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ΑΕ Larissa
A.E.L. 1964 Crest
Full name Athlitiki Enosi Larissa
(Athletic Union of Larissa)
Nickname(s) Vyssini ("The Crimsons")
Vasilissa tou Kambou ("Queen of the Lowlands")
Founded 17 May 1964; 50 years ago (1964-05-17)
Ground AEL FC Arena
Ground Capacity 16,118
Owner Little Acre Farm S.A.
Chairman Achilleas Pavlopoulos
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 (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.

History[edit]

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 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.

Sponsorship[edit]

Facilities[edit]

Ground[edit]

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.

Training Facilities[edit]

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.)
  • 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.

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

Former Players[edit]

Honours[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 AE Larissa 6.300
221 Denmark FC Midtjylland 6.280
222 Israel Maccabi Netanya 6.225


As of 16 September 2013.[2]

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