A.E.K - History - A real story
THE HISTORY OF AEK (A REAL STORY)
Contribution: Sofoklis Sothriou
SECOND PART:THE FIRST TEAM AND THE FIRST WON
The first material so that A.E.K could present a respectable team was long ready. The first steps, of course, were taken in great difficulty. The football players from Konstantinoupolis were spreaded in various Athenian athletic associations and had obligations and fame so that it was extremely difficult to resign from their teams. Of course there is also something else. It is not easy to persuade someone to become a part of a team of an uncertain future. Did the association had a football field? No. Just a small office and that was borrowed. So the obstacles came visible one after the other right from the beginning of the glorious course, but the enormous faith and enthusiasm of those that had taken upon themselves to realize their dream, overcame the obstacles. Slowly all the football players from Konstantinoupolis were gathered. Before the passing of two months the team was ready to play and continue the tradition of the City.
The historic day for the Greek sports had arrived. A new opponent appeared for the domineering teams of Panathinaikos and Olympiakos. The first team of AEK comprised from:
1. N.KITSOS (Goalkeeper)
2. IEREMIADIS (OPISTHOFYLAKAS)
3. THEMOS ASDENIS (OPISTHOFYLAKAS)
4. KEXAGIAS (MESOS) 5. PARASKEYAS (MESOS)
6. DIMOPOULOS (MESOS)
7. KARAGIANNIDIS (KYNHGOS)
8. MPALTAS (KYNHGOS)
9. MILAS (KYNHGOS)
The main problem was were to practice since the team did not own a field. Panatninaikos was willing to give its own but AEK preferred to gather its players to the area of the "Olympiou Dios" to practice. There in front of small gatherings of fans the first practices took place. Later they used the field of Panathinaikos and at Autumn they were ready for action.
It was Olympiakos that was to face first (official) AEK in Faliro in the area that today lays the "Karaiskaki field". It was the end of Autumn when that match took place. The year was 1924. Olympiakos used all the best players that it had to present with the "heavy weapons" brothers Andrianopoulous. That was when "the first blood was drawn". AEK used the eleven players that had practiced together the three months that the team was founded. A lot of people gathered in Faliro to witness the great triumph of thyelodous Olympiakou. Olympiakos was finally beaten 3-2 to the new and unknown opponent and was forced to bow before the greatness of AEK. The great will for a victorious beginning of AEK overcame every weakness it had. But despite the victorious beginning and the enthusiasm , 1924 was full of disappointments. But AEK didn't give up.
AEK applied to participate in the championship of the newly founded EPSA (Enosh Podosfairikon Somateion Athinon). Panathinaikos was the one to win the first championship beating AEK in the finals. Things happened then as in this year. AEK had the initiative in the finals but Panathinaikos won an penalty in the last minutes of the game! Apostolos Nikolaidis was the one to form the final outcome of the game 1-0 that gave the championship to Panathinaikos. (1924-25). The players but mainly the fans of AEK grew stronger out of those misfortunes.
In the period 1925-26 Panathinaikos was again the opponent of AEK in the finals. The gathering of the fans was very big for the facts of that time. The wooden row of seats that existed in Leoforo Alexandras was full. The composition of the teams were:
AEK: KITSOS, ASDERIS, IEREMIADIS, KARAGIANIS, DIMOPOULOS, KEXAGIAS, ILIADIS,MILAS, MPALTAS,HANTZOPOULOS, PARASKEYAS.
PAO: KALOGEROPOULOS, NIKOLAIDIS, KRISPIS, KANTONIS, PANOURGIAS, BLAHOPOULOS,STATHOPOULOS, ZAKKAS, ASPROGERAKAS, HRISOXOIDS, SOUTSOS.
In the first the score was 1-1. The second half was thrilling. The winning goal came again in the last minutes from a "thunder" by Asprogerakas that took Kitso by surprise. For the second time Panathinaikos was crowned champion. In 1926 AEK achieved to very important things. It won Olympiakos in 18/7 2-0 and Aris in 30/10 7-0. The beginning was made. AEK had shown that it was an important team.
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