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Papanikolaou / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Papanikolaou and Xavi Pascual / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Kostas Papanikolaou was officially presented this Monday as a new Barça player. The Greek player, of 23 years of age, is pleased to have signed for FC Barcelona and he noted that he’s intent of winning titles. “I don’t like to talk too much, I prefer to do things for the team. I’m a winner and that won’t change. I want to win my third Euroleague, but I also want national titles,” said ‘Pap.’ I don’t like to talk too much, I prefer to do things for the team. I’m a winner and that won’t change

The player, who said that he wants to learn Catalan because it will help him adapt to his new team, said that he believes that the team can accomplish great things this season. “I’m only focused on Barça and I’m sure that we will do great things,” said the Geek player who went on to say that he’s not at the team to replace Pete Mickeal: “Mickeal was important for Barça. I don’t like comparisons, it wouldn’t be fair to him or to me.”

“He has character and he’s intense”

Joan Creus, technical secretary of the basketball team, talked about Papanikolaou and what the two-time Euroleague champion can bring to the team. “He can really help us in the 3 position, he’s a top notch player,” said Creus, who added that “he’s got long arms and this can also help us. He has a lot of potential and character.”He has a great mentality, he’s very competitive and his way of playing fits in perfectly with the team

Creus also believes that Papanikolaou has “a great mentality, he’s very competitive and his way of playing fits in perfectly with the team.” Finally, Papanikolaou talked about Barça’s roster: “Barça are a great team, we have a great roster. It’s easy to say that, but we have to prove that on the court and be humble.”


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