KK AEK Atina

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August 11, 2022

KK AEK Athens (Greek: Αθλητική Ένωσις Κωνσταντινουπόλεως — Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupoleos) is a Greek basketball club from Athens. The club was founded in 1924 by Greek refugees from Constantinople (now Istanbul) during the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922. In the 2021/22 season. competes in the First League of Greece and in the FIBA ​​Champions League.

History

KK AEK is the most successful sports club within AEK's sports society. AEK Basketball Club was the first Greek sports club to win an international trophy in any sport. The sports club AEK was founded in 1924, and the basketball club was founded in the same year. In addition to the first international trophy, AEK also won the first basketball championship (1924) whose organizer and main sponsor, interestingly, was the American college YMCA. Until the establishment of the Greek Basketball Association, all trophies that were won were recognized, but they were considered unofficial. AEK also holds another unique record: they have never lost a playoff series at home since the establishment of the first professional basketball league in Greece (season 1963/64). AEK was the first Greek basketball team to take part in the final tournament of the European Championship, today the Final Four of the Euroleague (1966). On April 4, 1968, AEK won the Saporta Cup, beating Slavia Prague 89:82. The final game was played in front of 80,000 spectators, which is still the record attendance for a basketball game (according to the Guinness Book of Records). AEK's golden era was ended by a loss to Vichy in the semi-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup. In the sixties of the 20th century, AEK was the dominant club in Greek basketball, which was proven by winning the domestic championship in 1963-1966, 1968 and 1970. The next decade was extremely bad and AEK lost all the good name and glamor that accompanied it. Only one domestic cup was won in 1981. In the mid-eighties, AEK was in danger of relegation, but somehow managed to save itself every season. However, AEK managed to come back in the late nineties of the 20th century, when they played in the Final Four of the Greek Cup six times in a row (1996-2001), played in the final of the same competition four times in a row (1998-2001), and won the Greek Basketball Championship twice in a row cup (2000 and 2001). With an incredible finish to the Greek championship, they also won the championship after more than three decades by defeating Olympiakos. Namely, Oli