2007–08 AEK Athens F.C. season

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AEK Athens F.C.
2007–08 season
Chairman Greece Demis Nikolaidis
Manager Spain Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
(until 12 February 2008)
Greece Nikos Kostenoglou
Superleague Greece 3rd (2nd in regular season)
Greek Cup Fifth Round
UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
UEFA Cup Round of 32
Top goalscorer League:
Ismael Blanco (19)
All:
Ismael Blanco (21)
Highest home attendance 40,955 vs Olympiacos
(30 March 2008)
Lowest home attendance 5,032 vs Panathinaikos
(14 May 2008)
Average home league attendance 20,228
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

For the 2007/08 season, AEK Athens F.C. competed in its 49th consecutive season in the Greek topflight.

Overview[edit]

AEK bolstered the strength of their squad with the signings of Brazilian legend Rivaldo, following up with several other strong signings in Arruabarrena and Ismael Blanco. The club sold 25,495 season tickets.

After finishing 2nd in Superleague Greece previous season, AEK entered the UEFA Champions League in the 3rd Qualifying round. On 3 August, AEK were drawn against Sevilla FC, the first leg was played in Seville on 15 August, while the second leg was held at the Athens Olympic Stadium. After being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, AEK were drawn to play with FC Salzburg in the UEFA Cup. After defeating Salzburg 3-1 on aggregate, AEK were on 9 October drawn in Group C in the UEFA Cup group stage along with Villarreal, Fiorentina, Mladá Boleslav, and Elfsborg. On 20 December, AEK booked their place in the knockout stage finishing third in the group. AEK were drawn to play Getafe CF in the next round of the UEFA Cup where they were knocked out 4-1 on aggregate. On 12 February AEK parted company with Llorenç after a poor run of form and un-successful signings.[1] The team initially finished in the first place in the league, but after the court case between Apollon Kalamarias and Olympiacos for the illegal line-up of a player in the 1-0 Apollon Kalamaria win earlier in the season, Olympiacos were awarded the 3 points thus finishing 2 points ahead of AEK. AEK then finished 2nd in the national playoff's which saw them qualify for the UEFA Cup.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Greece MF Pantelis Kafes (Captain)
2 Brazil DF Edson Ramos Silva
3 Argentina DF Rodolfo Arruabarrena
4 Portugal DF Geraldo Alves
5 Greece DF Traianos Dellas
6 Greece DF Georgios Alexopoulos
7 Greece FW Charilaos Pappas
8 Malawi MF Tam Nsaliwa
9 Greece FW Pantelis Kapetanos
10 Brazil MF Rivaldo
11 Brazil FW Gustavo Manduca
14 Argentina MF Federico Azcárate
15 Greece DF Socratis Papastathopoulos
16 Greece MF Akis Zikos
18 Argentina FW Ismael Blanco
19 Greece MF Panagiotis Lagos
No. Position Player
20 Portugal MF Manú
22 Greece MF Panagiotis Kone
23 Sierra Leone MF Mohammed Kallon
25 Greece MF Vasileios Pliatsikas
27 Greece MF Christos Bourbos
31 Greece DF Nikolaos Georgeas
32 Brazil GK Marcelo Moretto
33 Greece FW Nikos Liberopoulos
34 Greece MF Panagiotis Tachtsidis
36 Portugal FW Edinho
50 Austria GK Jürgen Macho
80 Cyprus FW Giorgos Tofas
83 Greece FW Michalis Pavlis
84 Greece GK Giannis Arabatzis
88 Hungary MF Dániel Tőzsér
99 Brazil FW Júlio César

Players out on loan[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App (L/C/E)
Goals (L/C/E)
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
GK  ITA Sorrentino 29 EU 2005 64 (50/3/11) 0 (0/0/0) 2010 €100K to Recreativo Huelva
RB  GRE ROM Barboudis 19 EU 2007 0 (0/0/0) 0 (0/0/0) 2010 €60Κ to Fostiras
RB  GRE Koutromanos 22 EU 2005 0 (0/0/0) 0 (0/0/0) 2011 €50K to Anagennisi Karditsa
DM  GRE Gentsoglou 17 EU 2006 0 (0/0/0) 0 (0/0/0) 2013 Youth system to Nea Ionia
DM  GRE Paligeorgos 18 EU 2006 1 (1/0/0) 0 (0/0/0) 2011 Youth system to Anagennisi Karditsa
56 CM  FIN Kosovo Hetemaj 21 EU 2006 13 (7/2/4) 0 (0/0/0) 2010 €450Κ to Apollon Kalamarias
RW  SEN Diouf 19 Non-EU 2007 0 (0/0/0) 0 (0/0/0) 2011 Youth system to Ilisiakos
RW  GRE Zorbas 21 EU 2004 0 (0/0/0) 0 (0/0/0) 2011 Youth system to Panetolikos

International players[edit]

Squad changes[edit]


Manú (2011)
Jürgen Macho (2010-03-03)
Panagiotis Tachtsidis (2012-07-25)

In:

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
3 LB  ARG Arruabarrena 31 EU Villarreal Spain Transfer Summer 2010 Free aekfc.gr
83 CF  GRE Pavlis 17 EU Youth system Promotion Summer 2010
11 LW  BRA Manduca 26 EU Youth system Transfer Summer 2010 €750K aekfc.gr
2 RB  BRA Edson Ratinho 20 Non-EU Mogi Mirim Brazil Transfer Summer 2012 €250K aekfc.gr
8 DM  CAN MWI Nsaliwa 25 EU Panionios Transfer Summer 2010 €450K aekfc.gr
10 SS  BRA Rivaldo 35 EU Olympiacos Transfer Summer 2009 Free aekfc.gr
27 RM  GRE Bourbos 23 EU Kerkyra Loan Return Summer 2010
40 RW  GRE Zorbas 17 EU Niki Volos Loan Return Summer 2011
80 RW  CYP Tofas 17 EU Ethnikos Piraeus Loan Return Summer 2010
87 RB  GRE Koutromanos 20 EU Thrasyvoulos Loan Return Summer 2011
4 CB  POR Geraldo 26 EU Paços de Ferreira Portugal Transfer Summer 2010 €300K uefa.com
14 CB  ARG Azcárate 23 EU Atlético Madrid Spain Transfer Summer 2011 Free aekfc.gr
7 SS  GRE Pappas 24 EU Olympiacos Transfer Summer 2010 Free aekfc.gr
89 RB  GRE ROM Barboudis 18 EU Ilisiakos Transfer Summer 2010 €60K
32 GK  BRA Moretto 29 Non-EU Benfica Portugal Loan Summer 2008 Free uefa.com
RW  SEN Diouf 18 Non-EU Xam-Xam Senegal Transfer Summer 2011 Free aekfc.gr
18 CF  ARG Blanco 23 Non-EU Colón Argentina Loan Summer 2008 €450K aekfc.gr
20 RW  POR Manú 25 EU Benfica Portugal Loan Summer 2008 Free
50 GK  AUT Macho 30 EU 1. FC Kaiserslautern Germany Transfer Summer 2009 €300K aekfc.gr
34 CM  GRE Tachtsidis 16 EU Youth system Promotion Summer 2010
DM  GRE Gentsoglou 17 EU Panachaiki Loan return Winter 2013
23 AM  SLE Kallon 28 Non-EU Monaco France Transfer Winter 2008 Free aekfc.gr
36 CF  POR Edinho 25 EU Vitória de Setúbal Portugal Loan Winter 2008 €150K

Total spending: Decrease €2,71M

Out:

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
13 RB  ARG Pautasso 27 EU Olimpia Paraguay Released Summer Free aekfc.gr
5 CB  ITA Cirillo 30 EU Levante Spain Released Summer Free aekfc.gr
11 LW  BRA Manduca 26 EU Benfica Portugal Loan return Summer aekfc.gr
79 CF  GRE Kampantais 25 EU Arminia Bielefeld Germany End of contract Summer Free arminia-bielefeld.de
14 LB  GRE Tziortziopoulos 28 EU Omonia Nicosia Cyprus End of contract Summer Free aekfc.gr
7 DM  GRE Kyriakidis 21 EU Larissa Transfer Summer €300K uefa.com
25 DM  BRA Emerson 35 Non-EU APOEL Cyprus End of contract Summer Free uefa.com
4 CB  GRE Moras 25 EU Bologna Italy End of contract Summer Free
22 GK  GRE Chiotis 30 EU Kerkyra End of contract Summer Free
22 RW  GRE Lakis 30 EU PAOK Released Summer Free aekfc.gr
28 GK  ITA Sorrentino 28 EU Recreativo Spain Loan Summer €340K aekfc.gr
RW  GRE Zorbas 20 EU Panachaiki Loan Summer Free
CF  GRE Komvolidis 19 EU Iraklis Thessaloniki Released Summer Free
17 AM  SRB YUG Ivić 30 Non-EU Aris Released Summer Free
90 DM  GRE Gentsoglou 16 EU Panachaiki Loan Summer Free
RW  SEN Diouf 19 Non-EU Ilisiakos Loan Winter Free
56 CM  FIN Kosovo Hetemaj 21 EU Apollon Kalamaria Loan Winter Free
DM  GRE Gentsoglou 17 EU Nea Ionia Loan Winter Free

Total income: Increase €640K

Last updated: 2010-01-06

Out: Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
77 Greece MF Giorgos Paligiorgos (on loan to Anagennisi Karditsa)
87 Greece DF Dimitris Koutromanos (on loan to Anagennisi Karditsa)

Out: Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
89 Greece DF Nikos Barboudis (on loan to Fostiras)

Squad stats[edit]

Players in italics have left during the season.

Total Super League Greece Greek Cup Champions League UEFA Cup
Country
N
P
Name
GS
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
A
Mins.
Gls.
Y
R
 GRE 1 CM Kafes 29 35 3 14 25 3 11 2 2 1 7 1
 BRA 2 RB Edson Ratinho 33 38 1 7 28 1 4 2 1 2 6 2
 ARG 3 LB Arruabarrena 25 25 6 16 3 1 1 8 2
 POR 4 CB Geraldo 31 34 1 11 26 8 1 1 2 5 1 2
 GRE 5 CB Dellas 31 32 2 8 1 24 2 7 1 1 1 6 1
 GRE 7 SS Pappas 3 13 2 2 8 1 2 1 4 1
 CAN
 MWI
8 DM Nsaliwa 25 32 2 8 22 1 6 2 8 1 2
 GRE 9 CF Kapetanos 2 3 1 2 1 1
 BRA 10 AM Rivaldo 41 43 15 3 35 12 3 2 1 6 2
 GRE 11 LW Samouhos 24 32 25 30 22 25 30 1 2 7
 ARG 14 CB Azcárate 2 2 1 1
 GRE 15 CB Papastathopoulos 33 37 1 12 28 1 8 1 1 1 1 7 2
 GRE 16 DM Zikos 24 24 9 20 6 2 2 2 1
 ARG 18 CF Blanco 34 43 21 3 34 20 3 2 7 1
 GRE 19 LM Lagos 12 17 2 15 2 1 1
 POR 20 RW Manú 8 20 5 13 3 2 2 5
 GRE
 ALB
22 AM Kone 5 20 2 4 13 1 4 1 1 5 1
 SLE 23 AM Kallon 6 13 3 2 11 3 2 2
 GRE 25 DM Pliatsikas 8 11 4 11 4
 GRE 27 RM Bourbos 20 20 5 16 4 2 1 1 1
 GRE 31 RB Georgeas 5 8 2 8 2
 BRA 32 GK Moretto 23 25 1 1 16 1 1 2 2 5
 GRE 33 CF Liberopoulos 35 39 13 5 30 13 2 1 1 2 6 2
 GRE 34 CM Tachtsidis 1 2 1 1
 POR 36 CF Edinho 12 15 6 4 15 6 4
 AUT 50 GK Macho 24 24 3 1 21 3 1 3
 FIN
 Kosovo
56 CM Hetemaj 1 1
 GRE 83 CF Pavlis 1 8 1 7 1 1
 GRE 84 GK Arabatzis 1 1 1
 HUN 88 DM Tőzsér 16 24 1 4 14 1 3 2 2 6 1
 BRA 99 LW Júlio César 14 28 4 2 19 3 2 2 1 2 5

Last updated: 2009-05-31
Source: Match reports in competitive matches, galanissportsdata.com
Ordered by start team, game starts and position on pitch (from back right to front left)
0 shown as blank
Country: when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; N = number on jersey; P = Position; Name = Name on jersey (for more extended name, pause the mouse pointer on the name); GS = Game Started; A = Appearances.

Start formations[edit]

Qnt Formation Match(es)
29 4-4-2 3, 5-6, 8-9, 11-13, 15-19, 22-30, 33, 35, 38-42
6 4-4-1-1 1-2, 7, 10, 20, 31
4 4-2-3-1 14, 21, 32, 36
2 4-4-2 diamond or 4-1-2-1-2 4, 34
1 4-3-2-1 (the 'Christmas Tree' formation) 37

Source: Match reports in Competitive matches
Only competitive matches.


Overall[edit]

Games played 48
Games won 27
Games drawn 7
Games lost 14
Goals scored 86
Goals conceded 45
Goal difference +41
Yellow cards 134
Red cards 3
Worst discipline Traianos Dellas ( 1 x Red card + 8 x Booked )
Best result 5 – 0 vs Panionios
Worst result 0 – 4 vs Aris
Most appearances Rivaldo (43)
Ismael Blanco (43)
Top scorer Ismael Blanco (21)
Points 88/144 (61.11%)

Last updated: 2008-05-15
Source: Competitive matches and Squad stats

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Greece Nikos Kostenoglou
Assistant manager Spain Pep Alomar
First team coach Cyprus Antonis Kezos
Goalkeeping coach Serbia Slobodan Suica
Youth Team coach Greece Georgos Vamvakas

Last updated: 26 Feb 2008
Source: aekfc.gr

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Puma
Sponsor(s): LG
Features: Chevrolet, Forthnet

Home
Away
Third

Source:[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

Chairman Greece Demis Nikolaidis
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Athens Olympic Stadium (71,030 / 120x80 m)

Source: aekfc.gr

Manager stats[edit]

Name Nat From To Record Honours
P W D L F A %W
Lorenzo Serra Ferrer Spain 15 August 2007 12 February 2008 30 17 2 11 51 26 56.66
Nikos Kostenoglou* Greece 12 February 2008 14 May 2008 18 10 5 3 35 19 55.55
Totals 15 August 2007 14 May 2008 48 27 7 14 86 45 56.25
Key
* Served as Caretaker-manager.

Only competitive matches are counted. Wins, losses and draws are results at the final whistle; the results of penalty shootouts are not counted.

Competitions[edit]

Superleague Greece[edit]

Classification[edit]

This is the classification for the regular season:

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Olympiacos (C) 30 21 7 2 58 23 +35 70 UEFA Champions League 2008-09
Third Qualifying Round
2 AEK Athens 30 22 2 6 65 17 +48 68 Super League Greece 2007-08
Playoffs
3 Panathinaikos 30 20 6 4 44 18 +26 66
4 Aris 30 14 8 8 32 20 +12 50
5 Panionios 30 13 6 11 39 42 −3 45

Updated to games played on 20 April 2008.
Source: Superleague Greece 2007-08
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
30 22 2 6 65 17 +48 68 11 2 2 38 9 +29 11 0 4 27 8 +19

Last updated: 6 April 2008.
Source: Super League Greece

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground A H A A H A H A H A H A A A H A H H A A A H H A H A H H A H
Result W W W W W W L L W W W L W W L W W W L L W D W W D W W W W W
Position 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2

Last updated: 6 March 2008.
Source: aekfc.gr
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Playoffs Table[edit]

Last updated 13 May 2008

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts*
1 Panathinaikos 6 4 2 0 14 5 +9 21
2 AEK Athens 6 2 2 2 10 11 -1 16
3 Aris1 6 1 2 3 9 9 0 7
4 Panionios 6 1 2 3 7 15 -8 5
UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round
UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Intertoto Cup Second Round

(*) The teams started the minileague with the following number of points:

    • AEK Athens - 8
    • Panathinaikos - 7
    • Aris - 2
    • Panionios - 0

1 Aris is guaranteed at least to play in the UEFA Cup 2008-09 Second Qualifying Round through their Greek Cup performance.

UEFA Cup[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Villarreal 4 3 1 0 7 3 +4 10
Italy Fiorentina 4 2 2 0 10 4 +6 8
Greece AEK Athens 4 1 2 1 4 4 0 5
Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 4 1 0 3 5 6 -1 3
Sweden Elfsborg 4 0 1 3 3 12 -9 1

(KEY: Pts= Points; Pld= Matches Played; W= Matches Won; D= Matches Drawn; L= Matches Lost; GF= Goals For; GA= Goals Against; GD= Goal Difference)

Last updated: 11 December 2007
Source: UEFA

UEFA rankings[edit]

UEFA team ranking

# Form Previous Country Team Ranking
81 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 89 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 31.932
82 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 86 Austria Austria Vienna 31.840
83 RedDownArrow.svg 69 Greece AEK Athens 31.525
84 RedDownArrow.svg 77 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 31.496
85 RedDownArrow.svg 79 France RC Strasbourg 31.380

UEFA country ranking

# Form Previous Country League Ranking
12 RedDownArrow.svg 11 Ukraine Ukrainian Premier League 30.100
13 RedDownArrow.svg 12 Belgium Jupiler League 26.700
14 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 15 Greece Superleague Greece 25.831
15 RedDownArrow.svg 13 Czech Republic 1. Gambrinus Liga 25.750
16 Green-Up-Arrow.svg 17 Switzerland Axpo Super League 24.225

Correct as of 27 May 2008

Matches[edit]

Competitive[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 2007-08-15 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round A Spain Sevilla Spain 0 – 2
2 2007-09-03 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round H Sevilla Spain 1 – 4
3 2007-09-20 UEFA Cup First round H Red Bull Salzburg Austria 3 – 0
4 2007-09-23 Super League Greece 2 H Atromitos 2 – 0
5 2007-09-26 Super League Greece 1 A Veria 1 – 0
6 2007-09-30 Super League Greece 3 A Levadiakos 4 – 0
7 2007-10-04 UEFA Cup First round A Austria Red Bull Salzburg Austria 0 – 1
8 2007-10-07 Super League Greece 4 A Panionios 3 – 0
9 2007-10-20 Super League Greece 5 H Larissa 1 – 0
10 2007-10-25 UEFA Cup Group Stage A Sweden IF Elfsborg Sweden 1 – 1
11 2007-10-28 Super League Greece 6 A Skoda Xanthi 1 – 0
12 2007-11-01 Greek Cup Fourth Round Fostiras 2 – 0
13 2007-11-04 Super League Greece 7 H Iraklis Thessaloniki 1 – 2
14 2007-11-11 Super League Greece 8 A Panathinaikos 1 – 2
15 2007-11-25 Super League Greece 9 H OFI 4 – 0
16 2007-11-29 UEFA Cup Group Stage H Fiorentina Italy 1 – 1
17 2007-12-02 Super League Greece 10 A Aris 1 – 0
18 2007-12-05 UEFA Cup Group Stage A Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav Czech Republic 1 – 0
19 2007-12-09 Super League Greece 11 H Apollon Kalamaria 4 – 0
20 2007-12-16 Super League Greece 12 A Olympiacos 0 – 1
21 2007-12-20 UEFA Cup Group Stage H Villarreal 1 – 2
22 2007-12-23 Super League Greece 13 A Ergotelis 4 – 1
23 2007-12-30 Super League Greece 14 H PAOK 2 – 0
24 2008-01-06 Super League Greece 15 A Asteras Tripoli 1 – 2
25 2008-01-09 Greek Cup Fifth Round A Skoda Xanthi 0 – 2
26 2008-01-12 Super League Greece 16 H Veria 5 – 1
27 2008-01-19 Super League Greece 17 A Atromitos 1 – 0
28 2008-01-27 Super League Greece 18 H Levadiakos 3 – 0
29 2008-02-03 Super League Greece 19 H Panionios 2 – 3
30 2008-02-09 Super League Greece 20 A Larissa 0 – 1
31 2008-02-13 UEFA Cup Round of 32 H Getafe Spain 1 – 1
32 2008-02-17 Super League Greece 21 H Skoda Xanthi 3 – 0
33 2008-02-21 UEFA Cup Round of 32 A Spain Getafe Spain 0 – 3
34 2008-02-24 Super League Greece 22 A Iraklis Thessaloniki 1 – 0
35 2008-03-02 Super League Greece 23 H Panathinaikos 1 – 1
36 2008-03-09 Super League Greece 24 A OFI 4 – 1
37 2008-03-16 Super League Greece 25 H Aris 1 – 1
38 2008-03-23 Super League Greece 26 A Apollon Kalamaria 1 – 0
39 2008-03-30 Super League Greece 27 H Olympiacos 4 – 0
40 2008-04-06 Super League Greece 28 H Ergotelis 3 – 1
41 2008-04-13 Super League Greece 29 A PAOK 4 – 0
42 2008-04-20 Super League Greece 30 H Asteras Tripoli 2 – 0
43 2008-04-23 Super League Greece Playoffs H Panionios 5 – 0
44 2008-04-30 Super League Greece Playoffs A Panathinaikos 1 – 4
45 2008-05-04 Super League Greece Playoffs H Aris 1 – 0
46 2008-05-07 Super League Greece Playoffs A Aris 0 – 4
47 2008-05-11 Super League Greece Playoffs A Panionios 2 – 2
48 2008-05-14 Super League Greece Playoffs H Panathinaikos 1 – 1

Last updated: 2008-05-14
Source:[citation needed]
1AEK Athens goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of AEK Athens.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

References[edit]

See also[edit]