QPR's Komokidis droomt van de Premier League

Andreas Komokidis is nog maar 18 jaar, maar lang leek een profcarrière er voor hem niet in te zitten. Echter zit hij nu dicht tegen het eerste elftal van Queens Park Rangers aan. Een mooi interview met de jonge aanvaller. (Let op: interview is in het Engels).

It’s rare for a modern-day footballer not to come through an academy system from a young age. But every now and then there’s an exception, a player that breaks the trend.

Andreas Komodikis is on his way to becoming a Premier League footballer, having played Sunday league football just three years previously.

The 18-year-old winger has taken an unusual route to professional football and now plays for Championship promotion-chasers QPR.

But at the age of 15, his dream of having a career in football looked unlikely as he played at Sunday league level.
He had previously dealt with rejection from a Premier League club’s academy after starting life at Tottenham Hotspur as an eight-year-old in a development squad.

The QPR youngster is hoping for his shot at the big time.‘I was at the development centre training once a week. I would play there for two months and then go for a trial,’ he told Metro.co.uk.

‘Then I’d carry on in the development centre and have another trial. This went on for about four years.

‘So I kept going there until I was put forward for a six-week trial. I felt I did really well and impressed the people watching.

‘But after the six-week trial, I was told that I was good but I wasn’t good enough.’

It says a lot about Komodikis’ character that he didn’t throw in the towel there and then. While others would have given up on their dream, he felt that his rejection had a double meaning.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2015/12/29/from-sunday-league-to-the-premier-league-queens-park-rangers-andreas-komodikis-hopes-so-5588748/#ixzz3vnutmjAM

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