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Champions of Europe!

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Champions League with tags , , , , on May 6, 2018 by alexaek

Just when you think this weekend can’t get any better for AEK supporters around the world, it does! After a night full of celebrations for the Championship win Saturday evening, our basketball club topped it all of by winning the FIBA Champions League trophy in Athens. The win came after a hard fought 100-94 win over Monaco, runners up in the tournament for the second year in a row.

The game was a little close for comfort at times but it must be said that AEK played a perfect game really. Aside from a few potentially costly errors towards the end, they executed their game perfectly for the majority of the match. Right from the start we were the stronger team with far more consistency in offense and a defensive cohesion that Monaco just couldn’t counter. While the usual suspects contributed to the match as expected, it was the unexpected MVP performance of Mike Green that proved to be the difference maker. As the commentators said, he played what was arguably the best game of his career to date. Without his performance, its safe to say the game could have ended up being a lot closer than it already was.

The last few minutes of the game were perhaps the most tense moments of the entire match:

It seems as though this weekend has just been one long party for AEK supporters in Athens. Just as they we’re recovering from a long night out yesterday on the streets of Nea Filadelfia, another celebration got underway at OAKA shortly after the end of the match:

It wasn’t just our supporters who were cheering on the team today. Jimenez and co were also present in the stands for the match:

What a weekend. All I can hope for is many more of these in the seasons to come.

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AEK 3-0 Platanias

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, Champions League, Greek Cup with tags , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2017 by alexaek

With relative ease we’ve booked our place in the semi-finals of the Cup. Can we go all the way from this point on? I see absolutely no reason why we can’t with the form we’re seeing at the moment.

Going into the game I was very slightly worried, if only for the fact that the 0-0 draw in the previous game in Crete left us little breathing room if we failed to score early. Platanias afterall only stand one point behind us in the league and have proven time and time again that they can get results against bigger clubs.

Any fears I might have had though we’re quickly put to rest after we got off to a pretty good start, with Lazaros scoring the penalty that resulted from Mantalos being taken down in the box by Platanias’ Yaya Banana. That same play also resulted in a red card for Platanias which certainly only made things easier from that point on.

Oh, and speaking of penalties and red cards, the olympiakos press has been going on all night about how we got “helped” by the refs through the calls… Regardless of whether the penalty was the right call or not, the fact that their press has been going on about this, from a game they weren’t even involved in, is something else. Maybe they’re using it to get their supporters more fired up in case they play us once again in the Cup? Can’t say I mind, it would make any meetings between us in the Cup that much more enjoyable. I still find it incredible that supporters of that team can have the nerve to complain about another team receiving a call like that from a ref…

Back to our game though: I think its safe to say that after the first goal and the red card for Platanias, pretty much anyone following the game would think that the win was pretty much guaranteed for AEK at that point. Rightfully so too, as we continued to score with goals from Araujo (his third in the cup so far) and a beautifully taken finish by Johansson.

Its also safe to say that with a little more luck, the score could have easily ended around 5-0 as we hit the post and had a number of excellent chances missed throughout the game. Regardless, its the win that counts, an important win that books us a place in the semi-finals of a Cup which I genuinely believe our players want to win. It helps too having a coach who has won this cup before and knows how good it would feel to raise it again.

Its obviously too early to tell who we’ll face in the next round but Panathinaikos will definitely be there. I’m pretty confident PAOK will make it to the next round too, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the Atromitos-Olympiakos game. Its very possible we could end up seeing Atromitos joining us in the semi-finals considering Olympiakos’ recent form in Greece.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news today as Chyrgrynskiy had to be subbed off after just a few minutes into the game for what seemed like an arm injury. I’m not sure how bad it is at this point but I hope it doesn’t keep him out for too long.

 

As great as our football team has been lately, our basketball team also deserves some credit after not only beating PAOK over the weekend, but also beating Monaco yesterday in the Champions League round of 16. It was only a one point win, but its definitely a promising result going into the return leg in France. Its also promising to keep in mind that there will be at least 500 AEK supporters present in the rather small arena in Monaco, not to mention the number of Marseille supporters who will also make the trip to support AEK.