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PAEEK (Greek: ΠΑΕΕΚ; Podosfairiki Athlitiki Enosi Eparxeias Kerynias = "Football and sport union of Kyrenia District") is a Cypriot sports club founded in Kyrenia in 1953 by graduates of Kyrenia Gymnasium and represented the first force to be reckoned from the small city. It now plays in exile in Nicosia since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974. This union has football division competing in Cypriot Second Division. PAEEK used to have also a basketball division but due to economic difficulties had to suspend it for some years up to date.

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Full namePodosfairiki Athlitiki Enosi Eparxeias Kerynias
Founded10 October 1953; 68 years ago (1953-10-10)
GroundKeryneia Epistrophi, Lakatamia
ChairmanMarios Vlachos/club,Cleanthis Georgiades/Paeek Podosfero LTD F.C.
ManagerMakis Sergides
LeagueCypriot First Division
2020–21Second Division, 1st of 16 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website


Emblem of PAEEK

The PAEEK was a founding member of the Cyprus Basketball Federation in 1966 rising to fame in the early 1970s after its basketball division won the Cyprus top division basketball league in 3 consecutive years.[1][2]

The PAEEK reached the Cyprus Basketball Cup final on 5 occasions losing them all.[3] 1995 was APOEL's year, when they took the basketball double. As losers of the Cup final, PAEEK automatically qualified to represent Cyprus in Europe in the Saporta Cup.[4] They were knocked out by PAOK BC Salonika which in turn went on to reach the final of the competition. The game with PAOK BC was very special for both teams as they were all refugees and victims of the wars between Greece and Turkey.


The football team has not matched the basketball team's success in terms of trophies. They have been a mainstay in the Cyprus Second Division. Paeek is considered to be the team with the most appearances in the Cyprus Second Division with 41 in total. The club plays its home matches in Keryneia Epistrofi Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus.

PAEEK has built a reputation for unearthing young talent and moving them on, most notably Alexandros Paschalakis of PAOK and the Greek national team, Giorgos Economides and Giorgos Papadopoulos.

Promotion to Top DivisionEdit

During the 2020–21 season, PAEEK finished as champions of the second division and were promoted to the top division for the first time in club history.

Current squadEdit

As of 11 September 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   CYP Panagiotis Panagiotou
3 DF   CYP Lefteris Hadjicostanti
5 MF   BRA Carlos Dias (on loan from APOEL)
6 DF   LBR Brem Soumaoro
7 DF   CYP Marios Demetriou (3rd captain)
8 MF   BRA Nando (4th captain)
9 FW   TRI Nickel Orr
10 MF   CYP Marcos Charlambous (Vice-captain)
11 MF   URU Nico Varela
14 FW   CMR Lewis Enoh
16 MF   CYP Charalambos Aristotelous (Captain)
17 FW   CRO Matko Babić (on loan from AEL Limassol)
18 MF   CYP Andreas Komodikis (on loan from Doxa Katokopias)
19 FW   CYP Andreas Neophytou
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   CYP Chrysovalantis Kapartis
24 MF   CYP Demetris Vourkos
25 MF   NED Thijs Timmermans
28 FW   BEL Livio Milts
33 DF   SRB Uroš Ćosić
40 DF   NGA Erhun Obanor
55 DF   GRE Alexandros Kouros
60 DF   CYP Andreas Fragkeskou
69 DF   GRE Athanasios Arnaoutoglou
95 GK   POL Patryk Procek (on loan from AEL Limassol)
98 MF   CYP Andreas Neofytou (on loan from Anorthosis)
99 GK   CYP Konstantinos Mavromoustakos
TBA MF   NED Nick Kaaijmolen


The colours of PAEEK shirt are symbolic with the black symbolising the sadness from the Turkish invasion in 1974 and the white symbolises the hope that one day they will return to their hometown. When this happens the colours will change back to yellow and black as they were before the Turkish invasion.





  1. ^ "Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Καλαθοσφαίρισης".
  2. ^ [1].
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2022.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "PAEEK | European Cup for Men's Clubs (1996) | FIBA Europe".

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