Greece A1 05/18 14:15 3 [1] AEK v Olympiacos [2] L 68-100
Greece A1 05/15 14:15 3 [2] Olympiacos v AEK [1] L 92-75
Greece A1 04/27 17:15 5 [4] Karditsa v AEK [1] L 81-79
Greece A1 04/21 14:15 4 [1] AEK v PAOK [2] W 99-91
Greece A1 04/14 14:15 3 [1] AEK v Lavrio [3] W 100-67
Greece A1 04/06 17:15 2 [6] Apollon Patras v AEK [2] L 89-79
Greece A1 04/01 17:15 1 [2] AEK v Marousi [5] W 88-85
Greece A1 03/23 18:15 22 [6] AEK v Peristeri [3] L 97-101
Basketball Champions League 03/20 17:30 6 [4] AEK v Promitheas [2] L 67-79
Greece A1 03/16 17:00 21 [9] Marousi v AEK [7] W 82-90
Basketball Champions League 03/12 19:30 5 [1] UCAM Murcia v AEK [4] L 100-89
Greece A1 03/09 18:15 20 [6] AEK v Promitheas [4] L 87-91

Wikipedia - AEK B.C.

AEK Basketball Club (Greek: ΚΑΕ ΑΕΚ Greek pronunciation: [ˈaek]; Αθλητική Ένωσις Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Athlitikí Énosis Konstantinoupóleos, "Athletic Union of Constantinople"), also known as AEK B.C. or AEK, and more commonly known in European competitions as AEK Athens, is a Greek professional basketball club based in Athens, Greece, part of the major multi-sport club AEK. The club was established in Athens in 1924 by Greek refugees from Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922).

AEK is one of the three most popular and successful teams in Greece along with Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. AEK was the first-ever Greek basketball team, not only to reach a European Cup Final, but also to win a European title. On 4 April 1968, AEK defeated Slavia VŠ Praha by a score of 89–82, in Athens in front of 80,000 fans. They have won the Greek League 8 times (1957–58, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1969–70, 2001–02), and the Greek Cup 5 times (1980–81, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2017–18, 2019–20), while they have also twice won the FIBA Saporta Cup (former European Cup Winners' Cup) (1967–68 and 1999–00). AEK won the Champions League on 6 May 2018, defeating Monaco by a score of 100–94, and the FIBA Intercontinental Cup on 17 February 2019, defeating Flamengo by a score of 86–70. Well-known players that have played with the club over the years have included: Rolando Blackman, Ricky Pierce, Danny Vranes, Ruben Patterson, Kurt Rambis, J.R. Holden, Willie Anderson, Joe Arlauckas, Anthony Bowie, Arijan Komazec, Martin Müürsepp, Josh Owens, Clint Richardson, Bill Edwards, Victor Alexander, Claudio Coldebella, İbrahim Kutluay, Pero Antić, Carl English, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Bane Prelević, Georgios Amerikanos, Georgios Trontzos, Vassilis Goumas, Minas Gekos, Pavlos Stamelos, Kostas Patavoukas, Angelos Koronios, Michalis Kakiouzis, Nikos Chatzis, Jake Tsakalidis, Nikos Zisis, Nasos Galakteros, Vassilis Lanes, Dimos Dikoudis, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Ioannis Bourousis, Mario Chalmers, Jonas Mačiulis and Keith Langford

AEK B.C. has been named as the best Greek team in all sports, at either the sports club or national team level, in 1965, 1966, and 1968, by SJA of Greece (the Sports Journalists' Association of Greece, Greek: ΠΣΑΤ).


Early years

The basketball team in 1928
Constantinople in 1914

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), Hermes (Ερμής) 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 competitions, with teams formed by 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 by the Kemalist regime to change its name to Pera Club in 1923, many of its athletes fled to Greece, and settled in Athens and Thessaloniki. The basketball team of AEK is actually the most successful among AEK's athletic departments. The obvious reason is the successes in general of Greek basketball, and that AEK's basketball team was the first ever Greek team to win an international trophy, in any team sport. Under Kostas Karamanlis' guidance, AEK won the club's first Greek League championship in 1958.


Kostas Dimopoulos, one of the creators of the AEK athletic club and footballer of the early years, had the idea of also creating a basketball team. His efforts quickly were matched by others who loved the sport of basketball. He then took over the leadership of the club's basketball department, and together with the Simeonidi brothers, Eumenes Athanasiadis and others, created the club's first basketball team. In the beginning, they took part in friendly games, where they made a good impression. After that, AEK won the first regional basketball championship that was played in Athens, which was organized by the local YMCA, in 1924.

In 1928, AEK took part in the first Greek basketball championship, in the Athens-Piraeus 1927–28 regional championship. In 1929, the Greek basketball championship was not held, and AEK did not play in any league. In 1930, the basketball section was not declared in any organized competition, with the effective efforts of Kostas Dimopoulos and his associates to do so, failing. The club's basketball section then remained in obscurity for many years. However, in 1949, it reappeared, and the club's administration of that time created a new and competitive team. In the 1952–53 season, AEK played in the Greek basketball championship for the first time since 1928. In the 1954–55 Greek League championship AEK had an impressive run, however, they finished behind Panellinios.


In 1958, AEK B.C., led by the player-coach Kostas Karamanlis, won their first Greek League championship, after defeating Panellinios in the final, by a score of 67–54.

The club also founded a women's section at this time, which lasted for a short time. The department had success with the four sisters Chorianopoulou sisters. However, the club did not give the necessary importance to the department, and it was later dissolved.

Amerikanos' era (1960–1970): 6 Championships and a European title

Kallimarmaron Stadium

"The Union", in the early 1960s, won the Athens-Piraeus Regional Championship two times in a row (1960, 1961), but did not manage to become the national league champion of Greece. But the 1960s decade was to be the most important in the history of AEK's basketball club. The team's head coach of the time, Missas Pantazopoulos, created a great roster and led the team to the top of Greece. The club's leading figure during these years was Georgios Amerikanos, who was nicknamed "Global".[]

In the 1962–63 season, AEK won the first of four consecutive Greek League championships. In the next season, AEK's leading scorer was Antonis Christeas (4th overall in the league), and the club was once again the Greek League champion. In the 1964–65 season, Georgios Amerikanos was the top scorer of the league, and AEK were once again the Greek League champions.[]

In the following 1965–66 season, AEK won its 4th consecutive Greek League championship, and also became the first Greek basketball team to play in the semi-finals of the FIBA Europe Champions Cup (now called the EuroLeague), as they played at the 1966 Final Four, which was held in Italy. These successes were accompanied by an unfortunate large loss for the team. As one of the team's players, Giorgos Moschos had contracted cancer, but he managed to participate in certain competitions that year, before he died on 29 December 1966, at age 29.[]

The next season, AEK lost the Greek League championship to Panathinaikos. However, a year later, under head coach Nikos Milas, AEK returned to the top of Greece, as they won the 1967–68 Greek League season championship, without losing a game. Georgios Amerikanos was again the Greek League's Top Scorer.[]

1968 European Cup Winners' Cup: first European title for a Greek club

AEK was the first ever Greek basketball team to participate in the FIBA European Champions Cup (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 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup Final, but also to win a European-wide title. On April 4, 1968, AEK defeated Slavia VŠ Praha, by a score of 89–82, in Athens, in front of 80,000 spectators (at the time, the Guinness world record in basketball attendance) in Kallimarmaron Stadium. In 1970, AEK reached the FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals, where the team was eliminated by JA Vichy, France, in what turned out to be the last year of the first "Golden Era" of the club's history. It was called the "Golden Era" because AEK dominated Greek basketball during the 1960s, winning the Greek League championship 4 consecutive years, in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1966, as well as in 1968 and 1970; for a total of 6 titles in 8 years.

Although there are no official records with regards to the Greek Cup before 1975, according to some sources, AEK won the Greek Cup in the years of 1967 and 1971.


Over the next decades, AEK lost its prestige and managed to win only one trophy, the Greek Cup in 1981, under the direction of Coach Fred Develey, an American coach who previously was the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Aris of Greece, with superstar Nick Galis. In addition to winning the Greek Cup in 1981, AEK was also a finalist in the Greek Cup in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1988, and 1992, but failed to win in any of those years.

Rolando Blackman

The Queen's comeback

Dušan Ivković
Nikos Zisis

AEK made a comeback in the late 1990s, when the team played in six consecutive Greek Cup Final Fours in the years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, four consecutive Greek Cup Finals in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, winning the Greek Cup in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, AEK won the Greek League championship for the first time in 32 years, becoming the first team to win the Greek League championship after having lost the first two games of a 5-game playoff series. AEK lost the first two games of the series to Olympiacos, but managed to win the next 3 games, and take the series and the title 3–2. AEK also reached the Greek Playoff Finals in the years 1997, 2003, and 2005, and the Greek Cup Semi-finals in the year 2006.

1998 ΕuroLeague runners-up and 2000 Saporta Cup winners

In this same era, AEK again reached a high level in European-wide competitions. The team reached the FIBA EuroLeague's Final Four in Barcelona in 1998, and beat Benetton Treviso, by a score of 69–66, before losing in the EuroLeague Final to Kinder Bologna, by a score of 58–44. In 2000, on 11 April, AEK won their second international trophy, the FIBA Saporta Cup, by defeating Kinder Bologna 83–76. The next year, 2001, AEK reached the EuroLeague semi-finals, where they lost their playoff series against Tau Cerámica, in 3 straight games. AEK had success in the EuroLeague in the 2002 season, reaching the Top 16 phase, but the 2003 and 2004 seasons were disasters in the EuroLeague. In 2005, AEK once again shined and reached the Top 16, but a few losses prevented the team from reaching the EuroLeague playoffs.

Relegation, dissolution and fresh start

After the 2005–06 season, the owner of the club and major shareholder cut off the club's funding, and various management schemes each year assumed the financial obligations of the club. As a result, the roster gradually weakened year after year, the group declined each year to lower-level league positions and had even less success in European competitions, and the club's debts that were accrued were impossible to pay. In April 2011, AEK was relegated down to the Greek Second Division (A2) due to serious financial problems and there was a great danger for its participation in the next championships.

A new administration council, with Nikos Georgantzoglou as a president, defined by the Athens Court on 12 September 2011 so that the club could be saved and play in the A2 division. AEK had a record of 20 wins and 10 losses during the 2011–12 Greek A2 Basket League season. In the summer of 2012, AEK's board of directors announced its participation in the Greek 3rd national category Greek B League ("B Ethniki") "Southern Group", for the 2012–13 season, as an amateur club. The team had a record of 22 wins and 3 losses and was promoted to the A2 category. In the 2013–14 season, AEK once again played in the Greek Second Division. Finally, AEK was the winner of the second division championship and won the league promotion to be able to play in the top Greek League again, after a 3-year period of absence. AEK had a record of 23 wins and 3 losses during the Greek A2 Basket League 2013–14 season.

In September 2014, AEK overcame heavy financial problems, after Makis Angelopoulos bought the majority stake of the club's shares, just to return to the Greek elite level, and thus wanted to showcase its tradition and ambition in Greece and Europe. In the 2014–15 season, AEK finished in fifth place in the top-tier level Greek League, with 15 wins and 11 losses.

Dušan Šakota

Return to European cup competitions

In the 2015–16 season, AEK returned to the European-wide 2nd-tier level EuroCup, for the first time since the 2006–07 season. AEK returned to the EuroCup, after having come off a return-to-form season, in which it finished fifth overall in the first-tier level Greek League, to reach the Greek League playoffs, after a seven-year absence. AEK then joined the newly formed FIBA Champions League, for the 2016–17 season. The team reached the 2016–17 FIBA Champions League Round 16.

2018 Greek Cup winners

On 17 February 2018, AEK won the 2018 Greek Cup Final against Olympiacos, by a score of 88–83, at Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena, on the island of Crete. It was AEK's first top-tier title won since they won the 2001–02 Greek Basket League season's championship.

2018 FIBA Champions League and 2019 FIBA Intercontinental cup winners

Mario Chalmers

On 6 May 2018, AEK won the 2018 FIBA Champions League final against the French club AS Monaco by a score of 100–94 in the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall of Athens. By winning the FIBA Champions League trophy, AEK earned the right to add a third star to its club crest. The team also qualified to participate in the next edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup tournament. In the following FIBA Champions League competition AEK was knocked out of the competition in the quarter-finals by the German side Brose Bamberg. Nevertheless, a bit earlier in the 2018–19 season, AEK became the global basketball champions, for the first time in their perennial history, by winning the 2019 FIBA Intercontinental Cup final against the Brazilian club Flamengo by a score of 86–70 in the Carioca Arena 1 of Rio de Janeiro. That marked the third FIBA Intercontinental Cup championship that was won by a Greek club, after Panathinaikos had won the 1996 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, and Olympiacos had won the 2013 FIBA Intercontinental Cup.

2020 Greek Cup winners and 2020 FIBA Champions League runners-up

On 16 February 2020, AEK won the 2020 Greek Cup final against Promitheas Patras, by a score of 61–57, at Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena, on the island of Crete. It was AEK's second national top-tier title in two years. On 4 October 2020, AEK lost by 85–74 from the Spanish side San Pablo Burgos in the 2019–20 FIBA Champions League final that was held in the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall of Athens. This was the second FIBA Champions League final in three years for AEK Athens. The team also holds the FIBA Champions League highest attendance record, as 17,984 fans attended the 2017–18 FIBA Champions League final in the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall.

AEK is a professional basketball team based in Athens, Greece. The team was founded in 1924 and has a rich history of success in Greek basketball. AEK has won multiple Greek League championships and Greek Cups, establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the country.

The team plays their home games at the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall, which has a capacity of over 18,000 spectators. AEK has a passionate fan base known for their unwavering support and dedication to the team.

AEK has a strong roster of talented players who are known for their skill, teamwork, and competitive spirit on the court. The team is coached by experienced professionals who strive to lead AEK to victory in every game they play.

Overall, AEK is a powerhouse in Greek basketball, with a storied history and a bright future ahead. Fans can expect exciting and competitive games whenever they watch AEK take the court.