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Greece will have to get past Croatia if they are to earn a spot at next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Greece drew Croatia out of the pot on Tuesday 17th October at the 2018 World Cup playoff draw at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

Ethniki could become the first UEFA member nation to reach three World Cups in a row via the playoffs.

Greece will travel to Croatia on November 9th for the first leg at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb with kick off scheduled for 9:45 PM local Greek time.

The return leg will take place three days later in Athens at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Sunday, November 12th, with kick off scheduled for the same time 9:45 PM local Greek time.


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Tonight in a 7:45 pm kick-off in Nicosia we will see Cyprus take on Greece in a match in Group H qualification. As things stand now, the Cypriot squad still mathematically possible for them to finish as runners-up. Despite a brilliant 3-2 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in August, the Cypriots could not repeat the result in Estonia. A 1-0 defeat away put a serious dent into Cypriot hopes of their first World Cup appearance.

The Top 8 out of 9 runner-up teams make the playoffs and for one team their qualifying hopes will simply end next week.

Greece currently in third position a single point behind Bosnia and Herzegovina will need to beat Cyprus and see-off Gibraltar in the final match on Tuesday night. The Greeks knowing that only a Belgium victory against Bosnia on top of it, second place is theirs to lose, but they will still face a nervous wait to find out who will miss the cut for the playoffs.

Cyprus coach Ben Shimon has had to deal with a few injury concerns in the lead-up to this match. One big absence is that of Omonoia attacker Demetris Christofi. A recent injury in a league match means that the 29-year-old will misses out on this qualifier. APOEL’s George Efraim is unavailable while Konstantinos Mintikkis was left out of the squad, due to injury as well. Mintikkis was replaced by Marios Stylianou, a likely back-up to first-choice right-back Jason Demetriou.

Greek manager Michael Skibbe will be ecstatic to have seen Kostas Mitroglou training with the rest of the squad this week. The Marseille striker suffered a preseason knock that saw him miss Greece’s previous two qualifiers. However, there was bad news on Thursday as it was confirmed that Tasos Donis will miss Greece’s remaining two qualifiers due to injury. That will be a big blow to Greece as Donis has been amongst the team’s top performers in recent matches.

Dimitris Diamantakos was injured after the squad announcement and his place was taken by Nottingham Forest striker Apostolos Vellios.

POTENTIAL LINE-UPS

Cyprus: Panagi, Demetriou, Laifis, Katelaris, Margaca, Laban, Artymatas, Charalambides, Kyriakou, Alexandrou, Sotiriou

Greece: Karnezis, Tzavellas, Papastathopoulos, Manolas, Torosidis, Maniatis, Zeca, Fortounis, Christodoulopoulos, Mantalos, Mitroglou


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UEFA World Cup Qualifying
GROUP H

RESULTS: Sunday 3 September 2017

Estonia 1-0 CYPRUS                                             Käit 90+2′ #EST

GREECE 1-2 Belgium                                            Zeca ’73 #GRE, Vertonghen ’70, R. Lukaku ’74 #BEL

Gibraltar 0-4 Bosnia and Herzegovina         Džeko 35′, 85′, Kodro 66′, Lulić 84′ #BIH

Upcoming fixtures

7 October 2017

CYPRUS v CYPRUS
Gibraltar v Estonia
Bosnia Herzegovina v Belgium

10 October 2017
GREECE v Gibraltar
Estonia v Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium v Cyprus


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FULL-TIME RESULT: CYPRUS 2-1 Malta
UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
Friday 1 September 2017

Our own UK Cypriot Andreas Komodikis helped his Cyprus Under 21’s squad to register their first win against Malta, at the start of their qualification campaign for the UEFA European Under 21’s Championships, at the AEK Arena in Larnaca on Friday evening, 5 pm kick-off.

Midfielder Andreas Komodikis replaced Marios Ilias in the 46th minute to set-up second-half dominant spell…

Last month Andreas Komodikis made his debut call-up for the Under 21 team in a friendly against Moldova. The London Cypriot is signed to a three year deal with Cypriot First Division team Doxa Katokopias. Andreas Komodikis is QPR youth product and began his football career with Omonia Youth and also represented a KOPA League youth representative team when they travelled to Cyprus and played against the Cyprus national side.

The Cypriot side started much the brighter, taking the game to the Maltese players. Malta’s chance to score first on 24th minute was denied by a nice piece of intervention from Georgios Christodoulou, flicking the ball for a Maltese corner. The Cypriot’s best chance was a 29th-minute effort on goal by Nikolas Mattheou, which went wide of the Malta cross-bar. Cyprus created three chances in quick succession on the 31st-minute mark. The visitors were the team that struck first, however.

Maltese player Jean Borg headed in for them in the 33rd minute giving the away team the lead. Malta usefully exploited a corner which Andreas Christodoulou conceded while defending the Cypriot area. The hosts responded very quickly, scoring an equaliser in the 41st minute that levelled it to 1-1, with a goal by Rafael Anastasiou. It was set-up very nicely by a well-taken foul by Ioannis Pittas with the Cypriots now piling on the sustained pressure on Maltese goal itself.

Midfielder Andreas Komodikis replaced Marios Ilias in the 46th minute and the Cypriot team; looked strong and dominant at the start of the second-half. The Cypriots spent that half, pouring forward in numbers, looking for the decisive break, to win the game outright.

For Cyprus, their deserved victory had to wait till stoppage-time, thanks to a goal through Thodoros Iosifidis in the 92nd minute. Kyriakos Panayi converted a foul which sent the ball into the heavily congested Maltese penalty area – which Iosifidis latched on to, ensuring the Cypriots got off to a winning start. 2-1!! on the night…

The Cyprus Under-21 squad: Andreas Christodoulou, Andreas Karo, Christos Wheeler, Rafael Anastasiou, Panayiotis Artymatas, Kyriacos Panayi, Georgios Christodoulou (76′ Antonis Koumis), Constantinos Sotiriou, Ioannis Pittas, Marios Ilias (46′ Andreas Komodikis), Nikolas Mattheou (60′ Thodoros Iosifidis)

Cyprus will face Sweden with the away fixture on September 5. The other teams in group 6, Belgium versus Turkey, Hungary take on Malta.


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CYPRUS back from two goals down to earn a memorable 3-2 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina in Thursday’s Group H Fifa World Cup qualifier.

The sensational comeback leaves them within three points of second placed Greece and is giving the Cypriot side a spring in their step, installing at least some new confidence in World Cup qualifying. Bosnia in the first-half had dominated the match, with strikes by Šunjić on 33 minutes and Višća, just before half-time on the 44th minute.

It was Ran Ben Shimon’s first match in charge as Cyprus manager, and the Israeli’s team talk looked to have inspired the side as they emerged from the break with a different attitude.

Christofi and Laban scored in the three-minute period on the 65th minute and 67th minute respectively, to level at 2-2. The rejuvenated looking Cypriot squad made it 3-2 with another brilliant piece of Cypriot attacking football, thanks to Sotiriou in the 76th minute.

Suddenly Group H is a very interesting ‘group fixture’ with Cyprus only 1 point adrift of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10 points.

Cyprus will take a trip to Estonia on Sunday, with a fresh renewed belief in their qualifying campaign that’s for sure.

Meanwhile Greece on 13 points in the second playoff spot will face Belgium on home turf.


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GREECE wasn’t able to score against Estonia at a game that resulted in a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens for the World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday night, 31st August. This leaves the Greek team in second place on 13 points – trailing six points behind Belgium. Still, retaining a ‘grip’ on the playoff spot, however – two points clear of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who lost to Cyprus 3-2 in Nicosia on the same night.

Meanwhile, Cyprus travel to Estonia on Sunday, buoyed by their winning result and only a point adrift from Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10 points.

The Greek team face group leaders Belgium.


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CYPRUS champions APOEL Nicosia will face Tottenham, Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage this season.

The Cyprus champions will make a fourth appearance in the group stage.

APOEL’s greatest moment in the Champions League was reaching the season 2011-12’s quarter-finals before succumbing to a defeat by the Spanish giants Real Madrid.

APOEL beat Czech team Slavia Praha 2-0 on aggregate in the playoffs to reach the group stage this season. The Cypriot side knocked out Luxembourg outfit Dudelange 2-0 on aggregate in the Second qualifying round. This set-up a Third qualifying round when APOEL had swept aside Romanian side Viitorul 4-1 on aggregate in extra-time, four goals coming in the dramatic extra-time of the second-leg in Nicosia.

First up for APOEL is a trip to the Santiago Bernabéu before a GSP Nicosia double against Tottenham and then Dortmund. Then it’s to Dortmund before the Cypriot side host Real Madrid in Nicosia. The group stage finishes at the Wembley Stadium with Tottenham.

Group H

Wednesday 13 September 2017
Read Madrid v APOEL NICOSIA
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund

Tuesday 26 September 2017
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF
APOEL NICOSIA FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC

Tuesday 17 October 2017
APOEL NICOSIA v Borussia Dortmund
Read Madrid CF v Tottenham Hotspur FC

Wednesday 1 November
Borrusia Dortmund v APOEL NICOSIA FC
Tottenham Hotspur FC v Real Madrid CF

Tuesday 21 November 2017
APOEL NICOSIA FC v Real Madrid CF
Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur FC

Wednesday 6 December 2017
Real Madrid CF v Borussia Dortmund
Tottenham Hotspur FC v APOEL NICOSIA FC


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GREECE champions Olympiacos Piraeus will face Barcelona, Juventus and Sporting Clube in the Champions League group stage this season.

Tuesday 12 September 2017

FC Barcelona v Juventus Football Club

Olympiacos FC v Sporting Clube de Portugal

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Sporting Clube de Portugal v FC Barcelona

Juventus Football Club v Olympiacos FC

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Juventus Football Club v Sporting Clube de Portugal

FC Barcelona v Olympiacos FC

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Sporting Club de Portugal v Juventus Football Club

Olympiacos FC v FC Barcelona

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Juventus Football Club v FC Barcelona

Sporting Clube de Portugal v Olympiacos FC

Tuesday 5 December 2017

FC Barcelona v Sporting Clube de Portugal

Olympiacos FC v Juventus Football Club


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The Cypriot team Apollon Limassol will face Everton of England, French side Lyon and Italian outfit Atalanta in the Europa League group stage.

Meanwhile, AEK Athens take on AC Milan, Austria Wien and Rijeka.

Full group stage draw

The draw took place in Monaco on Friday 25 August 2017

Group E: Lyon (FRA), Everton (ENG), Atalanta (ITA), APOLLON LIMASSOL (CYP)
Group D: AC Milan (ITA), Austria Wien (AUT), Rijeka (CRO), AEK ATHENS (GRE)

Group A: Villarreal (ESP), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR), Astana (KAZ), Slavia Praha (CZE)
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Young Boys (SUI), Partizan (SRB), Skënderbeu (ALB)
Group C: Braga (POR), Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL), Hoffenheim (GER), İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR)
Group F: København (DEN), Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS), Sheriff (MDA), Zlín (CZE)
Group G: Viktoria Plzeň (CZE), FCSB (ROU), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR), Lugano (SUI)
Group H: Arsenal (ENG), BATE Borisov (BLR), Köln (GER), Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Group I: Salzburg (AUT), Marseille (FRA), Vitória SC (POR), Konyaspor (TUR)
Group J: Athletic Club (ESP), Hertha Berlin (GER), Zorya (UKR), Östersund (SWE)
Group K: Lazio (ITA), Nice (FRA), Zulte Waregem (BEL), Vitesse (NED)
Group L: Zenit (RUS), Real Sociedad (ESP), Rosenborg (NOR), Vardar (MKD)


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CYPRUS champions APOEL Nicosia have triumphed in the playoff facing Czech team Slavia Praha securing their route into the Champions League group stages competition. This followed playing out a goalless draw in Prague on Wednesday night, 23rd August.

The Cypriot team had turned out 2-0 winners on aggregate thanks to their winning in Nicosia in the first-leg, the week before.

This will be the fourth time APOEL reaching the Champions League group stage.


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