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Dean Anthony Bouzanis (born 2 October 1990) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a goalkeeper. He is currently without a club.

Club career

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Bouzanis was raised in Australia to Greek parents, and attended De La Salle College in Cronulla.[3] His talents were first seen at his local soccer club, Carss Park, whilst playing in the Under 9's alongside close friend Nikolas Tsattalios.[4] Bouzanis then went on to play in the NSW State League for St George Saints at 14 before joining the NSW Institute of Sport.[5]

Bouzanis spent three weeks with the Liverpool first team squad in January 2007 and was offered a three year deal.[3] Liverpool's manager Rafael Benítez[6] rated him at the time as the best goalkeeper in the world of his age.[7]

He was loaned to A-League side Sydney FC as understudy to Clint Bolton and was included in the club's squad for their AFC Champions League 2007 campaign,[8] but did not appear at the tournament. The loan spell was expected to be extended until January 2008, but Sydney delisted him from the club.[9]

He appeared for Liverpool's under 18 and reserve teams [10][11] and after a loan deal with Conference National team Wrexham fell through in July 2009,[12] in November he joined Accrington Stanley on loan,[13] subsequently making 14 league appearances for the club.

In May 2011 Bouzanis left Liverpool after mutually agreeing to a release with one year remaining on his contract.[14]

In July 2011, Bouzanis claimed he had agreed terms with A-league club Melbourne Victory[15] but this was denied by the club.[16]
International career

Bouzanis was first named in the Australian U17 side in 2005 at the age of 15.[3] He was also later included in the squad for Australia's unsuccessful 2006 AFC U17 Championships qualifying campaign.[17]

On 2 February 2008, Bouzanis was invited by the Greek FA manager Alexis Alexiou to represent the youth team against Slovakia on 5 February 2008.[18] Bouzanis visited Greece on 3 February 2008 for an interview with Greek radio station SportFM,[19] and also to play in the friendly against Slovakia, in which he kept a clean sheet. He also played in a 1–0 win against Serbia in March 2008.

Despite playing for the Greek U19 team Bouzanis remained eligible to play for either the Greek or Australian full international sides.[20][21] The Australian press stated that his departure would be a "disaster" likening it to the loss of Joey Didulica to the Croatian national side.[20][22]

In April 2008 he was called up to the Australia Under 23 squad to compete in the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia as part of their preparations for the Olympics due to Danny Vukovic's suspension. He played in the 4–0 defeat of Togo in the final group match.[23] With the announcement that Vukovic's suspension would not be lifted for the Olympics, suggestions were made that Bouzanis would be included in the squad but this did not eventuate.[24][25]

In June 2008, Bouzanis accepted an invitation to represent Greece in the UEFA U-19 European Championships.[26] and stated he was proud to be competing at the finals with Greece.[27] Bouzanis' decision to play for the Greek under-age team upset some of Australia's football community.[28] Bouzanis' agent suggested he still wanted to play for Australia.[29] In April 2008 Australian national coach Pim Verbeek met Bouzanis in Liverpool to discuss his football allegiance.[30]

In February 2009, his agent stated that Bouzanis wanted to play for Australia rather than Greece. Bouzanis subsequently appeared in in Australia's first two group matches at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[31][32] Bouzanis' next international appearance was as a half-time as substitute in an Under-23 friendly in 1 June 2011 against Japan.[33] He was subsequently named in the squad for the Olyroos London Olympics 2012 qualifying matches to be played against Yemen in June 2011.[34]
Career statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other[35] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liverpool 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2009–10 14 0 4 0 0 0 – 1 0 19 0
Career total 14 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 19 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 24 April 2010


Liverpool Senior Cup: 2009

Liverpool Senior Cup: 2008
FA Youth Cup: 2009



Intercontinental U23 Cup: 2008


^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2010 and 31/01/2010". The Football Association. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
^ "Dean Bouzanis". Goal.com. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
^ a b c "How a Sydney kid made cut at one of the greatest clubs". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 February 2007.
^ "About the club". Carss Park Football club. Retrieved 27 July 201.
^ Hall, Matthew (4 February 2007). "Teen ace Bouzanis snapped up by Reds". The Age. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
^ Weiner, David (8 April 2011). "Australian goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis says training at Liverpool inspires him to go to the next level". Fox Sports. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
^ "Teen ace Bouzanis snapped up by Reds". The Age (Melbourne). 4 February 2007.
^ "Branko is Sydney's man". Fox Sports. 13 February 2007.
^ "Necevski eyes Bolton's spot". FourFourTwo.com. 26 June 2007.
^ "Dean puts Mum in charge". The Catholic Weekly. 11 March 2007.
^ "Liverpool management pleased with Bouzanis progress". tribalfootball.com. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
^ "Wrexham sign goalkeeper Russell". BBC Sport. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
^ "Accrington make two loan signings". BBC. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
^ "Aussie keeper leaves Liverpool". Herald-Sun. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
^ "Bouzanis tipped to join Victory". Sydney Morning Herald. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
^ "Bye Bye Bouza, Tando's #1". Four Four Two. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
^ "Qantas Joeys Held To Draw By Hosts". Football Federation Australia. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
^ "Ισόπαλοι οι Νέοι" (in Greek). 5 February 2008.
^ "Μπουζάνης: "Ελλάδα λόγω καταγωγής"" (in Greek). SuperSport FM. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
^ a b Davutovic, David (2 March 2008). "Greeks woo our star keeper". The Daily Telegraph (Australia).
^ "Greece targets 'the next Bosnich'". Fox Sports (Australia). 9 February 2008.
^ Davutovic, David (2 March 2008). "Time to stop the rot". The Daily Telegraph (Australia).
^ "Qantas Under 23's smash Togo 4–0". /www.footballaustralia.com.au. 21 May 2008.
^ Ormond, Aidan (20 March 2008). "Bouzanis 'Upset' At Olyroo Snub". FourFourTwo (Australia). Retrieved 2009-09-25.
^ Kogoy, Peter (12 May 2008). "Liverpool answers Olyroos keeper call". The Australian. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
^ (Greek) "Γαλανόλευκος" ο Μπουζάνης
^ (Greek)"Μπουζάνης: "Τιμή μου"" (in Greek). SuperSport FM. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
^ Ormond, Aidan (3 July 2008). "Fraser: 'Stop Bouza's Greek Tragedy'". FourFourTwo (Australia). Retrieved 2009-09-25.
^ Ormond, Aidan (26 June 2008). "'Greek' Bouzanis Still Wants Roo Shirt". FourFourTwo (Australia). Retrieved 2009-09-25.
^ Ormond, Aidan (14 April 2008). "Pim Meets Bouzanis Over Socceroo Future". FourFourTwo (Australia). Retrieved 2009-09-25.
^ "Qantas Young Socceroos preliminary squad named". Football Federation Australia. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
^ Ormond, Aidan (23 February 2009). "Bouzanis's Aussie Hope". FourFourTwo (Australia). Retrieved 2009-09-25.
^ "Young Socceroos go down to Japan in friendly". Herald Sun. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
^ "Olyroos spared a trip to Yemen". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Football League Trophy

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