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AEK’s thrilling Aussie import on Greece’s wish list

The Greek Football Federation is eyeing off Australian youngster Dimitri Valkanis – son of former Socceroo Michael Valkanis.

At just 16, the cultured young defender is turning heads in Athens with AEK’s U-17s, invoking comparisons with the likes of ex-Socceroos Ned Zelic and Paul Okon in their own emergent years.


  • Dimitri Valkanis, son of ex-Socceroo Michael Valkanis, is wanted by Greece’s youth set up.
  • The young dual nationality defender has been making waves with AEK’s U-17s in his debut season.
  • Ex-Melbourne City rookie Valkanis is so far resisting all overtures, hoping that the green and gold come calling.

The good news for Australia, should the talent identification arm at FA choose to act, is that the Adelaide-born centre-back only has eyes for the green and gold.

Deaf to the overtures of the land of his heritage, the former Melbourne City junior told FTBL: “Now I have my Greek passport I was approached to join a Greece U-17s (talent identification) camp, but really all I want to do is play for Australia.

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