Where are your from and where do you live?

I'm from Athens in Greece. I live in downtown Athens.

When and why did you become a Benfiquista?

In 2011, I met a Benfiquista with great passion and love for the club. In 2012, I made my first trip to Lisbon and experienced the magic of the Luz. I immediately understood that SL Benfica is not only a sports club, but a passion, a religion, and a family.

Who are your favourite Benfica players, past and present?

Of course the Greeks: Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis, Takis Fyssas, Kostas Mitroglou and Andreas Samaris. Pablo "El Mago" Aimar was one of my favourite players. Nico Gaitán and Óscar Cardozo too. In my opinion, Franco Cervi will be the new leader of Benfica.

Have you visited the Estádio da Luz or seen any Benfica games live?

I've made ten visits to the Luz, and seen seven live games. The first was against Leiria in 2012, and the last was one year ago, against Zenit.

What was your favourite moment as a Benfiquista?

The day that I became an official member of the club. For me, to be a member of Benfica is worth a thousand trophies. Benfica is my second family.

What was your worst moment?

The last minute defeat to Porto in May 2013 that cost us the league title. It was good lesson for the team.

For you, what makes Benfica special or unique?

The history of the club, the passion of the Benfiquistas for the club, and the fact that we are a family.

If you could change one thing about the club, team or fans, what would it be?

I want the players "Made in Benfica" to be the leaders of Benfica, and not the leaders of Monaco or Bayern!

Do you support any other teams apart from Benfica?

I'm a fan of Olympiacos in Greece [the former club of Mitroglou, Samaris and Fejsa]. I support them and Barcelona.

What are your hobbies besides watching the Eagles?

Football is my passion, I cannot live without football. I love travelling, meeting new people and seeing new countries. I also love music, I listen to music all day.


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