Terry Antonis

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Terry Antonis
Terry Antonis.jpg
Antonis training with Sydney FC in 2010
Personal information
Full name Terry Antonis
Date of birth (1993-11-26) 26 November 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sydney FC
Number 17
Youth career
2004 Sydney Olympic
Marconi Stallions
2007–2009 NSWIS
2009–2010 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010- Sydney FC 54 (4)
National team
2008–2010 Australia U-17 11 (3)
2010–2013 Australia U-20 19 (2)
2012– Australia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2013

Eleftherios "Terry" Antonis (Greek: Eλευθέριος Αντώνης; born 26 November 1993) is an Australian football (soccer) player of Greek decent who plays for Sydney FC.

Early life[edit]

Antonis was born in Bankstown, Sydney. He first received media attention in Australia when he was 10 years old when he won a football talent competition on Channel 7 television show, Today Tonight, winning a trip to Madrid to make a training skills DVD with David Beckham.[1] Frank Farina, former Socceroos coach and judge of the Channel 7 competition said: "His juggling is very good, he pulled out a squash ball and started juggling that and didn't drop it once, he is very impressive."[2] He also obtained a sponsorship from Adidas because of his exceptional juggling skills.[3]

Former Australian international Alex Tobin described him as "one of the most outstanding young players that I have seen" and "of immense talent without a doubt."[2] He has also been touted as natural successor to Tim Cahill and Brett Holman in the Australian national team.[4]

Early career[edit]

Antonis signed a five-year contract with Everton at just 14 years of age, but his contract was terminated due to FFA's implementation of FIFA's rule prohibiting the overseas transfers of players under the age of 18.[5] However since signing with Sydney FC he has been linked with a move back to Everton once he turns 18 along with clubs such as Inter Milan and Marseille.[6] Much of the speculation was based on his close personal ties with Everton and Socceroo star Tim Cahill,[7][8] and further sparked by a 25 minute cameo in a friendly match for Sydney FC against Everton at ANZ Stadium on 10 July 2010.[9] As recently as February 2012, however, Antonis has reiterated his commitment to Sydney FC and the remainder of his three-year contract, stating that he is more than happy being at the club.[10] In April 2012, Antonis travelled to Germany to trial with Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach as a potential replacement for Roman Neustadter.[11]

Club career[edit]

Sydney FC[edit]

On 22 June 2010, he made his debut for Sydney in a friendly game against Macarthur Rams at Campbelltown Stadium.[12] Then on 5 July 2010, he was officially signed to a 3-year contract by Sydney FC.[13] Antonis made his competitive debut for Sydney FC against Wellington Phoenix on 11 September 2010. The game ended with a 2-1 loss. Antonis scored his first goal for Sydney FC on 16 February 2013 against Adelaide United.

After rupturing a muscle in his thigh, Antonis was out for 9 months which denied his move overseas. He finally returned to the senior squad in February 2014, the game of his return against Perth Glory, he scored his first goal since returning from injury.

Speculation with Utrecht and Parma[edit]

At the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, Antonis was approached by Dutch club FC Utrecht for a trial only for Sydney FC to accept an undisclosed bid from Italian Serie A club, Parma.[14] He signed a four-year deal after Parma triggered a release clause in his two-year deal.[15]

Speculation has emerged that his transfer to Parma has gone awry. The deal never went through and Antonis currently remains at Sydney FC.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 April 2014
Club Season League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Sydney FC 2010–11 5 0 1 - - - 0 0 0 5 0 1
2011–12 19 0 1 - - - 0 0 0 19 0 1
2012–13 16 1 2 - - - 0 0 0 16 1 2
2013–14 10 2 2 - - - 0 0 0 10 2 2
Total 50 3 6 - - - 0 0 0 50 3 6
Career total 50 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 3 6

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

References[edit]

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