Archive for September, 2009

Punishment for Psomiadis and Other News

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, Europa League, football with tags , , on September 30, 2009 by alexaek

Makis Psomiadis, a previous owner of AEK who stole millions of EUROs from the club, will now face jail time. He’s been sent to prison before but got out of it and I really wouldn’t be surprised if he gets out of it again. Too bad though, the guy deserves nothing more than some sever punishment for the harm he caused to our club. This article has some more details.

So, our big game tomorrow against Benfica. We have a good squad and this would be a great time for them to start showing that. A win in theory is possible, but bearing in mind our current form, and Benfica’s (they have one of Europe’s highest scoring offences right now) that might not happen. Still, I’m optimistic we can get something out of this game.

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AEK 0-1 PAO

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Europa League, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by alexaek

So, another derby lost. That makes it the first time we’ve lost two derbies in a row in about ten years. Not a good sign.

Not many positives to take from this game, both sides played some pretty poor football. I’m not going to bother writing much as there is  little to say. Firstly, our forwards still can’t score. We didn’thave Nemeth with us since he is playing for Hungary in Egypt, so that hurt us a bit. Scocco did very little, and played mostly for himself. We’ve seen little teamwork from him ever since the Cup final. Blanco, as usual these past few months, did nothing.

Yahaya started and had a decent game. Guerreiro also started and was probably one of our best players on the pitch.

Our defence wasn’t that bad but we actually weren’t threatened much at all. PAO had a couple good chances, but other than that we were pressured very little. Unfortunately, we managed to dump alot of pressure on PAO but they’re defence controlled our useless long balls with ease.

Once again, Juanfran was absolutely atrocious. Why Dusan did not play Georgeas, I do not know. Juanfran has been playing his worst football since joining the club lately, and he was pretty horrible when he first joined.

The silver lining? Well, Dusan is still trying many different lineups, so its going to take a while for the team to be settled. Much of the team was put together near the end of the summer, so naturally, the chemistry won’t be perfect.

Patience is needed right now if we expect results. Obviously, it looks like the Championship has been thrown out the window, but we can still fight to get at least third.

Clearly, this is not a good time to play Benfica, but there is little we can do about that. I highly doubt our team will gel together in time for that match, so I am hardly expecting a win, but this is football afterall, so who knows.

Sorry for the delayed posts these past couple of matches. Since the games have been late this past week I can’t do the reports when I get home so I have to do them later. Hopefully, our upcoming games will be at a more reasonable hour so I can get the reports up as soon as possible.

AEK 1-2 Olympiakos

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Europa League, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2009 by alexaek

Well, there has been quite a bit of discussion in the post AEKBaltimore put up. Since the match alot has happened, most regarding the horrendous officiating at the match. But first, a review.

For everyone who has been following AEK you know how incredibly unlucky we tend to be, especially when it matters most. We saw that once again many times during this match. For the first forty minutes we pressured constantly except for a few counter attacks by Olympiakos. We dominated in terms of passing and we were all over the pitch, including in their own box. However, as is typical with AEK, we saw chance after chance but no goals were produced. How we continuously manage to do this really puzzles me. After all, we do have SCOCCO, BLANCO, and NEMETH up front. Just hearing those names together should send shivers down the spines of any defenders in Greece. But they still can’t manage to score more than one goal each game. What happened to the times when we would win most games by scores of 4-0 I will never know.

Obviously we never did manage to capitalize on our chances and when this happens the opposition is bound to score a goal before us. And, of course, that happened. The first Olympiakos goal came late in the first, scored by Torosidis (who is in incredible form right now). Of course, the goal came at a horrible time for both the players and the fans.

So, after many chances for us and one or two for them the score was AEK 0-1 Olympiakos at half time. Nonetheless, AEK came out strong in the second half once again producing some fine chances to score. Yet once again we could not get that final touch, just to knock the ball a little bit further and into the net. Instead, Olympiakos scored again, and again the goal was scored by Torosidis.

Our boys kept trying hard but only managed to score one goal, by Nemeth. Not enough even to salvage one point.

By the time the game had ended AEK had fifteen chances on goal compared to Olympiakos’ three (it might have been slightly higher). That statistic proves two things. Firstly, our forwards need to start scoring more and capitalizing on chances or else we will be drawing or loosing at home to teams like Kavala and Panthrakikos. Secondly, it is clear that our defence could be much stronger. When a team managed to score two goals from three or four solid chances clearly the defence needs to tighten up.

Now, time for the player reviews. Saja did not have much to do this game really, and the goals he let in were not his fault, especially the second one. Other than that, not much more can be said about him, though he made some incredible saves once again which helped to keep us in the game.

Araujo was absolutely incredible, and easily one of our best players on the pitch. His defending was as solid as it could be, he was everywhere he could be, his ball control was spectacular, and the runs he made left Olympiakos players only staring after him.

Both Majstorovic and Jahic were average at best. Although we now have Nemeth, we clearly miss Kyrgaikos’ presence back there. We are still horrible in the air when defending corners and free kicks for the opposition. But they are still strong players and will do… for now.

Juanfran was horrible! It was disgusting to see him play for us. He provided nothing to the team. All his runs were predictable which made him easy to defend. He provided few good passes, he was slow, he could not defend, and it was his poor marking which made Torosidis’ first goal an easy one to knock in. Rumors are saying Georgeas might start at left back. I personally wouldnt even mind if Pavlis, or even Arabatzis start at left back. Anyone but Juanfran. It’s incredible that he receives far more than Saja or Blanco and has a nice contract to satisfy him (all thanks to Demis).

Makos was sub par. He did little this match and he defended Torosidis poorly on his second goal (had he tackled Torosidis though, he most likely would have received a red card because of his previously recieved yellow, a card he should not have gotten). I think we should still keep Makos, but perhaps give a month or two with the youth team and see how he improves. He’s a good guy, a good player to have on a team, but his level of football just simply isn’t good enough for what AEK needs.

Kafes was good, nothing special, but a solid player, had some chances on goal and overall a fine player. Not much more to say about him.

Geurreiro played a fantastic match. His fitness still isn’t one hundred percent but his ball controll and passing are all excellent. A fabulous player to have on our squad and once his fintess improves he will be a key player, if he isn’t already. He also likes to prompt the fans to cheer which is always a great thing to see from a player on the pitch.

Ah Blanco, whats happening? Two years top scorer now only one goal. Although, for some reason, Blanco was playing on the wings for this match. I have no clue who ordered him to play there but it is not his position. He is a goal scorer and little else. Im fine with that, its why we have him. He is no Rivaldo or Scocco. He has some decent ball control and mediocre passing skills but the wing should be players like Guerriero. Nonetheless, good old Ismael worked hard all game and was all over the pitch and had some decent chances on goal. I still have faith in him. Who knows, maybe this weekend we will start to see some signs of the Blanco we know. Especially with Nemeth gone for a while and an open spot in the centre again.

Nemeth was fantastic. He had so many chances on goal, some really easy ones I must say, but was unlucky not to score more than one goal. He worked hard and played with passion, clearly wanted the win, which is a great thing to see. Not much more to say, he is a fantastic player (but the whole world already knows that) and we are lucky to have him if only for a year.

Scocco played a good game. He didnt do as much in terms of creating chances but his ball control was fantastic and he managed to get past many Olympiakos players before he would eventually be pulled down by a dirty tackle.

Our substitutes, Leonardo, Manduca, and Pavlis, provided little for the team. Manduca wasted many chanes, and both Pavlis and Leonardo showed nothing special.

Highlights video below:

Now, for the officiating. It was horrendous. The calls made against us, and the calls not made for us were incredible.

This video below shows some of the main ones:

PAE AEK has stated that if the ref is not punished they will take the match to UEFA so it can be reviewed properly. I truly hope this happens. The ref has apologized for the mistakes he made but what difference does it make? None.

The damage is done, and whether it really was an accident or the ref is really that poor or the calls not made were intentionally not called cannot be proved right now. Either way, the officiating is just horrible in Greece or refs are being bribed. Seeing as this has been going on in Greece for years, and corruption occurs at every level in the society of Greece, I would not be surprised at all if it was corruption. Why other people find it so hard to believe I cannot understand. It has happened in Italy, France, Portugal, Albania, Greece, and many other countries in Europe. And these are only the cases that have been proven. Until anything is proven though here in Greece we will continue to play games against refs who seem to be determined to make sure our team does not win. There is only so much we can do at this moment in time.

Now, we have another huge derby in only a day, and after that we play Benfica midweek. Huge games. Whether we are ready for the or not I do not know. Either way, this is AEK, and we support AEK win or loose. This weekend will be a tough match but despite our loss against Olympiakos we showed alot of promise, especially in terms of passing as well as creating chances. Also, PAO will have Cisse and Karagounis more than likely on the bench, as well as other players who will be out due to injuries. Seeing as both teams have decent defences at best but strong attacking players I would not be surprised to see a few goals scored this game. Hopefully, we come out with more than PAO.

By the way, AEK play Thrasivolous for our first Greek Cup game.

2 POINTS THROWN AWAY…………..

Posted in AEK on September 21, 2009 by aekman74

Very dissapointing result,considering we had the match “in the bag”.It was a very dfferent AEK that started today’s game from what we’ve been seeing recently.No Blanco,Leonardo(rested)Scocco(suspended).Bajevic started with the diminutive Pavlis up front and in truth he had little impact.Nemeth,playing just behind was dangerous and he set up Pavlis or Manducca(not sure) 1 0n 1 on the 1st half,with the ball ending up in the stands.Roger Geriero,played the creative midfield role and he does possess some lovely ball controll and passing ability.He will become a great player for AEK once his fitness gets better.Manducca,like iv’e said in the past,is way 2 hot and cold for me,in particular his defensive work on the left hand side is quite poor and it was here where the problems were coming from as Araujo playing right back has been our best player since joining us.Hersi looked ok,some nice touches and will be better “for the run”.Apart from the massive chance that Nemeth created,the 1st half was poor,considering there’s afew new faces,probably to be expected.
The second half saw Bajevic bring on Blanco for Pavlis and immeditely we looked more dangerous.He and Nemeth were starting to work well together and not long after Manducca found Nemeth inside the box with a beautiful “through” ball which Nemeth took on the run “1st time”,finishing with aplomb.Once we took the lead,our players fell into a “counter attack”style,instead of the “pressure” game we had apllied in the early stages of the 2nd half and which was working well as PAS kept on loosing the ball to us, in good positions.With more room our players were now “chasing” the ball instead of controlling it,which meant we got tired earlier than we had in mind.It was here i beleive Bajevic did make an error(i do forgive).Gerriero and Hersi were starting to show “heavy”legs and both should have been substituted particlarly Geriero.Instead Bajevic took off Nemeth and this made the PAS defenders ecstatic as they now didn’t have to deal with the threat of his pace.Bringing on Kafes and going “defensive”,for me,sent out the wrong message.
So what happened next,10 minutes to go and one of their players,Dimbala,receives 2 yellow cards in the space of a minute and gets sent off.GAME OVER.Or so we all thought!Within 20 seconds of this,i kid you not,a seemingly pointless ball over the top from them becomes extremely dangerous when Arce and Majstorovic got tangled up,with the former’s header going straight to their now unmarked striker and he made n mistake from 6 yards.Comical stuff,yet we’ve come to expect that lately.Throw in the 2 posts we had at the end from the same “play” and it becomes a sick joke.Well,the big derbies are now upon us,Olympiakos Wednesday night,Pao on Sunday!

PAS Giannena 1-1 AEK

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

An extremely disappointing result today for AEK in Giannena.

Our starting lineup consisted of Saja, Araujo, Majstorovic, Arce, Juanfran, Hersi, Guerreiro, Jahic, Manduca, Nemeth, Pavlis.

I can’t comment much on the first half since I could only watch the second half, but from what I heard we saw some decent passing from the team. Manduca apparently missed some great chances and should have scored a hat-trick. I did not hear much about Pavlis or anyone else for that matter so I will assume they played a good game in the first half, but the comments about Manduca were generally pretty negative. I don’t know about Manduca. One week he plays great, the next he is a disappointment.

As for the second half, I saw some good things from our team, but unfortunately, good will not win us a championship. We need to be the best possible and there is still so much we can improve on. Our passing in the second half was good for the most part, but other than that we were not a great team. Our finishing was quite poor, and at times incredibly unlucky (we had two posts from the same play!). Unfortunately, if we can’t finish against teams like Giannena, we are not going to get the three points we need from games like these. Perhaps we will be a little more dangerous up front with the addition of Scocco next week.

We gave the Giannena players far too much space to run and make plays. They had all the space and time they needed and none of our defenders seemed in a hurry to shut them down. Fortunately, we were tighter in front of the goal but when we come up against stronger strikers that may not be the case.

Overall, it was not a horrible performance from our team and in the past we had seen much worse. And it must be said that Giannena will be a tough stadium for any team to play at, as it has always been in the past.

We scored first, early in the second half, but we could not score anymore goals, as has been the case in out other two Superleague matches so far this season. And as Im sure most of you know, 1-0 is not a safe score. For example, Levadeiakos were winning 2-0 today and Ergotelis caught up and tied the match at 2-2.

Later on in the match a Giannena player recieved a red card but things werent changed a bit. Instead, Giannena tied the game on a poor mistake from Arce.

Many are questioniing Bajevic’s tactics and substitutions today however I believe the only people who were to blame for the result today were the players for not trying hard enough for another goal. We’ve seen this before, and unless we see the players try harder, push more for that extra goal, we will always be stuck at 1-0.

I’ll try to post more later, as well as a video when they are available. Anyone who saw the whole match please add your comments as well!

PAS Giannena-AEK Pre-Game Comments

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Europa League, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by alexaek

Well, our match in Giannena starts in a little under an hour. Our most likely starting lineup is said to be Saja, Araujo, Majstorovic, Arce, Juanfran, Jahic, Guerreiro, Hersi, Manduca, Nemeth, and Blanco. We will be going 4-4-2 with Blanco and Nemeth up front. A good line-up in my opinion, very strong, with some experienced players. Kafes, Makos, and Leonardo will all be excluded from the starting lineup due to their poor performances against Everton (well, except Kafes). Scocco will not be in Giannena due to the red card he picked up last weekend.

There are so many AEK fans up north that they are sitting wherever they can get tickets since the tickets for the gate where AEK fans are meant to be placed are sold out. Its definately great to hear that AEK supporters are still supporting their club even after loosing 4-0 earlier this week.

Hopefully we get a strong win today, however this is never an easy stadium to play in. A good win here will definately give us some momentum for the derby against Olympiakos later this week as well as allow us to keep up our good record in the Superleague.

Outclassed…..

Posted in AEK on September 18, 2009 by aekman74

There is no other way to describe last night’s game against Everton,other than to say we were outclassed,in every aspect.Bajevic’s starting line up left me scratching my head,with 3 central defenders and no Nemeth?Our midfield of Kafes and Makos never saw the ball as they had to cover so much space,which meant our attackers in Leonardo,Scocco and Blanco,kept on having to retreat,which meant we could never go forward with numbers confidently, in the 1st half,although Scocco was the best of the three.The less said about this game the better,Everton were simply too quick,too strong and too fluent for an AEK team no where near our best yet!