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For the basketball club, see A.E.L. 1964 B.C..
A.E.L. 1964 Crest
Full name Athlitiki Enosi Larissas
(Athletic Union of Larissa)
Nickname(s) Vasilissa tou Kambou ("Queen of the Lowlands")
Vyssini ("The Crimsons")
Founded 17 May 1964; 50 years ago (1964-05-17)
Ground AEL FC Arena
Ground Capacity 16,118
Owner Evangelos Plexidas
Chairman Georgios Nakas
Manager Konstantinos Panagopoulos
League Football League
2013–14 Football League 2, 1st (Group 2)
Website Club home page
Current season
Georgios Mitsibonas with AEL fans celebrating the winning of the Greek Football Championship, 1988
50 Years anniversary logo

Athletic Union of Larissa (PAE AEL FC) (Greek: Αθλητική Ένωση Λάρισας, Athlitikh Enwsh Larissa), is a Greek association football club based in the city of Larissa, capital of Greece's Thessaly region. The club is also known, unofficially, as Larissa. 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 A.E.L. amongst the top 5 teams of Greek Football.

The team currently competes in Greek Football League, the second category of national football championships.


AEL FC is the only countryside based team to win the Greek Alpha Ethniki (now Greek Super League) Championship, when they did so in 1988. The club also won the Greek football Cup twice: in 1985 by beating PAOK FC in the final (4–1) and in 2007 by beating Panathinaikos (1–2). Before that, AEL 1964 made the finals of the Greek Cup twice, losing in both 1982 and 1984 to Panathinaikos.


The club was established on May 17th 1964 [1] 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 maroon/purple color ("vissini" or color of the wild cherry in Greek). The Alcazar stadium was set as the team home.


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 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 Greece GK Tasos Karakoutsis
30 Greece GK Manolis Apostolidis
62 Greece GK Christos Athanasopoulos
2 Greece DF Thanasis Moulopoulos
3 Greece DF Kostas Kourtesiotis
4 Spain DF José Antonio Espín
20 Greece DF Nikos Karanikas
21 Greece DF Dimitris Kontodimos
33 Greece DF Achilleas Sarakatsanos
40 Greece DF Georgios Delizisis
5 Greece MF Paschalis Melissas
6 Greece MF Kostas Nebegleras
10 Spain MF Perico
8 Albania MF Bledi Muca
No. Position Player
13 Greece MF Thanasis Pindonis
14 Spain MF Ximo Forner
22 Brazil MF Silva Júnior
25 Spain MF Marc Castells
44 Greece MF Alexandros Tseberidis
France MF Geoffrey Dernis
7 Spain FW David Mainz
9 Greece FW Nestoras Stefanidis
11 Greece FW Dimitris Souanis
16 Spain FW David Verdú
17 Greece FW Ilias Anastasakos
18 Greece FW Ilias Tsiliggiris
19 Greece FW Thanasis Dinopapas
97 Greece FW Dimitris Gkourtsas

Former Players[edit]

European Competition history[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1981–82 Balkans Cup 1st Round Albania 17 Nëntori Tirana 3–1 0–3
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1st Round Hungary Budapest Honvéd 2–0 0–3 (a.e.t.)
1984–85 Cup Winners' Cup 1st Round Hungary Siófok 2–0 1–1
2nd Round Switzerland Servette 2–1 1–0
Quarter finals Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow 0–0 0–1
1985–86 Cup Winners' Cup 1st Round Italy Sampdoria 1–1 0–1
1988–89 European Cup 1st Round Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax 2–1 1–2 (0–3 p)
2006–07 Intertoto Cup 3rd Round Turkey Kayserispor 0–0 0–2
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1st Round England Blackburn Rovers 2–0 1–2
Group Stage
(Group A)
England Everton 1–3
Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 2–3
Netherlands AZ Alkmaar 0–1
Germany Nuremberg 1–3
2009–10 Europa League 2nd Qual. Round Iceland KR Reykjavík 1–1 0–2

UEFA Team Ranking 2013/2014[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
218 Belgium Zulte Waregem 6.540
219 Norway Aalesunds FK 6.315
220 Greece AEL 1964 6.300
221 Denmark FC Midtjylland 6.280
222 Israel Maccabi Netanya 6.225

As of 16 September 2013.[2]

Training Facilities[edit]

AEL 1964 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.)
  • 1 football field with artificial turf.
  • Hosting area for the First and Reserves teams.
  • Gym.
  • Saunas.
  • Rooms for tactical purposes.
  • Press room.
  • Changing rooms.
  • Offices.
  • Parking services.






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