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AEK Athens
2017–18 season
President Evangelos Aslanidis
Administrative Leader Dimitris Melissanidis
Manager Manolo Jiménez
Stadium Olympic Stadium
Super League Champions
Greek Cup Final
Champions League Third Qualifying Round
Europa League Round of 32
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2017–18 season is AEK Athens Football Club's 57th competitive season in the top flight of Greek football, 8th season in the Super League Greece, and 94th year in existence as a football club. They also compete in the Greek Cup and in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2007–08 season, having earned the first position in playoffs for the first time last season.

Events

  • June 7, 2017 Ilias Vouras and Christos Aravidis leave the club as their contract is not renewed.[1]
  • June 9, 2017 AEK players Anastasios Bakasetas, Petros Mantalos and Ognjen Vranješ face each other at an international national team match for 2018 World Cup qualifying round, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece, at Bilino Polje Stadium, Zenica. Mantalos and Vranješ played all 90 minutes, Mantalos missing a great chance for Greece at 82nd minute, when shot the ball out at a one-on-one against Asmir Begović. The match ended 0–0, satisfying Greece, who needed at least the draw to stay at the top two places.
  • June 10, 2017 In Nea Philadelphia the presentation of the book from journalist Nikos Angelidis called "Every AEK of the world" took place. The book had as a subject the 302 clubs of the world that are named or were named after AEK and have the two-headed eagle as an emblem. AEK FC president, Evangelos Aslanidis went to the presentation and made a speech. AEK FC is a sponsor of the book.[2]
  • June 14, 2017 The minister of infrastructure, transport and networks, Christos Spirtzis, signs the necessary height-related study for Agia Sophia Stadium, the proposed stadium for AEK in Nea Philadelphia. As the club's official announcement states, the particular study was "the last obstacle" for the start of the construction of the stadium, and the official construction license for the stadium is about to be published "within the next days".[3]
  • June 21, 2017 Portuguese left-back Hélder Lopes signs a two-year deal with AEK, in a free transfer from Las Palmas.[4]
  • June 27, 2017 Ronald Vargas and Dimitrios Kolovetsios leave the club as no deal for their announcement was made.[5]
  • June 29, 2017 Greek-Belgian winger Viktor Klonaridis signs a three-year deal with AEK from RC Lens.[6] On the same day, Superleague newcomers Lamia F.C. announced a loan transfer of Stavros Vasilantonopoulos from AEK.[7]
  • July 1, 2017 Croatian striker Marko Livaja signs from Las Palmas on a season long loan deal for €200,000 with a purchase option of €1,800,000 in the summer of 2018. Livaja became the third player which was transferred from Las Palmas to AEK within 2017, after Sergio Araujo and Hélder Lopes. Marko, as presented in the official club video, will wear the shirt with number 10.[8]
  • July 3, 2017 Serbian centre-back Uroš Ćosić signs with AEK for three years, with an extension clause of one more year, in a full transfer from Empoli F.C.. Uroš, as observed in the official video of his signing, will wear the shirt with number 15.[9]
  • July 5, 2017 Icelander left winger Arnór Traustason signs with AEK on loan for one year from Rapid Wien, with a permanent buyout clause at the summer of 2018. Arnór, as presented in the official video, will wear the shirt with number 30.[10] This transfer would be the seventh summer transfer for AEK of summer 2017. On the same day, newly promoted to Superleague club Lamia F.C. officially announced that, after Stavros Vasilantonopoulos, another player will be loaned from AEK to Lamia, midfielder Ilias Tselios.[11]
  • July 12, 2017 The talk of AEK administrative leader, Dimitris Melissanidis, during the AEK Sports Club General Assembly, was featured in an official AEK F.C. TV video. Melissanidis mentioned all the "hindrances" during the "extremely painful road" until the license which would enable the, then proposed, Agia Sophia Stadium broke ground. The official announcement states that procedures are ending and that the stadium will soon break ground, and that the members whose actions toughened the procedures for the stadium were unanimously deleted from the club.[12]
  • July 14, 2017 The UEFA Champions League draw brought Russian club CSKA Moscow as opponents of AEK for the third qualifying round.[13]
  • July 24, 2017 It is officially announced from the official AEK website, that the club has received the official construction license, so that the Agia Sophia Stadium breaks ground, simultaneously inviting the team fans to celebrate the license in the upcoming match against CSKA Moscow for the Champions League third qualifying round.[14]
  • July 25, 2017 As mentioned the day before, AEK obtained the official construction license, announcing it officially on the football club page, with the title "It's not a dream! IT'S A FACT!", inviting the fans of AEK to the sanctification on upcoming Thursday, where the new stadium will break ground at Nea Filadelfeia.[15] In the same day, the construction license was featured on the giant screen of the Olympic Stadium, where AEK faced CSKA Moscow for the Champions League.
  • July 27, 2017 The sanctification for the beginning of the construction of Agia Sophia Stadium took place, with more than 15,000 fans of AEK being present, in Nea Filadelfeia, with the club officially thanking them for their presence. Among others, he club's administrative leader Dimitris Melissanidis, former club player Stelios Serafidis made a speech about the new stadium. Dimitris Melissanidis, in his speech, mentioned, among others, that "the walls of Agia Sophia will be high, invincible and will never, ever, fall again!".[16][17][18][19]
  • July 28, 2017 Agia Sophia Stadium officially broke ground.[18]

Players

Squad statistics

Updated as of 8 May 2018, 21:21 UTC +2.

No. Pos. Name Age League Cup Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
Goalkeepers
1 GK Greece Vasilios Barkas 23 5 0 7 0 2 0 14 0 1 0
16 GK Greece Panagiotis Tsintotas 24 15 0 2 0 1 0 18 0 1 0
22 GK Greece Giannis Anestis 26 10 0 0 0 9 0 19 0 1 0
87 GK Greece Panagiotis Dounis 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Greece Michalis Bakakis 26 26 0 5 0 10 0 43 0 6 0
3 DF Portugal Hélder Lopes 28 19 1 4 1 8 0 31 2 5 0
4 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Ognjen Vranješ 28 19 4 3 0 11 0 33 4 15 0
5 DF Greece Vassilis Lampropoulos 27 18 0 7 0 2 0 28 0 3 0
12 DF Brazil Rodrigo Galo 31 27 1 8 1 9 0 44 2 4 0
15 DF Serbia Uroš Ćosić 25 9 0 2 0 6 0 17 0 4 1
19 DF Ukraine Dmytro Chygrynskiy 31 15 1 5 0 7 0 27 1 4 0
23 DF Sweden Niklas Hult 27 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
33 DF Greece Giorgos Giannoutsos 19 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 1 0
55 DF Greece Adam Tzanetopoulos 22 1 0 4 2 2 0 7 2 2 0
Midfielders
6 MF Albania Astrit Ajdarević 27 16 0 5 1 6 1 27 2 2 0
7 MF Greece Lazaros Christodoulopoulos 31 27 7 7 6 12 3 46 16 6 0
8 MF Portugal André Simões 28 20 0 4 0 11 2 35 2 9 0
18 MF Sweden Jakob Johansson (vc) 27 8 1 1 0 8 0 17 1 3 0
20 MF Greece Petros Mantalos (c) 26 12 2 1 1 7 1 20 4 7 0
21 MF Greece Panagiotis Kone 30 13 1 5 0 2 0 20 1 6 0
24 MF Iran Masoud Shojaei 33 12 0 5 1 1 0 18 1 3 0
25 MF Greece Konstantinos Galanopoulos 20 19 0 5 0 10 0 34 0 7 0
32 MF Greece Paris Bampis 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 MF Spain Erik Morán 26 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0 1 0
77 MF Greece Christos Giousis 18 1 0 2 2 0 0 3 2 0 0
Forwards
9 FW Greece Giorgos Giakoumakis 23 11 1 5 1 4 0 20 2 0 0
10 FW Croatia Marko Livaja 24 27 8 4 0 10 2 41 10 16 1
11 FW Argentina Sergio Araujo 25 23 11 7 2 8 1 38 14 11 1
14 FW Greece Anastasios Bakasetas 24 27 6 8 2 8 0 43 8 3 0
28 FW Belgium Viktor Klonaridis 25 12 1 4 0 8 0 24 1 0 0
31 FW Greece Dimitris Melikiotis 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
70 FW Greece Christos Antoniou 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Left during Summer Transfer window
9 FW Portugal Hugo Almeida 33 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 1
Left during Winter Transfer Window
17 DF Brazil Vinícius 24 3 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 1 0
29 MF Argentina Patito Rodríguez 27 2 0 1 0 2 0 5 0 1 0
30 MF Iceland Arnór Ingvi Traustason 24 3 0 2 1 0 0 5 1 0 0
40 FW Greece Andreas Vlachomitros 20 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

Transfers

In

Summer

No. Pos Player Transferred From Fee Date Contract Until Source
16 GK Greece Panagiotis Tsintotas Greece Levadiakos Free 1 June 2017 June 2020
55 DF Greece Adam Tzanetopoulos Greece Iraklis End of loan 1 June 2017 June 2020
MF Greece Stavros Vasilantonopoulos Greece Veria End of loan 1 June 2017 June 2019
FW Greece Antonis Kyriazis Greece Kifisia End of loan 1 June 2017 June 2017
11 FW Greece Giorgos Giakoumakis Greece Platanias Free 1 June 2017 June 2021
87 GK Greece Panagiotis Dounis Greece Kallithea End of loan 12 June 2017 June 2019
3 DF Portugal Hélder Lopes Spain Las Palmas Free 21 June 2017 June 2019 [4]
28 FW Belgium Viktor Klonaridis France Lens €200,000 29 June 2017 June 2020 [6]
15 DF Serbia Uroš Ćosić Italy Empoli €500,000 3 July 2017 June 2020 [9]

Winter

No. Pos Player Transferred From Fee Date Contract Until Source
24 MF Iran Masoud Shojaei Greece Panionios Free 28 December 2017 June 2018
39 MF Spain Erik Morán Spain Leganés €130.000 2 January 2018 June 2021
MF Greece Ilias Tselios Greece Lamia Loan Return 28 December 2017 June 2020
GK Greece Athanasios Pantos Greece Acharnaikos Loan Return
(Assigned to AEK U20)
31 December 2017 June 2020
31 FW Greece Dimitris Melikiotis Greece Kerkyra Loan Return 30 January 2018 June 2021
23 DF Sweden Niklas Hult Greece Panathinaikos €200.000 31 January 2018 June 2020

Out

Summer

No. Pos Player Transferred To Fee Date Source
11 FW Argentina Sergio Araujo Spain Las Palmas End of loan 1 June 2017
16 GK Greece Ilias Vouras Greece Doxa Drama End of contract 7 June 2017
21 FW Greece Christos Aravidis Free agent End of contract 7 June 2017
10 MF Venezuela Ronald Vargas Australia Newcastle Jets End of contract 27 June 2017
- FW Greece Antonis Kyriazis Free agent End of contract 1 July 2017
14 FW Czech Republic Tomáš Pekhart Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva End of contract 3 July 2017
26 DF Greece Dimitrios Kolovetsios Greece Panathinaikos End of contract 3 July 2017
23 DF Spain Dídac Vilà Spain Espanyol Contract terminated 29 August 2017
24 DF Greece Konstantinos Manolas Greece Levadiakos Contract terminated 29 August 2017
9 FW Portugal Hugo Almeida Croatia Hajduk Split Contract terminated 30 August 2017


Winter

No. Pos Player Transferred To Fee Date Source
29 MF Argentina Patito Rodríguez Australia Newcastle Jets Contract terminated 8 December 2017
30 MF Iceland Arnór Ingvi Traustason Austria Rapid Wien Loan Return 31 December 2017
17 DF Brazil Vinícius Brazil Chapecoense Contract terminated 18 January 2018

Loan in

Summer

No. Pos Player Loaned From Fee Date End Permanent Transfer option Source
10 FW Croatia Marko Livaja Spain Las Palmas €200,000 1 July 2017 30 June 2018 Yes [8]
30 MF Iceland Arnór Ingvi Traustason Austria Rapid Wien €200,000 5 July 2017 30 June 2018 Yes [10]
21 MF Greece Panagiotis Kone Italy Udinese Free 31 August 2017 30 June 2018 Yes [8]
11 FW Argentina Sergio Araujo Spain Las Palmas €800,000 31 August 2017 30 June 2018 No [8]


Loan out

Summer

No. Pos Player Loaned To Fee Date End Source
DF Greece Stavros Vasilantonopoulos Greece Lamia Free 29 June 2017 30 June 2018 [7]
MF Greece Ilias Tselios Greece Lamia Free 5 July 2017 30 June 2018 [11]
31 FW Greece Dimitris Melikiotis Greece Kerkyra Free 16 August 2017 30 June 2018
DF Greece Alkis Markopouliotis Greece AO Chania Kissamikos Free 18 August 2017 30 June 2018
87 GK Greece Giannis Papadopoulos Greece AO Chania Kissamikos Free 18 August 2017 30 June 2018
GK Greece Athanasios Pantos Greece Acharnaikos Free 2 September 2017 30 June 2018

Winter

No. Pos Player Loaned To Fee Date End Source
MF Greece Ilias Tselios Greece Ergotelis Free 10 January 2018 30 June 2018
MF Greece Andreas Vlachomitros Greece Apollon Pontou Free 25 January 2018 30 June 2018

Renewals/Buyout clauses

No. Pos Player Renewal/Buyout Clause Date Former Exp Date New Exp Date Source
20 MF Greece Petros Mantalos Renewal 16 November 2017 June 2019 June 2022
19 DF Ukraine Dmytro Chygrynskiy Renewal 30 March 2018 June 2018 June 2020

Overall transfer activity

Pre-season and friendlies

  Win   Draw   Loss

Competitions

Super League Greece

League Table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 AEK Athens (C) 30 21 7 2 50 12 +38 70 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
2 PAOK[a] 30 21 4 5 59 19 +40 64 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Olympiacos[b] 30 18 6 6 63 28 +35 57 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
4 Atromitos 30 15 11 4 43 21 +22 56 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
5 Asteras Tripoli 30 12 9 9 39 24 +15 45
Source: Superleague Greece, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goals scored; 5) Goals against; 6) Play-offs (neutral ground); 7) Draw.
(Note: Criteria 6 is only used if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[21]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ PAOK were deducted 3 points by court decision.[citation needed]
  2. ^ Olympiakos were deducted 3 points due to fan behavior against AEK on 4 February 2018.[citation needed]

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
30 21 7 2 50 12  +38 70 13 1 1 32 5  +27 8 6 1 18 7  +11

Last updated: 4 March 2018.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by Matchday

Matchday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A A
Result W D W W W L D L W W D W W W D W W D W W W W D W W W W W D W
Position 2 3 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Last updated: 11 March 2018.
Source: http://superleaguegreece.net

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

1 (change of venue due to unavailability of the Lamia Municipal Stadium)

Greek Cup

Group C

Team Pld W D L Goals Pts
1. AEK 3 3 0 0 12–2 9
2. Lamia 3 2 0 1 3–2 6
3. Apollon Larissa 3 1 0 2 2–10 3
4. Kallithea 3 0 0 3 3–6 0
  KAL AEK LAM APO
Kallithea 2−3 1−2
AEK 2−0
Lamia 1−0
Apollon Larissa 0−7 0−2

Fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

Round of 16

AEK won 5–0 on aggregate.

Quarter-Finals

AEK won 2–1 on aggregate.

Semi-Finals

AEK won 2–2 (a) on aggregate.

Final

UEFA Champions League

  Win   Draw   Loss

Third qualifying round

CSKA Moscow won 3–0 on aggregate.

UEFA Europa League

Play off round

AEK Athens won 3–0 on aggregate.

Group Stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MIL AEK RJK AW
1 Italy Milan 6 3 2 1 13 6 +7 11 Advance to knockout phase 0–0 3–2 5–1
2 Greece AEK Athens 6 1 5 0 6 5 +1 8 0–0 2–2 2–2
3 Croatia Rijeka 6 2 1 3 11 12 −1 7 2–0 1–2 1–4
4 Austria Austria Wien 6 1 2 3 9 16 −7 5 1–5 0–0 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phase

Round of 32

Dynamo Kyiv won 1–1 (a) on aggregate.

Goal scorers

No. Pos. Nation Name Superleague Europe Cup Total
7 MF Greece Lazaros 7 3 6 16
11 FW Argentina Araujo 11 1 2 14
10 FW Croatia Livaja 8 2 0 10
14 FW Greece Bakasetas 6 0 2 8
21 MF Greece Mantalos 2 1 1 4
4 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Vranješ 4 0 0 4
8 MF Portugal Simões 0 2 0 2
77 MF Greece Giousis 0 0 2 2
3 DF Portugal Lopes 1 0 1 2
55 DF Greece Tzanetopoulos 0 0 2 2
9 FW Greece Giakoumakis 1 0 1 2
6 MF Albania Ajdarević 0 1 1 2
12 DF Brazil Galo 1 0 1 2
28 FW Greece Klonaridis 1 0 0 1
18 MF Sweden Johansson 1 0 0 1
21 MF Greece Kone 1 0 0 1
19 DF Ukraine Chygrynskiy 1 0 0 1
24 MF Iran Masoud 0 0 1 1
9 FW Portugal Almeida 1 0 0 1
30 MF Iceland Traustason 0 0 1 1
- - - Own goal 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 47 10 21 78

References

  1. ^ "Vouras and Aravidis do not renew" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 7 June 2017. 
  2. ^ ""Every AEK of the world" in PPIED" (in Greek). e-filadelfeia.gr. 10 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "AEK FC Announcement" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 14 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Hélder Lopes signed" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 21 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "AEK FC Announcement" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 27 June 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Victor Klonaridis signed for AEK FC" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 29 June 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Beginning of cooperation with Stavros Vasilantonopoulos" (in Greek). lamia1964.gr. 29 June 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Marko Livaja signs for AEK" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 1 July 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Uroš Ćosić signs for AEK" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 3 July 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Arnór Traustason signs for AEK" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 5 July 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Beginning of cooperation with Ilias Tselios" (in Greek). lamia1964.gr. 5 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "The truth for the stadium! (video included)" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 12 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "AEK will face CSKA Moscow!" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 14 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Double celebration: Qualification and construction license!" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 24 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "It's not a dream! IT'S A FACT!" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 25 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Dimitris Melissanidis' speech" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 27 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "Stelios Serafidis' speech" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 27 July 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "In the land of our ancestors!" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 27 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "The warm "thank you"s of AEK" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 27 July 2017. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "AEK FC Matches" (in Greek). aekfc.gr. 
  21. ^ "Superleague Greece 2017/2018 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 

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