Apostolos Giannou added to Socceroos squad for AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™

Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold today added Cyprus-based striker Apostolos Giannou to his 23-player squad for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™.

Giannou’s addition to the squad comes following news that attacker Martin Boyle will miss the tournament due to a knee injury.

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While Giannou’s registration process was completed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Wednesday, the AEK Larnaca attacker arrived in Al Ain early on Thursday morning (local time) and has since completed a medical with Socceroos staff and finalised his place in the squad.

Arnold said Giannou, who scored his first goal for Australia in a 4-0 win over Kuwait in Kuwait in October, was excited about joining the group for his major international tournament.


“Apostolos has been playing regularly in Cyprus with his club, as well as in the UEFA Europa League throughout 2018. He has arrived with the determination to impress and make the most of the opportunity.

“Our group has welcomed ‘Apo’ back into the Socceroos family and having been with us in Turkey, the UAE, and Kuwait earlier this year, Apo has a clear picture of how we work and the principles of play. 

Apostolos Giannou


“We have spoken consistently about our player pool getting deeper and to add Apo to our attacking options despite the unfortunate news for Martin [Boyle] is fantastic. Apo offers us something a little bit different in attack – he is a hard-working player who can press and has a sharp eye for goal.”

Giannou said: “I will be doing everything that I can to impress in training and perform in matches here in the UAE. We have a great squad with a great culture and together I believe we will achieve our goals at the tournament.” 

 

Massimo Luongo and Apostolos Giannou


Squad | Australia | AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™

Name

 

Club (Country)

 

A-International Caps (Goals)

 

Mustafa AMINI

 

AGF Aarhus (Denmark)

 

5 (0)

 

Aziz BEHICH

 

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)

 

30 (2)

 

Milos DEGENEK

 

Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)

 

20 (1)

 

Alex GERSBACH

 

Rosenborg BK (Norway)

 

56(0)

 

Apostolos GIANNOU

 

AEK Larnaca (Cyprus)

 

6 (1)

 

Rhyan GRANT

 

Sydney FC (Australia)

 

2 (0)

 

Chris IKONOMIDIS

 

Perth Glory (Australia)

 

7 (1)

 

Jackson IRVINE

 

Hull City AFC (England)

 

25 (3)

 

James JEGGO

 

FK Austria Wien (Austria)

 

1 (0)

 

Matthew JURMAN

 

Al-Ittihad Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

 

6 (0)

 

Robbie KRUSE

 

VfL Bochum (Germany)

 

70 (5)

 

Mitchell LANGERAK (Gk)

 

Nagoya Grampus (Japan)

 

8 (0)

 

Mathew LECKIE

 

Hertha BSC (Germany)

 

59 (8)

 

Massimo LUONGO

 

Queens Park Rangers (England)

 

39 (6)

 

Awer MABIL

 

FC Midtylland (Denmark)

 

4 (2)

 

Jamie MACLAREN

 

Hibernian FC (Scotland)

 

8 (0)

 

Mark MILLIGAN (C)

 

Hibernian FC (Scotland)

 

74 (6)

 

Andrew NABBOUT

 

Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan)

 

8 (2)

 

Josh RISDON

 

Western Sydney Wanderers FC (Australia)

 

13 (0)

 

Tom ROGIC

 

Celtic FC (Scotland)

 

42 (8)

 

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

 

Brighton & Hove Albion FC (England)

 

50 (0)

 

Trent SAINSBURY

 

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)

 

42 (3)

 

Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk)

 

KRC Genk (Belgium)

 

3 (0)

 


Match Schedule | Australia | AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™

Australia v Jordan

Date: Sunday, 6 January 2019
Venue: Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Kick-off: 3.00pm (local); 10.00pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.ae

Palestine v Australia
Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
Venue: Rashid Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kick-off: 3.00pm (local); 10.00pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.ae

Australia v Syria
Date: Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Venue: Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Kick-off: 5.30pm (local); 12.30am (AEDT – Wednesday, 16 January 2019)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.ae

For more information regarding the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™, please visit www.afcasiancup.com