Apostolos Giannou (25 January 1990) is a Greek-Australian forward who currently plays for Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F and the Greek National Football Team.
Giannou was born in Naousa, Greece, but moved to Australia at a young age and grew up in Melbourne, Victoria. In Australia he was known as Paul.
Giannou played junior football for Oakleigh Cannons and South Melbourne. Following state representative honours at under-14 and under-15 level, Giannou took part in Melbourne Victory’s pre-season friendlies prior to the 2006–07 A-League season with an intention of being signed in an apprenticeship capacity. However, Giannou secured a two-week trial with PSV Eindhoven’s Reserve and Academy teams. Giannou returned to Melbourne following the trial and signed a six-month contract with Victorian Premier League side Oakleigh Cannons.
Return to Greece
By mid-2007, Apostolos Giannou was transferred to Greek second division side Apollon Kalamarias, scoring 6 goals in his debut season before signing a five-year contract with Kavala, who had gained promotion to the Greek Super League for the 2009–10 season.
On 21 November 2009 Giannou debuted for Kavala, setting up an 88th minute goal that sealed a 2–1 victory against AEK Athens. Giannou was one of five Australians in the side as the club welcomed the arrivals of Robert Stambolziev, Zeljko Kalac, Andreas Govas and Craig Moore.
Giannou transferred to P.A.O.K in 2011, signing a 3-year-deal. He scored his first goals for the club, a brace, in a 2–0 away victory against OFI on Feb 11. He went on to make 35 appearances, score 5 goals and 2 assists for the club.
On 2 September 2013 Panionios proceeded to a significant addition to its roster, by announcing the acquisition of Giannou. The 23-year-old striker signing a two-year contract with the club.
Giannou enjoyed a breakout season in 2014/15, scoring 12 goals and 2 assists in 38 appearances for the club.
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On 9 June 2015, Apostolos Giannou signed a three year contract with Asteras Tripolis for an undisclosed fee.
He made his debut on 23 August 2015 against Panthrakikos, scoring a goal in the 2-0 away win.
Giannou scored 13 goals in 21 starts for Asteras in the first half of the 2015/16 Superleague Greece season..
On 25 February 2016, Giannou transferred to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F on a 3-year deal.
In 2006, Giannou represented the Australia under-17 team at the AFC U-17 Championship 2006 Qualification. Giannou scored in Australia’s 3–1 win against Indonesia. Giannou was the only Victorian player selected for Australia’s under-17 side that took part in the International Youth Football tournament in Niigata, Japan. The team finished top of their respective group as Giannou scored a goal in a 5–1 win against Albirex Niigata.
In 2008, Giannou represented the Greece under-19 team at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship elite qualification where Greece qualified for the Championship finals. Giannou appeared twice at the European Under-19 Championships when he was substituted on in a 1–1 draw against Italy and started in a 3–0 loss against England.
On 5 September 2010 Giannou returned to the international stage after a two year absence, he was selected for the Greece under-21 team for a 2011 European Under-21 Championship qualifier against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia which Greece won 2–1.
On 24 March 2015, Apostolos Giannou was selected for the Greek National Team for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Hungary. This came off the back of his impressive season with Panianios and marked his first senior call-up to the Greek national team.
On 5 November 2015, Apostolos Giannou was selected for the Greek National Team for the upcoming friendly matches against Luxembourg and Turkey. On 17 November he made his debut with the Greece in a 0-0 away draw against Turkey.