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1860 Munich vs Aberdeen

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Not a bad result I suppose, any German football fans know if this their first team?


1860: 1 Kiraly - 2. Rukavina, 5 Felhi, 19 Ghvinianidze, 14 Holebas - 8 Ignjovski, 24 Lovin - 15 Aigner, 10 Rösler - 11 Lauth, 31 Djokaj.
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A GOAL from midfielder Jose Holebas a minute before the half time was sufficient to start the Mark McGhee era as Aberdeen manager with a defeat.


However the man who replaced Jimmy Calderwood in the post last month will have plenty of positives to ponder with his first competitive match last than a fortnight away.


That will also be against continental opposition when Aberdeen host either Fram Reykjavik or Sigma Olomouc at Pittodrie in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.


Their last involvement in the now defunct UEFA Cup was against Bayern Munich in a packed Allianz Stadium that also hosts yesterday's opponents.


This clash could not have offered a more stark contrast though, played as it was in the Austrian village of Bad Wimsbach with a sedate feel to the game that matched the surroundings.


Chances were few and far between but for long spells Aberdeen were, in terms of technique and defensive organisation, the equal of their German second division opponents who drew with Manchester City last week.


The only goal came when Holebas latched on to a ball that broke to him just inside the area before guiding it past Jamie Langfield.


McGhee started with the most experienced players available and introduced trialist Reda Johnson, amongst others, as the workout progressed.


Johnson did his chances of a move no harm and McGhee has confirmed that his French third division club, Ameins, have agreed to allow the player to move to Pittodrie on a season-long loan.


Originally it was thought they would demand compensation for the 21-year-old Benin international.


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Clock ticking for McGhee to get correct ingredients

trialist johnson looks the part while mcDONALD COULD GET NOD FOR CAPTAINCY


By Michael Gannon in austria


Published: 20/07/2009


Time is of the essence for Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee. It is the one luxury he does not have with the Dons foray into the Europa League, where they will face either Fram Reykjavik of Iceland or the Czech Republic’s Sigma Olomouc, coming in little more than a week.


Aberdeen ended their week-long Austrian training camp on Saturday with their first friendly match of pre-season, against the German second division side 1860 Munich. While the 1-0 defeat was hardly cause for concern, the close proximity of next week’s European tie is.


Aberdeen have just two more sparring sessions remaining before the first leg at Pittodrie, a trip to Peterhead tomorrow evening and then at Dundee on Saturday.


McGhee’s squad looks alarmingly threadbare and he has only until Friday to bring in players who will be eligible for Europe. With so little time, and so few options, the new manager unsurprisingly opted for his strongest possible starting line-up against the Germans.


He employed his 4-3-3 formation he favoured at Motherwell, which took a bit of getting used to for some but appears to benefit key individuals such as attacking full back Charlie Mulgrew and roving forward Sone Aluko.


It was also interesting to note Gary McDonald being handed the captaincy. McDonald was not considered the favourite to land the role – but he is now.


The former Kilmarnock midfielder has impressed McGhee in Austria. The 27-year-old has looked mature, considered and determined all week, all admirable traits for any would-be skipper and McGhee might have found his man.


He could well have found another in French trialist Reda Johnson. The 21-year-old appeared for the second half and looked the part. The centre back is strong and quick and seems fiercely competitive.


The other men on trial, Polish defender Jakub Dziolka and German forward Marcus Stegmann, were also afforded brief auditions but it will be a case of don’t call us, we’ll call you.


The surroundings on Saturday were slightly less salubrious than those encountered the last time the Dons faced a side from Munich on foreign soil.


The ground in Austrian outpost Bad Wimsbach was adequate for what was required but it was hardly a patch on the Allianz Arena, where Aberdeen faced 1860’s rather more illustrious landlords Bayern Munich in the Uefa Cup last February.


The 5-1 hammering that night was never going to be emulated by either side on Saturday. Both sides were so consumed by their instructions to keep the possession, they seemed to forget to oblige with an occasional shot on goal.


The Dons did not manage one single effort on target, and just one off, while their opponents were only margin-ally more proactive in the final third.


It was somewhat unfortunate, therefore, one of their rare shots was out of this world and ended up in the back of Jamie Langfield’s net.


The defending could have been better as a trio of red shirts dithered on the edge of their 18-yard line but they would not have expected Jose Holebas to break the apparent no-shooting pact with a thunderbolt which clattered off the underside of the crossbar on the way in.


That strike lit up an encounter that was interesting only to the dedicated enthusiasts or the seriously inebriated, with a lot of travelling Germans in the latter group forming the 800-strong crowd.


Aberdeen’s shape looked good and they passed the ball nicely in phases without mustering much of a threat in the forward areas.


Aluko’s dragged effort from 20 yards was their sole attempt on goal. There was a late avalanche of substi-tutes from both sides, and given the sparseness of the Aberdeen squad, the change in personnel handed the Germans the late impetus.


The hard work has been done by the players in Austria. It has only just begun for the manager.


ABERDEEN — Langfield, Foster (Holm 82), Considine (Johnson 46), Diamond (Dziolka 63), Mulgrew, Duff (Young 46), McDonald, Kerr (Stewart 82), Maguire (Mackie 46),Miller (Stegmann 63), Aluko (Paton 46).

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