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Aigaleo 1-2 AEK

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by alexaek

Nice to see another three points come our way, quite nicely securing our place at the top of the table. Sounds like it was a pretty eventful match, with lots going on in the stands and on the pitch. Ive been hearing lots of reports involving clashes between AEK and Aigaleo supporters, as well clashes between the players (some of which can be seen in the video below). Also heard some reports about some violent behavior from the “security” staff at the stadium.

A lot of the blame is being put on the Aigaleo supporters, though without being there myself, its hard to really know for sure who is to blame for what. Until now, however, there have been relatively few incidents involving our supporters at games this season, so I do wonder why this game was different. There is also talk of Olympiakos fans being in the stands, and on one hand, this is Greece, and rumors like this spread quickly. On the other hand, again, this is Greece… and it wouldn’t be the first time something like that happened.

Now for some talk about the game itself. We were the first to concede a goal, though we thankfully managed to turn things around, thanks to goals from Platellas and Bresevic. Individual player critiques from AEK365 were generally pretty positive. Bresevic  played a great game and was involved with a number of good scoring opportunities. The AEK365 report also spoke highly of Cordero and the energy he brought to the match, along with some of our younger Greek players, particularly in the second half. The review for our defense was, yet again, quite poor overall (starting to seem like improving our defense for next season will have to be the main priority for the upcoming summer).

 

Some surprising news came in earlier this week with the announcement of Michalis Pavlis’ retirement from football. The retirement was due to health related reasons, and it came far too soon for a player who always showed so much promise. Of all the players that Ive watched play for AEK over the years, Pavlis was always one of those who have everything for the team. It was no secret that he was a huge AEK supporter (he lived in Nea Filadelfia and would sometimes watch matches with the Originals), something that you need in a player, especially when the team is going through hard times. Its unfortunate that he had to retire at such a young age, though Im sure he’ll continue to be involved with the team, either in an official role, or as a supporter.

AEK 2-1 OFI

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players with tags , , , on January 30, 2013 by alexaek

Petrogol!!

Third game, third goal for him. Looks like hes turning out to be the best signing we’ve made in ages.

As usual, didn’t get to watch the game. Sounds like we were all over Ofi for most of the game, and from what I saw of the highlights, we missed many chances. Ofi, on the other hand, had one real chance all game and managed to score.

We were down 1-0 at half time, and when I heard that, I figured it was game over for us. I just didn’t think the team had it in them to come back from being a goal down to win it, but they did. One goal from Petrogol, and one from Pavlis (a lucky one, but a goal none the less), and a VERY valuable three points. We’re now firmly out of the relegation zone and if things keep going the way they are, we’ll be well away from it by the end of the season.

Things are looking better!

Some updates

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Cup, Greek Football, Greek National Team with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by alexaek

Firstly, before anything else I’d like to post a video my cousin back in Canada made. It’s a video which contains some pictures as well as a few videos, the kind of scenes which make us proud when we look back on them as well as give us hope for the future.

So, the official debts have been released and the numbers were alot less scary than some of the rumours we heard a few weeks back. It’s around 32.5 million Euros which actually is what the current shareholders have been saying all along. Add to that the fact that we shall soon be receiving large amounts of money from Television deals and other sources, it’s really a bearable number.

Kozonis has also returned! He said he will step up and provide the 15 million Euros the shareholders asked for providing the debt was what it was said to be. Well, that has been proven to be the case so it looks like he may be helping us out now. He’s also interested in the Basketball team which would be great news!

Scocco, Tachtsidis, and Alves are all injured and will be out for this weeken’s match against PAS Giannena (the team that just knocked Atromitos out of the Cup). Not good news, especially Scocco, but we can still manage, though Giannena are a tough team despite their low standings.

A number of players have been told to either look for new clubs or they may likely be loaned out. Some of these players are Pavlis, Iordache, and Juanfran. I personally wish we’d just get rid of Juanfran. I can’t believe we still pay him that ridiculous contract and he does nothing for the club. Unfortunately, when he was asked to terminate his contract he (obviously) said no.

AEK 1-2 Olympiakos

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, Europa League, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2009 by alexaek

Well, there has been quite a bit of discussion in the post AEKBaltimore put up. Since the match alot has happened, most regarding the horrendous officiating at the match. But first, a review.

For everyone who has been following AEK you know how incredibly unlucky we tend to be, especially when it matters most. We saw that once again many times during this match. For the first forty minutes we pressured constantly except for a few counter attacks by Olympiakos. We dominated in terms of passing and we were all over the pitch, including in their own box. However, as is typical with AEK, we saw chance after chance but no goals were produced. How we continuously manage to do this really puzzles me. After all, we do have SCOCCO, BLANCO, and NEMETH up front. Just hearing those names together should send shivers down the spines of any defenders in Greece. But they still can’t manage to score more than one goal each game. What happened to the times when we would win most games by scores of 4-0 I will never know.

Obviously we never did manage to capitalize on our chances and when this happens the opposition is bound to score a goal before us. And, of course, that happened. The first Olympiakos goal came late in the first, scored by Torosidis (who is in incredible form right now). Of course, the goal came at a horrible time for both the players and the fans.

So, after many chances for us and one or two for them the score was AEK 0-1 Olympiakos at half time. Nonetheless, AEK came out strong in the second half once again producing some fine chances to score. Yet once again we could not get that final touch, just to knock the ball a little bit further and into the net. Instead, Olympiakos scored again, and again the goal was scored by Torosidis.

Our boys kept trying hard but only managed to score one goal, by Nemeth. Not enough even to salvage one point.

By the time the game had ended AEK had fifteen chances on goal compared to Olympiakos’ three (it might have been slightly higher). That statistic proves two things. Firstly, our forwards need to start scoring more and capitalizing on chances or else we will be drawing or loosing at home to teams like Kavala and Panthrakikos. Secondly, it is clear that our defence could be much stronger. When a team managed to score two goals from three or four solid chances clearly the defence needs to tighten up.

Now, time for the player reviews. Saja did not have much to do this game really, and the goals he let in were not his fault, especially the second one. Other than that, not much more can be said about him, though he made some incredible saves once again which helped to keep us in the game.

Araujo was absolutely incredible, and easily one of our best players on the pitch. His defending was as solid as it could be, he was everywhere he could be, his ball control was spectacular, and the runs he made left Olympiakos players only staring after him.

Both Majstorovic and Jahic were average at best. Although we now have Nemeth, we clearly miss Kyrgaikos’ presence back there. We are still horrible in the air when defending corners and free kicks for the opposition. But they are still strong players and will do… for now.

Juanfran was horrible! It was disgusting to see him play for us. He provided nothing to the team. All his runs were predictable which made him easy to defend. He provided few good passes, he was slow, he could not defend, and it was his poor marking which made Torosidis’ first goal an easy one to knock in. Rumors are saying Georgeas might start at left back. I personally wouldnt even mind if Pavlis, or even Arabatzis start at left back. Anyone but Juanfran. It’s incredible that he receives far more than Saja or Blanco and has a nice contract to satisfy him (all thanks to Demis).

Makos was sub par. He did little this match and he defended Torosidis poorly on his second goal (had he tackled Torosidis though, he most likely would have received a red card because of his previously recieved yellow, a card he should not have gotten). I think we should still keep Makos, but perhaps give a month or two with the youth team and see how he improves. He’s a good guy, a good player to have on a team, but his level of football just simply isn’t good enough for what AEK needs.

Kafes was good, nothing special, but a solid player, had some chances on goal and overall a fine player. Not much more to say about him.

Geurreiro played a fantastic match. His fitness still isn’t one hundred percent but his ball controll and passing are all excellent. A fabulous player to have on our squad and once his fintess improves he will be a key player, if he isn’t already. He also likes to prompt the fans to cheer which is always a great thing to see from a player on the pitch.

Ah Blanco, whats happening? Two years top scorer now only one goal. Although, for some reason, Blanco was playing on the wings for this match. I have no clue who ordered him to play there but it is not his position. He is a goal scorer and little else. Im fine with that, its why we have him. He is no Rivaldo or Scocco. He has some decent ball control and mediocre passing skills but the wing should be players like Guerriero. Nonetheless, good old Ismael worked hard all game and was all over the pitch and had some decent chances on goal. I still have faith in him. Who knows, maybe this weekend we will start to see some signs of the Blanco we know. Especially with Nemeth gone for a while and an open spot in the centre again.

Nemeth was fantastic. He had so many chances on goal, some really easy ones I must say, but was unlucky not to score more than one goal. He worked hard and played with passion, clearly wanted the win, which is a great thing to see. Not much more to say, he is a fantastic player (but the whole world already knows that) and we are lucky to have him if only for a year.

Scocco played a good game. He didnt do as much in terms of creating chances but his ball control was fantastic and he managed to get past many Olympiakos players before he would eventually be pulled down by a dirty tackle.

Our substitutes, Leonardo, Manduca, and Pavlis, provided little for the team. Manduca wasted many chanes, and both Pavlis and Leonardo showed nothing special.

Highlights video below:

Now, for the officiating. It was horrendous. The calls made against us, and the calls not made for us were incredible.

This video below shows some of the main ones:

PAE AEK has stated that if the ref is not punished they will take the match to UEFA so it can be reviewed properly. I truly hope this happens. The ref has apologized for the mistakes he made but what difference does it make? None.

The damage is done, and whether it really was an accident or the ref is really that poor or the calls not made were intentionally not called cannot be proved right now. Either way, the officiating is just horrible in Greece or refs are being bribed. Seeing as this has been going on in Greece for years, and corruption occurs at every level in the society of Greece, I would not be surprised at all if it was corruption. Why other people find it so hard to believe I cannot understand. It has happened in Italy, France, Portugal, Albania, Greece, and many other countries in Europe. And these are only the cases that have been proven. Until anything is proven though here in Greece we will continue to play games against refs who seem to be determined to make sure our team does not win. There is only so much we can do at this moment in time.

Now, we have another huge derby in only a day, and after that we play Benfica midweek. Huge games. Whether we are ready for the or not I do not know. Either way, this is AEK, and we support AEK win or loose. This weekend will be a tough match but despite our loss against Olympiakos we showed alot of promise, especially in terms of passing as well as creating chances. Also, PAO will have Cisse and Karagounis more than likely on the bench, as well as other players who will be out due to injuries. Seeing as both teams have decent defences at best but strong attacking players I would not be surprised to see a few goals scored this game. Hopefully, we come out with more than PAO.

By the way, AEK play Thrasivolous for our first Greek Cup game.

PAS Giannena 1-1 AEK

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Greek Super League with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by alexaek

An extremely disappointing result today for AEK in Giannena.

Our starting lineup consisted of Saja, Araujo, Majstorovic, Arce, Juanfran, Hersi, Guerreiro, Jahic, Manduca, Nemeth, Pavlis.

I can’t comment much on the first half since I could only watch the second half, but from what I heard we saw some decent passing from the team. Manduca apparently missed some great chances and should have scored a hat-trick. I did not hear much about Pavlis or anyone else for that matter so I will assume they played a good game in the first half, but the comments about Manduca were generally pretty negative. I don’t know about Manduca. One week he plays great, the next he is a disappointment.

As for the second half, I saw some good things from our team, but unfortunately, good will not win us a championship. We need to be the best possible and there is still so much we can improve on. Our passing in the second half was good for the most part, but other than that we were not a great team. Our finishing was quite poor, and at times incredibly unlucky (we had two posts from the same play!). Unfortunately, if we can’t finish against teams like Giannena, we are not going to get the three points we need from games like these. Perhaps we will be a little more dangerous up front with the addition of Scocco next week.

We gave the Giannena players far too much space to run and make plays. They had all the space and time they needed and none of our defenders seemed in a hurry to shut them down. Fortunately, we were tighter in front of the goal but when we come up against stronger strikers that may not be the case.

Overall, it was not a horrible performance from our team and in the past we had seen much worse. And it must be said that Giannena will be a tough stadium for any team to play at, as it has always been in the past.

We scored first, early in the second half, but we could not score anymore goals, as has been the case in out other two Superleague matches so far this season. And as Im sure most of you know, 1-0 is not a safe score. For example, Levadeiakos were winning 2-0 today and Ergotelis caught up and tied the match at 2-2.

Later on in the match a Giannena player recieved a red card but things werent changed a bit. Instead, Giannena tied the game on a poor mistake from Arce.

Many are questioniing Bajevic’s tactics and substitutions today however I believe the only people who were to blame for the result today were the players for not trying hard enough for another goal. We’ve seen this before, and unless we see the players try harder, push more for that extra goal, we will always be stuck at 1-0.

I’ll try to post more later, as well as a video when they are available. Anyone who saw the whole match please add your comments as well!

Iraklis Pre Game

Posted in AEK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by alexaek

So, our first home game of the season (after the match against Olympiakos was cancelled), and it could prove to be a fairly difficult one. Iraklis have a strong squad and I believe they have the potential to cause trouble to any team in the league.

Nonetheless, our squad is also strong as well now so I believe we can take the win. It will probably be a difficult win but I dont see a repeat of two years ago happening again (when we lost to Iraklis 2-1 at home). Hopefully the fan attendance will high and the support strong.

The squad will be: Arabatzis, Saja, Georgeas, Kafes, Makos, Pavlis, Araujo, Nsaliwa, Geraldo, Juanfran, Majstorovic, Jahic, Guerrero, Scocco, Blanco, Manduca, Leonardo, Iordache, Nemeth, and Yahaya.

The most likely starting lineup will in my opinion be Saja, Araujo, Majstorovic, Jahic (although perhaps Geraldo will play),Juanfran, Kafes, Makos, Scocco, Blanco, Leonardo, and Nemeth. I am not sure if Nemeth will start but I believe he should after the promising performance by him last match.

In other Superleague news, Olympiakos drew 0-0 at Karaiskaki with newly promoted Kavala. Promising news for us, devastating for Olympiakos. Their coach’s future is in more doubt now than ever, and huge pressure is on him for Olympiakos to win their upcoming Champions League match. If this does not happen I would not be surprised to see the coach gone, which would mean either the assistant would take over or they would have to find a replacement only a week before they play us in OAKA.

Olympiakos’ performance yesterday was very poor, and Kavala could have won the game at times.

In other AEK news, a huge clean up took place today at the location of our now none existent stadium in Nea Filadelfia. Hundreds of AEK supporters, as well as myself and my father, went to clean debris and cut away trees and bushes in order to make the location more presentable. There is still alot more work which needs to be done, but we made a little progress.

PAE AEK will make one more attempt for a stadium in Nea Filadelfia. While it may not be the most practical option, I think that if it is possible to make a stadium there with at least 35,000 capacity, it should be done.

Panionios 0-1 AEK

Posted in AEK, AEK Athens FC, AEK Players, football, Greek Football, Greek Soccer, Non-AEK Football/Soccer, Soccer, Transfer Rumor, UEFA Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by alexaek

We finally got a win, with the only goal of the match coming from a very nicely set up play.

Here is the first video I could find of the goal

Overall the team showed some promise but lacked consistency throughout. There were times when everything was going smoothly. Passes were being made, plays were built up, and a few chances were created. Then there were other times where the team fell asleep and we had to rely on Saja to save us.

We started with Saja, Kyrgiakos, Majstorovic, Koutromanos, Karabelas, Kafes, Makos, Manduca, Iordache, Djebbour, and Pavlis. Pavlis played a great game and missed some good chances, including a chance to score a nice bicycle kick. Djebbour on the other hand had only a mediocre performance. He lost the ball often and asides from scoring his goal, he did not contribute much else.

Manduca had a pretty good game. Had a decent shot but did not manage to get enough power on the ball. He is definately showing some promise once again. Iordache made some good plays but was not as actively involved in the match as Manduca, at least as far as I could tell. Makos had a good game but also with him I dont remember seeing much. Perhaps I was just overlooking both Makos and Iordache, but it looked like Manduca was doing much of the midfields work. Kafes was injured around half way through the first and was replaced by Nsaliwa who had a pretty good game. He fought hard, created some chances and overall proved he deserves to be playing with the team.

At the back Kyrgiakos had a pretty solid performance and made some good tackles. He even ran up from half way and took a pretty good shot which the Panionios keeper could only tap away. Majstorovic also played a good game but seemed to be stressed, perhaps due to the fact that his wife recently had a new child, I believe a daughter. Koutromanos played a good game and showed that he can be a pretty solid right back, just like he was beggining to show at the end of last season. However, I still doubt he is ready to be a starter, and I think we should look for a top quality player for that position. I can’t remember seeing much from Karabelas. I believe he had a shot which didnt manage to trouble the keeper.

Saja made some critical saves and looked to be alert, like last season. I think we are fine with him for the time being. Arabatzis was on the bench since it doesnt look like Lukac has been impressing much.

The subs in the second half were Diouf, Yahayia, Burns, Manolas, Geraldo, Georgeas, Juanfran, Gentzoglou, and Tachtsidis.

Tachtsidis took a very good direct free kick which was only a little wide of the goal. He looked alright, and came on to replace Pavlis. However, up front it seemed to be Burns who looked to be in form, playing especially well with Manduca. This was definately promising to see. He had a header which hit the post, and seemed to be working hard. Diouf did not impress and missed many chances and wasted many balls. It looks quite likely that he might be loaned out this season.

Our next friendly is this weekend against Boca Juniors, at OAKA. A big game for AEK, however people are saying there might be fan trouble since at the moment it doesnt look like any singings will be happening any time soon, however Thanopoulos has said that we will be getting a right back and have a list of targets.

Hopefully we see a more entertaining match against Boca Juniors. Its certainly one Im looking forward to.

The draw for AEK to learn its opponent for Europa League qualifying will be held this Friday, I believe. That information will be posted as soon as it is available.