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Karagounis: I want to go to Brazil 2014
- Updated: October 22, 2012
Fulham midfielder Giorgos Karagounis has confirmed he’s aiming to take to the pitch at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, after returning to the fold for the Greek national team.
The 35 year-old last week became Greeece’s most capped ever player when he made his 121st appearance for his country away against Slovakia.
A 1-0 victory in Bratislava has put Fernando Santos’ side on course for a World Cup berth in two years time and Karagounis – who described playing for Greece as a “drug” – is targeting a place in the final squad.
“From 14 years-old I’ve been in the national teams and it’s like a drug for me,” Karagounis said on television program Super Ball.
“Since I can play at a competitive level in the [English] Premier League, then why not also for the national team?
“I’ve been in the national team [set-up] for 21 years and I find it difficult to leave. There was a little period where I didn’t have a club [after leaving Panathinaikos] and it was difficult.
“Luckily, everything went well and I returned. I want to play in my sixth tournament [for Greece]. However, I won’t make that decision and I shouldn’t make long-term plans.”
Karagounis refused to be drawn into specifics on the reason his international teammate and fellow former Panathinaikos player Kostas Katsouranis left the club during the season.
While Karagounis didn’t have his contract renewed during the summer, Katsouranis had his contract terminated in acrimonious circumstances only a few games into the season.