The Best Goal award of the 24th matchday was awarded to Kostas Katsouranis playing for PAOK, who topped the competition organised by Super League, the Panhellenic Association of Professional Players (PSAP) and NOVA. The award was presented by the network manager of OPAP SA in Northern Greece, Mr Athanasios Kefos.
After the ceremony, the PAOK player stated:
"It was a matter of execution, fast thinking and body positioning. This is one of my most beautiful goals, I remember all my goals, I have good memory even as regards the goals scored over the line. Whenever I score, I always lift my shirt because I always wear an undershirt with the picture of my son on it."
- Having played in PAOK for three months now and in conjunction with your experience, what are the club's prospects?
"We have great prospects. In the first half in Chania we displayed substance; we cannot judge the second half because we were left with nine players. As regards our prospects in particular, this is a new team, and the most important thing in football is to have cohesion. Things are going really well, the club gets organised, we are signing good players, but it is still early."
- On Saturday, you saw Dimitris Salpingidis go through a situation similar to one you lived a few months ago while playing for Panathinaikos. What are your thoughts on this?
"I am not familiar with the letter of the regulation, but as far as I know and saw because I went through this as well, I was sanctioned for verbally abusing the referee. Salpingidis did not do this and I believe that because he did not verbally abuse the referee, he should be sanctioned for misconduct. If the law is applied in Greece, because often it is not, he should be sanctioned with a one- or two-match ban."
- Do you feel that different treatments apply per case? Namely, it is said that the players of Olympiacos receive different treatment than the rest.
"As you all know, I have never played for Olympiacos and I do not know about the treatment the club's players get. In any case, I have talked in the past about how football should be functioning. Nothing has changed and at the end we sound colourful by repeating the same things over and over again. There are rules and these rules should be followed."
- Who is the biggest opponent PAOK has: the clubs close to it in the classification list or its "bad" shelf?
"Do you mean as regards the Greek Cup or the championship and the play-offs? I am asking you, because these two are different. We have two legs in the Cup, where you can be left with ten players in the first ten minutes and anything can happen. As regards play-offs, I believe that our opponent is our "bad" shelf, we are better than the rest. The most important thing is for the club to qualify for the Champions League group stage. The PAOK fans may want the club to win a title so that they can celebrate, but I want to play in the Champions League group stage with PAOK. We shall see… we take things game-by-game.
- Do you believe that your choice to sign with PAOK is vindicated?
"I feel vindicated in any case to have signed with PAOK, whether we win any titles or not; in general, I feel justified for my choices and have no regrets."
- There is also talk about your position in the field, whereas Mr Donis has stated that you can be the best centre back in Greece.
"I had talked about this after the match against AEK and my words were misinterpreted, some said that I was reproaching the coach. I wish to clear this to set the matter straight. Every club has an administration, a coach and its players. Players are the last link of the chain, it is others who decide. It matters not to me which my position is in the field. This has happened in Greece in the past as well: you say something and it may be reproduced in a different way. I had said that I like to be in the field, even as the goalkeeper, even though you find it hard to believe. We read various things about this and I prefer not to talk in general."
- You have played for other clubs too, do you believe there is something special about PAOK while you play for the club?
"The atmosphere in PAOK is really good, as is the case with other clubs of course, if not all of them."
- In conclusion, would you like to comment on the upcoming match of the Greek National Football Team against Bosnia?
"The match against Bosnia is a match like any other, I believe we will win," said the PAOK player from Patras.