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Georgios Efrem

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Georgios Efrem is a Cypriot International Attacking-Midfielder who plays mainly as a Winger. He is well-known as a tricky Winger with great ball-striking ability, who like to cut-inside from wide areas, despite the fact that he isn’t a very quick player for that position.
Efrem started his career as a youngster playing in the academy of his local club, Apollon Limassol, and in 2004 he joined the Arsenal FC academy, after a successful trial.
Even though he quickly became a regular for the Arsenal's Reserve team, Arsene Wenger was forced to release him because he felt that he had already too many attacking players in his squad.
After leaving Arsenal, Efrem moved to Scotland and he had short spells with Glasgow Rangers in 2007-08 and Dundee in 2009,
In the Summer of 2009, Efrem returned to Cyprus signing a long-term contract with AC Omonoia Nicosia, impressing everybody in his home country immediately.
Georgios was named "Young player of the Season" by the Cyprus FA in his first season and he won a Championship and two Cups during his time at Omonoia.
Despite being given the captain's armband at Omonoia for the 2013-14 Season, he refused to renew his contract there, seeking a move abroad.
Finally, after years of speculation, he made a highly controversial move to arch rivals, APOEL NIcosia, signing a three-year contract.
Efrem didn’t impress from day one at APOEL, struggling again with injuries and form, but later he proved that he is still a quality player, and in his second season there he regained the form that he showed in his early Omonoia days, becoming a crucial player for the team, and for the National team as well, becoming the first ever Cypriot player to score a hattrick in an official match for the National Team, with a hattrick that he scored against Andorra.

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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby John » 2014 Jun 08, 20:07

Better, he won't be remembered by us the fans.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2014 Aug 28, 13:46

petreleo wrote:The speculation about his future brought me to his topic. Interesting enough, Udinese scout who came to watch him said that his long-term future is in the AMF position and not on the wings and that's probably one of the main areas about deciding where to sign, because I guess wherever he signs for after a couple of years he will look again for opportunities abroad, to a team like Udinese, so I guess he would be looking for a team which is willing to try him at a central position.

About his set a couple of changes can be made like:
Attack: 76(-1)
Ball Control: 83(-1)
Dribble Accuracy: 83(+1)
Explosive Power: 84(-4)
Tenacity: 73(-2)
Acceleration: 84(-1)
Shot Technique: 77(+3)
Aggression: 83(-2)

His Registered position should be changed to SMF as he is more of a wide-midfield player rather than a Winger.
WF should remain as a Secondary Position.

In addition to the changes suggested above,

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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2014 Oct 18, 08:59

He has been really average for APOEL so far... and poor for Cyprus NT as well.
Efrem is a very good player, that's for sure. However, his recent injuries and laziness really affected his form and potential.
Therefore, his set needs changes:

His Attack at 76 is too much. He is nowhere near Manduca's(77) in reality, and maybe he even lower than Alonefti's(74). For now, I would say Attack: 74(-2).
Not only he was always poor at heading, he missed to great changes with his head for Cyprus Vs Wales to remind us about it. If Manduca has Header Accuracy: 66(suggested to be 70+), Efrem definitely deserves a value much below 70, and his Jumping is pretty average also: Header Accuracy: 67(-3), Jump: 71(-3).
His BB should be a bit lower than Alexandrou's value(74). Efrem Stamina should also fall a bit, as well as his Tenacity and Teamwork: Body Balance: 73(-3), Stamina: 76(-1), Tenacity: 71(-2), Teamwork: 72(-1).

About his positions, I would definitely remove the SS position.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2014 Nov 16, 20:19

petreleo wrote:He has been really average for APOEL so far... and poor for Cyprus NT as well.
Efrem is a very good player, that's for sure. However, his recent injuries and laziness really affected his form and potential.
Therefore, his set needs changes:

His Attack at 76 is too much. He is nowhere near Manduca's(77) in reality, and maybe he even lower than Alonefti's(74). For now, I would say Attack: 74(-2).
Not only he was always poor at heading, he missed to great changes with his head for Cyprus Vs Wales to remind us about it. If Manduca has Header Accuracy: 66(suggested to be 70+), Efrem definitely deserves a value much below 70, and his Jumping is pretty average also: Header Accuracy: 67(-3), Jump: 71(-3).
His BB should be a bit lower than Alexandrou's value(74). Efrem Stamina should also fall a bit, as well as his Tenacity and Teamwork: Body Balance: 73(-3), Stamina: 76(-1), Tenacity: 71(-2), Teamwork: 72(-1).

About his positions, I would definitely remove the SS position.

http://youtu.be/IOnSuZAGBfQ

Efrem made history tonight, as he became the first Cypriot player to score a hattrick in an official match, in a 5-0 win over Andorra.
This came as a surprise as he is average this season.
Tonight, he started as AMF after a long-time and he was great. Given an assist also.

(0:01) Assist to Merkis from corner.
(0:22) 1st Goal: One-touch weak-foot finish after a cross.
(0:31) 2nd Goal: After an amazing run from Christofi, he received the ball, made a fake-shot and scored.
(0:47) 3rd Goal: Rebound goal with a powerful shot after good passing game from Cyprus.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2014 Nov 30, 16:57

https://vine.co/v/OnF0WP9QVOM

Great goal which decided the derby Vs his old team, AC Omonoia.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby bitz » 2014 Nov 30, 18:12

Made those changes you suggested bar the SS removal. I think he has good qualities to play as SS, if he doesn't start there is an different subject. What do you think about his DA & BC? I feel he isn't good enough to deserve yellows from all the footage I could watch. His control looks a bit lousy in general.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2014 Nov 30, 18:46

bitz wrote:Made those changes you suggested bar the SS removal. I think he has good qualities to play as SS, if he doesn't start there is an different subject. What do you think about his DA & BC? I feel he isn't good enough to deserve yellows from all the footage I could watch. His control looks a bit lousy in general.

Thanks about the changes, but you haven't changed his Jumping, also.

I don't consider his Dribble Accuracy and Ball Control to be overrated in this set. He can do with slight downgrades, like most young Cypriot attackers in those areas, but I generally think that he is very good technically.
Also, keep in mind that he isn't totally a Winger, even though APOEL and Omonoia played him mostly there in recent seasons.

With his Omonoia contract running-out in the Summer, Udinese scout said that he will have a bright future only if he plays as AMF, the position he was playing at Arsenal Reserves and Cyprus U21s(I don't know about Rangers F.C. and Dundee). However, in recent seasons he rarely played as AMF, and spent most of the games playing out-wide.

To sum up, that's maybe he hasn't been able to show great DA and BC in recent times, because he plays out of position. He started as the AMF for Cyprus Vs Andorra and became the first Cypriot player ever to score a hattrick in an official match, he gave an assist also, and he showed great BC and DA in his Second goal of the match.

Now you'll tell me, why not making AMF his registered position in the set?
The answer is simple and clear. He just never plays there, despite playing best there!
Recently, after a suggestion by me, his registed position changed from WF to SMF, because as I said "he is more of a wide-midfield player rather than a Winger".
Then, I tried to lower his effectiveness as a Winger, be lowering things like Attack, Speed Stats, Stamina and Tenacity that are crucial for a Winger, while I kept his technical stats(like DA and BC) high, so that he'll play fine as AMF.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2014 Dec 21, 21:46

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I have some thoughts about changes in his set, but not something definite.
They mostly have to do with decreases in his Speed stats.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2015 Jan 19, 21:50

I definitely want to touch his set, but I am not sure in what aspects :p ...

Probably, I would lower his Speed Stats... Like,
Top Speed to 80 (-2),
Dribble Speed to 84 (-1)
and Acceleration to 82 (-2).

Then, probably, I would raise his Teamwork to 73 (+2) to make him a better Playmaker.

Finally, I would add him a Card that would make him Cut-Inside regularly. Is that the: P09 - Incisive Run ??

My general thought behind these changes is simple. I view him more as an Attacking-Midfielder rather than a Winger. Many people also believe that, including himself.
Making him slower is logical, since well... he is slower than this... and making him Cut-Inside fits his style of not being a traditional winger who runs and runs with the ball like Aloneftis.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2015 Feb 07, 22:43

petreleo wrote:I definitely want to touch his set, but I am not sure in what aspects :p ...

Probably, I would lower his Speed Stats... Like,
Top Speed to 80 (-2),
Dribble Speed to 84 (-1)
and Acceleration to 82 (-2).

Then, probably, I would raise his Teamwork to 73 (+2) to make him a better Playmaker.

Finally, I would add him a Card that would make him Cut-Inside regularly. Is that the: P09 - Incisive Run ??

My general thought behind these changes is simple. I view him more as an Attacking-Midfielder rather than a Winger. Many people also believe that, including himself.
Making him slower is logical, since well... he is slower than this... and making him Cut-Inside fits his style of not being a traditional winger who runs and runs with the ball like Aloneftis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCsRY3SusOI

(0:01) Another good Goal from him Vs Ethnikos Achnas, playing the role behind the Striker which fits him well.
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2015 May 20, 20:38



Scored 2 of the 4 APOEL's goals in the Cup Final. (1:51) and (2:15).
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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2015 Oct 19, 21:32

petreleo wrote:

Scored 2 of the 4 APOEL's goals in the Cup Final. (1:51) and (2:15).

After a quiet start of the season, he has been a revelation in recent months, scoring and assisting with ease, like Tomas de Vincenti.
Especially his 2 goals Vs AEL Limassol this weekend (0:26) and (0:50), were top class, and a reflection of the confidence he is playing with at the moment, and he seems to maintain this form in the Cyprus National Team games, like his move in Cyprus' first goal Vs Bosnia.

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Re: Giorgos Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2016 Feb 13, 21:05

petreleo wrote:
petreleo wrote:

Scored 2 of the 4 APOEL's goals in the Cup Final. (1:51) and (2:15).

After a quiet start of the season, he has been a revelation in recent months, scoring and assisting with ease, like Tomas de Vincenti.
Especially his 2 goals Vs AEL Limassol this weekend (0:26) and (0:50), were top class, and a reflection of the confidence he is playing with at the moment, and he seems to maintain this form in the Cyprus National Team games, like his move in Cyprus' first goal Vs Bosnia.


Absolute class of a performance today Vs old club and APOEL's rivals, Omonoia Nicosia. He scored all two goals of APOEL in a 2-0 victory, and this to be added to his already magnificent season with a total of 7 club goals and 1 international goal and 8 assists in all competitions.

His 2 goals today:
1st: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Dt0We5S8c
2nd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfByOaf15Xg

I have some thoughts for his current set, but maybe I would post them after the end of the Season as no urgent update is needed in contrast with many sets of other Cypriot League players.

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Re: Georgios Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2016 Mar 21, 18:39



(1:42) Scored a World-Class curling long-range goal from outside the box in 0-3 Win in the derby vs AEK Larnaca last weekend.

He is in the form of his life at the moment. That was his 11th club goal this Season, and this is a massive return for the Left-Winger.

Staying away from injuries, except in Pre-Season and in November, helped him a lot this Season to reach this kind of form we all knew he could reach, despite some mediocre Seasons in the last few years.

I am already thinking about possible updates in his Set, but I think I would wait until the end of the Season to comment further. One thing is for sure, his Shot Accuracy is definitely a green, with this types of goals he is scoring...
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Re: Georgios Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2017 Feb 17, 22:31



Efrem scored an amazing curled shot(00:01) Vs Athletic Bilbao last night in the Europa League, after an incredible fast counter-attack and a defence-splitting ball from Vinicius. This was Efrem's 4th goal away from home in European competitions this Season, having also scored away goals Vs Rosenborg(Champions League qualifiers), Vs Young Boys, Vs Astana, and all of them were stunners!

Volley-Goal from close-range Vs Rosenborg(02:24): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDX4UeFo1zo
Quick counter-attack Goal having chipped the ball over the goalkeeper Vs Young Boys(00:09): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsTWsMIdOmU
Amazing counter-attack Goal scoring with a powerful shot from a very difficult angle Vs Astana(00:42): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYsNZ6AXpyU

Efrem has been amazing for APOEL Nicosia in the last two Seasons. Most importantly, he is a very productive Winger, who has scored 13 goals and assisted another 7 this Season in 37 club appearances in all competitions. Also, Last Season, he reached similar levels in productivity(probably a bit below this Season's), and he was voted as the "League's Player of the Season"!

Don't get me wrong, there are games in which he struggles to perform really well, but he is always capable of making the difference in a single moment, with maybe a spectacular goal or an assist. An example of this is last night's match Vs Athletic Bilbao, in which he was below average in everything that he did until being substituted-off around the 70-75 minute-mark. Some miss-placed passes, unsuccessful dribbles and little help at defending... but, when the real chance was presented to him, he took it really well and opened the score for APOEL with an amazing goal.

Efrem has great Attacking-Awareness for a Winger, to get himself in dangerous attacking-positions into the box to create chances. As you can watch in the Videos above, the way in which he likes to play at the limit of offside, off-the shoulders of the last defender, helps him being a dangerous attacking-weapon in Counter-Attacks, which are being used by APOEL mainly in European competitions. His Finishing may not always be the best, sometimes it is inconsistent and from-time-to-time he can miss some good chances, but overall, I would say that his Finishing is pretty good for a Winger, and it is no accident the fact that he is scoring so many goals in the last two Seasons.

He is a both-sided Winger, despite the fact that the Left-Side seems to fit him better because it enables him to cut-inside with his stronger Right-foot to finish chances. This Season he has played a lot of games as RIght-Winger, in contrast to Last Season in which he was mainly a Left-Winger, and the reason for this was to be able to include in-form Left-Winger Stathis Aloneftis in the team, by shifting Efrem to the Right-Wing. Another position in which he played a couple of times this Season(like Vs Ethnikos Achnas away) is the AMF-SS position, basically behind a Target-Man CF. He played in that position mainly because of injury to the team's main Attacking-Midfielder, Facundo Bertoglio, and when Efrem played in that position, again he didn't perform that well, but obviously had some good moments in those matches, as well.

Suggested Changes:
ADD- SS Position as Secondary-Position
Attack: 76 (+1)
Agility: 83 (-1)
Long Pass Speed: 76 (-1)
Condition/Fitness: 5 (+1)
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Re: Georgios Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2018 Jan 22, 00:08



Scored an amazing Beckham-esque goal for the half-way line today in the derby Vs AEK Larnaca.
It's great to see such an important quality player to return back to his best after having a couple of muscular injury problems in the first-half of the Season, and as a result not playing as much.
Today actually he played as an early 2nd-half substitute, and despite scoring APOEL's 2nd goal, he also assisted their 3rd in their 3-1 win.
This in addition to his hattrick(04:13, 06:37, 08:11) last week in the 0-8 win Vs Doxa Katokopias.
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Re: Georgios Efrem

Postby petreleo » 2019 Apr 01, 22:04

Last Season he had been injured for the majority of the time with minor muscle injuries, but this Season he has stayed fit throughout the big majority of the Season, but nevertheless APOEL's coach Tramezzani doesn't pick him to start many games because of his game-plan. He prefers to use mainly a 3-5-2 without traditional Wingers, but instead two versatile attackers like Al-Taamari and Natel being played up-front as "False-9s", the same with January signing Vidigal, so as a result long-serving players like Efrem and 36y.o.Aloneftis who are the closest APOEL have to traditional Wingers do not start many matches. Efrem has been starting mainly cup matches instead scoring 4 goals including a hat-trick Vs Ayia Napa (only 1 goal in the League though), the same like Aloneftis. His quality is missing in some matches, but the coach seems too much stubborn upon his principles in this system to give him a proper run in the team as a starter. Nevertheless, his last two Seasons are not quite up to the high standards of contribution he had before that in the past. Some downgrades are possibly needed, not exactly sure what, but probably a mixture of mainly Form, Response, SPA, and Tenacity downgrades would be enough.

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