Michael Valkanis was most recently the Assistant to John van’t Schip as the Greece National Team Coach.
Michael played his junior football at South Melbourne and as a student at De La Salle College. He made his senior debut in the NSL with South Melbourne before heading to Greece to play with Iraklis and then AEL Larissa. He played for eight years in Greece before returning to Adelaide and the A-League.
His coaching journey began at Adelaide United with the youth team and then as an Assistant Coach with the first team. A new opportunity took him to Melbourne City to work alongside John van’t Schip and then a brief spell as head coach before joining John in Holland with PEC Zwolle. This was followed by the move to Greece with the National Men’s Team.
Michael has served a wonderful apprenticeship as Assistant Coach in Adelaide and Melbourne, with brief stints as Head Coach at both Clubs. He is now keen to stretch his wings and take on the mantle of Head Coach as his journey continues to develop.
He firmly believes that there are many Australian Coaches that are good enough to work overseas. Coaches like players need to “get out of their comfort zone”.
This is another conversation full of wisdom, including Michael's belief that "Your football philosophy will come to light through knowing yourself."
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