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    Official name: Athletikos Podosferikos Omilos Ellinon Lefkosias

    City: Nicosia, Cyprus

    Best League Performance: Champions 20 times 
    (Most recent - 2008/09)

    Best Cup Performance: Cypriot Cup winners 19 times
    (Most recent - 2007/08)

    
    Website: http://www.apoelfc.com.cy

 
 


APOEL's Portuguese players

Paulo Jorge (born June 16, 1980)

Paulo Jorge Soares Gomes had spent his entire career with Sporting Braga before, at the age of 29, he made the move to Cypriot champions APOEL FC in the summer of 2009. A central defender with a habit of scoring goals, Paulo Jorge captained Braga before a series of injuries slowed down his career in his homeland. After missing the vast majority of the 2008/09 season, Braga allowed the player to leave and Jorge signed a two-year deal with Champions League-bound APOEL.

 

Nuno Morais (born January 29, 1984)

Former Penafiel midfielder Nuno Morais has become a mainstay of the APOEL side since moving to the GSP Stadium in 2007. Morais, who can play as a defender or, more commonly, as a holding midfielder, was signed by Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in 2004, and would go on to become a Portuguese under-21 international. The youngster struggled to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge, spending a season on loan back in his homeland with Maritimo in 2005/06, and he was allowed to leave when his three-year contract finished, joining ambitious APOEL on a free transfer in May 2007.

 

Helio Pinto (born February 29, 1984)

A product of the Benfica academy, left-sided forward Helio Pinto is a relative veteran of Cypriot football, having played in the country since 2005. Pinto left Benfica at the age of 20 to sign with Spanish club Sevilla, but a loan spell in Cyprus with Apollon Limassol during the 2005-06 campaign brought the Portugal under-19 international his first taste of regular senior football. After helping Apollon to the Cypriot title, Pinto was signed permanently by domestic giants APOEL, where he has since added further league and cup medals to his collection.
 

 

Stadium

Name: GSP Stadium

Capacity: 22,859