AEK Larnaca FC

Αθλητική Ενωση Κιτίου
Full name Αθλητική Ενωση Κιτίου
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Founded 1994
Ground Neo GSZ Stadium,
Larnaca, Cyprus
Capacity 12,000
Chairman Θωμάς Κυριάκου / Thomas Kyriakou
Manager Nir Klinger
League Cypriot First Division
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AEK Larnaca FC (Greek:Αθλητική Έvωση Κίτιον; Athletiki Enosi Kition) is a Cypriot Sports club, based in the port of Larnaca. The club was formed in 1994 after a merger of two Larnaca clubs: EPA and Pezoporikos. The club has football and basketball sections for men and a volleyball section for women.

The current president of the team is Thomas Kyriakou and the current coach is Nir Klinger. The colours of the club are green and yellow and their emblem is the famous Athenian general, Kimon, who died at the seafront defending the city of Citium in a major battle with the Persians of Xerxes. He told his officers to keep the news of his death secret. The quote "Και Νεκρος Ενικα" ("Even in death he was victorious") referred to Kimon. A statue of "Kimon the Athenian" stands proudly on the sea front promenade of modern Larnaca.

AEK Larnaca Football Club won their first Cypriot Cup in 2004 beating AEL Limassol 2-1. They reached two more times the Cup final, but both times they were beaten by APOEL FC; in 1996, 2-0 in extra time and in 2006, 3-2. It is their only title as AEK until now. EPA and Pezoporikos have a great separate history on their own. EPA won 3 championship titles, 5 Cyprus Cup titles and 1 Super Cup. Pezoporikos won 2 championship titles and 1 Cup title.

The basketball club, after the first year of the merge of Pezoporikos and EPA, finished in the second position and continued to do well in 1995 finishing 3rd. The following years until 2000, the club, despite the financial problem that had, achieved to remain in First Division. In 2001-02, the club stopped the basketball team's activities for a year because of financial problems and stopped to compete in any competition. In 2002-03 the club began playing in Second Division. They won the championship and the cup in Second Division in 2004-05 and were promoted to the first one but relegated again. In 2006-07 they won the double in the Second Division and promoted again to the first.

The volleyball team, which is for women, played was beaten in the Cup final by AEL Limassol 3-0 one year after the merge of Pezoporikos and EPA. The same happened in 2001, being beaten by the same team with same score but however as cup finalists, since AEL Limassol won the double, participated in the Super Cup where they beat AEL Limassol 3-1 in Lefkotheo Indoor Hall, Nicosia and won their first trophy in their history. In 2007, they won the Double, beating AEL Limassol in Championship and Cup finals and winning their first championship and cup in their history.

Photo Of The Team For Season 2005-2006

Current squad
No. Position Player
1 Cameroon GK Joslain Mayebi
2 Cyprus DF Marios Georgiou
6 Ghana DF Emmanuel Pappoe
7 Cyprus MF Antonis Katsis
8 Cyprus MF Charis Nicolaou
9 Guinea-Bissau FW Dionisio Fernandes Mendes
10 Brazil MF Magno Mocelin
11 Israel MF Erez Mesika
12 Paraguay FW Aldo Adorno
14 Morocco MF Hamid Rhanem
15 Cyprus DF Pierakis Kastanas
16 Brazil DF Marcelo
17 Cyprus FW Christos Xenofontos
18 Cyprus DF Demetris Daskalakis
19 Cyprus DF Michalis Michael

No. Position Player
20 Venezuela MF Héctor Gonzalez
21 Guinea-Bissau MF Ednilson
22 Brazil MF Cássio
23 Cyprus DF Constantinos Mina (captain)
25 the Czech Republic GK Jiří Bobok
26 the Czech Republic MF Martin Abraham
27 the Czech Republic DF Pavel Pergl
28 Cyprus FW Michalis Constantinidis
29 Cyprus DF Kyriacos Kyriacou
30 Cyprus GK Andreas Photiou
31 Cyprus MF Marios Koutouris
35 Bulgaria GK Ivaylo Petrov
40 Nigeria FW Joseph Nwafor
88 Serbia MF Dejan Ilić
99 Nigeria MF Joshua Izuchukwu

Squad changes for 2008/09 season

In:

* the Czech Republic Martin Abraham - Signed in Summer Period from Slavia Praha
* Guinea Ednilson - Signed in Summer Period from FK Partizan
* Guinea Dionisio Fernandes Mendes - Signed in Summer Period from Stade Tunisien
* the Czech Republic Jiří Bobok - Signed in Summer Period from FK Jablonec 97
* Bulgaria Ivaylo Petrov from CSKA Sofia
* Israel Erez Mesika from Maccabi Tel Aviv FC
* Nigeria Joseph Nwafor from OFI Crete
* Brazil Magno Mocelin from AC Omonia
* Cyprus Demetris Daskalakis from APOEL FC
* Cameroon Joslain Mayebi - Signed in Summer Period from FC Metz

Out:

* Nigeria Sunny Ekeh Kingsley - Signed in Summer Period with FC Metalurg Donetsk
* Venezuela José Manuel Rey - Signed in Summer Period with Caracas FC
* Cyprus Paraskevas Christou - Signed in Summer Period with APOEL FC
* Cyprus Sofronis Avgousti - Signed in Summer Period with Apollon Limassol
* Portugal João Paiva - Signed in Summer Period with FC Luzern
* Cyprus Marios Neophytou - Signed in Summer Period with Nea Salamis FC
* Bosnia and Herzegovina Esad Razić - Signed in Summer Period with Alki Larnaca FC
* Brazil Tininho - Free in Summer Period
* Slovakia Peter Hodulík - Free in Summer Period

Former players

* Cyprus Paraskevas Christou
* Cyprus Andreas Constantinou
* Cyprus Koullis Pavlou
* Cyprus Marios Neophytou
* Cyprus Sofronis Avgousti
* Greece Demetris Maris
* Greece Demetrios Zografakis
* Greece Angelos Georgiou
* Greece Kostas Frantzeskos
* Portugal Zé Nando
* Portugal Pedro Moita
* Portugal Paulo Adriano
* Portugal Miguel Fidalgo
* Brazil Tininho
* Brazil Valmir Alves De Oliveira
* Brazil Edvaldo
* Brazil Evair
* Brazil Paulinho
* Venezuela José Manuel Rey
* the Netherlands Nordin Wooter
* the Netherlands Donny de Groot
* the Netherlands Martin Cruijff
* the Netherlands Antilles Raymond Victoria
* France Christophe Ettori
* Germany Heiner Backhaus
* Lithuania Edgaras Jankauskas
* Bosnia and Herzegovina Esad Razić
* Serbia Ivica Francisković
* Serbia Saša Drakulić
* Serbia Zoran Milošević
* Serbia Dragan Isailović
* Serbia Miloje Klajević
* Serbia Petar Puaca
* Serbia Goran Djordjević
* Montenegro Dragoje Lekovic
* FYROM Goran Lazarevski
* Slovenia Milan Osterc
* Slovenia Marjan Dominko
* Romania Narcis Răducan
* Romania Cristian Munteanu
* Hungary Zoltán Szabó
* Poland Mariusz Nosal
* Russia Akhrik Tsveiba
* Georgia (country) Klimenti Tsitaishvili
* Senegal Omar Traoré
* Senegal Ismail Ba
* The Gambia Mustapha Kamal N'Daw
* The Gambia Jatto Ceesay
* Zimbabwe Nagoli Kennedy
* Nigeria George Datoru
* Nigeria Azubuike Oliseh
* Nigeria Sunny Ekeh Kingsley

Honours

Football

* Cypriot Cup:
o Winners (1): 2004
o Runner-up (2): 1996, 2006

* LTV Super Cup:
o Runner-up (2): 1996, 2004

Volleyball (Women)

* Championship:
o Winners (1): 2007

* Cup:
o Winners (1): 2007
o Runner-up (2): 1995, 2001

* Super Cup:
o Winners (2): 2001,2008
o Runner-up (1): 1995

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