Georgios Mitsibonas with AEL fans celebrating the winning of the Greek Football Championship, 1988
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Athletic Union of Larissa (Greek: Αθλητική Ένωση Λάρισας, Athlitiki Enosi Larissa), commonly known as AE Larissa, Larissa, or AEL, is a Greek association football club based in the city of Larissa, capital of Greece's Thessaly region. It is the only team outside the two big Greek cities, Athens and Thessaloniki, to have won the Greek Championship (1988). It has also won two Greek Cups (1985, 2007) and played in an additional two Cup finals (1982, 1984). This record places Larissa amongst the top teams of Greek Football.
The team currently competes in Greek Football League, the second category of national football championships.
The club was established on May 17th 1964  as the merger of the regional teams Larisaikos, Iraklis Larisas, Aris and Toxotis. The team colors were initially selected as white and black, but quickly settled on the current crimson color. The Alcazar stadium was set as the team home. In the 1972-73 season the club secured its first promotion in Superleague Greece. On 30 July 1979 Larissa turned into a professional club. During the 1984-85 season Larissa defeated Servette in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup qualifying in the quarterfinals of the tournament. At the end of the season the team won the 1984–85 Greek Cup, beating PAOK. In the 1987–88 Alpha Ethniki season the team won the League for the first time in its history.
AEL FC Arena is the home ground of AE Larissa. It is a UEFA 3-star rated stadium and has a seating capacity of 16,118 all covered. Its construction lasted 14 months, beginning in September 2009 and ending in November 2010.
AE Larissa FC has its own training facilities in the area of the village Dendra, near Tyrnavos. Those facilities cover over 30,000 square meters, have multisport purposes for all of the team's athletes and among the others include :
3 football fields (1 used by the first team, with 1.500 seats capacity and 1 for the U21 team's official matches.)