Machlas plays poker in the winter break

Nikos Machlas is in his fourth season with Ajax. yet this season he did not get a lot of playing time. But there are more things in life than football, says the Greek.

Where are you at Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve?
,,I’ll be in Athens for Christmas and then I’ll go to Crete. There I will see my friends again. Do we have a tradition? Well, we often play poker together.’’

What was the most important in 2002?
,,The national championship. Definitely. After that I haven’t had my best time. Everybody knows my situation by now. But you know, football is not the most important thing in life. It is just a part of life. We were in the VU hospital recently, and if you see all those sick children, my problem does not amount to much. I hope that everybody I know stays healthy.’’

Your expectations for 2003?
,,I intend to go and look for a new club. But it has to be a god team, I won’t go and play for just any club. If I stay with Ajax, I really hope to play more often.’’

With whom would you like to drink champagne?
,,You know, it does not have to be someone famous. I see those here all year long. Let me have champagne with my family and friends. That’s what really counts for me.’’