"I am glad to be the recordman of AEK in Europe, I have lived many great moments during my spell with the club. I wish for the current players to write their own history, stay at the team for many years and be more successful in european competitions than us. I will never forget my first Champions League's games, against Glasgow Rangers at summer of 1994, when we beat them twice in Scotland and Athens.
They were the favorites back then, because they had spent a lot of money to strengthen their squad, so it was a very important success for AEK. Still, there are also many more unforgettable matches, such as our two draws against mighty Real Madrid at 2002-03, with our impressive come-back from 2-0 behind at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
I also remember the group stage's matches against AFC Ajax and AC Milan at 1994-95, when both teams reached the final of the competition, the home clash against Barcelona... I don't want to remember the bad memories, such as our away loss in the additional time against Lokomotiv Moscow at 1997-98, when we missed the chance to advance to Cup Winners' Cup semi finals, because they make me sad.
Demis Nikolaidis' hat-trick at 25 minutes against Ferencvaros TC at 1998-99... Before the first game against Casino Salzburg at 1994, I was injured and needed a month to return in action. The members of the medical staff Lakis Nikolaou and Nikos Pantazis worked with me and helped me to return after only 12 days. I played at the home match in Austria and AEK gained a positive result, a goalless draw.
Every match at our old stadium at Nea Filadelfeia was different, an amazing experience. I remember that the fans were waiting for us outside to see us entering the stadium, show us their love and support us. Every match at 'Nikos Goumas' stadium was special and I wish that the president of AEK will manage to build it again soon. The whole planet learned AEK from our campaigns in european competitions.
We enhanced the european reputation of the club with our sweat and effort, you see that now we are facing AS Saint-Étienne everybody remembers AEK and its old strength. The current players should try hard to add more successful campaigns to the book of our history, win the championship in Greece and of course we have to build our own stadium as well.
This is the most important thing for AEK to become very strong again and the president knows it very well. We already have a solid squad and we should add some more players to it, but step by step. We have a team that is not conceiving goals easily and works well to the part of teamwork. Signing a famous footballer for one season is not so helpful for a club.
AEK have the material to be successful during the upcoming seasons, many members of the club know its history very well, have lived great moments with in the past and know what to do. About tonight's match, I agree with the manager who told to the players that they should be patient and concentrated till the last minute, as they did in the first leg, in front of our fans who will be supporting us massively", said the 45-year-old former international at SDNA.