Archive for January, 2014

Pannaxiakos 0-5 AEK

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , , on January 28, 2014 by alexaek

The momentum continues to build for AEK after another solid victory. Three goals Brecevic (I’m really looking forward to see how this guy develops, seems like he loves scoring) and two from Platellas (another promising player) sealed the deal rather comfortably for us in what was a rainy match on the island of Naxos.

AEK365’s critique of the players was fairly positive for the second week in a row, with the two scorers getting particularly good reviews. Aside from scoring a hatrick, Brecevic was also apparently quite active on the ball, providing a lot of energy to our play going forward. The same was said for Cordero, who also received a positive review from AEK365. Cirillo’s performance, meanwhile, was seen as the strongest of our defenders.

There was no broadcast of the match unfortunately, so the only video available of the goals is not of great quality, but here it is nonetheless:

Worth noting that Pavlis was in the stands with the Originals, singing in the rain throughout the match. Gotta love his passion for the club.

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AEK 3-0 Ermis Zonianon

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by alexaek

Another three goal win, which keeps us ten points ahead for another week. Judging from the highlights, we played pretty well, especially up front. I’m really quite impressed with what I’ve been seeing from some of these players. Lots of energy, skill, intelligent playing, great off the ball movement, lots of chances being created. My opinion is only based on highlights I’ve seen, but I really like what I’m seeing so far.

The scorers were Popovic, Anakoglou, and Tsevas. AEK365 gave pretty good reviews from almost all our players aside Grontis. From what I heard, it was a pretty straight ahead match for us, which is what I like to hear. We now have 35 points, followed by Irodotos (25 points) and Kifissia (23 points)

http://aek365.novasports.gr/?mediafileId=414801&page=1&

The good news doesn’t end there.We have made a few more singings for next season, mostly first division players (including a couple from Panionios). I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about these guys, and its certainly great to see that we’re already starting to build a competitive roster for next season. I’m curious to see how many of our current players are going to step up their game even further considering quite a few of them will have more experienced players competing for their spot in the roster.

Even more good news now! Something happened today in Nea Filadelfia, something which I was never sure I’d actually get the chance to see happen. The first bulldozer made its way onto the land where our stadium once stood, and more are apparently coming tomorrow. I’m not certain what the schedule for construction is, or if any actual construction will start sometime soon, but this is certainly good news either way. I will be sure to post more updates as they come.

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AEK 3-0 Peramaikos

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , on January 14, 2014 by alexaek

Looks like we have a little momentum starting, hopefully we can keep it up this time. Reviews of the players were pretty decent all around, though judging from the highlights, the opposition was hardly much of a test.

Motos (Peramaikos player who scored an own-goal), Anakoglou, and D’Acol.

The gap at the top of the table has now widened to a more secure ten points, AEK at 32 points and Ilisiakos at 22.

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Aigaleo 1-2 AEK

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by alexaek

Nice to see another three points come our way, quite nicely securing our place at the top of the table. Sounds like it was a pretty eventful match, with lots going on in the stands and on the pitch. Ive been hearing lots of reports involving clashes between AEK and Aigaleo supporters, as well clashes between the players (some of which can be seen in the video below). Also heard some reports about some violent behavior from the “security” staff at the stadium.

A lot of the blame is being put on the Aigaleo supporters, though without being there myself, its hard to really know for sure who is to blame for what. Until now, however, there have been relatively few incidents involving our supporters at games this season, so I do wonder why this game was different. There is also talk of Olympiakos fans being in the stands, and on one hand, this is Greece, and rumors like this spread quickly. On the other hand, again, this is Greece… and it wouldn’t be the first time something like that happened.

Now for some talk about the game itself. We were the first to concede a goal, though we thankfully managed to turn things around, thanks to goals from Platellas and Bresevic. Individual player critiques from AEK365 were generally pretty positive. Bresevic  played a great game and was involved with a number of good scoring opportunities. The AEK365 report also spoke highly of Cordero and the energy he brought to the match, along with some of our younger Greek players, particularly in the second half. The review for our defense was, yet again, quite poor overall (starting to seem like improving our defense for next season will have to be the main priority for the upcoming summer).

 

Some surprising news came in earlier this week with the announcement of Michalis Pavlis’ retirement from football. The retirement was due to health related reasons, and it came far too soon for a player who always showed so much promise. Of all the players that Ive watched play for AEK over the years, Pavlis was always one of those who have everything for the team. It was no secret that he was a huge AEK supporter (he lived in Nea Filadelfia and would sometimes watch matches with the Originals), something that you need in a player, especially when the team is going through hard times. Its unfortunate that he had to retire at such a young age, though Im sure he’ll continue to be involved with the team, either in an official role, or as a supporter.