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AEK London FC - 2008 



Callies Win Second-straight Challenge Cup Trophy - AEK Keeper is Tops

ST. JOHN'S, NL -- There will be a special place in Canada's soocer history books reserved for the Calgary Callies. With a 3:1 victory over Corfinium de St-Léonard at the 2008 BMO National Championships, the Callies are the just the second back-to-back Challenge Trophy champions in the last 30 years and just fifth four-time national champions.

"Repeating at any level is very difficult, so credit should be given to all the veterans on the team for their commitment and attitude," said coach Dave Randall. "Hopefully the young guys can learn from the example and carry on over the next few years."

Experience was a big part of the Callies success. In three years, the Callies have lost but one game at the national championships - the 2006 final to Ottawa St. Anthony. The Callies are just the second team to compete in three-straight national titles, following in the footsteps of the Westminster Royals who won two out of three between 1958 and 1960 (the Royals lost to the Alouettes of Montréal in 1959).

This year's Callies team, though, relied on more than just experience. Coach Randall used his bench and was pleased by the strong performances of his younger players.

"This year, the younger players contributed a lot more," said Randall. "We were fairly well rounded and the young guys are coming on well."

Coach Randall's starting XI featured Dave Harrison in goal, Jamie Auvigne at left back, Allen Jovica and Liam DeSilva as centre backs, André Duberry at right back, Steffen Holdt and Chris Kooy as holding midfielders, Cenek Patik, Nicky Reyes and Mark Slade as the other midfielders, and Felix Napuri up front. Francisco Miron came on at the half in place of Patik; Brett Colvin then came in for Slade; Philip (Cody) Cook was the final substitution in place of Holdt.

All three Calgary goals came off set plays - the first two of free kicks and the third on a penalty. Captain Reyes scored first in the 12th minute, giving the defending champion a 1-0 lead through the first half. Slade then scored in the 49th minute and Holdt followed up two minutes later on a penalty. Corfinium's Likenson Chery got one back in the 71st minute, but it was too little too late.

"Corfinium is a much bigger, more physical team, but I think we dealt with them quite well," said Randall. "This was a tougher game than last year because (both teams) were more rested."

In the bronze-medal match, the Avondale Islanders (Prince Edward Island) won 3:2 over Gorge FC (British Columbia). The Islanders' Paul Craig scored in the first and 28th minutes, although Gorge FC scored twice in between. Morgan Des Roches then scored the winning goal in the 74th minute.

In other men's senior competition, AEK London (Ontario) won 3:0 over Halifax City Coldwell Banker (Nova Scotia) in the fifth-place match, St. Lawrence Laurentians (Newfoundland Labrador) won 5:3 over Hellas FC (Manitoba) in the seventh-place match, and Yorkton United Impact (Saskatchewan) won 2:1 over Feildians / Ernst & Young in the ninth-place match.

AEK London's John Dreliozis won the Top Goalkeeper award while the Islanders' Craig won the Top Scorer award.



|  Oct 2008  |

October 2008 - Ontario - AEK London FC

Oct 8, 2008, 7:30 pm @ King George V

Newfoundland Labrador - St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians

Ontario - AEK London FC

GS: NL - Richard Kelly, Ont - Tom Kenegy







Oct 10, 2008, 12:00 pm @ King George V

Ontario - AEK London FC

Newfoundland Labrador (Host) - Feildians Ernst & Young Orenda

Oct 11, 2008, 5:00 pm @ King George V

British Columbia - Gorge FC

Ontario - AEK London FC






Oct 12, 2008, 2:30 pm @ Upper Smallwood

Ontario - AEK London FC

Quebec - Corfinium de St-Leonard


October 2008 - ON-AEK London 3rd Place Group B

Oct 13, 2008, 11:00 am @ Upper Smallwood

NS-Halifax City Colwell Bankers 3rd Place Group A

ON-AEK London 3rd Place Group B



BMO Canadian National Club Championships, St. John Newfoundland

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AEK London FC 's own Jovan Ivanovic and Michael Pareira were called to represent the Canadian U20 National Mens Soccer team in a friendly against World Champion Argentina.  The Match will be played on Sunday May 11th in Toronto Ontario at BMO Field.  Kickoff is at 4:00 PM EST  - FINAL RESULT 1-1


2008 Articles - AEK London FC

VAUGHAN, Sunday, September 14, 2008 -- Hurricane Ike's much-anticipated coming finally materialized for the Men's Ontario Cup Final between London A.E.K and Real Toronto as a warm rain began to fall on the turf field at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan part-way into the first half. 
It was evident early on that the last game of the 2008 Ontario Cup Championship Finals was going to be a high-quality display of soccer skill and ability. 

Both sides controlled the ball well and created good opportunities with London enjoying a slight edge in possession early in the game. 

Real Toronto began to build momentum later in the half, however, and were rewarded with a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute when #10 Hayden Fitzwilliams executed a perfect header into the back of the net off a corner-kick set play. 

Ike's darkening clouds opened up to start the second half, making for fast-paced albeit slippery action in the early going. 

As the game see-sawed back and forth with several good chances produced by both sides, Real Toronto capitalized again in the 54th minute when #15 Kadian Lecky burst through London's defense and beat the goalkeeper for the go-ahead marker.

As the rain intensified, so did the physical play, which resulted in several cards being shown, including a Red to Real Toronto.

A.E.K immediately capitalized off the ensuing free-kick when #15 Jovan Ivanovic headed in a perfectly-placed cross in the 79th minute -- a carbon copy of Real's first goal. 

The 2-1 score set up an exciting finish to the game with A.E.K pressing hard for the equalizer and coming within inches on another header from a corner-kick in the dying minutes of extra-time. 

At the final whistle, the equalizer had failed to materialize, however, and Real Toronto was crowned the Ontario Cup Champion. 

Final Score
Toronto Real 2 v 1 London A.E.K.

Real Toronto
Hayden Fitzwilliams
Kadian Lecky

London A.E.K
Jovan Ivanovic

PHOTOS from The Final :


 AEK London FC - One Game Away From Ultimate Glory 

AEK London FC is one match away from being crowned Provincial Mens Champions and representing Ontario in the Canadian National Men's Club Championships in Newfoundland this upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. "It is going to be the most difficult match and opponent we've ever faced as a team in our 10 year history" stated Head Coach Martin Painter.  AEK is no stranger to big competition, infact they are the giant killers of Ontario and are well known within the elite Men's Soccer circles of the CSL even though they compete in the regional Western Ontario Soccer League.  AEK was the first Canadian amateur team in 100 years to defeat a professional club in 2004 when they handed the Mississauga Olympians a 2-1 defeat in the Open Canada Cup Quarter Final at Cove Road in London.  Since that historic day, AEK has gone on and defeated numerous other CSL teams in the Open Canada Cup including St Catherines and London City to name a few.  To date, AEK's biggest match was in 2006 when they faced the United Soccer League's Toronto Lynx in front of thousands of spectators only to lose 1-0 in a match that saw the little guys from London out chance and outplay a Professional Soccer Club that was a feeder team into the MLS.  "We are Soccer's biggest kept secret for some reason.  I don't know if its because we're from London or what, but every time we play outside of our region, coaches and players from other teams are always asking us where we came from, who are all these great players and how we learned to play that well as a team."  According to Painter, "There's no big conspiracy or anything. We just train often and it gets pretty intense.  The most important thing to our success is preparation".  AEK has without a doubt been the best soccer team to represent the City of London in the last 3 years.
AEK cruised through the Ontario Cup winning 6 games with only 2 goals against and 16 goals for, earning them a spot in the Final against the super-mega-giants Real Toronto FC who also earned their ticket to the Final with a 21 goals for and 4 against record in 6 matches. So how good is Real Toronto ?  Good enough to have their center back Rick Titus play for Toronto FC.  The veteran Player/Coach was called up for the Canadian MLS side when they played host to Chivas USA on September the 6th at BMO Field (Toronto lost 1-3). The rest of the team plays up in the CSL for various teams in and around the GTA like Toronto Croatia, Vaughn Shooters and others.  "We are going up against the highest quality of players in the country.  What we have going for us is the chemistry of our team system and that's what we'll live and die by" said a confident Coach Painter who likes being labelled as an underdog. "Call us whatever you want, I'll I know is that we are aware of our opponent's strength's and weakness' and that we'll be ready for anything that is thrown at us.  We are going up with one objective in mind and that is to win the Ontario Cup Championship, plain and simple."  Most critics have written AEK off and are anticipating a "Real" blowout, especially with a depleted London side.  AEK has lost 4 key players to University Scholarships in the United States(Todd Rutledge - Fairfield, Michael Pereira - Providence, Haris Cekic - Old Dominion and Matt Cuthburt - Gannon).  According to Painter though, the team hasn't missed a beat.  "We knew this right from the start and made the necessary adjustments to deal with the situation. Players that have been competing since the departure of our American contingent have stepped it up to another level and all I ask is that they do it again one more time.  What really concerns me right now is the foot injury Mike Delgado incurred in the Semi Final match against Ottawa.  He has been unbelievable for us in this year's Ontario Cup Run.  The Doctors are telling us that it will be a game day decision whether he plays or not."
Unfortunately for AEK, other game day decisions will also have to made without Head Coach Martin Painter at the helm.  The mild mannered Manager was handed a 4 game suspension from the OSA for "abusive language directed at a match official" in AEK's 2-5 victory in the Ontario Cup Quarter Finals against Hamilton. Assistant Coach John Dreliozis will be the bench boss in Vaughn for Sunday, September the 14th's Final.
Match Details:
Ontario Cup - Mens Finals
Real Toronto FC - A.E.K. London FC
Sunday September 14th, 2008
Kickoff - 5:30 PM
The Soccer Center, Vaughn Ontario
7601 Martingrove Road



AEK - Road to the Finals

Men SEMI FINAL - (Sunday August 24th, 2008)

Ottawa St. Anthony Italia SC - 0          A.E.K. London FC - 1                            


In the first Men's semi-final of the day, London A.E.K faced off with Ottawa St. Anthony Premier on the turf at the Hershey Centre. The quality of the two sides was evident from the opening minute, as each team kept possession for long periods and created chances to score. Overall it was London enjoying most of the possesion and scoring chances in the opening half. The second half saw both teams slow their pace a bit as the temperature was rising. Ottawa kept more possession in the half, but again neither team could find a goal. This meant a golden goal or even kicks from the penalty mark would decide who would advance to the Ontario Cup Final. The game nearly ended quickly in the first extra time period, when London A.E.K. striker Alan Hirmiz was on the end of a cross and just needed to hit the open goal, but put the ball high. The game seemed to be destined for spot kicks, before Hirmiz found redemption. After being put in on a break by a great ball from Amid Birani, he finished into the bottom right corner of the net to put A.E.K London into the Provincial Championships.


Battle of sexes to assist road trip 
Thu, October 2, 2008 





For the North London Galaxy women's soccer team, it will be a pretty good warmup test.

For the London AEK men, they may have to ease up on the crunching tackles.

For both teams, however, tomorrow's exhibition soccer game at the Hellenic Club on Southdale Road East is a vital fundraiser for their pending trips to the national senior club championships starting Wednesday in St. John's, NL.

Kickoff tomorrow is at 6:15 p.m. and the game will be followed by a fundraising social at the Hellenic Club. Tickets are $10.

As well, a youth clinic will be held at the Hellenic Club starting at 5 p.m., again with a $10 fee. Interested players can register online at aeklondon 


AEK lost the Ontario Cup final 2-1 to Real Toronto in mid-September, but was awarded the championship -- and the logistical and financial headache of getting to St. John's -- when it was discovered Real Toronto had fielded an ineligible player. In St. John's, AEK is in a group with the two Newfoundland-Labrador entries, Gorge FC from B.C. and the Quebec rep.

The Galaxy, meanwhile, qualified in a more conventional and convincing fashion, winning their second straight Ontario Cup title by crushing St. Catharines 6-0.

On the Rock, the Galaxy are grouped with North End United from Manitoba, one of the Newfoundland-Labrador entries plus the reps from Saskatchewan and Quebec.

London has a chance at a double, but it won't be easy as only the group winners advance to the gold-medal games on Oct. 13.







FINAL RESULTS From The BMO Canadian national Championships

FINAL 3-0 (P. Arnold, M. Arnold, M. Painter) 

5th/6th Place Match

BMO Canadian National Club Championships 

AEK London FC (ONT) - Halifax City SC (NS)

Monday October 13th, 2008 - Kickoff 11:00 AM

Upper Smallwood Park, St Johns Newfoundland


FINAL 1-1 (R. Kelly, T Kenagay

BMO Canadian National Club Championships 

Group A - Round Robin Match 1

St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians (NFLD) - AEK London FC (ONT)

Wednesday October 8th, 2008 - Kickoff 7:30 PM

King George V, St. John Newfoundland


FINAL 1-0 (R. San) 

BMO Canadian National Club Championships 

Group A - Round Robin Match 2

AEK London FC (ONT) - Feildians Ernst & Young Orenda (NFLD)

Friday October 10th, 2008 - Kickoff 12:00 PM

King George V, St. John Newfoundland


FINAL 1-1 (M. Painter, P Gawry) 

BMO Canadian National Club Championships 

Group A - Round Robin Match 3

Gorge FC (BC) - AEK London FC (ONT)

Saturday October 11th, 2008 - Kickoff 5:00 PM

King George V, St. John Newfoundland



BMO Canadian National Club Championships 

Group A - Round Robin Match 4

AEK London FC (ONT) - Corfinuim de St. Leonard (PQ)

Sunday October 12th, 2008 - Kickoff 7:30 PM

Upper Smallwood, St. John Newfoundland









League Cup - FINAL

AEK London FC - Sarnia Fury SC

Tuesday September 30th, 2008 - Kickoff 8:30 PM

Marconi Club, London Ontario