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Panathinaikos 0-0 AEK

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2009 by alexaek

The first Athens derby of the new year ended in a 0-0 draw which gave Olympiakos the chance to move even further ahead in the standings after their 1-0 win against Asteras Tripolis.

AEK started strong and managed to keep hold of the ball for long periods of time, especially during the first period. The most significant scoring opportunity for AEK came in the 31st minute, when Sotiris Kyrgiakos’ strong header off of a corner by Basinas hit the post.

It took a while but eventually AEK started to build offesnively and could have scored had it not been for Blanco being offside on numerous occasions (This was a problem for AEK yesterday and Blanco will certaintly need to start noticing his position during the games more often).

Panathinaikos also had many chances to score and had it not been a combination of reliable goal keeping by Saja and a little bad luck for PAO the score could have been 2-0 for the home team by the end of the first half.

AEK’s defence was for the most part solid however, the marking was still a serious problem as it was at the last match with Ergotelis. Gilberto was found alone in front of the net many times and had his shots been on target he could have easily scored.

Another problem with AEK’s defence which we could see yesterday was its lack of speed, especially when Salpingidis got the ball. He was able to take off leaving Juanfran and Majstorovic trailing behind.

Aside from these two flaws, AEK’s defence was solid, especially with high balls, which Majstorovic (who played a fantastic game) easily managed to control and clear.

The first half was the better half for AEK. For most of the second half it seemed AEK was playing for the draw, and very few attacking opportunities were created for AEK during the second.

Most of the players played a good game, with exception of Pliatsikas and Nsaliwa, who were below average for the most part. Nsaliwa was constantly trying to carry the ball rather than passing which always led to him loosing the ball.

Majstorovic, Saja and Scocco (mostly for the first half) were the best players for AEK overall. Basinas also played a surpisingly good game at right back, until he was replaced by subsitute Gerogeas (at which point Basinas moved up to midfield to cover for where Nsaliwa was playing before he was taken off). Gerogeas also played a good game defensively when he came on.

Unfortunately, Bajevic did not bring on Edinho until the 88th minute. Perhaps bringing him on in the 75th minute would have been the wiser choice.

Match report here.


AEK 3-2 Ergotelis

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by alexaek

Well, its been a while since weve seen our team scored more than one goal. In fact its been seven games since weve seen AEK score more than two goals and we havent seen three goals scored in one championship game since last season.

Oh well, better late than never (Im sure Blanco is saying the same thing after he finally managed to reach the top scorer position this week after scoring his goal in the Ergotelis game). We got the badly needed three points, and are now sitting fourth at the end of the first half of the season (thankfully, Aris only managed a 0-0 draw against Panthrakikos, therefore allowing AEK to pass them in the standings).

Unfortunately, Olympiakos is now getting further away from the rest of the pack after getting a narrow 2-1 win against Thrasivoulous (they were awarded a questionable penalty call in the 90th minute). PAOK only managed a 1-1 draw against Panseriakos so they now sit six points behind Olympiakos.

Now, for the AEK match. Well, it was an entertaining match, with both teams playing some good football at times. However, it was a scary match for any AEK fans. AEK early on in the 6th minute took the lead from a Rafik Djebbour goal (this was a promising start as Bajevic was promising an all offense game). However, AEK failed to take advantage of the chances that came later on, allowing Ergotelis to tie the game at 1-1 in the 35th minute (if it werent for fabulous goalkeeping from Sebastien Saja, Ergotelis could have taken the lead many times throughout the game).

Four minutes after Ergotelis tied it Blanco put another one in for AEK, after a perfectly set up pass from Djebbour (Blanco rightfully gave Djebbour the credit for this goal during his goal celebrations).

The score remained 2-1 until the 76th minute when Ergotelis once again tied the game, this time at 2-2. It looked like the game was going to end this way until the 85th minute when substitute Edinho scored when he beat the Ergotelis defence to the rebound after Kafes’ shot hit the crossbar.

Well, in the end, we came out of this game with three points. However, the fact that AEK still needs alot of improvement cannot be overlooked. This article states exactly that. Although we need alot of work, the future from now on is promising for AEK.

Some things to note from the match are 1) Basinas will not cut it as a right back. He simply does not have the defensive capabilities required. We will need a strong right back who we can trust, and one who can take some of the pressure off of Kyrgiakos, who constantly had to go and assist Basinas.

2) Juanfran will not cut it as a left back. The same can be said for Juanfran as was said for Basinas. Perhaps he might have been a better player earlier on in his career, he does not have the passing ability, or the defensive ability to cope with dangerous strikers (although yesterdays performance by him was alright, at least he managed to intercept some passes and make some decent runs).

3)The teams marking must be improved. Both goals, but especially the second one could have been avoided had the Ergotelis players been better marked. In the second goal, Budimir was left wide open and unmarked, in perfect position to score the header. There is only so much that Saja can do, and unless the defence starts helping a little more teams will continue scoring easily avoidable goals.

4)Seeing as the teams offense has finally started to click (it was only a matter of time with players such as Blanco, Edinho, Scocco, and Djebbour) the positions to look for during the January transfer window should be either in the midfield or defence.

It is important that these improvements are made quickly since the first match of the second half of the season is away, against Panthinaikos, who are currently looking very strong.

It seemed as though AEK played with a 4-4-2 formation which seemed to switch to a 4-2-4 when they were attacking.

Djebbour was awarded MVP of the match.

Some more articles relating to the match can be found here (this isnt the first time the Ergotelis manager has complained after his team lost in Athens), and here

AEK 1-0 Panthrakikos

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2008 by alexaek

After a month and five days AEK managed to clinch their first win and gain a long awaited for three points. This was the first win for Dusan Bajevic after two away draws before this, one to OFI and one to Levadeiakos. Ismael Blanco scored the only goal of the game which puts him as the second highest Superleague Scorer at the moment, tied with Ogunsoto from Ergotelis with six goals. Cesarec from Asteras Tripolis is currently top scorer with seven goals.

The Blanco goal was scored from a pass by Scocco, who missed a clear chance as well. Nsaliwa played for his third game in a row and rightfully won the MVP of the game award after a great performance which shows alot of promise for the future. Pantelis Kafes also played a great game, with some great tackling (some tackles even resembled those seen in Ice Hockey)

AEK were the side pressuring most of the time with Panthrakikos only rarely getting a decent chance. The defence as a whole played a good game. Majstorovic was a little dangerous with the ball at the back, sometimes almost giving it to a player of the opposing team. Pliatsikas played a fearless aggresive game and Juanfran actually showed some improvement over his disastrous performance at the OFI match. Kyrgiakos, as always, was the most important figure in the defence, and was key on containing the Panthrakikos forwards on their counter attacks.

The team’s midfield managed to cope just fine without Basinas who sat out after receiving four yellow cards previously. However, the midfield is still currently the area which will need the most improvement, and possibly some new players in January. has a report here.

Levadeiakos 0-0 AEK

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by alexaek

AEK’s poor away form, as many fans feared, has continued with little improvement. AEK drew away with Levadeiakos who currently sit in 11th position with 13 points. Despite hitting the post three times throughout the match neither Djebbour or Blanco could score.

AEK were handed a chance to salvage the three points in extra time after a penalty was called in the Levadeiakos box. Manduca originally took the penalty which was saved by the Levadeiakos keeper. The penalty however was ordered to be retaken and Basinas was instructed this time to take the penalty by AEK manager Dusan Bajevic. The weak and low shot by Basinas, who was 100 percent with penalties until this match, was easily saved once again by the Levadeikos keeper.

Nsaliwa played his second game in a row and once again proved himself to be one of the best players on the pitch. Kyrgiakos and Majstorovic were fairly tight at the back however they at times let their man slip forcing Saja to come out or make a quick save.

Lagos also played a decent game, and his performance at times was definitely better than previous performances we have seen earlier this season.

The starting lineup was like this







Scocco was instructed by Bajevic to play up front with Blanco for this match. This formation did not seem to fit the team. Many chances were created by Pliatsikas and Lagos running up the wings and making the crosses in. There were few dangerous chances actually created by passing in the middle.

The substitutions were Edinho, Manduca, and Djebbour. has a report here.

AEK 1-1 Larissa

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek National Team, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by alexaek

AEK, after a disappointing performance, luckily managed to get away with 1 point yesterday. The team played a poor game of soccer and only until Basinas was taken out at half time were they able to consistently create chances in front of the Larissa goal. Even then, with both Blanco and Djebbour up front they were still unable to score a goal.

The positive aspect of the game last night was a solid performance by the defence which for the most part included Majstorovic (who played a much improved game compared to previous games), Georgeas (he was reliable, and managed to help bring the ball up many times), Alexopoulos (played a solid game and was definately a suitable replacement for the injured Kyrgiakos) and Koutromanos (if hes given some more time, the young AEK defender should improve even more but he played a decent game nonetheless). Juanfran was out due to the red card which he received during the match against Olympiakos and Kyrgiakos is out for a month due to an injury he picked up while playing for Greece.

More details can be found here.

Below is a short video of highlights from the match.

Panionios-AEK Half Time Report

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2008 by alexaek

AEK are down 1-0 to Panionios at the end of the first half after Kyrgiakos let in an own goal. Edinho has missed a couple of chances but AEK have not had any serious scoring oppourtunities yet. They have managed to keep the ball for the most part in the Panionios end but will have to start organizing the offence a little better if they are to get some goals in the net.

At this moment it is still possible for AEK to catch up and get three points, which will put them up at the top of the standings after Olympiakos drew 0-0 in Crete yesterday against OFI.

AEK 1-0 Iraklis

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2008 by alexaek

AEK, after beating Iraklis 1-0 at home AEK are now tied for second place with PAOK and Ergotelis.



AEK got the ball in the net early on in the first minute of the game however the goal was dissalowed because of an offside call. Ignacio Scocco scored, his first goal in the Superleague, in the 14th minute off of a centre cross by Blanco.

After the first goal by AEK the offense slowed down and created far fewer chances. Pelletieri missed a few shots, and both Djebour and Blanco could have scored on a few ocassions but failed to capitalize.

Overall, AEK played a decent performance, however their game will have to improve if they are to get the six points from their next two games with Panionios and Olympiakos, both away. Kyrgiakos, Scocco, Djebbour, Blanco and Peletierri all had great performances. Majstorovic and Ramos however were error prone and made many dangerous passes. One such backpass by Majstorovic almost led to a goal for the opposition.

The three substitutes for AEK were Hetemaj (for Lagos), Edinho (for Djebbour), and Georgeas (for Ramos).

The MVP for AEK was Sebastien Saja, who played an excellent game and made a great to save to deny Iraklis a 1-1 draw.

Here are the the results from the other Superleague matches this weekend.