Ex-Liverpool, Rangers, Athens defender Kyrgiakos joins Sydney Olympic

Greek veteran Sotirios Kyrgiakos has signed with National Premier League NSW club Sydney Olympic.

Greek veteran Sotirios Kyrgiakos has signed with National Premier League NSW club Sydney Olympic.

The 34-year old centre-back has signed on with Olympic for a two-game guest stint in a bid to raise the profile of the club.

The former Liverpool, Rangers and AEK Athens man said it was a great opportunity for him to return to a country where there is so much Greek history.

"When I met Sydney Olympic Technical Director Arthur Diles in Athens I was instantly excited by the opportunity to visit a country I briefly visited in 2006 when Greece played Australia in Melbourne,” Kyrgiakos said during a media briefing.

“Although just a friendly match I will never forget nearly 100,000 people at the stadium that night and the amount of support we had from the Greek Australians.

“When I was briefed on the great history of (Sydney Olympic) and the formation of the Pan-Hellenic Soccer Club in 1957 by Greek migrants, I was on board.

“Greeks in foreign countries have achieved so much.

“I am aware of the great progress football is making in Australia, attracting star players like (Alessandro) Del Piero, (William) Gallas and (Emile) Heskey. I cannot wait to play this Sunday."

Kyrgiakos started his professional career with Athens-based Panathinaikos in 1998 before joining Scottish side Rangers in 2005 where he helped the Glasgow outfit win that season’s Scottish Premier League title.

A 2006 move to Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt followed before he returned to Greece with AEK in 2008 prior to his move to Anfield in 2009. The 61-times capped Greece international then found himself back in Germany with Wolfsburg, where he was sent for a brief loan to Sunderland, before ending his time with die Wolfe last year.

 
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