _ita Juventus
- Nikos Englezou - _cyp AEK Larnaca
- Georgios Aresti - _cyp Doxa Katokopias
- Christos Marangos - _cyp Anorthosis Famagusta
- Charalambos "Hambos" Kyriakou - _cyp Apollon Limassol


Forwards:
- Koullis Pavlou - _cyp Nea Salamina
- Alex Konstantinou - _cyp Doxa Katokopias
- Andreas Stavrou - _cyp AEL Limassol
- Georgios Kolokoudias - _cyp Apollon Limassol
- Onisiforos Roushias - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
- Andreas Papathanasiou - _cyp AEZ Zakakiou
- Michael Thalassitis - _eng Chelmsford City
- Elias Vattis - _gre Kissamikos
- Kristis Andreou - _cyp Ayia Napa


Formation:

4-2-3-1

-----------------------------------------Nestor Mytides(CF)---------------------------------------
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Georgios Efrem(LMF)---------Constantinos Makrides(AMF) ©------Demetris Christofi(RMF)
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----------------------Vincent Laban(LDMF)--------Marios Nicolaou(RDMF)---------------------
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Marios Antoniades(LB)----------------------------------------------------Jason Demetriou(RB)
-------------------Constantinos Laifis(LCB)-----------Dossa Júnior(RCB)-----------------------
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--------------------------------------Antonis Georgallides(GK)-----------------------------------

Team Tactics: Counter-Attack

Long Free Kicks: Vincent Laban
Short Free Kicks: Demetris Christofi
FK 2nd Taker: Georgios Efrem
Left Corner Kicks: Georgios Efrem
Right Corner Kicks: Vincent Laban
Penalties: Demetris Christofi
Players to come up on set pieces: Constantinos Laifis, Dossa Júnior
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Re: Cyprus | 10/06/2014

Postby petreleo » 2015 Nov 30, 13:27

New Cyprus coach, the ex AEL and Apollon Limassol manager, Christakis Christoforou, to be announced tomorrow evening.

Somebody should try and update the roster of Cyprus NT according to my previous post.
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Re: Cyprus | 10/06/2014

Postby PIPA23 » 2015 Nov 30, 15:33

i will do it asap, just need to finish some other stuff first.
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Re: Cyprus | 13/10/2015

Postby PIPA23 » 2016 Feb 04, 18:59

Updated.

thanks to petreleo as well ;) i slightly fixed your post... sorry about the wait.
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Re: Cyprus | 13/10/2015

Postby petreleo » 2017 Nov 25, 02:03

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Rex wrote:He is by far technically most superior player of Cypriot NT, and unfortunately seems like a diamond in the rough while playing for Cyprus. They are not the worst team ever, at all, they are actually quite solid for a country with such a small population (+only Greeks want to play for Cyprus) but Kastanos just has no teammate to link up with consistently. Sotiriou is a nice striker, that french guy Laban is a solid deep siting midfielder, but that's not enough to extract the qualities of Kastanos.


petreleo wrote:Great post.
The problem with Cyprus under new manager, Ben Shimon, as well as previous manager, Christakis Christoforou, is that they play far too defensive even against teams like Estonia and Greece, for no reason what so ever.
If only they started Kastanos more often in the World Cup Qualifiers... Who knows what could have happened? With 2nd place not far from sight, it could have changed things only for the better.
For the majority of the qualifiers, Cyprus played with a 4-3-3 formation(1 DM, 2 CM), and the three Midfielders were mainly defensive-minded players; Artymatas(a Defensive-Midfielder by trade), Hambos Kyriakou(can play the ball well from the back but he is no Attacking-Midfielder, but rather a Defensive-Midfielder and even Center-Back), and Vincent Laban(who I am also a big fan of, but he is 33 years old).
In the absence of Kastanos in the main line-up in many games, there was absolutely no link between midfield and attack. Pieros is in great form in the last two and a half years, but he cannot do everything by himself, and remember he is not very creative, and technique is one of his biggest disadvantages.
Even the WIngs were totally absent in many games, with frequent injuries to Georgios Efrem and Demetris Christofi. For example tonight, with the regular three in midfield, Kastanos played but not in his favourite position of Attacking-Midfielder, but on the Right-WIng, and on the Left-Wing was Margaca, a Defensive-Midfielder/Left-Back!
The positive news is that Tottenham's Left-WIng-Back, Anthony Georgiou, is in the process of obtaining Cypriot citizenship, and maybe he can do something on the Left-Wing in the future.
But nevertheless there are many areas of the squad that Cyprus need to address if they want to do anything in the short future.
As you said, if Kastanos gets more game-time in the National-team as well as at club-level(a big IF), then the Attacking-Midfield of Cyprus would be sorted for years, as well as the Center of Defence with Laifis, Nicholas Ioannou and others, all capable of playing for top teams in the future. Of course Pieros is indispensable up-front, as well as Jason Demetriou who doing a great job at Right-Back, and we seem sorted at Defensive-Midfield at the moment, but the fact that Laban is 33 years old and possibly playing his last international games, does worry me. The other positions, mainly Left-Back(although Ioannou can play there) and Wingers seem up for grabs for the Euro qualifiers.
About Kastanos, I do agree with what you said. The sky is the limit for him, but he seems far from a final product and far too immature at the minute. The key for him, as I have said above, is to get more game-time at club-level, and then to be trusted more in the National-team. I don't know if he can do it either at Zulte, but the first sample is not very optimistic.


Rex wrote:What a brilliant assist, not just a pass, but his body movement and technique, just brilliant. Not really familiar with your manager, altough i know who the guy is, specifically i am not familiar with the way he managed Cyprus through this qualifiers, i mean, through these couple of games, but i feel he was quite passionate, and i'll say what i think of him based on 1 game, which is not the complete image, but it's quite enough for some concludes.

I think Cyprus under him are trying to play football what mainstream media would call "a real football". Now, i hate myself for writing that, but you know, playing from the back, trying to control the game is what people like and mostly praise with "that's the real football". I tried to analyse Cyprus for most of the game, and they've shown a really solid patience in build up in some moments, playing from the back, but not rushing, trying to keep the possession, with lot of reasonable back and side passes. Ofcourse, the lack of quality, technical, tactical, or just a plane deconcentration were obvious in many situations. The way Laifis made a mistake was really cheap, and it's a price you have to pay if you want to play from the back with technically limited team.

Also, terrible defending of set pieces, extremely noticeable. Manolas had an early chance, then Tziolis scored, then Torosidis had the brilliant opportunity. Leaving the huge amount of space for counters too, way too early, Mantalos had a chance to finish the game in the first half, after that penalty appeal in Greece's box, he just had a situation to score or to pass,and he gave a bad pass for Fortounis. Also, pretty much as the second half started, Greeks (Greeks no1) should've scored like 2 or 3 goals. OFC, managers are not controling players with the remotes, can't blame them for everything, but these things are really connected to his kind of play.

At the and of they, quite lot of positives, some really bad negatives, but ok, Cyprus are in progress. If you somehow manage to find a replacement for Laban, that type of player, maybe find a better partner for Laifis (i am not familiar with how the Cypriot talents are doing, i don't even know their names) this could be good.

Ben Shimon really seems like an odd manager, not just from what i saw on the pitch, but especially what i've heard, because it was easy to hear him on the tv. All he was saying was "go, go" :lol: when Cyprus needed to press, claping around and shouting some basic stuff in english like c'mon, but he obviously has his attacking system, nothing new, nothing original ofcourse. Maybe if you let him do the whole qualifiers for 2020 Euros, with a bit of luck in draws, you can qualify, 24 nations is a lot, there's a chance for you.


In the Spoiler above are three posts with opinions regarding the Cyprus National Team from me and "@Rex", from the thread of Grigoris Kastanos.
Seeing the current thread of Cyprus, it absolutely needs an update including the new squad and players, especially after the recent retirement of Constantinos Chalambides and Elias Charalambous from football, the recent retirement of Efstathios Aloneftis from the national team(didn't play a part in the WC Qualifiers), as well as the long-term injuries in the last two years of former captain, Constantinos Makrides. New Roster players, include new Cypriot citizens, Urko Pardo and Renato Margaça, as well as youngsters like Fanos Katelaris.
In the Spoiler below, I have made a try in updating this Thread's 1st-post, with Cyprus National Team's new WC Qualifiers Roster. Having said that, a couple of players that were not included in the Roster, but included in the "Recent Call-ups/Reserves", for example Nicholas Ioannou and Valentinos Sielis, they would have almost certainly be picked ahead of some of the players that were included in the Roster(like Marios Antoniades and Nektarios Alexandrou), if not suffering from knee-ligament injuries last Summer...
Finally, below I went with the 4-3-3 Formation which was the most common formation of Cyprus during the WC Qualifiers, but it could have easily been 4-2-3-1 instead, with Grigoris Kastanos at Attacking-Midfield instead one of the Defensive-Minded Midfielders(most probably Kostakis Artymatas).

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Nickname: Ethniki

Official Website: cfa.com.cy

Manager: _isr Ran Ben Shimon


Team Roster:

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Goalkeepers:
#1 - Antonis Georgallides - _cyp AEK Larnaca
#12 - Urko Pardo - _cyp Alki Oroklini
#22 - Constantinos Panagi - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia

Defenders:
#2 - Dossa Júnior - _cyp AEL Limassol
#3 - Andreas Avraam - _cyp AEL Limassol
#4 - Giorgos Merkis - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
#6 - Jason Demetriou - _eng Southend United
#11 - Nektarios Alexandrou - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
#15 - Marios Antoniades - _cyp AEK Larnaca
#19 - Constantinos Laifis - _bel Standard Liège
#23 - Marios Stylianou - _cyp Apollon Limassol

Midfielders:
#5 - Fanos Katelaris - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
#7 - Georgios Economides - _cyp Anorthosis Famagusta
#14 - Vincent Laban - _cyp AEK Larnaca
#16 - Charalambos "Hambos" Kyriakou - _por Estoril Praia
#17 - Georgios Efrem - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
#18 - Kostakis Artymatas - _gre Kerkyra
#20 - Grigoris Kastanos - _bel Zulte Waregem
#24 - Renato Margaça - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia

Strikers:
#8 - Pieros Sotiriou - _den København
#9 - Demetris Christofi © - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
#13 - Nestor Mytides - _cyp AEK Larnaca
#21 - Andreas Makris - _cyp APOEL Nicosia


Recent Call-ups/Reserves:

GK - Neofytos Michael - _cyp Aris Limassol
GK - Alexandre Negri - _cyp THOI Lakatamia
DF - Angelis "Charalambous" Angeli - _cyp Apollon Limassol
DF - Valentinos Sielis - _kor Gangwon
DF - Nicholas Ioannou - _cyp APOEL Nicosia
DF - Charis Kyriakou- _cyp AEL Limassol
DF - Andreas Panayiotou "Filiotis" - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
DF - Marios Demetriou - _cyp Omonoia Nicosia
DF - Giorgos Vasiliou - _cyp Apollon Limassol
MF - Marios Nicolaou - _cyp AEL Limassol
MF - Gerasimos Fylaktou - _cyp Pafos
MF - Vasilios Papafotis - _cyp Doxa Katokopias
MF - Nikos Englezou - _cyp AEK Larnaca
FW - Onisiforos Roushias - _cyp AEK Larnaca



Formation:

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GK: Constantinos Panagi
RCB: Giorgos Merkis
LCB: Constantinos Laifis
RB: Jason Demetriou
LB: Renato Margaça
DMF: Kostakis Artymatas
CMF: Charalambos "Hambos" Kyriakou
CMF: Vincent Laban
RWF: Demetris Christofi (captain)
LWF: Georgios Efrem
CF: Pieros Sotiriou


Team Tactics: 4-3-3 (Counter-Attack)

Piece Takers:
Long Free Kicks: Margaça
Short Free Kicks: Christofi
FK 2nd Taker: Laban
Left Corner Kicks: Efrem
Right Corner Kicks: Margaça
Penalties: Christofi
Players to come up on set pieces: Merkis, Laifis
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Re: Cyprus | 13/10/2015

Postby amine » 2017 Nov 25, 07:03

I gave you control over the 1st post, you can now update it whenever you want.
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Re: Cyprus | 13/10/2018

Postby petreleo » 2018 Oct 14, 22:03

Updated regarding to UEFA Nations League selected squad so far.

On the football side of it, I was surprised positively that Ben Shimon selected a more attacking 4-2-3-1 formation with Kastanos(who scored the goal of Cyprus) at Attacking-Mid away Vs Bulgaria, instead of a 4-3-3 with three defensive-minded Midfielders he used to selecting in the World-Cup qualifiers. Despite Cyprus lost the match 2-1, I think this is the way to go forward, they need somebody at Attacking-Mid to provide assistance up-front to Sotiriou, because otherwise Sotiriou is left extremely alone.
Regarding the negatives now, Full-Backs Ioannou and Demetriou were at fault at both of the goals conceeded. While Cyprus doesn't have a good back-up at Right-Back instead of Demetriou who has been underperforming for Cyprus in recent matches to try as a replacement, we all know that Ioannou is primarily a Center-Back, not a Left-Back, and his crossing hasn't been good, and with somebody like Sotiriou up-front, you have to cross the ball.
That's why I think Margaca would have been a better option at Left-Back instead of Ioannou, than Defensive-Midfield. Ioannou then at Center-Back with somebody like Kousoulos or Sielis alongside him (not Merkis who hasn't been performing great this Season, despite being solid Vs Bulgaria), and Laifis to move from Center-Back into Defensive-Midfield in Margaca's position, because of his great technique, alongside Kyriakou preferably, or Artymatas right now when Kyriakou is injured. Then also add Fanos Katelaris into the mix for Defensive-Mid and Center-Back, who has just right now returned from his injury and wasn't selected for the National Team, and you can see that Cyprus has more squad-depth in those positions than in the recent past.
Basically, I would only change the Defence a bit and one of the two Defensive-Midfielders, for the rest of the positions I am content with how they are at the moment. The only thing is that Papoulis needs to play at the Left-Wing like at club level, and not Right-Wing. I know that Efrem and Christofi who play on the Right are just right now returning from injuries and were unavailable for that game, but I think that's how it should be in the future.

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