"My personal goal as a striker is to be scoring as much goals as I can so I can help my team achieve its goals," said Petros Giakoumakis in his exclusive interview for the website of the Super League. The Levadiakos forward talked about the team's goal this season: "The team must secure its staying in the division as soon as possible," and offered his advice to footballers his age playing in lower divisions: "They must never give up. Everything in football is a matter of psychology. Hard workers are always recognised, be it sooner or later." The full interview:
Question by Vassilis Tsakiridis
Which of the goals you have scored you will never forget and why?
It's the goal I scored last year in the home match against Panionios in the 89th minute with which my team won the match 1-0.
It was my first goal as a player of Levadiakos, my first goal in the Super League and at the same time was a really useful goal since my team won its first game in the Championship.
Question by Pantelis Deltsos
Your next match is against PAOK. How do you think this match will go and how do you prepare for it?
The most beautiful feeling for a footballer is to play against great and historic clubs. In this particular match, I would like to play as forward and manage to score.
We prepare differently for every match: it depends on the opponent and its special characteristics as well as the different match conditions.
Question by Vassilis Athanasiou
What would you advise footballers your age playing in lower divisions? How easy is to chase after your dream?
I would tell them that they must never give up. Everything in football is a matter of psychology. When, for example, you are disappointed, you must have the strength to get back on your feet. Hard workers are always recognised, be it sooner or later. I know several footballers that managed to play in the Super League when they were over 24 years old.
The life of footballers is not easy at all. They must sacrifice many things in their everyday lives and their lives in general.
Question by Stathis Karatzoyannis
What is the goal of Levadiakos this season?
First of all to secure its staying in the division as soon as possible. We shouldn't deal this year with the same situation as last year during the last matchdays, namely to feel stressed and pressed to collect points.
Question by Spiros Georgakis
After your victory against AOK, you are close to qualifying in the next round of the Greek Cup. What is your goal in this competition?
Our main goal is to qualify to the next round and then go as far in the competition as possible.
What is your personal goal as a player of Levadiakos?
My personal goal as a striker is to be scoring as much goals as I can so I can help my team achieve its goals.
What should you do from now on in order to become a regular in the team, in your opinion?
I believe I need to work even harder, namely train even more. The hard thing is not to become great, it's to remain great. I believe that I need to keep having good displays.
What would you like to say to the fans and supporters of the club?
First of all, both I and definitely all my teammates would like to see the people returning to the stands. Both the fans and the organised supporters of Levadiakos. They should come to the matches and support us in this big and hard effort we make for the club of their city. We need their support both during good and bad moments and good and bad results.
Were you not a footballer, what would you rather be and why?
I only had one dream ever since I was little: to play football. In the years that followed, I never gave up on my dream. It's never too late! I always wanted to play football because I love football. Were it not for football, I would continue my studies in the school I quit for football (Technological Educational Institution, School of Infrastructure Engineering).
What are your hobbies?
When I have spare time, I watch football matches played in other championships; I hang out with teammates and friends and play videogames; I also surf the Internet and watch films.
THE WINNER OF THE DRAW FOR THE SIGNED SOUVENIR BY PETROS GIAKOUMAKIS, OFFERED BY FC LEVADIAKOS, IS MR SPIROS GEORGAKIS.