Updates

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..

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6 Responses to “Updates”

  1. As a Marseille fan I hope that AEK Athens can make it back to the Superleague. Best wishes!

  2. Chris Zap Says:

    Speaking of coaches, Jimemez said he’ll return to AEK in a heartbeat, he loves the fans. But i know that Dellas has signed for another year, he deserves a second chance with a different caliber of players.

    As for next season, i am not worried about us playing well and advancing, i am worried about the cleanliness of the division. A lot of shady owners are in that division with a lot of game fixing going on, that’s what’s worrying me.

    Regarding the stadium, there has been a change in the political scene. New governor for the province and mayor for Nea Philadelphia. They have some reservations to the stadium, in terms of height, environment, etc. There have been supposedly secret meetings with the governor and Maridakis (I mean Marinakis), the new mayor is actually a gavro fan. He keeps talking about the park. The other day the AEK paper had pictures of the awful state the park is in. If they truly cared about the park, it wouldnt have been in such a shape. Fans protested, several thousands turned out while maybe a hundred turned out at the mayor’s rally. Local businesses are also pushing for the stadium. It will definitely revitalize the neighbourhood. However, everyone is saying that the stadium will go ahead and be built as planned. They are waiting for the final approval from parliament to pass and it will pass. Its next to be voted on but the PM called a recess just as the AEK bill was to be presented. However its the first item in the agenda and i think parliament will resume tomorrow, the 17th.

  3. Chris Zap Says:

    Another’s week delay for the stadium http://www.gazzetta.gr/football/article/626670/kathysterisi-stin-voyli-me-gipedo-tis-aek

    Milovanovits is back to replace Lybe http://www.gazzetta.gr/football/article/626708/ki-episimos-milovanovits

    Nea Philadelphia’s new mayor is showing his true colours, his opposing the stadium every chance he can http://www.aek365.com/a-340633/mega-fiasko-basilopoulou-sth-filadelfeia.htm The other day he joined 15 protesters that were against the stadium. 7 of the 15 were from other parts of Athens (Piraues, Peristeri, etc) who when interevied said they have never visited the park themselves, they were just protesting it on principal. The mayor said as a left leaning politician he can not support the stadium. I guess like most commies he likes seeing his people live in misery!! My 2 cents worth ;)

  4. Chirola Says:

    Hello!

    One thing that I’m wondering about:
    With the financial status at the moment (AEK & Greece) is it possible to build a new stadium?
    If AEK board think that a new stadium can bring new kinds of income it won’t be easy…
    My Team (Sporting Clube de Portugal) built a new stadium for the Euro 2004 (a tournament you remember very well) and didn’t generate anything but new problems…

    João from Portugal

    • alexaek Says:

      Hi Joao. Thanks for your comments, interesting stuff.

      One question I would have for you is, what kind of area was Sporting’s stadium built in? The area around where AEK plans to build the stadium (though they are still getting much opposition from local politicians) is a mix between residential and commercial, with many apartments, though significant shopping districts as well as a large number of bars, cafes, and restaraunts. Its an area which always has many people nearby, either shopping, going out for food/drinks, and is also an area which attracts a number of people from other parts of Athens.

      With this in mind, management is hoping to attract these people to the stadium at times other than when a game is on, with features such as malls in the stadium, museums, and other facilities locals and visitors can take advantage. Of course, how many of these facilities will actually be built remains to be seen.

      If Sporting’s stadium is in a similar area though still encountered problems, then that would certainly be quite worrying. I do know that management has said they will be working with stadium designers with experience who may have some ideas, so Im not sure. And as you mention, with the economic situation in Greece being the way it is, it will certainly not be easy at all to make any kind of profit. Time will tell I suppose!

      As for if its even possible to build the stadium, well I know Melissanidis has money, and contacts with much of it too, so that will help. I’m guessing that is the reason Mel is looking for financial backing from outside of Greece, though again, who knows. Its still early, at this point in time, all our stadium is is a few drawings on paper. Hopefully all these questions will at some point be answered.

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