Apostolos Giannou joins Guangzhou R&F, wishes to represent Australia

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The Greek-Australian striker has joined outfit from Asteras Tripolis, hoping the move would bolster his chance to play for the national football team.

Giannou was born in Greece but spent his childhood growing up in Australia. He was a product of Australian youth system, and is eligible to play for the Socceroos.

The striker played for a host of Greek clubs, most notably PAOK, before joining Asteras Tripolis, where he scored 13 goals in 21 league matches and was one of the Greek Super League’s top scorers in the 2015-16 season.

According to local newspaper, Guangzhou R&F has paid €2,2 million for the striker, who would play on a three-year contract of €1,6 million yearly.

Sources also said the move would bolster his chance to play for the Socceroos in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and even the striker himself has pledged allegiances to Australia.

Giannou represented Greece at U19 and U21 level before playing one match for the senior side in a friendly agaisnt Turkey. He was also selected for the 2016 Euro 2016 qualifier against Hungary but didn’t acutally play, thus remains eligible to represent Australia.