Not many strikers can say they’re still one of the most lethal players in the game at the age of 30, yet Kosta Barbarouses has shown this season for Sydney FC that anything is possible.
Currently falling in the top 10 highest goal scorers this season, with 8 goals in 20 matches, Kosta is looking to add another trophy to his cabinet this season with Sydney FC.
Speaking on ‘Pitch Side with Stav‘ with Mark Stavroulakis, the Greek-New Zealander says he’s ready to help the Sky Blues continue their success from last year.
“It’ll be great to win the premiership in my first season here in Sydney and pick up where the season left last year and it’s good to see we can hopefully continue that,” Kosta says on Pitch Side with Stav.
“Depending on our results and a couple of other teams results, we could warp the premiership up pretty early. But I guess now, with a lot of games in a small space, if we do ramp it up then it’ll give us more time to prepare for finals.”
Joining from a successful stint with Melbourne Victory, to which he scored 32 goals in 51 matches, Kosta has had a successful career in the A-League.
Kosta started playing from the age of five with Miramar Rangers football club in New Zealand. Reaching the age of 12, he joined representative side Wellington Olympic and spent 7 years in the New Zealand Football Championship, later joining Team Wellington in 2005.
In 2007, Kosta started his professional career with home side Wellington Phoenix, previously playing for Wellington Olympic and Team Wellington in the New Zealand Football Championship. Not having the greatest start to his professional career, he was shocked to find out he was wanted as a player in Australia.
“I always feel i was lucky to be involved in the Brisbane team in 2010. I had just come off three years at Phoenix where I didn’t play too much football… I remember Brisbane and Newcastle were interested in signing me and I thought that was a big leap of faith from both sides, because I was also counted as a foreign player,” Kosta said.
Ange Postecoglou was the manager for Brisbane Roar at the time of Kosta’s arrival, with the Greek-New Zealander thankful that the coach had faith in him.
“I think he saw something in me that he could improve on and get the best out of me and once I got that opportunity, I worked very hard and that sort of set up the career I’ve had.”
The 2010 Brisbane Roar side went on to win the the championship, being unbeaten in 28 games.
“I finished as top goalscorer for the club, so that really stands out to me.”
You can watch the Full Interview between Kosta Barbarouses and Mark Stavroulakis on NPL.TV.