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Australian Cypriot Pericles Moustakas takes over as coach of Apollon FC Youth team

Moustakas played for Apollon in the six years between 2004-2010, celebrating the undefeated championship of the season 2005-2006.

Before going on to play for Cyprus 21 and being called up for the national team of Cyprus, he led the Bankstown Berries of NPL2 to the FFA Cup Quarterfinal against Sydney FC as a player/coach in Australia.

Making it back to Cyprus after his time in Australia, he was involved in a project of getting a 4th division side promoted to the 2nd division. Last season, he narrowly missed out of the promotion to the 2nd division by 2 points.

In January 2020, he took over the technical leadership of APEA Akrotiri and managed a team that was fighting for its stay in the 4th category to end up claiming its promotion to 2nd with one of the youngest rosters in the division.

At the end of Moustakas’ football career as a player, he officially began coaching lessons and is one of the very few Greek-Cypriot Australian coaches who holds a UEFA Pro License.

His reputation in Cyprus as a coach has skyrocketed over the years, now earning him the role of coach for the U19 team.

“I am very happy to be here, to return to Apollon after many years”, Moustakas said.

“The main thing was to return to Apollon. I believe that there is a lot of talent in Cyprus but also in Apollon and I believe that the First Division Youth Championship is very important in general”.

Source: Apollon.com.cy

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