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Michael Valkanis (born 23 August 1974) is a former Australian football (soccer) player who played as a Central Defender.

Club career

He has played in the Greek League with Iraklis, most notably with Larissa where he played for five seasons and won 102 caps, and Agios Nikolaos. He played 110 games in the now-defunct National Soccer League scoring 4 goals with South Melbourne, Adelaide City and Adelaide United.

In mid-2007 Valkanis was named captain of his club side, Adelaide United, replacing Angelo Costanzo (who had been appointed as interim captain after the resignation and departure of Ross Aloisi).[1]

Valkanis announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2008-09 A-League season in December 2008.[2] The former captain and 100 game veteran was given a testimonial match against Newcastle Jets on 9 January 2009 where he replaced Daniel Mullen in the second half and saw Adelaide though to a 2-0 win.[3]

International career

Valkanis' international debut was for the Socceroos in an Asian Cup qualifier versus Kuwait at Aussie Stadium on the 16 August 2006.

Personal life

Valkanis is of Greek descent, he attended De La Salle College.

Career statistics

(Correct as of 16 January 2009)
Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Adelaide United 2005–06 24 3 3 2 0 0 27 5
2006–07 23 0 6 0 0 0 29 0
2007–08 3 0 2 0 6 0 11 0
2008–09 3 0 2 0 2 0 7 0
Total 74 5

1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. 2008 ACL in 2008-09 A-League season etc.)

Honours

With Adelaide United:

Australia A-League Premiership: 2005-2006

Personal Honours:

Adelaide United Player's Player of the Year: 2005-2006


References

^ Valkanis named United captain
^ Valkanis to retire
^ Wilson, Marcus (2009-01-09). "Reds go top with win over Jets". A-League. Retrieved 2009-01-09.

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