|Arena||Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall|
(with media seats)
(with VIP seats)
|Team colors||Yellow, Black
|Head coach||Sotiris Manolopoulos|
|Ownership||Makis Angelopoulos (76%)
Vertical Solutions (24%)
|Championships||2 Saporta Cups
8 Greek Championships
3 Greek Cups
|Retired numbers||2 (6, 10)|
|Active departments of AEK Athens|
AEK Basketball Club (Greek: Αθλητική Ένωσις Κωνσταντινουπόλεως, Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleos, means Athletic Union of Constantinople), also known simply as AEK BC (Greek: ΚΑΕ ΑΕΚ) or AEK, known in European competitions as AEK Athens, is a Greek professional basketball club based in Athens, Greece, part of the major multi-sport club AEK. The club was established in Athens in 1924 by Greek refugees from Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922).
AEK was the first-ever Greek basketball team, not only to reach a European Cup Final, but also to win a European title. On April 4, 1968, AEK defeated Slavia VŠ Praha by a score of 89-82, in Athens in front of 80,000 fans. They have won the Greek Basket League 8 times (1957–58, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1969–70, 2001–02), and the Greek Basketball Cup 3 times (1980–81, 1999–00, 2000–01), while they have also twice won the FIBA Saporta Cup (former European Cup Winners' Cup) (1967–68 and 1999-00).
They are one of the most popular Greek clubs, with millions of fans in both Greece and Cyprus, as well as in the Greek communities all over the world, mainly in Australia, the United Kingdom, and North America.
Well-known players that have played with the club over the years have included: Rolando Blackman, Ricky Pierce, Danny Vranes, Ruben Patterson, Kurt Rambis, J.R. Holden, Willie Anderson, Joe Arlauckas, Anthony Bowie, Arijan Komazec, Martin Müürsepp, Clint Richardson, Bill Edwards, Victor Alexander, Claudio Coldebella, İbrahim Kutluay, Pero Antić, Carl English, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Bane Prelević, Georgios Amerikanos, Georgios Trontzos, Vassilis Goumas, Minas Gekos, Kostas Patavoukas, Angelos Koronios, Michalis Kakiouzis, Nikos Chatzis, Jake Tsakalidis, Nikos Zisis, Nasos Galakteros, Dimos Dikoudis, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Ioannis Bourousis and Loukas Mavrokefalidis.
AEK B.C. has been named as the best Greek team in all sports, at either the sports club or national team level, on three separate occasions, in 1965, 1966, and 1968, by SJA of Greece (the Sports Journalists' Association of Greece, Greek: ΠΣΑΤ).
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early years
- 1.2 1924–1957
- 1.3 1957–1959
- 1.4 Amerikanos era (1960–1970): 6 Championships and European title
- 1.5 1970–1990
- 1.6 The Queen's comeback
- 1.7 Fresh new start: Angelopoulos era
- 2 Crest, colours, supporters
- 3 Arenas
- 4 Players
- 5 Squad changes for the 2016–2017 season
- 6 Honours
- 7 Individual honours
- 8 Performance in European & Worldwide competitions
- 9 The road to the European Cup victories
- 10 Season-by-season
- 11 Seasons in Greece
- 12 Personnel
- 13 Notable players
- 14 Notable coaches
- 15 Chairmen history
- 16 Relationships with other clubs
- 17 References
- 18 External links
The large Greek population of Constantinople, not unlike those of the other Ottoman urban centres, continued its athletic traditions in the form of numerous athletic clubs. Clubs such as Enosis Tataoulon (Ένωσις Ταταούλων), from the Tatavla district, Megas Alexandros (Μέγας Αλέξανδρος), Hermes (Ερμής) of Galata, Olympias (Ολυμπιάς) of Therapia, and Kati Kioi (Κατί Κίοϊ) of Chalcedon, existed to promote Hellenic athletic and cultural ideals. These were amongst a dozen Greek-backed clubs that dominated the sporting landscape of the city in the years preceding World War I. After the war, with the influx of mainly French and English soldiers to Constantinople, many of the city clubs participated in regular competition, with teams formed by the foreign troops. Taxim, Pera, and Tatavla became the scene of weekly competitions in not only football, but of athletics, cycling, boxing, and tennis.
Of the clubs in the city though, football was dominated by Enosis Tataoulon and Hermes. Hermes, one of the more popular clubs, was formed in 1875, by the Greek community of Pera (Galata). Forced by the Kemalist regime to change its name to Pera Club in 1923, many of its athletes fled to Greece and settled in Athens and Thessaloniki.
The basketball team of AEK is actually the most successful among AEK's athletic departments. The obvious reason is the successes in general of the Greek basketball and that AEK's basketball team was the first ever Greek team to win an international trophy in any of the team's sports. Under Konstantinos Karamanlis' guidance, AEK won the club's first Greek championship in 1958.
Kostas Dimopoulos, one of the creators of AEK club and footballer of the early years, had the idea of creation also a basketball team. His efforts quickly were matched by others who loved with passion this nice sport. He took over, then, the leadership of the department and together with the brothers Simeonidi, Eumenis Athanasiadis and others made the first team. In the beginning they took part in friendly matches with a good impression. After, AEK won the first championship played in Athens, that was organized by the YMCA in 1924.
In 1928 AEK took part in the first Greek basketball Championship as Athens-Piraeus 1927-28 Champion, but the course was not satisfactory so the players and the regkoent was disappointed and they began to show not so interesting to the part as before.
In 1929 the Greek basketball Championship was not conducted and AEK did not played anywhere.
In 1930 basketball section was not declared in no organization with the effective efforts of Kostas Dimopoulos and his associates to fall in vacuum.
The section remained in obscurity for many years, however in 1949 reappeared and the new administration this time created a competitive team.
In 1953 AEK took part for the second time in the Greek basketball Championship after 1928.
In the Championship of 1955 AEK did an impressive run, however missed the final by Panellinios and ranked second.
In 1958 AEK B.C. with player-coach Konstantinos Karamanlis conquered the first Greek Championship defeating Panellinios in final 67-54.
Postwar, was also founded and worked for a short time and a section of women's basketball. The department presented a remarkable action with the four sisters Chorianopoulou. The club did not give the necessary importance to the department and it was later dissolved.
Amerikanos era (1960–1970): 6 Championships and European title
The Union in the early 60s won two consecutive times the Athens-Piraeus Championship (1960,1961), but did not manage to become Champion of Greece.
But this decade was to be the most important in the history of AEK's basketball. The coach Missas Pantazopoulos created a great set and led the team to the top of Greece. Leading figure during these years was Georgios Amerikanos, nicknamed "The Global".
In the period 1962-1963 AEK won the first of four consecutive championships. The next year dimiorgeitai the First National and AEK having first goalscorer Antonis Christeas (4th in the league), again was champion. In the period from 1964 to 1965 Georgios Amerikanos will be top scorer of the league and with AEK again champions.
The next season 1965-1966 the AEK won the 4th consecutive Greek League and also became the first Greek team participating in the semifinals of the Champions Cup, struggling at the Final Four that conducted in Italy. These successes were accompanied by a large loss group. The athlete Giorgos Moschos had contracted cancer, but managed to participate in certain competitions that year and died on December 29, 1966 at age 29.
The next year AEK lost the Championship from Panathinaikos. However, a year later with coach Nikos Milas will return to the top of Greece winning the 1967-1968 league season unbeaten with Georgios Amerikanos again top scorer.
1968 European Cup Winners' Cup: first European title for a Greek club
AEK was the first ever Greek team to participate in the European Champions Cup (now called the Euroleague) Final Four, in 1966, which was held in Bologna, Italy. Two years later, AEK was the first-ever Greek team, not only to reach a European Cup Final, but also to win a European title. On April 4, 1968, AEK defeated Slavia VŠ Praha by a score of 89-82, in Athens in front of 80,000 spectators (the Guinness world record in basketball attendance) in Kallimarmaron Stadium. In 1970, AEK reached the European Cup Winners' Cup semifinals, where the team was eliminated by Vichy, France, in what turned out to be the last year of the first "Golden Era" of the club's history. It was called the "Golden Era" because AEK dominated Greek Basketball during the 1960s, winning the Greek League championship 4 consecutive years in 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, as well as in 1968 and 1970; 6 times in 8 years.
Over the next decades, AEK lost its prestige, and managed to win only one trophy, the Greek Cup in 1981, under the direction of Coach Fred Develey, an American coach who previously was the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Aris of Greece, with super star Nick Galis. In addition to winning the Greek Cup in 1981, AEK was also a finalist of the Greek Cup in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1988, and 1992, but failed to win in any of those years.
The Queen's comeback
AEK made a come back in the late 1990s, when the team played in six consecutive Greek Cup Final Fours in the years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, four consecutive Greek Cup Finals in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, winning the Greek Cup in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, AEK won the Greek League championship for the first time in 32 years, becoming the first team to win the Greek League championship after having lost the first two games of a 5-game playoff series. AEK lost the first two games of the series to Olympiacos, but managed to win the next 3 games, and take the series and the title 3-2. AEK also reached the Greek Playoff Finals in the years 1997, 2003, and 2005, and the Greek Cup Semi-Finals in the year 2006.
1998 Εuroleague Runners-up and 2000 Saporta Cup Winners
In this same era, AEK reached again a high level in European competitions. The team reached the FIBA Euroleague's Final Four in Barcelona in 1998, and beat Benetton Treviso by a score of 69-66, before losing in the final to Kinder Bologna, by a score of 44-58. In 2000, on April 11, AEK won their second international trophy, the Saporta Cup, by defeating Kinder Bologna 83-76. The next year, 2001, AEK reached the Euroleague semifinals, losing their playoff series there to TAU Cerámica, in 3 straight games.
Fresh new start: Angelopoulos era
In the 2011–12 season, the team played in the Greek second division, and finished in a tie for the 2nd place in the league standings, with a record of 20 wins and 10 losses. However, AEK was not promoted to the Greek first division, as they lost the tie breaker in the standings to Apollon Patras.
On July 2012, AEK was relegated down to the national B division, due to serious financial problems. The club's basketball department was legally registered as an amateur club for the first time in the club's history, and would be playing in Greece's semi-pro level. This was done when the club's major shareholder gave up his shares and left the club, so that AEK could then be registered as an amateur club, in an effort to begin the upcoming season without debt.
On April 29, 2013, AEK B.C. won against Iraklis in a playoff final, and was promoted back to the Greek A2 Division.
In the 2013–14 season, AEK once again played in the Greek Second Division. Finally, AEK was the winner of the second division championship, and won the promotion back to play in the top Greek League again, after a 3-year period of absence. AEK had a record of 23 wins and 3 losses during the Greek A2 Basketball League 2013–14 season.
AEK overcame heavy financial problems, just to return to the Greek elite level, and thus wanted to showcase its tradition and ambition in Greece and Europe. In the 2014–15 season, AEK ranked fifth in the top Greek League, with 15 wins and 11 losses.
Return to European Competitions:
In the 2015–16 season, AEK returned to the European-wide 2nd-tier level EuroCup, for the first time since the 2006–07 season. AEK returned to the EuroCup, after having come off a return-to-form season, in which it ranked fifth overall in the first-tier Greek League, to reach the Greek League playoffs after a seven-year absence. AEK then joined the newly formed Basketball Champions League, for the 2016–17 season.
Crest, colours, supporters
In 1924, AEK adopted as their emblem the image of a double-headed eagle. When AEK was created by Greek refugees from Constantinople in the years following the Greco-Turkish War, and subsequent population exchange, the emblem and colours (yellow & black) were chosen as a reminder of lost homelands; they represent the club's historical ties to Constantinople. After all, the double-headed eagle is featured in the flag of the Greek Orthodox Church, whose headquarters are in Constantinople, and served as Imperial emblem under the Palaiologos dynasty. The emblem of the department of AEK basketball has evolved over time. During 1924–2015, the emblem of the department was similar to that of football. Since 2015, AEK B.C. has created a new version of the emblem by adding to it two stars at its center, which symbolize 2 European titles.
Kit manufacturers and Shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit supplier||Shirt sponsor|
|1990–91||Robe di Kappa||Syrtex|
|1994–95||KANAKI Dough Products|
|1995–97||Pony||General Bank of Greece|
|2010–11||Champion||Chillo Energy Drink|
|2012–14||Diamonds Shipping & Trading|
AEK has a large fan base all over Greece. The majority of AEK supporters are refugees or have refugee descent from Constantinople, and people from the population exchange of the Minor Asia Catastrophe. Original 21 is the largest supporters group. The first attempt to organize AEK supporters was Gate 21 (formed in 1975), which took its name from the gate in the Nikos Goumas Stadium at Nea Filadelfia, where the most hardcore fans gathered. AEK has also many supporters worldwide, most of them being Greek immigrants, in places as like North America, UK, Australia and Cyprus.
The main rivalries are against Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. Against Panathinaikos the rivalry started not only because of both competing for titles, but also cause of the refugee ancestry of AEK fans and, by contrast, that Panathinaikos was considered the representative of the old Athenian high class society. Against Olympiakos the rivalry is mostly related with the football rivalry of the two clubs.
- Capacities listed are the capacities of the arenas at the time AEK used them, and are not necessarily the same as the arena's current capacities. Also, the capacities only list the arena's all-seat seating capacity (if applicable), and not the arena's total capacities. In addition, in some cases, the listed capacities only reflect the amount of seats currently made publicly available for use, and may not reflect the amount of total seats actually in the arena.
|Nea Filadelfeia-outdoor hall||500||1952–Early 1960s|
|Kallimarmaron Stadium||60,000||Mid & Late 1960s|
|Sporting Sports Arena||1,862||1970s,
|"AS Ionikos N.Filadelfeias Hall"||1,500||1980s|
|Peace and Friendship Stadium||14,776||1988–89 (Cup Winners' Cup)|
|"Georgios Moschos"-Nea Filadelfeia||2,000||1989–1995|
|Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall||18,989||1995–2002,
|Zofria Indoor Hall||2,500||2002–2004,
|Chalkiopoulio Sports Hall||2,600||2002–2003 (EuroLeague)|
|Galatsi Olympic Hall||5,141||2004–2006|
|Helliniko Olympic Arena||8,000||2009–01/2011|
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
AEK B.C. roster
|AEK B.C. retired numbers|
Squad changes for the 2016–2017 season
|13 June 2016||PF||Jawad Williams||Royal Halı Gaziantep|
|13 June 2016||PG||Nikola Ivanović||Mega Leks|
|17 June 2016||SG / SF||Kostas Vasileiadis||Obradoiro CAB|
|18 June 2016||C||Josh Owens||Umana Reyer Venezia|
|21 June 2016||PG||Michael Dixon||ČEZ Nymburk|
|28 June 2016||SG||Giannoulis Larentzakis||CAI Zaragoza|
|1 July 2016||SF||Dionysis Skoulidas||Peristeri|
|31 August 2016||PF/C||Dimitrios Charitopoulos||Koroivos|
|1 September 2016||PG||Roko Ukić||Pallacanestro Cantù|
|10 October 2016||C||Randal Falker||SLUC Nancy Basket|
|16 October 2016||SG||Yannick Franke||Bisons Loimaa|
|2 January 2017||C||Chinemelu Elonu||Beşiktaş|
|12 January 2017||G||Donnie McGrath||Long Island Nets|
|13 February 2017||G/F||Brad Newley||Sydney Kings|
|20 February 2017||PF/C||Loukas Mavrokefalidis||Qingdao DoubleStar|
|1 July 2016||PF / C||Micheal Eric||Bilbao Basket|
|1 July 2016||PG/SG||J'Covan Brown||Pınar Karşıyaka|
|1 July 2016||SG||T. J. Carter||Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski|
|1 July 2016||SG/SF||Giannis Kalampokis||Retired|
|1 July 2016||PG||Dimitrios Katsivelis||Astana|
|17 July 2016||C||Zisis Sarikopoulos||Promitheas Patras|
|27 August 2016||PF/C||Loukas Mavrokefalidis||Qingdao DoubleStar|
|31 August 2016||SF||Malik Hairston||Hapoel Jerusalem|
|23 September 2016||PG||Nondas Papantoniou||Araberri|
|10 October 2016||PF / C||Josh Owens||Pınar Karşıyaka|
|25 November 2016||G||Yannick Franke||Zadar|
|2 January 2017||C||Randal Falker||Steaua București|
|12 February 2017||PF||Jawad Williams||Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia|
- Greek Championship
- Winners (8): 1957–58, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1969–70, 2001–02
- Runners-up (8): 1954–55, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1996–97, 2002–03, 2004–05
- Greek Cup
- Winners (3): 1980–81, 1999–00, 2000–01
- Runners-up (7): 1975–76, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1997–98, 1998–99
- Winners (4): 1924–25, 1927–28, 1959–60, 1960–61
- Winners (1): 2013–14
- FIBA Saporta Cup
- Winners (2): 2002–03, 2016–17
Attica State Championship U21
- Winners (1): 2016–17
- Winners (1): 1949–50
Attica State Championship - 2nd Division U18
- Winners (1): 2015–16
Attica State Championship - 2nd Division U16
- Winners (1): 2016–17
- K'zell Wesson (2007–08 Regular Season)
- Dimos Dikoudis (2001–02)
- Dimos Dikoudis (2001–02)
Performance in European & Worldwide competitions
|1964–65||Quarter-finals||eliminated by OKK Beograd, 85-78 (W) in Athens and 84-101 (L) in Belgrade|
|1965–66||Final Four||4th place in Bologna, lost to Slavia VŠ Praha 73-103 in the semi-final, lost to CSKA Moscow 62-85 in the 3rd place game|
|1997–98||Final||defeated Benetton Treviso 67-66 in the semi-final, lost to Kinder Bologna 44-58 in the final (Barcelona)|
|2000–01||Semi-finals||eliminated 3–0 by Tau Cerámica, 67-70 (L) & 65-90 (L) in Athens, 62-76 (L) in Vitoria-Gasteiz|
|European Cup Winners' Cup / Saporta Cup|
|1967–68||Champions||defeated Slavia VŠ Praha 89-82 in the final of European Cup Winner's Cup in Athens|
|1969–70||Semi-finals||eliminated by Vichy 60-78 (L) in Vichy and 74-65 (W) in Athens|
|1971–72||Quarter-finals||3rd place in a group with Crvena Zvezda and Simmenthal Milano|
|1988–89||Quarter-finals||4th place in a group with Žalgiris, Cibona and Steiner Bayreuth|
|1999–00||Champions||defeated Kinder Bologna 83-76 in the final of Saporta Cup in Lausanne|
The road to the European Cup victories
1967–68 FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
1999–00 FIBA Saporta Cup
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Club top scorers & Most appearances
|No.||Player||Nationality||Position||Playing career||Coaching career|
|No.||Player||Nationality||Position||Playing career||Coaching career|
Seasons in Greece
AEK was one of the three Greek groups involved regularly in tournaments of A1 until the first experienced relegation in 2011. The course of the tournaments in the table below.
Ownership & Current Board
|Owner and President||Makis Angelopoulos|
|Director of Media & Communications||Giorgos Nikolaou|
|Media Press Officer||Alexandros Kozaridis|
|Secretary's Office||Lena Konsta|
|Commercial Manager||Leonidas Papavasilakis|
|Operation Manager||Ilias Bovalis|
|Public Relations Manager||Nina Argyropoulou|
|Ticketing Department||Ilias Bovalis|
|Ticketing Department Assistant||Panagiotis Mantzos|
|IT Manager, Webmaster||Antonis Pretzas|
|Corporate Sales Coordinator||Antonis Papantonis|
|Security Officer||Evangelos Christakopoulos|
|Board Member||Ioannis Giannas|
|Board Member||Dimitrios Chiotos|
|Board Member||George B. Berkovic|
|Board Member||Nikos Babanikolos|
Technical, medical & academies staff
|Head coach||Sotiris Manolopoulos|
|Assistant coach||Thanasis Papachatzis|
|Assistant coach||Georgios Dedas|
|Assistant coach||Alexis Falekas|
|Assistant coach||Kostas Mamalis|
|Physical fitness coach||Georgios Vavetsis|
|Team manager||Giorgos Hinas|
|Academies Director||Dragan Šakota|
|Technical Director||Vangelis Dermanoutsos|
|Under21 Coach||Alexis Falekas|
|Under18 Coach||Vangelis Tsepelis|
|Under18 Assistant Coach||Vasilis Varsamis|
|Under16 Coach||Nikos Chatzis|
|Under15 Coach||Polychronis Mouratidis|
|Athletic trainer||Nikos Glentis|
|Konstantinos Karamanlis||1957||1958||1 Championship 1958|
|Missas Pantazopoulos||1962||1966||4 Championships 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966|
|Themis Holevas||1965||1966||1 Championship 1966|
|Nikos Milas||1967||1974||2 Championships 1968, 1970
1 European Cup Winners' Cup 1968
|Kostas Mourouzis||1974||1977||1 Greek Cup Finalist 1976|
|1 Greek Cup Finalist 1978|
|Georgios Trontzos||1979||1980||1 Greek Cup Finalist 1980|
|Fred G. Develey||1980||1981||1 Greek Cup 1981|
|2 Greek Cup Finalist 1988, 1992|
|Giannis Ioannidis||1996||1998||1 EuroLeague Finalist 1998|
|Kostas Politis||1999||1999||1 Greek Cup Finalist 1999|
|Dušan Ivković||1999||2001||2 Cups 2000, 2001
1 Saporta cup 2000
|1 Championship 2002|
Relationships with other clubs
AEK has links with many basketball clubs in Greece, and other countries where Greek immigrants and friend of the club live, like ΑΕΚ Stockholm B.C. in Sweden, and Greek clubs like AEK Argos B.C. and AEK Tripolis B.C.
- Capacity: 18,500 spectator seats (of which 2,000 are folding).
- Capacity: 18,500 spectator seats (of which 2,000 are folding) and 300 media seats.
- Capacity: 18,989 (maximum capacity for basketball games).
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- Official website (Greek) (English)
- AEK B.C. at esake.gr (Greek)
- AEK B.C. at EuroCup.com
- AEK B.C. at Eurobasket.com
- AEK.com Fans Site
- ORIGINAL 21 (Ultras Website)
- AEK Basketball Fans Website (Greek)
- Official Sports Club Website (Greek)
- AEK365 (Greek)