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Chris Kalantzis

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Full nameChris Kalantzis
Date of birth27 July 1967(age 49)
Place of birthSydney, Australia
Playing positionMidfielder

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Chris Kalantzis (born 27 July 1967) is an Australian association football player. He began his career with Sydney Olympic, First Grade, at the age of 15. He was then signed by the Greek team Panathinaikos, where he played for five years. During these years he represented the Australian Socceroos in many games. Olympiakos, a rival Greek club, then signed him. On his debut against his former team he scored with his famous bicycle kick from outside the box.

He played for Olympiacos another 5 years before returning to Sydney Olympic to finish his illustrious career, playing 2 years before retiring. Kalantzis is now known as one of the best and most famous Australian players to play overseas, alongside Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Brett Emerton. He now coaches premier youth league teams such as Sydney Olympic in the hope of sending yet another Australian player overseas including his talented son James Kalantzis who is currently 18 years of age.

In February 2011, Olympiacos CFP announced the establishment of its first Olympiacos Academy outside of Greece in Sydney, Australia. The Australian academy is managed by, Chris Kalantzis and Kyriakos Tohouroglou, two former Olympiacos players.

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