Postecoglou honored with street mural in his hometown of Prahran

Ange Postecoglou has once again been honored in his hometown of Melbourne with a mural, this time even closer to home in Prahran.

Last December, Peter Giasoumi and Dean Kotsianis of Yitonia, a bespoke network and project facilitator, and Dean ‘Kosta’ Drossos hung giant posters of Postecoglou in the city’s iconic Hosier Lane.

“ANGE TOWN”, as the mural is called, now finds its way onto the wall of Café Penance, a Hellenic hideout just off Chapel St.

Kosta Drossos for his work “ANGE TOWN”. Photo: Supplied/Filip Konikowski

The new mural shows Postecoglou through seven stages of his managerial career, with images of him at his boyhood club South Melbourne FC, Greek club Panachaiki, Whittlesea Zebras, A-League clubs Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory, Australian national team, Yokohama F. Marinos, Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur.

Kosta spoke Neos Cosmos about why he wanted to bring back “ANGE TOWN,” with Yitonia’s help.

“This mural is clearly in line with the work we did at Hosier Lane, but unfortunately that only lasted about 72 hours,” he said.

“So as we sat there as that mural disappeared almost as quickly as it went up, we always knew we had to do it again.

“It was just a question of when that opportunity would present itself.”

(From left to right) Dean Kotsianis, Kosta Drossos and Peter Giasoumi. Photo: Supplied/Filip Konikowski

That opportunity arose when it was announced that Ange would return to Melbourne on Wednesday, where Tottenham would play Newcastle in a friendly.

“We thought this was a perfect time to start over and do it bigger and better in the suburb where he grew up.

Stavros Fisher (left) and the boys. Photo: supplied

Ange migrated from Greece as a young boy and like many other Greeks, his family settled in Prahran.

His family lived with another family behind the old jam factory and he attended Prahran High School, where you could say his management career began.

As an 11-year-old, he founded a team of his own, coached his young teammates to an undefeated season and the state championship, scoring one of the goals himself in the final.

Now that Ange is back in Melbourne, he has also received a framed photo of the first mural.

Fine owner Stavros Fisher, who took over the cafe last year and renamed it, agreed to place the new mural on the exterior wall of his cafe because he believes that “Ange is symbolic of the immigrant struggle.”

“(His family) fleeing hardship to build a new life. He is perhaps the greatest Greek-Australian success story.”

Although the original mural attracted a lot of attention from tourists, some did not know who Ange was; they were just interested in seeing new cool art, while Prahran was much more personal with whoever stopped by to chat.

The Yitonia boys, Kosta, Stavros and friends. Photo: Supplied/Filip Konikowski

“A guy walks up and he says, ‘oh that’s Ange, he lived here,’” Kosta said.

“Then a random woman came up and told us she went to high school with him and lived a block away.

“People from his youth came up and said we absolutely love this. So even though we didn’t have the quantity, I feel like we had more people who really resonated with him, either because they knew him from before or were Greek themselves.

Kosta also wants Ange to know how proud the Greek community in Australia is of him.

“I want him to appreciate what he has done for the community and especially that he can really see what we feel at home because obviously we all came with immigrant parents or grandparents and he makes it. , it’s really inspiring,” he said.

“So for him to see the progression of his career and visualize it on a wall. It’s really something to think about and hopefully he’s proud of himself too.”