AEK sit first in the Superleague after 3,516 days
After four rounds of play in the Superleague, AEK sit first in the standings for the first time in 3,516 days.
Nine years, seven months, and 16 days have passed since the last time AEK sat solely atop the Superleague standings. The Kitrinomvri are fist in Greece’s top flight after four rounds of play with 10 points, defeating Lamia over the weekend, while Olympiacos and Panionios each dropped points and remained behind with 8 points (along with PAOK).
The last time AEK sat solely atop the table was on February 3, 2008, one day before the famous match took place between Apollon Kalamarias and Olympiacos, which saw the Thessaloniki club use an illegal player (Valner). Despite Kalamarias 1-0 win over the Erythrolefki, Olympiacos were awarded the win, which ultimately gave them the league title that season through a court decision in controversial fashion.
AEK jumped to the top of the table that year after a 2-1 win over Levadiakos where they sat first in the standings with 42 points, one point ahead of Olympiacos. However, the next week, AEK fell 2-3 at home to Panionios, while Panathinaikos jumped ahead of the Enosis with a 2-0 win over Asteras Tripolis. Olympiacos defeated Kalamarias on paper (due to the illegal player) and since then, AEK did not see the top of the table for almost 10 years.