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Pre-Season Friendlies Have Begun

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Friendlies, Singings with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2017 by alexaek

Its that time of year again, where we start to get a first look at how the team might line up this season. Of course, theres only so much we can gather from these games as the experimental lineups and lower pace don’t provide an accurate representation of how we’ll play when the season properly starts, but it gives us a good look at some of our recent signings and what we can expect of them.

Our first friendly was yesterday, a game against Karpaty Lviv which ended in a 1-1 draw. Giakoumakis was the goal scorer for us in this game and from most accounts it sounds like he got off to a promising start. I’m expecting pretty good things from him this season seeing as he looked quite promising this past season. We’ve seen players in his situation before, arriving at the team with high expectations only to ultimately let us down, but the talent is definitely there with Giakoumakis.

 

Our second friendly which took place earlier today was against a familiar opponent: Korona Kielce. We played them in a friendly last summer as well, a game which AEK won by a score of 2-0. Our result was less impressive today with us winning 1-0, but again there was apparently some impressive play from a lot of our players. Klonaridis scored a wonderful goal and has definitely provided us with reason to be excited for this season. He also looked good this past season and I have a feeling we could see some good play up front with Mantalos, Giakoumakis, and Klonaridis linking up well. I’m not yet sure if Klonaridis and Giakoumakis will be playing similar roles but if theres a way to have them both playing, we could definitely be in good shape offensively.

 

There have also been some singings since my last post, the three most notable being Marko Livaja, Uros Cosic, and Arnor Traustason. Agonasport have a nice writeup on the three players here. Traustason definitely sounds extremely promising, but Cosic also has some solid experience for someone on the younger side.

 

 

AEK 2-0 Korona Kielce

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players with tags , , , , , , on July 9, 2016 by alexaek

Second pre-season friendly and a second win for AEK. I managed to watch the game this time but to be honest, what I saw from the team was very mediocre. We weren’t bad by any means, but we certainly weren’t anything special either.

Anestis and Barkas both did well when they were forced to make any saves, though that wasn’t all that often to be honest. We were also pretty decent defensively and I was personally quite pleased with Chygrynskiy (someday I’ll remember how to spell his name without looking it up first…) since he seemed like the kind collected and no nonsense centre back we’ve desperately needed for a while now. Didac and Galo were both pretty good on the wings too but really, we didn’t have to defend all that much since Korona struggled to make it near our box more often than not.

Going forward we showed some great signs with a number of smart plays and some great passing but what really let us down most times we launched any sort of attack was our final balls in. On a number of occasions we found ourselves with a player making a good run forward only to see the final pass overshot. I know this mostly comes down to technique which will be polished over time but it was disappointing to see so many heavy touches.

Our two goals, both of which were scored in the second half, were scored by Mantalos and Aravidis after runs down the left flank and a low ball in. I’m happy to see both Mantalos and Aravidis scoring, but hopefully Bakasetas starts getting more action too. He hasn’t been bad by any means but he has struggled to get himself involved in games up till now. Its expected since its a new team and theres a lot of pressure on his shoulders so I’m sure within the next game or two we’ll start to see him get far more involved.

 

I’d just like to point out our supporters from the game today, who you can see in the highlights above. Though we only had a small handful in the stands today who were probably outnumbered ten to one, the AEK fans there did an amazing job of being the only ones heard on TV the entire time. Makes me smile every time.

In some other news, we’v made our fourth signing of the season by singing Juan Manuel Diaz. He may not be the biggest name we could have signed but he has some decent experience from South America so hopefully he can provide us with some decent options.

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Photo from AEK365.com

 

 

 

AEK 1-1 Hapoel Tel Aviv

Posted in AEK, Friendlies, Pre-season with tags , , , , on July 24, 2015 by alexaek

First friendly of the season for us ending in a draw, though really the result matters little. Dellas took the opportunity to try out a number of different lineups and formations but its still a bit early to be making any solid judgments on the team and players. All the reports I’ve read so far have mentioned that Vargas really stood out, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of him.

Our next friendly is this Sunday against Polish team Korona Kielce.