ELF Cup

The ELF Cup (Equality, Liberty, Fraternity) was an international football tournament organised by the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (KTFF), a member of the NF-Board. It was played only once in 2006. Among the participants were NF-Board teams, and FIFA member teams from the Asian Football Confederation.

ELF Cup
Official Logo
Tournament details
Host countryNorth Cyprus
Dates19 November – 25 November
Teams8
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Northern Cyprus (1st title)
Runners-up Crimean Tatars
Third place Kyrgyzstan
Fourth place Zanzibar
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored62 (3.88 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ertaç Taşkıran
(6 goals)

ELF Cup 2006

The 2006 ELF Cup took place in the North Cyprus between November 19 and 25. Initially announced for non-FIFA teams only, the 2006 tournament also found places for three teams from the Asian Football Confederation - Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. However, under pressure from FIFA, Afghanistan withdrew from the tournament. [1]

Controversy

Initially, it was announced that the North Cyprus were to hold the inaugural VIVA World Cup tournament, organised by the NF-Board as a bi-annual competition for the best non-FIFA nations. However, a dispute between the NF-Board and a new regime at the KTFF led to the tournament being taken away and granted to Occitania. The NF-Board claimed that the new government of the North Cyprus insisted on restricting which nations could and could not take part. The KTFF, however, claimed that the NF-Board made unreasonable financial demands.[2]

In response, the KTFF announced that the ELF Cup would be held at the same time as the VIVA World Cup, and have promised to pay travelling expenses to the participants, which has attracted some NF-Board members. The KTFF hope that the tournament will bring North Cyprus further into the international arena.[3]

Competitors

Results

The eight participants were drawn into two groups of four, with the top two from each group progressing to the knockout stage. For details of the squads, see 2006 ELF Cup Squads.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Kyrgyzstan 320172+56
 Zanzibar 312032+15
 Greenland 311132+14
 Găgăuzia 301229–71

Găgăuzia 02 Greenland
Kristian Sandgreen  33'
Niklas Kreutzmann  68' (pen.)
20 Temmuz Stadium, Kyrenia
Referee: Fahim Dayı (TRNC)

Kyrgyzstan 01 Zanzibar
Suleiman Kassim Suleiman  9'
20 Temmuz Stadium, Kyrenia
Referee: Aziz Dayı (TRNC)

Găgăuzia 16 Kyrgyzstan
Marcov  31' Jenish Mamatov  14', 37'
Dilshat Kadyrov  19'
Mihail Sundeev  65', 90'
Ulan Ryskulov  75'
Mağusa Dr. Fazıl Küçük Stadium, Gazimağusa
Referee: Mehmet Sezener (TRNC)

Greenland 11 Zanzibar
Pelle Mortensen  78' Omar  62'
Mağusa Dr. Fazıl Küçük Stadium, Gazimağusa
Referee: Serdar Bilginer (TRNC)

Greenland 01 Kyrgyzstan
Vadim Kondratkov  24'
20 Temmuz Stadium, Kyrenia
Referee: Cevdet Mertkaya (TRNC)

Găgăuzia 11 Zanzibar
Denis Ceavdari  79' Muhammed Seif Muhammed  76'
20 Temmuz Stadium, Kyrenia
Referee: Alkın Gedikoğlu (TRNC)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Northern Cyprus 3300201+199
 Crimean Tatars 320136–36
 Tajikistan 310257–23
 Tibet 3003014–140

Tibet 03 Tajikistan
Daler Aknazarov  59', 67'
Firdavs Faizullaev  65'
Referee: Abdullah Özsusuzlu (TRNC)

Crimean Tatars 05 Northern Cyprus
Hamis Çakır  16'
Ertaç Taşkıran  45'
Rizvan Ablitarov  65' (o.g.)
Kemal Uçaner  78'
Ekrem Keleşzade  87'
Referee: Mehmet Malek (TRNC)

Tibet 01 Crimean Tatars
Arsen Ablâmetov  41' (pen.)
Referee: Ulus Sediral (TRNC)

Northern Cyprus 51 Tajikistan
Derviş Kolcu  34', 54'
Kemal Uçaner  65', 90+1'
Coşkun Ulusoy  71'
Daler Aknazarov  12'
Referee: Serkan Şimşek (TRNC)

Tajikistan 12 Crimean Tatars
Sergey Almukhamedov  45' İrfan Ametov  36'
Halil Hayredinov  87'
Mağusa Dr. Fazıl Küçük Stadium, Gazimağusa
Referee: Mehmet Evlat (TRNC)

Northern Cyprus 100 Tibet
Hamis Çakır  13', 30', 37'
Ediz Çukurovalı  14', 24', 43'
Sabri Selden  17', 29'
Atkun Arıkbuka  54'
Yasin Kansu  77'
Mağusa Dr. Fazıl Küçük Stadium, Gazimağusa
Referee: Ramadan Göktan (TRNC)

Semi-Finals

Kyrgyzstan 23 (a.e.t.) Crimean Tatars
Mihail Sundeev  90+2'
Arsen Mustafayev  102'
Ruslan Emiratlı  18'
Arsen Ablâmetov  94' (pen.)
Marlen Akimov  97'
Referee: Mehmet Özbilgehan (TRNC)

Northern Cyprus 50 Zanzibar
Ertaç Taşkıran  24', 34', 47', 83'
Coşkun Ulusoy  59'
Referee: Savaş Tilki (TRNC)

3rd Place Playoff

Kyrgyzstan 22
(76 PSO)
 Zanzibar
Jenish Mamatov  55'
Ulan Riskulov  65'
Muhammed Seif Muhammed  28', 47'

Final

Northern Cyprus 31 Crimean Tatars
Hamis Çakır  1'
Hasan Sapsızoğlu  46'
Ertaç Taşkıran  55'
Marlen Akimov  90+3'

2006 ELF Cup Winners

North Cyprus
First Title

Golden Team

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Hasan Piro

Teller Mortensen
Eller Aknazarov
Hüseyin Amcaoğlu
Serhan Önet

Ulan Riskulov
Hamis Çakır
Derviş Kolcu
Sale Juma

Ertaç Taşkıran
Muhammed Seyf Muhammed

Scorers

Trivia

Notes

  1. "Afghanistan has withdrawn from the tournament". Official ELF Cup website. Retrieved November 14, 2006.
  2. Steve Menary (October 2006). "Worlds apart". World Soccer Magazine. p. 105.
  3. "The alternative World Cup". BBC Online. November 7, 2006. Retrieved November 7, 2006.

See also

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