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Cypriot First Division
Season 2008–09
Champions APOEL
20th Cypriot championship
Relegated Alki
AEK
Atromitos
Champions League APOEL
UEFA Europa League Omonia
Anorthosis
APOP (via domestic cup)
Goals scored 612
Average goals/game 2.81
Top goalscorer Brazil Serjão (24)
Biggest home win Omonia 7–1 Enosis
Apollon 7–1 Alki
Biggest away win Atromitos 1–6 Anorthosis
Atromitos 0–5 Omonia
Highest scoring Atromitos 3–6 Apollon

The Cypriot First Division 2008–09 was the seventy-first season of top-tier football on Cyprus. It started on 30 August 2008 and ended on 10 May 2009. The defending champions were Anorthosis.

APOEL won the championship three games before the end of the season.

This year, for the second time, the championship also featured a group stage. Teams were divided into 3 groups: 1st–4th, 5th–8th and 9th–12th. Points from the main part of the season still counted.

Contents

Promotion and relegation

Location of teams in Cypriot First Division 2008–09

Teams promoted from Cypriot Second Division 2007–08:

Teams relegated to Cypriot Second Division 2008–09:

Overview

Team Head Coach Team Captain Venue Capacity Kitmaker Shirt sponsor Club Chairman
AEK Larnaca Cyprus Savvas Constantinou Cyprus Constantinos Mina Neo GSZ Stadium 13,032 Mass CytaVision Marios Ellinas
AEL Limassol Romania Mihai Stoichiţă Cyprus Simos Krassas Tsirion Stadium 13,000 Mass Sinergatiko Tamieftirio Lemesou Andreas Sofokleous
AEP Paphos Israel Nir Klinger Cyprus Giorgos Georgiou Pafiako Stadium 10,000 Mass Eurolink Investment Group Fillippos Georgiou
Alki Larnaca Cyprus Panikos Xiourouppas Venezuela Rouga, AndrésAndrés Rouga Ammochostos Stadium 4,000 Legea TEAM A Security Demetris Phantousis
Anorthosis Famagusta Cyprus Michalis Pamboris Cyprus Nikos Nicolaou Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium 10,000 Puma Quality Group Developments Chris Georgiades
APEP Pitsilia Netherlands Willy Scheepers Uruguay Bruno Piano Tsirion Stadium 13,000 Mass KKCG Panayiotis Neokleous
APOEL Serbia Ivan Jovanović Cyprus Marinos Satsias GSP Stadium 22,859 Lotto MTN Group Foivos Erotokritou
Apollon Limassol Germany Thomas von Heesen CyprusChristos Theophilou Tsirion Stadium 13,000 Lotto Columbia Ship Management Theodoros Antoniou
APOP Kinyras Peyias Cyprus Giorgos Polyviou Greece Giannis Sfakianakis Peyia Municipal Stadium 4,500 Puma PrimeTel Michalis Mitas
Atromitos Yeroskipou Cyprus Sofoklis Sofokleous Cyprus Argyris Petrou Pafiako Stadium 10,000 Umbro SPE Yeroskipou Vangelis Genis
Doxa Katokopia Cyprus Charalmbos Christodoulou Cyprus Kyriacos Polykarpou Makario Stadium 16,000 Puma Yiannakas Real Estate Ltd Charalambos Argyrou
Enosis Neon Paralimni Cyprus Adamos Adamou & Antonis Kleftis Cyprus Demos Goumenos Paralimni Stadium 5,800 Lotto Elian Developers Adamos Loizou
Ethnikos Achna Belgium Stéphane Demol Cyprus Christos Poyiatzis Dasaki Stadium 7,000 Nike Famagusta Developers Kikis Philippou
Omonia Greece Takis Lemonis Cyprus Costas Kaiafas GSP Stadium 22,859 Lotto Ocean Tankers Miltiadis Neophytou
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Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Omonia Cyprus Giorgos Savvidis [1] Resigned 4 March 2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina Nedim Tutić [1] 4 March 2008
Apollon Israel Yossi Mizrahi Mutual consent 11 May 2008 Serbia Svetozar Šapurić [2] 23 May 2008
Ethnikos Serbia Svetozar Šapurić Mutual consent 23 May 2008 Belgium Stéphane Demol [3] 24 May 2008
Apollon Serbia Svetozar Šapurić [4] Sacked 9 September 2008 Germany Thomas von Heesen [5] 15 September 2008
AEK Israel Nir Klinger [6] Sacked 27 October 2008 Greece Makis Katsavakis [7] 28 October 2008
AEP Cyprus Savvas Constantinou [8] Resigned 3 November 2008 Israel Nir Klinger 5 November 2008
APOP Bulgaria Eduard Eranosyan [9] Sacked 27 November 2008 Cyprus Giorgos Polyviou 27 November 2008
AEK Greece Makis Katsavakis [10] Resigned 2 December 2008 Cyprus Loizos Stefani 2 December 2008
Enosis Cyprus Marios Constantinou Resigned 7 December 2008 Cyprus Panayiotis Xiourouppas 8 December 2008
Alki Cyprus Christos Kassianos Resigned 17 December 2008 Cyprus Panayiotis Xiourouppas 7 January 2009
AEK Cyprus Loizos Stefani Mutual consent 18 December 2008 Cyprus Christos Kassianos 18 December 2008
Enosis Cyprus Panayiotis Xiourouppas Mutual consent 29 December 2008 Bulgaria Eduard Eranosyan 30 December 2008
AEK Cyprus Christos Kassianos Resigned 15 January 2009 Cyprus Savvas Constantinou 15 January 2009
AEL Cyprus Andreas Michaelides Mutual consent 26 January 2009 Romania Mihai Stoichiţă 27 January 2009
Enosis Bulgaria Eduard Eranosyan Resigned 28 January 2009 Cyprus Adamos Adamou & Antonis Kleftis 29 January 2009
Omonia Bosnia and Herzegovina Nedim Tutić Sacked 16 March 2009 Greece Takis Lemonis 17 March 2009
APEP Cyprus Tasos Kyriacou Sacked 5 April 2009 Netherlands Willy Scheepers 5 April 2009
Anorthosis Georgia (country) Temuri Ketsbaia Resigned 13 April 2009 Cyprus Michalis Pamboris 13 April 2009

First round

League table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 APOEL 26 22 3 1 53 14 +39 69 Qualification to the Second Round, Group A
2 Omonia 26 21 1 4 61 18 +43 64
3 Anorthosis 26 20 2 4 49 19 +30 62
4 AEL 26 13 4 9 34 30 +4 43 AEL 1–0 APOL
APOL 1–3 AEL
5 Apollon 26 13 4 9 53 34 +19 43 Qualification to the Second Round, Group B
6 APOP 26 12 4 10 35 35 0 40 ETH 1–4 APOP
APOP 1–2 ETH
7 Ethnikos 26 11 7 8 34 32 +2 40
8 Doxa 26 8 7 11 37 39 −2 31
9 AEP 26 5 12 9 30 38 −8 27 Qualification to the Second Round, Group C
10 Enosis 26 6 7 13 23 43 −20 25
11 APEP 26 5 8 13 28 44 −16 23
12 Alki 26 4 7 15 27 50 −23 19
13 AEK  (R) 26 3 6 17 27 45 −18 15 Relegation to the Cypriot Second Division
14 Atromitos  (R) 26 1 4 21 19 69 −50 7

Source: cfa.com.cy (Greek)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored.
Teams qualified for Group A played out one spot in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League and two spots in the UEFA Europa League, one in the second and one in the first qualifying round.
A spot in the third qualifying round of UEFA Europa League was awarded to the winners of the Cypriot Cup 2008–09.
Teams qualified for Group C played out one additional relegation spot.
Points gained in the First round were taken over into the Second round groups.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.

Results

Home \ Away1 AEK AEL AEP ALK ANO APEP APOE APOL APOP ATR DOX ENP ETH OMO
AEK 2–04 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–1 1–5 1–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–5
AEL 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–2
AEP 0–3 0–1 5–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–3
Alki 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–0 0–3 1–3 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–1
Anorthosis 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–2
APEP 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 3–3 0–0 2–2 1–3
APOEL 2–0 4–0 4–1 3–1 1–0 4–0 4–1 1–0 4–0 3–2 1–0 3–0 3–2
Apollon 1–0 1–3 4–1 7–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–25 4–0 2–1 0–23
APOP 2–02 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 1–2 2–0
Atromitos 1–0 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–6 1–5 0–1 3–6 0–2 1–5 1–1 0–1 0–5
Doxa 2–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–2
Enosis 2–1 0–3 0–0 1–1 0–3 4–0 0–1 0–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–4 0–2
Ethnikos 2–1 3–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–1
Omonia 4–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 7–1 1–0

Source: cfa.com.cy (Greek)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match of Round 1 was awarded to APOP with a score of 2–0 after being abandoned due to crowd violence.[11]
3The match of Round 3 was awarded to Omonia with a score of 2–0 after being abandoned due to crowd violence.[12]
4The match of Round 8 was awarded to AEK with a score of 2–0 after being abandoned due to crowd violence.[13]
5The match of Round 12 was awarded to Doxa with a score of 2–0 after being abandoned due to crowd violence.[14]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second round

Group A

Table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 APOEL  (C) 32 26 4 2 62 17 +45 82 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Omonia 32 25 1 6 70 22 +48 76 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Anorthosis 32 21 4 7 52 26 +26 67 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 AEL 32 13 5 14 38 41 −3 44

Source: cfa.com.cy (Greek)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.

Results

Home \ Away1 AEL ANO APOE OMO
AEL 1–1 0–1 2–3
Anorthosis 1–0 1–1 0–2
APOEL 3–1 2–0 SUSP2
Omonia 2–0 1–0 1–2

Source: cfa.com.cy (Greek)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match of last round between APOEL and Omonia was suspended after the first half due to violent behaviour of both teams' fans and their mutual conflict.[15] Disciplinary Committee later decided that the final result of the match is forfeit of both teams.[16]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group B

Table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
5 Apollon 32 17 6 9 68 42 +26 57
6 Ethnikos 32 13 8 11 47 45 +2 47
7 APOP 32 13 6 13 45 49 −4 039 2 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
8 Doxa 32 10 8 14 46 51 −5 38

Source: cfa.com.cy (Greek)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored.
1APOP won the Cypriot Cup 2008–09 and qualified for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
2APOP were deducted 6 points due to unpaid debts.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.

Results

Home \ Away1 APOL APOP DOX ETH
Apollon 3–2 3–1 2–0
APOP 2–2 1–0 1–4
Doxa 1–1 3–2 2–5
Ethnikos 2–4 2–2 0–2

Source: cfa.com.cy (Greek)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group C

Table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
9 AEP 32 7 15 10 39 44 −5 36
10 Enosis 32 8 8 16 27 51 −24 32
11 APEP 32 7 10 15 33 51 −18 31
12 Alki  (R) 32 6 9 17 39 59 −20 27 Relegation to Cypriot Second Division 2009-10

Source: cfa.com.cy (Greek)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Head-to-Head: used when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.

Results

Home \ Away1 AEP ALK APEP ENP
AEP 3–4 1–1 3–0
Alki 1–1 1–1 1–2
APEP 0–1 0–4 2–0
Enosis 0–0 2–1 0–1

Source: cfa.com.cy (Greek)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Source: soccerway.com (First round, Second round)

24 goals
22 goals
12 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals

Season statistics

Scoring

Discipline

European competitions

UEFA Champions League 2008–09

Anorthosis WArmenia Pyunik (1–0, 2–0) 3–0 on aggregate
Anorthosis WAustria Rapid Vienna (3–0, 1–3) 4–3 on aggregate
Anorthosis WGreece Olympiacos (3–0, 0–1) 3–1 on aggregate
(Note: Cypriot club goals always listed first)
Anorthosis
Italy Internazionale (3–3, 0–1)
Germany Werder Bremen (2–2, 0–0)
Greece Panathinaikos (3–1, 0–1)
Finished 4th in Group B

UEFA Cup 2008–09

Republic of Macedonia PelisterAPOEL W (0–0, 0–1) 0–1 on aggregate
Omonia WRepublic of Macedonia Milano (2–0, 2–1) 4–1 on aggregate
APOEL WSerbia Red Star Belgrade (2–2, 3–3) 5–5 on aggregate, 3–2 on away goals
Greece AEK AthensOmonia W (0–1, 2–2) 2–3 on aggregate
Omonia LEngland Manchester City (1–2, 1–2) 2–4 on aggregate
APOEL LGermanySchalke 04 (1–4, 1–1) 2–5 on aggregate

UEFA Intertoto Cup 2008

Albania Besa KavajëEthnikos Achna L (0–0, 1–1), 1–1 on aggregate, 1–0 on away goals

See also

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