AEK Larnaca - History

History

AEK Larnaca won their first Cypriot Cup in 2004 beating AEL Limassol 2–1. They reached two more times the Cup final, but both times were beaten by APOEL FC; in 1996, 2–0 in extra time and in 2006, 3–2. It is their only title as AEK until now. The two clubs that led to the merger, EPA Larnaca FC and Pezoporikos Larnaca, also enjoyed separate success on their own, with the first winning three championship titles, five cups and one Super Cup, while Pezoporikos won two leagues and one cup. The brightest part of the club though is the qualification to the Europa League groups in the season 2011/12 after beating Rozenborg, Mlada Boleslav and Floriana.

The basketball club, after the first year of the merge of Pezoporikos and EPA, finished in the second position and continued to do well in 1995 finishing 3rd. The following years until 2000, the club, despite the financial problem that had, achieved to remain in First Division. In 2001–02, the club stopped the basketball team's activities for a year because of financial problems and stopped to compete in any competition. In 2002–03 the club began playing in the second division, winning both its league and the cup in 2004–05, but being relegated the immediate year after promotion, only to again win the double in 2006–07.

The volleyball team, for women only, was beaten in the Cup final by AEL Limassol 3–0, one year after the merge of Pezoporikos and EPA. The same happened in 2001, being beaten by the same team with same score but, as AEL Limassol won the double, participated in the Super Cup finally emerging victorious, 3–1 in Lefkotheo Indoor Hall, Nicosia, winning the first piece of silverware in the club's history. In 2007, the section achieved a double, again beating AEL on both occasions (cup and league).

They were relegated to the second division for the first time in their history in the 2008–09 season.After one year in Second division they were promoted to First division for 2010–2011. As the team ended fourth in the next season, AEK qualified to the Europa League 2011/12 where they achieved to be the first Cypriot team to qualify to the group stage of this tournament, after eliminating Floriana, Mlada Boleslav and Rozenborg.

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