Greece Is The Word

Saturday 5 October 2013 14:25

Giorgos Karagounis is ready, willing and able to make his first league start of the season in Saturday’s (3pm) crucial home clash with Stoke City.

The Greek warrior has had to be content with a place on the substitutes’ bench in Fulham’s Barclays Premier League games so far this term.

But he replaced the injured Scott Parker seven minutes into last weekend’s fixture with Cardiff City – and is hoping to get the nod to start this weekend as the Whites look to turn their fortunes around.

Karagounis told Saturday’s matchday programme: “Competition is good for each player and it helps the team. It’s up to the Manager to choose who he wants to play - our job is to be ready. Every week, I’ll be prepared and waiting to give my all. Everyone wants to play week in, week out, but only 11 can get on the pitch. Sometimes you have to wait for your chance. All I can do is be ready for when the team needs me.

“We expected more than what we’ve managed so far. But when there are an awful lot of new players in a team, it can take time to find your feet. The Manager is trying to work out our best chemistry but sometimes it takes a while in order to achieve it. We have to be united and stick together to overcome this difficult situation. We must change it quickly because we don’t deserve to be so low down in the table.”

To read the full interview with Karagounis pick up an official matchday programme on Saturday.

Other key content in the only matchday magazine that matters - which is available to download digitally from 9am on Saturday - include: 

  • Martin Jol’s regular programme notes
  • Sascha Riether takes the Fulham 50 challenge
  • Former Stoke and Fulham striker Paul Peschisolido assesses this weekend’s game
  • Ex-Whites forward Rob Haworth recalls a League Cup clash with Stoke
  • Young goalkeeper Marek Rodak outlines his hopes for the future
  • We continue our look at the players, Position by Position, to have made the biggest impact at FFC
  • There’s a slice of programme nostalgia in Rewind
  • And Andy Melville is Yesterday’s Hero

Priced £3.50, the 84-page publication is available from various sellers on Stevenage Road from two hours before kick-off. Fans can also order copies directly from www.programmemaster.com

The programme is also available as an app with added video content from 9am on Saturday via Apple’s Newsstand or Pocketmags. You can subscribe for the whole season for the digital edition or buy a single issue for £1.99.