AEK 4-0 Fokikos

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Cup with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2014 by alexaek

Our first competitive game of the season, a Cup game against second division side Fokikos, ended in a comfortable win for us. Kolovetsios, Platellas, Barbosa, and Anakoglou scored our goals, with Anakoglou’s standing out as a particularly beautiful move. Seems like it was another enjoyable display from our forwards, one that makes me hope we see much more of this in the season to come.

Attendance wasn’t as high as it was for the Roma game, at only 6,200 fans, though not too bad a number considering it was a cup game against a smaller team. Hopefully with some good results and attractive football, our numbers will continue to rise.

AEK 1-2 Roma

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Greek Football, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , on August 24, 2014 by alexaek

Well, not a bad result at all considering the opposition. I have yet to watch the entire match (though it is available on YouTube here), though the highlights which I’ve seen were quite promising. Barbosa stood out for me from what I saw, being actively involved in a few of our scoring chances. Generally, it looks like we were quite effective offensively. I like to see our players not afraid to take some chances when they can (of course they’ll have to convert some of those too, but that can be worked on).

I am slightly worried that Roma scored both goals from free kicks, suggesting that may be a weakness for the team. I find it reassuring that at least that is something specific which can be worked on during training.

Its worth mentioning that we had over 25,000 people in attendance at the match, more than Olympiakos (who had only 7,000 at their first superleague game over the weekend).

Live Streaming for AEK – Roma

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC with tags , , on August 20, 2014 by alexaek

It was announced today that our friendly against Roma in three days will be streamed live on AEK’s youtube channel, which can be found here

Exciting news! I don’t recall the team using youtube to stream a match before, though I believe one of Melissanidis’ press conferences earlier this summer was also streamed through youtube. I’m happy to see the team taking advantage of a resource such as youtube, there definitely some cool possibilities in terms of what they can stream (practice sessions come to mind, or various pre and post game interviews).

The game this Saturday will be live at 8:30 Greek time. I haven’t heard yet if they’ll be displaying the new jerseys then as they did at previous friendlies against well known opposition, such as against Boca Juniors a few years back. I haven’t seen any leaked images yet of what the jersey will look like, so I’m quite curious by this point.

Promising Results

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football with tags , , , , , , , on August 15, 2014 by alexaek

We’ve had a few friendlies so far this pre-season, and so far the results have been encouraging. The results of our three friendlies have been a 0-0 draw against Skoda Xanthi, a 7-1 win against Ilisiakos, and a 5-0 against AE Diminiou. Of course, we have to keep in mind that the opposition we’ve faced so far has been rather easy to get by, I still see some promising signs from the results. I’ve attached a video below from our last game, showing the goals and some of the highlights, and I quite like what I see. It seems like they’re having fun out there, and aren’t afraid of taking some chances. Nice to see some of our usual scorers from last season (Bresevic and D’Acol) on the score sheet, as well as some new faces, including Helder Barbosa, a promising Portuguese player we signed a few weeks ago.

We have a few more friendlies coming up, including games against Niki Volou and Larissa, as well as a very exciting friendly against Roma in Athens. I’m obviously quite nervous for the friendly against Roma since it will be anything but an easy game, but it will be great to see our players against a world class team such as Roma. Its worth remembering that AEK has some history with Roma, considering we have played against each other in previous European games, as well as the fact that Dellas played for Roma and was one of their star players at the time.

Incredible!

Posted in AEK with tags , , on June 24, 2014 by alexaek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHrgLqsTuRE

 

Honestly never would have expected it. But I guess with this World Cup, you really can’t know what to expect…

Making it to the next round of the World Cup is huge for any country, let alone Greece. Would have given anything to be in Omonia during the celebrations.

Hopefully by time the next World Cup comes around, there will be some current AEK players on the squad. Nevertheless, its still such a great result. Certainly won’t be an easy game when we take on Costa Rica this Sunday, but you never know. Costa Rica have certainly been a very strong team so far in the tournament, but if we managed to win a whole tournament back in ’04, whats stopping us from winning another game on Sunday. Doesn’t hurt to dream..

Updates

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2014 by alexaek

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. To be honest, I’ve had a hard time following and keeping up with all the news regarding the stadium, players for next year, and what exactly will be happening with the team and the management board.

The season has obviously been over for a while now, and we now know who we’ll be facing for next season. There are certainly some pretty dangerous teams in the list, and all I can say is that I hope we have players who are up for the challenge. Among the teams we’ll face will be Panahaiki, Fostiras, Kallithea, and Apollon Smirnis.

For those who don’t know, the second division is considerably different than the Superleague. Second division in Greece is actually two divisions, a Northern division and a Southern division (which we’ll be playing in next season). The Southern division includes teams from Attiki, the Peloponnese, and Crete, as well as a couple other regions. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams from each division play each other in an eight team playoff, with the top three teams being promoted to the Superleague.

In addition to the teams already listed for our group, there are some even tougher opponents in the northern group, teams we’ll quite likely face during the playoffs. A few examples of some worrying opposition: Aris, Iraklis, Olympiakos Volou, Doxa Dramas, Larissa, and Lamia. Definitely won’t be easy.

I wish I had some solid news to discuss regarding the stadium, but I really don’t know what exactly is going on. As far as I can tell, there are still a few hurdles regarding laws, parliament, municipalities, and the environment, that need to be sorted out. Knowing how things in Greece work, I can only imagine this will all be worked out later rather than sooner…

There have been a few names for players thrown around for next season, with Dimitris Papadopoulos being one of the more recognizable ones (can’t say I’m extremely excited about the prospect of signing Papadopoulos, though I guess he will bring some experience to the squad).. An interesting name I’ve seen thrown around the past few days has been not that of a possible player for next season, but a possible coach:

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Yes, apparently Lorenzo Serra Ferrer is being linked by some (not necessarily in Greece) to AEK… Now, I know it probably will just turn out to be another rumour, but I must admit, maybe its not the worst idea. He did have some pretty decent moments with us, and though he did leave after a while, lets face it: Whoever we do sign to be our coach will probably end up leaving the same way (if recent history is anything to go by).

The first time I saw his name linked to us, I laughed. But the more I think about it, the more I realize maybe it isn’t a completely crazy idea. We’ve had high profile Spaniards manage us, as well as lower profile Greeks, and even former AEK players recently. Managers have come and gone, and come again. Sometimes things improve momentarily, but they almost always take a turn for the worse eventually. At least with Ferrer, we’ll have a coach who will come to the team knowing its history and know what kind of pressure to expect from the supporters. He will come already having experience with life in Greece, and some of the management staff would even be players that he managed six years ago (wow, I can’t believe its already been that long). Who knows… either way, whoever we go with will be a risk, that’s a guarantee. So maybe it would be worth it to go with someone we at least somewhat know? Just my opinion..

Finally Promoted

Posted in AEK with tags , , , on April 28, 2014 by alexaek

We have finally mathematically clinched our promotion to the second division.

I never had much of a doubt that this would happen, though I gotta say, there were some times during the season where I was a bit worried. The move up was finalized after our 0-2 win against Kifissia over the weekend. The match was held in Rizoupoli, and though I haven’t seen an AEK match there myself, every video Ive seen of the supporters has been pretty great, including our match over the weekend. I really don’t think playing our next season in Rizoupoli instead of OAKA would be idea, if its only for one season. I can’t help but feel that 15,000 fans in Rizoupoli would be so much better than 15,000 in OAKA.

Also, worth noting that we missed another penalty at the match against Kifissia. Pretty ridiculous that we’ve had scored less than half of our penalties so far… Considering we’ll be playing much tougher teams next season, we really have to be taking advantage of these chances when we get them…

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