Terry Antonis

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Terry Antonis
Terry Antonis.jpg
Antonis training with Sydney FC in 2010
Personal information
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 69 (5)
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 10 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Terry Antonis (born 26 November 1993) is an Australian football (soccer) player 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]

In addition to holding an Australian passport, Antonis also holds a Greek passport.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] Much of the speculation was based on his close personal ties with Everton and Socceroo star Tim Cahill,[8][9] and further sparked by a 25-minute cameo in a friendly match for Sydney FC against Everton at ANZ Stadium on 10 July 2010.[10] 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.[11] In April 2012, Antonis travelled to Germany to trial with Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach as a potential replacement for Roman Neustadter.[12]

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.[13] Then on 5 July 2010, he was officially signed to a 3-year contract by Sydney FC.[14] 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.[15] He signed a four-year deal after Parma triggered a release clause in his two-year deal.[16]

Speculation has emerged that his transfer to Parma has gone awry. The deal never went through and Antonis currently remains at Sydney FC.[17]

International career[edit]

Terry Antonis playing for the Young Socceroos in 2013.

Antonis was part of the final squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup but he did not get any actual game time during the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 March 2015
Club Season League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sydney FC 2010–11 5 0 - - 0 0 5 0
2011–12 19 0 - - 0 0 19 0
2012–13 16 1 - - 0 0 16 1
2013–14 10 2 - - 0 0 10 2
2014–15 16 2 3 0 0 0 19 2
Sydney FC Total 66 5 3 0 0 0 69 5
Career total 66 5 3 0 0 0 69 5

Honours[edit]

Australia U-19:

Australia:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pack your bags, son, if you want to be the next Harry". Sunday Morning Herald. 9 September 2006. 
  2. ^ a b Tugwell, Nikki (25 October 2005). "Football Freak". Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ "Tyro Terry ready to bend it for Beckham". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 January 2004. 
  4. ^ Sygall, David (26 October 2010). "Australia has a host of talent waiting in wings". Melbourne: The Age. 
  5. ^ Davutovic, David (17 February 2015). "Socceroos rankings rise leads young stars to English Premier League". The Australian (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Soccer wonder grasps dream
  7. ^ "Everton lead the pack chasing teenage star". Brisbane Times. 26 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Young gun Antonis against hero Cahill
  9. ^ Terry Antonis snares Tim Cahill's shirt after debut for Sydney FC against Everton
  10. ^ Gallant Sky Blues go down 1-0 to Everton
  11. ^ "Sydney FC stars Terry Antonis and Mitch Mallia on A-League, FIFA 12 and more". EFTM - Everything for the man. 16 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Antonis Set for German Trial
  13. ^ "Sky Blues down Macarthur Rams 1-0". SydneyFC.com. 22 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "Sweet Sixteen Terry Joins FC". FourFourTwo Australia. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  15. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/football/young-sydney-fc-midfielder-terry-antonis-attracts-interest-from-parma-as-alessandro-del-piero-named-player-of-the-year/story-fndcv8ir-1226616226238
  16. ^ http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/a-league/news/1147764/Antonis-seals-dream-Parma-deal
  17. ^ "Joel Griffiths to quit Sydney FC for new stint China". The Australian. 15 July 2013. 

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