Alki

Founded In
1948
Location
Lárnaka (Larnaca), Cyprus

Alki

About Alki

Alki Larnaca Football Club, usually known more simply as Alki, was founded in 1948. Based in the town of Larnaca, the club have struggled to establish themselves as a major force within Cypriot football, having suffered multiple relegations from the top flight and having played several seasons in the country's second tier. However, they have occasionally challenged for major honours and have represented their country in continental football. The club's nickname, 'Αθανατη', translates to 'Immortal'. Their traditional colours are red and blue.

The 1978-79 season was the most successful in the club's history, as they eventually finished the campaign in 3rd place in the league table. As a result, they gained entry to the following season's UEFA Cup. Unfortunately, their first taste of major European football was unsuccessful, and they were eliminated by Dinamo Bucharest in the first round of the competition.

To date, the team have never won any of the major honours on offer to them, either domestically or in Europe. However, they have come close to winning trophies on several occasions, as evidenced by their appearances in five Cypriot Cup finals, in 1967, 1970, 1976, 1977 and 1980. Due to their repeated relegations to the second tier, the club have also been crowned as champions of the Cypriot Second Division on four occasions.

One of the most notable players to have played for the side was Bernardo Vasconcelos, who was the Cypriot league's top goal scorer for the 2012-13 season.

Alki's home matches are held at the Neo GSZ Stadium, which is sometimes referred to as the Gymnastic Club Zenon Stadium. The venue was built in 1989 and also houses AEK Larnaca. It is notable for hosting the final of the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in 1998 and the Cypriot Cup final in 2006 and can hold up to 13,032 supporters.

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