National cup holders Omonia and Larnaca side Anorthosis are leading the way in rebuilding their squads for the upcoming season, as both clubs prepare for the upcoming UEFA Europa League and domestic campaigns.

Neophytos Larkou got the green light from Omonia’s board to create what should be a very effective side, and he made sure top scorer Freddy and influential midfielder Leandro remain with the club for at least another year. With the likes of Georgios Efrem, Andreas Avraam, Constantinos Makrides and Andre Alves, Omonia looks pretty solid up front, so this was the reason for the first two newcomers to be Swiss goalkeeper Johnny Leoni and French defender Anthony Scaramozzino.

Anorthosis’ Israeli manager Ronny Levy and club’s chairman Savvas Kakos are working together to give a completely new outlook to their side and, after parting ways with seven players, including experienced Cypriot forward Michalis Konstantinou, they now have Portuguese defender Paulo Jorge from APOEL, who was honoured by UEFA by being included in this year’s Champions League best line-up.

Levy also signed the promising 24-year-old goalkeeper Christos Mastrou, who personally had a great season with Anagennisi Derynias, but he will be considered the second choice since the club also brought in Montenegrin goalkeeper Srdjan Blazic.

The fourth edition of the UEFA Europa League begins with the draw for the first and second qualifying rounds at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on June 15, 2012.

Cyprus Mail

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