The Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia have been handed a tie against Slavia Praha, in the Champions League Play-off draw for the upcoming Champions League 2017-2018 season.

APOEL, by far the most successful team in Cyprus in recent years, will be vying for their fourth appearance in the highly lucrative Champions League group stage against the second most successful club in the Czech Republic.

APOEL Nicosia (CYP) v Slavia Praha (CZE), 15th August 7:45 pm Kick-Off

Slavia Praha (CZE) v APOEL Nicosia (CYP), 23rd August, 7:45 pm Kick-Off

Meanwhile, reigning Greek champions Olympiacos are to face Croatian outfit Rijeka.

The Greek side has a long distinguished history of group stages activity and will be hoping to re-enter the competition proper.

Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) v Rijeka (CRO), 16th August, 7:45 PM, Kick-Off

Rijeka (CRO) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) 22nd August, 7:45 PM, Kick-Off

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The ties will be played on 17th and 24th August. The 22 winners advance to the group stage, where they will join 16 automatic entrants and ten teams transferring from the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Apollon Limassol (CYP) v Midtjylland (DEN)
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v AEK Larnaca (CYP)

Club Brugge (BEL) v AEK Athens (GRE)
Panathinaikos (GRE) v Athletic Club (ESP)
PAOK (GRE) v Östersund (SWE)

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AEL Limassol 1-2 Austria Wien (agg: 1-2)*
Aldair 60′               Holzhauser 34 (P), Felipe Pires 90

Apollon Limassol 2-0 Aberdeen (agg: 3-2)
Schembri 17′, Zelaya 86′

Dinamo Minsk 1-1 AEK Larnaca (agg: 1-3)
Saroka 47′ (P),         Acorán 90+3′

Apollon Limassol, AEK Larnaca are through to Play-off draw, Friday 4th August
AEL Limmassol (are out)

Gabala 1-2 Panathinaikos (agg: 1-3)
Moledo 52′ og                        Lod 63′, Cabezas 66′

Panionios 0-1 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (agg: 0-2)
Korbos 79′ og

PAOK 2-0 Olimpik Donetsk (agg: 3-1)
Mak 24′, Cimirot 45+1′

Panathinaikos, and PAOK are through to play-off draw, Friday 4th August
Panionios (are out)

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Greek champions Olympiacos Pireaus completed the comfortable 5-3 aggregate victory, over Partisan Belgrade, following a 2-2 result at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis. Last week’s 3-1 away victory in Belgrade virtually made sure they went into Wednesday game as the tie-favourites to win.

Carcela-González and Fortounis twice give Olympiacos the lead; for the Serbain side Soumah and Djurdjević responded, levelling the scores in Athens.

The Greek side is into the Friday’s play-off draw.

The first legs will be played on 15/16 August, with the returns taking place on 22/23 August.

Meanwhile, AEK Athens had suffered their second defeat at the hands of CSKA Moskva, with a 1-0 loss at the Moscow stadium, on Wednesday night. A Natcho ’74 minute goal confirmed the Athenian side’s exit, 3-0 aggregate loss, overall.

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The national Under-20 team is the new European champion, after defeating Israel 65-56 in Sunday’s final at Iraklio.

Players of Greece’s U-20 national basketball team crowned European Champions after beating Israel on Sunday

Yet another golden generation for Greek basketball has made the most of the home advantage to win one more trophy in these categories of FIBA Europe competitions, before beginning to feed the men’s team with fresh talent and quality. This is the same team that two years ago won the U18 championship at Volos.

The players of coach Ilias Papatheodorou took great strength from their quarter-final victory over Lithuania, when they came back from 15 points down, to thrash Spain in Saturday’s semifinal with a 77-56 score and then impose themselves on Israel in the final at the Dyo Aorakia arena on Crete.

After a slow start, which Israel capitalised on to lead 14-2, the Greek teenagers worked hard in defense and played a composed game in attack that allowed them to unfold their talent and lead 26-23 at half-time, before breaking away in the second half.

Players such as Vassilis Charalampopoulos, Antonis Koniaris, Nikos Diplaros, Michalis Lountzis and Vassilis Christidis are guaranteeing a great future for Greek basketball, both on national team and on club level.

“These guys are making me so proud…” said Papatheodorou with tears in his eyes.

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Thursday night results are in and the Cypriot sides and one Greek club have all successfully progressed to the Third qualifying round of Europa League qualifying.

AEK Larnaca sealed a 1-0 solid home win against Irish out-fit Cork City, taking a 2-0 aggregate victory. Florian (33’) diving reader redirects a team-mate’s shot in to the Cork net, which guaranteed their European adventure would continue in the competition this season.

AEK Larnaca play Dinamo Minsk of Belarus in Third qualifying round.

Meanwhile, AEL booked their passage to the next round after a convincing 3-1 aggregate score-line, defeating Progrès Niederkorn (agg: 3-1) at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium. Fidelis (70’) fires in opener from distance, goalkeeper fumbling his shot.

Françoise responds to level the score-line on 80’, but Lafrance (88’) pounces for late AEL winner after a team-mate’s shot is saved.

AEL Limassol play Austria Wien of Austria in the Third qualifying round.

Elsewhere, Apollon Limassol produced a stunning 5-1 aggregate under their belt, beating Romanian team Zaria Bălți 2-1 away at the Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau. Alex (45’) converts Apollon penalty low to left just before break; Focşa loops in headed reply. Zaria’s Raţa sent off; Schembri (80) scrambles in winner after Zelaya shot is saved.

Apollon play Scottish out-fit Aberdeen in Third qualifying round.

Greek side Panionios produced a dramatic away victory 3-2, beating Športni Park, at Nova Gorica in Slovenia, advancing, with a 5-2 aggregate score-line.

Masouras (11’) flicks opener; Yesil (16’) restores lead from close range following Kapić (15’) penalty. Lamprou clips away Panionios’s third on 23 minutes; Kapić (67’) scores second spot-kick after break.

Panionios play Israeli team Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Third qualifying round.

Third qualifying round (matches 27 July/3 August)

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Cyprus champions APOEL Nicosia booked their place in to the Third qualifying round of the Champions League after De Camargo converted a penalty on 40′, as APOEL scoring the only goal of the match sealed a solid win.

The reigning Cypriot champions doubled their aggregate lead following last week’s home victory, 1-0 against the champions of Luxembourg Dudelange in the first-leg Second qualifying round. The Cypriot side travelled to the Stade Jos Nosbaum stadium, with a good raucous support of travelling APOEL fans, with the game played on 19th July, 5 pm kick-off UK time.

The Cypriot side will face Romanian champions FC Viitorul Constanța in the Third qualifying round, with ties to be played on 25/26 July & 1/2 August.

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Four Cypriot teams in football, APOEL, Apollon, AEK and AEL get in the battle of UEFA leagues this week.

APOEL, Apollon, AEK and AEL get in the battle of UEFA leagues this week.

Specifically, the Champions APOEL will face on Wednesday F91 DUDELANGE from Luxembourg in the framework of the second qualified round of the UEFA Champions League. The match will kick off at 18:00 in GSP Stadium in Nicosia.

Apollon of Limassol begins on Thursday its course to Europa League. The blues from Limassol play against Zaria Balti from Moldova in AEK Arena Stadium in Larnaca at 18:00.

On Thursday, AEK of Larnaka faces in Ireland Cork City at 19:45. Finally, AEL of Limassol plays against Progres Niederkorn from Luxembourg at 18:00 in “Antonis Papadopoulos” Stadium in Larnaca.

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Cyprus football championship concluded on Sunday with the games of match day 10 of the play off.

The Nicosia team clinched its fifth consecutive championship title


The champion team of APOEL drew 2-2 with Apollon at GSP Stadium in Nicosia.

The team of Nicosia clinched its fifth consecutive championship title and 26th in its history and will take part in next year`s UEFA Champions League.Runner up AEK of Larnaca beat at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium Anorthosis with 1-0.

APOEL will represent Cyprus in next season`s Champions League qualifying games. On the other hand, AEK, Apollon and AEL will participate in Europa League’s qualifications.

As regards the second group of the play off, Karmiotissa was downgraded, and the team moves to the second division.

The results of match day 10: APOEL-Apollon 1-1, Anorthosis-AEK 0-1, AEL-Omonia 3-2, Ermis-Ethnicos 3-4, Doxa-Nea Salamina 0-3, Karmiotissa-Aris 5-1.

Final Standings:
Group A: APOEL 80, AEK 76, Apollon 73, AEL 66, Omonia 57, Anorthosis 47
Group B: Nea Salamina 45, Ethnicos 43, Ermis 42, Aris 41, Doxa 37, Karmiotissa 37.

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AEK and PAOK have advanced to the Greek Cup final after seeing off Olympiakos and Panathinaikos respectively in quite turbulent circumstances this week. The two teams that trace their origins in Constantinople will meet in a Cup final after 34 years.

AEK and PAOK have advanced to the Greek Cup final after seeing off Olympiakos and Panathinaikos

AEK managed to defend its 2-1 lead from the first leg in Piraeus losing 1-0 at home on Wednesday but eliminating Olympiakos on the away goals rule.

The Reds were dominant almost throughout the second leg at the Olympic Stadium but only found a way through eight minutes from the end with Alaixys Romao. This set the game on fire in the last few minutes, with Oscar Cardozo missing a huge chance to send Olympiakos to the final as his header hit the upright on the 90th minute.

Playing in front of some 40,000 fans, AEK saw its goalkeeper Yiannis Anestis get sent off in injury time, and the completion of its substitutions meant that striker Hugo Almeida was forced to put the gloves on and become an emergency keeper for the last couple of minutes of the game. Olympiakos’s Manuel da Costa also got ejected for a second bookable offense right at the end.

The Reds protested loudly against the referee for his calls, and their sports director Francois Modesto threatened one of the match’s officials.

In Thessaloniki on Thursday PAOK overturned its 2-0 loss from the first leg in Athens triumphing 4-0 in a match where it had everything going its way, including luck and a number of referee decisions.

Panathinaikos was the better team in the first half and missed at least five major chances (mainly via Viktor Klonaridis) to silence the Toumba Stadium, but it was PAOK that led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a marvelous free-kick on the 14th minute.

The second half was all PAOK, with three goals coming from Leo Matos, Evgen Shakhov and Aleksandar Prijovic, while the Greens were reduced to 10 men on the 70th minute (with the score at 2-0) due to a (harsh) second yellow card shown to Niklas Hult.

The match was interrupted for three minutes in the first half as a flare thrown from the stands breezed past Panathinaikos’s Lucas Villafanes.

The Cup final will take place on Saturday May 6, probably in Larissa.

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