London A.E.K. FC: AEK News: HISTORY OF A.E.K. LONDON F.C. (click here)
The Patriarch Declares AEK
Greetings to all AEK supporters in London and abroad and may 2012 bring happiness to all who wear the yellow and black with pride!
The symbol of A.E.K. is the Two-Headed Eagle. The eagle was also the symbol of the Byzantine Empire. It symbolized the strength, tradition, and faith of the Empire.
A.E.K. stands for "Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleos" better translated in English as "Athletic Union of Constantinople"
London AEK is supported and sponsored by The Olympic Athletic Association, Hellenic Community Center and The Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) Greek Orthodox Church of London, Ontario, Canada.
AEK London FC began its first season in the Westorn Ontario Soccer League's 3rd Division in 1998 under the leadership of John Kouzounas and John Dreliozis. Throughout the past 15 years AEK London FC has become one of the most well respected Football Clubs in Ontario earning praise from all walks of the football community within the province. Head Coach and Player Martin Painter joined AEK London in the winter of 2002 along with General Manager Tom Kouzounas and has led the team to numerous victories and championships in their 9 years as leaders of the club.
AEK London presently competes in WOSL's Premier Division and earned the right of being labelled as "The Best Football Team in London Ontario from 2006 until the present day" (*arguably excluding FC London - USL/PDL 2012 North American Champions also - coached by Martin Painter, John Dreliozis and Tom Kouzounas) after convincingly defeating London's only professional soccer team, London City by a score of 1-2 in the Quarter Final Match of the Open Canada Cup Tournament on July 31st of 2006. The historic victory over London City put the Yellow and Black side up against its biggest opponent ever, The USL's Toronto Lynx. For a local amateur football club to earn a match against an MLS feeder league team was unheard of until Labour Day weekend of 2006. Cove Road Field in London was host to thousands of spectators coming to witness this historic, first time ever match. In the end, AEK London lost a heartbreaker 0-1 to a powerhouse of a team in Toronto but were regarded as local heroes for the fierce battles they fought as clear underdogs and the way they represented the Footballing community of London as First Class Ambassadors throughout North America. Critics and analysts of the game all agreed that AEK outchanced their opponents and earned the chance to have won 2 to 1 considering their missed goal scoring opportunities.
AEK London will continue to compete and spread the idea of the true human spirit of Sport and Football as an amateur club. The Team returned home to its Southwest London grounds at the Hellenic Centre, Southdale Road as Defending Premier League Champions for 2007. After renovating its stadium and field for the last 3 years (2003-6) the team had since hosted their opponents in matches at the Portuguese Club of London at Falcon Street and enjoyed its friendly relations and accomadations with its cross town rivals London Portuguese CF over the last 3 years. 2007 to 2013 have proved to be very succesful seasons for the Yellow and Black side as they reigned supreme in London and Ontario again as Champions The Premier League, The League Cup, The Premier Cup and the prestigious Ontario Cup upon their return home to Southdale Road.
Thank You for all your Support and Forza AEK in 2013 !
CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES (as of 1997):
2012 Ontario Cup Champions
2010 Ontario Cup Champions
2008 Ontario Cup Champions
2013 Premier League Champions
2012 Premier League Champions
2011 Premier League Champions
2010 Premier League Champions
2009 Premier League Champions
2007 Premier League Champions
2006 Premier League Champions
2003 Premier League Champions
2000 First Division Champions
2012 League Cup Champions
2009 League Cup Champions
2008 League Cup Champions
2007 League Cup Champions
2003 League Cup Champions
2013 Premier Cup Champions
2012 Premier Cup Champions
2011 Premier Cup Champions
2009 Premier Cup Champions
2008 Premier Cup Champions
2005 Premier Cup Champions
2004 Premier Cup Champions
2000 First Division Cup Champions
1998 Third Division Cup Champions
2013 WOSL - Best Goalkeeper Mark Haynes
2012 WOSL - Best Goalkeeper Paul Azevedo/Mark Haynes
2011 WOSL - Best Goalkeeper Paul Azevedo/Mark Haynes
2010 CSA - Top Goalscorer Haris Cekic
2010 WOSL - Best Goalkeeper Paul Azevedo/Mark Haynes
2009 WOSL - Best Goalkeeper Paul Azevedo
2008 CSA - Best Goalkeeper John Dreliozis/Paul Azevedo
2007 WOSL - Best Goalkeeper John Dreliozis
2006 WOSL - Best Goalkeeper John Dreliozis
2005 WOSL - Best Goalkeeper John Dreliozis
2006 Manager of the Year - Tom Kouzounas
2005 Sportsmanship Team Award - AEK London FC