For the first time in the history of European football competitions, two Cypriot teams managed to secure direct entry to the group stage of UEFA competitions.

The Champion team of Apollon Limassol starts its European journey in the 3rd qualifying round of Champions League with the first match taking place on the 2nd or 3rd of August.

Whatever the outcome result is in that round, the team’s presence in the group stage of Conference league is secured as following possible failures in entering the group stage of Champions League or Europa League, the team ends up in the group stage of Conference League.

The Cyprus cup winner, Omonoia Nicosia will start its European journey on the 18th of August in the playoffs stage of Europa League. The teams is guaranteed a place in the Conference League group stage in the worst case of failing to enter the group stage of Europa League.

The runner-up AEK will start its journey in the 2nd qualifying round of Champions League on the 19th or 20th of July.  The team will face either the Ukrainian runner-up Dynamo Kyiv (with the question mark of her participation due to the war accompanying the team) or the Danish runner-up Midtjyland.

If AEK qualifies in the 3rd qualifying round of the top club competition, it will “lock in” its participation in the Europa League group stage. In the event of being knocked out from Champions League, the team will continue in the groups of the second tier of the UEFA competition without a match in the playoffs.

APOEL and Aris will start their European journey in the second qualifying round of Conference League on the 21st of July.

Will the 5 Cypriot teams manage to beat their first opponent?