Although only 20, the fleet-footed attacker has tasted senior national team action, debuting for the All Whites in their final Oceania FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Fiji. Barbarouses was somewhat of a prodigy for the New Zealand youth teams captaining his country at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007, and appearing for the U-20 national team in the same year.
Despite his relative youth, Barbarouses was a surprise omission from the New Zealand Beijing Olympics squad, but was a likely inclusion to appear on the world stage for the Kiwis at last year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup only for Tahiti to upset those plans with their shock qualification.
Comfortable anywhere across the forward line or on the flanks, Barbarouses has spent three seasons with the Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League. Only offered brief glimpses of first team action in that time, he scored two goals in 21 matches.
Prior to joining the Phoenix Barbarouses played for Team Wellington in the New Zealand Football Championship, with his first two seasons in the A-League broken up by a brief loan period with Australian second tier side Macarthur Rams. With only intermittent chances to shine for the Phoenix, the Wellingtonian of Greek extraction departed the club in February in favour of a three-year contract with rival A-League side Brisbane Roar.