Archive for May, 2009

AEK Updates

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer, Transfer Rumor with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by alexaek

Well, some good news today. Firstly, Saja has officially singed on for another three years! This is great to see. He has proven himself to be right for the job and hopefully we’ll see another three solid years.

It is almost certain now that Kyrgiakos and Kafes will play this weekend. This is great news for every AEK fan, and it should greatly increase our chances of winning the game against Panathinaikos this weekend.

Some other news that some of you might have heard about lately is the Katsouranis transfer. For those of you havent there is a big deal going on here right now in Greece involving Katsouranis, AEK, Panathinaikos, Benfica, and even FIFA (although there really is not much FIFA can do).Basically, Katsouranis is being released a year before his contract with Benfica expires. This means that he can go for free and AEK will be missing out on five million euros they would have gotten had he not been released for free.It looks, at this moment, that he might be going to PAO or AEK. AEK have tried to get FIFA involved because they do not think that what Benfica is doing is right, and I agree, but there isn’t anything AEK or FIFA can do about it.

Alot of people are saying there are some “under the table” deals going on here. Really, at this moment in time, they are all just rumors and only time will tell what will happen.

More details here: http://www.sportingreece.com/kb/article.asp?fIndex=3262

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Injury update

Posted in AEK on May 27, 2009 by aekman74

Alexopoulos is not only not playing this sunday,his injury will sideline him for 5-6 months.Bad news for Alves who is also out.On the plus side it looking more than likely that Kiryiakos and Kafes will both play,so the lineup may look something like this,SAJA kOUTROMANOS,MAJSTOROVIC,KIRYIAKOS,GEORGES
HETEMAJ,KAFES,PELETIERI,SCOCCO
BLANCO,DJEBOUR

Big KIRI itching for return……

Posted in AEK on May 26, 2009 by aekman74

Most sources are claiming that our passionate skipper is doing everything he can to be ready for sunday’s champions league place decider against that green team.He might have to as Alexopoulos and Alves are in doubt.Blanco,our MVP for the year,did not train with the team on tuesday because of a knee problem but should be ok.The Larissa game was maybe the one in which our luck has finally turned,as they were the better team,missed a penalty and an open goal through Giannakopouls.Although it wasn’t our worst display,i agree that when AEK fires,Kafes is starting.Our best player was probably Hetemaj,who has definately improved,will be interesting to see who Dusan partners Kafes with(hoping he’s fit).

Another draw in Larissa for AEK

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Champions League, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by alexaek

The match against Larissa ended 0-0 yesterday.

A report can be found here.

As the article states the draw means little for us. Either way, we can still qualify for Champions League as long as we beat Panathinaikos this Sunday. However, we did not play as well as we should have one week before the biggest game of the playoffs.

It was not a horrible display by AEK, however it was not nearly as impressive a display as the past two matches. I think one significant reason for this was the absence of Kafes, who over this season has turned into a critical midfielder for us. Im not sure yet if he will be ready for this weekend, but hopefully he will because Nsaliwa will be out for the next game due to picking up too many yellow cards.

Larissa had some incredible opportunities to score, including a penalty. Luckily for us however we managed to hold onto that one valuable point which could grant us Champions League and extra money which we so desperately need.

With regards to some of the comments which have been posted about Sunday’s game I believe, but am not certain, that a win next week will be enough to grant us Champions League as the final standing, in case of two teams having the same amount of points, is determined by head-to-head record. This means that regardless the score, as long as we win, we will get first since we would have beaten Pao once in the playoffs (and once in the regular season) and drawn with them once in the playoffs (and once in the regular season).

I will have to clarify that though because I am not 100 percent certain.

AEK is angry with regards to the officiating at yesterday’s games due to some of the calls made such as the penalty (it is questionable as I have not seen a truly convincing video of it however there is a high chance that Koutromanos may have actually made contact with the Larissa player) and the goal we almost scored (again, I can’t say for sure what is true as I have not yet seen a camera view which confirms without doubt that the ball indeed did cross the line).

Here is the best video I can find at the moment of highlights of the game.

There isn’t much I can think of too say of the game. No one really stood out as either fantastic or worrisome, at least not that I can remember. Ill see if AEKMAN74  or AEK Baltimore have anything to add.

For some reason, I believe that we will win this weekend. Larissa just seems to be one of those teams we have trouble beating this year (only one win from four games, with the three other results being draws). We barely beat them earlier in the playoffs after a mediocre performance and then we went on to draw Pao away and to beat PAOK twice in a row with two good performances. Im sure, if we play the best we can, without silly mistakes, that we can beat Pao, and get a chance to qualify for Champions League next year.

Larissa-AEK Half Time Report

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football with tags , , , on May 24, 2009 by alexaek

At half time the score is level 0-0.

Some good news and bad news to report. Firstly, we now have a man advantage as Larissa got a red card at the end of the first half.

Bad news is that Nsaliwa will miss the next game as he received.

Larissa have had some great chances, including a penalty. Luckily, they haven’t scored yet.

Weve had some chances as well but we will have to start playing harder if we are to win this one.

Another Big Win Against PAOK

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2009 by alexaek

Yet another big win against our northern rivals, this time with a scoreline of 3-1.

Videos below:

It was a fairly confident win against PAOK this time with goals coming from Djebbour, Blanco, and Scocco. There were some questionable calls from the ref (including a red for PAOK, which I agree with but could have been avoided by PAOK) and some calls not made (including a hand ball from Kafes which wasn’t called).

Nonetheless, AEK were the stronger team on the pitch and by far at times. We dominated the game often with some great control. Passing and crossing were excellent throughout the game. The players seemed to be playing perfect in their assinged positions and the game flowed well. After we scored our second goal PAOK all but stopped existing, except for a few attacks every now and then.

Firstly, Saja played a good game and made some critical saves, although he really didn’t have much to do, especially during the second half.

Secondly, Koutromanos was excellent. He played quite far up at times (it even seemed as times as if we were playing with three defenders and with Kouts playing as a midfielder) and made some great runs, really showing a boost in confidence, likely due to Bajevic taking over. He made some great crosses and showed great speed and ball control. Defeinately a lot of promise.

Majstorovic played allright, but I must say that I feel that he was the weakest player playing for us today. He let some men slip by him, and he, as usual, looked too often for the back pass rather than controlling (when he had time) and getting the ball up. Alexopoulos played a good game and missed a great chance on a corner when his header was cleared by a PAOK defender.

Alves played great today as well, in left back rather than his normal centre back. His tackles were smooth and almost always got the ball, his headers were good, and he controlled the ball calmly and confidently and managed to distribute well.

Our midfield was good. Nsaliwa played a good game, made some nice passes, ran well and managed to bring the ball up on his own many times to help set up the offence. Kafes played some good defending along with Pelletieri.

Our offence, which consisted of Scocco, Blanco, and Djebbour, was fantastic. They worked like a well greased machine. They created chance after chance. Blanco once again showed how much he has developed by making a beautiful cross. Djebbour took part in the game much more than normal, and Scocco (well, no surprise here) was incredible. He ran, passed, crossed, took some great corners, and was everywhere, swapping from left to right, taking great shots. I strongly believe that him and Blanco must be kept no matter what. If Djebbour keeps playing the way he did today (he got MVP of the match and the fans certianly appreciated the effort he put in today), we should look to keep him for another year, although he might not be affordable next year.

Our subs were Manduca, Gentsoglou, and Edinho. Firstly, Manduca played yet another great game, as he has been doing since the start of the playoffs. Im not sure what it is that brought him to increase his game so much so suddenly, but perhaps it might be worth it to keep him on another year at least. He ran great, and conrtibuted much to the team. Hopefully we will see some more of this form him until the end of the playoffs.

Gentsoglou played great, even though he wasn’t on for too long. Hi made some superb crosses, seemed confident enough considering he hadn’t played in so long, and had a beautiful shot saved by Chalkias (Chalkias had a horrible game today, hopefully his performance will be better when PAOK play Pao this weekend).

Edinho only managed to play a few minutes so not much can be said about him. He had a nice header but thats about all he managed to do this game.

PAOK created some good chances as well, and played some dangerous football at times however couldn’t keep it up. They did have some critical players out so that may have affected them.

Well, overall, it was a satisfying performance. The crowd was definately pleased. Hopefully, we will continue to see this level of play until the end of the playoffs, in which case we should beat Larissa this weekend and we should have a high chance of beating PAO at our last game of the playoffs.

Match Highlights

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2009 by alexaek

Here is a video of some of the highlights from yesterday’s match for those who didn’t manage to watch it.