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Full namePodosfairiki Athlitiki Enosi Eparxeias Kerynias
Founded10 October 1953; 69 years ago (1953-10-10)
GroundKeryneia Epistrophi, Lakatamia
ChairmanMarios Vlachos/club,Cleanthis Georgiades/Paeek Podosfero LTD F.C.
ManagerMakis Sergides
LeagueSecond Division
2021–22First Division, 12th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

PAEEK (Greek: ΠΑΕΕΚ; short for Ποδοσφαιρική Αθλητική Ένωση Επαρχίας Κερύνειας, Podosfairiki Athlitiki Enosi Eparxeias Kerynias, translated as "Football and Sport Union of Kyrenia District", literally "Footballing Sportive Union of the District of Kyrenia") 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 the Cypriot First Division. PAEEK used to have also a basketball division, but due to economic difficulties had to suspend it for some years up to date.


Emblem of PAEEK

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.


The football team has not matched the basketball team's success in terms of trophies. They have been a mainstay in the Cyprus Second Division. Paeek is considered to be the team with the most appearances in the Cyprus Second Division, with 41 in total. The club plays its home matches in Keryneia Epistrofi Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus.

PAEEK has built a reputation for unearthing young talent and moving them on, most notably Alexandros Paschalakis of PAOK and the Greece national team, Giorgos Economides and Giorgos Papadopoulos.

Promotion to Top Division[edit]

During the 2020–21 season, PAEEK finished as champions of the second division and were promoted to the top division for the first time in club history.

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 February 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Cyprus CYP Panagiotis Panagiotou
3 DF Cyprus CYP Lefteris Hadjicostanti
5 MF Brazil BRA Carlos Dias (on loan from APOEL)
6 DF Liberia LBR Brem Soumaoro
7 DF Cyprus CYP Marios Demetriou (3rd captain)
8 MF Brazil BRA Nando (4th captain)
9 FW Trinidad and Tobago TRI Nickel Orr
10 MF Cyprus CYP Marcos Charlambous (Vice-captain)
11 MF Uruguay URU Nico Varela
14 FW Cameroon CMR Lewis Enoh
16 MF Cyprus CYP Charalambos Aristotelous (Captain)
18 MF Cyprus CYP Andreas Komodikis (on loan from Doxa Katokopias)
19 FW Cyprus CYP Andreas Neophytou
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW Cyprus CYP Chrysovalantis Kapartis
23 DF Czech Republic CZE Pavel Čmovš
24 MF Cyprus CYP Demetris Vourkos
28 FW Belgium BEL Livio Milts
40 DF Nigeria NGA Erhun Obanor (on loan from Istra 1961)
55 DF Greece GRE Alexandros Kouros
60 DF Cyprus CYP Andreas Fragkeskou
69 DF Greece GRE Athanasios Arnaoutoglou
95 GK Poland POL Patryk Procek (on loan from AEL Limassol)
98 MF Cyprus CYP Andreas Neofytou (on loan from Anorthosis)
99 GK Cyprus CYP Konstantinos Mavromoustakos
TBA MF Netherlands NED Nick Kaaijmolen


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.





  1. ^ "Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Καλαθοσφαίρισης".
  2. ^ "European Champions". Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Αχιλλέας Καϊμακλίου - Achilleas Kaimakliou A.C." Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  4. ^ "PAEEK | European Cup for Men's Clubs (1996) | FIBA Europe".

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