Winning mentality » Ferrari Magazine

SotiriOs Kyrgiakos Location: Athens, Greece Sport: Footballer

Greek footballer Sotirios Kyrgiakos made his name as an old-fashioned central defender, a player whose job it was to disrupt, rather than create. However, his positional sense and powerful physique saw him increasingly called upon to make his presence felt at the other end of the pitch, first at Panathinaikos, then with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Rangers, Liverpool and Wolfsburg. Footballers, more than any other athletes, are firmly embedded in celebrity culture, for good or ill. It can’t be easy keeping a level head when you’re being treated like a rock star, with your every word reported by a hungry media. Kyrgiakos, however, keeps his feet firmly on the ground.

‘I always maintain that pure athletic spirit lives in all athletes, professional or amateur,’ says the 33-yearold international, with 61 caps for his country. ‘For me, true sporting spirit is about self-respect, the way you play, having a sense of justice, the way you treat people, whatever their creed or colour. Having the freedom to give the best of yourself is a privilege. It’s an important value, one that defines that spirit. These beliefs helped me establish my career and made me the man I am today.’ More than that, Kyrgiakos believes that the sport still allows him to enjoy a close relationship with supporters, to feed off their attention, rather than shy away from it. ‘Contact with people gives me the ultimate satisfaction,’ he says. ‘Football is one of few sports where spectators can participate so passionately. That’s the magic of football.’

Not that Kyrgiakos doesn’t enjoy the fruits of his hard work and success. His 458 Italia is a point of huge personal pride. ‘You’re part of a special group that represents status, safety and reliability. You feel lucky because these are the things that people spend their whole life trying to achieve.’

From issue n° 22 September 2013

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Demetrios Georgalas (A Surviving Globalization Consultant) was born in 1961 in Bern and grew up in Athens. In1985, graduated from Surrey University with a Tourism Management BSc (Hons). In 1998, graduated from LMTB under Freie Universitat Berlin, with a Diploma Lasers in Medicine. His professional career was started in the private sector and at the same time he created his first consulting company D+G Consultants Inc. Worked for major multinationals in Greece and abroad (FMCGs / Pharmaceuticals / Tourism). Demetrios Georgalas, having established also Travelling 2 Greece a destination management company, while with the D+G Consultants working in the areas of BTL and special marketing projects. He is activated except from Greece in the Balkans and in Turkey, consulting his clientele with new innovative proposals. Apart from his enterprising activities, he dabbles at blogging, travelling and cooking while he is married and has two children. In conclusion Demetrios Georgalas is an Athenian, Greek, Agnostic, Traveller, & Liberal he likes sci-fi, photography, blogging, travelling and cooking and if you like fascism or any kind of dogma, keep out! Δημήτρης Κ. Γεωργαλάς Γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1961, σπούδασε Τουριστική Διαχείριση στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και κατέχει μεταπτυχιακό τίτλο στην Βιοτεχνολογία. Έχει εργαστεί σε μεγάλα τουριστικά γραφεία του εσωτερικού, και σε πολυεθνικές σε Ελλάδα και Εξωτερικό, στο χώρο των φαρμάκων, των ιατρικών μηχανημάτων και των FMCG’s. Από το 2001 είναι ελεύθερος επαγγελματίας, με δραστηριότητα στην διαχείριση προορισμού, τον θεματικό τουρισμό και τις ειδικές ενέργειες marketing. Είναι παντρεμένος και πατέρας δυο παιδιών, διδάσκει ειδικά θέματα εξωτερικού εμπορίου και κοινωνικής δικτύωσης, σε επιχειρήσεις και οργανισμούς. Ασχολείται ενεργά με το διαδίκτυο από το 1993 με άμεση εμπλοκή στα κοινωνικά δίκτυα και στο «ιστολογείν». Φανατικός ταξιδευτής, ερασιτέχνης φωτογράφος, μαχόμενος αγνωστικός και φιλελεύθερος. Όραμά του μια Ευρωπαϊκή Ελλάδα.
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