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What words are in line with Cyprus for us in the first place? Of course, the sea, the sun and a quiet life. And for the Russian football fan, Cyprus has recently been associated with the number “6”. Such were the balls that entered the doors of the Cypriots in November of last year in the decisive match for Russia in the completion of the qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup. True, now it is history. I must say that the Russian team has always beaten the Cypriot team without much tension. With the exception, perhaps, of the 1997 game, when the team with Valery Karpin in the composition unexpectedly lost points in Nicosia.

But our regular victories over the Cypriots do not at all mean that football on the island of Aphrodite is weak or not particularly interesting for anyone. Rather, on the contrary, it is the most popular sport here. And Russia may well envy the number of football clubs per capita. Especially now, when thinking about who and where to expand the domestic Premier League.

Cyprus has football teams in all age groups (Senior, Under-21, Under-19, Under-17), as well as a futsal team and a women’s national team. Currently, the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) has 57 professional football clubs and there is also an amateur football association with some 290 teams. The CFA holds the Cyprus Championship and Cup.

But not everything is so rosy. A lot of football, a lot of problems. The local fans are very active and do not hesitate to express their feelings. It is true, sometimes quite radically, as, for example, with arbitration. Yes, yes, the Cypriots also have quite a few claims against their referees. One of them even had his car blown up. This is the question of the level of football passions that boil on the island.

Nowadays, things can get completely out of control. At the southernmost point of Cyprus, in the beautiful city of Limassol, the Cypriot top division teams “Aris” and “Apollo” will play a truly exciting match. “Apollo” should become the champion of Cyprus for the first time in 16 years! So it’s no wonder that fans started warming up for such an important event in advance. The fans decided to give free rein to all their emotions and got so carried away that the president of Cyprus himself was forced to intervene to calm their feelings. He announced (the country’s presidential elections should take place in 2023) that he declares war on football hooligans. But that hasn’t helped much so far.

Photo: FC Aris press service

On April 29, fans faced off between Anorthosis and Apollo at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. At the beginning of May, they continued: there were serious injuries and destruction of vehicles, but already the APOEL fans attacked the Apollon fans. And early Saturday morning there was an explosion at the entrance to the official store of the “Aris” football club. And this act of vandalism is probably also related to the game that will take place today at the Cirio stadium. Not surprisingly, the local authorities have asked the residents of Limassol to refrain from visiting the city center and not to leave vehicles there.

But, most likely, few will heed this warning. After all, it’s not every year that your native club becomes champion! So for the people of Limassol it will be a truly historic match. Fans crave a vacation and thrills! It’s no wonder that tickets for this game sold out in just a few hours.

Photo: FC Aris press service

By the way, Limassol is also called the capital of Russian-speaking Cyprus. About 50 thousand Russian-speaking citizens live in the city and its surroundings. And the Aris club itself maintains social networks in Russian and actively works with its Russian-speaking fans. One of the best Russian commentators was invited to comment on the match. Kirill Dementieva (now working for Setanta Sports). We called up the former Match TV broadcaster to find out how he’s preparing for this match.

– Kirill, tell me honestly, did the preparation for the Cypriot championship take longer than, say, the German or English? – I can’t prepare for the German championship. After all, I’ve been commenting on it for 20 years, which means I’m preparing for it almost every day. With Cyprus, of course, a completely different story. First, you must learn how to correctly pronounce the names of the players. So – to read stories related to this championship. Of course, I had a special preparation for this match.

– And the question is a little off topic, but nevertheless, it burns for our football. We have less and less good, and more importantly, interesting commentators. And when you worked in Russia, they called you one of the best. Along with Vasily Utkin. Why did he leave?– Yes, in fact, the Russian commentary school is not in the best condition today. One way or another, the competition has been broken in this profession in the last three years. Therefore, I was no longer interested in working in such conditions. And, unfortunately, so far I do not see any prospects for development or the appearance of new faces in the shop of Russian commentators.

Also, on the eve of the game, we couldn’t help but talk to the Aris representative, the director of marketing for this club. Alexey Dozortsev:

– Did the incident in your club’s official store affect the mood of the team? Is everything going according to plan?– Everything is good. Game to be! The team continues to actively prepare for Sunday’s game. The situation is under police control. I am sure they will do their job very well. Meanwhile, the club is busy planning game day and security issues for this match. For us, the main priority is the comfort and safety of our fans. We are a family club. We have many children in the stands. That is why we work at all levels so that the guests of our stadium feel calm and comfortable before, during and after the match. We are constantly in contact with our fans and inform them in a timely manner about all changes related to attendance at this game. All our divisions always work at the highest level. The club “Aris” has the high level of high-quality football established by us, without violence and aggression. Football is like a vacation for everyone.

All those who are interested in discovering different facets of world football and want more emotions after the Moscow-St. Petersburg matchup, welcome to the broadcast:

TRANSMISSION

The game will start at 19.00 Moscow time.



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