AEK Athens Bring in Kostenoglou as New Coach

AEK Athens shocked the football community by sacking manager Miguel Cardoso after just one match. The Portuguese manager took charge of the Greek outfit only on July 1st and he lasted just under two months at the team. He signed a two-year contract with the club, but the 2-1 defeat against Xanthi produced a shock response from the team. Club president Dimitris Melissanidis announced after the game thatCardoso’s reign at the club has come to an end. It is a major disaster for the Portuguese, who lasted only a short spell at his previous role.

Cardoso started his managerial career with Shakhtar Donetsk as the assistant boss. He became the manager of Portuguese outfit Rio Ave FC and he spent almost a year with the team – managing 42 games. This happens to be the longest he has spent at a club as a manager. From here,Cardoso made the switch to French outfit Nantes, where he lasted only eight matches. Then he jumped ship to Celta de Vigo where he spent only 15 games before coming to Greek football.Cardoso was brought in as the replacement for Manolo Jimenez.

Now, KinosKostenoglou has been appointed as the new coach of the club. It is understood that AEK Athens tried to bring in Gustavo Poyet, but a refusal from the Uruguayan has led them to switch their attention towardsKostenoglou. He has been in charge of teams likeAsterasTripolis,Anorthosis, Xanthi, andAris Thessaloniki. The team has done well to recover from the defeat against Xanthi, as they have been able to beat Trabzonspor in the Europa league before getting a comeback victory overAsterasTripolis in the domestic competition. The back-to-back victories have given the team a lot of confidence before they take onLamia just after the international break.

Former Arsenal defender speaks on the partnership of Sokratis and Mustafi

Former Arsenal ladies defender Alex Scott has said that Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi have failed to work as a central defensive pair because of the regular tinkering done by manager Unai Emery. The duo featured during the recent away trip at Leicester City, where the Gunners were convincingly beaten 3-0 after they had Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off in the first period.

Speaking after the game, Scott said that the recent downfall for the Gunners has come from individual mistakes, mostly from the heart of the backline. She added that it is a miracle that the north London side are still in the race to make the top four of the Premier League with two games to play.
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Sokratis Papastathopoulos has no plans of re-joining AEK Athens in the future

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has said that he has no plans of returning to the Greek league with AEK Athens in the future. The central defender joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund last summer and he has since played an integral part in their push to make the top four of the Premier League.

Speaking to Sport24, the Greece international admitted that the Gunners may not be his final club and he could push for a final payday elsewhere before retirement. He added that the United States and China are potential destinations and he has no plans of making an emotional comeback with Athens for the twilight of his career.
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BBC pundit praises Arsenal’s Greek centre-back after Manchester United triumph

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has praised the performance of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Laurent Koscielny in central defence during the 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League. The Gunners had come into the game following a disappointing 3-1 Europa League loss at Rennes and this led to many considering them as underdogs for the Red Devils clash.

However, the north London side started on the front foot with Granit Xhaka scoring for them in the opening 15 minutes and they managed to hold onto the lead for the interval with some luck. Following the break, the Gunners were much more assured with their defensive showing starting from the goalkeeper and Crooks had special praise for the centre-back pairing of Sokratis and Koscielny.
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AEK Athens Bring in ManoloJimenezFor the Third Time

AEK Athens have decided to bring in Manolo Jimenez as the coach for a third time. The Greek super league team decided to go for a managerial change after Marinos Ouzounidis decided to step down from his role, as a result of the club failing to find a consistent run of form this season. The team has been struggling through the campaign and they have been able to pick up only 37 points from the 19 matches so far. This inconsistent run has resulted in the team following an incredible 14 points behind table leaders PAOK.

Jimenez was first in charge of the team during the 2010-11 campaign. During this period, he was able to win the Greek Cup with the team. This was followed by a second spell in January 2017 when he was able to lead the club to their first league title in almost 25 years. However, there was a setback for the team during that season since the club lost to PAOK in the Greek Cup final. The 55-year-old will be hoping for more success in his third spell, but he also comes into the club had a difficult time. He has been able to only agree an 18 month contract with the club with the option of an additional year if both parties are interested.
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There were chaotic scenes at the Olympic Stadium prior to the Champions League game between Ajax and AEK Athens in November last year and both football clubs have been charged by European football governing body, UEFA.

UEFA has charged Ajax and AEK Athens following the clashes between fans of both clubs which ruined the Champions League game.