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Athlitiki Enosi Lemesou
Αθλητική Ένωση Λεμεσού
AEL Limassol.png
Full name Αthlitiki Enosi Lemesou
Founded 4 October 1930; 83 years ago (1930-10-04)
Ground Tsirion Stadium
Limassol, Cyprus
Ground Capacity 13 331
Chairman Cyprus Andгeas Sofocleous
Manager Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev
League Cypriot First Division
2013–14 2nd
Website Club home page

Αthlitiki Enosi Lemesou (Greek: Αθλητική Ένωση Λεμεσού), commonly known as AEL Limassol, is a Cypriot multisport club based in the city of Limassol, the port of Cyprus and also out of the three sports clubs that are located there. Currently AEL maintains a football team, men's and women's basketball teams, a women's volleyball team and a newly established in 1976 Futsal team (1st year) and women's handball team (2nd year) and cricket. AEL is considered as one of the most successful clubs of the island.[1] (13 official football trophies plus some unofficial ones). The basketball branch of AEL is the only team from Cyprus to have won a European title (the European Regional Challenge Cup).

History[edit]

The club was founded on 4 October 1930, with Stavros Pittas voted in as the club's first president.[2] The football section of the club competed in its first game on 6 January 1931 against PSC, winning 6–1 in Limassol.[2] The club won its national championship in 1934 though this is not credited as it is an unofficial title.[3] Later that year, AEL became one of the eight founding members of the Cypriot First Division for the 1934–35 season, the first official league of the country.[2][3]

AEL Limassol celebrated its first official title success in 1941, beating out APOEL 4–3 in a two-legged championship play-off.[3] AEL fans had to wait 12 years until tasting title success again, as the club finally became champions of Cyprus again in 1953.[2][3] The club won its last major trophy in 1989, before the title success of 2012,[4] when it defeated city rivals Aris Limassol 3–2 after extra time in the Cypriot Cup final.[5][6]

In 2011 after disappointingly finishing 7th in the previous campaign, AEL hired Pambos Christodoulou,[7] who had a reputation of steering "modest sides away from relegation," to start the rebuilding process.[8] AEL Limassol secured the Cypriot league title for the first time since 1968 on Saturday 5 May 2012, ending 44 years without a Cypriot first division title.[9]

Christodoulou had a dream-like first season at the helm AEL, as his side was unbeaten and had not conceded any goals through the first five games. At the end of the second round AEL finished top of the table,[10] three points clear of the second placed team and had only conceded seven goals, the best defensive record of all the league teams. In the play-off round AEL battled with the top 4 teams for the championship winning it with one game to go conceding only nine goals. As Christodoulou has managed to bring AEL the championship crown,[11][12] which the team last won in 1968,[13][14] he was nicknamed by fans "Pambourinho", a combination of his name and of Jose Mourinho.

AEL received the championship trophy during a spectacular "fiesta" evening at the Tsirion Stadium on the evening of Saturday 12 May 2012. They followed this with an open-top bus parade through Limassol. Up to 12,000 AEL fans packed the stadium to watch the fiesta and trophy presentation. The club then turned their attention to the Cup Final of 16 May against Omonia Nicosia; and the chance to be crowned double winners for the first time in their history. However the club lost in the final 1–0 to a goal by Brazilian striker Andre Alves.[15]

Stadium[edit]

AEL FC plays in the 14000-seat Tsirion Stadium, also known as the Olympia Stadium (G.S.O). Tsirion Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Limassol, Cyprus. It is mostly used for football matches and is also the home ground of Apollon Limassol and Aris Limassol. The stadium was built in 1975 with the help of the contributor and philanthropist Petros I. Tsiros, a benefactor and humanitarian of Cyprus, thus the name of the stadium.

Supporters[edit]

For the cup final of 1985 against EPA Larnaca almost 16000 AEL fans followed their team in Nicosia.12 busses and thousands ix were used by AEL supporters.... For the cup final of 2009, 15000 AEL fans traveled to Nicosia for the game in GSP stadium. There were sold 13000 tickets at total, 7600 of which were sold in one day, something unusual for Cypriot standards. Also during 2007 more than 2500 AEL supporters followed their basketball team in larnaka(kitio) for the Championship final against APOEL.

AEL supporters during a basketball match in 2012

The main supporter group of the team is SY.F.AEL (ΣΥ.Φ. – Σύνδεσμος Φιλάθλων) οtherwise known as Gate 3 .The latter name originated from the gate used to enter the East stand at Tsirion Stadium where AEL fans are seated. Organized fan groups of AEL also exist outside Cyprus worldwide. Notable fans include London Mayor – Boris Johnson, who upon a visit in 2011 said "What a jolly good football establishment you boys are running here, it is truly splendid."

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

Club Ranking for 2012/2013 Euro Season (Previous year rank in italics, UEFA Club Coefficients in parentheses)

Full List

Club World Ranking by IFFHS[edit]

1 January 2013 - 31 December 2013

Full List

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 July 2014.

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

No. Position Player
1 Morocco GK Karim Fegrouche
5 Argentina MF Esteban Sachetti
11 Brazil MF Edmar
12 Cyprus MF Marios Nicolaou (Captain)
20 Brazil MF Luciano Bebê
21 Angola DF Marco Airosa
23 Cape Verde DF Carlitos
27 Cyprus MF Georgios Eleftheriou
30 Spain GK Pulpo Romero
40 Cyprus GK Angelos Georgiou
45 Cyprus DF Andreas Kyriacou
80 Spain MF Edu Oriol
94 Ghana MF Carlos Ohene
Venezuela DF Jonathan España
No. Position Player
France DF Joshua Nadeau
Cyprus DF Valentinos Sielis
Portugal DF Cadú
Mauritania DF Diallo Guidileye
Spain DF Juanan
Cyprus MF Leandros Lillis
Cyprus MF Andreas Stavrou
Brazil MF Diego Barcelos
Portugal MF Carlitos
Venezuela FW Jaime Moreno
Spain FW Adrián Sardinero
Brazil FW Danielzinho
Poland FW Łukasz Gikiewicz

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Angola DF Miguel Quiame (on loan to Benfica Luanda)
Ivory Coast MF Rodolph Amessan (on loan to Ethnikos Achna)
Ghana MF Moustapha Quaynor (on loan to Alki Larnaca)

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

Foreign players[edit]

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Under-21

Current staff[edit]

Technical staff
Director of Football Angola Rui Paulo Silva Júnior
Head coach Bulgaria Ivaylo Petev
Assistant coach Cyprus Marios Neophytou
Goalkeeping coach Cyprus Nikos Konstandinidis
Physical fitness coach Italy Rocco Perrotta
Medical staff
Sports Physiologist Cyprus Dr. Giorgos Panayiotou
Head Doctor Cyprus Dr. Christos Patsalides
Physical Therapist Cyprus Michalis Xenofontos
Physical Therapist/Masseur Cyprus Giorgos Epiphaniou
Physical Therapist/Masseur Cyprus Kimonas Papamiltiadous

Managers history[edit]

Presidential history[edit]

Name From To
Stavros Pittas 1930 1932
Kriton Tornaritis 1932 1934
Yiangos Limanititis 1934 1953
Nikos Solomonides 1953 1971
Nikos Kountas 1971 1976
Georgios Tornaritis 1976 1982
Loris Lysiotis 1982 1996
Dimitris Solomonides 1996 2002
Giorgos Frantzis 2002 2003
Akis Ellinas 2003 2005
Agis Agapiou 2005 2006
Marios Herodotou 2006 2007
Zacharias Koundouros 2007 2008
Andгeas Sofocleous 2008

Honours[edit]

1941, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1968, 2012
1997
1939, 1940, 1948, 1985, 1987, 1989,
1953, 1968, 1985
  • Cyprus K.A. Severi Cup: 3
1953, 1955, 1956

European record[edit]

1R = First round, PR = Preliminary round, Q = Qualifying round, PO = play-off round.

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1968–69 European Cup 1R Spain Real Madrid 0–6 0–6 0–12 Symbol delete vote.svg
1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 2–2 0–4 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup PR Czechoslovakia Dunajská Streda 0–1 1–5 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Austria Admira Wacker 0–3 1–0 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Hungary Ferencváros 0–4 2–1 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Northern Ireland Linfield 3–0 0–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Serbia Partizan 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Belgium Anderlecht 2–1 0–2 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group C France Marseille 1–5 3–0 4th place Symbol delete vote.svg
Turkey Fenerbahçe 0–1 0–2
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–0 0–2
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 3Q

U21 football team titles[edit]

  • Cypriot U21 Championship: 11
1940, 1951, 1960, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012

U17 football team titles[edit]

  • Cypriot U17 Championship: 4
2004, 2005, 2007, 2011
  • Cyprus U17 Cup: 1
1997

Basketball team (Proteas EKA AEL)[edit]

see full article Proteas EKA AEL

Women's basketball team (KV Imperial AEL)[edit]

Women Basketball Team Titles
Championship titles: 13 (1993, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Cup titles: 12 (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
Super Cup titles: 5 (1998, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009)
Women U21 Basketball Team Titles
Championship titles: 8 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2008)
Women U17 Basketball Team Titles
Championship titles: 1 (2005)
Cup titles: 1 (2005)

Women volleyball team (Tranbunker Danoi ΑΕΛ)[edit]

Fullname Tranbunker Danoi ΑΕΛ
Nicknames Βασίλισσα (Greek)
Queen (English)
Tranbunker Danoi ΑΕΛ founded 1976
Team Colors Yellow With Blue
Arena Nicos Solomonidis
Arena Nickname Το κλουβί (Greek)
The Cage (English)
Arena Capacity 3000
Women Volleyball Team Titles
Championship titles: 27 (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2012)
Cup titles: 28 (1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011)
Super Cup titles: 10 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Women U21 Volleyball Team Titles
Championship titles: 9 (1987, 1988, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008)
Cup titles: 3 (2000, 2002, 2004)
Women U17 Volleyball Team Titles
Championship titles: 9 (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Cup titles: 1 (2000)

A Founding member of the Cyprus Volleyball Federation in 1976, AEL's women team has dominated in the Cypriot volleyball. The team's achievements are phenomenal; Out of the 32 seasons played so far in Cyprus since the commencement of the women's volleyball league, the team won the Championship 27 times. Out of the 31 cups they won it 27 times, 24 consecutive times, from 1980 until 2003. Also they have won the Championship 15 consecutive times, from 1977 until 1991. They have also the amazing records of winning the Double 12 times from 1980 until 1991 and 9 times from 1993 until 2001. In the past the club had also a men's team for 10 years which participated in the Cypriot Championship.

Bowling team[edit]

The bowling club was founded in 1999 and the same year became a member of the Limassol District Federation. In 2001, the team participated in the Cypriot Championship as one of the two representatives of the Limassol District Federation. In the team won its first trophy by winning the Limassol District Federation Cup and in 2006 its first Championship by winning the Limassol District Federation Championship. The home of the team is the Galaktika Bowling Center.

Player
Flag of Cyprus.svgChristos Krassas
Flag of Cyprus.svgNikolas kleanthous
Flag of Cyprus.svgMichalis Perikleous
Flag of Cyprus.svgGeorgios Georgiou
Flag of Cyprus.svgAndros Kalogirou
Flag of Cyprus.svgDemetris Demetriou
Flag of Cyprus.svgPanikos Kleanthous
Bowling Team Titles
Limassol Championship: 3 (2006, 2008, 2009)
Limassol Cup: 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)

Cycling team[edit]

The cycling team was founded in 2001 and the same year became a member of the Limassol District Federation. The first men's cycling team consisted of the following : Ομηρος Χριστοφόρου, Παντελής Τίμινης, Μιχάλης Τσουλόφτας, Ηρόδοτος Κυριάκου, Σωτήρης Σκουταρίδης, Δημήτρης Αραούζος

Cycling Team Titles
General – Road cup: 3 (2004, 2005, 2006)
Men – Road cup: 3 (2004, 2005, 2006)
Masters 1 – Road cup: 1 (2006)
Masters 2 – Road cup: 2 (2004, 2005)

Defunct sports departments[edit]

Apart from the currently active sports departments, AEL had in the past some other sports departments, which today are defunct. Despite this, these currently not active departments had all won titles for AEL when they were active.

Field hockey[edit]

In the past AEL Limassol had a field hockey team which is currently not active. The team had plenty of victories led by its star player Renos Antoniadis. In 1931, AEL won the Cup in a match which was played in Larnaca. One year later, the team became Cypriot Champions. The team consisted of the following players: Antoniadis, Pareas, Frangos, Christophides, Michaelides, Kalogirou, Victor Mousteris, Anastasiadis and Williamson. However, there were no further hockey competitions in Cyprus afterwards, as the other teams hockey teams of the era closed down their hockey departments because of financial problems.

Handball[edit]

Another AEL sport department that currently does not exist is the handball. The team was active for a small period of time but that did not stop the team from adding another trophy to the hundreds that AEL won in various other sports. On 11 June 1989, a day after the football team of the club won the Cypriot Cup, the handball team won the Cypriot Cup in handball by beating Youth Centre Larnaca 23–19 in the final which was played in Lefkotheo Indoor Hal, Nicosia.

Men's volleyball[edit]

AEL maintains 3 teams for women's volleyball but does not currently have a men's Volleyball team.

Waterpolo[edit]

AEL was also active in maritime sports, especially those that needed team articipation. AEL pioneered in Regattas in 1932, 1933 and 1934 in the Cyprus Regatta Games. The members of the team were Nearchos Pieris, Christakis Dixon, Andreas Araouzos, Sotiris Antoniades and Maximos Morides. The club had also a waterpolo team which was unbeaten Cypriot Champions. The team achieved a noted victory against a selected team of the Royal Navy which were then Mediterranean Champions. Apart from the Cypriot Championships, AEL won the Mediterranean Naval Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 96 trophies
  2. ^ a b c d "Ιστορία Συλλόγου". AEL Limassol. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Cyprus – List of Final Tables 1931–1998". RSSSF. 
  4. ^ "AEL Limassol end 44-year Cypriot title wait". UEFA. 5 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cyprus Coca Cola Cup". 
  6. ^ "Cyprus – Cup History 1934–1996". 
  7. ^ (Greek)"Pambos Christodoulou: AEL FC was my dream!". Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Season review: Cyprus". UEFA. 18 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "AEL Limassol end 44-year title wait". FIFA. 5 May 2012. 
  10. ^ (Greek)"AEL Lemesos won the Championship.". Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  11. ^ (Greek)"Pambos Christodoulou: My first Championship Crown". Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  12. ^ (Greek)"AEL Lemesos Cypriot Championship Winners 2011–2012". Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  13. ^ (English)"AEL Limassol end a long time title wait". Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  14. ^ (English)"AEL Limassol end 44-year Cypriot title wait with Pambos Christodoulou". Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Κυπελλούχος η Ομόνοια". Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου. 16 May 2012. 

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