A rivalidade entre clubes cipriotas vai muito além das cores dentro das quatro linhas. APOEL (direita) e Omonoia (comunista, com ligações ao AKEL) são rivais desde a década de 40 do século passado, por motivos históricos e políticos. Pessoalmente, espero pelo APOEL no sorteio da Champions por razões que vão além de uma suposta facilidade na eliminatória - na qual não acredito.
Gate 9 - Omonoia
De acordo com um estudo efectuado sobre a violência no futebol cipriota, motivos políticos estão na base de grande parte dos confrontos verificados:
"APOEL fans consider the fans of AEL (Limassol) as their most notorious rivals, followed by the fans of OMONOIA (Nicosia). Both these latter teams happen to be left wing teams; additionally AEL is a Limassol team, a town with which Nicosians believe themselves to be in perpetual conflict, while OMONOIA is considered the “eternal enemy” for political reasons.
OMONOIA fans consider as rivals all the right wing teams: firstly ANORTHOSIS, secondly the Enosis Neon Paralimniou (teams that come from other towns) and thirdly APOEL which is again considered to be the “eternal enemy”
Overall, football violence in Cyprus seems to be related to cultural, historical and political factors. The development of Cypriot football has been strongly affected by the historical rivalry between left and right, the last years of the 1940s being the historical starting point of this. (That was the period following the civil war in Greece, when clubs began to be separated into left and right). These historical events marked the future development of football, since from that time on football confrontations (in the Premier League, but also in village and town competitions), became politically charged. In older times violent confrontations did exist, but the phenomenon was marked by different characteristics.
Nowadays, the younger fans are not only the inheritors of a tradition of confrontation between left and right - in all aspects of life, including football-, but also their proud continuators.
Para os cipriotas, um dos principais factores para a escolha do clube futebol é a sua conotação política. Por tudo isto, e mais além, que venha o APOEL, para darmos uma alegria aos adeptos do Omonoia.