Australian sport has many examples of families of elite athletes, from the Campbell sisters in the pool to Mark and Sarah Blicavs in AFL and Basketball.
The Petratos family
You could easily field a dominant five-a-side team made up completely of players from the Petratos household, Father Angelo played with Sydney Olympic in the NSL, while oldest son Olyroo Dimitri has represented Brisbane, Sydney FC and Newcastle where he was joined by younger brother Kosta and Maki in the A-league
Younger sister Panagiota Petratos at the age of 20 is beginning to make a name for herself in women's football, also at Newcastle, the young midfielder is steadily building a career to match her siblings.
Her highest-profile moment so far is probably a coolly taken last gasp winner against Adelaide United in the 2018/2019 season but with Newcastle currently focussing on youth, hopefully more highlights will follow.
Eric and Angelique Hristodoulou
Sydney FC’s 18-year-old fullback Angelique Hrisodoulou enjoyed a breakthrough 2019/20 season, continuing to build a career that started when her father, former NSL player Eric began training her as a child.
Angelique is a product of the Westfield Sports High School that has produced contemporaries like Princess Ibini and Ellie Carpenter, she captained Australia at the Under 17 World Cup and has a senior Matildas call up in her sights. She made her debut aged 15 for Western Sydney and despite an own goal in her first game, has gone from strength to strength since.
Eric played for Sydney Olympic alongside Angelique’s current manager Ante Juric and while the two are long time friends it is clear that Juric has a favourite.
“In context, Eric was a great player and let’s just say Ange will be better,” he told Neo Kosmos in 2017 and his faith in Angelique was clear as she played every minute of every game last season.
Able to play in defence or central midfield, Angelique Hristodoulou is a versatile, established player with an exciting future who will be a fixture in Australian football for years to come.