AEK Larnaca F.C.

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AEK Larnaka
AEK Λάρνακας
AEK Larnaca.png
Full name Athletiki Enosi Kition
Nickname(s) Kitrinoprasinoi (Green-yellows)
Phrouroi (Guardians)
Founded 1994; 20 years ago (1994)
Ground Neo GSZ Stadium
Larnaca, Cyprus
Ground Capacity 13,032
Chairman Antreas Karapatakis
Manager Thomas Christiansen
League Cypriot First Division
2013–14 8th

AEK Larnaka FC (Greek: Αθλητική Έvωση Κιτίου Λάρνακας, Athletiki Enosi Kitiou Larnakas, "Larnaca Kition Athletic Union") is a Cypriot professional football club from Larnaca, Cyprus. Their home ground is the GSZ stadium. The club was formed in 1994 after a merger of two Larnaca clubs, EPA Larnaca and Pezoporikos. The club has also basketball sections for men AEK Larnaca B.C. and women Petrolina AEK and a volleyball section for women.

The colours of the club are yellow and green and their emblem is admiral Kimon, who died at the seafront defending the city of Kition (modern Larnaca) in a major battle in Cyprus at about 450 BC, in a fight against the Persians. He had told his officers to keep the news of his possible death secret. The quote "Και Νεκρος Ενικα" ("Even in death he was victorious") refers to Kimon.

History[edit]

AEK Larnaca won their first Cypriot Cup in 2004 beating AEL Limassol 2–1. They reached two more times the Cup final, but both times were beaten by APOEL FC; in 1996, 2–0 in extra time and in 2006, 3–2. It is their only title as AEK until now. The two clubs that led to the merger, EPA Larnaca FC and Pezoporikos Larnaca, also enjoyed separate success on their own, with the first winning three championship titles, five cups and one Super Cup, while Pezoporikos won two leagues and one cup. The brightest part of the club though is the qualification to the Europa League groups in the season 2011/12 after beating Rozenborg, Mlada Boleslav and Floriana.

The basketball club, after the first year of the merge of Pezoporikos and EPA, finished in the second position and continued to do well in 1995 finishing 3rd. The following years until 2000, the club, despite the financial problem that had, achieved to remain in First Division. In 2001–02, the club stopped the basketball team's activities for a year because of financial problems and stopped to compete in any competition. In 2002–03 the club began playing in the second division, winning both its league and the cup in 2004–05, but being relegated the immediate year after promotion, only to again win the double in 2006–07.

The volleyball team, for women only, was beaten in the Cup final by AEL Limassol 3–0, one year after the merge of Pezoporikos and EPA. The same happened in 2001, being beaten by the same team with same score but, as AEL Limassol won the double, participated in the Super Cup finally emerging victorious, 3–1 in Lefkotheo Indoor Hall, Nicosia, winning the first piece of silverware in the club's history. In 2007, the section achieved a double, again beating AEL on both occasions (cup and league).

AEK Larnaca Fans at the GSZ Stadium

They were relegated to the second division for the first time in their history in the 2008–09 season.After one year in Second division they were promoted to First division for 2010–2011. As the team ended fourth in the next season, AEK qualified to the Europa League 2011/12 where they achieved to be the first Cypriot team to qualify to the group stage of this tournament, after eliminating Floriana, Mlada Boleslav and Rozenborg.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round Armenia Kotayk Abovian 5–0 0–1 5–1
First round Spain Barcelona 0–0 0–2 0–2
2004–05 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva 3–0 0–4 3–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Malta Floriana 1–0 8–0 9–0
Third qualifying round Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 3–0 2–2 5–2
Play-off round Norway Rosenborg 2–1 0–0 2–1
Group stage (J) Israel Maccabi Haifa 2–1 0–1 4th place
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 1–1 1–3
Germany Schalke 04 0–5 0–0

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Alexandre Negri
2 Cyprus DF Eleftherios Mertakas
3 Equatorial Guinea DF Sipo
4 Netherlands DF Serginho Greene
6 Spain DF David Català (Vice Captain)
8 Georgia (country) MF Gocha Khojava
9 Argentina FW Roberto Colautti
10 Spain MF Joan Tomàs
11 Cyprus MF Koullis Pavlou (Vice Captain)
12 Cyprus MF Christoforos Kourtis
14 Montenegro MF Vladimir Boljević
15 Cyprus DF Constantinos Kastanas
No. Position Player
16 Spain MF Miguel Massana
17 Cyprus MF Dimitris Froxylias
18 Spain DF Ander Murillo
19 Cyprus FW Nestoras Mitidis
20 Greece MF Giannis Skopelitis (Captain)
21 Cyprus DF Nikos Englezou
23 Cyprus GK Zannetos Mytidis
25 Spain GK Tono
26 Cyprus FW Demetris Kyprianou
29 Spain FW José Kanté
33 Cyprus DF Elias Charalambous

For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2014.

Current youth players with first-team experience[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
24 Cyprus DF Antonis Vasiliou
27 Cyprus MF Loizos Papasavvas
No. Position Player
29 Cyprus DF Nikos Toumbas
37 Cyprus FW Andreas Mangouris


Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Foreign players[edit]

International Players[edit]

Staff[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Sport Director: Spain Xavi Roca
  • Head Coach: Spain Thomas Christiansen
  • Assistant Coach: Spain Julio Banuelos
  • Fitness Coach: Spain Ivan Torres
  • Fitness Coach: Cyprus Panagiotis Kitrou
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Cyprus Giorgos Papasavvas
  • Technical Advisor/Scout: Nigeria Sunny Ekeh Kingsley
  • Team Manager: Cyprus Christopher Petrouis

Medical staff[edit]

  • Head Doctor: Cyprus Dr Giannis Efstathiadis
  • Physiotherapist: Cyprus Michael Athanasiou
  • Masseur: Bulgaria Dimitri Tsantov
  • Kit manager: Cyprus Panagiotis Hadjipantelis
  • Staff: Romania Florin Jukan

Board of directors[edit]

  • President: Andros Karapattakis
  • Director - Basketball Department President:Andreas Lefkaritis
  • Director - Academy Department President:Joseph Frangos
  • Director - Financial Department:George Savva
  • Director - Football Department:Evmeos Efthymiades
  • Director Communication: Dimitris Georgiades
  • Press Officer: Kyriacos Demetriou

Sponsorship[edit]

  • Official Shirt Sponsor – CytaVision
  • Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer – Umbro

Notable players[edit]

Notable former managers[edit]

External links[edit]