Kosta Barbarouses

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Kosta Barbarouses
Kosta Barbarousas Training.JPG
Barbarouses training with Melbourne Victory in 2013
Personal information
Full name Konstantinos Barbarouses
Date of birth (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 9
Youth career
1995–2000 Miramar Rangers
2001–2005 Wellington Olympic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Team Wellington 19 (2)
2007–2010 Wellington Phoenix 21 (2)
2008Macarthur Rams (loan) 10 (1)
2010–2011 Brisbane Roar 33 (12)
2011–2013 Alania Vladikavkaz 13 (2)
2012–2013Panathinaikos (loan) 11 (0)
2013–2016 Melbourne Victory 73 (16)
2016–2017 Wellington Phoenix 25 (5)
2017– Melbourne Victory 25 (10)
National team
2006–2007 New Zealand U17 19 (16)
2008–2009 New Zealand U20 3 (2)
2008– New Zealand U23 5 (4)
2008– New Zealand 47 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:54, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 March 2018

Konstantinos "Kosta" Barbarouses (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Μπαρμπαρούσης; born February 19, 1990) is a New Zealander professional footballer who plays in Australia's A-League for Melbourne Victory.

Club career[edit]

Kosta was born in New Zealand, and is of Greek descent. Before turning professional Barbarouses played for St. Patrick's College 1XI and for semi-professional clubs Wellington Olympic and Miramar Rangers in New Zealand's Central Premier League.

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

Kosta Barbarouses with Wellington Phoenix in 2009.

Barbarouses played 21 matches during his first stint with Wellington Phoenix in three seasons and scored two goals. The Phoenix club officially signed Barbarouses as one of its foundation players on 4 May 2007. Seventeen years old and still at school, he started as the club's youngest player.[2] He made his professional debut on 21 October 2007 against Central Coast Mariners, coming on as a substitute in the 86th minute. He played his first full professional game when he fronted against Central Coast Mariners on 19 January 2008.

Barbarouses scored his first professional goal on 18 January 2009 – an equaliser against Adelaide United. He scored his second A-League goal against Sydney FC on 1 November 2009 after coming off the bench to replace Leo Bertos. He scored the goal off a volley which bounced over Clint Bolton. Barbarouses played his first match starting in the first team line-up against Newcastle Jets on 4 November 2009, assisting Chris Greenacre's goal with a back-heel pass.

Brisbane Roar[edit]

Barbarouses turned down a two-year contract extension with Wellington Phoenix in February 2010 for a three-year contract with A-League side Brisbane Roar.[3][4] Brisbane Roar play an attractive brand of football and Barbarouses wanted the opportunity to play more regular football.[5] In the 2009–10 season, which took the Phoenix into the finals, Barbarouses had had only three starts, and ten appearances off the bench.

Barbarouses made his debut for the Roar in Round 1 of the 2010–11 season, starting against Gold Coast United in a 0–0 draw on 8 August 2010. Barbarouses continued to start for the Brisbane team and played against his old club Wellington Phoenix, on 27 August 2010 at Suncorp Stadium. In the 73rd minute he received a through-ball from team-mate Matt McKay and slotted home his first A-League goal for the Brisbane Roar. Barbarouses was named in the 2010–11 A-League All-Star Team after 12 goals in 33 appearances.

Alania Vladikavkaz[edit]

On 18 July 2011, Fairfax News NZ announced that Barbarouses had signed a three-year contract with Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz.[6] Brisbane Roar received $600,000 as a transfer fee.[7][8] Barbarouses made his debut for Vladikavkaz on 9 August 2011, in a First Division league match against Torpedo Vladimir. He played the full 90 minutes and scored the sole goal of the match, allowing Alania to win 1–0.[9]

Loan to Panathinaikos[edit]

On 27 June 2012, Barbarouses signed a one-year loan contract with Greek giants Panathinaikos.[10][11] Barbarouses only played 11 games and scored no goals during his one-year loan spell in his ancestral country. His stand out moment was when he played against Greatest Rivals Olympiacos in a league match in Piraeus in a 1–1 draw.

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 7 August 2013, Kosta signed a 3-year deal at Melbourne Victory under Ange Postecoglou for the second time. The first time was at rival team Brisbane Roar, following a successful career start at home town team Wellington Phoenix.[12] Kosta debuted for Melbourne Victory in round 2 of the 2013–14 season in the 2–2 away draw with Adelaide United.[13]

Return to Wellington Phoenix[edit]

On 8 March 2016 it was announced that Barbarouses would leave Melbourne Victory at the end of the season to rejoin his hometown club Wellington Phoenix on a 3-year contract.[14] On 5 June 2017 Phoenix announced they would be releasing Barbarouses following his request to leave for non footballing reasons.[15]

Return to Melbourne Victory[edit]

Following his release from Wellington Phoenix Barbarouses rejoined former club Melbourne Victory on a two year deal.[16]

International career[edit]

Barbarouses playing for New Zealand at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

New Zealand U-17[edit]

Barbarouses captained New Zealand at the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea. He scored five goals, including a hat-trick, during the team's qualifying campaign to ensure progression to the finals.[17]

New Zealand U-20[edit]

As a member of the national Under-20 side he played an integral part in the 2008 OFC U-20 Championship qualification tournament for the 2009 Under-20 World Cup, scoring two goals in the three pool matches. New Zealand did not qualify for the final tournament.[18]

Beijing 2008[edit]

Barbarouses played for New Zealand at the 2008 OFC Men's Olympic Football Tournament. Although he scored four goals in the five pool matches at this 2008 Beijing Olympics qualifying tournament, Barbarouses was not selected for the final squad to travel to the Games.

2010 World Cup[edit]

Barbarouses made his senior debut in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Fiji on 19 November 2008.[19] He trained with the national team before its World Cup qualifying play-off against Bahrain. Barbarouses attended a 12-day All Whites training camp in Auckland in April–May 2010 as a member of a 15-man squad of Australasian-based players. He was one of two forwards on the squad.

Barbarouses had stated that he would like to make the New Zealand 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.[20] Although widely tipped to make the final 23-man squad to travel to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Barbarouses' name was missing when NZFA chairman Frank van Hattum read out the names at Auckland's Sky City on 10 May 2010. He was, however, named as one of seven non-travelling reserves.


A standout first season with then newly crowned A-League champions Brisbane Roar saw the 21-year-old striker included in the New Zealand squad for a friendly against China in Wuhan on 25 March 2011.

Barbarouses made the 23-man All Whites squad, where played against Mexico at altitude in Denver on 2 June and against Australia in Adelaide on 5 June.

Barbarouses formed part of an 18-man All Whites squad that played Jamaica in an international friendly at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on 29 February 2012.

On 23 May 2012, Barbarouses scored his first goal for the All Whites in a friendly match against El Salvador. His 64th minute half-volley from close range levelled the scores and the match resulted in a 2–2 draw.[21]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 15 November 2017. New Zealand score listed first, score column indicates score after each Barbarouses goal.[22]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 23 May 2012 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States 6  El Salvador 2–2 2–2 Friendly
2 11 September 2012 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand 14  Solomon Islands 2–0 6–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 31 May 2016 Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 30  Vanuatu 5–0 5–0 2016 OFC Nations Cup
4 1 September 2017 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand 43  Solomon Islands 3–0 6–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 June 2016[23][24][25]
Club Season League Cup Continental[A] Others[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wellington Phoenix 2007–08 3 0 3 0
2008–09 5 1 5 1
2009–10 13 1 13 1
Total 21 2 0 0 21 2
Brisbane Roar 2010–11 30 11 3 1 33 12
Alania Vladikavkaz 2011–12 13 2 1 0 14 2
Panathinaikos (loan) 2012–13 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Melbourne Victory 2013–14 22 4 6 2 2 0 30 6
2014–15 24 5 2 1 2 2 26 6
2015–16 24 6 4 3 8 1 1 0 36 10
Total 70 15 6 4 14 3 5 2 95 23
Career total 145 30 6 4 15 3 8 3 171 38


A. ^ Includes appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
B. ^ Includes appearances in the A-League Finals.


Brisbane Roar:

Melbourne Victory:


New Zealand



Kosta's elder brother George Barbarouses was also a footballer, playing for numerous teams in the New Zealand Football Championship before joining Australia's Redlands United in 2012. He retired in 2014.


  1. ^ "Kosta Barbarouses". melbournevictory.com.au. Melbourne Victory. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Phoenix signs up schoolboy". Infonews.co.nz. 4 May 2007.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Barbarouses dumps Phoenix, joins Brisbane Roar". stuff.co.nz. 11 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Phoenix lose young star to Brisbane". Television New Zealand. NZPA. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/4300996
  6. ^ Worthington, Sam (18 July 2011). "All Whites Barbarouses signs with Russian Club". Stuff. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  8. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/News/209360,kosta-pens-russian-deal.aspx Kosta Pens Russian Deal
  9. ^ Ormond, Aidan (10 August 2011). "Kiwi Kosta's Dream Debut". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Soccer: Barbarouses set for Panathinaikos". The New Zealand Herald. 27 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Η ανακοίνωση για Μπαρμπαρούση και η πρώτη επαφή με Κατσουράνη (Announcement for Barbarouses and first touches for Katsouranis)" (in Greek). Athens: In.gr. 27 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Barbarouses joins Melbourne Victory". Melbourne Victory. 7 August 2013.
  13. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/aleague/matchcentre/commentary/Adelaide-United-v-Melbourne-Victory-Hyundai-A-League/3090
  14. ^ "Transfer news: Phoenix sign Victory star". Football Federation Australia. 8 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Wellington Phoenix agree to release star attacker Kosta Barbarouses". 5 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Kosta Barbarouses returns to Melbourne Victory after Phoenix release". Stuff.co.nz. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  17. ^ "PNew Zealand cruise to Korea". FIFA. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  18. ^ "Junior All Whites shocked by Tahiti". 3 NEWS. 17 December 2008.
  19. ^ "2008 OFC Nations Cup – Match Report: FIJ v NZL". FIFA. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  20. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/116952,costa-targets-world-cup-slot.aspx
  21. ^ "El Salvador, New Zealand draw 2–2 in exhibition". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  22. ^ Kosta Barbarouses at Soccerway
  23. ^ "Costa Barbarouses". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  24. ^ "K. Barbarouses profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  25. ^ "Kosta Barbarouses profile". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 June 2012.

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