Charlie Yankos
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-05-29) 29 May 1961 (age 63)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Sweeper
Youth career
1978–1979 Heidelberg United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1985 Heidelberg United 136 (6)
1986 West Adelaide
1987–1988 APIA Leichhardt 44 (0)
1988–1989 PAOK Salonika 7 (0)
1989–1990 Blacktown City
1990–1992 Wollongong City
1992 Canterbury-Marrickville 15 (2)
1992–1994 Wollongong City (7)
International career
1983–1989 Australia[1] 49 (7)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12 February 2008
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 February 2008

Charlie Yankos OAM (born 29 May 1961) is an Australian former footballer who played for the Australian national team 49 times and scored 7 international goals. He captained the national team on 30 occasions between 1986 and 1989.

Charlie Yankos started his local football career with former NSL club Heidelberg United in 1979 and became one of the greatest players to wear the gold and black colors. He was also an important part of APIA Leichhardt's 1987 NSL title victory.[2]

International career

Charlie Yankos represented the Australian national team on 49 times including 13 world cup qualifiers, captaining the side on 30 occasions and scoring 7 international goals. He participated in the 1985 and 1989 World Cup qualifying campaigns, and also played in the Seoul Olympics in 1988 where Australia made the quarterfinals.

Yankos scored a long range goal from over 30 yards in the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Gold Cup against then-World Champions Argentina.[3] In a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification away match against Israel, he scored an equaliser for Australia, again with a long range free kick.[4]

After retirement

Following his retirement from football, Yankos moved into a successful career in business. He was inducted into the Football Australia Hall of Fame in 1999.

Charlie Yankos Street in the Sydney suburb of Glenwood is named for him.[5]


  1. ^ "Australia - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  2. ^ "Historic NPL club APIA goes back to its roots with major re-brand". Topics.
  3. ^ "Greatest Socceroos moments in Australia - Yankos's free kick". Socceroos. 19 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Socceroos Greats - Where are they now: Charlie Yankos". Topics.
  5. ^ O'Maley, Christine (20 January 2010). "Park is a goner". Blacktown Advocate. Cumberland Newspapers. p. 14. ...streets are named after well known football identities...