So the draw for the playoffs took place today and overall I can't complain all that much. Take a look below to see who we'll be playing and when. Its worth noting that our first game against PAOK in Toumba will be played without fans.
Its a bit strange that all of our first three games are away but the way I see it is, if we can come out strong and get some results in the first three matches, then we have a good chance of finishing the playoffs in a good way.
For what I believe was the first time in Panaitolikos' history, the small team from Agrinio managed a well deserved victory against AEK. I hate to say it, but at times we were actually outclassed today and even though we weren't exactly the worst team on the pitch, we certainly didn't deserve a win with only a draw or a loss being the fair results.
Such a disappointing finish to a game which started sowell. I have no complaints about the score, of course, but when you score three goals within the first twenty minutes I can't help but build up a sense of expectation. I wasn't surprised to see the first half end at 3-0, but I was certainly expecting another goal at least.
... Another derby thrown away by our basketball team.Today's 93-100 home loss to Olympiakos means we only have one win from seven derbies this season. A couple years ago I may have expected that since we've rarely fielded a half-decent team these past few seasons, but I was hoping this year would be different.
At the start of this season I wasn't too sure we'd be able to compete too well when it came to the derbies. I figured with a mix of young players and players who had never experienced first division football in Greece, we'd struggle with the players and more experienced teams.
Our derby performances in the first half of the season seemed to comfirm what I was afraid of at first but I never expected things to turn around the way they have.
I finally have some time to sit down and write up a report on the rather dull game we had yesterday. As I mentioned in my brief post from yesterday, much of the pitch was flooded from heavy rains in Thessaloniki which continued through the match. As can be expected the game was unable to get into any sort of a rhythm pretty much from kickoff, with players being forced to pretty much lift the ball forward any time they wanted to attempt a run.
Just like that, our winning streak comes to an end. It was an unfortunate way for us to lose but I'm hoping that the loss at least serves as a wake up call for the team, a wakeup call which we desperately need following our performance today.
So how did we play? Terribly. Did we deserve to lose?
After three attempts this season we've finally managed to win a derby, and an important one too. It was a scrappy game, one where we certainly could have done a lot of things better, but the three points against PAOK could not have come at a better time.
The win puts us at 39 points, 4 points ahead of PAO and 6 ahead of PAOK.
Another league win for AEK, bringing our record so far this season to six wins in six games (our second best record since the modern league started). The win puts us first with 12 points, although both PAO and Olympiakos both play tomorrow. Decent game for most of our players, though Sakota had a hard time settling in today.
A point from the first derby for our new coach is not a bad result at all, even if we could have come away from this game with all three points. Considering he has only had two practice sessions to get familiar with the players, he did a fairly decent job in my opinion, even if I personally would have liked to have seen a couple different changes.
A big win for AEK today, a win which was crucial to ensuring we progress to the next round of the cup. I was able to follow the commentary on and off throughout the match and it definitely sounded like an improvement over the last time we played in Xanthi.
I never expected this to be an easy match, and it doesn't sound like it was at all.
Nice to see a high scoring game again, this time thanks to two goals from Anakoglou as well as another two from Lambropoulos and Aravidis. The win, our 13th of the season, leaves us very comfortably in first with 41 points, 9 points ahead of second placed Panachaiki.
It was nice to see a promising final match before our mid week Cup game against Olympiakos.
With relative ease, we managed to book our place in the Final 8 of the Greek Cup. I was feeling a bit uneasy going into the game but our players handled the situation brilliantly, taking control fairly early on and rarely giving it up. The team deserves credit after getting past two First division teams to get where they are now and depending on who we get drawn against for the next round, they should be confident of making to the quarter finals at least.
Due to all football games in all divisions being cancelled due to the events of the past two weeks, we had no official match to play last weekend. AEK took the advantage to play a friendly, and against Panthinaikos of all teams.
Unfortunately, the game wasn't open to fans, but it was an impressive display from what I read.
It was a bizarre, but not entirely unexpected scene in Greece when AEK Athens supporters immediately chased both their own team and Panathinaikos off the pitch after their side conceded a late own goal. This was to be the second to last match of the season and with AEK in serious danger of relegation for the first time in the club's 89-year history, the home supporters were even more on edge than usual.
Not a great result, but definitely one we can settle for.
We started off excellently, controlling the game completely, and within the first ten minutes we had two excellent chances to score (one hit the crossbar), but the rain was really coming down and less than twenty minutes into the match the pitch was flooded.
Believe it or not, we've had four wins from our last five games. And we're only one point behind PAO. And only five behind a playoff spot.
There would've been a time when seeing all of this happen would not be a surprise for AEK... if anything, it would be expected. But we all know times are rough, so well done to the team and management for turning things around like this.
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The biggest club fixture in the world will be given some extra bite this weekend by the most anticipated debut of the season, but it's far from the only grudge match taking place in Europe, with Greece's biggest derby also joining El Clasico on the agenda.
KickTV is a YouTube channel dedicated to, predictably, football. They've released a new series called Football Vagabond in which they send someone around the globe to document the sport. First up is the Eternal Derby in Greece, Olympiacos versus Panathinaikos. In short: this series has a ton of potential.
It's VICE meets Bourdain and a Ball. It's the Football Vagabond.
There are fans. There are supporters. Then, there's something else. George Quraishi of Howler Magazine took a trip to Greece to find what happens when passion overflows and the consequences are felt across the country.
Using over 2000 photos from the Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos earlier this month, Tourette Design found a fresh way to revisit this Greek clasico. Condensing a match into 3 minute highlights is one thing, but choosing a select number of particular frames to show at a time is another.
O Boavista ainda não pontuou neste regresso Primeira Liga e a direcção do emblema axadrezado decidiu fazer um esforço no sentido de dar a Petit mais e melhores opções. E eis que surpreendeu ao assegurar a contratação de Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, um extremo esquerdo que admiro há muito mas que, aos 28 anos, nunca conseguiu verdadeiramente "explodir" e confirmar o talento que demonstrou precocemente.
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Founder/Editor of Howler magazine, George Quraishi, recently traveled to Greece to learn about the tumultuous world of Greek football and the complex but storied rivalries between clubs such as Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, as well as Aris and PAOK.
Quraishi also continues his journey to Greece and dives deeper into the corruption and financial difficulties of Greek football.
Clint Dempsey and Terrence Boyd were at it again this week, continuing to light the lamp for Spurs and Rapid Vienna, respectively. Dempsey's effort on the second goal in the 3-1 win for Spurs on Thursday against Panathinaikos was eventually ruled an own goal, but most importantly it helped push Tottenham into the knockout phase of the Europa League.
By 1970's Gooner The Greek sports press is reporting that Gilberto Silva is considering two offers for his return to Europe. Both offers are for a management post. His former club in Greece, Panathinaikos, has put in a firm offer for Gilberto to take up the post of Technical Director. Five years after he left Greece he is still very well liked among both the management of Panathinaikos as
This sort of blatant thuggery is beginning to rare it's ugly head again in the game most notable in England at the week-end, however it's not only England who have had the beautiful game trod on during the week-end.
Disgruntled AEK Athens fans chased both sets of players off the field following Panathiniakos breaking the deadlock in the 87th minute.
A report out of a seemingly legitimate Twitter account by the name of Greek Football (@greekfooty) has claimed that a deal to bring the Portland striker to Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos has been scuppered due to an on-going dispute over MLS owing Boyd more money.
Here's the exact tweet:
Kris Boyd to Panathinaikos seems to be off as the striker who is fringe at Portland seems to be owed money by the MLS side & won't let it go
- Greek Football (@greekfooty) January 31, 2013
Whether or not this is true is really the big question here.