Vrakas becomes second youngest player to appear for PAOK
It’s been a good week for young Greek talent. Before AEK Athens’ Christos Giousis inspired his team to a 3:2 triumph against Kallithea, PAOK midfielder Giorgios Vrakas became the second youngest player in the Thessaloniki club’s history.
PAOK gifted Vrakas an appearance in the Greek Cup match against Aiginakos at the tender age of 16 years, 7 months and 1 day, making him the second youngest player to compete in a competitive PAOK fixture. However, Vrakas had already been making himself known before this game. Two years ago, when playing as a striker, he was named the best forward of the “We Love Football” tournament, a competition which included the likes of Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus and Ajax. Since then, he has emerged as one of the key players for PAOK’s under 20 team.
Following the special day, Vrakas shared his joyful emotions. “I am proud to have played in this game! I thank my coach for giving me this opportunity, he told me to play with freedom and that’s what I did,” beamed Vrakas. “When I chose to join PAOK, I definitely made the right choice! I had other offers from Athens, but I think that PAOK give more opportunities to younger players.”
Vrakas was just one month short of the overall record which is held by Apostolos Tsourelas, who was 16 years, 6 months and 7 days old when making his debut PAOK appearance. Here are the ten youngest ever players to compete for PAOK:
- Apostolos Tsourelas (16 years, 6 months, 7 days)
- Georgios Vrakas (16 years, 7 months, 1 day)
- Vaggelis Nastos (16 years, 8 months, 7 days)
- Dimitris Popovic (16 years, 11 months, 9 days)
- Giorgios Koudas (17 years, 0 months, 28 days)
- Kostas Panagiotoudis (17 years, 3 months, 29 days)
- Marios Siampanis (17 years, 4 months, 24 days)
- Ergys Kace (17 years, 5 months, 27 days)
- Giorgios Toursounidis (17 years, 7 months, 13 days)
- Stavros Sarafis (17 years, 8 months, 12 days)