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Τετάρτη, 10 Νοεμβρίου 2010 13:02

Preparing for Crete

Training continued for our football players today whilst the team prepares for Saturday's game against Ergotelis in Crete. The main points thich should be raised are :-
  • Mellberg has recovered from the hematoma that he was suffering with earlier in the week. He followed a program of treatment for today but should be ready for action by the weekend.
  • Ibagaza also followed a treatment regime due to his leg injury and is considered to be definitely out for this weekend. A more realistic time for his return is expected to be the PAOK game but it could be that he isn't fully ready until the AEK game (Matchday 12).
  • During training, Raul Bravo withdrew suffering from a muscle rupture and will be evaluated in the hospital tomorrow. He may also now be out for this weekends game although it is too early to tell for sure.
  • In addition to all this, Nemeth suffered a minor knock during the training and will be re-evaluated before tomorrows training session. It is not expected that he has suffered anything too serious.

We continue our training tomorrow at 10.30am, hopefully with less injuries...
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Τρίτη, 09 Νοεμβρίου 2010 23:21

Outstanding support in Pankritio

We have arranged with Ergotelis FC to receive 6,000 tickets in Saturdays match. The police department have given their consent for fans to travel to the game and so it looks like we will have a small army of fans decent on Irakleio.

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Δευτέρα, 08 Νοεμβρίου 2010 15:39

Illness ahead of Charleroi

Mavrokefalidis has returned to the squad ahead of this wednesday's Euroleague game with Charleroi and will be ready for inclusion in the squad. In an interview where this news was announced, Dusan Ivkovic also explained that both Bourousis and Spanoulis are suffering with fever and because of this, the medical staff have taken the precaution of vaccinating all of the players.
Erceg is considered doubtful to make his attendence in the game.
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Δευτέρα, 08 Νοεμβρίου 2010 13:01

Ticketing information for Ergotelis

Tickets have gone on sale for the upcoming match between Ergotelis and Olympakos (due on Saturday 13th at 17.15). The details are that general tickets to the Pankritio stadium have been fixed at €25 (free for under 16's).
Tickets are available from the Martinegro training grounds in Irakleio (Tel 281 022 2246) or from the offices of Ergotelis FC (Tel 281 031 3959)
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Δευτέρα, 08 Νοεμβρίου 2010 11:05

Minor Injury Problems

Francois Modesto became the second victim of a viral infection this week and had to leave training early. He has been given a course of anti-biotics to overcome the infection and should return to training later on this week.

Olof Mellberg suffered a hematoma in his heel during the match against Panionios. Luckily this is not too serious and he should be available to train later in the week.
There will not be a training session today as Valverde has given the players the day off. Training will recommence tomorrow at 10.30am
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Σάββατο, 06 Νοεμβρίου 2010 22:11

Olympiakos 5-0 Panionios

We began the game tonight at a reasonable (if not too fast) pace and the opening phase itself was mainly interested in gaining control of the ball and putting some form of possession into the game. We didn't have to wait for long for our chances to arrive and Giannis Papadopoulos was involved with winning a lot of these early clashes and getting the ball forward to the attackers and the wingers (personally missing on a chance at goal in the 5th minute).

Panionios were also keen not be the underdogs in this game and the front two combination of Balaban and Sito Riera caused us some problems in the early stages of the game however apart from these two players, Panionios were not capable of controlling the ball across the centre of midfield. With only two of the Panionios players performing well, it was a reasonably easy task for Mellberg and Avraam Papadopoulos to close down their forwards and restrict any chances that they could make. Mellberg did make one mistake in the first half with a botched clearance which fell directly to a Panionios forward although Avraam managed to intercept and clear the ball properly before any damage could be done.

Generally though, all of our play in the first half (with a couple of exceptions) was taken with trying to create down their defence and feeding the ball forwards. Unfortunately Panionios were faring much better at holding back our players and breaking up our attacks although they couldn't possibly continue with this style of play for too long as we would inevitably break through and get a proper effort on their goal. Some of our playmakers such as Fuster and Fetfatzidis were being tightly marked and they were having some trouble in breaking clear of their markers and either making any chances or creating any through passes.

Eventually though we did manage to get the first of tonights goals when a long pass fell to one of two Panionios defenders standing further back up the field. Mirallas managed to take on and beat the defender, winning the ball and then sprinting up the pitch to the top left of the box before firing a shot with his left foot which almost tore the net when it hit. The keeper never had a chance of saving the ball.

After the game had been restarted, the game seemed to start to open up for us as Panionios started to place less emphasis on defence and more on trying to control the midfield. They totally failed in controlling the midfield but with them pushing further up the field, it allowed us more chances on their goal with Mirallas and Riera both having closely missed chances on goal.
In fact, we didn't score any more goals in the first half. Most of the half had been taken with just trying to grind down their defence and it wasn't until the last 6-7 minutes of the half that we were able to make many chances at all. However, once the opening goal had been scored we had started to make more chances.

With the second half, we started gaining some dominance in the midfield and controlling the game. In fact, both of our wingbacks were starting to control the ball in the centre of the pitch as they were under so little pressure and were available to drift further upfield. With the new control of the game, we didn't have to wait long for a second goal.
In this goal, Giannis Papadopoulos crossed a free kick close to the right hand corner but seemed to hit it too hard and it passed over the goalmouth and to the far edge of the box. Here, Bravo took a wild swipe at the ball as it landed but mis-hit and it bouced off the ground towards the goal. Right at the goal, Torosidis had a second shot at the bouncing ball, hit it perfectly this time and smashed it into the net from about 2 metres out to double our lead.

The second goal didn't seem to wake Panionios up from their stupor and we were still performing the attacking in the game with Fetfatzidis, Bravo, Fuster and Mirallas all getting involved with the attacking plays. Panionios managed to win their first corner of the game in the 55th minute but they couldn't do anything in this match at all. We were simply dominating all over the pitch by now although Panionios did have some minor efforts and playing the ball up the pitch. Our defence easily cleaned up any chances that they made with Avraam and Modesto (a 61st minute substitution for Mellberg) capable of cleaning up anything that they could throw at us.

With the game continuing in this vein, it seemed inevitable that we would score more goals and we did with a third goal in the 68th minute. In this attack, we had Albert Riera moving up the pitch driving onto the three defenders in front of him. Just as he was about to meet the defenders, he played the ball forwards and left past the defending line and into the path of Mirallas who was making a run from deep on the left hand side. Mirallas picked up on the ball before placing a low shot past the oncoming keeper.

We made our second substitution a couple of minutes later with Marko Pantelic replacing the disappointing Fuster (and Mirallas displacing further down the pitch and into the gap). This substitution was also followed by our final change with Mirallas coming off for Kristian Nemeth. (Mirallas leaving to clear applause and cheers from the fans).
Just one minute after Nemeth's introduction, he basically won us the fourth goal of the match! In this, Nemeth had the ball, broke through the defence and then tried to knock the ball around the keeper. Just as he did this though, the Keeper tripped him up in the box with his hands and would have given a clear penalty. However the ball continued to roll forwards and into the path of Marko Pantelic who could easily knock it into the net for 4-0!.

This was essentially it for the game, we could afford to now hold onto the ball whilst Panionios were just too shocked or downcast to do anything for themselves. A fifth goal finished the game off in the third minute of extra time with Riera thumping the ball into the net after receiving an assist from Fetfatzidis. An outstanding victory in a game where we dominated after scoring the opening goal. The fans chant Ernesto Valverde's name as the team leaves the pitch.
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Σάββατο, 06 Νοεμβρίου 2010 11:14

Expected lineup for Panionios

According to the Gavros newspaper, we are expected to line-up today in the usual 4-4-1-1 formation however due to some injury problems in midfield the personnel may be altered slightly...

The defence is still the same as previous games, Pardo in goals and a back four from right to left of Torosidis, Avraam, Mellberg and Bravo.
Across the middle though, Fetfatzidis is expected to displace Rommedahl on the right wing whilst Hurtado and Giannis Papadopoulos make up the duo in the centre of midfield. Riera's position is maintained on the left wing.
For the front two, we see Fuster having preference in the centre forward role and Mirallas once again as the lone striker.

This of course is Gavros' best guess of a formation but they are usually pretty accurate. Hope to find out for sure tonight
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Παρασκευή, 05 Νοεμβρίου 2010 22:57

Squad for Panionios named

Our footballers completed the weeks training with a final session held today at 19:00. Absent was Dudu Caerense who is suffering from a viral infection and stayed at home with the teams consent.
Just after the training finished the squad of 18 players was named by Ernesto Valverde :-

Goalkeepers :- Nikopolidis, Pardo
Defenders :- Torosidis, A.Papadopoulos, Mellberg, R.Bravo, Holebas, Modesto, Galitsios.
Midfielders :- Hurtado, G.Papadopoulos, Riera, Fetfatzidis, Fuster, Rommedahl,
Attackers :-  Nemeth, Pantelic, Mirallas

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Παρασκευή, 05 Νοεμβρίου 2010 13:49

Karaiskaki Will Be Filled

The final available tickets have now been sold and our fans have reacted after last weeks unsatisfactory result by making a huge response in supporting the team.  All of our fans will be present in tomorrows match to see us hopefully seal a fine victory over Panionios and confirm our position at the top of the league.
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Πέμπτη, 04 Νοεμβρίου 2010 14:43

Olympiakos Training

The footballers from Olympiakos took part in todays training session in preparation for Saturdays game against Panionios (19.30). All of the players underwent the training including those who took part in yesterdays match against Ilioupolis (although those players followed a recovery programme rather than intensive training).

During the training session, Ariel Ibagaza withdrew injured having suffered a suspected muscular rupture of the first degree. He will undergo a magnetic scan in the Metropolitan hospital tomorrow but is no longer expected to take any part in this weekends game. Nikos Papadopoulos was the other absentee from training as he continues his recovery with an intensive gym session.

Our players will complete the weeks training tomorrow at 19.00 hours and will learn who has been selected for the Panionios match immediately afterwards.
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