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AEL Limassol

AEL Limassol
AEL Limassol - 85 Years Official Logo
Full name Athli̱tikí̱ Éno̱si̱ Lemesoú
Αθλητική Ένωση Λεμεσού
Founded 4 October 1930 (1930-10-04)
Ground Tsirion Stadium
Limassol, Cyprus
Ground Capacity 13 331
Chairman Andгeas Sofocleous
Manager Makis Chavos
League Cypriot First Division
2014–15 8th
Website Club home page

Athlitiki Enosi Lemesou (Greek: Αθλητική Ένωση Λεμεσού, "Athletic Union of Limassol"), commonly known as AEL Limassol, is a Cypriot sports club based in the city of Limassol, most famous for its football team.

AEL also maintains a men's and women's basketball teams, a women's volleyball team and a newly established in 1976 Futsal team, a women's handball team as well as a cricket team. AEL is considered as one of the most successful clubs of the island, with 13 official football trophies.[1] The basketball branch of AEL is also well known, currently being the only team from Cyprus to have won a European title (the European Regional Challenge Cup). Limassol's official club mascot is a Lion, who was affectionately nicknamed the lions by their fans.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Stadium 2
  • UEFA club coefficient ranking 3
  • Current squad 4
    • On loan 4.1
    • Foreign players 4.2
  • Current staff 5
  • Managerial history 6
  • Presidential history 7
  • Honours 8
  • European record 9
  • U21 football team titles 10
  • U17 football team titles 11
  • Basketball team (Proteas EKA AEL) 12
  • Women's basketball team (KV Imperial AEL) 13
  • Women volleyball team (Tranbunker Danoi ΑΕΛ) 14
  • Bowling team 15
  • Cycling team 16
  • Defunct sports departments 17
    • Field hockey 17.1
    • Handball 17.2
    • Men's volleyball 17.3
    • Waterpolo 17.4
  • References 18
  • External links 19

History

The club was founded on 4 October 1930, with Stavros Pittas voted in as the club's first president.[2] The football section of the club competed in its first game on 6 January 1931 against PSC, winning 6–1 in Limassol.[2] The club won its national championship in 1934 though this is not credited as it is an unofficial title.[3] Later that year, AEL became one of the eight founding members of the Cypriot First Division for the 1934–35 season, the first official league of the country.[2][3]

AEL Limassol celebrated its first official title success in 1941, beating out APOEL 4–3 in a two-legged championship play-off.[3] AEL fans had to wait 12 years until tasting title success again, as the club finally became champions of Cyprus again in 1953.[2][3] AEL would repeat this success again twice more, winning back-to-back league championships in 1955 and 1956.[4]

The club won its last major trophy in 1989, before the title success of 2012,[5] when it defeated city rivals Aris Limassol 3–2 after extra time in final of the Cypriot Cup.[6][7]

In 2011 after disappointingly finishing 7th in the previous campaign, AEL hired Pambos Christodoulou,[8] who had a reputation of steering "modest sides away from relegation," to start the rebuilding process.[9] AEL Limassol secured the Cypriot league title for the first time since 1968 on Saturday 5 May 2012, ending 44 years without a Cypriot first division title.[10]

Christodoulou had a dream-like first season at the helm AEL, as his side was unbeaten and had not conceded any goals through the first five games. At the end of the second round AEL finished top of the table,[11] three points clear of the second placed team and had only conceded seven goals, the best defensive record of all the league teams. In the play-off round AEL battled with the top 4 teams for the championship winning it with one game to go conceding only nine goals. As Christodoulou has managed to bring AEL the championship crown,[12][13] which the team last won in 1968,[14][15] he was nicknamed by fans "Pambourinho", a combination of his name and of Jose Mourinho.

AEL received the championship trophy during a spectacular "fiesta" evening at the Tsirion Stadium on the evening of Saturday 12 May 2012. They followed this with an open-top bus parade through Limassol. Up to 12,000 AEL fans packed the stadium to watch the fiesta and trophy presentation. The club then turned their attention to the Cup Final of 16 May against Omonia Nicosia; and the chance to be crowned double winners for the first time in their history. However the club lost in the final 1–0 to a goal by Brazilian striker Andre Alves.[16] The following year, AEL made it to the group stage of a UEFA tournament for the first time, finishing last and picking up four points in their UEFA Europa League group.[17]

On 22 October 2013, Angolan manager Lito Vidigal was sacked after just over three months in charge.[18] Bulgarian Ivaylo Petev was appointed as AEL's manager on 25 October, having previously guided Ludogorets Razgrad to promotion to the A Group as well as two A Group titles, a Bulgarian Cup win as well as a triumph in the Bulgarian Super Cup.[18] Petev signed an initial deal to stay at AEL until the end of the 2014–15 season.[18]

At the end of the Monteiro finished the season as joint-top scorer in the league with 18 goals and the former FC Porto academy product was voted player of the year by the CFA.[23]

Stadium

AEL FC plays in the 14,000-seat Tsirion Stadium, also known as the Olympia Stadium (G.S.O). Tsirion Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Limassol, Cyprus. It is mostly used for football matches and is also the home ground of Apollon Limassol and Aris Limassol. The stadium was built in 1975.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

UEFA Team Ranking 2015

Full List

Current squad

As of 4 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
1 GK Łukasz Skowron
3 DF Bertrand Robert
4 DF Valentinos Sielis
5 DF Angelos Zoulis
6 MF John Arwuah
7 FW Frank Feltscher
8 MF Mathieu Coutadeur
9 FW Maic Sema
10 MF Andreas Stavrou
15 DF Vasilios Karagounis (on loan from Olympiacos)
17 MF Mesca
19 FW Yiannis Mavrou
20 FW Mame Niang (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
No. Position Player
21 DF Marco Airosa (Captain)
23 DF Massamba Sambou
27 DF Third captain)
32 GK Matias Degra (Vice captain)
40 GK Evangelos Georgiou
41 GK Evgenios Petrou
45 DF Andreas Kyriakou
50 DF João Paulo
56 MF Panos Theodorou
60 MF Marco Soares
77 FW Adrián Sardinero
81 MF Andreas Fragkou
94 MF Carlos Ohene

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
FW Marco Tagbajumi (to Strømsgodset IF until January of 2016)


For recent transfers, see List of Cypriot football transfers summer 2015.

Foreign players

EU Nationals

EU Nationals (Dual citizenship)

Non-EU Nationals

Under-21

Current staff

Technical staff
Head Coach Makis Chavos
Assistant Coach Paris Zouboulis
Goalkeeping Coach Nikos Konstandinidis
Fitness Coach Mpampis Michaelides
Assistant Fitness Coach Stefanos Thrasivoulides
Medical staff
Head Doctor Dr. Christos Patsalides
Physical Therapist Giorgos Zantis
Physical Therapist Polis Achilleos
Physical Therapist Kimonas Papamiltiadous

Managerial history

Presidential history

Name From To
Stavros Pittas 1930 1932
Kriton Tornaritis 1932 1934
Yiangos Limanititis 1934 1953
Nikos Solomonides 1953 1971
Nikos Kountas 1971 1976
Georgios Tornaritis 1976 1982
Loris Lysiotis 1982 1996
Dimitris Solomonides 1996 2002
Giorgos Frantzis 2002 2003
Akis Ellinas 2003 2005
Agis Agapiou 2005 2006
Marios Herodotou 2006 2007
Zacharias Koundouros 2007 2008
Andгeas Sofocleous 2008 Present

Honours

Champions (6): 1940–41, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1967–68, 2011–12
Runners-up (2): 1947–48, 2013–14
Champions (1): 1996–97
Champions (6): 1938–39, 1939–40, 1947–48, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1988–89
Runners-up (11): 1937–38, 1940–41, 1958–59, 1978–79, 1987–88, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
Champions (4): 1953, 1968, 1985, 2015
  • Cyprus K.A. Severi Cup
Champions (3): 1953, 1955, 1956

European record

1R = First round, PR = Preliminary round, Q = Qualifying round, PO = play-off round.
Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1968–69 European Cup 1R Real Madrid 0–6 0–6 0–12
1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Dukla Prague 2–2 0–4 2–6
1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup PR Dunajská Streda 0–1 1–5 1–6
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Admira Wacker 0–3 1–0 1–3
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Ferencváros 0–4 2–1 2–5
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2Q Linfield 3–0 0–0 3–0
3Q Partizan 1–0 1–0 2–0
PO Anderlecht 2–1 0–2 2–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group C Marseille 1–5 3–0 4th place
Fenerbahçe 0–1 0–2
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–0 0–2
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 3Q Zenit St. Petersburg 1–0 0–3 1–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 0–3 1–5

U21 football team titles

  • Cypriot U21 Championship: 11
1940, 1951, 1960, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012

U17 football team titles

  • Cypriot U17 Championship: 4
2004, 2005, 2007, 2011
  • Cyprus U17 Cup: 1
1997

Basketball team (Proteas EKA AEL)

Honour No. Years
Cyprus National Championships: 14 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Cyprus Cups: 9 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 2004, 2008, 2009
Super Cups: 9 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 2004, 2008, 2009
European Titles: 1 2003

Women's basketball team (KV Imperial AEL)

Women Basketball Team Titles
Championship titles: 14 (1993, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Cup titles: 13 (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Super Cup titles: 8 (1998, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Women U21 Basketball Team Titles
Championship titles: 8 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2008)
Women U17 Basketball Team Titles
Championship titles: 1 (2005)
Cup titles: 1 (2005)

Women volleyball team (Tranbunker Danoi ΑΕΛ)

Fullname Tranbunker Danoi ΑΕΛ
Nicknames Βασίλισσα (Greek)
Queen (English)
Tranbunker Danoi ΑΕΛ founded 1976
Team Colors Yellow With Blue
Arena Nicos Solomonidis
Arena Nickname Το κλουβί (Greek)
The Cage (English)
Arena Capacity 3000
Women Volleyball Team Titles
Championship titles: 27 (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2012)
Cup titles: 28 (1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011)
Super Cup titles: 10 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Women U21 Volleyball Team Titles
Championship titles: 9 (1987, 1988, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008)
Cup titles: 3 (2000, 2002, 2004)
Women U17 Volleyball Team Titles
Championship titles: 9 (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Cup titles: 1 (2000)

A Founding member of the Cyprus Volleyball Federation in 1976, AEL's women team has dominated in the Cypriot volleyball. The team's achievements are phenomenal; Out of the 32 seasons played so far in Cyprus since the commencement of the women's volleyball league, the team won the Championship 27 times. Out of the 31 cups they won it 27 times, 24 consecutive times, from 1980 until 2003. Also they have won the Championship 15 consecutive times, from 1977 until 1991. They have also the amazing records of winning the Double 12 times from 1980 until 1991 and 9 times from 1993 until 2001. In the past the club had also a men's team for 10 years which participated in the Cypriot Championship.

Bowling team

The bowling club was founded in 1999 and the same year became a member of the Limassol District Federation. In 2001, the team participated in the Cypriot Championship as one of the two representatives of the Limassol District Federation. In the team won its first trophy by winning the Limassol District Federation Cup and in 2006 its first Championship by winning the Limassol District Federation Championship. The home of the team is the Galaktika Bowling Center.

Player
Christos Krassas
Nikolas kleanthous
Michalis Perikleous
Georgios Georgiou
Andros Kalogirou
Demetris Demetriou
Panikos Kleanthous
Bowling Team Titles
Limassol Championship: 3 (2006, 2008, 2009)
Limassol Cup: 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)

Cycling team

The cycling team was founded in 2001 and the same year became a member of the Limassol District Federation. The first men's cycling team consisted of the following : Ομηρος Χριστοφόρου, Παντελής Τίμινης, Μιχάλης Τσουλόφτας, Ηρόδοτος Κυριάκου, Σωτήρης Σκουταρίδης, Δημήτρης Αραούζος

Cycling Team Titles
General – Road cup: 3 (2004, 2005, 2006)
Men – Road cup: 3 (2004, 2005, 2006)
Masters 1 – Road cup: 1 (2006)
Masters 2 – Road cup: 2 (2004, 2005)

Defunct sports departments

Apart from the currently active sports departments, AEL had in the past some other sports departments, which today are defunct. Despite this, these currently not active departments had all won titles for AEL when they were active.

Field hockey

In the past AEL Limassol had a field hockey team which is currently not active. The team had plenty of victories led by its star player Renos Antoniadis. In 1931, AEL won the Cup in a match which was played in Larnaca. One year later, the team became Cypriot Champions. The team consisted of the following players: Antoniadis, Pareas, Frangos, Christophides, Michaelides, Kalogirou, Victor Mousteris, Anastasiadis and Williamson. However, there were no further hockey competitions in Cyprus afterwards, as the other teams hockey teams of the era closed down their hockey departments because of financial problems.

Handball

Another AEL sport department that currently does not exist is the handball. The team was active for a small period of time but that did not stop the team from adding another trophy to the hundreds that AEL won in various other sports. On 11 June 1989, a day after the football team of the club won the Cypriot Cup, the handball team won the Cypriot Cup in handball by beating Youth Centre Larnaca 23–19 in the final which was played in Lefkotheo Indoor Hal, Nicosia.

Men's volleyball

AEL maintains 3 teams for women's volleyball but does not currently have a men's Volleyball team.

Waterpolo

AEL was also active in maritime sports, especially those that needed team participation. AEL pioneered in Regattas in 1932, 1933 and 1934 in the Cyprus Regatta Games. The members of the team were Nearchos Pieris, Christakis Dixon, Andreas Araouzos, Sotiris Antoniades and Maximos Morides. The club had also a waterpolo team which was unbeaten Cypriot Champions. The team achieved a noted victory against a selected team of the Royal Navy which were then Mediterranean Champions. Apart from the Cypriot Championships, AEL won the Mediterranean Naval Cup.

References

  1. ^ 96 trophies
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  16. ^ "Κυπελλούχος η Ομόνοια". Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Ποδοσφαίρου. 16 May 2012. 
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External links

  • AEL Limassol football club Official Website
  • Official SY.F.AEL Fans Website
  • Lions Radio Unofficial Fans Website
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