Kostas Fliskas has been a player of Skoda Xanthi for eleven consecutive years and in his exclusive interview for the website of the Super League he said that: "the team feels like my second family". The experienced midfielder dreams of ending his football career "by winning a title with the team I belong to and have served for all these years," and sent his message to the fans of Xanthi: "I would ask them to support us more in each match. They should feel proud that the club has been in the First division for so many years." The full interview:
Question by Dimitris Kyriakos
You have been a player of Skoda Xanthi for eleven consecutive years. What does this club mean to you?
It feels like my second family. They have given me many beautiful moments and given that I am with the club for many years, we have formed family ties.
Question by Vassilis Tsakiridis
After so many years with the same club, which was your best moment with it and which one would you like to forget?
My best moment was without a doubt the participation in the Greek Cup Final last year. The worst moment was three years ago when the team came close to being relegated to the next division.
What is your opinion on the club's presence this season?
Despite having a difficult playing calendar, we were competitive in the first round of the championship, as opposed to the second round when the schedule was more favourable for us but we did not do what we wanted to do and were unfortunately left behind in the championship. I can say that the year was not successful compared to last year.
Question by Andreas Georgiou
The team seems rather weak in away matches. Do you believe this is one of the things you should improve?
We definitely must improve this. Not winning away matches is a disadvantage because if you want to be a competitive team, you must be able to win both away and home matches.
How do you think you will end your football career?
I hope I will end my football career by playing in the team I belong to and have served all these years, while winning a title.
Skoda Xanthi is among the clubs paying special attention to and promoting new footballers to the first team. Do you believe this is one of the Club's qualities?
Skoda Xanthi is a club paying a lot of attention to the academies and this was proven in the past with players that left the club and were promoted. This is a result of the people working in the team and the team's available facilities. Based on these two things, my team has this quality.
What would you like to say to the fans and supporters of Xanthi?
I would ask them to support us more in each match and both in victories and in defeats. They should be proud that the club has been in the First division for so many years.
Would you like to see your children becoming professional athletes?
It is understood that I would like my children to become professional athletes given that I am one since I have learned many things. I have learned to be a team player, to have a healthy lifestyle, to have self-restraint, and in particular in football, a sport requiring the use both of your mind and your body. Being an athlete helped me live my life based on the "a healthy mind in a healthy body" principle.
What are your hobbies?
I like spending my spare time with my family and my friends.