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John Tambouras (born 30 January 1979 in Darwin, Australia) is a retired Australian football (soccer) defender.

Club career

Tambouras attracted the attention of South Melbourne F.C. who signed him on as a teenager and it was with them that he gained his first experience of playing in a semi professional environment.

He then went abroad and played in his parent's country of Greece for Kalamata. During his time here, he played against Olympiacos in the Intertoto Cup which was drawn 1-1.

Following his time in Greece he was signed by New Zealand's only profssional side, the Auckland Kingz for the 2003-2004 Australian NSL season. That season he won the club's "Player Of The Year" award.

The following season saw him play in the new Hyundai A-League with the New Zealand Knights but was let go at the end of the season.

After his first season in the A League he joined Malaysian side Pahang where he helped the club win the FA Cup which was decided on penalties. With the Malaysian season over he briefly returned to the New Zealand Knights.

Post Knights he trialed at Romanian club FC Universitatea Craiova in January 2007, failing to secure a position with the club, but then was offered a contract from Irish club Drogheda United in July the same year. Whilst at Drogheda he played in the Uefa Cup qualifying rounds and helped the club win the Fai Eircom League Of Ireland for the first time in the club's history.

After leaving Drogheda, he moved to Azerbaijan for a week-long trial at Neftchi that resulted in him signing with the club.

Following a nomadic period playing in Asia and Europe, John was signed in June 2009 by A League's newest club, North Queensland Fury for their debut A League season.[1]

On 2 March 2010 Tambouras accepted a deal from Chinese second division outfit Guangzhou F.C. to play in the upcoming season.[2] He made his China League One debut for Guangzhou against Pudong Zobon on 10 April. Tambouras was relseased in June.
Coaching

As of October 2010 Tambouras was appointed as the skills acquisition trainer for the Northern Territory, a role set up and partly funded by Football Federation Australia (FFA). He is working predominantly with 9-13 year olds, teaching them the National Curriculum.[3]
Honours

With South Melbourne:

Australia NSL Championship: 1997-1998, 1998–1999

With Pahang FA:

Malaysia Malaysia FA Cup: 2005-2006

With Drogheda United:

Republic of Ireland League of Ireland: 2007

References

^ Tambouras happy to be back close to home
^ John Tambouras Signs For Guangzhou FC
^ FFNT Welcomes John Tambouras

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