Demi Koulizakis: The ‘Cretan soul’ leaving her mark at Sydney Olympic FC

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By Takis Triadafillou

Sydney Olympic FC’s star signing Demi Koulizakis has been on fire topping the National Premier Leagues Women’s NSW golden boot race with her nine goals already.

Koulizakis has had some serious injury struggles recently which have tested her passion for the game, even going as far to consider an early retirement.

But Sydney Olympic have helped her recapture that love for football and find some incredible goal-scoring form.

Demi, how did you start playing football?

My whole family is involved in football. My father played for Sydney Olympic, both my brothers, while my mother wanted me to play netball. I always wanted to compete with my brothers.

What did you gain from playing in America for a little bit?

I think it was a big part of my life. I went there when I was 18 so I think I grew a lot as a person and as a footballer. Those four years were such an important point in my football career and my life in general. Training with the college team was purely professional at all levels.

How often do you train?

I train three times a week at Valentine and Peter Moore Park.

Apart from football, what do you do?

I work some hours at the Novotel Hotel and the Enmore Theatre.

What is your ultimate dream?

My football dream is to play abroad at Manchester United and to play for the Matildas.

What advice would you give a young player?

To love what he does and enjoy every moment on the field. Because if you don’t love what you do in any sport you stagnate.

How did you get back to playing for Sydney Olympic?

George Beltsos asked me to come back and play for the team. So I had the opportunity to play at a historic club.

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Demi Koulizakis of Perth Glory in action during the A-League Women’s match between Perth Glory and Adelaide United at Central Coast Stadium, on February 10, 2022, in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Beyond your talent and potential as an athlete and as a personality, who has helped you in your career?

My family really supported me and always supports and cheers me on in all my endeavours. I owe an important part of my football career to my family. Always at my side giving advice. Especially when you have a serious injury, family support plays a big role in recovery.

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