Former Greek international striker Angelos Charisteas has agreed
to terms to join Sydney Olympic for a short stint in the National
Premier League NSW Men’s 1 competition starting in March.
Charisteas, 33, is best known for his heroics in Greece’s 2004 European Championship triumph where he scored the winning goal to beat Portugal in the final.
His career spans 17 years having played for European giants including German powerhouses Werder Bremen, Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen as well as Dutch sides Ajax and Feyernood.
Club technical director Arthur Diles – who has been handling the deal – said all that was left was for the player to sign the contract.
“We are a day or two away from him signing the contract,” he said.
“We sent over the contract and after speaking to his management it looks like it will all be done very soon.
“The only thing he needs to get an extension from doing the army in Greece and that is the paper work he is awaiting.”
The former National Soccer League club successfully brought former Liverpool legend Ian Rush to Australia for three games in 2000.
Diles admitted he was overwhelmed with the agreement and said it was “massive” for the club and fans.
“This can influence a lot of variables on and off the park, for the league, the fans and the community,” he said.
“We have also stipulated that he will work with our juniors in training which is very important to us.
“For us to secure someone like him is great as we are not an A-League club but it is also a reminder that we are still around and can still attract some great players.
“It is also a great chance for him at 33 to show he still has something and possibly try join an A-League club.”
The good news does not stop there with Diles also confirming possible further international signings including former Liverpool defender Sotiri Kyrgiakos and Pantelis Kafes for later in the season.