"My goal is to become one of the starting 11 players of Asteras through my everyday hard work on the pitch," pointed out Giorgos Kyriakopoulos in his exclusive interview for the official website of the Super League. The young Asteras Tripolis defender pointed out that: "Asteras develops as a club with each passing year and I believe it's already among the best clubs in Greece," and also talked about the club's fans by saying that: "the presence of the fans is always important for all footballers." The full interview:
Question by Giorgos Logaridis
You started by playing in the youth academies of the club and you now play in the first team. Do you believe that you are being rewarded for your work?
Yes, I believe that I am being rewarded for my work because I worked a lot in the academies of Asteras and with the assistance by my coaches, as well as by the administration, I was successful and was given a shot in the first team.
Question by Dimitris Ikonomidis
How does it feel to be among the starting eleven, despite being so young?
It feels great since this was a life dream of mine that came true. My obligations are much more from now on and I will have to work hard in order to always be among the starting eleven players.
Question by Rena Lionoudaki
Although it is still early to be talking about this, what are your aspirations for the future?
As I said before, my goal is to be among the starting eleven players of Asteras through my everyday hard work on the pitch. I do not wish to be specific about the future; instead I prefer to take one step at a time and vindicate the people that placed their faith in me.
Question by Eleni Tagkalou
Do you dream about playing for an international club? If so, which club would you like to play for and why?
For the time being, I focus on my obligations with Asteras and I said before, I want to be down to earth and focus on my team's demands and take one step at a time as regards the future. I do not wish to have my head in the clouds, but to develop through my work on the pitch.
Question by Giorgos Τ.
What is your opinion about the presence of the Asteras fans in the team's away matches?
The truth is that the presence of the fans is always important for all footballers. I do not wish to judge anyone, but instead want to promise them that I will do my best in every match I play in so they can be proud of their favourite team.
Question by Vassilis Ikonomidis
Asteras is undefeated on home soil and we see that with each passing year he becomes even stronger when playing in his stadium. How do you explain this?
Asteras is a very well organised club, based on professional standards, which offers everything to a footballer who focuses only on his training and the matches. It does not have any other problems. Asteras develops as a club with each passing year and I believe it's already among the best clubs in Greece. If Asteras wishes to be among the top clubs of the classification list, it should take advantage of the matches played on home soil. And it has done that.
Question by Eva Koulourioti
Do you believe that Asteras can distinguish itself in European competitions in the following season?
Why not? As I said before, Asteras works based on professional standards and all footballers focus only on their obligations on the pitch. Asteras plays good football and through its participation in the European competitions for the third year, it starts to establish itself. With a bit of luck, it can achieve even more, much more than it has achieved this season.
What is your promise to the Asteras fans?
From now on, we will fight as much as we can and work hard in order to achieve the best we can in the play-offs so they can be happy and proud of their team.
What was the thing that made you become a football player?
I loved football since I was a little boy. It was my father that enrolled me in a football academy and through my hard work, I managed to play for Asteras and participate in the Super League.