Thursday, 3 April 2014

Interview of George Zangylos

In our next interview, Panos Panagiotides has talked to George Zangylos, the main organizer of the subbuteo scene in Limassol and, along with Paul Andreas, organizer of the Cyprus Subbuteo Association.
George (left) in the premises of his club in Famagusta

When did you first started to play Subbuteo and what was the first team you got bought?
I started playing subbuteo in 1975 and my first team was West Bromwich Albion (heavyweight team).

How many years have you been playing and what are the main titles you have achieved in any level?
I have been playing from 1975 until today, I have won many titles under FISTF and WASPA banners, of course all under Cyprus Subbuteo Association.

What is the best thing about this game and why would you recommend it to someone?
I love the game and I like to organise national tournaments. It's like playing real football.

Your most memorable moments from this game happy or even sad?
Playing in high standard level with Steve Bennett (Scotland), Paul McGlakling (England), Paul Andreas (Essex), Marcos Kalopsidiotis (Salamis Famagusta), Kostas Kalopsidiotis (Salamis Famagusta), Stefanos Kouratzis, George Vassiliades, Vasilis Vavourakis, Demetris Parperis (Nicosia) and of course with all my swimmers and players from Famagusta, Salamis, Phoenix and Erimi.

Who was your strongest opponent and who is your favorite player and why?
My favorite player is Steve Bennett from Scotland.

Is it a sport or a game ? what is your opinion about this question that many people ask?
I think it's a sport. This is my opinion.

What improvements would you like to see in the future and what would you suggest to improve things?
I think the transportation is the main problem, travelling costs too much and without sponsors it is very difficult.

What would you recommend to someone who starts the game now? What are the secrets for top performance?
A lot of training in shooting and with long flicks. This is the key!

George's passport
Name: George Zangylos
Age: 48
Nation: Cyprus
Club: Famagusta TFC
Type of figures/bases used: Extreme Works, bodo bases, Astrobase, Belgium bases, Total Soccer
Job: teacher of physical education and swimming
Hobbies: football, subbuteo, cars, swimming, table tennis

(Interview by Panos Panagiotides)