Betting on Cypriot Football
Cyprus has hosted a domestic championship since way back in 1932, and the current reincarnation is called the Cypriot First Division, run by the Cypriot Football Association. It is a 12-team league and features relegation to the Second Division. In addition, there is a domestic cup competition, as well as a Super cup.
Cypriot clubs are regular competitors in the UEFA Europa League, although to date no club has managed to pass beyond the qualifying rounds for the more illustrious UEFA Champions League.
Internationally there is both a Cyprus men's and women's national team. The men's teams operate at all age groups, and is a staple of qualifying competitions. Our Cyprus football odds comparison tool covers matches in all of the above-mentioned competitions.
Cyprus Football Odds
The Cypriot First Division is a competitive league and its teams regularly cause upsets in the UEFA Europa league. The 12-team format has fostered plenty of rivalries, and teams play each other in a round-robin format both home and away. The league is then split in two, with two groups of six forming the championship round and relegation round. Teams within each mini-section then play each other a further two times, for a total of a 32-game season.
APOEL are the major player within Cypriot football, and have claimed the championship a record 28 times to date, including the last 7 completed competitions. Omonia and Anorthosis are APOEL's nearest rivals with 20 and 13 wins apiece.
The recently completed 2018/19 season in Cyprus saw a decent number of goals per game (2.8), which was a long way down on 2017/18 (3.11), but close to 2016/17's total (2.81). APOEL, for obvious reasons, are the favourites of betting coupons, particularly accumulators.
Cypriot Football History
Like all other countries, Cyprus' football history is linked to its political history. The island has been a source of contention between Greece and Turkey for many years, and North Cyprus, governed by Turkey, has faced an international sports embargo since 1994. There is a domestic league in North Cyprus, but these clubs do not participate in direct matches with teams from the other part of Cyprus, or indeed in European competitions.
Football was introduced to Cyprus by the British, in the form of military personnel who were stationed on the island. The first club, Anorthosis Famagusta, was formed in 1911, and the Cypriot football championship began in 1932.
Internationally, Cyprus regularly takes part in European qualifying for both the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championships, and the country will usually feature regularly on betting coupons, usually as the underdog. To date, the national team has yet to qualify for a major international tournament, and that seems unlikely to change as far as the upcoming 2020 European Championships are concerned: currently the team can be backed at betting odds of 100/1 to win Group I, which features Belgium, Russia and Scotland. Wins against the other two teams in the group, San Marino and Kazakhstan, however, would seem much more likely.