A.E.K. Athens F.C.

AEK Athens, Greek: Αθλητική Ένωση Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Athlitiki Enosi Konstantinoupoleos (translated: Sports Association Konstantin Opel ), abbreviated AEK, is a traditional Greek sports club.

  • 3.1 Coaches
  • 3.2 Title
  • 3.3 Former Star Player


The Athlitiki Enosi Konstantinoupoleos was founded on 13 April 1924 in Athens and is actually the sports club of the Greeks, ( 1919-1923 ) were driven by the Asia Minor catastrophe and the subsequent Treaty of Lausanne from Asia Minor, and especially from Constantine Opel immediately before. The refugees wanted to give their team a symbolism should reject the glorious past of their place of origin. So they chose a coat of arms of the Roman / Byzantine double-headed eagle in its original colors of gold ( yellow ) and black out, how does it to this day the flag of the Greek Orthodox Church. The term " Enosi " (union) was included deliberately in the name, because the team from the various members who had fled to Athens Constantinople teams, like the AS Pera ( known as Pera Club ( Club Πέρα ) ), Hephaestus ( Ήφαιστος ) Enosi Tataulon ( Ένωση Ταταούλων ) and others was founded. Unofficially AEK looks (as well as PAOK) as the successor of Pera Club, which accounted for the largest part of the newly formed teams.

Pera Club (today Beyoğlu ), named after the Pera district of Constantinople Opel, where his seat was. The Team (other sources: 1875, 1885 or 1886) was originally built in 1881 under the name Ermis ( Ερμής ) was founded. By 1921 ( another source: 1913 ) had to go out under pressure from the Turkish government the Greek name, as it was the - shortly thereafter internationally known - AS Pera. He was described by former media as the " Greek team in Turkey ," in his native earned the first-class team at that time the championship title in 1922. Equal carried out after the Lausanne Treaty forced people exchange and the Greek tribe fell apart mostly. The team was further maintained by the few surviving Greeks and Turks in this district and is under the Turkish name Beyoğluspor today in Istanbul.

Also in Athens was parallel to AEK, at the same time (1924 ) and with the same club colors and crest of some of the refugees a team called "AO Pera Club " ( ΑΟ Πέρα Κλουμπ ) founded, but the its not in the successes of his mother, nor sister club was able to continue.

In the following year (1925 ) a team called AEK was founded in Thessaloniki from where refugees resettled same origin to 1929, founded since 1926, the merged PAOK.


After relegation in 2013 from the Super League, the club announced 15 May 2013, filed for bankruptcy and starts the 2013/2014 season in the Football League 2


The team wore their games out in 1930 in Nikos Goumas Stadium -. After a conversion from 1985 to 1987, the capacity of the stadium was increased to 36 766 spectators. During the earthquake in 1999, the stadium suffered extensive damage and was eventually together with the adjacent sports hall " Georgios Moschos " demolished in 2003 to make way for a new stadium, which should also serve as a training venue of the football tournament of the 2004 Olympic Games, Square. During the Olympic preparations, finally, the stadium was ruled out of the Olympic infrastructure project and replaced by the Karaiskakis Stadium. Plans for a redesign at the same place and on their own initiative the team chair was initially resistance from environmentalists and residents of Nea Filadelfia township. In addition, the plans failed at the same time the current building conditions that do not allow the distribution of a building permit without a legal exception. Alternative building sites were visited in order to eventually some land to a state in Ano Liossia, for its transfer, and financial conditions, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Minister of Finance Giorgos Alogoskoufis and the club president Demis Nikolaidis was signed. However, there was another controversy, this time from the fans who do not want to give up the historical link to the original location and for a new sports facility at the same location in Nea Filadelfia, although the scale must be smaller to appeal. Since the financing of this costly project is still courted by ambiguity, this plan has the time being gone. Therefore AEK plays since 2004 - and is currently jointly with Panathinaikos - the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Current squad


The coach Fernando Santos resigned in May 2006 and moved to Benfica. His successor was the Spaniard Llorenç Serra Ferrer. After sporting failures and due to a strained relationship with the team Ferrer was released in February 2008. Nikos Kostenoglou, a former player who was assistant coach under Ferrer, coached the team until the end of the season. For the 2008/09 season took Georgios Donis, who was previously the AE Larisa act as coach. Took over from him in November 2008 Dušan Bajević, the order for the third time club coach of AEK was. Bajević resigned in September 2010 after a poor start to the season by the coaching position. Manuel Jiménez Jiménez, the former coach of Sevilla FC, ​​got the job and was given a contract until 2012, but he has already been released in early October 2011 and until the end of the season replaced by former player Nikos Kostenoglou that already at the end of the season 2007/ 08 acted as interim coach. At the start of the next season, took the helm of the association with Vangelis Vlachos another former AEK player. After a poor start to the 2012/13 season Vlachos was relieved of his duties and presented to the German coach Ewald Lienen as the new coach and athletic director. Lienen's contract was terminated on April 9, 2013 with three games left in the season and after a negative series prematurely by the Board; However, the club had already announced in the run-up to the end of the season 2012/2013 separation.

Title / Statistics

  • Greek master (11 x): 1939, 1940, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Greek Cup winner (14 x): 1931, 1939, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2011
  • Greek Super Cup (3 x, 1 unofficial ): 1971, 1989, 1996
  • Greek League Cup: 1990
  • Best position (1st League ): 1st place ( eleven times )
  • Worst place (1st League ): course 15 and Initial Descent (2013 ) Some sources add AEK the Super Cup of 1971 added.

Former Star Player

Mimis Papaioannou, Kostas Nestoridis, Kostas Negrepontis, Giannis Kanakis, Kostas Nikolaidis, Kleanthis Maropoulos, Tryfon Tzanetis, Andreas Stamatiadis, Vassilis Dimitriadis, Konstantinos Vavelidis, Stelios Manolas, Roger Guerreiro, Toni Savevski, Thomas Mavros, Dusan Bajevic, Alekos Sofianidis, Demis Nikolaidis, Kostas Katsouranis, Andreas Zikos, Traianos Dellas, Vassilis Tsiartas, Nikos Lymberopoulos, Rivaldo.

Fans / Ultras

A significant Ultras movement of the men's soccer team of AEK Athens is the original Founded in 1982, 21 original 21 has emerged from a split of the company founded in 1975 as a gate 21 fan club, which was named after the block 21 of the domestic " Nikos Goumas " Stadium, from which the members cheered on their team.

Women's Soccer

A team was established for 1998/1999 season, who took part in the second league, but subsequently broke up again.


The basketball department is one of the top teams in the Greek and European basketball. Besides a number of national titles, the club can boast some successes on the European stage. So AEK was the first Greek club at all, who managed to bring a European title to the land: On April 4, 1968, the big favorite Slavia Prague was more than 80,000 spectators ( still valid world record in basketball ) in the Panathenaic stadium 89:82 defeated.


Since 2009, Minas Gkekos is coach of the basketball team.


  • Greek champions (9 × ): 1925, 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 2002

NOTE: The - unofficial - Championship 1925 ( also referred to as the Athens Cup) from YMCA ( Young Men's Christian Association, YMCA ) was held.

  • Greek Cup winner (3 × ): 1981, 2000, 2001
  • Greek Cup Finalist (7 × ): 1976, 1978, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1998, 1999
  • Greek Youth Champion (2x): 1950, 2002
  • Saporta Cup (ex European Cup winners ) (2 × ): 1968, 2000
  • Final - 4 or Euro League semifinal participation (ex Europe Champions Cup (basketball )) ( 3 × ): 1966, 1998, 2001
  • Semifinals Participation Europe Cup Winners' Cup (1 × ): 1970

Former star player

  • Greece Giorgos Amerikanos
  • United States Willie Anderson
  • United States Joe Arlauckas
  • France Jim Bilba
  • United States Rolando Blackman
  • Greece Ioannis Bourousis
  • Greece Nikolaos Chatzis
  • Italy Roberto Chiacig
  • Greece Dimosthenis Dikoudis
  • Serbia Milan Gurović
  • United States J. R. Holden
  • Greece Michalis Kakiouzis
  • Croatia Arijan Komazec
  • Greece Angelos Koronios
  • Turkey İbrahim Kutluay
  • Greece Konstantinos Patavoukas
  • Greece Dimitris Papanikolaou
  • Greece Serbia Branislav Prelevic
  • Iakovos Tsakalidis Greece
  • Greece Giorgos Trontzos
  • Greece Vassilis Goumas
  • Greece Nikolaos Zisis


A volleyball team had already established AEK in 1967. After it but just vegetating in no man's land of the 3 county league Athens, its existence was soon discontinued.

The second attempt in 1982 should start successfully. After the incorporation of (again ) in the third district of Athens League of the team succeeded in 1985, the rise in the second and in the walkthrough (1986 ) in the first district league, and 1987 in the National League 3. In 1991, the unbeaten team rose to the second National League and the following year it was found even in the A2 league. In the first year you missed there promotion to the top flight (A1 League ) only in the decider. In 1994 it was so far and the A1 League received their new member. This was followed by a descent (1995 ) and the immediate revival (1996). In 1999, the first participation in European business and participation in the Greek Cup final. The year 2000 crowned the previous club history with the participation in the Final 4 of the European Cup Winners' Cup and the conquest of the 3rd place (bronze). Two years later (2002) the team got down, again ( 2003) and from ( 2004). The rise of 2006 brought the team the following year up to the play-off games and the 7th place, a year later (2008) came the re relegation. AEK increased in 2009 and again in the A1 league.

The ladies division was established in 1995 through the acquisition of a local club, the "AO Alsoupoli ". From the first county league Athens it took until the rise (2002) in the A1 league seven years. The immediate descent (2003 ) was followed by the return (2006 ) for excellence. The 2006/2007 season - so far the most successful - brought the 5th place and the play-off participation. After the renewed decline in the following year (2008) the team plays in the A2 league.


The Department Handball was founded and registered in the summer of 2005. Due to the simultaneous merger with the first division " GSIlioupolis " immediate participation in the A1 League was made possible. In the 2006/07 season was the 4th and even reached the 3rd place and therefore the European participation after the play-offs. The 2008/09 season gave AEK the first title win, as the team the Greek Cup, thus was able to celebrate the renewed international participation. In the season 2010/11 scored the first league title, 2012/13 even the double of league and cup was won. In March 2014 AEK won the Greek Cup for the third time.

  • Savas Karipidis ( inter alia MT Melsungen )
  • Alexandros Alvanos ( among others VfL Gummersbach )
  • Grigorios Sanikis ( among others HSG Wetzlar )
  • Konstantinos Tsilimparis ( among others Stralsund HV)


AEK operates Athletics Since its formation in 1924. Two of the first athletes were the co-founder of the association Jonas Brothers. A successful athlete of the 1930s was the 800 -meter and 1500 -meter runner Grigoris Georgakopoulos, who qualified for the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928 and 1936 in Berlin, next could register successes in the Balkans games. There he crowned himself several times with gold medals in the 800 m race (1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936) and 1500 - m race (1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936). The greatest talent of the club and one of the largest in the country with the prewar period was called Christos Mantikas. A native of Chios athlete denied several disciplines (400 -meter hurdles, 110 -meter hurdles, 400 meters, 4x400 meters, 4x100 meters), the first of which was his specialty. He also took part in the Olympic Games of Amsterdam and Berlin. In Amsterdam he was Greek flag bearer for the opening ceremony. In Berlin he finished third in the 400m hurdles as the only European finalist the 6th Place. In the semifinals, before he reached his personal best of 53.5, which also set a long-standing national record. National Records he also reached the 400m race ( 50.1 - September 1936 ) and in the 110m hurdles ( 14.8 - June 1937 ) At the European Championships 1934 in Turin, he won the bronze medal. In the Balkan Games, he dominated all disciplines in which he participated. Gold medals, he landed in the 400 -meter hurdles (1930, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938), in the 110 m hurdles (1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940), in the 400 - meter race (1935, 1936), in the 200 - meter race (1931 ), in the 4x100m relay (1936) and the 4x400 -meter relay (1936).

During the war, the crew of the department eased both quantitatively and qualitatively strong. Only in 1951 formed again a competitive team, which won the Track and Field Championships 2nd League and ascended into the first league. There you could get the 3rd place two years later. Sporadic success and personal awards some athletes are distinguished from subsequent years. Currently, the team tries to work his way back.


  • Cross Country Championship ( 8 times ): 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
  • 3rd place of the Greek Athletics Championship ( twice): 1953, 2006


Fencing is driven at AEK since 1996. The department (men and women) specializes in saber fencing, where it now belongs to the top local league and can demonstrate some success.

  • 3rd place ( Bronze) of the Greek Cup in the team competition ( five times ): 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.


The Boxabteilung AEK has existed since 1969. Too, has enriched the club history with success.

  • Greek champion ( eight times ): 1978, 1980, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008.
  • Greek youth champion (twice): 2000, 2001.


The cycling section of AEK is very durable and rich in tradition. It was founded in 1929. In addition to a large number of personal awards its athletes AEK won the following titles:

  • Greek Champion 1961
  • Greek Champion 1962
  • Greek Champion 1971
  • Greek champions in the team time trial in 1979


  • Master of the 2nd Attica League ( 2006)
  • Master of the 1st Attica League ( 2007)
  • Master of the 3rd National League (2008)
  • Master of the second National League (2009)
  • Greek Cup Finalist (2006)
  • Winner of Attica Cup (2006)

Indoor soccer

The latest Department of AEK was created in 2008 by a collaboration / merger with the Association "OF Gerakas " to life. The team started from the second league, where it was able to win in their opening his season and earn promotion to the 1st League via the play-off games.

Table tennis

AEK used the sport from the 1950s to the mid 1980s. 1959 could occupy the third place, the first division of both men, as well as the youth department. In summer 2009, the department was again called into life.