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Mijat Gacinovic, the Serbian magician who raged on the lawn and did everything with the Ionian

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Mijat Gacinovic did everything he could against Ionikos and one of the reasons was Matias Almeida’s freedom of movement. The Serbian midfielder scored his first goals in Greece, featured all over the pitch and was one of the drivers of the yellow-black development.

AEK’s return to New Philadelphia came with an exciting display and a wide win over Ionikos, who won 4-1. The big star in Matias Almeida’s team was Mijat Gacinovic, who scored the Union’s first and last goal.

The Serbia midfielder was even named top scorer for the first time on Greek soil (he hadn’t scored with Panathinaikos) and became the first player to score at the OPAP Arena.

Matias Almeida brought Gacinovic back on the wings, setting him up on the left (according to the formation announced by AEK) and Eliasson on the right in a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond on the axis, but the Serbia international had a freer role in what justified the 48-year-old Argentinian technician for his choice.

He moved on the axis in the same space as Pineda

As we see in the Opta Stats/Perform graph below, Gacinovic (8) moved on axis and in the same spaces as Pineda (13, it’s the point just visible below Gacinovic’s “8”). Only Mohammadi (3) played on the left wing, while Eliasson (19) mainly switched from the right wing.

Mijat Gacinovic, the Serbian magician who did everything on the pitch

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Gacinovic only played on the axis, but that was his average range of action. The 27-year-old midfielder had a total 55 actions in the game. From the midfield line, only Pineda had more action than him.

On the wings, Gacinovic mostly moved near the midfield line (especially on the right, as seen in the graph below), while in attack he converged towards the axis. From there he “shot” three times and found a target in two.

Mijat Gacinovic, the Serbian magician who did everything on the pitch

Gacinovic mainly moved peripherally, had hardly any three actions in the context of Hotesiotis. One of them was the 4-0 goal he scored after Gacinovic’s sweet cross with an uncontrolled finish to make it 4-0. At the same time he had a contribution to the defense part of the Union five recoveries Possession of the ball, in midfield and in the Union defensive line.

Cornerstone of the yellow-black development

Gacinovic had a free role from Matias Almeida, which he “exploited” not only in terms of execution and pressure on opposing defences, but also in creation. Apart from Pineda, he had the most passes among the players in the middle and offensive line.

Overall he shared 43 passes of which the 32 they were successful. Of his 43 passes, more than half (24 in total) were forwards. In the last third of the field he had 21.11 Passes but only manages two last tries for his teammates.

Mijat Gacinovic, the Serbian magician who did everything on the pitch

Most of the time, Gacinovic’s transfers were a step before the final pass. Closer to the opponent’s goal, he found himself in the middle of the field, from which he mainly looked for the shot and not the pass. In another game, he showed that he can offer AEK a lot, despite not playing in his natural range and having to do more things.

Aside from making history for his performance with Ionikos (as he is the top scorer in the OPAP arena), he fills optimism ahead of the derby with Aris at Kleanthis Vikelidis.

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Palacios’ Golar and the Return of Schenkefeld

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In Monday’s (12/05) news for Panathinaikos, Bart Schenkefeld has returned to a full game after four days, overcoming a slight calf problem but also a wonderful goal from Sebastian Palacios.

Unloading for one group of players and a full program for the rest included the soccer players’ morning training session on Monday (December 5). from Panathinaikou at Pegeia’s stadium, with Ivan Jovanovic protecting the ‘overloaded’ players ahead of the Greens’ first two friendlies on Cypriot soil.

In the news of the day in Panathinaikos preparation, Bart Schenkefeld returned after four days of a busy schedule as he overcame a minor calf problem.

Meanwhile, he highlighted Sebastian Palacios’ superb goal (the first of two) in a 6v6 half-field encounter, with the Argentinean slowly working his way back from a torn biceps muscle that kept him out for 4 weeks.



Andraz Sporar, Ruben Perez, Antonio Xavier, Achilleas Poungouras, Giorgos Vagiannidis and Bernard Duarte undertook a separate relaxation program with the team’s coach Giannis Stavrinos because they played more than the others in the friendlies.


And Dimitris Kourbelis and Fotis Ioannidis (strain on the medial side) came on the field for the first time to run, apart from the program they followed in the gym, while Adam Tserin only completed the first part and did not participate in the mini double head . In half-court doubles, the two teams split as follows:


Orange: Brignoli, Sanchez, Magnuson, Kotsiras, Kriparakos, Campetsis.

Blue: Lodingin (Christogeorgos), Senkefeld, Huancar, Tsokai (Kyriopoulos), Verbits, Palasios (Simeonidis).


Winners were the “Blues” 6-2, thanks to two goals from Palasios – the first with a terrible left-footed lob that was applauded by the crowd – and one from Kyriopoulos, Symeonidis, Verbits and Tsokai, while for the ” Orange” by Kambetsis and Kotsiras.

In the last of the three games in the double-header, Palasios and Tsokai came out as substitutes and discharged.

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AEK saw what they will lose against Fernandes in December

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Vangelis Arnautoglou writes about the unofficial debut of Spanish winger Paulo Fernandez in the AEK shirt and the team’s image in general.

With so many absences on the wings of their midfield before the resumption of cup and league duties, all eyes were on the new signing during AEK’s friendly against Belgium’s Serene Paolo Fernandez.

The Spaniard reacted with such skill that it was easy to mistake him for a long-time team player.

In any case, Matias Almeida wanted to see him on the field as it is clear he intends to replace the injured Niklas Eliasson. But come on, the Spaniard is available from January 1st.

And until then there are three competitive matches – one for the cup against Kifissia and two for the league against Lamia and Volos – in which the Argentine coach cannot count on Zuber and Amrabat, alongside the two mentioned above, too. Difficult, if not otherwise, the puzzle for the AEK trainer.

Of course, life doesn’t end in the next three games and Fernandes came to stay at AEK for years. On his debut with their jersey, he proved he’s ready to read and act on the coach’s tactical commands just like Eliasson.

After all, two of AEK’s goals in the first half came from his feet.


Defensively he was always in the right place to provide assists, offensively he was almost always successful in one-on-ones, but he didn’t do so by forcing situations or acting cunningly.

When the ball had to leave his foot to go to a teammate, the Spaniard pushed all thoughts of vanity aside. He was who he needed to be, as Almeida wanted him to be, so extremely adapted to the team’s style from the first game.

A group with principles, a group with identity

Against the bottom of the Belgian league, despite many absences – Vida, Simanski, Gacinovic, Pineda, Mohammadi, Eliasson, Zuber, Amrabad, Hadjisafi – it was easy for AEK to assert themselves on the pitch, in short, they had the ideal opponent for a friendly game that, after hard work, concludes a period of preparation – albeit small.

As low as Seren’s potential may be, that doesn’t invalidate the game’s most encouraging conclusion: AEK is a side that plays the same way regardless of their absence.

The players who took the field, whether they were minor substitutes or second-team guys, knew exactly what to do and what plan to fulfill.

Of course, this cannot be done with the same efficiency and consistency as with the main players, but that is of little importance.

Rely on the coach’s eye and mind that everyone knows what to do, how to move, where to cover spaces, when to pass the ball, when to move in space or the opposing area with players out the axis loaded.

The identity, mentality and character of Almeida’s AEK are the elements that fuel the sense of confidence that the Union will continue to work orderly and harmoniously on the field, whoever is absent.

Certainly not of the same quality, but also not as wasteland without a strategic orientation. From such small details you can often see that the work of a coach concerns everyone and not just the best.

And when that’s properly ingrained in the soccer player’s mind, then he’s ready to play properly, whether it’s for three games in a row or just a five-minute help.

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Kovnatski and Stewart in front of Olympiakos to attack

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According to various sources from abroad, Poland’s David Kownatski and Scot’s Ross Stewart are being presented as Olympiakos transfer targets.

It seems that Olympiacos are looking in the market for ways to strengthen their attack and according to reports from abroad they have the Pole on their radar David Kovnatsky and the Scot Ross Steward.

The 25-year-old Fortuna Düsseldorf striker has a contract until the end of the season, which he does not want to extend. So, starting January 1, he can agree with any team for the coming summer, and the German club doesn’t want to lose him without a small win.

In the current season, Kovnatski, who is said to be of interest to Bundesliga clubs, has scored six goals and provided just as many assists in 17 appearances in the DFB Cup and in the B-League.


The list of Erythroleuks is said to contain The Sunderland striker, who started the Championship season strongly, scoring five goals and providing three assists in seven games, but injury halted his progress.

The 26-year-old Scot has been out since the beginning of September with a thigh tear third party Degree. The people at the English club are hoping to have him back in action before the end of the year, but it is uncertain whether he will continue to offer his services from the New Year.


Stewart’s contract expires in the summer, and Sunderland has an option to extend it by another twelve months. However, the publication states that the team is open to proposals valued at around €5 million.

Besides the Greek champions, other Greek teams have also shown interest in his case of Europe, including Rangers.

Source: sport 24

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