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
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
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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GREECE champions Olympiacos Piraeus FC have qualified for the Champions League group stages following a 1-0 away victory to Rijeka in Croatia, in the playoffs.

The only goal came in the 25th minute through Marin, which confirmed 3-1 aggregate win over the Croatian opponents.

The Greek team are back in the group stages after a year’s absence.

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GREECE edged out Great Britain in tight EuroBasket warm-up…

Our own UK Greeks/Cypriots fan-base whipping up an electrifying atmosphere…

In front of nearly 5,000 fans representing both teams, Greece pulled out a nail biter of a win with Britain showing a worldwide audience just what they can do, in an 84-88 defeat.

GB trailed 84-83 with 24 seconds remaining and stole the ball, but missed a shot and a free throw, with Greece’s four free throws sealing the game.

Dan Clark had 23 points to lead GB’s scoring, with Gabe Olaseni and Luke Nelson adding 20 and 13 points respectively.

The defeat is GB’s fifth in their warm-up games for next month’s EuroBasket finals.

On a four-game losing streak after a 72-68 behind-closed-doors loss on Friday to their visitors, GB looked eager to make a mark early but had to come from behind to share the first quarter 22-22.

Greece were missing four regulars, including NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and two other starters, but their wealth of talent – almost the entire squad plays in the continent’s top league, the Euroleague – meant they were still tough opponents for head coach Joe Prunty’s team.

That showed in the second quarter as centre George Papagiannis, fed by classy point guard Kostas Sloukas, ignited a 10-0 run for a 32-25 lead before Gabe Olaseni and newcomer Luke Nelson brought GB back to lead briefly, 40-39 on Nelson’s assured three-pointer.

Down by two points at the break, GB slipped further behind before a storming 14-1 run, inspired by veteran Kieron Achara, brought GB a 65-59 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The return of Sloukas and increased defensive intensity gave the visitors an 11-0 start to the final quarter.

GB set up the chance of an unlikely win with a run of five unanswered point in the last two minutes, but Nelson’s drive and shot missed, and when Andrew Lawrence missed a free throw with six seconds remaining, Greece escaped to another win over their hosts.

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The Champions League Play-off, the First-Leg, 15th August 2017

APOEL Nicosia 2-0 Slavia Praha
De Camargo 2
Aloneftis 10

The Champions League Play-offs, the First-Leg, 16th August 2017

Olympiacos 2-1 Rijeka
Odjidja 66           Héber 42
Romao 90+3

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Mixed results for Greek & Cypriots clubs in Europa League Play-offs

The Play-offs first-leg results, August 17th, 2017

Apollon Limassol 3-2 Midtjylland

Kyriakou 15′                  Sørloth 38, 74
Jander 70′
Pittas 90+1′

Plzeň 3-1 AEK Larnaca

Bakoš 29, 74 (P)            Acorán 8

Kolář 36

PAOK Thessaloniki 3-1 Östersund

Léo Matos 38
Prijovic 77, 88 (P)         Nouri 21 (P)

Panathinaikos 2-3 Athletic

Lod 29                                Aritz Aduriz 68, 74 (P)     De Marcos 71
Cabezas 55

Club Brugge 0-0 AEK Athens

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Our very own British Cypriot Andreas Komodikis made his debut for Cyprus Under-21’s squad friendly versus Moldova at the Zimbrou Stadium in Chișinău on Wednesday 9th August.

He is pictured above (’21’ bottom far-left) of Cyprus starting 11 team, to document his first ‘call-up’ since signing a three year deal with Cypriot First Division team ‘Doxa Katokopias’. Andreas Komodikis is a 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.

”What an experience it was… Absolute honour to be given my first international call up and above all to play for my country!”

The 19-year-old writing on his Twitter page explained how he felt following the end of the match. ”What an experience it was… Absolute honour to be given my first international call up and above all to play for my country! Despite the result, it was an unforgettable moment for myself, singing the national anthem and wearing the shirt!!”

The friendly test comes weeks before the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier which eventually starts for Cyprus in September with their first opponents Malta.

The Cypriot team performed well and despite creating a few good chances, they narrowly lost 2-1 thanks to an ‘own’ goal on 92nd minute.

Both teams enforced attacking football and looked intent to push forward in numbers, creating many chances the Cypriots could even have won on the basis of their solid chances created in the match.

The Moldovan side was in control of possession in the first 15 minutes, taking the game to the visitors. Cyprus gradually eased itself into the game, and indeed constantly improving throughout. This could have opened the scoring. The team had carved out two decent chances around the 20-30 minute mark, with Ioannis Pittas and Konstantinou Soteriou coming close. On the 45th minute, Nikolas Mattheou lost the best chance for the Cypriots. The Moldovan team through Alexandru Boiciuc fired the opening goal however on 46th minute to end the first-half, 1-0 up.

Cyprus equalised to make it 1-1 with a 66th minute goal by Marios Ilias after Ioannis Pittas and Nikolas Mattheou combined well to set-up the attacking play. The home side capitalised on an Andreas Karo ‘own goal’ to sneak a late winner at the 92nd minute.

The Cyprus Under-21 squad: Andreas Christodoulou, Andreas Karo, Christos Wheeler (80′ Kostas Pilea), Rafael Anastasiou (46′ Marios Andreou), Panayiotis Artymatas, Kyriacos Panayi (46′ Andreas Frangos), Constantinos Sotiriou, Georgios Christodoulou (86′ Sotiris Fiakas), Ioannis Pittas, Andreas Komodikis (46′ Marios Ilias), Nikolas Mattheou (67′ Antonis Koumis)

Here at London Greek Radio we would like to congratulate Andreas Komodikis for his Cypriot debut to the Under-21’s and we look forward to seeing his success in the future.

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Another page of glory in her career and the history of the Greek sports was written on Sunday evening by Katerina Stefanidi, who won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships and so she became the first Greek athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, World Championship and European Championship.

Katerina Stefanidi secured the first place by jumping at 4.82m

The gold medalist of Rio secured the first place by jumping at 4.82m.

At the World Championships, she also showed her absolute dominance by continuing her efforts at 4.91m where she was again successful. This way she has again the best performance this year in the world. She also tried three times at 5.02m, but – this time – her efforts were not successful.

The gold medal will be awarded to the Greek World Champion on Monday at 18:10.

Article written by Proto Thema