Michael Valkanis is a former Greek / Australian football player and current Interim Head Coach of A-League club Melbourne City FC.
Michael Valkanis played in the Greek Superleague Iraklis, Agios Nikolaos and most notably Larissa where he played for five seasons and won 102 caps.
He played 110 games in the now-defunct National Soccer League scoring 4 goals with South Melbourne, Adelaide City and Adelaide United.
Valkanis announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2008-09 A-League season in December 2008. The former captain and 100 game veteran was given a testimonial match against Newcastle Jets on 9 January 2009 where he replaced Daniel Mullen in the second half and saw Adelaide though to a 2-0 win.
Valkanis’ international debut was for the Socceroos in an Asian Cup qualifier versus Kuwait at Aussie Stadium on the 16 August 2006.
Michael Valkanis joined the Adelaide United coaching staff after his playing career, becoming the youth team manager from 2010-2012 before being appointed Assistant Coach at the start of the 2012/13 season.
After the resignation of Adelaide United manager John Kosmina on January 28, 2013, Valkanis was appointed caretaker manager of Adelaide United for the remainder of the A-League season. Under Valkanis, Adelaide United managed to finish the A-League season in 4th place, therefore qualifying for the A-League finals. However, they were eliminated in the first round by Brisbane Roar.
Valkanis then served three years as Assistant Coach of Adelaide United under Josep Gombau and Guillermo Amor, winning the Hyundai A-League Championship in 2016 and the FFA Cup in 2015.
Valkanis moved to Melbourne City FC at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, serving as Assistant Coach.
Following the departure of the Head Coach in December 2016, Valkasnis was installed as the interim Head Coach.
- Australian FFA Cup Winner (2014)
Playing Career Details
|2010–2011||Adelaide United Youth (Assistant Manager)|
|2011–2013||Adelaide United Youth|
|2013||Adelaide United (Caretaker)|
|2013–2016||Adelaide United (Assistant Manager)|
|2016–||Melbourne City (Assistant Manager)|
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