After being eliminated in the Round of 16 last year, Sydney Olympic will be hoping to avoid a repeat this season when they face Hume City for a spot in the final eight this Tuesday night.
The cup tie will be Olympic’s second away trip in two FFA Cup games this season, while also having to back up after playing Apia Leichardt in the NSWNPL semi-final the weekend before the match.
Sydney Olympic winger Michael Giatzatis is under no illusion of the challenge his side is about to face.
“It’s going to be a difficult task going down to Melbourne. I’m sure they’re going to be up for it. We just have to be on our game and hopefully we can get the result,” said the 20-year-old
“We’re looking to go as far as we can in the FFA Cup. We’re not in the competition just to take part, we want to go as far as we can. Any team that we verse we think we can win. And we play to win.”
Formerly known as Pann Hellinic and formed by Greek Migrants in 1957, Sydney Olympic are one of the Heritage clubs of Australian football.
Names like Aboriginal footballing pioneer Charles Perkins, former Liverpool FC legend Ian Rush, and Socceroos’ Peter Katholos, Andy Bernal, Ned Zelic, Jason Culina and Brett Emerton have all worn the famous blue and white strip.
Giatzatis knows what it's like to score in the FFA Cup, having scored in last year's Round of 16 as well as in the last round against Gungahlin FC in Canberra.
“It was a tough game,” said Giatzatis of the 1-0 win over Gungahlin.
“Gungahlin were surprisingly quite capable, and I think we were a bit shell shocked at the start. We were not used to the cold weather. But we got things together and got the job done. That was the main thing.”
Speaking of his dramatic winner, Giatzatis added:
“And as for my goal, it was great. It’s always good scoring goals and to help the team. And to help the team go further in this FFA Cup, is even better.”
Photo credit: Gavin Leung, Football NSW