Valour Brings In Big Defender Chantzopoulos
Canadian Premier League side Valour FC is building further international influence with the signing of German-Greek defender Charalampos ‘Haris’ Chantzopoulos.
The 29-year-old veteran arrives to Princess Auto Stadium after a four-year spell with Finnish lower tier side Kokkolan Pallo-Veikot, where he made 111 appearances.
While his six-foot-four frame points to a sturdy and physical presence on the backline, Chantzopoulos is a clear threat on the other end, too: he tallied 15 goals and 6 assist with his former side, suggesting that head coach Phillip Dos Santos has landed a big set piece target.
Dos Santos described the new defender as an aggressive figure with quality and experience who can help in transitions with a good passing eye.
This won’t be the Bielefeld-born defender’s first playing spell in North America, either: in 2019 he suited up for USL Championship side Sacramento Republic, making 31 appearances and tallying one goal for the club.
Before that, he had also played in the German lower ranks with VfR Wellensiek, Arminia Bielefeld II, FC Gutersloh, and Rot-Weis Erfurt, with FF Jaro being his first stint in Finland well ahead of his most recent stint with Kokkolan Pallo-Veikot.
The Valour backline has already seen Australian defender Tass Mourdoukoutas join the fold from York United, and it appears that his U-23 international roster spot has survived the transfer despite his age at the time he signed with Valour: that’s the only way the club could use three Over-23 roster spots on Jordan Swibel (24), Roberto Alarcon (254), and now Chantzopoulos (29).
We’ve reached out to the league for a clarification.
With over 250 professional appearances to his name, Valour has quite a sturdy pair of centre-backs in its backline, particularly with the retention of Abdou Samake.
Northern Tribune has learned the defender has signed a one-year deal with a club option for a further year.