Terry Antonis

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Terry Antonis
Terry Antonis in 2013.jpg
Antonis playing for Australia U20 in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 22)[1]
Place of birth Bankstown, Sydney, Australia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Veria
(On loan from PAOK)
Number 26
Youth career
St Christopher’s
Sydney Olympic
Marconi Stallions
2007–2009 NSWIS
2009–2010 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Sydney FC 69 (5)
2015– PAOK 4 (0)
2016– Veria (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2008–2010 Australia U17 11 (3)
2010–2013 Australia U20 19 (2)
2016– Australia U23 3 (0)
2012– Australia 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 February 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 January 2016

Terry Antonis (born 26 November 1993) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Veria F.C. on loan from PAOK FC in Greece as a midfielder.

Born in Sydney, Antonis played youth football at the Australian Institute of Sport before making his professional debut for Sydney FC, aged sixteen. In 2015, he moved to Greece to play for PAOK.

Antonis has played for Australia on three occasions and was a member of the squad which won the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. He previously represented Australia frequently at youth level, including at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Early life[edit]

Antonis was born in the suburb of Bankstown, Sydney of Greek descent. 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.[3] 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."[4] He also obtained a sponsorship from Adidas because of his exceptional juggling skills.[5]

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."[4] He has also been touted as natural successor to Tim Cahill and Brett Holman in the Australian national team.[6]

In addition to holding an Australian passport, Antonis also holds a Greek passport.[7]

Early career[edit]

Antonis began his football career at St Christopher’s Soccer Club in Bankstown before moving to Sydney Olympic and Marconi.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] Much of the speculation was based on his close personal ties with Everton and Socceroo star Tim Cahill,[11][12] and further sparked by a 25-minute cameo in a friendly match for Sydney FC against Everton at ANZ Stadium on 10 July 2010.[13] 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.[14] In April 2012, Antonis travelled to Germany to trial with Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach as a potential replacement for Roman Neustadter.[15]

Club career[edit]

Sydney FC[edit]

Antonis with Sydney FC in 2010

On 22 June 2010, he made his debut for Sydney in a friendly game against Macarthur Rams at Campbelltown Stadium.[16] Then on 5 July 2010, he was officially signed to a 3-year contract by Sydney FC.[17] 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.[18] He signed a four-year deal after Parma triggered a release clause in his two-year deal.[19]

Speculation has emerged that his transfer to Parma has gone awry. The deal never went through and Antonis returned to Sydney FC.[20]

PAOK[edit]

Sydney FC midfield general Terry Antonis is on the verge of joining Greek Super League club PAOK, with negotiations between the two clubs reportedly at an advanced stage. The 21-year-old has returned to Sydney from the Sky Blues' preseason camp on the Gold Coast to contemplate his next career move, with News Corp reporting a $500,000 bid for the midfielder is on the table.[21]

Greek sources stated that Antonis, will sign a three-year contract after completing formalities, spoke at length with former Danish international and Technical Director of PAOK Frank Arnesen on the prospects of PAOK's title aspirations this season, ahead of his $500,000 move. It has been reported that the gifted Sydney FC star will immediately be loaned out to battling Greek Super League outfit Veria FC on completion of the PAOK deal. Veria F.C. are coached by Georgios Georgiadis, a former PAOK favourite as a player and twice the club’s interim coach before being appointed to their neighbours at the end of last season.[22][23] Terry Antonis made his debut for PAOK in the Greek Cup match away to Chania on 3 December 2015, coming on as a 64th-minute substitute for Eyal Golasa. Terry Antonis made his Greek Super League debut on 21 February 2016 away to Panathinaikos as a 84th minute replacement for Giannis Mystakidis.

Veria[edit]

Antonis moved on a one year loan to Veria on 31 August 2016.[24]

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. On 23 December 2015, Antonis was included to Australia U-23 national team manager's Aurelio Vidmar selections for Olympic Games 2016 qualifiers, which took place in Doha.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2016
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sydney FC 2010–11 A-League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2011–12 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2012–13 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
2013–14 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2014–15 19 2 3 0 0 0 22 2
Sydney FC Total 69 5 3 0 0 0 72 5
PAOK 2015–16 Superleague Greece 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 73 5 5 0 0 0 78 5

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Terry Antonis". PAOK FC. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Terry Antonis". PAOK FC. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Pack your bags, son, if you want to be the next Harry". Sunday Morning Herald. 9 September 2006. 
  4. ^ a b Tugwell, Nikki (25 October 2005). "Football Freak". Daily Telegraph. 
  5. ^ "Tyro Terry ready to bend it for Beckham". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 January 2004. 
  6. ^ Sygall, David (26 October 2010). "Australia has a host of talent waiting in wings". Melbourne: The Age. 
  7. ^ Davutovic, David (17 February 2015). "Socceroos rankings rise leads young stars to English Premier League". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Sydney FC visits St Christopher’s S.C
  9. ^ Soccer wonder grasps dream
  10. ^ "Everton lead the pack chasing teenage star". Brisbane Times. 26 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Young gun Antonis against hero Cahill
  12. ^ Terry Antonis snares Tim Cahill's shirt after debut for Sydney FC against Everton
  13. ^ Gallant Sky Blues go down 1-0 to Everton
  14. ^ "Sydney FC stars Terry Antonis and Mitch Mallia on A-League, FIFA 12 and more". EFTM - Everything for the man. 16 February 2012. 
  15. ^ Antonis Set for German Trial
  16. ^ "Sky Blues down Macarthur Rams 1-0". SydneyFC.com. 22 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "Sweet Sixteen Terry Joins FC". FourFourTwo Australia. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  18. ^ 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
  19. ^ http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/a-league/news/1147764/Antonis-seals-dream-Parma-deal
  20. ^ "Joel Griffiths to quit Sydney FC for new stint China". The Australian. 15 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Sydney FC's Terry Antonis on verge of transfer to Greek club PAOK FC: report". 11 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "PAOK set to loan Terry Antonis out immediately to fellow Greek club Veria FC". 11 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Antonis assured of future by PAOK". 12 August 2015. 
  24. ^ Στην Τούμπα για Βέροια ο Άντονις
  25. ^ Antonis called up to Australia U-23 national team

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