Notable Players

 

1960s

Chris Georgousis (Midfielder 1960-61)

  • Born: 25 November 1930; Died: 2 December 2014.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for two seasons.
  • Played approximately 30 League games, scored 2 League goals.
  • Captain/Coach of the first ever Hellas Championship side in 1960.
  • Fact: The only Hellas coach to go undefeated during a League season.


Antonis Karagiannis

 (Forward 1960-61)

  • Born: N/A; Died: 2 May 2010.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for two seasons.
  • Played approximately 35 League games, scored 35 League goals.
  • Member of the 1960 Championship side.
  • Fact: Scored 15 State League goals in 1961.


Antonis Hatzieleftheriou
(Forward 1960-64)

  • Born: 17 December 1938; Died: N/A.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for five seasons.
  • Played approximately 65 League games, scored 75 League goals.
  • Member of the 1960 and 1962 Championship sides.
  • Scored over 50 goals in an incredible 1960 season.
  • Fact: Scored 15 State League goals in 1962.


George Papadopoulos
(Midfielder 1960-66)

  • Born: 25 April 1936; Died: 26 February 2013.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for seven seasons.
  • Played approximately 75 League games, scored 12 League goals.
  • Member of the 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 Championship sides.
  • Fact: Scored Hellas’ first Australian Cup goal in 1962.


Ted Smith
(Midfielder 1961-64)

  • Born: 24 September 1935.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for four seasons.
  • Played approximately 45 League games, scored 2 League goals.
  • Member of the 1962 and 1964 Championship sides.
  • Fact: South Melbourne Hellas’ first ever Socceroos representative.


John Margaritis
(Midfielder 1961-67)

  • Born: 27 August 1937.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for seven seasons.
  • Played approximately 100 League games, scored 23 League goals.
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 Championship sides.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Scored 10 State League goals in 1962 and later coached Hellas.


Takis Mantarakis
(Defender 1961-69)

  • Born: 22 June 1934; Died: 23 January 2016.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for nine seasons.
  • Played approximately 130 League matches, scored 4 League goals.
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966 Championship sides.
  • Substitute in the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Known for spectacular overhead volleys and entertaining play.


Boulis Kambouropoulos

(Midfielder 1962-72)

  • Born: 15 January 1943; Died: 16 November 1995.
  • Played approximately 150 League games, scored 31 League goals.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for eleven seasons.
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1972 Championship sides.
  • Substitute in the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Scored the winner against Juventus in front of 21,000 in 1962.


Michael Mandalis
(Midfielder 1962-72)

  • Born: 28 March 1945.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for eleven seasons.
  • Played approximately 90 League games, scored 32 League goals.
  • Member of the 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1972 Championship sides.
  • Fact: Scored 17 State League goals in 1964 at a very young age.


John Bedford
(Utility 1962-74)

  • Born: 7 August 1941; Died: 19 December 2011.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for thirteen seasons.
  • Played approximately 230 League games, scored 11 League goals.
  • Member of the 1962, 1964-66, 1972 and 1974 Championship sides.
  • Substitute in the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: The only Hellas player in history to have won six Championships.


Jim Pyrgolios
(Midfielder 1963-72)

  • Born: 27 December 1939.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for ten seasons.
  • Played approximately 190 League games, scored 38 League goals.
  • Member of the 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1972 Championship sides.
  • Bill Fleming Medal winner in 1971.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Scored 11 State League goals in 1965 and later coached Hellas.


Ernie Ackerley
(Forward 1964-71)

  • Born: 23 September 1943.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for eight seasons.
  • Played approximately 140 League games, scored 58 League goals.
  • Member of the 1964, 1965 and 1966 Championship sides.
  • Scored four goals against Melbourne Hungaria in 1966.
  • Fact: Scored 16 State League goals in 1965.


Con Nestorides

(Forward 1966-67)

  • Born: 15 March 1930.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for two seasons.
  • Played approximately 40 League games, scored 33 League goals.
  • Captain/Coach of the 1966 Championship side.
  • Scored 21 State League goals in 1966.
  • Fact: Attracted enormous crowds and scored directly from corner kicks.

 

1970s

Ulysses Kokkinos (Forward 1967-68, 1970-71, 1974-75)

  • Born: 11 May 1949.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for seven seasons.
  • Played approximately 70 League games, scored 33 League goals.
  • Member of the 1974 Championship side.
  • Known as the George Best of Victorian football.
  • Fact: Scored 14 State League goals in 1967.


Steven Walker
(Defender 1970-76)

  • Born: 16 July 1944; Died: 30 August 2004.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for seven seasons.
  • Played approximately 150 League games, scored 13 League goals.
  • Member of the 1972, 1974 and 1976 Championship sides.
  • Fact: Remembered as a fearless centre-back that also scored goals.


Jim Armstrong
(Forward 1970-76)

  • Born: 21 March 1943.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for seven seasons.
  • Played approximately 150 League games, scored 91 League goals.
  • Member of the 1972, 1974 and 1976 Championship sides.
  • Golden Boot Winner in 1972 (17 goals) and 1974 (22 goals).
  • Bill Fleming Medal Winner in 1974.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Still involved with the Club 40 years after playing for Hellas.

 

Marko Fode (Goalkeeper 1971-74)

  • Born: N/A.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for four seasons.
  • Played approximately 50 League games.
  • Member of the 1972 and 1974 Championship sides.
  • Fact: Conceded only 13 goals in 22 League games in 1972.


Peter Bourne
(Midfielder 1972-76)

  • Born: 5 April 1948.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for five seasons.
  • Played approximately 100 League games, scored 17 League goals.
  • Member of the 1972, 1974 and 1976 Championship sides.
  • Fact: Scored 3 goals in the bizarre 7-7 draw against Wilhelmina in 1973.


Bill Rogers
(Midfielder 1977-82)

  • Born: 16 July 1949.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for six seasons.
  • Played 112 League games, scored 12 League goals.
  • Fact: Scored Hellas’ first ever goal in the National League Cup in 1978.


George Campbell 


(Forward 1978-82)

  • Born: 3 May 1957.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for five seasons.
  • Played 104 League games, scored 17 League goals.
  • Fact: Scored 6 National League goals in 1980.


Alun Evans
(Forward 1978-82)

  • Born: 30 September 1949.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for five seasons.
  • Played 104 League games, scored 36 League goals.
  • Fact: Scored 14 National League goals in 1981.

 

1980s

Peter Laumets (Goalkeeper 1979-87)

  • Born: 3 April 1957.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for nine seasons.
  • Played 213 League games.
  • Member of the 1984 Championship side.
  • Substitute in the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Conceded only 26 goals in 32 League games in 1984.


Steve Blair (
Defender 1979-93)

  • Born: 28 December 1961.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for fifteen seasons.
  • Played 338 League games, scored 15 League goals.
  • Member of the 1984 and 1991 Championship sides.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Remembered for his longevity and strong leadership skills.


Alan Davidson
(Defender 1979-84, 1986, 1994-96)

  • Born: 1 June 1960.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for nine seasons.
  • Played 170 League games, scored 3 League goals.
  • Member of the 1984 Championship side.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Signed from Hellas by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1984.


Charlie Egan
(Forward 1982-87)

  • Born: 14 August 1959.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for six seasons.
  • Played 153 League games, scored 73 League goals.
  • Member of the 1984 Championship side.
  • Scored four goals against Newcastle in 1984.
  • Golden Boot Winner in 1985 (21 goals).
  • Fact: Remembered for his forward partnership with Doug Brown.


Oscar Crino
(Midfielder 1983-85)

  • Born: 9 August 1962.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for three seasons.
  • Played 76 League games, scored 14 League goals.
  • Member of the 1984 Championship side.
  • NSL Under 21 Player of the Year in 1983.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Remembered for his silky skills and fancy goals.


Doug Brown
(Forward 1983-86)

  • Born: 21 March 1958.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for four seasons.
  • Played 86 League games, scored 48 League goals.
  • Member of the 1984 Championship side.
  • Enjoyed a deadly front partnership with Charlie Egan.
  • Fact: Scored 22 League goals in 1984.


Bobby Russell
(Defender 1983-89)

  • Born: 16 July 1955.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for seven seasons.
  • Played 157 League games, scored 2 League goals.
  • Member of the 1984 Championship side.
  • NSL Player of the Year in 1986.
  • Fact: Part of the ruthless 1984 defence that conceded few goals.


Ange Postecoglou
(Defender 1984-93)

  • Born: 27 August 1965.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for ten seasons.
  • Played 193 League games, scored 19 League goals.
  • Member of the 1984 and captain of the 1991 Championship sides.
  • Captain of the 1990 League Cup Championship side.
  • Captain of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Involved as a player and coach in all four of SMFC’s NSL titles.


Paul Wade
(Midfielder 1987-95)

  • Born: 20 March 1962.
  • Represented South Melbourne Hellas for nine seasons.
  • Played 202 League games, scored 28 League goals.
  • Member of the 1991 Championship side.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • NSL Player of the Year in 1988.
  • Fact: Fan favourite due to giving maximum effort in every match.

 

1990s

Kimon Taliadoros(Forward 1986-92)

  • Born: 28 March 1968.
  • Represented South Melbourne for seven seasons.
  • Played 100 League games, scored 45 League goals.
  • Member of the 1991 Championship side.
  • Golden Boot Winner in 1992 (15 goals).
  • Scored four goals against West Adelaide Hellas in 1992.


Paul Trimboli
(Forward 1988-2004)

  • Born: 25 February 1969.
  • Represented South Melbourne for seventeen seasons.
  • Played 430 League games, scored 115 League goals.
  • NSL Under 21 Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989.
  • NSL Player of the Year in 1993 and 1998.
  • Member of the 1991 Championship side.
  • Captain of the 1998 and 1999 Championship sides.
  • Captain of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side.
  • Captain of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Many claim him to be South Melbourne’s greatest ever player.


Michael Petersen
(Midfielder 1989-97)

  • Born: 6 May 1965.
  • Represented South Melbourne for nine seasons.
  • Played 171 League games, scored 8 League goals.
  • Member of the 1991 Championship side.
  • Substitute in the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Remembered as the ‘midfield general’ and later coached SMFC.


Con Boutsianis
(Forward 1989, 1990-95, 1997-98, 2000-04)

  • Born: 27 December 1971.
  • Represented South Melbourne for eleven seasons.
  • Played 216 League games, scored 74 League goals.
  • Member of the 1998 Championship side.
  • Scored four goals against Northern Spirit in 2001.
  • Fact: Scored the winning goal in the 1998 Grand Final.


Mehmet Durakovic
(Defender 1989-95, 2000-04)

  • Born: 13 October 1965.
  • Represented South Melbourne for ten seasons.
  • Played 231 League games, scored 6 League goals.
  • Member of the 1991 Championship side.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • Fact: Known for his match-saving defensive goal-line clearances.


Steve Panopoulos
(Midfielder 1993-2003)

  • Born: 23 June 1975.
  • Represented South Melbourne for ten seasons.
  • Played 235 League games, scored 24 League goals.
  • Member of the 1998 and 1999 Championship sides.
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side.
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side.
  • Fact: Product of the SMFC youth system.


Michael Petkovic
(Goalkeeper 1996-99, 2000-02)

  • Born: 16 July 1976.
  • Represented South Melbourne for six seasons.
  • Played 161 League games.
  • Member of the 1998 and 1999 Championship sides.
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side.
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side.
  • Member of the SMFC Team of the Century.
  • NSL Goalkeeper of the Year in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
  • Fact: Conceded only 30 goals in 32 League games in 2000/01.


Fausto De Amicis
(Defender 1997-2003)

  • Born: 26 June 1968.
  • Represented South Melbourne for seven seasons.
  • Played 178 League games, scored 2 League goals.
  • Member of the 1998 and 1999 Championship sides.
  • Joe Marston Medal Winner (Best Player) in the 1998 NSL Grand Final.
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side.
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side.
  • Fact: Scored one of the goals of the year against Adelaide City in 2001.


John Anastasiadis
(Forward 1998-2001)

  • Born: 13 August 1968.
  • Represented South Melbourne for four seasons.
  • Played 104 League games, scored 32 League goals.
  • Member of the 1998 and 1999 Championship sides.
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side.
  • Scored SMFC’s only goal in the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship.
  • Fact: Scored in the 1998 and 1999 Grand Finals, later coached SMFC.

 

2000s

 Dean Anastasiadis (Goalkeeper 1992-96, 2002-08)

  • Born: 6 June 1970.
  • Represented South Melbourne for ten seasons.
  • Played 158 League games.
  • Captain of the 2006 Championship side.
  • Goalkeeper of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
  • Fact: Captained the 2006 SMFC side with his brother John as Coach.


Tansel Baser
(Defender 1994-99, 2006-07)

  • Born: 17 April 1978.
  • Represented South Melbourne for seven seasons.
  • Played 106 League games, scored 4 League goals.
  • Member of the 1998 and 2006 Championship sides.
  • Fact: Returned from Europe to help SMFC win the 2006 Championship.


Con Blatsis

(Defender 1995-2000, 2005-09)

  • Born: 6 July 1977.
  • Represented South Melbourne for ten seasons.
  • Played 122 League games, scored 5 League goals.
  • Member of the 1998 and 1999 Championship sides.
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side.
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side.
  • Fact: Returned from Europe to help SMFC win the 2006 Championship.


Vaughan Coveny
(Forward 1995-2006, 2009)

  • Born: 13 December 1971.
  • Represented South Melbourne for twelve seasons.
  • Played 295 League games, scored 102 League goals.
  • Member of the 1998 and 1999 Championship sides.
  • Member of the 1999 Oceania Club Cup Championship side.
  • Member of the 2000 FIFA World Club Championship side.
  • Captain in the final year of the NSL in 2003/04.
  • Fact: Scored his 100th League goal against Hume City in 2009.


Fernando De Moraes
(Midfielder 2005-13)

  • Born: 21 January 1980.
  • Represented South Melbourne for nine seasons.
  • Played 168 League games, scored 52 League goals.
  • Member of the 2006 Championship side.
  • Jimmy Rooney Medalist (Best Player) in the 2006 Grand Final.
  • Gold Medalist (FFV Player of the Year) in 2010.
  • Theo Marmaras Medalist (SMFC Player of the Year) in 2010.
  • Fact: A huge fan favourite due to his loyalty and love of the Club.


Steven O’Dor
(Defender 2005-12)

  • Born: 28 January 1987.
  • Represented South Melbourne for eight seasons.
  • Played 135 League games, scored 11 League goals.
  • Theo Marmaras Medalist (SMFC Player of the Year) in 2008.
  • Captain in 2011 and 2012.
  • Fact: Product of the SMFC youth system.


Rama Tavsancioglu
(Defender 2005-10)

  • Born: 7 June 1984.
  • Represented South Melbourne for six seasons.
  • Played 136 League games, scored 6 League goals.
  • Member of the 2006 Championship side.
  • Captain in 2009 (Club’s 50th year) and 2010.
  • Fan favourite due to loyalty and outward passion for the Club.