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Nioplias to manage Cyprus national team

Former Panathinaikos manager Nikos Nioplias is the new coach of the national team of Cyprus.

The Cypriot Football Association (CFA) announced on June 7 that the 46-year-old coach would take over immediately until the end of the qualifying groups for the 2014 World Cup, i.e. at the end of 2013.

He is replacing fellow Greek Angelos Anastasiadis, who was sacked by the CFA in April, despite enjoying the most successful spell ever for a Cyprus manager.

Nioplias will be in Cyprus by mid-June to sign his contract and meet the Cyprus internationals.

Besides winning the domestic double with Panathinaikos last season, Nioplias was successful as the manager of the national Under-19 and Under-21 teams.