John Tambouras

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John Tambouras
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Personal information
Full name John Tambouras
Date of birth (1979-01-30) 30 January 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Darwin, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 South Melbourne 1 (0)
2000–2001 Kalamata 14 (0)
2003–2004 Football Kingz 21 (1)
2005–2006 New Zealand Knights 18 (0)
2006 Pahang 26 (2)
2006–2007 New Zealand Knights 3 (1)
2007–2008 Drogheda United 32 (1)
2008–2009 Neftchi Baku 3 (0)
2009–2010 North Queensland Fury 16 (1)
2010 Guangzhou Evergrande 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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

Club career[edit]

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 professional 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 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.[1] 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,[2] 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 Baku, this resulted in him signing a three-year contract with the club.[3][4]

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.[3]

On 2 March 2010 Tambouras went on trial,[5] and then accepted a deal, from Chinese second division outfit Guangzhou Evergrande to play in the upcoming season,[6] he made his China League One debut for Guangzhou against Pudong Zobon on 10 April. Just playing two matches for Guangzhou, Tambouras was released in June.


As of October 2010 Tambouras was appointed as the skills acquisition trainer for the Northern Territory, a role set up and partly funded by FFA,[7] he is working predominantly with 9-13 year olds, teaching them the National Curriculum.[8]


With South Melbourne:

With Pahang FA:

With Drogheda United:


  1. ^ "Pahang bag Malaysia FA Cup title". Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  2. ^ "John Tambouras comes to Craiova". Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b Aloia, Andrew (22 June 2009). "Tambouras happy to be back close to home". Northern Territory News. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Gede plants seeds for Neftçi revival". UEFA. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Fury's Chinese Drop Zone". Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  6. ^ John Tambouras Signs For Guangzhou FC Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Guangzhou team Jiujiang John Tamboux Las retired" (in Chinese). Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  8. ^ FFNT Welcomes John Tambouras

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