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Former Liverpool star makes Australia move

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Kyriakos made over 30 appearances for Liverpool  (©GettyImages)
Kyriakos made over 30 appearances for Liverpool (©GettyImages).

Former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyriakos has made a lucrative move to Australian second-tier outfit Sydney Olympic FC.

The former Greek international has a host of experience, playing for numerous top European clubs. Amongst them, Rangers, Eintracht Frankfurt, Liverpool and AEK Athens.

So this is somewhat of a coup for the Australian side, who are looking to gain promotion from the NSW Premier League to Australia's top tier of football, the A-League.

Kyriakos is not unaware of the Australian style of football-  having seen his Greek national team lose to the Socaroos 1-0 in a friendly before the 2006 World Cup.

And the defender has admitted that a meeting with Sydney technical director Arthur Diles sealed the deal and convinced him to make the move Australia.

"When I met Sydney Olympic Technical Director Arthur Diles in Athens I was instantly excited by the opportunity to visit a country I briefly visited in 2006 when Greece played Australia in Melbourne," he is quoted as saying in the Telegraph.

And Kyriakos pointed to the growing wealth of stars that have made the move to the up-and-coming Australian game as another reason to make the move.

"I'll never forget nearly 100,000 people at the stadium that night," he said.

"Greeks in foreign countries have achieved so much and I am aware of the great progress football is making in Australia, attracting star players like Del Piero, Gallas and Heskey.

"I am in very good physical condition and I am very focused on playing well for Sydney Olympic. But I want to play for another couple of years and the A-League appeals to me," the former Liverpool man finished.

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