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From Battles On the Football Pitch to Battling for Life


Giorgos Karaiskos, a Greek expat and former professional footballer, is struggling to stay alive as he faces a major health problem. Giorgos Karaiskos was born in Budapest on the 10th of August 1954 and came from Hungary to Greece in the 70’s when he was transferred to Ethnikos F.C.  The highlight of his great career was his spell in Iraklis F.C.
He stayed in Thessaloniki from 1981 to 1987 and became the favorite player of Iraklis’ fans. He bonded with the team’s fans in a unique way. Unfortunately, after many battles that he gave on the football pitches, he must now give the most important one of all. The battle against a pulmonary embolism that he suffers from and may cost him his life. However, the odds are against him as doctors say his condition can only be reversed by a miracle. He has been hospitalized at the emergency room of “Agios Loukas” hospital in Thessaloniki since November 12.
He made his first steps in his football career in Hungary. Ethnikos F.C gave him the “passport” to Greece and the opportunity to introduce himself to the Greek football community before moving to Iraklis F.C. There, he became a member of the best team that Iraklis’ supporters ever witnessed, playing alongside with great footballers such as Lakis Papaioannou, Vasilis Chatzipanagis, Savvas Kofidis etc. He retired from football after a short spell in Veria FC.
Giorgos Karaiskos is married and the father of four children. He has two daughters, Bianca (30 years old) and Laura (21 years old) and two sons, Alexandros (33 years old) and Phillipos (14 years old). His family is by his side during this difficult time.

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