April 27, 2018

Sydney Olympic FC v Sydney FC, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground

Sydney Olympic have their eyes on top spot of the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and will be out to collect all three points when the host Sydney FC on Sunday.

Olympic were forced to settle for a point last week after spurning a 2-0 halftime lead against Rockdale City Suns.

Coach Abbas Saad would have stressed the importance of staying focused for 90 minutes ahead of this match with Sydney FC proving to be a tough challenge for their opponents this campaign.

Max Burgess has been a shining light for Olympic with the number ten excelling in the playmaking role since returning from his stint playing in Portugal.

However one player that has stood out from the rest of the pack has been their Spanish import Alejandro Sanchez.

The former La Liga player has been in scintillating form and does provide that X-Factor in the squad.

Sydney FC come into the game on the back of a tight 2-1 loss to Manly United.

Rob Stanton’s young side has shown flashes of brilliance this campaign but have lacked the clinical edge to close out matches.

Patrick Flottman will be hoping to repeat his star showing from the Manly clash while captain Sam McIllhatton’s leadership and impressive form is sure to once again be a feature.

McIllhatton’s performances have been outstanding to say the least this year and one must think that this youngster does have the potential to go onto bigger things capturing a senior Sky Blues contract in the not too distant future.

At home, Sydney Olympic will be favourites to win this match but anything can happen especially against an energetic and determined Young Sky Blues.

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April 23, 2018

An incredible second half fightback has helped Rockdale City Suns snatch a 2-2 draw with Sydney Olympic at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday.

Olympic had the chance to move three points clear at the top of the ladder at the end of Round 7 after APIA Leichhardt’s draw on Saturday.

The Blues looked to be making the most of the opportunity as they went into the halftime break up 2-0 thanks to Max Burgess and Alejandro Sanchez.

Yet a spirited fightback from the visitors saw Olympic clinging on for a point at the final whistle, as Jordan Figon and Alec Urosevski drew Rockdale level before pushing for a win.

Olympic threatened first as they drove at the Rockdale backline from kickoff, with Radovan Pavicevic sliding an effort wide after stretching to reach a skewed shot from Max Burgess.

Alejandro Sanchez was next to try his luck for the hosts and might have scored one of the goals of the season when he flicked the ball over his head and towards the goal with his back to the keeper, but Ante Covic was alive to the danger and scrambled back to touch the shot over the bar for a corner.

The Spaniard was in on goal again shortly after, this time shooting under Covic who couldn’t get down in time to stop the ball from dribbling through to Max Burgess in front of an empty net.

Olympic were emboldened by a deserved opener, and continued to roll forward in numbers in search of a second. Sanchez was given an opportunity to double his side’s lead five minutes after Burgess’ goal, but swung at the bouncing ball in the penalty area and completely failed to make contact.

He would soon make sure that it was a miss of little consequence, pushing his way through on the edge of the box and scuffing a shot inside Ante Covic’s far post to give Olympic a two-goal cushion as halftime approached.

Having offered little more than a few frustrated swipes at goal in the first half, Rockdale came out of the sheds with a new determination to get themselves back into the game. Bai Antoniou had a marvelous chance to pull one back for the visitors when he streaked down the left and drew Paul Henderson off his line, but the goalkeeper did enough to put the striker off his shot and the ball rolled agonisingly wide of the far post.

Rockdale continued to push forward and were rewarded just after the hour mark when Jordan Figon slid in to claim the final touch on a dipping ball from the left flank, diverting the ball past the keeper and giving the visitors a lifeline. They very nearly had a second immediately as Figon rolled a ball on for Jonathan Grozdanovski at the top of the box, but the young striker could only fire his shot wide.

A shellshocked Olympic struggled to regain their composure as Rockdale sensed blood in the water and pushed for an equaliser. Alec Urosevski was the man to deliver; picking up on a rebound after Covic spilled a shot on the edge of the six yard box and slamming the ball home to level the scores at 2-2.

Both sides went forward in search of a winner but there was little quality in the final third as the final whistle approached; a draw the most appropriate result in a game of two very distinct halves.

Sydney Olympic’s Abbas Saad said that while he was disappointed in the way his side fell away in the second half, there were plenty of positives to be drawn from their performance in the first.

“We played World Cup football in the first half and park football in the second,” he joked.

“We have to give credit to Rockdale, who really put us on the back foot in the second half and deserved a draw in the end.

“The game should’ve been over in the first half. We should’ve put them away in the first half, but they’re a good team.”

Rockdale’s Paul Reid maintained a draw was the least his side deserved after pulling back a two-goal deficit against one of the top teams in the competition.

“First half they were in our faces but we changed a few things up at halftime and from then on I think there was only really one team in it,” he said.”

“Credit to the boys – it was a great fightback, and a great result for us and the club.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic FC 2 (Max Burgess 19’, Alejandro Sanchez 36’)

Rockdale City Suns FC 2 (Jordan Figon 61’, Alec Urosevski 67’)

Sunday April 22, 2018

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Referee: K. Griffiths-Jones,

Assistant Referees: N. Backo, K. Robinson

Fourth Official: C. Wright

Sydney Olympic FC: 11. AN Jinya, 10. BURGESS Max, 1. HENDERSON Paul, 6. KULESKI Nicola, 8. MADONIS Jason, 9. PAVICEVIC Radovan, 14. SANCHEZ LOPEZ Alejandro, 4. TIMOTHEOU George, 33. TSATTALIOS Nikolas, 2. WHITESIDE Thomas, 23. WOODCOCK Riley

Substitutes: 19. BURGESS Darcy, 20. CONSONI Ezequeil, 5. JIMENEZ Rafael, 26. PATRAMANIS Billy, 27. JUNG Taewoo

Yellow Cards: Madonis 55’

Red Cards: Nil

Rockdale City Suns FC: 17. ADAMEDDINE Toufic, 9. ANTONIOU Bai, 1. COVIC Ante, 23. FIGON Jordan, 4. MCCLENAHAN Trent, 21. NEILL Michael, 2. PETKOVSKI Daniel, 5. REID Paul, 6. RICCIUTO Blake, 19. SAVOR Patrick, 7. UROSEVSKI Alec

Substitutes: 12. EL HAFIANE Idriss, 3. HESKETH Steven, 22. SORRAS Nicholas, 10. GAITATZIS Harris, 11. GROZDANOVSKI Jonathan

Yellow Cards: Antoniou 22’, Petkovski 40’

Red Cards: Nil

Player Ratings

3 – Sanchez (OLY)

2 – Antoniou (RCS)

1 – Woodcock (OLY)

By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Max Grieve

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April 19, 2018

18 April , 2018 by Football NSW

 

The Premiership battle is in full flight in the National Premier Leagues NSW 2018 season and Round 7 is set to be another huge weekend of fixtures.APIA Leichhardt Tigers remain at the top of the competition ladder but will have a tough battle to stay ahead of the chasing pack lead by Sydney Olympic and Sydney United 58 FC.

Two off weeks has meant Blacktown City has dropped down the standings to fourth but they should never be written off. This week they host Marconi Stallions.

Reigning Champions Manly United is slowly getting its season back on track after a slow start and go on the road once again as they take on Sydney FC.

Sydney Olympic FC v Rockdale City Suns FC, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground – Live streamed on Facebook

Sydney Olympic proved they are serious National Premier Leagues NSW contenders last round with a hard fought 1-0 win against Blacktown City FC.

This week they will be out to take top spot on the ladder when they host Rockdale City Suns on Sunday at 3pm.

Many thought the departure of Gorka Etxeberria in preseason was enough to derail the Belmore based club, but new gaffer Abbas Saad has the team playing the best it has in recent seasons.

Boasting a strong midfield, composed defence and clinical strikers, Sydney Olympic have the squad to make a serious mark on the competition in 2018.

Look for Max Burgess to go to new heights again this week on the back of his match winning performance against Blacktown.

Olympic will need to deal with the season ending injury to Captain Hagi Gligor and Will Angel will be missed by Olympic as he serves his one match ban after seeing red last round. Saad has plenty of players on his bench able to fill the void for this match.

This week they will be out to add further woe to a spluttering Rockdale outfit who will still be hurting after coming away with only a draw with Manly United last week despite leading 3-0 after 30 minutes.

Paul Reid’s side has the fire power and quality on the park to beat anyone, but poor discipline and lapses in concentration have cost them this season.

Alec Urosevski remains the Suns biggest threat in attack with the pacy midfielder a challenging prospect for any opposition defence.

If Rockdale plays to its ability and can keep it together for 90 minutes than they have the stock to cause an upset, in saying that Olympic will start as favourites and will be expected to carry on their winning run.

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April 16, 2018

15 April , 2018 

Sydney Olympic has ended Blacktown City’s unbeaten record with a 1-0 win in a drama filled match at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday. 

There was no love lost between both National Premier Leagues NSW Premiership contenders during a fierce contest which featured two red cards.

Sydney Olympic maintained their unbeaten home record with a solitary headed strike from skipper Max Burgess the difference.

It was only the second goal conceded by Blacktown City this season as Mark Crittenden’s side dropped points for the second straight week after they was unable to find an equaliser despite a late flurry.

Olympic pressured Blacktown early but lost key midfielder Hagi Gligor after only five minutes when he succumbed to a knee injury.

Blacktown made the better usage of possession when they had the ball but Olympic were determined in defence. Poor finishing and ill-discipline costing both sides in the first half.

It was the home side who had the first meaningful effort when Burgess tried his luck in the 12th minute firing a shot from the edge of the box which went wide.

An had a volley comfortably saved by City’s Stevan Savicic as Olympic began to find gaps in their opponents defence.

The match turned in the 20th minute when Blacktown City was reduced to 10 men early in the contest.

City captain Matt Lewis was shown a straight red after a robust challenge on Jinya An.

Olympic, had the bulk of possession but failed to truly threaten during a first half that featured everything but a goal.

If the animosity that was brewing during the opening period subsided during the break it was quickly dispelled when Charles Mendy was unceremoniously clattered seconds after the kick-off.

Olympic coach, Abbas Saad, retained the rigid starting formation with a flat back four but they had only to deal with Mendy acting in the lone striking role.

Both Burgess and Jason Madonis had shots from the edge of the 18-yard box with similar results, both going well wide of the target.

Olympic were forced into long range efforts with Blacktown’s defence holding shape despite the earlier send-off.

It all changed when An sent over a curling corner that Burgess cooly headed home after shot stopper Savicic was unable to intercept.

Angel was shown a second yellow card in the 74’ minute when tugging back former Olympic skipper Yianni Spyrakis to earn himself an early send-off and restore parity in playing numbers.

The intensity of Blacktown immediately lifted forcing a good save out of Paul Henderson as the pendulum lurched back and forth.

Joey Gibbs should have equalised when Mallia failed to convert after a sick passing combination with Giorgio Speranza.

Henderson was called into action to deny an accurate Mallia free kick which beat the wall but not the keeper.

Blacktown came home the stronger side but were unable to break down Olympic and suffered their first defeat of the season.

A delighted Abbas Saad was impressed with his side’s performance but felt they are still a work in progress.

“The only thing that disappointed me today was our execution in front of goal,” he said.

“We had a lot of possession and got ourselves into some really good positions but the final pass just let us down.

“Blacktown are a very good team,  but I felt some of my players may have taken it for granted when they went down to 10-men.

“We cannot allow ourselves to do that but that comes down to a little lack of experience and naivety.

“Second-half we looked much better and created chances but we’ve got to do better.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic 1 (M.Burgess 61’)

Blacktown City 0

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Sunday, 15th March 2018

Referee: Adrian Arndt

Asst. Refs: Ray Osborne & Kearney Robinson

Fourth Official: Brandon Lovric

Sydney Olympic: 1.Paul Henderson, 2.Thomas Whiteside, 4.George Timitheo, 6.Nicola Kuleski, 7.William Angel, 8.Jason Madonis, 9.Radovan Pavicevic (33.Niko Tsattalios 77’), 10.Max Burgess, 14.Alejandro Sanchez, 24.Christopher Gligor  (23.Riley Woodcock 5’)

Substitutes not used: 5.Rafael Jimenez, 19.Darcy Burgess, 20.Ezequiel Consoni

Yellow Cards: 10.Max Burgess 35’, (7.William Angel 45 + 74’), 14.Alejandro Sanchez 77’, 6.Nikola Kuleski 90’

Red Cards: 7.William Angel 74’

Blacktown City: 20.Stevan Savicic, 3.Giorgio Speranza, 4.Roberto Speranza (18.Mason Versi), 5.Grant Lynch, 6.Matt Lewis, 7.Devante Clut, 9.Joey Gibbs, 10.Conner Evans, 12.Charles Mendy (19.Zach Cairncross 60’), 14.Mitchell Mallia, 22.Yianni Spyrakis (21.Jack Stewart 90’)

Substitutes not used: 1.Dylan Niski, 16.Mark Rodic,

Yellow Cards: 14.Mitchell Mallia 56’, 18.Mason Versi 90’

Red Cards: 6.Matt Lewis 20’

Player Ratings

3 – Max Burgess (SO)

2 – Mitchell Mallia (BC)

1 – Jinya An (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Reporter Micky Brock

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April 13, 2018

Sydney Olympic FC v Blacktown City FC, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground

Sydney Olympic has quietly emerged as a National Premier Leagues NSW Premiership contender during the opening weeks of the campaign but a clash against Blacktown City on Sunday afternoon could prove a true litmus test of their winning credentials.

Spanish striker Alejandro Sanchez has given the Abbas Saad coached side a truly dangerous front man and combined with the talented playmaking skills of Max Burgess makes Olympic a side which will challenge opposition defences.

Experienced shot stopper Paul Henderson has maintained his usual high standards this season behind a rapidly improving defensive unit.

Last week was a warning for their opponents Blacktown who conceded an added time goal which forced them to settle for a 1-1 draw with Manly United.

It was the first goal Blacktown had conceded all season underpinning their quality at both ends of the park.

Much is spoken about Blacktown’s incredible talent in attack, but their often overlooked defence, marshalled by former Olympic man Yianni Spyrakis who will face his former side for the first time this week, which has been the secret formula to their success.

Along with Spyrakis, the Speranza boys Giorgio and Roberto have also had great starts to the season as has Grant Lynch.

The Mark Crittenden coached side will be disappointed with their performance last week which could mean a huge showing on the road at Belmore.

This is sure to be one of the matches of the round and could have major implications on the premiership race.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers v Sydney FC, 4.15pm Sunday at Lambert Park

It’s the Lambert Park derby this week with APIA Leichhardt Tigers hosting Sydney FC on Sunday afternoon at the ground both sides call home.

After a minor blip in form against Blacktown City two weeks ago, APIA is back firing on full cylinders and sit out in front on top of the National Premier Leagues NSW standings.

Billy McColl’s side will be out to consolidate their position at number one with victory against the Young Sky Blues.

Tasuku Sekiya reiterated his talents and importance for the Tigers with a double in their 5-0 rout of Rockdale in Round 5.

Sekiya’s explosive acceleration and ability on the ball makes him a tough customer for opposition defences. He will be looking to build on last week’s display and further cement his role as APIA’s chief playmaker through the middle of the park.

Sydney FC come into the game full of confidence after an incredible 3-3 draw with Bonnyrigg White Eagles which required Rob Stanton’s side equalise three times.

Hassan Jalloh had a breakout season last year when he made his debut for Bonnyrigg and this year in a Sydney FC jersey he will be hoping to continue his development as a future star.

A tricky attacking player, Jalloh will be full of confidence after netting in last week’s match and will be determined to keep his scoring run going.

APIA will be an almighty test for Sydney, but memories of the Young Sky Blues 5-3 upset win from last season are sure to linger in the back of the Tiger’s minds.

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April 09, 2018

8 April , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic’s has notched their fourth straight win after defeating Marconi Stallions 2-0 at Marconi Stadium on Saturday.

It wasn’t Marconi’s night with injuries and missed chances costing the Stallions the game in what ended with the exact same scoreline as the famous 1990 NSL Grand Final between these two great clubs.

Goals to Spanish sensation Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez and Jason Madonis were the difference as Olympic’s impressive run of form continued.

The defeat was Marconi’s second of the week with the newly promoted side desperate to break free of their early season struggles.

The game was hardly a minute old when a cross from the right completely bamboozled the Marconi defence and Sanchez-Lopez put the ball into the back of the net.

It was a gift from the Stallions to the former La Liga player and one that would have had Marconi coach Peter Tsekenis, himself a former legend at Sydney Olympic, very disappointed indeed.
In the 10th minute though Marconi came very close to equalising.

A long ball forward was perfect for Judah Cleur who hit a beautiful volley that sailed just over the crossbar.

Two minutes later Marconi went very close again. Marko Jesic galloped through the middle and delightfully beat his opponents until reaching a point where he fired in a low shot that was well saved by Paul Henderson down to his right. What more can be said of Henderson – a goalkeeper of true quality who never seems to age.

In the 26th minute a very accurate free-kick from Sean Rooney beat all and sundry except for Henderson who managed to gather the ball in two attempts. Marconi were pressing but without luck.

In the 32nd minute Sydney Olympic came roaring back with an attempt of their own. A delightful cross from the left by Radovan Pavicevic was met by a Max Burgess drive that most definitely would have hit the intended target, except for a neat save by Nenad Vekic to deny him.

The game didn’t offer much more in the first stanza of play as that early goal divided the two teams heading into the break.

Early in the second half there was a double for Sydney Olympic in the 52nd minute when a beautiful header by Pavicevic on the left brought out a great save by ‘keeper Vekic; as the ball made its way out to Burgess he decided to curl one back towards goal only to just shave the post.

Sydney Olympic didn’t have to wait too long though to score again because in the 60th minute Jason Madonis made it two for the visitors. A long cross from the left reached him unmarked in the centre of the field and, from just outside the box, he unleashed a shot that gave ‘keeper Vekic no chance. It was enough to break Marconi’s heart but no without some merit from the visitors though.

In the 82nd minute Marconi should really have had one back themselves when the ball bobbled into the box but substitute Braden Cheng hit a weak volley that didn’t end up where it perhaps should have.
After the game coach Abbas Saad, a former Sydney Olympic player of the highest quality himself, was delighted with his team’s performance.

“I was very pleased with the performance,” he said. “We won every battle on the field, created so many chances and we should have won by about four goals clear today.

“It was all down to the mindset and our belief. That’s now our fourth win in a row, including the cup, and it breeds confidence. That’s what is getting the boys over the line at the moment.

“We have been fairly consistent this year but this tonight was our biggest test and our best performance because we played well for the full 90 minutes.”

Meanwhile over in the Marconi dressing room Peter Tsekenis was putting the loss into perspective.

“We lost two games leading into tonight and we were a bit down,” he said. “We had a very physical game midweek and we are also down on troops at the moment.

“We conceded a goal in the first 30 seconds and things like that happen when you are down, but when you are up those things go for you.

“We have a tough schedule coming up and it’s going to be difficult, but we will re-group, re-focus and come through this period because I really believe in this group. Once that happens we will be tough to beat.”

Match Stats

Marconi Stallions 0

Sydney Olympic FC 2
(Sanchez-Lopez 1’, Madonis 60’)

Saturday, April 7th 2018

Marconi Stadium, Bossley Park

Referee: M. Weiner
Assistant Referees: J. Park, H. Carwardine
Fourth Official: V. Vine

MARCONI STALLIONS: 1. Nenad Vekic, 4. Troy Danaskos (38. Yianni Nicolau 68’), 5. Michael Beauchamp, 6. Sean O’Connell, 8. Sean Rooney, 9. Shane Webb (2. Braden Cheng 58’), 10. Marko Jesic, 11. Judah Cleur (25. Emanuel Ponce 65’), 14. Peter Pelekanos, 22. Brandon Vella, 23. Chris Nunes
Substitutes not used: 16. Martin Lo, 21. Kristian Sekutkoski
Yellow Cards: Webb 16’, Danaskos 66’

Red Cards: Nil

SYDNEY OLYMPIC FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 4. George Timotheou, 6. Nikola Kuleski, 7. William Angel, 8. Jason Madonis (33. Niko Tsattalios 83’), 9. Radovan Pavicevic (23. Riley Woodcock 69’), 10. Max Burgess (19. Darcy Burgess 87’), 11. Jinya An, 14. Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, 24. Christopher Gligor.
Substitutes not used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 26. Billy Patramanis

Yellow Cards: Nil

Red Card: Nil

Player Ratings

3- Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez (SO)
2 – Max Burgess (SO)
1 – Sean Rooney (MS)
-By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Joe Russo

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April 05, 2018

Marconi Stallions v Sydney Olympic FC, 7pm Saturday at Marconi Stadium – Live streamed on Facebook

Round 5 of the National Premier Leagues NSW season is all about bouncing back for Marconi Stallions.

A 4-2 loss at the hands of Manly United last week was Marconi’s first loss of the campaign and how they respond to their first major hurdle will be telling as to where this team is at.

The Stallions will be ruing the defeat especially as they lead twice in the match but conceded easy goals against a fired up opposition.

Mateo Poljak’s expereince in the heart of midfield has been influential for Marconi while fellow A-League alumni Michael Beauchamp, Marko Jesic and Sean Rooney all give Peter Tsekenis’ side experience and star power their rivals would envy.

Their opponents this week is an in-form Sydney Olympic outfit riding high on the back of three consecutive home wins.

Olympic looked as if they were set to struggle at the start of the season when coach Gorka Etxeberria departed the Belmore club.

However, it has been anything but bad times at Olympic with new coach Abbas Saad employing an entertaining style which encourages his players to attack and show off their individual flair.

Jason Madonis and Will Angel provide great width to Olympic’s attack, while club captain Hagi Gligor in midfield is one of the side’s unheralded stars.

While no one can fault their Spanish sensation, Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, who has been the in-form player of the NPL NSW Men’s quickly establishing himself as one of the finest imports to kick off the 2018 season.

Olympic are scoring freely and testing opposition defences which will surely have Marconi on the back foot on Saturday night.

But if Marconi’s big name attacking stars can fire this game could go any direction.

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April 02, 2018

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Sydney Olympic fought their way to a hard earned 2-1 Round 4 victory over Hakoah Sydney City East at Belmore Sports ground on Good Friday.

All three of the afternoon’s goals came as a result of set pieces with George Timotheou and Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez scoring either side of Oliver Green’s equaliser to give Olympic their third consecutive home win of the season.

Play was often scrappy throughout the match as the bobbly pitch made it difficult for both sides to generate continuity and create chances, allowing dead ball situations to take centre stage and inevitably decide the result.

With the win, Olympic continues their bright start to their 2018 National Premier Leagues NSW campaign with three victories from their opening four matches under new head coach Abbas Saad.

Hakoah came into the match keen to bury the memory of last Saturday’s late collapse against Sutherland Sharks, and they went about things the right way as they came flying out of the blocks during the opening minutes.

In doing so they created the first chance of the game as captain Bradley Walker put Green into Olympic’s box with a masterfully lobbed through-ball from his own half. Paul Henderson, confident as ever in between the sticks, spread his frame to block Green’s attempted finish from point blank.

Mitchell Stamatellis, on his first return to Belmore Sports Ground since his off-season move East, impressed with his defensive work and distribution throughout the match. He was next to threaten from range but to no avail as Olympic weathered the early storm.

By the quarter hour mark the hosts had well and truly found their feet to pull momentum in their favour. They continually sought to get the majestic Max Burgess on the ball, and the playmaker did not disappoint as he expertly dictated the tempo and put the likes of William Angel and Spanish sensation Sanchez-Lopez into threatening positions.

Burgess and Angel combined for a well-worked corner which appeared dangerous until the linesman’s flag indicated offside to rule out Sanchez-Lopez’s shot which hit the bar.

A poorly timed challenge from another former Sydney Olympic player, ex-Blues youth defenderJames Coombes handed Olympic a golden opportunity from the dead ball on the edge of Hakoah’s box. Burgess drove his free kick into the wall before Jinya An sliced the rebound well wide to let Coombes off the hook.

The visitor’s defensive line took an organisational blow moments later when Walker succumbed to injury and was replaced by Cameron Draper.

The armband was handed to Stamatellis who threatened his former employer’s goal once again with a powerful shot from the edge of the box following a Hakoah corner. The veteran’s strike flashed high and wide of goal as the home fans breathed a huge sigh of relief.

With half time looming Sanchez-Lopez appeared through on goal after charging onto another Burgess throughball, yet Connor Shaddock recovered well to scramble the ball away to safety.

The ensuing corner would be Hakoah’s undoing. An’s delivery wreaked havoc in the box as a brief moment of pinball culminated in Timotheou’s right boot sticking the ball between a maze of players and into the net to break the deadlock.

Olympic took their hard earned lead into the interval and would emerge from the sheds seeking more of the same in the second half.

Hakoah were not going to make it easy for them as they began the second half as lively as they did the first. Their direct running looked particularly threatening, especially from Kiwi international Andre De Jong who was a continual thorn in Olympic’s side.

De Jong’s run into the box was cut down by Rafael Jiminez just before the hour mark. The fullback was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch having already been booked in the opening minutes and was necessarily subbed by Saad moments later in the interest of keeping eleven men on the pitch.

Hakoah were inching closer as Timotheou’s expert block was needed to deny De Jong before Henderson produced a brilliant save to deny Green following the striker’s magical turn in the 18-yard box.

The striker was left with his head in his hands but would not to be denied much longer as the following corner eventually fell for Green who leapt to turn the ball in and restore parity on the scoreboard.

The equaliser opened the match right up as both sides drove forward in search of the winner.

Burgess dragged a shot wide after a fine dart inside from the right flank before yet another set piece proved decisive.

A crisply delivered free kick from Burgess on the left was headed back toward the near post for Sanchez-Lopez to nod home and draw wild celebrations from the delighted Olympic faithful. It was the Spanish stars third goal in four games.

Hakoah came close to sharing the points with Green glancing a shot wide before a recycled corner led to Timotheou turning the ball onto his own post. The ball bounced into Henderson’s safe hands as Olympic saw out a lengthy extra time period to hold onto the win.

Sydney Olympic playmaker Max Burgess was delighted with the result after running the show in midfield for much of the encounter.

“It was a great three points,” said Burgess.

“Hakoah are a strong side, very physical, they’ll beat a lot of teams this season so we’re very happy to get the three points.

“It’s now three wins from three at home so we’re building a fortress here and the boys are starting to gel so things are looking positive.

“We’re starting to build that winning mentality and the vibe is really good in the changing room so the sky’s the limit for us this season.”

Hakoah Sydney City East coach Gavin Rae was understandably disappointed by the result which could well have seen spoils shared had the late drama gone their way.

“It was a bit scrappy from both teams,” remarked Rae.

“It’s obviously absolutely frustrating to lose it as it was the kind of game that both teams don’t play well and you just take a draw and moved on to the next game so to lose it is gutting.

“At set pieces you’ve always got to defend well and we didn’t today.

“We’ll not make changes in terms of the way we want to play, we just need to cut out the silly mistakes but we’re not far off.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic 2 (Timotheou 43’, Sanchez-Lopez 80’)

Hakoah Sydney City East 1 (Green 68’)

Friday 30th March, 2018

Belmore Sports Park, Belmore

Referee: K. Patterson

Assistants: J. Bell, K. Robinson

4th Official: H. Carwardine

Sydney Olympic: 1. Paul HENDERSON, 2. Thomas WHITESIDE, 4. George TIMOTHEOU, 5. Rafael JIMINEZ (33. Nik TSATTALLIOS 58’), 6. Nikola KULESKI, 7. William ANGEL, 8. Jason MADONIS (19. Darcy BURGESS 90+2’), 10. Max BURGESS, 11. Jinya AN, 14. Alejandro SANCHEZ-LOPEZ, 24. Hagi GLIGOR

Substitutes not used: 9. Radovan PAVICEVIC, 23. Riley WOODCOCK, 30. Lachlan WATSON

Yellow Cards: Rafael Jiminez 4’

Red Cards: nil

Hakoah Sydney City East: 1. Anthony BOUZANIS, 2. Connor SHADDOCK, 3. Michael KOUTA, 4. Bradley WALKER (6. Cameron DRAPER 39’), 5. Mitchell STAMATELLIS, 8. Oliver GREEN, 10. Andre DE JONG, 14. Anthony FRANGIE (21. Stewart DUNCAN 61’), 17. Harry JONES (7. Jack GREEN 85’), 20. James COMBES, 60. Takayuki NOJI

Substitutes Not Used: 13. Robert EZEKIEL, 25. Max EPHRAIM

Yellow Cards: Connor Shaddock 86’

Red Cards: nil

Player Ratings

3 – Max Burgess (SO)

2 – Mitchell Stamatellis (HSCE)

1 – George Timotheou (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Mens reporter Michael Shoolman

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March 29, 2018

Sydney Olympic will be out to get their Easter off to the right start with victory against Hakoah Sydney City East at Belmore this Good Friday.

Abbas Saad’s side have had a solid start over the opening three rounds and will be determined to make it two wins on the trot.

Max Burgess has hit the ground running since returning to the club this season and last week was a stand out performer in the win against Manly United.

His playmaking skills will be put to the test against a young and energetic Hakoah outfit.

The match will also be a homecoming of sorts for Hakoah’s veteran defender Mitchell Stamatellis who returns to his former club for the first time since making the move east in the offseason.

Hakoah were unlucky in round 3 after they conceded two late goals to succumb to a 2-2 draw with Sutherland Sharks.

Gavin Rae’s men have shown glimpses of their talent and will be out to snatch their second win of the campaign.

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March 26, 2018

25 March , 2018 By Football NSW

Sydney Olympic have added to Manly United’s horror National Premier Leagues NSW Championship defence toppling the Northern Beaches side 2-1 at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday.

Goals to Jason Madonis and Spanish sensation Alejandro Sanchez in the opening 15 minutes had Olympic in control for the majority of the match before Brendan Cholakian gave the visitors fleeting hope with a converted penalty in the closing stages of the match.

The defeat was Manly’s third consecutive loss to start the season as Paul Dee’s side struggle to get back to the form which led them to the title in 2017.

For Olympic it was a return to form after defeat at APIA Leichhardt Tigers seven days earlier.

Manly had the best of the chances early on with Nikola Taneski’s pace proving too much for Olympic’s Jinya An. However, the lighting quick winger’s finishing touch was lacking as he blasted wide of the net in the second minute

Manly’s wasted chance proved to be a wake up call for Olympic with the home team firing straight into action as Burgess’ silky dribbling skills created a brilliant chance for the midfielder but he too couldn’t hit the back of the net.

While the visitors avoided that salvo, Manly couldn’t stop the rampaging run from Thomas Whiteside moments later who delivered a sumptuous cross into the box which was finished by Sanchez as he pounced on Dylan Mitchell fumble.

Before Manly could regroup Olympic had stretched their lead to 2-0.

Burgess made a mazy run into the penalty area before unleashing a curling shot which cannoned off the cross bar and into the path of Jason Madonis who fired into the back of the net.

Olympic found the back of the net for the third time in the 20th minute but the linesman’s flag proved Manly’s saving grace.

Scott Balderson tried to breathe life into Manly’s chances and appeared to be their best chance but was forced from the field after succumbing to injury.

The home side had a vice grip on proceedings going into the interval as Manly’s desperate attempts to fight back into the game proved

Sydney Olympic started the second stanza with the same ferocity they displayed in the first and an incredible effort from Hagi Gligor narrowly missed stretching their advantage.

Manly striker Dylan Macallister thought he had found himself on the scoresheet in the 51st minute but was ruled to be offside.

Cholakian’s industry in midfield was giving the visitors hope and was unlucky not to have scored in the 65th minute when his curling effort from inside the penalty area struck the post after completely bamboozling Olympic shot stopper Paul Henderson.

The persistence of Cholakian paid off with Manly’s captain awarded a penalty in the 81st minute which he coolly converted.

Olympic were in no mood to suffer a last minute defeat and frustrated Manly in the design stages as they earned a well deserved three competition points

Abbas Saad praised the scintillating football his Olympic team played in the first half but felt his team needs to work on their fitness to avoid another second half lapse.

“Fatigue got the better of us in the end. We were great for 60 minutes and the really faded towards the end of the match.

“If you can’t play the full 90 minutes in this competition you won’t be able to do well let alone survive.

“But in saying that when we played well early on I was very impressed with the performance. we are still underdone and to bounce back this week after defeat at APIA is very reassuring.

Manly boss Paul Dee was confident his side could bounce back despite three consecutive defeats.

“Two defensive errors was the difference today,” Dee said.

“We aren’t far away from where we need to be. There were glimpses of that today.

“We have players coming back from injury and there is still plenty of confidence at the club. it is only round three so we aren’t writing anything off just yet.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic: 2 (Sanchez 14’ Madonis 15’)

Manly United: 1 (Cholakian 84’)

Sunday, March 25 2018

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Referee: R Mattei
Assistant Referees: R Osbourne, A Verma
Fourth Official: D Horstead

Sydney Olympic: 1. Paul HENDERSON, 2. Thomas WHITESIDE, 4. George TIMOTHEOU, 5. Rafael Jiminez, 6. Nikola KULESKI, 7. William ANGEL (33. Nik TSATTALLIOS 69′) 8. Jason MADONIS (19. Darcy BURGESS 81’), 10. Max BURGESS (21. Stephen ATHANASERIS), 11. Jinya AN, 14. Alejandro SANCHEZ-LOPEZ, 24. Hagi GLIGOR
Substitutes not used: 9. Radovan PAVICEVIC, , 20. Ezequiel CONSONI, ,

Yellow Cards: Kuleski, Timotheu

Red Cards:

Manly United: 1. Dylan MITCHELL,2. Kieran Paull, 3. Jamie LOBB, 4.Travis OUGHTRED, 6. Dominic FERGUSON (14. Mitchell ROOKE 79’) 8. Sasa MACURA, 9. Dylan MACALLISTER (7. Marco SAMA 61′), 10 Brendan CHOLAKIAN, 11. Nikola TANESKI, 13. Scott BALDERSON (22. George FIRTH 40’), 23. Daniel ALESSI
Substitutes not used: 20. Shaun CATLIN, , 12. Leigh EGGER

Yellow Cards: Macallister, Oughtred

Red Cards:

Player Ratings
3- Max Burgess (OLY)
2 – Tom Whiteside (OLY)
1- Brendan Cholakian (MU)

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March 23, 2018

Sydney Olympic FC v Manly United FC, 3pm Sunday at Belmore Sports Ground – Live streamed on Facebook.

It is week 3 of the National Premier Leagues NSW season and all sides are starting to find their groove.

Sydney Olympic will be driven to return to the winners circle when they host reigning National Premier Leagues NSW Champions Manly United on Sunday.

Defeat at the hands of APIA Leichhardt Tigers undid the good work from their round one victory but Olympic coach Abbas Saad believes his players have the strength to bounce back.

Jinya An has been their best threat upfront while Spanish import Alejandro Lopez has also performed well.

For Manly the season couldn’t have started any worse with two straight defeats conceding five goals in the process.

Defensive structure was singled out by coach Paul Dee as a major area of improvement and the pressure will be on the backline of Travis Oughtred, Jamie Lobb and Daniel Alessi to keep it together on Saturday.

It is a must win game for Manly but it won’t be easy with Olympic no easy beats.

Also, next week’s Good Friday showdown between Olympic and Hakoah at Belmore Oval will move to the earlier kick off time of 4pm to facilitate a request from Hakoah FC due to planned evening celebrations.

By Football NSW, 21 March 2018

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March 19, 2018

APIA Leichhardt Tiger has continued it’s flawless start to the season with a 2-0 win against Sydney Olympic at Lambert Park on Sunday.

A first half George Howard penalty broke the deadlock and Sean Symons doubled the score in the second stanza as the home side claimed all three points despite stifling heat against a tough Sydney Olympic outfit.

The win was APIA’s first home win of the season and builds on their opening round victory against Manly United.

For Sydney Olympic the result was a reality check after their opening week win but coach Abbas Saad will be able to take away plenty of positives from a performance which could’ve been very different if his side had more luck in front of goal.

Olympic were the first side with an attempt on goal when in the 5th minute a slow moving Ivan Necevski allowed Jinya An to get in behind the ball but his shot lacked power and was cleared off the line.

APIA replied two minutes later when Adrian Ucchino crossed from the right only to see the veteran Paul Henderson punch the ball away.

In the 17th minute the ball fell nicely to Jordan Murray who volleyed straight at Henderson who made the comfortable save.

The heat was certainly taking its toll and the players really appreciated the drinks break midway through the first half.

In the 33rd minute the best chance of the game so far favoured APIA Leichhardt when Tasuku Sekiya laid the ball on from the left for George Howard who fired a rocket in Henderson’s direction, but the veteran gloves-man saved with aplomb.

However, APIA didn’t have to wait too long to score because in the 39th minute Jason Madonis brought Sekiya down in the box and a penalty was duly awarded. Howard, the former Melbourne Victory player, made no mistake from the spot despite Henderson diving the correct way.

Right on the stroke of halftime Sydney Olympic were nearly back even thanks to a Nikola Kuleski shot, after some scrappy defending from a corner, but Necevski pulled off a great reflex to deny the visitors.

In the second half the first chance was APIA’s when Sean Symons in the 55th minute on the turn fired over the crossbar from close range.

Sydney Olympic replied in the 57th minute when a lovely ball forward found Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez who only just missed the intended target with his shot.

A few minutes later Nikolas Tsattalios with a header from close range forced Necevski into a good save but APIA replied on the counter-attack in the 63rd minute when Murray dazzled his way into the box, sidestepping two defenders before seeing his shot well blocked by an ever alert Henderson.

APIA doubled their lead in the 70th minute when a delightful and accurate cross from Murray reached Sean Symons in the box and his glancing header ended up in the back of the net.

In the 78th minute the ball fell nicely to Murray who fired from outside the box but Henderson, winding back the years, got down well to turn the ball away. Both sides had their fair share of chances in what was a really entertaining and high-quality game of football.

APIA Leichhardt’s affable coach Billy McColl was after the game was justifiably delighted.

“That was a great game and we played very well,” he said.

“We took our chances and both goalkeepers had great games.

“We are well-organised, we are disciplined and we are fit but today also we had luck on our side and that’s a reward because of all of our hard training.”

Meanwhile over in the Sydney Olympic dressing room coach Abbas Saad was upbeat but still trying to work out how his side didn’t manage at least a point.

“APIA had five chances and they scored two and we had about six chances from inside the five yards and the ‘keeper saved them all,” he said.

“In football you need to take your chances and the penalty made a difference as we were unlucky.

“In the first half we were comfortable but got caught on a long-ball [for the penalty] but we have some young boys – not in a footballing sense because they have been playing a while but in years of age – so we will get better, we will get fitter and we’ll definitely improve.”

The Under 18 and 20 fixtures were postponed due to the APIA squads being on an approved overseas tour.

Match Stats

APIA Leichhardt Tigers 2 (Howard 39’, S.Symons 72’)

Sydney Olympic FC 0

Sunday 18th March, 2018
Lambert Park, Leichhardt

Referee: T. Danaskos
Assistant Referees: D. Stack, P.Teleki
Fourth Official: T. Plasto

APIA LEICHHARDT TIGERS: 1. Ivan Necevski, 2. Nathan Millgate, 4. Joshua Symons, 7. Howard Fondyke (6. Zachary Mackenzie 60’), 9. George Howard (8. Corey Biczo 77’), 11. Jordan Murray, 15. Themba Marta-Marlow, 16. Sean Symons, 18. Adrian Ucchino, 19. Brandon Lundy, 20. Tasuku Sekiya.
Substitutes not used: 3. Paul Galimi, 10. Franco Parisi, 22. Blake Tuxford
Yellow Cards: Millgate 52’
Red Cards: Nil

SYDNEY OLYMPIC FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 4. George Timotheou, 6. Nikola Kuleski, 7. William Angel (9. Radovan Pavicevic 76’), 8. Jason Madonis (5. Rafael Jimenez 70’), 10. Max Burgess, 11. Jinya An, 19. Darcy Burgess (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 54’), 14. Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, 24. Christopher Gligor.
Substitutes not used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 21. Stephen Athanaseris.
Yellow Cards: Whiteside 26’, Madonis 37’, Kuleski 75’
Red Card: Nil

Player Ratings
3 – Jordan Murray (ALT)
2 – Sean Symons (ALT)
1 – Paul Henderson (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW reporter Joe Russo

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March 16, 2018

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 5.30pm Sunday at Lambert Park

APIA Leichhardt Tigers had a perfect start to the season and a return to their home ground Lambert Park is sure to inspire them to another great performance.

Striker Jordan Murray and midfielder Tasuku Sekiya were the main stars for APIA in last round’s comeback win and will be tasked with doing the same against their inner-west rivals.

After conceding an early goal against Manly, APIA had to get their game on track. They will be focused on firing from the opening whistle this time around.

Sydney Olympic were also round 1 winners with the departure of their coach ahead of the season proving to have limited impact on their form.

The club’s new Spanish import, former La Liga player Alejandro Sanchez Lopez caught the attention of many at Belmore, and will be one to watch at Lambert Park.

New Olympic boss Abbas Saad had the Belmore based team firing on all cylinders in their victory over Bonnyrigg White Eagles.

APIA will be a bigger challenge for Olympic but neither side will be making it easy for their opposition.

Olympic are urging all fans to attend and support the boys in action. APIA have provided a special family ticket that you can purchase online to save money.
The match ticketing offer via Eventbrite –

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/npl-1-round-2-apia-leichhardt-tigers-fc-vs-sydney-olympic-fc-sunday-18-march-530pm-revised-time-tickets-44170051814

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March 12, 2018

Spanish import Alejandro Lopez scored a debut goal to give Sydney Olympic a hard fought 2-1 victory over Bonnyrigg White Eagles in their National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s opening round clash at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday afternoon.

The Spanish recruit struck ten minutes from full time to gift new head coach Abbas Saad the first triumph of his managerial tenure and ensure the Belmore club continue their strong recent form over the White Eagles.

Having gone ahead early on through a Jason Madonis penalty Olympic were on the receiving end of large periods of Bonnyrigg pressure and eventually cracked when Jewook Woo planted a header past Paul Henderson midway through the second half.

But while Olympic lived dangerously at times Bonnyrigg were unable to capitalise on their dominance and the Blues eventually nicked the winner through Lopez late on.

The former Zaragoza youth product was heavily involved on the day for the Blues and helped the hosts take an early lead after he was felled in the box by Bonnyrigg goalkeeper David Bradasevic, leaving Madonis to coolly stroke the hosts into the lead.

But despite the Blues’ early liveliness Bonnyrigg rallied strongly and started mounting efforts on the Olympic goal with goalkeeper Paul Henderson twice denying Mun-Soo while also making a strong block from Jewook Woo in the first half.

Bonnyrigg continued their momentum in the second half when a Mun-Soo header was parried away off the line while Henderson produced the save of the match to deny a fantastic curling strike from Raymond Miller.

New South Korean import Jewook Woo planted the resulting corner in the back of the net to deservedly restore parity for the visitors and the White Eagles midfielder thought he’d prodded his side in front minutes later after turning the ball home from a goalmouth scramble only for the effort to be called offside.

Brian Brown’s side will lament that occasion and numerous others in hindsight and were dealt a crushing blow when Lopez darted in behind the Bonnyrigg defence and swept the ball underneath Bradasevic to mark a debut victory at home.

Olympic coach Abbas Saad admitted his side dodged several bullets throughout the match but was pleased to mark the new season with a victory.

“I think we’re a little bit underdone fitness wise, Bonnyrigg pretty much ran all over us with their fitness but we hung in there and it was a great effort,” he said.

“I needed to put some confidence back into their hands, obviously in pre-season results weren’t great and there were a lot of despondent players there questioning their own ability.

“Defensively as a team we have to improve and we rode our luck at times but we just need to get to peak fitness and let our football do the talking.”

Brian Brown was disappointed not to have come away with at least a point from the affair but said he was extremely proud of his side’s performance.

“I think if we’re looking for positives to take away from the match the effort from the guys today was fantastic,” he said.

“We haven’t had an ideal first week with players suffering from a few niggling injuries and others from suspension.

“But I think if we play like that for the rest of the year we’ll be happy.”

Football NSW would like to take the time to pass on its deepest condolences to White Eagles skipper Ray Miller after the unfortunate passing of his father. Whiz played the full ninety minutes as his fellow teammates donned black armbands for the match, our thoughts are with Ray and his family at this tough time.

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic 2 (Madonis 8’ pen, Lopez 82’)

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Jewook Woo 59’)

Sunday 11th March, 2018

Belmore Sportsground, Belmore

Referee: C Fisher 

Assistant Referees: N Backo, A Hosnani

Fourth Official: B Wright

Sydney Olympic: 11. Jinya An, 7. William Angel, 19. Darcy Burgess (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 61’), 10. Max Burgess (23. Riley Woodcock 77’), 24. Christopher Gligor, 1. Paul Henderson, 6. Nikola Kuleski, 14. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez, 4. George Timotheou, 2. Thomas Whiteside, 8. Jason Madonis

Substitutes not used: 5. Rafael Jimenez, 9. Radovan Pavicevic, 30. Lachlan Watson

Yellow Cards: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

Bonnyrigg White Eagles:  2. Aaron Avery (19. Gregory Kondek 70’), 21. David Bradasevic, 16. Samuel Gallaway, 15. Raymond Miller, 8. Jacob Ott, 9. Aaron Peterson, 3. David Vrankovic (20. Benjamin Tosi 66’), 22. Jewook Woo, 6. Nikola Zonjic, 13. James Mckenzie, 18. Gil Mun-Soo

Substitutes not used: 10. Shervin Adeli, 1. James Chronopoulos

Yellow Cards: Bradasevic 8’, Mckenzie 38’

Red Card: N/A

Player Ratings

3 – Paul Henderson (SO)

2 – Gil Mun-Soo (BWE)

1 – Alejandro Lopez (SO)

-By National Premier Leagues NSW Mens reporter Jacob Windon

photos by Loopii

 

Round 1 Review – NPL NSW Men’s 20s

12 March , 2018 By Football NSW

The rising stars of the NPL NSW Men’s competition kicked off over the weekend as round 1 of the NPL NSW Men’s 20’s took place with the Match of the Round taking centre stage at Belmore Sports Ground between Sydney Olympic and the Bonnyrigg White Eagles on Sunday.

Match of the Round

Sydney Olympic v Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Sunday 12.40pm at Belmore Sports Ground
Milan Parenta’s first half penalty gave Bonnyrigg White Eagles a 1-0 victory over Sydney Olympic in a tight contest at Belmore Sportsground on Sunday afternoon.
The Bonnyrigg forward converted from the penalty spot after Stephen Athanaseris fouled Daniel Krkovski inside the box shortly before half time following a dominant opening stanza from the visitors.
Despite Olympic mustering an impressive second half display in which the Blues will lament a series of missed chances Bonnyrigg bravely held on to notch their first win of the season.
It could’ve been a lot more comfortable for the visitors who after a disjointed opening to the match began to dominate with Parenta enjoying a handful of chances to score before eventually breaking the deadlock.

The White Eagles forward saw a low drive and a near post header parried by Olympic gloveman Ezequiel Consoni while the goalkeeper was also on hand to bail out Yahya Elhindi whose poor backpass sent Parenta through on goal.

Parenta was gifted another opportunity when Olympic defender Stephen Athanaseris fouled Daniel Krkovski inside the box and coolly sent Consoni the wrong way to put the visitors ahead.
Olympic ended the first half in mild disarray but started the second stanza with admirable determination and were inspired by the substitution of attacker Dylan Woznicka who took the game by the scruff of the neck for the hosts.

After claims for a penalty were waved away the match’s best opportunity arrived after more exciting wingplay from Woznicka whose cutback from the byline was missed by Taewoo Jung from in front.
Another gilt edged opportunity fell to Brian Sutomo following more enterprise from Woznicka who saw a shot from close range blocked before Sutomo blazed over the rebound.
Olympic continued to press for an equalizer with Bonnyrigg players firmly on the back foot but visitors held steadfast for a vital away victory.

The Blues face a tricky test at APIA Leichhardt next Sunday afternoon while Bonnyrigg will be eyeing off consecutive wins when they host Marconi on the same day.

Match Stats
Sydney Olympic 0
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1 (Parenta 38’)

Sunday 11th of March 2018

Belmore Sportsground, Belmore

Sydney Olympic: 21. Stephen Athanaseris, 28. Ali Dulleh, 29. Ericson Ehiozee, 13. Yahya Elhindi, 32. Adam Histodoulou, 27. Taewoo Jung, 17. Benjamin Morrison (40. Dylan Wozniczka 53’), 26. Billy Patramanis, 37. Ahmad Safdari (38. Brian Sutomo 45’), 41. Louie Zacharapoulos, 20. Ezequiel Consoni
Substitutes not used: 31. Liam Flack, 34. Joshua Hronopoulos, 43. Kamran Qayumi

Yellow cards: N/A
Red cards: N/A

Bonnyrigg White Eagles: 23. Amar Adilovic, 24. Michael Borg, 25. Taylor Cambaz (37. Mohammed Shah 86’), 26. Jordan Cracknell, 27. Damian Cupac (28. Peter Kim 72’), 30. Daniel Krkovski, 31. Dean Krkovski (29. Nikola Kremenovic 88’), 4. Nikola Krljar, 35. Milan Parenta, 40. Max Rowston, 34. Alexander Zarafetas
Substitutes not used: 33. Francesco Terranova, 73. Connor Evans

Yellow cards: N/A
Red cards: N/A

 

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March 06, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club at tonight’s Season launch had the pleasure of inducting Club legend Peter Raskopoulos into the Hall of Fame.

On the night Simon Hill, Chief Football Commentator at Fox Sports provided the following introduction;

Peter Raskopoulos had a long and successful career, which began with him making his senior debut for Olympic at just 15. At 18, he was part of the Socceroos team that won their first Oceania Nations Cup title, and twelve months later, he captained the Young Socceroos at the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championships.  He played in two NSL Grand Finals for Olympic in the mid-80’s, sadly losing on both occasions to South Melbourne and Adelaide City, but finally got his hands on the trophy as CEO of the club in 2001/02, with the Premiership arriving a year later.  He won 15 full caps for Australia, and although he now devotes most of his time to his business interests, he remains a keen student of the game, and youth football in particular…he was elected into the FFA Hall of Fame in 2016.

Congratulations Peter on the wonderful contribution you have made to Sydney Olympic Football Club, both on and off the field.

Peter now joins a distinguished list of Olympic Hall of Fame Members which includes;

  • Mark Bosnich
  • Nick Carle
  • Pablo Cardozo
  • Graham Jennings
  • Ante Juric
  • Chris Kalantzis
  • Peter Katholos
  • Grant Lee
  • Gary Meier
  • Les Murray AM
  • Jim Patikas
  • Abbas Saad

 

Sydney Olympic Football Club also presented their First Grade Men and Women squads with their home jersey for the 2018 season, as well as hearing from Damon Hanlin on behalf of the Board, CEO John Boulous, Coaches and Captains ahead of what is shaping as an exciting season ahead on and off the field.

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March 02, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club wishes to advise that it has decided to part ways with Club First Grade Coach Gorka Etxeberria effective immediately.

Sydney Olympic Football Club President Bill Papas stated:

“The club would like to thank Gorka for his contribution in both building and developing our squad and the experience and mentoring he has provided our coaching staff throughout the club in his time here. We wish him the very best for his future endeavours.”

“It’s always important to transition quickly when making a decision like this and we are delighted to announce that Olympic Hall of Fame member Abbas Saad has been appointed to the role of First Grade Coach for the 2018 season.”

Saad has represented the National team on four occasions and in 1990, he was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for the being the Player of the Match in the NSL final in which Sydney Olympic beat the Marconi Stallions 2-0. Saad also has extensive coaching experience both in Malaysia and in the NSW Premier League, as well as serving as Technical Youth Director at Sydney Olympic FC.”

Saad said he was excited to accept the opportunity of guiding the team into the 2018 season.

“It will be a great honour to lead and set the same standards within the Squad and Club that I did as a player with passion and success,” he said.

Saad will commence in the role on Tuesday, which will give him three training sessions to work with the squad ahead of the Round 1 fixture against Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Belmore Oval on Sunday 11 March at 3pm.

Assistant Coach Kerim Baba and the coaching staff will manage the team in the final trial against Blacktown City FC on Sunday.

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February 13, 2018

Australian based ORCA Enviro Systems sponsorship of leading European football club, Schalke 04 is kicking goals for Sydney Olympic FC through unprecedented access to a variety of programs to lift the Club to new heights.

“We’d developed an informal relationship between Sydney Olympic FC and Schalke 04 over the last couple of years and have recently gotten to know the Schalke 04 senior management team” said Bill Papas, Sydney Olympic FC President and ORCA Enviro Systems Managing Director. “This opened the door for discussions on business opportunities as well, and it soon became evident that Schalke and their VELTINS-Arena could benefit from ORCA’s leading waste management technology”.

Schalke 04 Head of Marketing, Alexander Jobst explains why the partnership with ORCA fits the Blue-Whites’ overall strategy so well: “Our club has a very distinct social responsibility due to the club’s high importance in the area as well as for our fans and members. In terms of environmental protection, the future cooperation is made all the more interesting for us by the fact that, with the help of their products, ORCA can now extract water from biological waste in the VELTINS-Arena.”

“With ORCA, we’re not only supporting Schalke 04’s environmental goals, we’re also saving them money on their food waste disposal cost” said Papas. “In return, we have the opportunity to showcase ORCA’s technology and promote it to a large European audience as we expand into Europe. And as part of the deal, we have been able to formalise a program that delivers significant benefits to Sydney Olympic FC”

These include:

  • A train the trainer program. SOFC coaches will participate in Schalke 04 coaching trips, with Professional S04 your coaches teaching their skills and providing valuable insights into German football education
  • Sports Management workshops conducted in Germany for SOFC management, covering sports marketing, sports entrepreneurship and operative sports management
  • S04 youth coaches travelling to Australia, coaching Sydney’s youth players, training the S04 concept, training the trainers and supporting scouting opportunities.

Negotiated as part of the strategic partnership by Bill Papas, SOFC will benefit under this arrangement for 3 years until 2021.

Commenting on this unique opportunity, Sydney Olympic FC, CEO, John Boulous said “It’s fantastic when corporate connections can deliver opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable to clubs like ours”. “We’re extremely fortunate that our President, Bill Papas negotiated this outcome for us – our stars of tomorrow are the very lucky beneficiaries”

ORCA Enviro Systems is an Australian Company with operations across Australia, North America, Europe and the Middle East producing solutions for the environmentally friendly disposal of food waste.

Media Contact

Suzi Phillips

+61 420 390 738

sphillips@forumgroup.com.au

 

About ORCA Enviro Systems

ORCA Enviro Systems is an Australian Company with operations across Australia, North America, Europe and the Middle East producing solutions for the environmentally friendly disposal of food waste.

feedtheorca.com.au

About Sydney Olympic Football Club

 Sydney Olympic Football Club is based in Belmore, Sydney, New South Wales and plays in the PS4 National Premier League (NSW). Founded as Pan-Hellenic Soccer Club in 1957 by Greek immigrants, the club changed its name to Sydney Olympic in 1977.

Sydney Olympic FC have won many trophies in Australian football, including two National Soccer League Championships, two National Soccer League Cups, the National Soccer League Minor Premiership and two NSW Premier League Championships. The club has also won the Johnny Warren Cup, the Brett Emerton Cup, the National Youth League Championship, the National Youth League Minor Premiership and the NSW Premier League Club Championship.

 

www.sydneyolympicfc.com.au

 

About Schalke 04

 

Commonly known as FC Schalke 04, Schalke or abbreviated as S04  is a professional German association-football club and multi-sports club originally from the Schalke district of GelsenkirchenNorth Rhine-Westphalia. The “04” in the club’s name derives from its formation in 1904.

Schalke has long been one of the most popular professional football teams and multi-sports club in Germany. Schalke play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. As of December 2015, the club has 140,000 members, making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the sixth-largest sports club in the world in terms of membership.[4] Other activities offered by the club include athletics (track and field)basketballhandballtable tenniswinter sports and eSports.

Founded in 1904, Schalke has won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup and one UEFA Cup.

 

Link to Schalke 04 Press Release Here.

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February 07, 2018

This Sunday our Special K Women’s program takes the field for trial matches against University of NSW in the Women’s Youth and Senior squads and Southern Districts Football Association in the SAP age groups.

We welcome back Special K for their second season as major sponsor of the program and also welcome this year Talos Insurance and Risk Solutions as a supporting partner of the Women’s program.

In 2018, we will be aiming to build on last year’s strong season, that saw our First Grade squad win the Premiership, Reserve Grade win the Championship and Under 15 squad make the Grand Final.

This year we welcome Bill Papas as 1st Grade coach who has taken the place of George Beltsos who is undertaking a technical role in the program

Our coaching appointments throughout the program are as follows;

1st Grade – Bill Papas
Reserve Grade – Arthur Beltsos
Under 17 – Nick Scott
Under 15 – Phil Youldon
Under 14 – Yanake Tennant
Under 13 – John Pladas
Under 12 – Sean Maloney
Under 11 – Musie Elongo
Under 10 – Raff Cuomo

Our first grade squad will be headlined by last season’s NPL 2 Player of the Year Kate Halaska and Golden Boot winner Maddie Costanzo. We are excited to be able to retain a large majority of the squads from last season. They will be joined by a host of impressive new recruits that will be on display in our trial matches. Some of these players that will feature in our First Grade squad include; Siahn Bozanic, Kristy Rohrer, Lieke De Bever and Amanda Horafios.

In the coming weeks leading into the season our Senior Squad will play trial matches against North West Koalas, Gladesville Ravens and finish with an internal trial, while our Youth teams play in the Proctor Cup the week before the regular season commences.

Olympic CEO John Boulous said “We are extremely pleased with both the Coaching line-up we have assembled and the players we have both retained and recruited across the program. Importantly all are committed in strengthening our program and bring enthusiasm and experience”.

“We will continue to strengthen our Women’s program both on and off the field to ensure our players and squads have the best opportunity to reach their potential” Boulous added.

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January 17, 2018

Sydney Olympic Football Club would like to announce the signing of Spanish born striker Alex Sanchez.

Alex has played his football in Spain and most notably in the first team for Real Zaragoza in La Liga (First Division) in 2009-10 and Osasuna in 2nd division in the season of 2015-16. Most recently Alex played for Tudelano in 2nd B division, where he has had a number of stints in his playing career.

Gorka Etxeberria was excited by the signing and said,

“Alex is a striker who not only will score goals but is also able to help the team in the creative phase of play. Alex has committed to the club for two seasons and is excited by the squad the club has assembled”.

“Alex was exactly the player we were looking for and will bring skill and experience to our squad. Our Senior squad is now complete and it’s now time to commence the second segment of pre-season training ahead of our first trial match against Manly on Sunday 28 January 2018 at Cromer Park”. Etxeberria added

Alex Sanchez was extremely happy to arrive in Australia and commence training with the squad immediately.

“I’m really glad to join Sydney Olympic FC in what I am sure will be an amazing season”.

“I’m hoping I can contribute in helping the club achieve its objective’s by scoring lots of goals in my new jersey” Sanchez expressed.

“Opportunities to play in Australia and at Sydney Olympic FC, a club with lots of great tradition and where many National team players have played previously don’t come around very often so I am excited to take this opportunity and make the most of it. I look forward to seeing all our fans supporting the team at our matches” Sanchez added.

 

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December 21, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club are giving our many supporters the opportunity to purchase a season pass to all home games for the 2018 season.

Our club cannot exist without the support of our season pass holders and I encourage you to commit now and be part of the team!

2018 will be an exciting year, with a number of new signings on board, we are aiming to go further than the squad’s NSW NPL final’s appearance last season and we need your support.

The team started training in early November and will resume training on Monday 15 January 2018, ahead of our first trial match of the New Year against Manly United FC at Cromer Park at 6pm on Sunday 28 January.

The support of our membership base is very important, both on game day and in building the support of our club.

We have two option’s available this season;

The social membership, for those that cannot attend matches, but wish to be part of the Olympic family, contribute and stay in touch with the club.

The season pass, for those that wish to attend home matches and attend a season pass holder BBQ at a club training session throughout the season with the players.

More details of what is included with each option and how to purchase are on the attached flyer. To apply online please click on the following link https://form.jotform.co/73527249115861

In 2018, we start the season with a home match against Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC on Sunday 11 March at 3pm. We have seven home matches in the first ten rounds of the competitions, including a first night fixture on Good Friday.

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December 19, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Max Burgess for the 2018 National Premier Leagues NSW Competition.

An exceptional talent, Max made a great impact both on and off the field in the first half of last season and returns to Olympic after a stint overseas with Portuguese LigaPro side União.

Burgess expressed his excitement at re-joining Olympic.

“I’m excited to be back at Sydney Olympic FC.

“It’s a talented squad and a great group of boys lead by an experienced coach in Gorka, there is a special feel around the club.

“I’m looking forward to being part of a team which will make the many Sydney Olympic fans proud in 2018” he explained.

Sydney Olympic Football Club 1st grade Coach Gorka Etxeberria was impressed with what Burgess would bring to the squad.

“I’m very happy with having Max back in the team.

“He is exactly the player profile that we were looking for to finalise the squad. In all the chats that we had I could notice that he is really focused on playing for the team and after his European experience is going to be an important player for the team to play the way that we want to play”.

“With Max, we complete our squad and everything is ready to start building a team who can make Sydney Olympic FC supporters proud in the 2018 season” said Etxeberria.

Max will join the squad when they return to training after the Christmas break on Monday 15 January 2018. The club’s first trial match for the New Year will be on Sunday 28 January at Cromer Park against last season’s NPL NSW Champions Manly United FC, with kick off at 6pm.

 

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November 30, 2017

Men’s First Grade Trial Match Schedule Announced

Sydney Olympic Football Club would like to provide an update for our members and fans on our Senior Men’s First Grade squad training and trial match schedule.

The squad commenced training on Monday 6 November and will wrap up its first pre-season training block on Friday 15 December to break for Christmas. Training will resume on Monday 15 January 2018.

The squad has a strong schedule of trial matches planned to compliment the pre-season training schedule in the lead up to the Season start.

Below is an outline of trial match schedule

 

Saturday 17 February 2018

Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Valentine Sports Park (FNSW) 1st grade kick off 5.00 pm

Sunday 25 February 2018

Sutherland Sharks Seymour Shaw 1st grade kick off 6.30pm – Under 13’s from 8.30am through to Under 20’s at 4.30pm

Sunday 4 March 2018

Blacktown City Lily Homes Stadium first grade kick off 6.00pm – Under 13’s from 8.00am through to Under 20’s at 4.00pm

 

The regular season commences on Sunday 11 March at Belmore Oval, where we take on Bonnyrigg White Eagles at 3.00pm.

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November 10, 2017

Sydney Olympic FC are excited to announce the retention of Radovan Pavicevic for the 2018 season.

Pavicevic joined Olympic for the 2017 season after spending three years with the Newcastle Jets in their National Youth League and A-League campaigns.

Radovan becomes the twelfth player from the 2017 squad to return to Olympic for 2018 and will add valuable attacking prowess to the current line-up.

“I can’t wait for the start of the new season, the mood in the camp is very good,” Pavicevic said.

“We retained quite a few players from last year and made some great signings too, so we are looking very strong for 2018.”

Head Coach, Gorka Exteberria, expressed his pleasure in keeping Radovan in blue and white for the coming season.

“We are excited to have Radovan back at Olympic for the 2018 season,” Gorka explained.

“He is a talented attacking player and I’m hoping he will meet his full potential in the coming season.

“He will be a valuable addition to our 2018 campaign and we’re very happy to have him on board.”

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November 01, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club is excited to announce the first two players from our First Grade Women’s squad that will be returning for the 2018 season.

NSW NPL2 Women’s Player of the Year, Kate Halaska will be returning to Olympic in 2018, along with NSW NPL2 Women’s Golden Boot, Maddi Costanzo.

Both Halaska and Costanzo proved invaluable to Olympic’s 2017 Premiership winning campaign, in which the First Grade Women celebrated 14 games unbeaten heading into the Grand Final.

After an incredible season, both Kate and Maddi were recognised with awards at both the Football NSW Silver Medal Dinner and the Sydney Olympic FC Presentation Night.

Halaska has been with Olympic since the inception of its Women’s program and co-captained the First Grade squad alongside Kalista Tsoupis in 2017.

Her return to Olympic in 2018 shows her immense loyalty and secures a talented player and excellent leader for the squad.

“I’m really excited to be back with Olympic for the 2018 season,” Kate explained.

“I’ve been with Sydney Olympic since the Women’s program started and I’m looking forward to a great 2018 season to build on last season’s success”

Costanzo had a stand out season in 2017 and is looking forward to another season with Olympic.

At only 22-years old, Maddi managed 19 goals over the season to take out the Golden Boot and will be looking to top it in 2018.

“I’m really excited to stay for my fourth season with Sydney Olympic and I’m hoping to have another strong season alongside some great players,” Costanzo said.

“I like to stay committed to a club for as long as I can and Olympic are very supportive and accommodating with their players well.

“I’ve also built strong friendships that make playing alongside each other better as we connect well out on the field.”

2018 Women’s First Grade Head Coach, Bill Papas, expressed his excitement with retaining two incredibly valuable players for the season ahead.

“I’m very happy that we’ve re-signed two of the biggest names in the league who will help Sydney Olympic as we work to achieve NPL1 status.”

“We’re looking forward to having Kate and Maddi back on board in 2018 to build a strong team.

“Kate has amazing defensive qualities and leadership skills that will help us build our defensive foundation and can help us guide the team around the park.

“Maddi’s attacking prowess and her ability to create and convert incredible goal scoring opportunities helped her to become the top goal scorer in 2017 and is the start of a great foundation to be successful in 2018.

“We are building a team for next season that’s going to fight for promotion and that demonstrates passion and determination and we’re very pleased to have Kate and Maddi leading the campaign.

“I’m looking forward to working with elite players like Kate and Maddi as we work to build on the success Sydney Olympic FC enjoyed in 2017.

Trials for our Women’s program will be held this Sunday, 5th November at Strathfield Park. You can see all the details and sign up to attend here: https://form.jotform.co/72147897215868

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October 18, 2017

Sydney Olympic are excited to announce the acquisition of Rafael Jimenez for the 2018 season.

Jimenez has represented the Australian U19 squad on several occasions and has enjoyed very impressive experience, including captaining and winning the U16 Championship with Athletico Madrid and winning the Spanish Cup Championship with the Villareal FC U19 squad.

The young-gun will be sure to add some talent to our defensive line in the upcoming season and is excited to come to Australia and get involved in the National Premier League competition.

“I know from my dad that Sydney Olympic has a strong heritage with strong traditional values where great Australian players have been developed,” Jimenez said

“I’m excited and really looking forward to working with Gorka [Etxeberria]. He has a lot of experience with Spanish football and is very knowledgeable with the style I have grown up with.

“I’m looking forward to playing in a great club in a new country.

“I hope that through my expericence I can contribute to Olympic’s success.”

Head coach, Gorka Etxeberria, expressed his excitement in Jimenez joining Olympic for 2018 naming his experience in professional environments and leading Clubs as one of his strongest qualities.

“He has some excellent experience in some of the biggest Clubs in Spain, and he’s developed and progressed through his junior years with Clubs like Athletico Madrid and Villareal, which is very impressive.”

“He is very hungry to grow and develop as a footballer and restart his career after taking a break to focus on his studies and play college football in America.

“Having a defender who has a first-hand understanding of Spanish football will be very beneficial for myself and the rest of the team and will help me implement the systems of football I will be introducing to Olympic in 2018.

“Because he is a dual citizen, he also doesn’t take up a visa position which is valuable to the Club and helps us build a stronger squad.

“He’s a very passionate footballer and is excited to join us at Olympic and we’re very excited to have him on board.”

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October 13, 2017

Sydney Olympic are proud to announce our SAP, Youth and Women’s coaching appointments for the 2018 season.

 

SAP Coaches:

SAP Girls U10 – Raffaele Cuomo

SAP Girls U11 – Musimbwa Elongo

SAP Girls U12 – Sean Maloney

SAP Girls U13 – John Pladas

SAP Boys U9 – Leon Alexiou

SAP Boys U10 – Paul Lombardo

SAP Boys U11 – Max Andreotti

SAP Boys U12 – Kerim Baba

 

Men’s Youth Coaches:

Youth Men U13 – Kerim Baba

Youth Men U14 – Ivan Petkovic

Youth Men U15 – Eric Hristodoulou

Youth Men U16 – Milan Blagojevic

 

Women’s Coaches:

Women’s U14 – Yanake Tennant

Women’s U15 – Phill Youldon

Women’s U17 – Nick Scott

Reserve Grade Women – Arthur Beltsos

First Grade Women – Bill Papas

 

SOFC CEO, John Boulous, expressed the Club’s excitement in the technical structure for the upcoming season.

“It is great to have retained some very talented coaches from last year to assist the ongoing development of our players, as well as adding some new coaches that bring a wealth of experience,” he explained.

“A strong feature of the Club’s technical structure will involve the coaches and their squads working together to create a positive football learning environment for our players across our male and female SAP and Youth programs.”

Olympic would like to welcome Paul Lombardo, Eric Hristodoulou, Yanake Tennant and Bill Papas back to the Club in coaching roles with our Boys SAP, Men’s Youth, and Women’s squads respectively for 2018.

Having been involved with SOFC in recent years, they will look to impart their knowledge to continue to develop our players throughout the season.

Eric is a former representative of the Australian U-23 squad and a Sydney Olympic legend having won the NSL Championship with Olympic in the 1989/90 season, and returns to a coaching role after several years of successful coaching with Sutherland Sharks and in previous years with Olympic.

We would like to thank George Beltsos, Demetri Giannopoulos, Peter Millis and Bruno Nobrega for their effort and contribution over many seasons and we wish them all the best for their future coaching endeavours.

While George Beltsos has made the decision to step down as Women’s First Grade coach, we are excited that he will continue to assist the Senior Women’s program in the coming season.

You can sign up to trial for Sydney Olympic in 2018 here.

Any enquiries for coaches should be directed to the SOFC office on (02) 9787 7890 or admin@sydneyolympicfc.com

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October 11, 2017

Sydney Olympic are excited to announce our second new signing for the 2018 season, Nicola Kuleski.

The 21-year old will be donning a different shade of blue and white for 2018 after completing the 2017 NPL season with Sydney FC Youth in their first year in NPL1.

The midfielder has represented the FYR Macedonia U17 and U21 National teams on several occasions and made his A-League debut for Sydney FC in April earlier this year, also taking to the field in their friendly match against EPL giants Liverpool FC in May.

Nicola has been around the NPL New South Wales competition for quite some time, splitting his youth career between Marconi Stallions, Blacktown City and Sydney FC and continuing to play with Manly United before re-joining Sydney FC Youth in 2015.

Head Coach, Gorka Etxeberria, expressed his excitement in adding a talented young player to the 2018 squad.

“I am really excited with Nicola Kuleski signing with Olympic because he’s excactly the type of player we want in the club,” he said.

“He’s a good player technically but more importantly he’s hungry to improve and develop and become a better footballer every day.

“Despite being young, Kuleski has international experience and that’s very valuable for a player joining Olympic.”

Kuleski will bring his pace and skill to the Sydney Olympic midfield in 2018 and will look to progress under Etxeberria in the coming season.

“My career is just at the beginning and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career,” he explained.

“Gorka is a very experienced coached with an absolutely fantastic CV and also a great and professional person. I cant wait to improve my game with his guidance.”

Kuleski has high hopes for the upcoming season and is excited to join the Olympic family for 2018.

“I signed for Olympic because I love the history and the ambition Olympic has always had.”

“I’m sure it will be a enjoyable year both on and off the pitch and I’m hoping we can get some silverware.”

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September 25, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club celebrated the 2017 season on Saturday night at our Senior Presentation. With some impressive performances across all programs this season, there was plenty to celebrate!

The following awards were presented on the night to recognise some of our most valuable players for 2017:

U13s Men’s MVP: Crispen Gobeah

U13s Women’s MVP: Mary Arabi

U14s Men’s MVP: George Daniel

U15s Men’s MVP: Noah Botic and Giovani Panuccio

U15s Women’s MVP: Rafaella Politis

U16s Men’s MVP: Jay McGowan

U17s Women’s MVP: Tioni Strangas

U18s Men’s MVP: Ellis Bellos

Reserve Grade Women’s MVP: Natalia Grasso

U20s Men’s MVP: Billy Patramanis

First Grade Women’s MVP: Kate Halaska

First Grade Women’s Coaches Player: Maddi Costanzo

First Grade Women’s Player’s Player: Kate Halaska

First Grade Men’s MVP: Mitchell Stamatellis

First Grade Men’s Coaches Player: Jason Madonis

First Grade Men’s Player’s Player: Hagi Gligor

 

Congratulations not only to award winners, but to all players who represented Sydney Olympic in 2017!

Have a look at some snaps from the night here.

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September 21, 2017

Sydney Olympic are proud to announce our first new signing for the 2018 season, Riley Woodcock. 

Woodcock joins Olympic with some impressive experience despite his young age, having made 15 A-League appearances with Perth Glory and Sydney FC and 12 national team appearances in the U-17, U-20 and U-23 Australian squads.

The fullback has expressed his excitement in joining Olympic and getting back into playing regular games.

“For me, the biggest thing with football now is getting games,” he explained.

“Playing at a quality club like Olympic is very exciting.

“I can’t wait to start pre-season under Gorka [Etxeberria], and obviously there is a good standard of players here which is really good so I can’t wait to meet the boys and get started.”

With some existing connections in the team, Woodcock should fit in well with the young but talented squad that Olympic is compiling for the 2018 season.

“I’ve played with Hagi [Gligor] for years through various development squads with Australia and with George Timotheou from Sydney FC last year, so I know a few of the boys which is good.”

The decision to join Olympic was an easy one according to Riley who said, “the biggest thing for me was teams who care about players.”

“Olympic seems like a club who is moving in a direction where they’re big on development and big on players not only achieving things as a team but individually as well and that was the selling point for me, that they really cared about what I want to achieve as well.

“It was as easy as that for me.”

Sydney Olympic CEO, John Boulous, is pleased to have such a promising young player join the Olympic family.

“We are excited to have Riley on board for our upcoming campaign,” said Boulous.

“While he is still young with a bright football career ahead of him, he has quality experience in the A-League and with Australian National teams and will be a great fit to the Olympic squad.

“We look forward to seeing him in blue and white in 2018.”

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September 18, 2017

Sydney Olympic are excited to announce the first 11 players from our 2017 season that have recommitted to Sydney Olympic FC for the 2018 season.

While negotiations are still underway with other players from our 2017 squad, the following players have renewed their contracts and re-committed to Olympic for the upcoming 2018 season:

 

Paul Henderson

At 41 years-old, Paul Henderson has a wealth of experience under his belt from appearances with Leicester City as well as several A-League teams, and plenty of experience in the NPL. As Olympic’s custodian since 2011, Paul has proven to be a weapon between the sticks and a great mentor for young, developing players. With a great presence on and off the field, the 2017 joint Goalkeeper of the Year certainly adds a lot of valuable experience and knowledge to our 2018 squad.

 

Will Angel

Having spent more than half his life in blue and white, Angel has proven himself a true stalwart to Olympic. Touting some serious pace and accuracy, he’s had a very impressive year and is showing no signs of slowing down. Will is hungry for some silverware heading into his 16th year at Olympic after being part of our Championship winning squad in 2011. His leadership and loyalty will prove crucial to the squad in our 2018 campaign.

 

 

Niko Tsattalios 

Niko has some very impressive experience under his belt, having played with Sydney FC, the Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix in the A-League. Tsatallios joined our First Grade squad in 2015, having playing some of his youth football with Olympic, and has shown his tremendous value over these years. The speedy left-footer will bring some excellent skill and impact to the pitch next season.

 

Hagi Gligor

One of the strongest midfielder’s in the competition, Gligor has been a stand out player since he joined Olympic. With A-League experience with Sydney FC and Perth Glory, Hagi has an excellent balance of youth and experience that will lead him to further impress in coming seasons. Having proven to be great leader on and off the field, he will enhance our 2018 squad with his experience, skill and composure.

 

Jason Madonis 

Another Olympic native, Madonis will be entering his tenth year at the club in 2018. A tough and competitive player, he’s a real threat on the pitch. At only 22 years-old, Jason has a big career ahead. Despite being young, Madonis is a core player in the squad and a loyal representative of Olympic on and off the pitch. We’re sure he will bring his strength and competitiveness to the squad for our 2018 campaign.

 

Tom Whiteside

After making his First Grade NPL debut with Marconi Stallions at only 16 years-old, Tom spent three years at the Newcastle Jets as a leader in their NYL team while training with their first team. Whiteside has impressed with his technical ability and defensive strength in his first season at Olympic, proving his versatility and determination and working his way into the starting line-up. He’ll be sure to add awareness and strong technical ability to our 2018 squad.

 

Darcy Burgess

As one of the youngest players in our squad, Darcy had his first real taste of First Grade football in 2017 and will look to further develop under Exteberria in the 2018 season. Having won Australia’s Nike Most Wanted competition in 2015, Burgess has excellent technical ability and has huge potential to excel as a footballer. He’ll be building on what has been a great debut season this year, while adding excellent technical ability and passion to our 2018 squad.

 

George Timotheou

Not only does George add some key power and strength to our defensive line, the tall defender brings a lot of physicality and great instincts to the team. The promising shot-stopper has proved invaluable to our squad since joining from Sydney FC Youth in the transfer window, quickly cementing a starting position. Despite being only 20 years-old, Timotheou adds significant strength and power to Olympic for 2018.

 

Jinya An

Jin has had an excellent first season at Olympic, proving to be a weapon on the wing. With great speed and accuracy, An has delivered some incredible performances in 2017 to earn himself several team of the week selections and a selection as a substitute in the NPL New South Wales ‘Team of the Year’. Jin has shown he has a lot of potential in the competition and will look to further excel in 2018 under Etxeberria and will bring pace and skill to the 2018 squad.

 

Jake De Marigny

After some promising performances in 2016, de Marigny re-signed for 2017 but was sidelined for the season due to injury. The young defender will look to kick back into gear in the 2018 season and pick up where he left off to reach his full potential in the NPL New South Wales competition. With an impressive football pedigree, Jake will bring strong defensive ability and determination to our 2018 campaign.

 

Stephen Athanaseris

A loyal Olympic native, Athanaseris has played his entire youth and senior career with the Club. He had an impressive season as captain of our U20s, earning a First Grade contract for the coming season. Stephen will look to get his first real taste of the NPL New South Wales First Grade competition in 2018 and will be sure to progress under Exteberria in the coming season. He will be sure to work hard to cement his position in the team in the 2018 season.

 

Unfortunately, Mitchell Stamatellis and Yianni Spyrakis have made the decision not to stay with Olympic for the 2018 season. While we are disappointed to see them go, we thank them for their service during their years at Olympic and wish them well for the future.

Head Coach, Gorka Exteberria, expressed his excitement in signing some of our most promising players for the season ahead.

“We are very pleased to have such strong players sign with us for the 2018 season,” Exteberria said.

“In these players is a great mix of youth and experience, with every player willing to develop and compete for Sydney Olympic.

“We are maintaining our commitment to focus on promoting development and fostering a professional environment for players to thrive in 2018, and our initial signings demonstrate a great foundation for our 2018 campaign.”

Olympic CEO John Boulous expressed his pleasure in successful negotiations and planning for the 2018 season.

“It’s great that we have been able to re-sign a large component of our players to kick start 2018,” said Boulous.

“We are still in negotiations with other players from our 2017 squad, along with new players looking to make Olympic home for 2018.

“The club will continue to advise its members and supporters on club news including player signings and movements as we continue to build our 2018 squad.”

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September 12, 2017

Sydney Olympic would like to congratulate Noah Botic for his selection in the Joey’s 23-player squad for the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers in Mongolia.

Botic, who is a member of the Sydney Olympic U15s Men’s Youth squad, was selected in the Joeys squad that travelled to Thailand earlier this year for the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation U-15 Championship.

With some great performances in Thailand, Botic secured his position in the upcoming qualifiers in Mongolia after attending another Joeys training camp at Valentine Sportspark over the weekend.

The Joeys will travel to Mongolia from Wednesday 20th September through to Sunday 24th September and will take on the hosts, as well as Cambodia and Vietnam.

A win in Group 1 will secure the Joeys a spot at the AFC U-16 Championships in Malaysia in September and October next year, while the five best group runners up will also qualify.

Congratulations Noah and best of luck for the trip!

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September 11, 2017

With the 2017 season coming to an end we are excited to open our doors to the next wave of talent for Sydney Olympic FC.

Our trials for the 2018 season will be open for our SAP and Youth programs, and will take place at Arlington Oval on Sunday 22nd October 2017.

Times are as follows:

9:00am: SAP Boys U9s and U10s

10:30am: SAP Boys U11s and U12s

12:00pm: Youth Men U13s and U14s

1:30pm: Youth Men U15s and U16s

3:00pm: SAP Girls U10s and U11s

4:00pm: SAP Girls U12s and U13s

Registrations are essential. Please register here to confirm your attendance.

Information regarding our Women’s trials for 2018 will be released in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact the Sydney Olympic FC office on (02) 9787 7890 or admin@sydneyolympicfc.com

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September 01, 2017

It was a great day for our Sydney Olympic’s Special K Women’s program on Sunday as we sent their Under 15s and Reserve Grade teams through to the Grand Final, along with our First Grade Women who qualified last week after defeating Sutherland Shire FA. 

The Under 15s were chasing a result after going down 1-0 to Inter Lions in the first half, however a penalty quickly changed the game late in the second half.

Captain, Ruby Scott converted to equalise and an additional goal sealed the 2-1 victory just moments before the full-time whistle.

The Reserve Grade game was tight until the end, with the game going into penalties after finishing extra time tied at 3-3.

Olympic showed great drive to come back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead, but Sutherland Shire FA managed to snag the equaliser before the whistle, sending the game into extra time and ultimately into penalties.

Goalkeeper, Grace Watson-Carr, sealed the win for Olympic during penalties, denying two to finish the game after the team successfully converted four penalties.

Sydney Olympic CEO, John Boulous, shared his excitement in having such a strong Women’s program and sending three Women’s teams into the PS4 NPL2 NSW Women’s Grand Final Day.

“As a Club we are delighted to have three teams participating in the NSW NPL Grand Final day, its credit to the hard work of our exceptional players and coaches,” said Boulous.

“This year we welcomed Special K as major sponsor of our Women’s football program and with their support we are committed to strengthening our development of female footballers.”

The PS4 NPL2 NSW Women’s Grand Finals will take place at Valentine Sportspark this Sunday 3rd September with the U13s kicking off the day at 8:30am, followed by U15s at 10:15am, U17s at 12:15pm, Reserve Grade at 2:15pm.

The First Grade Grand Final has been postponed due to a protest on the Preliminary Final between Bankstown City FC and Sutherland Shire FA. The rematch of the Preliminary Final will now be played on Sunday, with a revised date for the Grand Final to be advised.

With three teams from five in the Grand Final, Sydney Olympic have shown they are a force to be reckoned with in female football.

The U15s Grand Final will see Olympic take on Marconi Stallions, while Reserve Grade will take on Nepean FC. We hope to see as many Sydney Olympic supporters as possible there to show your support for our incredible Women’s Program.

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August 21, 2017

Sydney Olympic FC have booked their place in the PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s Grand Final following a professional 2-nil victory against Sutherland Shire FA this afternoon at Fraser Park. 

Goals in either half was enough for the Premiers to give themselves a well deserved week off to rest up their injuries which included top-scorer Madelaine Costanzo, while Bankstown City Lions and Sutherland face off in the preliminary final. 

Rochelle Borromeo scored the pick of the goals with her stunning strike in the 19th minute before substitute Naomi Nguyen confirmed the 2-nil with her 64th minute tap-in. 

Olympic FC were the top goal-scorers across the PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s competition and they took their spirit into the contest tonight. 

Madelaine Costanzo found space in the midfield before she unleashed a shot that Shire FA keeper Emma Gidney had to claw away from the goalmouth. 

The spirit shown by Costanzo as she chased down a diagonal pass then whipped into a dangerous cross that Courtney Holmwood thudded against the post as Gidney watched on. 

After they weathered the early storm, Sutherland Shire FA looked more the side that finished second in the table after the regular season. Raegan Deeley tried to dink one over Chloe Avgoustou but the shot stopper was up to task. 

Rochelle Borromeo gave Sydney Olympic FC their reward for the early dominance, the forward chipped a magnificent effort that sailed into the net for 1-nil. 

For the rest of the first half, it followed the holding pattern as Sydney Olympic broke quickly through Costanzo and Holmwood which put Gidney under intense pressure although it didn’t yield any more goals. 

Sutherland Shire FA started the second half as they almost caught Olympic off guard within a minute of the restart. Genevieve Nisbet forced Avgoustou into a tough catch after Deeley strode through the Olympic midfield. 

Soon though, Olympic FC regained control of the contest and Costanzo was denied at point blank range by Gidney in the 62nd minute to keep the margin to one. 

The second was coming and it arrived in the 64th minute for Olympic FC. Holmwood bustled down the left then crafted a wicked cross for substitute Naomi Nguyen to tap home for 2-nil. 

As the clock continued to tick down, desperation saw Sutherland Shire FA push forward and find some reward behind the Olympic FC midfield but they weren’t able to put away their chances. 

So it will be Premiers Sydney Olympic FC first into this year’s Grand Final. 

Afterwards Olympic FC coach George Beltsos was happy to advance plus earn a week’s rest. 

“I’m very happy with the girls – happy for their performance today. Unfortunately we have picked up a few injuries but thankfully we have some time off now,”

“Sutherland played a good game, it was a tough contest but I am just happy we got the win.” Finished Beltsos. 

The Sutherland Shire FA coach lamented the fact his side went away from their usual gameplan. 

“We didn’t play our best football. Didn’t commit going forward, struggled to get into our groove. We missed a few crucial chances against a good team like Olympic FC,”

“Overall we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal, luckily we have another week of practice to get things right before we play Bankstown City Lions.” He said. 

Match Stats

Sunday 20th August 2017

Sydney Olympic FC 2 (Borromeo ’19 & Nguyen ’64)

Sutherland Shire FA 0

Sydney Olympic FC: 2. TAYLOR Eloise, 3. MATAMUA Teome, 4. BARHAM Deirdre, 5. TSOUPIS Kalista, 6. HALASKA Kate, 7. CHEN Lily(CALVI ’45), 9. COSTANZO Madelaine(NGUYEN ’59), 10. BORROMEO Rochelle(BROWNING ’82), 12. HOLMWOOD Courtney, 23. MCPHERSON Kate and GK. AVGOUSTOU Chloe

Subs not used: 1. WATSON-CARR Grace and 16. AMBERG Amanda

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Sutherland Shire FA: 7. HENRY Grace, 14. BAKER Jordan, 21, GIDNEY Emma, 35. BESZ Nicole, 38. DEELEY Raegan, 39. MANOS Georgia, 40. MAXWELL Morgan(VUKASIN ‘ ), 43. NISBET Genevieve, 45. WISE Danielle, 47. CHRISTIE Brittany(BIRDSALL ‘ ) and 49. ELLIS Jessica(MUTCH ‘ )

Subs not used:  16. NELSON Melody and 73. JAMES Georgia

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

-By Justin Davies, PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s reporter

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August 16, 2017

Sydney Olympic are preparing for a big weekend of football, with four teams heading into semi-finals! Here’s the details for this weekend’s games, with a preview of our Men’s clash courtesy of Football NSW.

First Grade Men’s

Manly United FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 5pm Saturday at Cromer Park

The equation is simple for Sydney Olympic FC and Manly United FC. Win or face an early offseason.

The pressure is on the fourth and fifth placed sides to keep their Championship dreams alive and Saturday’s clash is sure to be an absolute blockbuster.

Manly United come into the match on the back of consecutive wins but suffered a comprehensive 5-0 loss to APIA Leichhardt in Round 20.

Warren Grieve’s side has bounced back from that defeat and has steeled themselves for a solid showing in the finals series.

Scott Balderson has been a star performer for Manly this season and is a dangerous customer out wide for the Northern Beaches outfit.

United’s midfield is anchored by Sasa Macura and his finals experience during his time at Blacktown City will put him in good stead to lead his teammates in their upcoming key matches.

A return to winning ways during the final three weeks of the season helped Sydney Olympic scrape into the top five after a midseason drop in form.

The Belmore side has had three head coaches this season but new gaffer Gorka Etxeberria seems to have Olympic fighting back to their best.

Yu Kuboki has been the Blues go to in attack, while Jason Madonis and Will Angel’s contributions will be imperative to their chances.

Olympic claimed a 1-0 win against Manly at Cromer Park in Round 6, but it was Manly who claimed a 2-1 victory when they traveled to Belmore in Round 17.

With a chance to take on either Blacktown City or Rockdale City Suns, nothing short of a complete performance will be enough.

Read the full Final Series preview for the PS4 NSW NPL Men’s from Football NSW here.

 

First Grade Women’s

Sydney Olympic FC v Sutherland Shire FA, 3:45pm Sunday at Fraser Park

 

Reserve Grade Women’s 

Bankstown City v Sydney Olympic FC, 1:30pm Saturday at Valentine Sportspark

 

U15 Women’s

Gladesville Ravens v Sydney Olympic FC, 10:00am Saturday at Valentine Sportspark

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August 14, 2017

Sydney Olympic came from behind to defeat Sutherland Sharks 2-1 in an entertaining PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s final day encounter at Seymour Shaw on Sunday afternoon.

Sutherland Sharks took the lead inside five minutes when Nathan Elasi beat Paul Henderson at the near post but the visitors equalized shortly after the interval when Mitchell Stamatellis converted from the spot following Takuya Murayama’s handball.

Olympic continued their excellent recent run of form and crafted an excellent winner when substitutes Mohammad Rahimi and Nikolas Tsattalios combined for the latter to hand Gorka Etxeberria’s side the three points.

The Blues were winless in their first four matches under the Spaniard but have now won three in a row and enter the finals series with considerable momentum having recovered their early season steel.

Grant Lee’s Sutherland turned in a spirited performance in what was club veteran Nathan Denham’s final match of a superb nine-year spell at Seymour Shaw, but they were unable to crown what was a disappointing campaign with a win.

The hosts received the best possible start when Elasi opened the scoring after racing onto Brad Bartels’ ball and showing great composure before steering an effort past Paul Henderson at the near post.

Having kept Olympic at arm’s length for the opening half Sutherland will lament missing two great opportunities to double the lead after the interval with golden boot winner Tomihiro Kajiyama looping a free header wide before narrowly missing connection on a superb ball in from Stephen Kayes.

The encounter swung when fullback Takuya Murayama was penalised for a handball in the area with Olympic defender Mitchell Stamatellis coolly sending Denham the wrong way and finding the top left hand corner.

And Olympic completed the turnaround twenty minutes later when substitutes Tsattalios and Rahimi interchanged a lovely one two on the edge of the area before the Blues flyer lashed a fierce effort in off the far post.

Olympic manager Etxeberria praised his charges for their continual improvement but said his side will need to improve again to become genuine championship contenders.

“It was a difficult game for us because we needed to put in a strong performance before the finals,” he said.

“The first half I think we did some things really well but too slowly and when you play slowly it doesn’t work. In the second half we were a little faster and busier we scored two goals.

“There are four other teams that have been better than us but every day we are getting better as a team.”

Grant Lee mourned his side’s second half collapse but remained steadfast and optimistic about the Sharks’ chances next campaign and eyed several experienced heads to stabilize Sutherland’s youthful roster.

“You’ve got to contain and frustrate Olympic and I think we did really well for long spells of the game,” he said.

“There’s good young kids who are working really hard to change our position but we’re probably lacking that little bit of experience and therefore continue to make poor decisions at critical moments.

“We need a key number of players that will help lead the younger kids round the park. We’re making a few poor decisions at critical moments and if we have those more experienced players around it will stop those things from happening.”

Match Stats

Sutherland Sharks 1 (Elasi 4’)

Sydney Olympic 2 (Stamatellis 56’, Tsattalios 74’)

Sunday 13th of August 2017

Seymour Shaw, Miranda

Sutherland Sharks: 32. Bradley Bartels, 12. Blair Brown, 13. Jeremy Cox, 10. Joshua Da Silva (4. Stephen Kayes 45’), 1. Nathan Denham, 11. Nathan Elasi, 19. Callum Fitzpatrick (6. Matthew Gordon 72’), 9. Tomihiro Kajiyama, 8. Christopher McStay (30. Lachlan Everett 77’), 3.Takuya Murayama, 25. Wade Oostendorp

Substitutes Not Used: 21. Nikolas Loe, 15. Kevin Lopes

Yellow Cards: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

Sydney Olympic: 11. Jinya An, 7. William Angel (14. Mohammad Rahimi 69’), 19. Darcy Burgess, 1. Paul Henderson, 12. Yu Kuboki (9. Radovan Pavicevic 81’), 8. Jason Madonis, 5. Yianni Spyrakis, 6. Mitchell Stamatellis, 16. George Timotheou (33. Nikolas Tsattalios 62’), 4. Thomas Whiteside, 24. Christopher Gligor

Substitutes Not Used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 99. Paul Katsetis

Yellow Cards: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

-By PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s reporter Jacob Windon

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August 11, 2017

This Sunday we’re heading out to Seymour Shaw to take on the Sutherland Sharks in the final game of the regular season.

With two consecutive wins behind us, the boys will be looking to close the season with a big result that will secure finals football for Olympic.

Hear from Darcy Burgess and Radovan Pavicevic on their thoughts heading into Sunday’s match up

First Grade kicks off at 3pm, with U18s at 11am and U20s at 1pm.

See you there!

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August 11, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club is currently seeking expressions of interest for coach and assistant coach positions within our Female football program for the 2018 season. 
In 2018, we will have squads in SAP Under 10, 11, 12, 13 and Youth Under 14, 15 and 17 and Seniors.
It is an exciting time to become involved with the female football program at Sydney Olympic and if you are interested and hold the appropriate accreditation or are currently in the process of obtaining this, please send your details and experience to admin@sydneyolympicfc.com ASAP or no later than Wednesday 16 August.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the office on 9787 7890

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July 31, 2017

Sydney Olympic FC are the PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s premiers with two games to spare while the rest of the competition jostle for finals positions.

Sydney Olympic FC locked up the minor premiership in typical dominant fashion with a five-star performance this afternoon at Peter Moore Field. 

It was a particularly star performance from NPL 2 NSW Women’s top scorer Madelaine Costanzo who scored four goals to take her season tally to an impressive 18 through 16 rounds. 

Courtney Holmwood rounded off the dominant performance finding the net herself as Olympic FC have secured the premiership with two rounds to spare. 

Afterwards Olympic FC coach George Beltsos was “extremely proud of his side’s achievement, as it is a testimony to the hard work all year. Now we aim to finish the season strongly, headed into the finals series.”

-By Justin Davies, PS4 NPL 2 NSW Women’s reporter

Read the full Round 16 Review here.

Photos courtesy of FC Baller, see the full album here.

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July 31, 2017

Yu Kuboki’s late winner has blown the race for the top five wide open after Sydney Olympic edged out former NSL rivals Sydney United 58 2-1 in an intense PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s affair at Sydney United Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The Japanese attacker notched his 11th strike of the campaign with ten minutes remaining to seal a landmark victory for Gorka Etxeberria’s side and propel Olympic into fifth position on the ladder.

Olympic had earlier broke the deadlock through a neat Christopher Gligor header but were pegged back two minutes later when Chris Payne tucked away a Matt Sim cross at the far post.

Kuboki stepped off the bench at half time to spearhead an excellent second half performance from the visitors and eventually swept home the winner in style after a brilliant assist from Olympic defender Mitchell Stamatellis.

The victory gifts Spanish custodian Etxeberria his first win as Olympic boss and snaps a run of three consecutive defeats for the unfancied visitors, who needed all three points on the day to keep their season alive.

As a result the Blues leapfrog sixth-placed Wollongong Wolves on goal difference while Sydney United 58 drop into seventh and face an almighty battle to secure a finals spot with huge encounters with fourth-placed Manly United and premiership frontrunners Blacktown City to come in the remaining fortnight.

Mark Rudan’s side will lament their showing against their Olympic rivals, particularly having equalised through Payne so quickly after Gligor’s opener.

The Reds went on to waste two excellent opportunities on the cusp of half time with Payne denied by Olympic gloveman Paul Henderson at close range and Nick Olsen spurning an effort into the side netting after racing into the clear.

They proved to be crucial misses for the hosts who were unable to grasp much of a foothold in the second half and were lucky not to go behind before Kuboki’s eightieth-minute winner.

Forward Radovan Pavicevic played a crucial part in Olympic’s opener but missed a wonderful chance one on one with Thomas Manos minutes into the second half, while Kuboki forced a pair of strong stops from Manos and smacked the underside of the crossbar on the half volley when picked out by William Angel.

Kuboki made no mistake with his next opportunity though, brushing the ball past Manos after a wonderful Stamatellis run from deep inside his own half.

The visitors survived a late scare when Henderson tipped a Nikas free kick on to the post but were well-deserving of a crucial three points.

Olympic manager Etxeberria hailed his players for their gutsy performance post-match.

“I am really happy with the players because it is difficult to adapt to changes late in the season. They have been put in a very unnatural position – but they have been trying hard and I am really happy with their attitude,” he said.

“We’ve had a little bit of trouble in our recent matches but at the end of the day the most important thing for us is that we remained positive.”

Olympic host Hakoah Sydney City East at Belmore in next Sunday’s penultimate fixture before visiting Sutherland Sharks on the last day of the season.

Match Stats

Sydney United 58 1 (Payne 20’)

Sydney Olympic 2 (Gligor 17’, Kuboki 81’)

Sunday 30th of July 2017

Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park

Sydney United 58: 17. Matthew Bilic, 44. Yianni Fragogiannis (18. Glen Trifiro 62’), 21. Thomas Manos, 20. Peter Markovic, 3. Michael Neill, 23. Panagiotis Nikas, 32. Nicholas Olsen (7. Yutaro Shin 61’), 66. Christopher Payne, 14. Nicholas Stavroulakis (9. Adrian Vranic 80’), 5. Anthony Tomelic

Substitutes Not Used: 11. Yianni Perkatis, 30. Lucas Pervan

Yellow Cards: Markovic 72’, Neill 84’

Red Cards: N/A

Sydney Olympic: 11. Jinya An, 7. William Angel, 19. Darcy Burgess, 24. Christopher Gligor, 1. Paul Henderson, 8. Jason Madonis (12. Yu Kuboki 45’), 9. Radovan Pavicevic (99. Paul Katsetis 72’), 14. Mohammad Rahimi (15. Sebastian Malfara 56’), 5. Yianni Spyrakis, 6. Mitchell Stamatellis, 16. George Timotheou

Substitutes Not Used: 20. Ezequiel Consoni, 63. Charbel Haddad

Yellow Cards: Malfara 80’, Angel 81’

Red Cards: N/A

-By PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s reporter Jacob Windon

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July 28, 2017

This weekend our Senior Men travel out to Sydney United Sports Centre to take on Sydney United 58.

Kick off times are as follows:

U18s – 12:00pm

U20s – 2:00pm

First Grade: 5:00pm

The game will also be streamed live on the NPL New South Wales Facebook Page.

We hope to see you there to show your support for Sydney Olympic!

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July 28, 2017

There’s plenty happening this week for Sydney Olympic with two important games for both our Senior Men and Senior Women.

Our Senior Men are out at Sydney United Sports Centre to take on Sydney United 58 in Round 20 of the competition.

U18s – 12:00pm

U20s – 2:00pm

First Grade – 4:00pm

Our Women are hosting Gladesville Ravens at Peter Moore Park this Sunday in what could be a premiership winning match.

U13s – 8:30am

U15s – 9:55am

U17s – 11:30am

Reserve Grade – 1:05pm

First Grade – 3:00pm

Our U15s Girls also have a catch up game against Sutherland tonight at Kareela at 6:30pm.

Our Youth Men are taking on Northern Tigers at North Turramurra Recreation Centre this Saturday.

U13s – 8:30am

U14s – 9:55am

U15s – 11:15am

U16s – 12:50pm

Our SAP U9s and U10s Boys, along with our U10s Girls will be attending a SAP Gala day this weekend at Valentine Sportspark while our U11s and U12s Boys will be taking on Southern Branch FC at South Nowra Football Complex and our U12s Girls will be hosting North Shore Mariners at Peter Moore Park.

Boys:

U11s – 12:30pm/1:30pm

U12s – 12:30pm/1:30pm

Girls:

U12s – 9:30am

Best of luck to all teams and we’re hoping for some great results this weekend! #ForeverOlympic

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July 24, 2017

APIA Leichhardt Tigers have sent a message to league leaders Blacktown City after a 2-1 win against Sydney Olympic FC at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday, a loss that saw the Blues exit the top five for now.

APIA raced to an early lead through a David D’Apuzzo penalty before doubling their advantage early in the second half thanks to a Sean Symons goal.

A late to Jinya An strike gave the Tigers some heart palpitations late in the game, but in reality it was too little too late from the home side.

The win moves APIA only three points behind Blacktown City and busts the race for the Premiership title open with three weeks to play.

In the 3rd minute APIA Leichhardt were awarded when Tasuku Sekiya tried a spectacular overhead kick but was adjudged to have been brought down by Mohammad Rahimi in the area

The penalty was converted by D’Apuzzo who sent goalkeeper Paul Henderson to the wrong side.

The game ebbed and flowed to almost the half hour mark when Jordan Murray cut a swathe through the Sydney Olympic defence but in the end, he fired just wide of the intended target.

In the 33rd minute Sydney Olympic really should have equalised when Tom Whiteside made a determined run along the by-line before cutting the ball back to Yu Kuboki who fired just a fraction wide from point-blank range.

A free-kick from Jinya An in the 39th minute from outside the box reached Mitchell Stamatellis but he failed to direct his header on target and the home side went into the break a goal down.

The second stanza of play didn’t get off to a great start for Sydney Olympic as they were left standing in the open for a couple of minutes by their tardy opponents who were in no hurry to exit the dressing rooms.

Three minutes into play, a poor clearance by George Timotheou was easily picked up by Corey Bizco but he fired his diagonal attempt just over the crossbar.

However, the visitors didn’t have wait too long to hit the back of the net again.

Biczo was given far too much space down the right flank and with an accurate cross to the far post found a rampaging Sean Symons who headed home with power from close range.

In the 72nd minute Adrian Ucchino should really have done a lot better with his attempt from the edge of the box, but he couldn’t bring it sufficiently under control and it sailed high.

In the 84th minute Sekiya beautifully played a square ball to Murray who tested Henderson who got down low to make a convincing save.

It was the visitors who had the chance much to the dismay of the home fans who really didn’t have much to cheer about in the second half until they scored in the 86th minute.

Niko Tsattalios from the by-line flicked the ball back, more in hope than anything else, but Jinya An was on hand to score from a metre out and give his side a sniff of a chance.

It wasn’t to be though and the Tigers took home three valuable away points.

After the game a delighted APIA Leichhardt captain David D’Apuzzo spoke about his home side’s win.

“We knew we had to get the job done today and we put on a good performance to get the points,” he said.

“While we have had a good season so far, there are still another three games to go and a lot can happen in these last few weeks so we need to at our best.

“We have the desire and everyone is fighting for each other and today we came up against a physical side which wasn’t easy.”

Match Stats

Sydney Olympic FC: 1 (Jinya An)

APIA Leichhardt Tigers : 2 (D’Apuzzo, S Symons)

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore

Referee: B. Abraham

Assistant Referees: K. Robinson, T. Lee

Fourth Official: A. Verma

SYDNEY OLYMPIC FC: 1. Paul Henderson, 4. Tom Whiteside (33. Niko Tsattalios 66’), 5. Yianni Spyrakis, 6. Mitchell Stamatellis, 7. William Angel (19. Darcy Burgess 66’), 8. Jason Madonis, 11, Jinya An, 12. Yu Kuboki, 14. Mohammad Rahimi, 16. George Timotheou, 24. Hagi Gligor.

Substitutes not used: 9. Radovan Pavicevic, 99. Paul Kasetis

Yellow Cards: Henderson 3’, Whiteside 45’, Spyrakis 90’

Red Card: Nil

APIA LEICHHARDT TIGERS: 1. Ivan Necevski, 2. Nathan Millgate, 4. Joshua Symons, 8. Corey Biczo, 11. Jordan Murray (12. Dominic Cox 83’), 13. David D’Apuzzo (7. Sean O’Connell 92’), 15. Themba Muata-Marlow, 16. Sean Symons, 18. Adrian Ucchino, 19. Brandon Lundy, 20. Tasuku Sekiya.

Substitutes not used: 17. Adrian Vlastelica, 22. Luke Turnbull

Yellow Cards: J. Symons 60’, Sekiya 69’, D’Apuzzo 71’, Cox 86’

Red Cards: Nil

-by Joe Russo, PlayStation®National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s Reporter, at Belmore Sports Ground

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July 21, 2017

This weekend it set to be a good one with some great weather and great football set for Belmore!

On Sunday our Senior Men are taking on APIA Leichhardt Tigers at Belmore Sportsground thanks to our Match Day Sponsor, Nature’s Best Belfield!

U20s – 2:45pm

First Grade – 5:00pm

Our U18s are headlining our Youth Men’s match day on Saturday at Peter Moore Park, kicking off against APIA Leichhardt Tigers at 3:00pm

Our Youth Men are taking on Bankstown City FC with kick off times as follows:

U13s – 9:00am

U14s – 10:25am

U15s – 11:45am

U16s – 1:20pm

If you are keen to see the next generation of Olympic footballers it will be a great day so get on down!

Our Women’s program is making the journey to Pluim Park to take on the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, kicking off at the following times:

U13s – 8:30am

U15s – 9:55am

U17s – 11:30am

Reserve Grade – 1:05pm

First Grade – 3:00pm

Our First Grade squad is still sitting in top spot and will be hoping to seal a win this Sunday to keep up momentum with only four rounds until Finals!

Our SAP Boys and Girls will be playing at Peter Moore on Sunday morning so be sure to check them out if you’re looking for some football to fill your morning before you head over the hill to Belmore for our Senior Men.

Boys v Manly United

U9s – 8:30am/9:30am

U10s – 8:30am/9:30am

U11s – 10:30am/11:30am

U12s – 10:30am/11:30am

Girls v Nepean FC

U10s – 8:30am

U12s – 9:30am

Good luck to all teams and we hope everyone has a great weekend supporting Olympic! #ForeverOlympic

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July 19, 2017

We’re hosting APIA Leichhardt Tigers this Sunday at Belmore Sportsground in Round 19 of the PS4 NPL NSW, thanks to our Match Day Sponsor, Nature’s Best Belfield!

Our U20s are kicking off at 2:45pm with the First Grade match featuring at 5pm.

We are giving 10 members of our Olympic the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade of Sports Photography with Canon Collective Ambassador, Scott Stramyk for FREE! Sign up here

It should be a quality afternoon of football so we hope to see you there to support your team! #ForeverOlympic

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July 14, 2017

This week we are out at Lily’s Football Centre to take on league leaders Blacktown City FC.

It should be a great game and we hope to see as many Olympic Supporters as possible out west to support the boys!

First Grade kick off at 3pm, with U20s at 1pm and U18s at 11am.

#ForeverOlympic

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July 10, 2017

After selection in two Joeys training camps Sydney Olympic youngster Noah Botic was selected in the Joeys squad for the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation U-15 Championship.

Botic, who is also a member of the FFA High Performance Program at Westfield Sports High School, has shown his talent throughout the season in Olympic’s U15s Youth Men’s squad, coached by former Socceroo Milan Blagojevic.

Botic impressed Coach, Tony Vidmar, in the initial two camps and is currently in Thailand competing in Group A of the tournament against Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore.

Botic was in the starting line up in Australia’s first game against Thailand last night, and despite the 2-1 loss will have plenty of time to impress and showcase his skills with four games remaining in the group stage.

Congratulations and best of luck to Noah and the rest of the team for the remainder of the tournament!

Australia’s remaining games are as follows:

Australia v Singapore, Tuesday 11th July, 7:00pm (AEST)

Australia v Indonesia, Thursday 13th July, 9:30pm (AEST)

Australia v Myanmar, Saturday 15th July, 7:00pm (AEST)

Australia v Laos, Monday 17th July, 7:00pm (AEST)

Watch last night’s game here: https://mycujoo.tv/ch/364?id=7072

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June 30, 2017

Sydney Olympic is thrilled to announce the signing of our new Head Coach and Technical Director, Gorka Etxeberria.

Gorka has over 25 years of coaching experience as Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Technical Director at clubs such as Real Zaragoza, Deportivo Alaves, UD Salamanca, Club de Portugal, Al Khaleej, as well as being a football analyst on Spanish television coverage of worldwide football. He also holds the highest football qualification available, a UEFA Pro Diploma Licence through the Spanish Football Federation.

This appointment shows Sydney Olympic is leading the way in the NPL with Etxeberria’s exceptional experience and knowledge sure to prove invaluable to the club. His appointment in a full-time capacity demonstrates Olympic’s investment in creating a professional football environment for players and coaches to excel. 

Gorka has spent several weeks with the club learning more about our football program and gaining a better understanding of Sydney Olympic and is very excited to get involved with the club at such an exciting time of change and progression. 

“I’m very excited to be at Sydney Olympic, a club with such rich heritage and history,” said Etxeberria. 

“There’s a great philosophy in place at the club and a great pool of skilled and talented players to work with so I’m eager to help develop these players and assist the club in achieving excellence.”

Club President, Bill Papas, expressed his enthusiasm with Gorka’s appointment and the value he will add to Sydney Olympic. 

“As a club we remain committed to providing our players and coaches with an optimal learning and development environment and the appointment of Gorka is a big step in demonstrating this commitment.”

“He comes with tremendous experience, 25 years’ worth with teams that are household names.

“In terms of pedigree, he’s second to none and his character is a perfect fit for the club. 

“We’re delighted to have him on board.”

CEO John Boulous is eager to see the positive impact Gorka will have not only on the Senior Men’s program, but the entire club as we continue to move forward with our philosophy. 

“We are looking forward to Gorka imparting his knowledge and experience for the remainder of the 2017 season and beyond,” said Boulous.

“As First Grade Coach and Technical Director he will support the ongoing development of both our coaches and players to reach their potential.

“We are very appreciative of the effort and commitment shown by Peter Zorbas and our coaching and support staff all season, but in particular over the last few months whilst undertaking the Interim Head Coach role. We look forward to all our coaches working closely with Gorka, continuing their development and building on what has been a great start of the season.”

All media enquiries should be directed to media@sydneyolympicfc.com

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June 22, 2017

This Sunday 25th June we will be hosting Rockdale City Suns at Belmore Sportsground for Round 16 of the PS4 NSW NPL.

We have all of our Senior Men’s teams playing on Sunday afternoon, kick off times are as follows:

U18s – 10:45am

U20s – 12:45pm

First Grade – 3:00pm

We hope to see you there for what should be an exciting afternoon of football!

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June 14, 2017

With a major club focus on youth development, we are very proud to announce that two players from our U15s Men’s Youth team have been selected for their second Joeys camp this year.

Noah Botic and James Paneras will be representing Sydney Olympic in a Joeys camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from June 13 to June 16 after impressing selectors in a previous camp at Valentine Sportspark in May this year.

While they’re both very excited to be heading to a second camp, the youngsters noted the challenge they both would face being among the best of their age in Australia.

“It’s tough though, all the boys are good it’s going to be really tough to make the team,” said Paneras.

“It’s competitive, it’s tough, it’s a lot of hard work,” Botic noted.

“It’s a very big change considering if you do make it you’ve got to go away from your family.”

The boys are well on their way to leading the future of Australian footballers through their selection and participation in the FFA High Performance Program at Westfield Sports High School.

“It’s good at school we’re getting a couple of coaches from different countries all over the world coming down, especially from Belgium,” said Botic.

“For them to see us train and see what we do and for them to train us to help us develop is really good.”

“We’re with some of the best in NSW, it’s also hard but it’s going well,” added Paneras.

While they are still very early in the football careers both have high aspirations for their future including representing their country and playing overseas, and are well on their way to doing so.

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