Wednesday, 26 August 2009

APOEL savours Champions League glory

Two Greek teams have made it through to this year's group stages of the Champions League, Europe's pre-eminent club-football tournament. They are Olympiakos Piraeus, who tonight beat Tiraspol 1-0 and go through 3-0 on aggregate; and APOEL, who defeated FC Copenhagen 3-1 tonight in Nicosia and win 3-2 over the two legs.

This is the second year in a row that the champions from Cyprus have made it through to the Champions League group stages. Last year, Anorthosis qualified and performed well and, this year, Cyprus' best supported and most successful club side, APOEL (Αθλητικός Ποδοσφαιρικός Όμιλος Ελλήνων Λευκωσίας – Athletic Football Club of the Greeks of Nicosia), will try their luck. Like Anorthosis, APOEL is a club steeped in nationalist politics and its players and supporters have historically been associated with EOKA and its aims. Well done to APOEL and good luck in the Champions League group stages!

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