Stel and Roy review the 1-1 first leg draw against APOEL in the Cypriot Cup. Fair result on the balance of play but, let’s be honest, we were in second gear and the away goal is big in the grand scheme of things. LIKESUBSCRIBETELL YOUR NOUNA Instagram Stel – https://www.instagram.com/chestel/​​​​​ Roy – https://www.instagram.com/roynochoftes​​​ The OLBContinue reading “#NOCHOFTES​ Podcast | APOEL 1-1 OMONOIA | APOEL HUFFED AND PUFFED LIKE THE BIG BAD WOLF”


“Mourinho doesn’t abandon who is with him. It’s in his DNA” Stel and Roy talk to the legend that is Freddy about his career path that led him to Omonoia from Portugal, via Qatar, Malaysia and a few Cypriot clubs. Freddy shares his fondest memories of his time at Omonoia, what the club and supportersContinue reading “#NOCHOFTES​ Podcast | INTERVIEW WITH FREDDY”


“When you have a big player who isn’t playing, they need to turn that anger into positive energy. They need to work hard in training and say “I’m gonna show this mother****** I deserve to play.” In part 2 of the #NOCHOFTES interview, Sofyane talks about his coaching career and the challenging transition from playerContinue reading “#NOCHOFTES​ Podcast | INTERVIEW WITH SOFYANE CHERFA – PART 2”


“Wenger is a real legend at Arsenal but not at Monaco. People in France follow Arsenal because of Wenger though.” In part one of our interview, Stel, Roy and Gaossou Fofana quiz Sofyane about growing up in France, his development at Monaco and the fantastic squad of 2004. Sofyane shares his thoughts on Didier Deschamps,Continue reading “#NOCHOFTES Podcast | INTERVIEW WITH SOFYANE CHERFA – PART 1”


“Looking back at the gesture, I made a mistake. But sometimes you lose your emotions.” Andre Schembri joins Stel and Roy in an exclusive interview for The OLB. The boys quiz Andre about his Omonoia career, asking some questions that – until now – were unanswered. Andre shares some of his coaching and development philosophy,Continue reading “#NOCHOFTES​ Podcast: INTERVIEW WITH ANDRE SCHEMBRI”


“I remember receiving a yellow card and the referee saying to me “we are going to have a long day” “Stel and Roy had the pleasure of Gaussou Fofana’s company on the latest #NOCHOFTES Podcast. Fofi spoke about surviving the 2002 civil war in Cote d’Ivoire , moving to Portugal to develop his game andContinue reading “#NOCHOFTES Podcast | INTERVIEW WITH GAOUSSOU FOFANA”


“Kostas Kaiafas….Madre Mia!” Stel talks to former Omonoia midfielder Guido Hoffmann about his career in the game, which includes memories of winning the Bundesliga title, playing alongside Stefan Effenberg, being coached by Jupp Heynkes and the “almost” season. Guido shares his fondest memories of playing for Omonoia, taking Greek lessons, socialising with team mates andContinue reading “#NOCHOFTES Podcast | INTERVIEW WITH GUIDO HOFFMAN”


Stel and Roy discuss a big result against a very difficult opponent who took 5 points from us in the regular season – and what a goal it was to win it! Another step closer to the title! LIKESUBSCRIBETELL YOUR NOUNA Instagram Stel – https://www.instagram.com/chestel/​​​​​Roy – https://www.instagram.com/roynochoftes​​​The OLB – https://www.instagram.com/olb_original

Interview with Adam Vezer

Photograph courtesy of Pexels Former Omonoia Nicosia goalkeeper Adam Vezer kindly took time out from his schedule as Budapest Honved goalkeeping coach to answer some questions about his time in Cyprus. Before your transfer to Omonoia, you spent a season at Anagennisi Derynias. Having played for bigger clubs such as Honved and Maccabi Tel Aviv,Continue reading “Interview with Adam Vezer”

Interview with Timo Wenzel

Photograph courtesy of Pexels Former VFB Stuttgart defender talks to Stel on the #NOCHOFTES Podcast about his three years at Omonoia Nicosia, winning a league title and domestic cup. Watch the whole interview here You were one of 23 signings made by Omonoia Nicosia in 2008. Did you know much about the club before youContinue reading “Interview with Timo Wenzel”

Nicosia, for now, is GREEN

credit: Omonoia Instagram Omonoia Nicosia’s 3-0 victory over APOEL on the 7th December ended a seven year winless run against their rivals in an encounter that’ll be remembered for events that occurred days after the match. The form guide going into the derby favoured APOEL who, under new head coach Mick McCarthy, had three winsContinue reading “Nicosia, for now, is GREEN”

Avgousti vs Kirzis part II

Credit: sportime.sigmalive.com By Stel Stylianou – Lead European Football writer Frequent managerial changes is embedded in Cypriot football culture, so much so that betting companies on the island offer odds on how long the new appointment will last. Most departures are expected – either due to poor results or political reasons. Apollon Limassol head coachContinue reading “Avgousti vs Kirzis part II”

Matt Derbyshire: Premier League memories, Omonoia and Olympiakos

You’re a club legend at Omonoia but I’ve been a fan of yours since your England U21 days when you played alongside the likes of Theo Walcott and James Milner. But I distinctly remember you making your debut for Blackburn against Fulham and my friends were telling me about you on Championship Manager. You turnedContinue reading “Matt Derbyshire: Premier League memories, Omonoia and Olympiakos”

Johan Walem: The Belgian lapidarist is here to polish Cypriot diamonds

Credit: Cypriot FA By Stel Stylianou – Lead European Football writer Played seven, won one, drawn one, lost five. Not the start Johan Walem would have liked as head coach of the Cypriot national team. Appointed in January 2020, Walem’s instructions from the Cypriot FA were simple; lower the average age, give youth a chanceContinue reading “Johan Walem: The Belgian lapidarist is here to polish Cypriot diamonds”

Duris Mode: Seven day turn around

Credit: Елена Рыбакова By Stel Stylianou – Lead European Football writer Michal Duris’ extra time winner for Slovakia in their Euro 2020 qualification play off victory at Windsor Park ended a torrid seven days on a perfect high. The 32 year old has endured a difficult start to his Omonoia Nicosia career since his arrivalContinue reading “Duris Mode: Seven day turn around”

Anorthosis have learned from last season’s mistakes

By Stel Stylianou Whilst the Anorthosis-AEK fixture isn’t a notoriously hostile local derby, this weekend’s encounter is sure to be lively as the hosts aim to turn the screw on leaders Apollon. Anorthosis’ club history can be summed up in one word; political. Following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Anorthosis were forced toContinue reading “Anorthosis have learned from last season’s mistakes”