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    A.E.K. Athens F.C: Athletic Union of Constantinople
    A.E.K. Athens
    Full name Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleos

    Dikefalos Aetos (Double-Headed Eagle)


    Founded 13 April 1924


    Established in Athens in 1924 by Greek refugees from Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War, A.E.K. is one of the more successful clubs in Greek football, winning 29 national titles (including 11 Championships, 14 Greek Cups, 1 League Cup and 3 Super Cups) and the team has regularly appeared in European (UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League) competitions. AEK is a member of the European Club Association.


    History of A.E.K. Athens F.C.
    The team of 1925.
    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) of Vathyriakos, Hermes (Ερμής – Ermis) 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 to change its name to Pera Club in 1921, many of its athletes, and those of most other sporting clubs, fled during the population exchanges at the end of the Greco-Turkish War, and settled in Athens and Thessaloniki.


    Emblem of the Palaiologos dynasty and the Byzantine Empire


    Greek Orthodox Church flag
    In 1924, AEK adopted as their emblem the image of a double-headed eagle (Δικέφαλος Αετός – Dikefalos Aetos). 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.
    AEK's main emblem underwent numerous minor changes between 1924 and 1982. The design of the eagle on the shirt badge was often not identical to the design of the eagle depicted on official club correspondence, merchandise and promotional material. All designs were considered "official" (in the broadest sense of the word), however, it was not until 1982 that an identifiable, copyrighted design was established as the club's official, and shirt, badge. The emblem design was changed in 1989, and again in 1993 to the current shield design.
    The colours of yellow and black were adopted from AEK's connections with Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire.[4] AEK's traditional away colours are all-black with a yellow stripe on the sides and home colours are all-yellow with a black stripe on the sides.AEK's kit manufacturer for 2011-13 is a famous Greek company Nickan .


    Nikos Goumas Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Nea Filadelfeia ("New Philadelphia"), a northwestern suburb of Athens, Greece. It was used mostly for football matches and was the home stadium of AEK Athens FC. It was named after a one-time club president, Nicholas Goumas, who contributed to its building and later upgrading. Since the demolition in 2003 of one of the most historical home grounds in Greece the Nikos Goumas Stadium – AEK's home ground since 1930,[34] the club plays its home games at the 70,000-capacity "Spiridon Louis" (Athens Olympic Stadium) in Athens.[35] The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens, also known as OAKA, is one of the most complete European athletic complexes.
    The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens hosted the Mediterranean Games in 1991, the World Championship in Athletics in 1997, the 1994 and 2007 UEFA Champions League Finals well as other important athletic and cultural events, the most significant of which remains the Summer Olympics in 2004.[36]
    Stadium name Capacity Years
    Agia Sofia Stadium 33,000 1928–03,
    Athens Olympic Stadium 69,618 1985–87,
    Record home attendance – 74,473 v. Panathinaikos, 23 May 1986


    AEK Athens has a large fanbase, the majority of AEK supporters are refugees or of refugee descent from Constantinople and the forced population exchange of the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1923. Original 21 is the largest AEK Athens supporters club. The first attempt to organise AEK supporters was Gate 21 (formed in 1975), which took its name from the gate in the Nikos Goumas Stadium, Nea Filadelfia, where the most hardcore fans gathered. AEK Athens have also many supporters worldwide, most of them Greek immigrants, in places as North America, England, Australia and Cyprus.


    A.E.K. F.C. fans in Athens Olympic Stadium
    Supporters friendships
    There is a strong relationship between AEK Athens and AS Livorno, Olympique Marseille, and the NFL American Football Team Cleveland Browns. A.E.K. fans often lift banners and create choreography in support of the fellow teams. A so-called "triangle of brotherhood" has developed between the most heavily supported fan clubs of Olympique de Marseille, Livorno, and AEK Athens, namely between Commando Ultras 84, Brigate Autonome Livornesi 99, and Original 21.
    In 25 April 2013, Fenerbahçe S.K. fans arose a banner supporting AEK Athens, saying "AEK, ΚΡΑΤΑ ΓΕΡΑ", meaning "AEK, hold on tightly". The clubs are also connected by the Greek star, Lefter Küçükandonyadis, who played in both teams. However, it is not confirmed whether the clubs have a brotherhood.


    Honours and achievements


    Super League Greece: 11
    1939, 1940, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994
    Greek Football Cup: 14
    1932, 1939, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2011
    Greek Super Cup: 3
    1971 (unofficial), 1989, 1996
    Greek League Cup: 1
    Athens FCA Championship (local level): 4
    1940, 1946, 1947, 1950
    European competitions
    Finalist in Balkans Cup (1) : 1967
    Semi-finalist in UEFA Cup (1) : 1977
    Quarter-Finalist in European Champion Clubs' Cup (1) : 1969
    Quarter-Finalist in European Cup Winners Cup (2) : 1997, 1998




    Basketball Team:
    AEK was the first ever Greek team to participate in the European Championships (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 Prague by a score of 89-82, in Athens before 120,000 spectators, 80,000 watching from inside the stadium and 40,000 watching from outside (the Guinness world record in basketball attendance).


    Total titles: 13
    Domestic competitions
    Greek Championship
    Winners (8): 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 2002
    Greek Cup
    Winners (3): 1981, 2000


    European competitions
    Runners-up (1): 1998
    Saporta Cup
    Winners (2): 1968, 2000



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