Anorthosis Famagusta FC clinched their 13th league title on Saturday night without kicking a ball after rivals APOEL FC lost 1-0 against AEK Larnaca FC.
The result meant that Temuri Ketsbaia's undefeated side - who were already eleven points ahead of APOEL - were crowned champions despite having three games to play in the end-of-season play-offs. On Sunday, Anorthosis celebrated their triumph in front of around 10,500 home supporters at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca despite being held to a 0-0 draw by third-placed AC Omonia.
The visitors had missed a glorious chance to break Anorthosis' unbeaten record when the referee awarded them a penalty in the third minute of added time only for Portuguese striker Bernardo Vasconcelos to drive his effort off the woodwork. As it is, Anorthosis's only defeat since last summer came as they went down 6-1 to Tottenham Hotspur FC in a UEFA Cup game in London.
Anorthosis' Greek defender Nicolaos Katsavakis said: "All the hard work, which began last July, has paid off. Congratulations to everyone at the club and especially our fans." Fellow defender Andreas Constantinou added: "It's a fantastic day and nobody can say that we are not worthy champions." Anorthosis could yet win a double, as they have already booked a place in the Cypriot Cup semi-finals.