Player Profile-Ioannis Avramidis

1. What do you love most about soccer?
“The feeling you get being on the field with your mates, giving it your all and enjoying every minute of it. I’ve been playing soccer since I was a little kid. I started off playing with just my friends on the street and at school we’d kick a ball at lunch time (sometimes not even a ball just anything we could find really,) then I went on to play for a team and here I am now.”
2. What drew you to play for Richmond Soccer Club?
“Brian and I spoke before I came to Richmond and I came and had a session. I saw the sort of training that Brian puts on and I find it a very professional environment compared to some clubs in Melbourne. I think that’s what attracted me the most as someone aspiring to play at a high level and give it my best shot.”
3. How do you think the team will go for the rest of this year?
“I think we’ve got a good bunch of boys. After the transfer window, me and a few boys came in to the squad and we’re all young so we’re all willing to work hard. I think that’s what will help us get over the line and hopefully keep ourselves in the league. We’ll just take it week in week out and I guess every week’s going to be a final, but that’s the way it is in the situation we’re in.”
4. What is your best personal sporting moment?
“I think one of the best moments of my life was playing against Real Madrid in Europe when I was 17. We were over there for a tournament and we got to play against them in a friendly match. It was a team that got together from an academy and we were invited to a tournament in Hungary where a lot of professional teams get invited as well. Also playing my first ever senior game with Moreland City. I was there for about 3 years. I got thrown in to the game 45 minutes in when we had 9 men. We ended up winning the game so that’s something I’ll never forget.”
5. Who is your biggest inspiration?
“I’d have to say my parents. They’ve always worked hard to provide me and my siblings with as many opportunities as they can and I can’t fault them for anything they’ve done in their lives. They’ve always made sure to put us first. As a kid you grow up looking up to your parents and I do to this day. They always ran around taking me to soccer, I think my Dad’s been all over Victoria with me if not overseas.”
6. What are your interests outside of soccer?
“I like to go out and spend time with friends. I like automobiles, I’m interested in the driving, the mechanics, everything. I like a lot of cars, I don’t really have a favourite, although the sporty ones are pretty good and you can’t beat a convertible. I also like listening to music, usually more modern stuff but I do appreciate some older stuff. I do like a bit of 80s.”
7. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
“It would have to be Ronaldinho. He was a Brazilian footballer, very well-known and one of the best players in the world. I’d love to have a good chat with him about how his career went, his upbringing and how he made it.”
8. Which Richmond team member would you least like to be stuck on a desert island with and why?
“It would have to be Dion Paola, because all he’ll blab on about is his car. He thinks it’s amazing when really it’s just an old Volkswagen Golf. He absolutely loves it, he spends a lot of money and a lot of hours on it. I think he’s in love with his car more than he is with his girlfriend and he would absolutely miss it on the island. All he’ll talk about is his engine.”