Ran Ben Shimon takes over for Cyprus
Ran Ben Shimon will be the new head coach of the Cypriot national team until the fall of 2019.
Ran Ben Shimon has been appointed as Cyprus’ new national team coach and will look to improve the team’s display in the remaining qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Israeli coach signed a deal until the Fall of 2019, meaning he will also be in charge for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. A reminder, that former coach Christodoulou stepped down after an unconvincing win against Gibraltar in June.
The 46-year old coach is familiar with Cypriot football as he coached AEK Larnaka during the 2012/13 season with much success. He began his coaching career in 2005 working with Hapoel Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Ironi Kiryat Shmona and won the 2012/13 Israeli league title before moving to Cyprus. After his stay in Cyprus, he returned to Israel to coach Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Petah Tikva, and Beitar Jerusalem.
Shimon will quickly get to work with the national team as his first game in charge will be against Bosnia on August 31st at the GSP stadium in Nicosia.
After signing his new deal Shimon stated “I am very happy for the opportunity to work with the Cyprus National Team and I cannot wait to start working. It is a great challenge and I will be grateful if I manage to achieve something with Cyprus.”