Dean Bouzanis

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Dean Bouzanis
Dean Bouzanis.jpg
Bouzanis warming up for the Olyroos in 2011
Personal information
Full name Dean Anthony Bouzanis[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-02) 2 October 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) [2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Youth career
Carss Park Football Club
Sutherland Sharks
Northern Spirit
Sydney Olympic
2006–2007 NSWIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Liverpool 0 (0)
2007 Sydney FC (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2010 Accrington Stanley (loan) 14 (0)
2011–2013 Oldham Athletic 45 (0)
2013 Aris FC 1 (0)
2014 Carlisle United 0 (0)
2014– Western Sydney Wanderers 0 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Australia U17 8 (0)
2008 Greece U19 3 (0)
2009 Australia U20 3 (0)
2008– Australia U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2011

Dean Anthony Bouzanis (born 2 October 1990) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Western Sydney Wanderers. He started his career in Australia with various junior sides before joining English side Liverpool as a youth player. He appeared for the Under 18 and reserves side regularly and was loaned to Accrington Stanley to gain first team experience. He was released by Liverpool without playing for the first team and subsequently joined Oldham Athletic. He has been capped by both Australia and Greece at youth international levels but has yet to play at full international representative level.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Bouzanis was raised in Australia to Greek parents, and attended De La Salle College in Cronulla.[3] His talents were first seen at his local soccer club, Carss Park, whilst playing in the Under 9's alongside close friend Nikolas Tsattalios.[4] Bouzanis then went on to play in the NSW State League for St George Saints at 14 before joining the NSW Institute of Sport.[5]

Liverpool[edit]

Bouzanis spent three weeks with the Liverpool first team squad in January 2007 and was offered a three-year deal.[3] Liverpool's manager Rafael Benítez[6] stated that he rated the Australian as "the best goalkeeper in the world for his age."[7]

He was loaned to A-League side Sydney FC as understudy to Clint Bolton and was included in the club's squad for their AFC Champions League 2007 campaign,[8] but did not appear at the tournament. The loan spell was expected to be extended until January 2008, but Sydney delisted him from the club.[9][10]

He appeared for Liverpool's under 18 and reserve teams [11][12] and after a loan deal with Conference National team Wrexham fell through in July 2009,[13] in November he joined Accrington Stanley on loan,[14] subsequently making 14 league appearances for the club.

In May 2011 Bouzanis left Liverpool after mutually agreeing to a release with one year remaining on his contract.[15]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

In July 2011, Bouzanis claimed he had agreed terms with A-league club Melbourne Victory[16] but this was denied by the club.[17]

On 26 November 2011, Bouzanis joined Football League One side Oldham Athletic on non-contract terms as cover for injured back-up keeper Paul Gerrard following a four-week trial.[18] His time at the club included an FA Cup tie against former club Liverpool at Anfield, although Bouzanis spent the match on the bench as an unused substitute.[19] The following month, Bouzanis signed a new deal with the club, until the end of the season.[20]

He made his competitive Latics debut on 27 March 2012 coming on as second half substitute against Leyton Orient.[21] After a spell in the side at the end of the 2011-12 season when Oldham's first choice keeper Alex Cisak was injured. At the end of the 2011-12 season, Bounzanis signed a new one-year contract following his good display for his performance.[22]

At the start of the 2012-13 season, Bouzanis suffered an ankle injury during the pre-season friendly.[23] He dropped again to the bench at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, before playing again for the club in September due to regaining his first team spot back.[24] On 27 January 2013, Bouzanis started in goal for Oldham as they took on his former club Liverpool in the 4th round of the F.A Cup. Oldham, as underdogs against the Premier League outfit, caused an upset when they beat Liverpool 3-2 at Boundary Park. Bouzanis pulling off some crucial saves to contribute to his team's winning performance.[25]

After beating Liverpool, Bouzanis' Oldham faced Everton. In this game Bouzanis came under criticism after going up for a last minute corner which Matt Smith scored from. He was criticised for jumping and appearing to handle the ball. Video replays confirmed he did not handle but many pundits said that this was unsportsmanlike.[citation needed]

Bouzanis was released at the end of the 2012-13 season despite being the first-choice goalkeeper for the club for the majority of the season, Bouzanis stated on Twitter that he loved his time at the Latics and that he would always look out for them in the future.[26]

Aris FC[edit]

Following his departure from Oldham Athletic, Bouzanis moved abroad joining Greek side Aris FC.[27]

Carlisle United[edit]

Bouzanis was released by Aris FC in December 2013, after failing to break into the first team, and subsequently joined Carlisle United on a free transfer on 28 January 2014, on a short-term deal until April.[28]

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

In May 2014, Bouzanis returned to his hometown, signing with Western Sydney Wanderers.[29]

International career[edit]

Bouzanis was first named in the Australian U17 side in 2005 at the age of 15.[3] He was also later included in the squad for Australia's unsuccessful 2006 AFC U17 Championships qualifying campaign.[30]

On 2 February 2008, Bouzanis was invited by the Greek FA manager Alexis Alexiou to represent the youth team against Slovakia on 5 February 2008.[31] Bouzanis visited Greece on 3 February 2008 for an interview with Greek radio station SportFM,[32] and also to play in the friendly against Slovakia, in which he kept a clean sheet. He also played in a 1–0 win against Serbia in March 2008.

Despite playing for the Greek U19 team Bouzanis remained eligible to play for either the Greek or Australian full international sides.[33][34] The Australian press stated that his departure would be a "disaster" likening it to the loss of Joey Didulica to the Croatian national side.[33][35]

In April 2008 he was called up to the Australia Under 23 squad to compete in the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia as part of their preparations for the Olympics due to Danny Vukovic's suspension. He played in the 4–0 defeat of Togo in the final group match.[36] With the announcement that Vukovic's suspension would not be lifted for the Olympics, suggestions were made that Bouzanis would be included in the squad but this did not eventuate.[37][38]

In June 2008, Bouzanis accepted an invitation to represent Greece in the UEFA U-19 European Championships.[39] and stated he was proud to be competing at the finals with Greece.[40] Bouzanis' decision to play for the Greek under-age team upset some of Australia's football community.[41] Bouzanis' agent suggested he still wanted to play for Australia.[42] In April 2008 Australian national coach Pim Verbeek met Bouzanis in Liverpool to discuss his football allegiance.[43]

In February 2009, his agent stated that Bouzanis wanted to play for Australia rather than Greece. Bouzanis subsequently appeared in Australia's first two group matches at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[44][45] Bouzanis' next international appearance was as a half-time substitute in an Under-23 friendly on 1 June 2011 against Japan.[46] He was subsequently named in the squad for the Olyroos London Olympics 2012 qualifying matches against Yemen in June 2011.[47]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League Cup League Cup Continental Other[48] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009–10 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) League Two 19 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 24 0
2010–11 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Oldham Athletic League One 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2012–13 20 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 23 0
2013–14 Aris F.C. Superleague Greece 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 49 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 58 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 17 January 2014

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Liverpool

Country[edit]

Australia
  • Runner-Up
    • Intercontinental U23 Cup: 2008

References[edit]

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  48. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Football League Trophy

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