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Apollon Limassol
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Full name Apollon Limassol
Nickname(s) Theos(GOD), Thrylos(LEGEND), Kianolefkoi(BLUE AND WHITE), Fygas (FUGITIVE), Rouvas
Founded 1954
Ground Tsirion Stadium,
Limassol, Cyprus
(Capacity: 13,331)
Chairman Cyprus Frixos Savvides
Manager Serbia Slobodan Krčmarević
League Cypriot First Division
2009-10 3rd
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Apollon Limassol (Greek: Απόλλων Λεμεσού) is a Greek Cypriot sports club, based in Limassol. It has football, basketball and volleyball teams.

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History

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Football Team

Apollon Club was founded, accidently, in Limassol on April 14, 1954. The Club was accepted into the second division on October 16, 1955 after its membership application had been approved by the Cyprus Football Association (C.F.A).

In its first year Apollon suffered 8 defeats in 8 matches in the second division. After this, Apollon won the regional group in the second division and subsequently the play-offs to then be promoted to the first division. This took place in 1957 and ever since Apollon has been competing in the first division. Things were not easy however for the newly promoted club. Apollon couldn't reach a satisfactory position in the rankings and was struggling in the middle of the table for many years. But in the mid-60's things changed.

In 1965 Apollon reached the Cup Final. A year later, Apollon was in the Final again, won the Cup, and triumphantly took the trophy back to Limassol. Apollon managed to maintain its Cup title in 1967. After celebrating these titles, Apollon had to wait another 15 years to start making history once again. In 1982 Apollon reached the Cup Final once again, and that marked the beginning of a new era. In the last 15 years Apollon won the league title three times (1991, 1994, 2006), and was the runner-up four times (1984, 1989, 1993, 1996). Since then Apollon won the Cup another 5 times (1966, 1967, 1986, 1992, 2001), and was the Cup finalist four times (1987, 1993, 1995, 1998). In the season, 2005-06 Apollon won the league title undefeated and earned a club record of 64 points. Apollon had 19 wins and 7 draws in 26 matches and this went down in Cypriot Football history due to fact that it was the fourth team in the Cyprus Championship that won the title unbeaten.

Women Football Team

In 2007-2008 Apollon Ladies F.C was joined in Cypriot Women Championship and reached the 8th place. The next year 2008-2009, Apollon Ladies F.C. named Proteas Apollon Ladies F.C. and won the double (Women Championship and Women Cup). For first time Proteas Apollon Ladies F.C. is in the qualifying round of UEFA Women's Champions League 2009–10 and they expected to reach the group stages.

Basketball Team

The Basketball of Apollon was founded in 1967 and is from the founding members of Cyprus Basketball Federation. From then the team participates regularly in the championship of 1st Division. The unique titles in the history of department, are a Cup in 2002 and a Super Cup in 2004. While, exist a lot of second places.

Volleyball Team

Founded member of Cyprus Volleyball Federation, the women's team participated in three Championship finals (1999, 2001, 2003) and in five Cup finals (1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003) but lost all of them by AEL Limassol. In 2003, the team lost both Championship and Cup finals by AEL again, however since AEL won the double, they participated in the Super Cup and on September 23, 2003 they won their first trophy, the Super Cup in their own Stadium by beating AEL Limassol 3-0.

Supporters

Apollon is among the most popular football teams in Cyprus. The fans are quite demanding and loyal to the Club and Apollon F.C. is included in the first three top-ticket-selling teams of the league. More than 14.000 Apollon fans traveled from Limassol for the 2001 Cup Final that took place in Nicosia (more than 12.000 tickets were sold). This number also beat the previous top record for a team traveling for an away game to Nicosia. Celebrations for winning the League championship for the 1993/94 season following the victory against Omonoia F.C. More than 15.000 fans overflowed the Stadium to see Apollon clinch the title in the final game of the season. Celebrations following the victory against Omonoia F.C. at the 1992 FA Cup Final in Tsirio stadium. More than 20.000 fans attended the game. After 13 years (2005/06 season) Apollon was the unbeaten champion and the fans were singing, drinking, dancing the whole week and Limassol became blue and white. Apollon Fans are also known for their great choreographies and fantastic team entrances with flares and other unusual ideas. Also the fans are known for the highly passionate love for their team. Apollon has his main supporter group of fans, PAN.SY.FI APOLLON - Panhellenic Group Of fans, (Greek: ΠΑΝ.ΣΥ.ΦΙ Απόλλων Πανελλήνιος Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων Απόλλωνα) otherwise known as GATE 1. This group is located in Limassol (The main group of fans) and the second one in Ypsonas (The West Districts). Also there are many other group of GATE 1 fans in other cities inside and outside Cyprus, such as in Nicosia (Apollon Nicosia FANS), Athens (Gate 1 Athens Fan Club), Thessaloniki (PAN.SY.FI APOLLON in North Greece), Manchester Fan Club and in London (Apollon UK FANS).

Stadium

Football

The team's current stadium is the 13,000 seater, Tsirion Stadium, also known as the Olympia Stadium (G.S.O). Tsirion Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Limassol, Cyprus. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Apollon Limassol, AEL Limassol and Aris Limassol. The stadium was built in 1975 with the help of the generous contributor and great philanthropist, Mr. Petros Tsiros, thus the name of the stadium. Apollon Limassol currently uses the West Stand of the stadium but most of the times is overcrowded therefore also use the East Stand of the stadium.


Basketball-Volleyball

Apollon has its own Indoor Hall, the PrimeTel Apollon Stadium, with capacity of 2,600 and as it was said it hosted the Southern European Regional Challenge Cup Final Four. It is home of Apollon's basketball and volleyball team.

Trophies

Football

1991, 1994, 2006
1966, 1967, 1986, 1992, 2001
2006

Women Football

2009
2009

Basketball

2002
  • Cypriot Supercup: 2
2004,2005

Volleyball (women)

  • Cypriot Super Cup: 1
2003

Football current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Portugal DF António Lopes
3 Brazil DF Jovaldir Ferreira
4 Nigeria MF Waheed Oseni
6 Sweden MF Valentino Lai
10 Argentina FW Gastón Sangoy (captain)
11 Albania MF Klodian Duro
12 Paraguay FW Aldo Adorno
13 Costa Rica DF Gonzalo Segares
15 France DF Samuel Neva
16 Cyprus DF Giorgos Merkis
17 Czech Republic GK Aleš Chvalovský
20 Cyprus MF Andreas Stavrou
No. Position Player
21 Cyprus DF Christos Theophilou
22 Sierra Leone MF Mustapha Bangura
23 Ghana FW Junior Agogo
24 Cyprus DF Giannis Demetriou
27 Spain MF Antonio Núñez
30 Cyprus FW Andreas Avraam
33 Cyprus GK Andreas Erakleous
37 Brazil DF Thiago Sales
40 Germany GK Nico Pellatz
60 Argentina MF Daniel Quinteros
80 Czech Republic FW Miroslav Matušovič
83 Germany MF Ioannis Masmanidis

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2009.

On loan

In Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
22 Sierra Leone MF Mustapha Bangura (on loan from AC Omonia)
37 Brazil DF Thiago Sales (on loan from Flamengo)

Out Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
25 Cyprus FW Stamatis Pantos (to APEP Pitsilia)
19 Cyprus FW Rafael Yiangoudakis (to APEP Pitsilia)
99 Serbia FW Miljan Mrdakovic (to Ethnikos Achnas FC)
55 Israel MF Moshe Mishaelof (to AEP Paphos FC)

Club officials

Board of directors

  • Honorary Chairman: Vakis Phivos
  • President: Savvides Frixos
  • Subst. President: Pavlidis Giorgos
  • Vice - President: Panayidis Kiriakos
  • Vice - President: Potamitis Kakos
  • Vice - President: Aristodimou Pavlos
  • Member: Antoniou Charalambos
  • Member: Kakoullis Pavlos
  • Member: Pitsillides Giorgos
  • Member: Sikopetrites Vaggelis

Team Staff

  • General Manager: Efthymios Agathokleous
  • Safety, Security and Athletic Material Officer: Kyriakos Vasiliou
  • Accountant: Charis Konstantinou
  • Marketing Assistant: Charis Evagorou
  • Secretary: Stella Ignatiou

Coaching Staff

  • Manager: Slobodan Krčmarević Serbia
  • Assistant Manager: Giorgos Iosifidis Cyprus
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Giorgos Nicolaou Cyprus
  • Fitness Coach: Andreas Nicolaou Cyprus
  • Assistant Fitness Coach: Constantinos Papaconstantinou Cyprus
  • Team Supervisor: Pambos Pittas Cyprus
  • Team Supervisor: Andreas Tavelas Cyprus
  • Team Supervisor: Sokratis Sokratous Cyprus
  • Safety and Athletic Equipment Officer: Kyriacos Vassiliou Cyprus

Medical Staff

  • Club Doctor: Dr. Vrywni Michalis Cyprus
  • Assistant Club Doctor: Dr. Savvas Chronis Greece
  • Orthopedist: Dr. Stephen Iosifides Cyprus
  • First Team Physiotherapist: Panayiotis Georgiades Cyprus
  • Assistant First Team Physiotherapist: Tomas Toward England

Sponsorship

  • Official Shirt Sponsor - Columbia Ship Management Ltd
  • Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer - Lotto
  • Official Athletism Sponsor - Libra Holidays Group
  • Official Stadium Sponsor - Sisamos Group of Companies
  • Official Communication Sponsor - CytaVision
  • Official Sport Drink - Gatorade

Other Sponsors

Notable Former Managers

Notable former players

See also Apollon Limassol players

Cyprus
Albania
Algeria
Argentina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chile
England
Georgia
Hungary
Iceland
Israel
Iran
Iraq
Kazakhstan
Montenegro
Morocco
Netherlands
Nigeria
Portugal
Poland
Romania
Russia
  • Russia Yevgeny Ivanov
Scotland
  • Scotland David Kenny
  • Scotland Iain Summers
Senegal
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Uruguay

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