AEK Athens, led by the talented player Damian Szymański, emerged victorious in the Greek Cup, solidifying their dominance in Greek football. In a thrilling final held in Volos, AEK defeated PAOK Thessaloniki, represented by Tomasz Kędziora, with a resounding 2-0 victory. This triumph came just a few weeks after AEK celebrated their Greek championship title, making it a remarkable double crown for the club.
Due to safety concerns, the final match took place in an empty stadium with German referee Felix Brych officiating. In the lead-up to the final, there were speculations of a potential venue change to Sosnowiec to mitigate the risk of riots. However, the organizers ultimately decided against it, ensuring that the event remained in Volos.
Damian Szymański, a key player for AEK Athens, showcased his skills and contributed significantly to the team’s success. He played until the 61st minute, displaying his prowess on the field. Szymański’s remarkable performances have likely caught the attention of the Polish national team selectors, as he is expected to be included in the squad for the upcoming training camp in June. On the other hand, Tomasz Kędziora, representing PAOK Thessaloniki, was granted a brief appearance on the pitch during the final four minutes. Unfortunately, Kędziora has not received the recognition he sought from Portuguese coach Fernando Santos, as he was omitted from the national team for the March matches against the Czech Republic and Albania.
The final match took an unexpected turn early on when Lazaros Rota of AEK received a red card in the sixth minute, leaving the team to play with ten men. However, this setback did not deter AEK’s determination. They took the lead in the 26th minute, courtesy of Cameroonian player Harold Moukoudi, showcasing the team’s resilience and ability to overcome adversity. The victory was further solidified by a goal from Spanish midfielder Paulo Fernandes Cantin during added time, adding to the jubilation of AEK’s fans.
AEK Athens’ triumph in the Greek Cup marks their 16th victory in the prestigious tournament, underlining their rich history and tradition in Greek football. This recent success serves as a testament to the team’s dedication, skill, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Furthermore, their earlier conquest of the Greek championship title, their 13th in history, further cements AEK Athens’ status as a football powerhouse in Greece.
As Damian Szymański and his teammates celebrate their double crown triumph, the Greek Cup victory and the national championship title, their achievements will undoubtedly be etched in the annals of Greek football history. The collective efforts of the players, coaching staff, and the unwavering support of the fans have propelled AEK Athens to new heights. The club’s future appears bright, and their success will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of aspiring footballers in Greece and beyond.