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Logos paeek keryneias.png
Full name Podosfairiki Athlitiki Enosi Eparxeias Kerynias
Founded October 1953; 62 years ago (1953-10)
Ground Keryneia Epistrophi, Lakatamia
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Cyprus Filippos Filippou
Manager Cyprus Makis Sergides
League Cypriot Second Division
2014–15 3rd (promoted)

PAEEK (Greek: ΠΑΕΕΚ; Podosfairiki Athlitiki Enosi Eparxeias Kerynias = "Football and sport union of Kyrenia District") is a Cypriot sports club founded in Kyrenia in 1953 by graduates of Kyrenia Gymnasium and represented the first force to be reckoned from the small city. It now plays in exile in Nicosia since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974. This union has football division competing in Cypriot Second Division. PAEEK used to have also a basketball division but due to economic difficulties had to suspend it for some years up to date.


The PAEEK was a founding member of the Cyprus Basketball Federation in 1966 rising to fame in the early 1970s after its basketball division won the Cyprus top division basketball league in 3 consecutive years.[1][2].

The PAEEK reached the Cyprus Basketball Cup final on 5 occasions losing them all [3]. 1995 was APOEL's year, when they took the basketball double. As losers of the Cup final, PAEEK automatically qualified to represent Cyprus in Europe in the Saporta Cup [4] . They were knocked out by PAOK BC Salonika which in turn went on to reach the final of the competition.The game with PAOK BC was very special for both teams as they were all refugees and victims of the wars between Greece and Turkey.


Main article: PAEEK FC

The football team has not matched the basketball team's success in terms of trophies. They have mostly hovered between the Cypriot Second and Third Divisions. Paeek is considered to be the team with the most appearances in the Cyprus Second Division with 41 in total. In the 2011-2012 season they came closest to their first ever promotion to the first division by finishing 4th.

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 September 2015

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

No. Position Player
2 Cyprus DF Giorgos Costa
4 Cyprus DF Christoforos Gavriil
5 Spain DF Diego Portilla
6 Ghana MF Maxwell Ankomah
7 Ghana FW Yusif Rahman
8 Cyprus FW Achilleas Vassiliou
9 Greece FW Thomas Tsitas
10 Cyprus MF Nicolas Oratiou (Captain)
12 Greece DF Thomas Vouzas
13 Cyprus MF Orestis Leivadiotis
14 Cyprus MF Andreas Georgiou
15 Cyprus MF Stefanos Michael
17 Cyprus MF Panayiotis Therapontos (on loan from Omonia)
No. Position Player
19 Cyprus FW Kyriacos Vassiliou
20 Cyprus FW Angelos Papanastasiou
21 Greece MF Panagiotis Giannopoulos
22 Cyprus DF Marios Nicolaou
23 Cyprus DF Leonidas Achilleos
24 Cyprus DF Stelios Mina
28 Cyprus MF Anaxagoras Violaris
29 Cyprus MF Panayiotis Prountzou
33 Cyprus GK Demetris Teggeris
44 Cyprus DF Andreas Frangeskou (on loan from Omonia)
68 Greece MF Vasilis Baxevanos
77 Cyprus DF Panayiotis Panayiotou
91 Cyprus GK Giorgos Papadopoulos

For recent transfers see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2015


The colours of PAEEK shirt are symbolic with the black symbolising the sadness from the Turkish invasion in 1974 and the white symbolises the hope that one day they will return to their hometown. When this happens the colours will change back to yellow and black as they were before the Turkish invasion.

Former players[edit]




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