Niko Giantsopoulos

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Niko Giantsopoulos
Personal information
Full name Nikolaos Giantsopoulos
Date of birth (1994-06-24) June 24, 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Markham, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Cavalry FC
Number 22
Youth career
Pickering SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Adrian Bulldogs 35 (0)
2014–2015 Calvin Knights 47 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Devonport City 21 (0)
2017 Broadmeadow Magic 20 (0)
2018 Launceston City 21 (0)
2019– Cavalry FC 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 5, 2019

Nikolaos "Niko" Giantsopoulos (born June 24, 1994) is a Canadian soccer player who plays for Cavalry FC as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Giantsopoulos played youth soccer with Pickering SC.[1]

Devonport City[edit]

In March 2016, Giantsopoulos joined Devonport City[2] in the NPL Tasmania, the second tier of football in Australia. He started all 21 matches for Devonport in the 2016 season,[3] helping to lead the team to a league championship and was named to the NPL Team of the Year.[4] In the 90th minute of the Round of 16 match in the FFA Cup against Bentleigh Greens with the score at 0-0, he suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to leave the game, which Devonport ultimately lost 1-0, after extra time [5]. As a result of the injury, he also missed the Semi-Finals and Finals of the NPL Tasmania Playoff Series, where Devonport ultimately lost in the Finals, [6] as well as the NPL Finals Series for the champions of each of the regional leagues. [7]

Broadmeadow Magic[edit]

In 2017, he joined Broadmeadow Magic in the NPL Northern NSW,[8] a different regional league in the same second-tier of Australian soccer.

Launceston City[edit]

Giantsopoulos would return to the Tasmania regional division, signing with NPL Tasmania club Lauceston City for the 2018 season. He would be named vice captain of the club, and would start all 21 matches in 2018.[9][10] On August 18, in a match against South Hobart, as a penalty shot was about to be taken, Giantsopoulos ran up and kicked the ball away before it could be taken. He was yellow carded, but his antics proved to be effective, as the ensuing penalty shot was missed. The incident became a viral video around the world.[11] He was named to the NPL Tasmania Team of the Year at the end of the season. [12]

Cavalry FC[edit]

Giantsopoulos returned to Canada and signed with Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League on January 23, 2019.[13] He served as the backup goalkeeper behind Marco Carducci. He made his debut on May 16 in a Canadian Championship match against Pacific FC.[14] After the season, he re-signed with the club for an additional year.[15]

Statistics[edit]

As of 18 October 2019
Club Season League Playoffs[16] Domestic Cup[17] Continental Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Devonport City 2016 Australia NPL Tasmania 21 0 1 0 5 0 27 0
Broadmeadow Magic 2017 Australia NPL Northern NSW 20 0 1 0 5 0 26 0
Launceston City 2018 Australia NPL Tasmania 21 0 3 0 24 0
Cavalry FC 2019 Canada Canadian Premier League 5 0 0 0 4 0 9 0
Career totals 67 0 2 0 17 0 86 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Devonport City

Calvary FC

Individual[edit]

  • NPL Tasmania Team of the Year: 2016[4], 2018[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Three area soccer teams in Ontario Cup finals". durhamregion.com. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Niko Giantsopoulos Signs Professional Soccer Contract in Australia". March 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Devonport City 2016 stats". SportsTG.
  4. ^ a b Shaun McManus (26 August 2016). "Devonport Strikers dominate team of the year". themercury.com.au. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  5. ^ Camron Slessor (31 August 2016). "Devonport Strikers keeper in high spirits following painful FFA Cup injury". theadvocate.com.au. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  6. ^ Brad Cole (1 September 2016). "Weary Strikers Ready". theadvocate.com.au. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  7. ^ Andrew Cooling (15 September 2016). "Devonport head west for Perth challenge". nationalpremierleagues.com.au. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  8. ^ Camron Slessor (16 November 2016). "Devonport Strikers goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos makes move to Broadmeadow Magic". theadvocate.com.au. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  9. ^ Andrew Mathieson (July 13, 2018). "Launceston City goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos has big goals for his adopted NPL club". The Examiner.
  10. ^ "Launceston City 2018 stats". SportsTG.
  11. ^ Football Tasmania (August 18, 2018). "Giant Sized Mind Games". Facebook.
  12. ^ a b "2018 NPL TAS TEAM OF THE YEAR". September 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Four More Horsemen Saddle Up to Ride with Cavalry FC". January 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "Cavalry FC open the 2019 Canadian Championship with 0:2 away win over Pacific FC". May 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "Cavalry locks up three more key pieces". December 5, 2019.
  16. ^ Includes other competitive competitions such as NPL Playoff Finals and CPL Playoffs.
  17. ^ Includes FFA Cup, Milan Lakoseljac Cup and Canadian Championship
  18. ^ John Jacques (12 September 2019). "Cavalry FC Wins First Silverware With Wildrose Cup". northerntribune.ca. Retrieved 12 September 2019.

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