Kosta Barbarouses is yet another of New Zealand’s young breed of creative attacking players that have arrived on the scene since the nation’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ appearance. A fleet-footed and intelligent attacker, Barbarouses is typically utilised as a wide player in the forward line. Both his playing style and career has mirrored that of fellow All White Marco Rojas, though Barbarouses is more powerfully built than his team-mate. The Wellington-born forward started out with Wellington Phoenix before a successful move to Australian A-League clubs Brisbane Roar and then Melbourne Victory – winning a championship with both. Wedged in between was an unhappy stint at the Russian club now known as FC Spartak Vladikavkaz.
Barbarouses debuted for the All Whites way back in 2008 but to date has missed several major tournaments including the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the following year’s World Cup. He missed selection for the 2008 Men's Olympic Football Tournament, despite shining during qualifying. He was also surprisingly omitted for some of New Zealand’s World Cup qualifiers during the current campaign, despite being named Wellington Phoenix’s player of the season.