Archive for August, 2014

AEK 1-2 Roma

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Greek Football, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , on August 24, 2014 by alexaek

Well, not a bad result at all considering the opposition. I have yet to watch the entire match (though it is available on YouTube here), though the highlights which I’ve seen were quite promising. Barbosa stood out for me from what I saw, being actively involved in a few of our scoring chances. Generally, it looks like we were quite effective offensively. I like to see our players not afraid to take some chances when they can (of course they’ll have to convert some of those too, but that can be worked on).

I am slightly worried that Roma scored both goals from free kicks, suggesting that may be a weakness for the team. I find it reassuring that at least that is something specific which can be worked on during training.

Its worth mentioning that we had over 25,000 people in attendance at the match, more than Olympiakos (who had only 7,000 at their first superleague game over the weekend).

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Live Streaming for AEK – Roma

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC with tags , , on August 20, 2014 by alexaek

It was announced today that our friendly against Roma in three days will be streamed live on AEK’s youtube channel, which can be found here

Exciting news! I don’t recall the team using youtube to stream a match before, though I believe one of Melissanidis’ press conferences earlier this summer was also streamed through youtube. I’m happy to see the team taking advantage of a resource such as youtube, there definitely some cool possibilities in terms of what they can stream (practice sessions come to mind, or various pre and post game interviews).

The game this Saturday will be live at 8:30 Greek time. I haven’t heard yet if they’ll be displaying the new jerseys then as they did at previous friendlies against well known opposition, such as against Boca Juniors a few years back. I haven’t seen any leaked images yet of what the jersey will look like, so I’m quite curious by this point.

Promising Results

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football with tags , , , , , , , on August 15, 2014 by alexaek

We’ve had a few friendlies so far this pre-season, and so far the results have been encouraging. The results of our three friendlies have been a 0-0 draw against Skoda Xanthi, a 7-1 win against Ilisiakos, and a 5-0 against AE Diminiou. Of course, we have to keep in mind that the opposition we’ve faced so far has been rather easy to get by, I still see some promising signs from the results. I’ve attached a video below from our last game, showing the goals and some of the highlights, and I quite like what I see. It seems like they’re having fun out there, and aren’t afraid of taking some chances. Nice to see some of our usual scorers from last season (Bresevic and D’Acol) on the score sheet, as well as some new faces, including Helder Barbosa, a promising Portuguese player we signed a few weeks ago.

We have a few more friendlies coming up, including games against Niki Volou and Larissa, as well as a very exciting friendly against Roma in Athens. I’m obviously quite nervous for the friendly against Roma since it will be anything but an easy game, but it will be great to see our players against a world class team such as Roma. Its worth remembering that AEK has some history with Roma, considering we have played against each other in previous European games, as well as the fact that Dellas played for Roma and was one of their star players at the time.