Anorthosis was established in Famagusta on 30 January 1911. At that time, the island of Cyprus was under the dominion of the British Empire. Anorthosis was established by Greek Cypriots, who were asking for union with the motherland Greece. The name of the club was inspired by the phrase “the rise up of the nation”, namely rise up means Anorthosis. At this time, the main purpose of the club’s establishment was the education of its members. It’s remarkable that during the liberation struggle against the British Empire (1955 to 1959), Anorthosis was highly involved to the point that British colonists blew up and demolished the club’s main building on the 8th of July 1958, after some violent riots. Finally, in 1960 Cyprus established its independence but shortly after, in 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus and until this day is illegally occupying 37% of the country. After the invasion, which resulted in the occupation of the city of Famagusta together with the rest of the north part of the island, Anorthosis lost its home along with 180 thousand refugees. Currently, only 15% of Famagusta is under the control of the Republic of Cyprus.