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Giannoulis Fakinos juggles exams with play-off training

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Ebbsfleet United's Giannoulis Fakinos says he is enjoying one of the biggest weeks of his life as he prepares for the play-off final against Farnborough.

The Greek midfielder, 21, was man of the match in the second leg of Fleet's Blue Square Bet South semi-final win over Chelmsford City.

Before Sunday's final, Fakinos is completing his university exams for his business administration degree.

He said: "It's a busy week for me but I like that pressure, so it's good."

He told BBC Radio Kent: "Obviously my first priority is football as for the last six years this has been my job, since I was 16.

"My studies come second but I believe if you've got the time and the will you should so do it."

Fakinos came to Stonebridge Road on trial in February and hopes to stay with the club next season.

He said: "Everybody's really friendly to me - it's been really easy to integrate into the team.

"I am used to another style of football. English football is really unique so I've had to adapt, but the guys have helped me a lot and so far I've done well.

"My first aim is to stay in England [when I graduate] but I need some security to stay here.

"I want to stay here and play football."

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see also
Fleet cement play-off final spot
09 May 11 |  Non League
Chelmsford City 1-4 Ebbsfleet Utd
04 May 11 |  Non League

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