APOP Kinyras Peyias

APOP Kinyras Peyias (Greek: Αθλητικός Ποδοσφαιρικός Ομιλος Πέγειας Κινύρας;Athletic Football Club Peyia Kinyras) is a Cypriot football club from the village of Peyia[1] of Paphos District.The club was founded in 2003 after the merger of two clubs: APOP Peyias and Kinyras Empas.

The clubs name APOP means Athlitikos Podosferikos Omilos Pegeias (Athletic Football Club Peyia) and Kinyras' name [2] coming from the mythical king Kinyras who was the founder of Paphos. The club has close links with local real estate agents who have been allegedly involved in money laundering in association with Russians. They are also a part of the local network of real estate interests that organized the opposition to a plan aiming to reunify Cyprus in 2004.

The club's history began in 3rd Division (2003/04) where they promoted to Second Division as Champions[3]. The following season they were promoted again as Second Division Champions [1] to the Cypriot First Division for the first time. However, the team finished 12th in 2005/2006 season, which was their first appearance, and relegated back to the Second one [2]. They returned for a year in Second Division but they became again champions and promoted back to First Division for second time.

The colours of the club are the yellow and the blue and the team's home is Pegeia Municipal Stadium. In 2005/06, when the team participated in the First Division, they were not allowed to use Pegeia Stadium, for the reason that the stadium does not satisfy the criteria of First Division and the team used for home the Pafiako Stadium.In 2007 expansions have been made in Pegeia stadium and APOP/Kinyras was allowed to use the Pegeia stadium.

In 2007 they were promoted to the Cypriot first division as second division champions. They will compete in the 2007-08 Cyprus first division championship.

Current squad
No. Position Player
1 Hungary GK Gábor Bardi
2 Belgium MF Fangio Buyse
3 Brazil DF Marcio Ferreira
4 Cyprus DF Periklis Moustakas
5 Greece DF Giannis Sfakianakis
6 Greece DF Theodoros Galanis
8 Côte d'Ivoire MF Lionel Bah
7 Portugal FW Bernardo Vasconcelos
9 Brazil FW Rafael Jaques
11 Brazil FW Eduardo Marques
12 Cyprus DF Christos Palates
13 Portugal DF Carlos Marques

No. Position Player
14 Argentina DF Martín Vitali
15 Germany GK Elvis Eckardt
16 Portugal DF Lionel Medeiros
19 Ukraine DF Dmytro Mykhailenko
20 Argentina MF Julian Kmet
21 Portugal FW Luis Miguel
22 Cyprus MF Michalis Demetriou
23 France DF Sébastien Grimaldi
30 Cyprus MF Angelos Efthymiou
44 Cyprus DF Michalis Agathangelou
55 Portugal MF Miguel Vargas
99 Brazil GK Alexandre Negri

Transfers 2008/09

No. Position Player
France DF Sébastien Grimaldi (from Chesterfield F.C.)
Portugal FW Luís Miguel (from Madalena F.C.)
Belgium MF Fangio Buyse (from Doxa Katokopias)
Argentina MF Julian Kmet (from Ferro Carril Oeste)
Argentina DF Martín Vitali (from Nueva Chicago)
Portugal DF Lionel Medeiros (from AC Omonia)
Brazil FW Rafael Jaques (from Sport Club Ulbra)
Germany GK Elvis Eckardt (from FC Thüringen Weida)
Cyprus MF Michalis Demetriou (on loan from Apollon Limassol)
Cyprus DF Periklis Moustakas (on loan from Apollon Limassol)
Portugal FW Bernardo Vasconcelos (from AC Omonia)
Côte d'Ivoire MF Lionel Bah (from US Boulogne)

No. Position Player
Portugal MF Tiago Carneiro (to Olympiakos Nicosia)
Portugal MF José António Calado (to AEP Paphos)
Greece MF Nikolaos Chatzis (to Atromitos Yeroskipou)
Brazil FW Gabriel Lima (to Alki Larnaca)
Brazil DF Tinga (to AEP Paphos)

Famous Players

* Armenia Romik Khachatryan
* Botswana Joel Mogorosi
* Brazil Tinga
* Brazil Tuta
* Brazil Alexandre Negri
* Brazil Marcio Ferreira
* Bulgaria Rosen Kirilov
* Greece Alexandros Alexandris
* Greece Leonidas Vokolos
* Serbia Milan Belić
* Serbia Radislav Dragicevic
* Hungary Krisztián Pest
* Hungary Gábor Bardi
* Slovakia Simeon Stevica
* Poland Emmanuel Olisadebe
* Portugal Bernardo Vasconcelos
* Portugal José António Calado
* Portugal Carlos Marques
* Portugal Paulo Sousa
* Portugal Miguel Vargas
* Rwanda Hamad Ndikumana
* Ukraine Dmytro Mykhailenko
* Zimbabwe David Kutyauripo


* Cypriot Second Division
o Champions (2): 2005, 2007

* Cypriot Third Division:
o Champions (1): 2004


1. ^ "UEFA entry". Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
2. ^ "Greek Mythology - People, Places, & Things - Kerigo to Kleomenes I". Michael Stewart.. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
3. ^ "RSSF stats 2003-04". Retrieved on 2007-09-08.


*Official Website

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