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By ESPN Staff

Nioplias named as Cyprus boss

Former Greece international Nikos Nioplias is set to take over as the new coach of Cyprus.

The Cyprus Football Association revealed they had made a ''verbal agreement'' with the former Panathinaikos coach to fill the role vacated by his compatriot Angelos Anastasiades in April.

Nioplias is reported to have signed a deal that will take him through to the 2014 World Cup.

The 46-year-old's first game in charge is set to be a home Euro 2012 qualifier against Moldova on August 10, although Cyprus' hopes of qualifying for the finals are remote after a poor group H campaign which finds them second from bottom with just two points.


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