2014–15 Cypriot First Division


The 2014–15 Cypriot First Division was the 76th season of the Cypriot top-level football league. It began on 23 August 2014[3] and ended on 24 May 2015.[4] APOEL were the defending champions.

Cypriot First Division
Season2014–15
ChampionsAPOEL
24th title
RelegatedOthellos
Champions LeagueAPOEL
Europa LeagueAEK
Apollon
Omonia
Matches played192
Goals scored503 (2.62 per match)
Top goalscorerMickaël Poté
(17 goals)
Biggest home winNea Salamina 6–0 Doxa
(16 May 2015)

Omonia 7–1 Ermis
(17 May 2015)
Biggest away winDoxa 0–4 AEL
(14 September 2014)
Ethnikos 0–4 APOEL
(1 November 2014)
Doxa 0–4 Anorthosis
(22 November 2014)
Ermis 0–4 AEK
(10 January 2015)
Ayia Napa 1–5 Anorthosis
(11 January 2015)

Ermis 0–4 AEK
(21 March 2015)
AEL 0–4 Doxa
(26 April 2015)
Doxa 1–5 Ethnikos
(23 May 2015)
Highest scoringAPOEL 4–4 AEK
(15 December 2014)
Omonia 7–1 Ermis
(17 May 2015)
Longest winning run5 matches
Ermis
Anorthosis
Ethnikos
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
APOEL
Longest winless run12 matches
Othellos
Longest losing run6 matches
Doxa
Highest attendance15,562[1]
APOEL 1–1 AEK
(16 May 2015)
Lowest attendance7[2]
Doxa 1–3 Ermis
(7 January 2015)
Total attendance413,011[1]
Average attendance2,151[1]
All statistics correct as of 24 May 2015.

The league reduced from 14 to 12 teams this season, comprised ten teams from the 2013–14 season and two promoted teams from the 2013–14 B1 Division. APOEL won the league for a 24th time and a third time in a row, after amassing 62 points.[5]

Teams


Promotion and relegation (pre-season)

Enosis Neon Paralimni and Alki Larnaca were relegated at the end of the first stage of the 2013–14 season after finishing in the bottom two places of the table. They were joined by Aris Limassol and AEK Kouklia, who finished at the bottom of the second-phase relegation group.

The relegated teams were replaced by 2013–14 B1 Division champions Ayia Napa and runners-up Othellos Athienou.

Stadia and locations

Note: Table lists clubs in alphabetical order.
Club Location Venue[6][7] Capacity
AEK Larnaca GSZ Stadium 13,032
AEL Limassol Tsirion Stadium 13,331
Anorthosis Larnaca Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium 10,230
APOEL Nicosia GSP Stadium 22,859
Apollon Limassol Tsirion Stadium 13,331
Ayia Napa Ayia Napa Tasos Markou Stadium 5,800
Doxa Peristerona Makario Stadium 16,000
Ermis Aradippou Ammochostos Stadium[lower-alpha 1] 5,500
Ethnikos Achna, Famagusta Dasaki Stadium 7,000
Nea Salamina Larnaca Ammochostos Stadium 5,500
Omonia Nicosia GSP Stadium 22,859
Othellos Athienou, Larnaca Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium 10,230
  1. Ermis Aradippou was using Dasaki Stadium for his home matches from the beginning of the season until 25 February 2015.[8]

Personnel and kits

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

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
AEK Thomas Christiansen Giannis Skopelitis Umbro CytaVision
AEL Christakis Christoforou Marios Nicolaou Nike CytaVision
Anorthosis André Paus Christos Marangos Macron CytaMobile-Vodafone
APOEL Gustavo Manduca (Caretaker) Constantinos Charalambides Puma MTN
Apollon Ton Caanen Giorgos Merkis Macron Cyta
Ayia Napa Giorgos Kosma Bojan Markovski Sportika Cyta
Doxa Nikos Andreou Ricardo Fernandes Legea Cytanet
Ermis Michalis Markou (Caretaker) Andreas Papathanasiou Legea Cyta
Ethnikos Borce Gjurev Christos Poyiatzis Mitre Cyta
Nea Salamina Floros Nicolaou (Caretaker) Diego León GEMS CytaMobile-Vodafone
Omonia Kostas Kaiafas Nuno Assis Nike CytaMobile-Vodafone
Othellos Costas Sakkas Andreas Vasiliou Joma Kleima

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Doxa Demetris Ioannou Sacked 1 September 2014[9] 10th Slobodan Krčmarević 8 September 2014[10]
Ermis Nicos Panayiotou Sacked 7 September 2014[11] 6th Nikodimos Papavasiliou 8 September 2014[12]
Ayia Napa Nikos Andronikou Mutual consent 30 September 2014[13] 12th Giorgos Kosma 23 October 2014[14]
Apollon Christakis Christoforou Sacked 8 October 2014[15] 2nd Ioan Andone 16 October 2014[16]
AEL Ivaylo Petev Sacked 17 November 2014[17] 5th Christakis Christoforou 17 November 2014[18]
Nea Salamina Neophytos Larkou Mutual consent 16 December 2014[19] 9th Nicos Panayiotou 16 December 2014[20]
APOEL Giorgos Donis Mutual consent 6 January 2015[21] 1st Thorsten Fink 10 January 2015[22]
Ermis Nikodimos Papavasiliou Sacked 2 February 2015[23] 6th Mitchell van der Gaag 5 February 2015[24]
Doxa Slobodan Krčmarević Mutual consent 15 February 2015[25] 11th Nikos Andreou 4 March 2015[26]
Ermis Mitchell van der Gaag Mutual consent 24 March 2015[27] 6th Ioannis Okkas 24 March 2015[28]
Ethnikos Apostolos Makrides Resigned 24 March 2015[29] 9th Borce Gjurev 28 March 2015[30]
Apollon Ioan Andone Sacked 8 April 2015[31] 1st Ton Caanen 9 April 2015[32]
Nea Salamina Nicos Panayiotou Mutual consent 4 May 2015[33] 9th Floros Nicolaou (Caretaker) 5 May 2015[34]
APOEL Thorsten Fink Mutual consent 11 May 2015[35] 1st Gustavo Manduca (Caretaker) 11 May 2015[35]
Ermis Ioannis Okkas Sacked 11 May 2015[36] 6th Michalis Markou (Caretaker) 14 May 2015[37]

First phase


League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Apollon Limassol 22 15 3 4 49 26 +23 48 Qualification for championship group
2 APOEL 22 13 7 2 34 13 +21 46
3 Omonia Nicosia 22 12 3 7 32 22 +10 39[lower-alpha 1]
4 AEK Larnaca 22 11 6 5 41 23 +18 39[lower-alpha 1]
5 Anorthosis Famagusta 22 12 2 8 32 22 +10 38
6 Ermis Aradippou 22 10 5 7 29 28 +1 35
7 AEL Limassol 22 7 9 6 33 26 +7 30 Qualification for relegation group
8 Ethnikos Achna 22 5 7 10 18 37 19 22
9 Nea Salamis Famagusta 22 4 7 11 16 29 13 19
10 Ayia Napa 22 3 7 12 21 42 21 16[lower-alpha 2]
11 Othellos Athienou 22 3 7 12 13 26 13 16[lower-alpha 2]
12 Doxa Katokopias 22 3 5 14 14 38 24 14
Source: UEFA, CFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head away goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
Notes:
  1. OMO 0–1 AEK ; AEK 1–3 OMO
  2. AYN 1–0 OTH ; OTH 2–1 AYN

Results

Home \ Away AEK AEL ANO APOE APOL AYN DOX ERM ETH NSL OMO OTH
AEK Larnaca 1–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 5–0 2–0 1–3 2–2
AEL Limassol 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0
Anorthosis Famagusta 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
APOEL 4–4 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–1
Apollon Limassol 2–5 3–3 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 5–0 3–0 4–0
Ayia Napa 1–2 1–1 1–5 1–3 2–5 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–0
Doxa Katokopias 1–4 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0
Ermis Aradippou 0–4 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–0
Ethnikos Achna 2–1 4–2 0–0 0–4 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0
Nea Salamis Famagusta 0–0 0–2 2–3 0–1 4–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1
Omonia Nicosia 0–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 4–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0
Othellos Athienou 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–1
Source: CFA
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second phase


Championship group

Table
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 APOEL (C) 32 17 11 4 52 26 +26 62 Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round
2 AEK Larnaca 32 17 8 7 56 31 +25 59 Qualification for Europa League third qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
3 Apollon Limassol 32 18 5 9 59 41 +18 59[lower-alpha 2] Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
4 Omonia Nicosia 32 17 5 10 52 34 +18 56[lower-alpha 2]
5 Anorthosis Famagusta 32 16 4 12 50 37 +13 52
6 Ermis Aradippou 32 11 7 14 38 55 17 40
Source: CFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion
Notes:
  1. Since Cypriot cup winners APOEL qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, the fourth placed team will also qualify for the first qualifying round of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
  2. APOL: 9 pts; OMO: 3 pts
Results
Home \ Away AEK ANO APOE APOL ERM OMO
AEK Larnaca 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1
Anorthosis Famagusta 3–0 3–3 3–1 3–1 1–3
APOEL 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 3–2
Apollon Limassol 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–2 2–1
Ermis Aradippou 0–4 1–1 2–4 1–0 0–1
Omonia Nicosia 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 7–1
Source: CFA
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation group

Table
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
7 Ethnikos Achna 32 11 8 13 36 49 13 41
8 AEL Limassol 32 9 12 11 42 42 0 39
9 Nea Salamis Famagusta 32 9 9 14 31 37 6 36
10 Ayia Napa 32 6 12 14 32 54 22 30
11 Doxa Katokopias 32 7 7 18 29 55 26 28
12 Othellos Athienou (R) 32 5 10 17 26 42 16 25 Relegation to Cypriot Second Division
Source: CFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated
Results
Home \ Away AEL AYN DOX ETH NSL OTH
AEL Limassol 2–2 0–4 1–2 2–0 0–1
Ayia Napa 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–2
Doxa Katokopias 1–2 0–1 1–5 3–0 3–3
Ethnikos Achna 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–1 3–1
Nea Salamis Famagusta 1–1 3–0 6–0 1–0 1–0
Othellos Athienou 3–0 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–2
Source: CFA
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics


Top scorers

Including matches played on 24 May 2015; Source: Cyprus Football Association
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Mickaël Poté Omonia 17
2 Ifeanyi Onyilo Ermis 15
3 Rafik Djebbour APOEL 14
Fotios Papoulis Apollon
5 Andreas Makris Anorthosis 13
6 Valdo Ethnikos 11
7 Ricardo Lobo Doxa 10
Abraham Gneki Guié Apollon
Nestoras Mitidis AEK
Thiago Othellos

Hat-tricks

#PlayerForAgainstResultDate
1. Ricardo LoboDoxaAEL0–426 April 2015

Scoring

Discipline

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