UA-52481335-2 AEK - Football-Cyprus
Football-Cyprus

AEK

Full Name: Αθλητική Ενωση Κίτιον – Athletick Union Kition of Larnaca
Nicknames: Kitrinoprasinoi (Green-Yellows)
Founded: 1994
Stadium: AEK Arena (7400)
Manager: Imanol Idiakez
Chairman: Antreas Karapatakis
2016-17: 2nd

Honours:
Titles: –
Cup: 1 (Last 2003-04)
Cypriot Super cup: –

Europe:
European Cup: –
Cup Winners Cup: 1 time (Best 1st Round 1996-97 – Lost to Barcelona)
UEFA Cup: 1 time (Best 1st qualifying Round 04-05 – lost to Maccabi Petah Tikva)
Europa League: 4 times (Best Group Stage 2011-12 – Finished 4th in group)
Champions League: –

AEK has managed to keep all their key players and their manager for this season. They have brought in more quality and the team now has some depth to challenge for the title. They are a very strong home team in their own AEK Arena and if they can keep that record they will be challenging for the title especially as the league is expected to be more tighter this season.

The team relies heavily on organized team play and good defense. Offensively they have technically skilled Spanish players who can combine nicely for goals. They do not always dominate matches but they can hit on the counter very well and keep their goal safe.

They are still fighting to get into the Europa League group stages but this season they have more depth in the squad to handle both competitions if necessary.

Players in: DF Carles Soria (Espanyol B), DF Marios Antoniades (Panionios), MF Nikos Englezou (loan return from nea Salamina), FW Nestoras Mitidis (ROda JC), DF Rafael Anastasiou (APOEL), FW Onisiforos Roushias (Omonia), MF Nacho Cases (Sporting Gijon), DF Nelson Marcos (Alcorcon), DF Radovan Pankov (on loan from Ural Yekaterinburg)

Players out: DF Thomas Ioannou (on loan to Doxa), MF Michalis Music (on loan to Ethnikos Achnas), DF Elias Charalambous (retired), DF Constantinos Mintikkis (on loan to Nea Salamina)

They had a solid season last year and the team has gotten even stronger so they will challenge APOEL and Apollon for the title this season and at this point it looks like they are the strongest.

Prediction 1st.