Traianos Dellas

Melbourne Victory are chasing Greek legend Traianos Dellas as their new coach.

A club spokesman said on Friday the recruitment process was ongoing but nearing its completion.

Dellas made 55 appearances for Greece and helped them to 2004 European Championships glory.

Dubbed the “Colossus of Rhodes”, defender Dellas played for a host of clubs, including Sheffield United, Roma, Perugia and AEK Athens,

Having initially sparkled for local club Aris Thessaloniki, he played abroad in England, Italy and Cyprus, returning to Greece between these stopovers to play for AEK Athens – a team he later coached. He earned 53 caps for Greece despite a series of injuries blighting the back end of his playing days, prompting his retirement in 2012. Whatever the disappointments, however, he always had 2004.

“I will always remember these 40 days with the Greece team in summer 2004 as the sweetest story of my career,” he wrote. “And I will tell it to my children as a bedtime story.”