MICHAEL Valkanis first felt the coaching bug bite when he was playing in Greece in his mid 20s.
And, thrust in to the interim coaching role at Melbourne City last week after the shock departure of John van ‘t Schip, the Victorian says he plans to enjoy his new role for as long as it lasts.
Soccer was always Valkanis’ calling given he started rising through the South Melbourne junior ranks from the age of six.
HE produced an outrageous ‘Zidane turn’ with virtually his first senior touch, against giants Juventus and set up a crucial winning goal with his last via a sublime pass.
All this in the space of 103 minutes and five substitute appearances for Melbourne Victory, aged 16.
This is why Ajax Amsterdam, world soccer’s best talent factory, came aggressively for Wangaratta-raised Seb Pasquali.
Osmar Barba Ibanez has been rewarded once again for his stellar season with FC Seoul, being named in the K-League Best XI for the 2016 season.
Osmar captained his FC Seoul team to their sixth league championship. His impressive performance made him an MVP candidate in the K-League.
“I’m just more than happy to get nominated,” Osmar said at the 2016 K League Awards in Seoul on Tuesday. “I didn’t really even expect to be on the list.”
Apostolos Giannou has been called-in to the Socceroos squad for the team’s important FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Thailand in Bangkok on Tuesday 15 November.
Giannou recieved the last-minute call-up as an injury replacement for Tomi Juric who has been ruled out after scans confirmed the extent of the knee injury the Swiss-based striker suffered on the weekend.
“Over the last 18 months we have worked hard to ensure we have depth and we have full faith in Apo to join the squad and get the job done” said Australian boss Ange Postecoglou.
Osmar Barba Ibanez has captained his FC Seoul team to their first K-League Championship in four years.
FC Seoul defeated arch-rivals Jeonbuk Hyundai FC 1-0 in the penultimate match of the season to clinch the title.
Going into the game, the two teams were level on 67 points but Jeonbuk, playing at home at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, had scored more goals and needed just a point to take a third successive championship.