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Friendly: Cyprus-Finland

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Just got word, Cyprus is hosting Finland in a friendly at the GSP in Lefkosia.

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Ο προπονητ

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Pukki gets behind the defense and scores. :tdown:

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Finns get a penalty, and Hetemaj hits the net, 2-0 :angry:

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Cyprus 0-2 Finland HT

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Cyprus:

Vasiliou IN

Aloneftis OUT

Demetriou IN

Nikolaou OUT

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Kolemainen 3-0. Fire Nioplias!

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Cyprus 0-3 Finland FT

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Kolemainen 3-0. Fire Nioplias!

Cyprus were depleted in this game. As for Firing him, why? He usually picks the right line up, good formation, etc. The fact is the Cypriot national team is in a transitional period. The experienced players are either retired from international football or past their best (Okkas, Konstantinou, Aloneftis, etc), and the younger players are not at a level to replace them.

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Cyprus were depleted in this game. As for Firing him, why? He usually picks the right line up, good formation, etc. The fact is the Cypriot national team is in a transitional period. The experienced players are either retired from international football or past their best (Okkas, Konstantinou, Aloneftis, etc), and the younger players are not at a level to replace them.

He's not doing anything to make it better. We've regressed under him, and to take a shortcut, he's calling up foreigners like Dosa Junior and Vincent Laban.

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He's not doing anything to make it better. We've regressed under him, and to take a shortcut, he's calling up foreigners like Dosa Junior and Vincent Laban.

How have we regressed? We won our first competitive game under him (against Iceland 11/9/12) for the first time in just under 2 years (the last was against Bulgaria October 2009, and even that didn't mean anything because Bulgaria had nothing to play for. The last competitive game of any significance that we won was against Georgia 28/3/09). We have not regressed.

As for who he selects, yes it's true that Laban and Dosa are not Cypriots, but that's not the manager's fault. I too would rather foreigners didn't play but he has been employed to select the best players available to him. If Nioblias didn't select them then KOP would want to know why. What can he say? He has to select them.

Nioblias has done a good job imo. In the first game Cyprus were unlucky not to get a result in Albania. Then beat Iceland at home, playing well. An injury depleted Cyprus went to Slovenia and narrowly lost 2-1. The Norway game was frustrating, Cyprus lost 1-3 at home but played fairly well so that was disappointing. Then for the Finland game Cyprus were poor, but numerous first team players were left out because it was a friendly and he wanted to experiment. That's what friendlies are for. You're being very harsh on him in my opinion

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How have we regressed? We won our first competitive game under him (against Iceland 11/9/12) for the first time in just under 2 years (the last was against Bulgaria October 2009, and even that didn't mean anything because Bulgaria had nothing to play for. The last competitive game of any significance that we won was against Georgia 28/3/09). We have not regressed.

As for who he selects, yes it's true that Laban and Dosa are not Cypriots, but that's not the manager's fault. I too would rather foreigners didn't play but he has been employed to select the best players available to him. If Nioblias didn't select them then KOP would want to know why. What can he say? He has to select them.

Nioblias has done a good job imo. In the first game Cyprus were unlucky not to get a result in Albania. Then beat Iceland at home, playing well. An injury depleted Cyprus went to Slovenia and narrowly lost 2-1. The Norway game was frustrating, Cyprus lost 1-3 at home but played fairly well so that was disappointing. Then for the Finland game Cyprus were poor, but numerous first team players were left out because it was a friendly and he wanted to experiment. That's what friendlies are for. You're being very harsh on him in my opinion

Regressed compared to Anastasiadis

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