Panagiotis Fasoulas

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Panagiotis Fasoulas
Panagiotis Fasoulas
Mayor of Piraeus
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010
Deputy Vicky Leandros
Preceded by Christos Agrapidis
Succeeded by Vasileios Michaloliakos
MP of 1st Piraeus periphery
In office
2000–2006
1st City councilman, Thessaloniki
In office
1990–1993
Personal details
Born (1963-05-12) May 12, 1963 (age 51)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Political party PASOK
Spouse(s) Masa Zacharia
Children Mariella, John
Residence Piraeus, Greece
Occupation Basketball player
Website www.fasoulaspeiraias.gr
Panagiotis Fasoulas
Personal information
Nationality Greek
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College NC State (1985-1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 1981–1999
Position Center
Number 13
Career history
1981–1993 PAOK (Greece)
1993–1999 Olympiacos (Greece)
Career highlights and awards

Panagiotis Fasoulas (alternate spelling: Fassoulas) (Greek: Παναγιώτης Φασούλας, nicknamed "The Spider"[1] (Greek: αράχνη); born May 12, 1963 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is a Greek politician and former professional basketball player. He was selected in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1986 NBA Draft, but never decided to play in the NBA. Fasoulas is considered to be one of the best big men in European basketball in the last 20 plus years. He was selected by Eurobasket.com to the Eurobasket.com Greek Basketball Hall of Fame.

Basketball career[edit]

College career[edit]

Fasoulas played college basketball in the United States at North Carolina State University, with the N.C. State Wolfpack, where he played under legendary coach Jim Valvano.

Professional career[edit]

During his professional career, Fasoulas played for PAOK and Olympiacos. With PAOK, he won the Cup Winner's Cup championship in 1991. With Olympiacos, he won the Euroleague championship and the Triple Crown in 1997.

In total, he won 5 Greek League championships and 3 Greek Cups. He was also named to the FIBA European Selection three times, in the years 1990, 1991, and 1995. He was also named the Greek League MVP in 1994 and 1995, and a FIBA EuroStar in 1996.

Greek national team[edit]

Fasoulas was also a member of the senior men's Greek national team, where he was the starting center during Greece's FIBA EuroBasket 1987 gold medal victory, being also named to the All-Tournament Team. He also won the silver medal with Greece at the FIBA EuroBasket 1989.

In Toronto, Canada, at the 1994 FIBA World Championship, where Greece finished in fourth place, Fasoulas played the best basketball of his career.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

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Greek national team[edit]

Political career[edit]

A charismatic personality, Fasoulas entered politics after retiring from sport, joining the political party of PASOK. He contributed in the organization of the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, in 2004. He was elected Mayor of Piraeus on October 15, 2006, and served as Mayor through 2010.

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