Archive for August, 2010

Patsatsoglou and Nasuti signed.

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players with tags , , , , on August 31, 2010 by alexaek

So, both Christos Patsatsoglou (former right back of Olympiakos and Omonia) and Christian Nasuti (centre back last year for Aris who we are loaning from River Plate I believe) signed with us today. Not bad for some last minute attempts. In particular, I’m happy with Nasuti. We definately needed someone else back there after Majstorovic’s departure and Nasuti is a suitable replacement, considering he is already used to the league and country, hopefully saving some valuable transition time seeing as our season has already started.

The Patsatsoglou signing I have mixed feelings about, but I would rather wait and see him play a game or two for us before I make up my mind. Obviously there is the history with Olympiakos, though at the age of 31, he might still have something left in him… hey, at least he isn’t 35 like some one else on our team (but we still like him).

Not what we were hoping for.

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer, Transfer Rumor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by alexaek

So Friday evening comes and PAO draws 1-1 with Xanthi at home. Saturday evening comes and Iraklis beat Olympiakos 2-1. Looks like Sunday may turn out to be a pretty good day I was thinking…

and then AEK loses 2-1 to Kerkyra.

The game was played in Patra since Kerkyra’s stadium was not yet up to Superleague standards. A large number of AEK fans from around Greece filled a few gates anticipating a good result and a positive start to the season. Dellas and Lybe were back in the starting 11 and to be honest, most AEK fans I heard from were expecting a fairly easy win.

We started the match in a strong position, controlling possession, moving the ball up, laying off some nice runs, and at times coming agonizingly close to scoring. Then, completely out of the blue, Diop slipped on the grass leaving his man wide open and with enough time to launch a deadly curving shot right past Saja’s fingertips. 1-0 Kerkyra. One shot, one goal…

We picked ourselves up again but it was clear the team had taken a blow. We struggled to establish much of a rhythm, Leonardo was not at his best, Djebbour disappeared at times from the game, and chances were becoming more and more scarce. Half time came a t a good time.

Alright, second half starts. The score is only 1-0, definitely enough time to score and equalizer and score the winner. Afterall, you would think that would be fairly easy with an offense of Djebbour, Libe, Scocco, Leonardo, and both Blanco and Burns on the bench. Sure, these guys may not have the scoring abilities of Rooney or Drogba, but they are all above average for the standard in Greece. Surely, they can score a couple of goals against a team like Kerkyra?? Where am I going wrong here?

Well, turns out they all forgot how to finish a chance off ever since that game with Sydney FC over the summer. We pressured throughout the second, and despite playing some unattractive football at times, created chance after chance but failed to score each and every time. Djebbour and Leonardo both had a number of good opportunities in front of the net, Blanco was caught waiting for a pass in a good position (and with half the net open) but the ball never was passed to him, and it wasn’t until a bullet of a shot from Djebbour off a freekick did we manage to score. The score was already 2-0 for Kerkyra at this time and it seemed quite obvious we wouldn’t leave with much to be happy about.

Our starting lineup consisted of Saja (considering how few shots he had on him and the number of goals scored, not his best game), Jahic (pretty poor game, tried to get more involved but just doesn’t have the technique required), Manolas and Dellas (both did what they had to do when they were needed, for the most part), Karabelas (considering it was his first game in a while, played alright, but as usual nothing special), Scocco (started off strong but became uninterested as the match progressed, and lacked concentration in front of the net), Diop (very poor game, and I’m starting to loose faith in this guy), Kafes (average game at best, made some mistakes along with Diop), Leonardo (not nearly as good as he was in Scotland), Libe (seemed to be putting his heart into the game, was involved in many plays up front, had some chances to score and took a few shots), and Djebbour (scored, came close to scoring on other occasions, maybe a bit too selfish at times).

Burns, Blanco, and Eder were our subs (Diop, Leonardo, and Scocco came off for them). Burns had a good game against his team from last season, and delivered some great crosses, even when under pressure. Blanco did what he could, but if given some better passes could have been more threatening (by the way, this was his first season without scoring in the first game). Eder, as every other time I saw him during the pre season, I was impressed by. Great technique, not too selfish, and I really believe he has the potential to become a key player for AEK.

Having said all that, its not nearly the end of the season for us. If we can tighten up in front of the net we will already be on much firmer ground. Fortunately, PAO and Oly dropped points so we’re all in the same boat. Its only the first game and things can very easily change (for better of for worse). The addition of Nasuti will help with our defense without a doubt and, if it makes anyone else feel better (I know it does for me), the new jerseys look very nice. Unfortunately, the new Kino sponsor ruins it quite a bit but hey, we need the cash.

Moras stays put….close to Yiranek……

Posted in AEK on August 27, 2010 by aekman74

The saga with Moras is over,Bologna want to keep him and he won’t be going to Greece.This was his first choice.Sources say we are close to signing Martin Yiranek,first choice stopper for Spartak Moscow having played over 130 games for them since 2004 and who was a part of the Czech squad for Euro 2004.
In other news,officials met with representatives of Nacho Scocco and tabled him a new extended offer worth roughly 1 million Euro’s per season plus bonuses,easily making him AEK’S highest ever paid player.His manager’s seemed impressed and informed AEK that they will have a decision by September.Hopefully this means any chance of offloading our best ball player in the transfer period is over,3 days left.

Looks like we have replaced Majstorovic

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Transfer Rumor with tags on August 26, 2010 by kgbaek

Seems like we nearly have an agreement with Kew Jaliens, Dutch defender for AZ Alkmaar. Dutch papers report today that AEK told AZ they agree on the transfer money. AZ doesn’t want to have a whole lot of money for Jaliens, they just want to stop paying his salary as soon as possible. Jaliens, who has been benched since the beginning of the season, would like to leave AZ and start playing games again. He already said that he would like to play for AEK, so looks like the only obstacle is how much we can afford to pay him. Nothing yet about personal negotiations between AEK and Jaliens.

Jaliens played six seasons for AZ (and just started the seventh). He scored five goals in 155 games. Strong experienced defender. He’s a christian and very religious, seems to read something from the bible before every game. I say if that makes him a better player, please also read the bible at half time! And score some goals too. Like this one:

Aek v Dundee Ground 3

Posted in AEK on August 25, 2010 by aekman74

Following the destruction at Nea Smyrni by the fans of Panionios themselves,UEFA has ordered that the match be played in Pireus at the stadium Karaiskaki.Not our favoured option but better than being kicked out of Europa alltogether.Suppose the win will taste sweeter.
There will be no AEK fans in the stadium for obvious reasons but the match will be followed by about 500 travelling Dundee Utd fans.
On the match itself,Papa Boupa Diop is tipped to make his first start in the yellow and black,Dellas won’t play as he was injured during Monday’s training meaning Jahic will partner Manolas at the back with Georgeas filling in at right back.Apart from those changes,the attacking side of our game should remain the same with Djebbour the lone striker,Libe just behind,Scocco and Leonardo providing the width.
Despite the disruptions and lack of crowd support,I still expect us to win comfortably but honestly as long as we qualify for the group stage,who cares what the score is!

AEK V DUNDEE UTD MOVED FROM OAKA……

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Cup, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer, Transfer Rumor on August 23, 2010 by aekman74

Due to the dangerous playing surface, the 2nd leg of the Europa League clash between AEK and Dundee Utd will be moved from the Olympic Stadium to another as yet unannounced ground in Athens (we are hearing either Nea Smyrna or Peristeri).

AEK and UEFA officials have inspected the ground this afternoon and the decision was made to change venue. The OAKA’S grass has been recently relayed and has not settled down in time.  This was confirmed when a friendly match played on it during the weekend brought up massive tufts of grass,with the pitch resembling a mini war zone than a UEFA sanctioned 5 star stadium.

Article on the state of the pitch here from Yahoo sports.

In other news,we’re still waiting for confirmation on another central defender.It’s looking more and more like Moras will be returning “home” from Bologna in Italy,fingers crossed.Ismael Blanco is reportedly a target for Pao but AEKdeny having heard of any “official” offers.I hope this story ends up in the garbage where it belongs as a transfer i’m sure would not sit well with the fans.

Half Time Dundee 0-1 AEK!!

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players with tags , , , , on August 19, 2010 by alexaek

Djebbour scored an early goal ten minutes into the first half to put us up 1-0. First subsitution for AEK, Nathan Burns coming on for Leonardo. Fantastic support from the AEK fans despite being largely outnumbered by Scottish supporters.