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AEK 2-3 Panathinaikos

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Basketball, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2017 by alexaek

Well I guess all good things must eventually come to an end. After going undefeated for so long with Jimenez as coach, we finally faced our first defeat in months after a heartbreaking loss to PAO.

I was away for the weekend so I didn’t get the chance to watch the game live, but I did record it so when I get the chance I’ll try to catch a bit of it. From the sounds of it though, it seemed like it was quite the entertaining match. The result was definitely not what I had hoped for and to be honest, not what I was expecting. Unfortunately though, you never know what to expect when getting back to action after long international breaks. These breaks often seem to come at a terrible time, as they did for us these past two weeks when we seemed to have some momentum. I was afraid we’d come back a little hesitant and it seems like we did.

Thankfully, we’re still in a playoff spot but had we managed to hold on to the draw rather than concede in the last minute, we would have been only two points off of PAO. Our schedule from this point on though is, in theory, a comfortable one so I imagine we’ll manage to stay in fifth until the end of the season.

I won’t comment much on the game since I didn’t see it, but I will mention that it looked like, once again, our supporters put on quite the show. Although I will say I was a bit disappointed by the size of the crowd.

One final word though, with regards to some interesting news out of Greece last week. It was announced that, for the first time since the playoff format was setup in the Superleague, next season’s champion will also take part in the playoffs. I was never a big fan of the playoff format but having 1st through 5th play for the title at least makes a lot more sense, in addition to hopefully making the playoffs a whole lot more interesting in seasons to come.

On a basketball related note, today was the anniversary of our famous win against Slavia, when our basketball club became the first Greek side to win a European trophy. That famous result of course happened in 1968, and to see some pictures of the team honouring the event, check out this link.

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Giorgos Amerikanos (1942-2013)

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by alexaek

Giorgos Amerikanos, a name that will forever be associated with that historic night in ’68 (When AEK became the first Greek team to win a European title by winning the Cup Winners Cup in Basketball), passed away at the age of 71.

Amerikanos is up there with the likes of Kostas Nestoridis, Mimis Pappaioannou, Thomas Mavros, and Loukas Barlos, all people who gave everything they could for AEK (football or basketball). Amerikanos was one of the leading figures on the team that won the Cup Winners Cup, in front of 70,000 supporters. With Amerikanos we also won six championships.

He once said the following about playing for AEK:

“We play for the jersey, do not think we play for economic reasons. But you know what? Even if we had only the jersey to play for, we would still play”.

The video below is a recording of the last 15 minutes (of a radio broadcast) from that amazing night in ’68. The last minute and a half is incredible really, I could not imagine how amazing it would have been to be an AEK fan listening to that live.