Archive for January, 2009

AEK 3-0 Panionios

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by alexaek

An unbelievable performance by AEK led to a convincing 3-0 win over Panionios, giving AEK its third win a row. This is hard to believe, considering that just before last Saturday, AEK had not gotten one back to back win yet this season.

One goal from Blanco, one from Edinho, and one from Scocco was enough to reassure fans just one week before AEK take on Olympiakos at OAKA.

The players gelled extremely well together. Passing was smooth and the ball moved around the field with ease. The transition of the ball from defence to the forwards seemed effortless, and the style of play at times was similar to that which we saw last season. AEK played fast football, however, they never seemed to be rushing. They rarely lost the ball and pressured when they had to and relaxed when they had time and space.

The defence was solid (as usual, Majstorovic and Kyrgiakos were great in the air). Juanfran was strong and fought hard. Georgeas was good defensively and made great runs down the right wing, receiving passes from either Scocco, Kafes, Nsaliwa, or Pelletieri and then executing good passes to the forwards when possible.

The midfield was generally flawless, and this was without Basinas. It was fast, and provided the forwards, as well as the two defensive backs with great passes. Pelletieri played a great game and fought hard to win the ball. Kafes provided great passes, and Scocco was fundamental in getting the ball up. Nsaliwa helped defensively, as well as by making some nice passes and crosses.

The offense was, well, as the score suggests, very effective. The good thing is that AEK finally managed to capitalize on its chances and score, something we havent seen at many games previously in the season.

From the first minute of the game AEK were pressuring and playing the kind of football that fans have been expecting since the beggining of the season.

The bullet Scocco scored can be seen below as well as the other two goals scored.

And now, its only a matter of days before one of the most anitcipated AEK games of the season. Thats right, AEK will take on rivals Olympiakos in only four days. After the team’s great performance over the weekend AEK look ready to go for this game and hopefully can put on another wonderful display like last year’s 4-0 victory over Olympiakos at OAKA.

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Iraklis 0-1 AEK

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Cup, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by alexaek

Well, after a long sixteen game wait, AEK finally got its first away win of the season, as well as its first back to back wins.

The team’s performance overall was not wonderful, especially not compared to the performance they displayed against PAOK only a week earlier. In fact, the football that the team played brought back memories of when AEK was still under the management of Donis. It was slow, sloppy, football, similar to that played by amateur teams. The midfield was clearly missing Kafes (he was not included, most likely due to cards) and Pelletieri lacked much creativity. The defense was weak at times, and Iraklis managed to penetrate many times. The offence, who didnt have much support from the midfield, couldnt do much. Most of the significant chances for AEK came from set plays.

Overall, there was no rhythm, no smooth passing, no quick paced football that we saw last weekend. The result, nonetheless, is a great one. AEK badly need to get points whenever they can, and to do that against Iraklis, who is a team that can always shock even the biggest opponents (they held PAO to a 2-2 away draw earlier this year), is something that team should be proud of right now. Sure, great football is nice, but the three points are what are needed most at this point. And the results are coming now.

Hopefully, Bajevic will be able to use this weeks Cup game against Kerkyra to fine tune the team before we play Panionios this weekend, and Olympiakos next weekend.

Iraklis were dissalowed  a goal, which some could argue was a perectly legite goal. I personally am not an expert, but maybe AEKBaltimore will be able to tell. AEK were also dissalowed a goal late in the second. The ref called Blanco for offsides even though the replays showed that he was perfectly onside.

Blanco promised hed score this game and surely enough he scored. He is tied with Galetti for top scorer now.

Unfortunately, an old Iraklis fan had a heart attack on the pitch when he went to gather his children. He was taken to a hospital in Thessaloniki where he eventually died.

PAO play Aris tonight, while PAOK play Panthrakikos. Olympiakos beat Panserraikos 1-0 last night.

AEK President Kintis to quit?

Posted in AEK with tags , , on January 6, 2009 by alexaek

Rumours are starting to circulate stating that AEK president Giorgos Kintis has submitted his resignation. This has yet to be officially confirmed however there are two reports here and here.

Rumours are also starting to spread saying that AEK has given PAOK tickets for this weekend’s games. This has also yet to be confirmed however estimates are saying anywhere between 2000- 10,000 fans could be expected.

Panathinaikos 0-0 AEK

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2009 by alexaek

The first Athens derby of the new year ended in a 0-0 draw which gave Olympiakos the chance to move even further ahead in the standings after their 1-0 win against Asteras Tripolis.

AEK started strong and managed to keep hold of the ball for long periods of time, especially during the first period. The most significant scoring opportunity for AEK came in the 31st minute, when Sotiris Kyrgiakos’ strong header off of a corner by Basinas hit the post.

It took a while but eventually AEK started to build offesnively and could have scored had it not been for Blanco being offside on numerous occasions (This was a problem for AEK yesterday and Blanco will certaintly need to start noticing his position during the games more often).

Panathinaikos also had many chances to score and had it not been a combination of reliable goal keeping by Saja and a little bad luck for PAO the score could have been 2-0 for the home team by the end of the first half.

AEK’s defence was for the most part solid however, the marking was still a serious problem as it was at the last match with Ergotelis. Gilberto was found alone in front of the net many times and had his shots been on target he could have easily scored.

Another problem with AEK’s defence which we could see yesterday was its lack of speed, especially when Salpingidis got the ball. He was able to take off leaving Juanfran and Majstorovic trailing behind.

Aside from these two flaws, AEK’s defence was solid, especially with high balls, which Majstorovic (who played a fantastic game) easily managed to control and clear.

The first half was the better half for AEK. For most of the second half it seemed AEK was playing for the draw, and very few attacking opportunities were created for AEK during the second.

Most of the players played a good game, with exception of Pliatsikas and Nsaliwa, who were below average for the most part. Nsaliwa was constantly trying to carry the ball rather than passing which always led to him loosing the ball.

Majstorovic, Saja and Scocco (mostly for the first half) were the best players for AEK overall. Basinas also played a surpisingly good game at right back, until he was replaced by subsitute Gerogeas (at which point Basinas moved up to midfield to cover for where Nsaliwa was playing before he was taken off). Gerogeas also played a good game defensively when he came on.

Unfortunately, Bajevic did not bring on Edinho until the 88th minute. Perhaps bringing him on in the 75th minute would have been the wiser choice.

Match report here.