On 30 April 2011, AEK won the Greek Cup for the 14th time, defeating 3–0 Atromitos FC at the final.

A total of 103 players of AEK had played for the Greek national team up to 2016.

They are one of the most popular Greek clubs with millions of fans in Greece and Cyprus, and in Greek communities worldwide, mainly in Australia, United Kingdom, and North America.

On 7 October 2010, Manolo Jiménez agreed to a two-year deal and took over for Bajević.[34]

In the 2014–15 season, the team claimed the championship trophy until the last matchday. In the penultimate matchday, the team faced APOEL with whom stayed at draw 1–1. If AEK won it would go to the top of the table.[13] In the last matchday, AEK won Anorthosis and ranked 2nd for first time in its history.[13][14]

After the altercation, and partly due to the club's growing financial problems, Nikolaidis was let on free transfer by mutual consent to Atlético Madrid. Unable to cope with the negativity from a large section of AEK fans,[citation needed] Bajević resigned in 2004 after a match against Iraklis.

Since 2007, AEK's kit has been manufactured by Puma, who also supplied kit from 1975–77. Previous manufacturers have been Adidas (1974-5, 1977–83, and 2005–07), Zita Hellas (1983–89), Diadora (1989–93), Basic (1993–95), Kappa (1995–2000), and Nike (2000–04).

The founders of AEK established the club with the intention of providing athletic and cultural diversions for the thousands of predominantly Constantinopolitan and Anatolian refugees who had settled in the new suburbs of Athens (Nea Filadelfeia, Nea Ionia, Nea Chalkidona, Nea Smyrni, etc.), and in other Greek cities, under difficult circumstances.

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, as well as other important athletic and cultural events, the most significant of which remains the Summer Olympics in 2004.[58]

The colours of yellow/gold and black were adopted from AEK's connections with Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire.[39]

On 7 September 2015, works of the creation of a privately owned new stadium were launched, next to new GSZ stadium.[29][30][31]

In 1992, the club passed to new owners. The business shipping magnate and oil tycoon Dimitris Melissanidis, together with Yiannis Karras, took the majority stake and continued the successful and champion seasons.

AEK F.C. (Greek: ΑΕΚ ΠΑΕ, Αθλητική Ένωσις Κωνσταντινουπόλεως, Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleos, Athletic Union of Constantinople) abbreviated as AEK, known in European competitions as AEK Athens F.C.,[3] is a Greek association football club based in Nea Filadelfeia suburb of Athens.

The addition of goalkeeper Stelios Konstantinidis, and Apostolos Toskas, reinforced the team and allowed AEK to take its fifth championship title in 1971.

By beating Hearts over both legs (2–1 in Scotland and 3–0 in Greece), AEK progressed to the group stage of Champions-League, the club obtained a total of 8 points, having beaten AC Milan 1–0, Lille 1–0, and managing two draws with Anderlecht (1–1 in Greece and 2–2 in Belgium). AEK finished second in the Greek Super League, qualifying again for the third round in the UEFA Champions League.

Apart from football, the two clubs had other athletic departments. The efforts and the decision to merge was made to create in Larnaca a sports club that starred in all competitions (football, basketball, volleyball, etc.) and would not have financial problems.[2]

AEK U20 is the youth team of AEK. They participate in the Superleague U20 championship. They play their home games at the Spata Sports Center in Spata.

AEK also won the unofficial SuperCup of 1971, beating Olympiacos 4–2 on penalty kicks after 2 draws (2–2 at Piraeus and 1–1 at Nea Filadelfeia). Mavros, Eleutherakis, and Ardizoglou were part of the AEK outfit that dominated the Greek league in the late 1970s.

It was during this period that AEK signed one of Greece's finest strikers, Thomas Mavros, a real goal-machine who is the all-time top goalscorer in the Greek Championship with 260 goals. During the following years, he and Dušan Bajević formed a frightening attacking duo for AEK.

In 1996, before the begging of the 1996–97 season because APOEL had won the league and cup 1995–96, AEK, as finalist of the Cypriot Cup, played against league winners the match for shield of CFA, losing 1–0.[5] In the 1996–97 season, AEK finished again 4th place and reached to Cypriot Cup semi-finals. This was followed by 5th place in 1997–98, to return to 4th place the 1998–99 season.

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The home stadium of the football team is the Neo GSZ Stadium, which was common used by EPA and Pezoporikos.[27][28] Before the construction of the stadium, the two teams used old GSZ stadium.

A.E.K.'s club anthem Empros tis A.E.K. pallikaria (Go on A.E.K. lads) was composed by Stelios Kazantzidis. The lyrics were written by Christos Kolokotronis. The current version of the anthem is sung by ex-football player Mimis Papaioannou.[63]

With English coach Jack Beby at the reins of AEK, veteran players Maropoulos, Tzanetis, Delavinias and Mageiras, along with new blood Kostas Poulis, Giorgos Goulios, and Pavlos Emmanouilidis, won the Greek Cup competitions of 1949 and 1950, beating Panathinaikos 2–1 and Aris 4–0.

In 1932, AEK won their first Greek Cup title, beating Aris Thessaloniki 5–3 in the final. The team boasted a number of star football players like Kostas Negrepontis (a veteran of the original Pera Club of Constantinople), Kleanthis Maropoulos, Tryfon Tzanetis, Michalis Delavinias, Giorgos Mageiras, and Spyros Sklavounos.

Of the clubs in the city, though, football was dominated by Enosis Tataoulon and Hermes. Hermes, one of the most 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.[5]

For the 2007/08 season AEK changed kit sponsors from Adidas to Puma.[8] They played with Sevilla FC in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. The first leg has been played on 15 August, away at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, where AEK was defeated by 2 goals,[9] and the second leg played on 3 September, at the Athens Olympic Stadium where AEK lost again by 1–4.[10]

AEK's traditional away colours are all-black or all-white; on a few occasions, the club has introduced as a third kit a light blue, a silver, and even a dark red, or a tyrian purple (porphyra), a type of reddish purple, inspired by the war Byzantine flag[50] and used also by the imperial dynasties of the Byzantine empire (Eastern Roman empire).

Also, during the last years, AEK usually organizes friendly summer games against AS Roma and Sevilla FC.

Under Bajevic, AEK progressed through the qualifying rounds in the 2002 UEFA Champions League by eliminating APOEL FC. Drawn in Group A with AS Roma, Real Madrid, and Racing Genk, AEK with good performances drew all their games and were knocked out of the competition. They continued to UEFA Cup, eliminating Maccabi Haifa (4–0, 4–1) before being knocked out by Málaga CF.


Former player Petros Ravousis took over the coaching position when Dušan Bajević defected to Olympiakos at the end of 1996. Ravousis led the team to its second SuperCup in 1996, and its eleventh Cup title in 1997, beating Panathinaikos in both finals.

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AEK, through its history, has highlighted some of the greatest Greek players in the history of Greek football, who contributed also to the Greek national team (Papaioannou, Nestoridis, Mavros, Tsiartas, Nikolaidis etc.).

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On 25 April 2013, Fenerbahçe S.K. fans lifted a banner supporting AEK Athens, saying "AEK, ΚΡΑΤΑ ΓΕΡΑ", meaning "AEK, hold on tightly".[62] The clubs are also connected by Lefter Küçükandonyadis, who played for both teams. However, it is not confirmed whether the clubs have a brotherhood.

In 2006–07 season, AEK finished in 7th place and reached the semi-finals of the 2006–07 Cypriot Cup. In the 2007–08 season, won the 4th place in the league. The darkest page in the history of team was the 2008–09 season where AEK finished in 13th place and were relegated for the first time in its history in the second division.[8]

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

GK: Kitsos, DF: Ieremiades, DF: Asderis, MF: Kechagias, MF: Paraskevas, MF: Dimopoulos, MF: Karagiannides, FW: Baltas, FW: Milas, FW: Iliades, FW: Georgiades. AEK played its first match against Aias Athinon in November 1924, winning 2–0.