History - Apollon FC

History

Christoforos Tsolakis

Club Information

  • Founded: 14th April 1954
  • Ground: Tsireio Stadium
  • President: Nicos Kirzis
  • Coach: Alexander Zorniger
  • Location: Limassol, Cyprus
  • Overview
  • Presidents
  • Trophies
  • Timeline

Apollon FC History

At the end of 1953, a team of young men placed as a dream and objective, the foundation of an association with national and athletic aims based on promoting the education and social skills of its young members. On April 14th 1954, the general assembly of these members with leader Mr Christakis Pavlides proposes the foundation of an athletic association called “APOLLON LIMASSOL”.

The assembly approved the proposal and thus from that date “APOLLON was born”. The first administrative council of the team included: Charalambos Lymbourides (Secretary), Andreas Psyllides (Cashier), Antonakis Fourlas (Adviser), Melis Charalampous (Adviser), Andreas Theoharous (Adviser) Andreas Aggelopoulos (Adviser) and Kostas Panayiotou (Adviser).

The first football team was created under the directives of Antonakis Fourlas, playing against district teams. This had a result of it becoming continuously more expensive to run and thus the registration of new members was increased with fast rhythms. For this reason it was decided to send a letter to the C.F.A (Cyprus Football Association) on March 23rd 1955 for the integration of Apollon into the association. On 16 October 1955, the Cypriot Football Association (C.F.A) included in its orders Apollon in the 2nd division.

In its first year, Apollon had 8 defeats in 8 matches in the second division. Just before the next season (1956–57), Apollon won the regional group in the second division and subsequently the play-offs and then was promoted to the first division.

This took place in 1957 and ever since Apollon has been competing in the first division. Through his history, Apollon won three Championships (1991, 1994, 2006), nine Cups (1966, 1967, 1986, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017), three Super Cup (2006, 2016, 2017) and also had some very successful participations in European competitions, winning several important games and at the same time, the respect of many European football clubs.

CLUB PRESIDENTS HISTORY
President Name Years
XENOFON CHARALAMBOUS 2020 -
MARINOS EFSTATHIOU 2014 - 2019
GIORGOS PAVLIDES 2007 - 2013
THEODOROS ANTONIOU 2005 - 2007
KAKOS POTAMITIS 2001 - 2005
GIORGOS PAPAS 1999 - 2001
DIMIS KIRZIS 1991 - 1999
PAMPOS GEORGIADES 1987 - 1991
GLAFKOS PSILLAKIS 1985 - 1987
ANTONIS HATZIPAVLOU 1977 - 1985
AIMILIOS MICHAELIDES 1973 - 1977
YAKINTHOS EYGENIOU 1972 - 1973
TAKIS SOLOMONIDES 1971 - 1972
ANDREAS PSILLIDES 1970 - 1971
THEODOROS PAPAS 1966 - 1970
AIMILIOS MICHAELIDES 1965 - 1966
DEMETRIS POLIDORIDES 1963 - 1965
LOUKAS CHARALAMBOUS 1958 - 1963
COSTAS CHARALAMBOUS 1956 - 1958
PAMBOS LIMPOURIDES 1954 - 1956
COMPANY PRESIDENTS HISTORY
President Name Years
NICOS KIRZIS 2012 -
PAVLOS ARISTODEMOU 2011 - 2012
GIORGOS PAVLIDES 2010 - 2011
FRIXOS SAVVIDES 2009 - 2010
THEODOROS ANTONIOU 2008 - 2009
FRIXOS SAVVIDES 2007 - 2009
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2005 - 2007
FILIOS DROUSIOTIS 2004 - 2005
GIORGOS PAPAS 2003 - 2004
SOFOKLIS SOFOKLEOUS 2002 - 2003
LAMBROS CHRISTOFI 2001 - 2002
GIORGOS PAPAS 2000 - 2001
PAMPOS GEORGIADES 1999 - 2000
FRIXOS SAVVIDES 1999 - 1999
DIMIS KIRZIS 1998 - 1999

FOUNDATION: THE BRIGHT DAY OF SPORTS IN LIMASSOL

The birth of Apollon Limassol!

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14.04.1954

ESTABLISHED IN EOKA AND THE NAME… “O THRYLOS”

Apollon joins EOKA

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10.05.1955

MEMBERSHIP IN THE CFA AND REGISTRATION IN THE SECOND DIVISION

After a lot of difficulties Apollon has joined CFA

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16.10.1955

THE FIRST OFFICIAL MATCH AND THE FIRST GOALS

The first difficulties in second division

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26.12.1955

The first official win and the promotion

On February 10, 1957 at GSO, Apollon was happy to celebrate the first victory in its history.

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10.02.1957

THE FIRST SEASON AND THE FIRST VICTORY IN THE FIRST DIVISION

After becoming champion of the 2nd division in the period 1956-57, Apollon was ready for his first season in the first tier of Cypriot football.

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27.10.1957

THE FIRST CUP

The first trophy has came

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16.06.1966

THE FIRST EUROPEAN TRIP

For the first time our team secured place in european competitions for the season 1965-1966 by defeating Nea Salamina 4-2 in the Cup final.

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21.09.1966

BACK TO BACK AND CUP AGAIN

Apollon was now forced to fight hard to maintain the gains and managed for the second consecutive year (1966-1967) to achieve his second blow and to be crowned Cypriot cup winner again.

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02.07.1967

A DREAM THAT BECAME A REALITY… MESSOLOGGIOU 1

One of the most important chapters in the history of Apollon needs to be the building of the union. A building, which was one of the first privately owned, but also one of the most modern unions in Cyprus and is the “home” of Apollon for four decades.

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15.12.1979

THE FIRST DRAW IN EUROPE AGAINST BARCELONA

Apollon drew against famous Barcelona.

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30.09.1982

THE THIRD CUP 19 YEARS LATER

In our fifth participation in the cup final we were able to win our third cup.

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23.06.1986

THE FIRST WIN IN EUROPE

After winning the 1985-86 cup, Apollon returns to Europe, where it will achieve the first european victory in its history.

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17.09.1986

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

Apollon managed to finally make the dream come true

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11.05.1991

THE FIRST QUALIFICATION IN EUROPE

After 37 years, the moment that thousands of team’s fans have been patiently waiting for so many years and which was nothing more than winning the championship finally came.

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02.10.1991

SEVENTH FINAL – 4TH CUP

Cup winners for 4th time

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10.06.1992

WHEN WE FACED INTER MILAN

It was a great night for Apollon that, no matter how many years pass, those who experienced it, will not forget anything.

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03.11.1993

THE TOUCH OF MAGICIAN AND THE SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP

After an exciting ongoing championship, the “blue and whites” once again claimed the title until the end and unlike last season, this time they managed to prevail over Omonia in the last match, celebrating the second trophy in their history.

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07.05.1994

EPIC QUALIFICATION WITH JABLONEC ON PENALTIES

Epic qualification against the Jablonec

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01.10.1998

IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM WITH THE FIFTH CUP

About 13 thousand Apollonians traveled from Limassol to Nicosia that day

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02.05.2001

THE ONLY UNDEFEATED CHAMPION ALL OVER EUROPE

Champions again!

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06.05.2006

FINALLY THE FIRST SUPER CUP!

On Saturday, August 5, 2006, another historic day was finally written for the “Legend” of Limassol, after many appearances in the fight for this institution, Apollon finally manages to conquer the shield of the CFA (now Super Cup) and add it to the rich showcase of the club with trophies.

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08.08.2006

NINE YEARS WERE TOO MANY: THE SIXTH CUP

The final was held on May 15, 2010 with APOEL at GSZ

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15.05.2010

THE SEVENTH CUP… IN THE SEVENTH HEAVEN!

The end of the match found the thousands of Apollon’s fans to become one with the footballers and celebrate the 7th cup in our history.

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22.05.2013

FIRST QUALIFICATION TO THE UEL GROUP STAGE

A new chapter in Apollon’s history book

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29.08.2013

FIRST AWAY WIN OF CYPRIOT TEAM IN EUROPE

First cypriot team which won in away group stage match

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03.10.2013

THE EPIC MATCH IN MOSCOW AND THE TO GROUPS AGAIN

Apollon smashed Lokomotiv 1-4 in Moscow!

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28.08.2014

THE EIGHTH CUP WITH OMONIA

Just three years after winning the cup in 2013, Apollon is again in the final of the institution, this time against Omonia at the Tsirio Stadium, after a draw between the seats of the two teams.

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18.05.2016

THE SECOND SUPER CUP

As the 2015-2016 cup winner, Apollon claimed the first title of the new 2016-2017 season (Super Cup) against the champion APOEL, which they won 2-1 at the GSP stadium and won the trophy.

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10.08.2016

THE NINTH CUP ON APOEL IN GSP

Back-To-Back cup winners

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24.05.2017

THE THIRD SUPER CUP

Apollon won the third super cup of its history

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09.08.2017

3RD QUALIFICATION IN THE UEL GROUP STAGE

Apollon has proceed to UEL for third time.

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24.08.2017

Back to Back to UEL Group stage

Apollon made it to qualify to UEFA Europa League group stage for second consecutive time.

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09.08.2017
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