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”

McCarthy and Petrides: An unlikely partnership

By Stel Stylianou Former Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has been announced as head coach of Cypriot Side APOEL Nicosia. Whilst many Twitter users have reacted to the news by posting humorous gif images of McCarthy from his days at Wolves, the Yorkshireman’s decision to take the job puts him in a win-win situation.Continue reading “McCarthy and Petrides: An unlikely partnership”