Ethnikos Achna

Founded In
Dasaki Achnas, Cyprus

Ethnikos Achna

About Ethnikos Achna

Ethnikos Achna Football Club was first established in 1968. Based in the village of Achna, the team have spent much of their history in the lower divisions of the Cypriot league system, but have risen to prominence over recent decades, after fully established themselves as a consistent top tier team. The club are nicknamed The Achniotes and have achieved some notable success.

Upon foundation, Ethnikos Achna competed in the country's Second Division until the end of the 1982-83 season, when they gained promotion to the top flight for the first time. Their stay in the First Division was short-lived, however, and they returned to the Second Division after just one year. Multiple promotions and relegations followed until the team were once again promoted in 1992. They have remained in the First Division ever since.

To date, the side have been unable to claim any of the major domestic honours available to them, although they have come close. In 2002, they reached the final of the Cypriot Cup, but were ultimately unsuccessful, losing 1-0 to Anorthosis. Their best ever finish in the Cypriot First Division is 4th place, which they have achieved three times, in 1994-95, 1997-98 and 2006-07. In 2006, the club also competed in the UEFA Intertoto Cup and eliminated KF Partizani Tirana, NK Osijek and Maccabi Petah Tikva en route to winning the competition. In doing so, they gained entry to the 2006-07 UEFA Cup, and also became the first Cypriot club to ever win a UEFA tournament.

Some of the team's most notable former players include Panayiotis Engomitis, Stavros Georgiou, Spyros Kastanas and Lambros Lambrou.

Ethnikos Achna's home matches are held at Ethnikos Achnas Stadium, which is also known as Dasaki Stadium. The venue opened in 1997 and is currently able to hold up to 7,000 spectators.