Born in 1961, Charlie Yankos made his debut aged 18 as a fullback with Fitzroy in Victoria.
He progressed to become a strong defender in the Australian team.
During his national career, Yankos played 89 matches for Australia, including 49 'A' internationals.
Following his retirement Yankos became a successful businessman.
Yankos will be remembered for his powerful free kicks, particularly his long-range goal that led Australia to a 4-1 win over Argentina in the Gold Cup final in Sydney in 1988.