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…

Trigila Rafinas 0-2 AEK

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by alexaek

Not a terribly impressive result, but the three points are ours either way so I can’t complain too much.

Sounds like it was a decent game all around, though Platellas, Cirillo, D’Acol, and Anakoglou all got special mention. Platellas was yet again impressive, scoring one goal and assisting in another, and I’m really starting to get excited for what he’ll have to show us when second division comes around. Brecevic was out again for this game.

I love how our fans manage to make any match feel like were playing at home.

AEK 2-1 Irodotos

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2014 by alexaek

Not one of our better games this season by the sounds of things. Judging from what I’ve read and heard, it seems as though our defense was particularly tragic (a terrible mistake from Vasillis Rovas practically handed Irodotos their goal), though our offense was not too much better. Believe it or not, we missed not one, but two penalties… I’m starting to find this very concerning. Surely we should expect better from our penalties? At this point, we’ve scored less than half of the penalties we’ve had all season. 

 

Highlight of the game is without a doubt Platellas’ game winning goal late in the match. I could not help but be reminded of some of Scocco’s goal when I saw the goal afterwards. Of all the younger Greek players currently playing for us, Platellas really does seem to be the most consistent so far.

After 19 games so far this season, we are ahead in first place by 13 points. We currently have 47 points while second place Kifissia has 34 points. Definitely a safe place to be for now, though things are far from decided.

 

 

 

Agios Nikolaos 1-6 AEK

Posted in AEK with tags , , , on March 1, 2014 by alexaek

As was mentioned in the comments section of my last post, I didn’t post anything about our last game. A rather disappointing result to say the least (a 1-0 loss to Thiella Rafinas), especially considering how well we had done the few games leading up to the loss.

It seemed like we were again heading for another disappointing result today for much of the game. We missed a penalty early on (so far this season, we have only scored five of our ten penalties), but managed to go up 1-0 through an Anakoglou goal in the 18th minute.

People started to worry a bit after Agios Nikolaos tied things up in the 32nd minute. They managed to keep things even at 1-1 until the 67th minute mark, when D’Acol scored, making it 2-1. Almost immediately after, we scored another three goals (in the 68th, 70th, and 73rd minute, another goal from Anakoglou and another two from D’Acol).D’Acol, after having already scored a hat-trick, finished things up in the 88th minute, making it an ultimately comfortable score of 6-1 for AEK.

The critique of the players, despite the high score, was not as positive as I would have liked to have seen. D’Acol and Anakoglou both were praised for their performances, though it seems like the rest of the team played a rather mediocre game. Our lack of consistency seems to really be affecting us this season, and I can only hope we improve on that next season. Second division teams will be a lot more likely to punish and take advantage when we don’t play as well as we should or could.

AEK 8-1 AO Peristeriou

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by alexaek

Not much to say here, yet another impressive match from our offense. Brecevic, D’Acol, and Cordero all got great ratings from AEK365 but it seems the main guy from the match was Platellas (who overwhelmingly won the mvp vote on AEK365 and scored a hatrick).

Certainly nice to see us playing well offensively, though our defense consistently seems to be mediocre and “good enough”, though rarely anything special (according to the reviews Ive been getting from AEK365)… Now that I think about it, its a little surprising things are the way they are considering our coach is one of the best Greek defenders of the past twenty years.

http://aek365.novasports.gr/

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