Season Opener

by John Fotinos

Bring on the new season is the refrain from many at Heidelberg United. Through a plethora of on & off field movements at the club, fans of the club have a heightened sense of anticipation coming into this pivotal season.

With a new coaching panel taking the reins, it promises to be a new look and style of play. Head coach John Anastasiadis leads a panel of vast experience, assisted by Savvas Patikkis, goalkeeper mentor Sam Frangos & technical director Nick Deligiannis – all working towards building a strong & resilient squad capable of success in 2024 and beyond.

Among many new team members, the club has looked to boost all lines – signing goalkeepers Yaren Sozer (from A-League Central Coast Mariners) & Ryan Govan (from Redland NPL Queensland). The defensive stocks have been bolstered with the signing of central defender Ben Collins from Melbourne Knights.

Ben Collins

Nationalityaus Australia
PositionDefender
Current TeamHeidelberg United FC
Seasons2024

Yaren Sozer

Nationalityaus Australia
PositionGoalkeeper
Current TeamHeidelberg United FC
Seasons2024

Ryan Govan

Nationalityaus Australia
PositionGoalkeeper
Current TeamHeidelberg United FC
Seasons2024

The midfield has been strengthened with the procurement of the dynamic Asashi Yokokawa ( from Albirex Niigata – Singapore)  & young tyros Nicholas Stefanidakis (from Hellenic – NT), Nathan Konstandopoulos (from A-League Melbourne Victory) & Nicholas Olsen (from Becamex Binh Duong– Vietnam)

Asashi Yokokawa

Nationalityjpn Japan
PositionMidfield
Current TeamHeidelberg United FC
Seasons2024

Nicholas Stefanidakis

Nationalityaus Australia
PositionMidfield
Current TeamHeidelberg United FC
Seasons2024

Nathan Konstandopoulos

Nationalityaus Australia
PositionMidfield
Current TeamHeidelberg United FC
Seasons2024

Nicholas Olsen

Nationalityaus Australia
PositionForward
Current TeamSeason Opener, Heidelberg United FC
Past TeamsSeason Opener
Seasons2024

New signings Ben Davine (from FC Bulleen Lions) and forward Leo Mazis (from Dandenong Thunder) aim to boost the forward line strike power of the club.

Ben Davine

Nationalityaus Australia
PositionForward
Current TeamHeidelberg United FC
Seasons2024

Leo Mazis

Nationalityaus Australia
PositionForward
Current TeamSeason Opener, Heidelberg United FC
Past TeamsSeason Opener
Seasons2024

With experienced campaigners like the durable skipper Adrian Zahra, Adrian Fetahagic and Jamal Ali defending the lines, the team will look to natural improvement from younger defenders Deion Nikolaidis, Johnny Apostolopoulos and Matty Tsalikidis in 2024.

The midfield line is a blend of experienced campaigners and emerging younger players in Dominic Falla, Mohammed Aidara, Anthony Theodoropoulos, Eoin Ashton & Anthony Lesiotis – who along with the new signings will be the engine room of the team in its quest for honours in 2024.

The front half will feature seasoned performers of the calibre of Josh Pin, proven goal scorer Kaine Sheppard & the gifted talismanic Sean Ellis – augmented by the new signings, seeking to provide opposition defences a torrid time during the season.

It all begins in earnest this Saturday (10/02/2024) for Heidelberg united with a Round 1 away trip to a tricky venue (Paisley Park) against Altona Magic at 6:15pm.

 

Heidelberg United FC – Senior Mens’ Squad List 2024

Goalkeepers:

1 – Yaren Sozer

22 – Ryan Govan

Defenders:

9 – Adrian Zahra

29 – Matty Tsalikidis

4 – Jamal Ali

13 – John Apostolopoulos

5 – Ajdin Fetahagic

3 – Ben Collins

12 – Deion Nikolaidis

Midfielders:

6 – Anthony Lesiotis

10 – Dominic Falla

16 – Asahi Yokokawa

20 – Mohammed Aidara

18 – Anthony Theodoropoulos

8 – Eoin Ashton

15 – Nicholas Stefanidakis

11 – Nathan Konstandopoulos

21 – Nicholas Olsen

Forwards:

19 – Sean Ellis

14 – Kaine Sheppard

17 – Josh Pin

7 – Leo Mazis

24 – Ben Davine