Greek-born and Melbourne-bred Apostolos Giannou is set to switch allegiances.
Greek-born but Melbourne-bred Apostolos Giannou, who is the second top scorer in Greek’s Super League with 13 goals this term for Asteras, is set to switch allegiances to the Socceroos, despite debuting internationally with Greece, according to Fox Sports.
Giannou has also become the latest Australian to join China’s revolution, signing overnight with Guangzhou R&F, and reports from Fox Sports News 500 suggest he’ll be included in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers squad to face Tajikistan and Jordan.
The 26-year-old has played for Greece’s under-21s and under-19s and even appeared as a substitute in an international friendly in November 2015, a nil-all draw against Turkey.
But that appearance didn’t tie the striker to the Greek national side. He was named on the bench for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Hungary, and thankfully for Australia, he didn’t get on the pitch.
Greece may be left to rue that decision, because sensationally, Postecoglou, who coached him in the Australian under-17s, has convinced the striker to pledge his allegiance to the Socceroos.
Not only is he set to be named in the squad for the March World Cup qualifiers, but Giannou, who credited Postecoglou’s efforts in making his decision, could face the nation that blooded him internationally when Greece travels to Australia in June this year.
“The effort of coming here to see me tells it all,” Giannou told Fox Sports News’ Daniel Garb in Athens.
He played at the Victorian Institute of Sport, Oakleigh Cannons and South Melbourne before moving abroad eight years ago. It’s been a breakthrough season for him, having travelled from Apollon, Kavala, PAOK, Platanias on loan and Panionios before his current club.