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Aris B.C.
Aris B.C. logo
Nickname The Emperor
Leagues Greek League
Greek Cup
Eurocup
Founded 1922
History Aris BC (1922–present)
Arena Nick Galis Hall
Arena Capacity 5,500
Location Thessaloniki, Greece
Team colors Yellow, Black
         
President Eleftherios Arvanitis[1]
Head coach Dimitris Priftis
Ownership Nikolaos Laskaris
Championships 10 Greek Championships
8 Greek Cups
1 Cup Winners' Cup
1 Korać Cup
1 EuroCup
Website arisbc.gr
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AS Aris Thessaloniki
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Aris Basketball Club (Greek: K.A.E. Άρης, transliterated into English B.C. Aris) is the professional basketball team of the Thessaloniki-based Greek sport club A.S. Aris Thessaloniki. Aris BC was founded in 1922, eight years after the founding of the club and the football team.

Aris BC is one of the most successful Greek basketball clubs of all time, tallying ten Greek Championships, eight Greek cups and three European titles. Under the leadership of the legendary duo of Nikos Galis and Panagiotis Giannakis, Aris was the dominant force in Greek basketball during the 1980s and early 1990s. It is for this period of dominance that Aris BC has been nicknamed "The Emperor" and voted the most successful Greek sporting club of the 20th century.[2] Aris is also one of the most renown Greek clubs in European basketball, participating in three consecutive Euroleague final-fours, and later on winning three lower tier European titles. The historic win of the 1997 Korać Cup, in particular, bolstered the notion that Aris has a unique place in the history of Greek basketball, in fact in the history of Greek sports altogether.

Well-known players that have played with the club over the years have included: Nikos Galis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Reggie Theus, Walter "The Truth" Berry, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Roy Tarpley, Stojko Vranković, Žarko Paspalj, Panagiotis Liadelis, Giorgos Sigalas, Andrew Betts, Nikos Chatzivrettas, Michalis Kakiouzis and Dimos Dikoudis.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Faidon Matthaiou, player and later coach of the team, considered the Patriarch of the Greek basketball

Aris BC, the basketball branch of Aris Thessaloniki was founded in 1922, 8 years after the founding of Aris AC. The sport was still new to Greece, having been introduced in the country in 1919. In those days, the teams shared a single open-air court, and Aris competed in the local Thessaoloniki championship, which it won 5 times in the years 1926–30. The first national Greek Championship was held in 1927–28, and Aris BC won its first Greek championship title on 23 April 1930, beating ΧΑΝΘ with a score of 32–22. Aris quickly created a remarkable tradition in basketball with notable figures, like Faidon Matthaiou (considered the Patriarch of the Greek basketball) and Anestis Petalidis who was coach of the team for alomost two decades.

The first appearance by Aris in an official international competition was during the 1967–68 season, when they participated in the European Cup Winner's Cup as the Greek runners-up. From that season onward, Aris acquired the Alexandreio Melathron as its home court, which it still is to this day.

Legendary years: Galis, Giannakis and Ioannidis era (1978-1993)[edit]

1978-79 Greek Champions[edit]

The post-war period was marked by the dominance of teams from Athens, but this all began to change in 1979. In that year, Aris won their first Greek Championship in the modern era, largely through the inspired play of Charis Papageorgiou and the coaching of Giannis Ioannidis, ex-player of the team. It helped provide the spark for the complete domination of Greek basketball by Aris during the second half of the 1980s and the early 1990s.

Nikos Galis arrives (1979)[edit]

If that first championship was the spark, then the fuel for Aris' brilliant stint at the top of the sport was undoubtedly Nikos Galis, thought by the vast majority of Greek basketball fans to be the best Greek basketball player of all time, and one of the best ever in Europe. Galis, the son of Rhodian immigrants from New Jersey, signed on in October 1979 and played his first game against Iraklis Thessaloniki in December of that year, scoring 30 points. Fred Develey, the former coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv who became later coach of Aris, was instrumental in convincing the management that Galis would not only change the Greek basketball, but he would change also the Greek basketball in Europe. The management was more concerned about his lack of height than his ability, until they saw him play.

1982-83 Greek Champions[edit]

It would take another four years for Aris to rise to the top again, winning the national championship in 1983, with Galis taking the game in Greece to new heights, showing coordination and creativity then (some would argue even now) unprecedented in Greek courts, and almost single handedly beating powerhouse rivals like Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. That year also marked the return of Giannis Ioannidis to the Aris bench.

A very successful 1983–1984 season had a bitter ending, as Aris battled for both the Greek Championship and the Greek Cup but lost the national cup final to crosstown rivals PAOK and the league championship game to Panathinaikos Athens under dubious circumstances. A taste of things to come, however, had been offered during Aris' games against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the qualifying round for the Euroleague in the fall of 1983. Aris was narrowly eliminated by the very powerful Israeli League team, but not before posting an away win at Tel Aviv, something that no other European team had managed to do for many years.

The coming of Giannakis and the domination in Greece[edit]

1985-1991: 7 consecutive Greek Championships (5 Doubles)[edit]

Disappointment did not get much in the way of Aris' progress. With the financial support of Akis Michailides, a successful businessman and president of the team, probably the most crucial transfer in Greece occurred after the 1983–1984 season, bringing Panagiotis Giannakis to Aris from Ionikos Nikea. Nikos Galis now had a first-class partner. The result was a total carnage for other teams. The lethal back court blazed through the Greek League for seven consecutive years, with the help of players such as Nikos Filippou, Michalis Romanidis, Lefteris Subotic, Doxakis, Vasilis Lipiridis and others, winning 7 championships, and 5 cups (and one cup being memorably lost to Panathinaikos in 1986, with Galis performing surprisingly poorly in a single-elimination game in Athens). Especially between 1985–1988, the question was not who the champion would be, but if Aris would go undefeated or not, as the club won an unparalleled 81 games in a row at one point.[3]

European distinction[edit]

In 1984–1985 came Aris' first significant European success: Aris reached the semifinals of the Korać Cup, eventually losing to Pallacanestro Varese of the Italian League and without the services of Galis for the first game in Thessaloniki (he was injured in practice 3 days before the game).

Aris formed the backbone of the Greek national team, sending Galis, Giannakis, Filippou, Romanidis, and Lipiridis (to help Greece win the gold medal in Eurobasket 1987 and the silver medal in Eurobasket 1989). The back court of Galis-Giannakis first came to European prominence in the 1986 FIBA World Championship in Spain, where upstarts Greece performed surprisingly well, while Galis won the top-scorer award.

It was during that year, 1986, that Aris made the news in Europe in the Euroleague qualifying round. Having been unceremoniously eliminated by Limoges of The French League in 1985, Aris was arbitrarily paired against Olimpia Milano in the qualifying round. An insurmountable task, considering that Olimpia were arguably the best team in Europe and furthermore had acquired Bob McAdoo, possibly the best American player (still) to ever play in Europe. Aris, sporting Nikos Galis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Lefteris Subotic, and a third rate American player, Jackson, managed an unbelievable win in Thessaloniki by 31 points, almost assuring the elimination of Olimpia and advancing into the final group of the 6 best European teams. However, the return leg saw Olimpia winning by 34 points and eliminating Aris, since Galis was absent due to an injury problem.

Aris had to wait for another year to compete in Europe again, but their strength had been established. In 1987 Aris was not paired against an established team and thus advanced to the final round of the 8 best European champions. The same was achieved in the next four years, and while Aris did not win the Champions' Cup they were very successful in the tournaments, reaching the final-four in 1987, 1988, and 1989. By then Aris had become a household name in basketball in Europe.

Favourite team in Greece[edit]

The most important contribution of Aris to the Greek basketball was the establishment of the sport in Greece as an almost pure spectacle. Aris (chiefly through the play of Nikos Galis) elevated the measly standards that existed among teams to heights that demanded the attention of the sports fans. It was a team that mesmerized audiences used to boring styles of play, and showed flashes of brilliance night in and night out. The fervent desire to see the team they supported win, quite evident in Greek people, succumbed to the enjoyment that the fans received from watching a team perform in such an entertaining fashion while dismantling their opponents.

Arenas were completely sold out wherever Aris was playing, opponents' fans were applauding Aris for their performance, and streets were empty when Aris played European games, as Greeks throughout the country were glued to their TV sets to watch the inspired play of Galis and company. Such was the impact that basketball overtook football as the most popular sport in Greece. For example: Aris was playing basketball with other European teams every Thursday night. Since then and up to 2003, every Thursday night cinemas in Greece offered tickets at reduced prices.

The Aris-PAOK rivalry[edit]

Special reference must be made to the rivalry between Aris and PAOK. Fierce rivals in all sports, the Aris and PAOK basketball face-offs had a distinct flavor between 1985 and 1992, as those were the two top teams in Greece. In games where a defeat is more than a lost game, the mood of most of the fans of either Aris or PAOK is quite seriously affected for some time following a defeat to their opponents.

Zvi Sherf, coach of the team (1992-93)

The most memorable game was the third playoff game between the two teams in 1991. Aris had a 2-game lead from the regular season, but PAOK managed to even the score with 2 victories in the first 2 playoff games, so, naturally, they had the momentum going into the 5th game of the best-of-seven series. PAOK was up by 4 points almost 10 seconds before the end of that 5th game. What followed left scars in many PAOK fans: Panagiotis Giannakis scored a quick 2-point basket, reducing the deficit to 2 points. A sloppy inbounds pass was stolen by Dinos Angelidis, who passed the ball to Nikos Galis, who (guarded by a frenzied John Korfas) started to penetrate, but then passed the ball to Giannakis, who drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Aris went on to win the next playoff game and thus the 1991 championship.

1992–93 FIBA European Cup Winners[edit]

In 1992 Aris won the Greek Cup, versus AEK Athens. That final was quite significant since it marked Galis' last game for Aris. The player who almost by himself made basketball hugely popular in Greece had won 8 Greek Championships and 6 Greek Cups with Aris in 13 years.

The team management made what was proven to be a mistake in their plans for the 1992–93 season. The president (Mitroudis) in cooperation with Steve Giatzoglou (the new coach) decided to build the new team around Giannakis instead of Galis. Even though Roy Tarpley was signed and Aris was dominating in the start, things fell apart and irresponsible management in conjunction with lack of discipline led to the 5th spot in the final standings of the Greek League. However, a european success came for the team as Aris won the European Cup, beating Efes Pilsen 48–50 in a very dramatic game and winning their first european title.

Years of crisis and mismanagement (1993-2003)[edit]

With the departure of MIchailides from the presidency (1992), a long period of financial mismanagement began with result the indebtedness of the club and the team's decline, especially in the Greek Championship.

With the exception of advancing to the semifinals of Cup Winners' Cup of 1994, those two seasons are marked by players (Panagiotis Giannakis, Vagelis Vourtzoumis, Miroslav Pecarski, Vasilis Lipiridis, Michail Misunov) filing suit against the team for not receiving their salary and incentives. Repeated wrong choices for foreign players, changing of coaches, as well as inept management by the ownership were the highlights rather than success on court. Well-known Terry Catledge fled the team, Sam Vincent and Sean Higgins were released, while other inappropriate choices such as Frederick and King were made. Despite all this, the usual support of the fans combined with the rise of some Greek players (Dinos Angelidis, Panagiotis Liadelis) held Aris, and the team managed to qualify for the Korać Cup of next year.

1996–97 FIBA Korać Cup Winners[edit]

The 1995–96 season can be considered the messenger of a change in Aris' fate. With Soulis Markopoulos as coach, Aris played disciplined basketball with extra emphasis on defense (perhaps for the first time in Aris' history). Panagiotis Liadelis and Dinos Angelidis, along with the unexpectedly good Harold Ellis started to draw the crowd back into Alexandreio Melathron. That Aris team beat PAOK once during the regular season, while advancing to a 4-team group in Korać Cup, and almost getting first place in that group. It was clear that things were on the upswing.

In the summer of 1996 something extraordinary for Aris happened. The team main sponsor, Zafiris Samoladas, spent a huge amount of money and revitalized the team. José Ortíz, Charles Shackleford, Tzanis Stavrakopoulos, Floros, Mario Boni, Papadatos, Holopoulos joined the team, which, all of a sudden, appeared very strong and with exceptional depth at every position. The team started well by beating PAOK and Panathinaikos, but faltered against Olympiacos both for the Greek Championship and for the Greek Cup, losing both games in Thessaloniki and prompting the firing of Markopoulos.

Subotic, from the 1987–1992 era, took over as coach and produced some satisfactory results, but Aris still displayed a lot of the disadvantages of a newly formed team. Aris, though, had a spectacular run to the Korać Cup, Beşiktaş of the Turkish League, Beobanka of the Yugoslavian League, Peristeri of the Greek League, and Benetton Treviso of the Italian League were all eliminated in dramatic fashion, with the overtime return leg game in Italy reminding many of the old glory of Aris in Europe.

The final was against Tofaş Bursa of the Turkish League and there couldn't be a more satisfying way of winning the Korać Cup: Aris, the heavy favorites, lost in shocking fashion by 11 points in the first game in Thessaloniki. Centuries old passions and nationalistic enmity resurfaced, as the Turks, assured of the Korać Cup win at that stage, were waiting to give the final blow in Bursa. Fortunately for Aris' and Greek fans, the difference in talent and coaching showed in the game in Bursa, where Aris dramatically won by 18 points (70–88), in an arena filled with fanatic spectators who finally broke down and started hurling debris towards the court, when the outcome was evident.

It was a remarkable moment as Panagiotis Liadelis, Dinos Angelidis, Giannis Sioutis and the other Greek players, lifted the Korać Cup inside the Turkish arena, and filled millions of Greeks with pride. That was proven to be the high point of the season. Aris returned to the Greek Championship games and in idiotic fashion lost three games against inferior opponents Panionios, Papagou, and Peiraikos.

In the 1997–98 season, which was yet to start, Aris was sort of an enigma. Having retained all but one (Charles Shackleford) of its main players, and having signed Žarko Paspalj, Tiit Sokk, and Nasos Galakteros, the talent was still there, although rebounding problems were sure to appear. The hiring of Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou as coach was viewed skeptically by many, as he was regarded as an old-fashioned coach who employed aged and predictable tactics for his teams' play. Samoladas had stepped down from the sponsor position, and the team still did not have a wealthy sponsor or a certain source of revenue to pay for players' high salaries. Qualification for the Euroleague was critical that season, but not many of Aris' fans believed it was a realistic goal, as Olympiacos, AEK Athens, and Panathinaikos seemed to be way ahead in terms of personnel and financial status. Still, miracles can happen.

A miracle[edit]

Miracles can happen, and this sentence was perfectly understood by the club players. Suddenly José Ortíz left at mid-January 1998, due to the fact that the team hadn't had the money to pay him. Tiit Sokk followed his way as well. Leadership of Lefteris Hatzopoulos quit, Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou was no longer the coach and Aris was on God's hands while some of the most dramatic moments in the club's history were taking place. The club had no money, but they had plenty of soul. Within two weeks, they beat all of the considered to be big teams of Greece (Olympiacos, PAOK, Panathinaiks and AEK), the two last ones in the Final Four of the Greek Cup and they became winners of the 1997–98 Greek Cup. Mario Boni was about to leave the team too before the Final Four but he stayed because he loved the team and its fans, and he helped a lot in this tremendous effort. Then he moved on join Virtus Roma as he couldn't stand it anymore either. Braveheart Aris continued with just 8 players thereafter in the season. Nonetheless, the downfall of Aris continued during the next years.

Recent history[edit]

In 2003 the old company was dissolved due to the large amount of debts and a new K.A.E (basketball club) was created. A group of local buisnessmen from Thessaloniki, through the "Genesis Association", decided to take the majority stake.

2002–03 season[edit]

In October 2002, Aris beat Peristeri at the eighth-finals of the Greek Cup and proceeded to the Greek Cup Final Four for the first time since 1999. Aris fans realized that the best was yet to come, as together with the qualification Aris was a very competitive team that was among the top teams in FIBA's FIBA Europe Cup. Among others, Aris had in its squad, players such as Willie Solomon, Ryan Stack, Feodor Lickholitov, Miroslav Raičević, Ivan Grgat.

However, the first attempt to re-gain the throne of the Greek Cup was unsuccessful. The final four of the competition, held in Larissa, was the great rendezvous for all Aris fans around Greece. There were 3,500 crazy Aris fans in the sold out 5,500 capacity stadium of Larissa Neapolis Arena and they did their best to support the team, in order to win the first Aris title since 1998. In the semi-final, Aris came back from a −24 point deficit and finally beat Makedonikos 92–86, proceeding to the great final against rival Panathinaikos, whose task was much easier, as it needed only to overcome Iraklio in the other semi-final.

The great final, held the next day, was a very tight and competitive game, but at the end, some critical and partial decisions of the referees in favor of Panathinaikos, as well as the fatigue of Aris players from the previous day's semi-final, were the decisive factors that gave Panathinaikos the title. However, Aris fans renewed their rendezvous for the upcoming final four of EuroCup, that was going to take place in Alexandreio, at Thessaloniki.

2002-03 FIBA EuroCup Winners[edit]

In front of 6,000 fans, that filled the Alexandreio Melathron stadium as early as 2 hours before the starting jump-ball, Aris hosted KK Hemofarm of the Serbian League for the semi-final game of the competition, on 2 May 2003. Aris was very nervous and needed a sudden wake-up in the second half to overcome the difficulties of the game and overcome the Serbian rivals. Aris was back in a European final. After 6 difficult and unbearable years. Now, there was only one game left to win a championship. The game would be against Prokom Trefl Sopot of the Polish League. Aris fans were again at their positions and created a unique atmosphere that remained the trademark of the competition. So on 5 May 2003, Aris and Prokom battled for the title. The game was almost the same as the previous one for Aris, and although a second-halftime wake-up call gave the impression that Aris had won the game, Prokom made an unexpected return and was in the lead 83–81, after a successful 3-point shot by Tomas Masiulis, with only 6 seconds left in the game. At that time, the "ghost" of "the Empire", the one that "led" Aris to its great 7-year reign during the late 1980s, appeared once again in the Alexandreio Melathron. Willie Solomon drew a foul for Aris against Prokom. He made the first free throw, then missed the second free throw, but Miroslav Raičević grabbed the rebound and put the ball in the basket and Aris won the game at the very end by a score of 84–83.

2003–04 season[edit]

Nestoras Kommatos, top scorer of the 2003-04 Greek Basket League

The beginning of the 2003–2004 season found Aris as a nomad inside its own city. Alexandreio Melathron was closed down in order to get renovated for the 2004 Olympic Games, and Aris was obliged to play its home games in the 2,443 seat Ivanofio Indoor Hall, the home court of Iraklis. The season tickets were sold-out and available tickets for each game were out of sight at each occasion. The constant packed atmosphere helped to lead Aris to great moments.

Aris was lucky enough that season to have probably its strongest team in a decade, as the club had well-known players that season like Smush Parker, Toby Bailey, Nestoras Kommatos, Ryan Stack, Feodor Lichkolitov, and Miroslav Raičević. Aris eliminated Iraklis during the Greek Cup and proceeded to the Greek Cup Final Four for the second consecutive season. The Cups Final Four that year was held at Lamia Indoor Hall Halkiopoulio in March.

2,600 Aris fans cheered the team on as they overcame Apollon Patras in the Cup semi-final game and proceeded to the final game against rival Olympiacos. During the Cup final game against Olympiacos, some Olympiacos fans acted out with some serious violent behavior, throwing fire rockets into the stands where the Aris fans were seated and both teams' fans were subsequently forced by the referees to evacuate the arena. Because of the delay caused by this, the game lasted more than 4 hours.

The game continued after the fans were escorted out. Aris' players were able to remain concentrated on the game and were able to pull out the victory by a score of 73–70, giving the club its 8th Greek Cup Championship. The Aris fans that had evacuated the stadium, had remained in their cars to listen to the radio broadcast of the game and had also gathered at roadside cafes and bars in order to be able watch the rest of the game on television.

After the victory, the fans rushed out into the streets to celebrate and were soon joined by the team itself in the street celebration that eventually formed into a celebration convoy that head back to Thessaloniki. At Thessaloniki, Aris' supporters gathered at the White Tower of Thessaloniki, which is the symbol of the city. The team's players climbed up to the top of the White Tower to watch the crowd below them and to celebrate with them.

On the other hand, though, that same season Aris was eliminated in the FIBA EuroCup by fellow Greek League club Maroussi and it's rising star player Vassilis Spanoulis. Aris lost the best of 3 games series 2 games to 1 in the final eight round versus Maroussi. That same season Aris was eliminated in the Greek Championship playoffs by AEK Athens, who managed to beat Aris at Ivanofio in the quarterfinals. The Greek League playoff loss to AEK knocked Aris out of a Euroleague position for the next season.

2004–05 season[edit]

The next season Aris returned to its home arena, the newly renovated Alexandreio. Aris changed almost its entire squad that year, and added the young and talented player Sofoklis Schortsanitis. In October, Aris drew a bracket match up to play against Makedonikos in the Greek Cup semifinals. That season there was no Final Four system, and the semifinal match up was a 2-game series, rather than a single-elimination game.

Aris had to play its "home" game in the match up at the Larissa Neapolis Arena instead of at Alexandreio Melathron as a punishment for what had happened at the previous Greek Cup final game against Olympiacos where the fans of both clubs had gotten out of control. Aris lost the game in Larissa, the first in the 2 game series 73–74. The second game was held in Kozani at Makedonikos' home.

Makedonikos decided to make tickets for the game unavailable to Aris supporters. Nonetheless, about 500 Aris fans went to Kozani and were able to secure tickets. They cheered the club on as it won the second game by a score of 89–78 and Aris advanced to the Greek Cup final game as it had outscored Makedonikos by 10 points over the 2 games and thus won the tie breaker. Aris had to play the Euroleague powerhouse Panathinaikos in the final.

The Cup final took place at Irakleio, on Crete and the Hellenic Basketball Federation decided not to allow any tickets to the game to be sold to the fans of the two teams, but instead only to the local people of the Irakleio area. However, about 150 Aris fans were able to manage their way into the arena to help support the club. The Cup final was a tough and hard fought game. Aris played well but lost to Panathinaikos by a 72–68 margin. The Aris players complained during the game (fairly in all of the cases) about the refereeing.

That same season Aris participated in a ULEB competition for the first time as it was a part of the ULEB Cup that year. The club's goal was of course to win the ULEB Cup so that the team would secure a berth in the Euroleague competition the following season. Aris proceeded to the Top-16 round of the ULEB Cup, where it was matched up against Lietuvos Rytas of the Baltic League (Lietuvos Rytas would be the team that would eventually go on to win the ULEB Cup championship) in a 2-game series.

Aris split the two games with Rytas but lost the series on the points aggregate differential −2 points. That same season Aris was also eliminated from the Greek Championship without taking home the national championship. The club was eliminated in a fashion that at the time the worst possible scenario for both the team's players and fans as Aris lost in the playoffs once again to AEK Athens. But what made the loss even more painful was that AEK managed to secure the clinching series victory at Aris' home arena the Alexandreio Melathron.

2005–06 season[edit]

Aris finished the regular season of the Greek A1 league in 4th place, with a 15–11 win-loss record. Aris lost to Panathinikos during the play-off semifinals, and had to face Marousi in a best-of-5 series for third place. With the series tied at 2–2, Aris went on to beat Marousi BC 59–63 in a dramatic game 5 in Athens. This earned Aris a return to the Euroleague after a 14-year absence, to the delight of its fans.

Although Aris was eliminated from the Greek Cup, they managed to reach the ULEB Cup final game, which was held at the Spiroudomein Charleroi, Belgium. Aris proceeded from the group phase to the Top 16 stage, where the team eliminated fellow Greek club Panionios in a 2-game series. Aris won the first game in the series by a score of 72–70 in Athens. In the second game at Alexandreio, Aris defeated Panionios 112–105 in double overtime. Aris then eliminated the French Pro A League club ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne with 2 victories by scores of 67–60 and 77–67.

In the semifinals, Aris then faced Hemofarm in a repeat of the semifinal of the 2003 Champion's Cup. Aris lost by a score of 74–71 in the game in Serbia and needed a late victory in the game in Thessaloniki to make it to the final against Dynamo Moscow. On 11 April, Dynamo Moscow defeated Aris 73–60 in the final and won the ULEB Cup championship.

2006–07 season[edit]

Aris performed outstandingly during the 2006–07 season of the Greek A1 League, finishing the regular season in second place with a 21–5 win-loss record. Although this gave Aris a home court-advantage in the Best-of-5 playoff semi-final against Olympiakos, Aris lost game five in 75–83 and had to face Panionios BC for the 3rd place series and a renewed Euroleague berth. Aris defeated Panionios 73–60 in game 5, securing their second consecutive Euroleague appearance.

The 2006–07 season also marked the return of Aris to the Euroleague for the first time since the 1988–1989 season, an 18-year absence. Aris was placed in Group C, with CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona, Benetton Treviso, Pau Orthez, Eldo Napoli, Fenerbahçe, and Žalgiris Kaunas. With a 6–8 win-loss record, Aris managed to clinch 5th place in the group and thus qualify to the Top 16. Aris was then placed in Group D, alongside Unicaja Málaga, Dynamo Moscow, and Benetton Treviso. Aris was eliminated from the competition, only managing a 1–5 win-loss record and finishing at the bottom of the group.

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Aris B.C. roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 4 Greece Xanthopoulos, Vasilis 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 31 – (1984-04-29)29 April 1984
C/G 5 Greece Poulianitis, Stelios 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 20 – (1995-04-03)3 April 1995
SF 7 Greece Pelekanos, Michalis 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 34 – (1981-05-25)25 May 1981
PF 8 Serbia Čupković, Slaven 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 27 – (1988-06-23)23 June 1988
PG 9 Greece Flionis, Dimitris 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 18 – (1997-04-08)8 April 1997
PF 10 United States White, Okaro 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 23 – (1992-08-13)13 August 1992
PG 11 United States Waters, Dominic 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 28 – (1986-09-28)28 September 1986
G/F 13 Greece Zaras, Theo 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 28 – (1987-08-12)12 August 1987
C 14 United States Hagins, Jamelle 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 24 – (1990-10-19)19 October 1990
F/C 15 Israel Cohen, Jake 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 24 – (1990-09-25)25 September 1990
G/F 16 Greece Mourtos, Spyros 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 24 – (1990-12-05)5 December 1990
F/C 17 Greece Symtsak, Vasileios 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 34 – (1981-03-03)3 March 1981
C/G 22 United States McNeal, Jerel 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 28 – (1987-06-01)1 June 1987
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Greece Thomas Nikou
  • Greece Savvas Kaberidis
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Greece Panagiotis Zaloggos
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Greece Charis Glaros
Team Manager
  • Greece Vasilis Vourtzoumis

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: August 3=5, 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Jamelle Hagins Jake Cohen Vasileios Symtsak
PF Okaro White Slaven Čupković
SF Michalis Pelekanos Spyros Mourtos
SG Jerel McNeal Thodoris Zaras Stelios Poulianitis
PG Dominic Waters Vasilis Xanthopoulos Nikos Diplaros Dimitris Flionis

Out on loan[edit]

Retired Numbers[edit]

Aris B.C. retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure
6 Greece Nikos Galis Guard 1979-1992

Honours[edit]

Total titles: 21

Domestic[edit]

Greek League

  • Winners (10): 1929-30, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1984-5, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91

Greek Cup

  • Winners (8): 1984-85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1997–98, 2003-04

European[edit]

Euroleague

FIBA Saporta Cup

FIBA Korać Cup

ULEB Cup

FIBA EuroCup Challenge

  • Winners (1): 2002-03

Individual honours[edit]

Greek League Top Scorer

Greek Basket League MVP

Honours and statistics[edit]

Greek League records[edit]

Outline Record
Champion without a loss in a row 3 times (1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88)
Best regular season record (before 1992) 26-0 (1985-86)
Record win 153–64 (vs Ionikos Nikaia, 1986-87)
Longest sequence of wins 81 (1984/85 – 1988/89)

Sponsors and Manufacturers[edit]

Seasons Shirt Sponsor
1987–1989 Sato
1989–1990 National Bank
1990–1991 Agrotiki
1991–1992 Coplam
1992–1994 Sato
1994–1995 Intersalonika
1995–1996 Moda Bagno
1996–1997 No sponsorship
1997–2005  ?
2004–2005 Egnatia Bank
2005–2007 TT Bank
2008– Dmiss Group
Seasons Kit Manufacturer
1985–1992 ASICS
1992–2010 Adidas
2010–2014  ?
2014– Macron

Arena[edit]

Aris long-time home court is the Alexandreio Melathron, with its main hall named Nikos Galis Hall in honour of Nikos Galis, with a capacity circa 5,000 seaters. The venue was completed in 1966 and renovated for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

International record[edit]

Main article: Aris B.C. in Europe
Season Achievement Notes
Euroleague
1987–88 Final Four 4th place in Ghent, lost to Tracer Milano 82–87 in the semi-final, lost to Partizan 93–105 in the 3rd place game
1988–89 Final Four 3rd place in Munich, lost to Maccabi Elite 86–99 in the semi-final, defeated FC Barcelona 88–71 in the 3rd place game
1989–90 Final Four 4th place in Zaragoza, lost to FC Barcelona 83–104 in the semi-final, lost to Limoges 91–103 in the 3rd place game
1990–91 Quarter-finals 5th place in a group with FC Barcelona, Pop 84 Split, Scavolini Pesaro, Maccabi Elite, Bayer Leverkusen, Kingston Kings and Limoges
Saporta Cup
1992–93 European Cup Winners defeated Efes Pilsen 50–48 in the final of the FIBA European Cup in Turin
1993–94 Semi-finals eliminated 2-1 by Smelt Olimpija, 83–79 (W) in Thessaloniki, 78-84 (L) and 61-74 (L) in Ljubljana
1998–99 Semi-finals eliminated by Pamesa Valencia, 64–70 (L) in Valencia and 50-58 (L) in Thessaloniki
Korać Cup
1984–85 Semi-finals eliminated by Ciao Crem Varèse, 80–77 (W) in Thessaloniki and 71-95 (L) in Varese
1996–97 Korac Cup Winners defeated Tofaş, 66–77 (L) in Thessaloniki and 88-70 (W) in Bursa in the double finals of Korać Cup
1997–98 Quarter-finals eliminated by Calze Pompea Roma, 79–80 (L) in Thessaloniki and 79-86 (L) in Rome
Eurocup
2005–06 Final lost to Dynamo Moscow 60–73 in the final (Charleroi)
2009–10 Quarter-finals eliminated by Power Electronics Valencia, 64–71 (L) in Thessaloniki and 67-85 (L) in Valencia
EuroChallenge
2003–04 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by TIM Maroussi, 76–85 (L) in Athens, 101-93 (W) in Thessaloniki and 90-99 (L) in Athens
EuroCup Challenge
2002–03 Winners defeated Prokom Trefl Sopot 84–83 in the final of the FIBA EuroCup Challenge in Thessaloniki

The road to the three European Cup victories[edit]

The road to the Great European Journeys[edit]

2005-06 ULEB Cup[edit]

Round Team  Home   Away 
Group Stage Germany Alba Berlin 97–87 89–86
Belgium Euphony Bree 81–74 64–69
Latvia Ventspils 96–78 76–96
Spain Adecco Estudiantes 73–69 89–76
Bulgaria Lukoil Academic 97–91 65–66
Eightfinals Greece Panionios 112–105 72–70
Quarter Finals France ASVEL 77–67 67–60
Semifinals Serbia and Montenegro Hemofarm Vršac 82–77 71–74
Final Russia Dynamo Moscow 60–73

Seasons[edit]

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Season Greek Basket League Greek Cup Europe Thessaloniki Coach Roster
1925–26 No tournament No tournament No tournament Champion
1926–27 No tournament No tournament No tournament Champion Manolis Achelleos, Daniil Daneilan, Nahabet Exouzian, Onik Isujian, Parseh Kontaxian, Thodoros Stefanopoulos, Vartan Jamjian, Petros Fetsis
1927–28 3rd place No tournament No tournament Champion Armenian, Manolis Achelleos, Daniil Daneilan, Panagiotis Dimoudis, Panagiotis Iasonidis, Karampetian, Parseh Kontaxian, N. Marasian, Argyris Termentzis
1928–29 5th place No tournament No tournament Champion Manolis Achelleos, Daniil Daneilan, Panagiotis Dimoudis, Panagiotis Iasonidis, Patrik Benlian, Argyris Termentzis
1929–30 Champion No tournament No tournament Champion Manolis Achelleos, Daniil Daneilan, Panagiotis Dimoudis, Fotis Zografos, Panagiotis Iasonidis, Karatzas, Patrik Benlian, Papafotiou
1930–31 Not participated No tournament No tournament 3rd place
1931–32 Not participated No tournament No tournament Runner Up
1932–33 Not participated No tournament No tournament Runner Up
1933–34 Not participated No tournament No tournament Runner Up
1934–35 Not participated No tournament No tournament 6th place
1935–36 Not participated No tournament No tournament 4th place
1936–37 Not participated No tournament No tournament Not participated
1937–38 No tournament No tournament No tournament Not participated
1938–39 Not participated No tournament No tournament Not participated
1939–40 Not participated No tournament No tournament 3rd place Kostas Dimitriou, Charis Theocharidis, Kolias Karazisis, Takis Kurou, Petros Ladenis, Takis Nikolaidis, Christos Tsakiris, Mimis Charpidis, Menelaos Chatzigeorgiou, Hatzi
1945–46 Not participated No tournament No tournament 3rd place Giorgos Vlasiadis, Vagelis Theodorou, Tilemahos Theodorou, Charis Theocharidis, Petros Ladenis, Petros Lekkas, Fedon Mattheou, Christos Tsakiris, Nikos Chatzinikolaou, Kostas Chatziparaskeuas, Nasos Chatzopoulos
1946–47 Not participated No tournament No tournament 3rd place Giorgos Vlasiadis, Vagelis Theodorou, Tilemahos Theodorou, Charis Theocharidis, Petros Ladenis, Petros Lekkas, Fedon Mattheou, Vasilis Mpataras, Christos Tsakiris, Menelaos Chatzigeorgiou, Nasos Chatzopoulos
1947–48 No tournament No tournament No tournament Runner Up Kostas Vintsentzatos, Vagelis Theodorou, Tilemahos Theodorou, Koulaxidis, Petros Ladenis, Petros Lekkas, Fedon Mattheou, Vasilis Mpataras, Nikos Nikolaidis, Christos Tsakiris, Nikos Chatzinikolaou, Kostas Chatziparaskeuas, Nasos Chatzopoulos
1948–49 6th place No tournament No tournament Runner Up Kostas Vintsentzatos, Giorgos Vlasiadis, P. Vragkos, Panagiotis Gounaris, Vagelis Theodorou, Tilemahos Theodorou, Kostas Kazampampas, Kalogiannis, Dimitris Karthasiadis, Giorgs Karidas, Giorgos Lappas, Dimitris Leontidis, Fedon Mattheou, Giorgos Meimaridis, Vagelis Mikromastoras, Moscholios, Nikos Nikolaidis, Fedon Papasynnefakis, Giannis Papacharisis, Antonis Trakatellis, Christos Tsakiris, Antonis Flokas, Filippos Charisis, Nikos Chatzinikolaou, Kostas Chatziparaskeuas
1949–50 Not participated No tournament No tournament 5th place Petros Vasilakos, Kostas Vintsentzatos, Giorgos Vlasiadis, Giorgos Gkioulmichalakis, Vagelis Theodorou, Kostas Kazampampas, Kalogiannis, Dimitris Karthasiadis, Giorgos Meimaridis, Nikos Nikolaidis, Christos Tsakiris, Antonis Flokas, Filippos Charisis, Nikos Chatzinikolaou, Kostas Chatziparaskeuas
1950–51 Not participated No tournament No tournament 5th place Giorgos Vlasiadis, Giorgos Gkioulmichalakis, Kostas Thionusopoulos, Alekos Kalnteremtzidis, Giorgos Meimaridis, Takis Nikolaidis, Nikos Nikolaidis, Giorgos Papathanasiou, Stavros Tazedakis, Kostas Taliathoros, Antonis Flokas, Filippos Charisis, Kostas Chatziparaskeuas
1951–52 No tournament No tournament No tournament 4th place Giorgos Gkioulmichalakis, Kostas Thevetzis, Nikos Thellios, Kostas Thionusopoulos, Alekos Kalnteremtzidis, Tasos Kortesis, Nikos Makris, Giorgos Meimaridis, Vagelis Mikromastoras, Giorgos Bousvaros, Nikos Nikolaidis, Giorgos Papathanasiou, Giannis Paraschos, Petros Petrakis, Polys Raptopoulos, Stavros Tazedakis, Kostas Taliathoros, Antonis Flokas, Filippos Charisis, Lakis Chatzigiannakis
1952–53 Not participated No tournament No tournament 3rd place Anestis Petalidis Sakis Thaskalou, Kostas Thevetzis, Nikos Thellios, Kostas Thionusopoulos, Tasos Kortesis, Nikos Makris, Giorgos Bousvaros, Giorgos Papathanasiou, Petros Petrakis, Polys Raptopoulos, Stavros Tazedakis, Kostas Taliathoros, Antonis Flokas, Filippos Charisis, Lakis Chatzigiannakis
1953–54 Not participated No tournament No tournament 3rd place Anestis Petalidis Kostas Devetzis, Tasos Kortesis, Grigoris Ladas, Nikos Makris, Thodoros Ballidis, Giorgos Bousvaros, Stergios Bousvaros, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Giorgos Papathanasiou, Petros Petrakis, Nikos Stagkos, Stavros Tazedakis, Kostas Taliathoros, Lakis Chatzigiannakis
1954–55 Not participated No tournament No tournament 6th place Anestis Petalidis Kostas Valaouris, Vasilis Vasiakostas, Stelios Gousios, Tasos Kortesis, Antonis Konstantaras, Grigoris Ladas, Nikos Makris, Thodoros Ballidis, Thanasis Bacharidis, Stergios Bousvaros, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Giorgos Papathanasiou, Petros Petrakis, Panagiotis Spyrou, Nikos Stagkos, Filippos Charisis, Lakis Chatzigiannakis
1955–56 No tournament No tournament No tournament 5th place Anestis Petalidis Epameinondas Anastasiadis, Dimitris Vlahopoulos, Stelios Gousios, Thomas Guikoas, Giannis Devetzis, Tasos Kortesis, Antonis Konstantaras, Christos Lolas, Nikos Makris, Thodoros Ballidis, Stergios Bousvaros, Manolis Papadakis, Antonis Papantonis, Petros Petrakis, Nikos Stagkos, Leuteris Tsaousis, Lakis Chatzigiannakis
1956–57 Not participated No tournament No tournament 3rd place Anestis Petalidis Epameinondas Anastasiadis, Alexis Vasileiadis, Stelios Gousios, Antonis Konstantaras, Christos Lolas, Nikos Makris, Thodoros Ballidis, Stergios Bousvaros, Manolis Papadakis, Nikos Papaioannou, Antonis Papantonis, Petros Petrakis, Nikos Stagkos, Leuteris Tsaousis, Lakis Chatzigiannakis
1957–58 Runner Up No tournament No tournament Champion Anestis Petalidis Mikos Amarantidis, Stelios Gousios, Kostas Dionusopoulos, Giorgos Karamitsos, Antonis Konstantaras, Christos Lolas, Nikos Makris, Thodoros Ballidis, Stergios Bousvaros, Manolis Papadakis, Anestis Petalidis, Petros Petrakis, Kostas Skufalidis, Panagiotis Spiliakos, Antonis Flokas, Dimitris Fourountzopoulos
1958–59 Runner Up No tournament No tournament Runner Up Anestis Petalidis Antonis Antonakis, Michalis Vagianos, Stelios Gousios, Kostas Dionusopoulos, Giorgos Karamitsos, Antonis Konstantaras, Christos Lolas, Nikos Makris, Pantelis Markakis, Thodoros Ballidis, Stergios Bousvaros, Manolis Papadakis, Nikos Papaioannou, Anestis Petalidis, Petros Petrakis, Panagiotis Spiliakos, Antonis Flokas, Dimitris Fourountzopoulos
1959–60 4th place No tournament No tournament Runner Up Anestis Petalidis Antonis Antonakis, Michalis Vagianos, Stelios Gousios, Giorgos Karamitsos, Antonis Konstantaras, Christos Lolas, Nikos Makris, Giorgos Bousvaros, Stergios Bousvaros, Manolis Papadakis, Dimitris Rokkos, Josef Tsiggros, Giorgos Tsitouras, Antonis Flokas, Dimitris Fourountzopoulos
1960–61 4th place No tournament No tournament Runner Up Anestis Petalidis Giorgos Anastasopoulos, Antonis Antonakis, Roulis Arguropoulos, Stelios Gousios, Giannis Ioannidis, Giorgos Karamitsos, Antonis Konstantaras, Christos Lolas, Nikos Makris, Kostas Metallidis, Giorgos Bousvaros, Stergios Bousvaros, Ntinos Palmas, Manolis Papadakis, Dimitris Rokkos, Leuteris Tsavdaroglou, Josef Tsiggros, Giorgos Tsitouras, Dimitris Fourountzopoulos, Leuteris Hatzopoulos
1961–62 Not participated No tournament No tournament 4th place Anestis Petalidis Giorgos Anastasopoulos, Antonis Antonakis, Michalis Vagianos, Giannis Ioannidis, Savvas Kalpidis, Giorgos Karamitsos, Themis Katrios, Antonis Konstantaras, Christos Lolas, Stergios Bousvaros, Ilias Panteliadis, Dimitris Pesmatzoglou, Stefanos Rammos, Giorgos Sountouridis, Giorgos Tsitouras, Leuteris Hatzopoulos
1962–63 5th place No tournament Not participated Runner Up Anestis Petalidis Giorgos Anastasopoulos, Antonis Antonakis, Stelios Gousios, Giannis Ioannidis, Savvas Kalpidis, Giorgos Karamitsos, Themis Katrios, Giorgos Krystalidis, Antonis Konstantaras, Stergios Bousvaros, Kostas Parisis, Dimitris Rokkos, Giorgos Sountouridis, Giorgos Tsitouras, Takis Tsolos, Kostas Chatzistavrou, Leuteris Hatzopoulos
1963–64 5th place No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Giorgos Anastasopoulos, Antonis Antonakis, Stelios Gousios, Giannis Ioannidis, Giorgos Karamitsos, Themis Katrios, Antonis Konstantaras, Stergios Bousvaros, Dimitris Rokkos, Giorgos Sountouridis, Giorgos Tsitouras, Kostas Chatzistavrou, Leuteris Hatzopoulos
1964–65 Runner Up No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Antonis Antonakis, Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Stelios Gousios, Kostas Dionusopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Themis Katrios, Antonis Konstantaras, Stergios Bousvaros, Dimitris Rokkos, Giorgos Sountouridis, Giorgos Tsitouras, Kostas Chatzistavrou, Leuteris Hatzopoulos, Giannis Hortis
1965–66 Runner Up No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Tasos Avanoglou, Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Themis Katrios, Stergios Bousvaros, Thodoros Rodopoulos, Giorgos Sountouridis, Giorgos Tsitouras, Kostas Chatzistavrou, Leuteris Hatzopoulos, Giannis Hortis
1966–67 3rd place No tournament European Cup
2nd round
No tournament Anestis Petalidis Tasos Avanoglou, Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Kostas Kaloudis, Themis Katrios, Stergios Bousvaros, Kostas Parisis, Thodoros Rodopoulos, Giorgos Tsitouras, Kostas Chatzistavrou, Leuteris Hatzopoulos, Giannis Hortis
1967–68 3rd place No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Kostas Kaloudis, Haris Karapalisis, Themis Katrios, Stergios Bousvaros, Kostas Parisis, Thodoros Rodopoulos, Giorgos Tsitouras, Kostas Chatzistavrou, Leuteris Hatzopoulos, Giannis Hortis
1968–69 4th place No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Giannis Kallipolitis, Kostas Kaloudis, Themis Katrios, Stergios Bousvaros, Kostas Parisis, Giorgos Tsitouras, Leuteris Hatzopoulos
1969–70 4th place No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Nikos Drakopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Kostas Kaloudis, Themis Katrios, Vasilis Mpaxevanos, Kostas Parisis, Giorgos Tsitouras, Leuteris Hatzopoulos
1970–71 6th place No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Dimitris Darnakas, Nikos Drakopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Kostas Kaloudis, Themis Katrios, Makis Tzoumelas, Giorgos Tsakiris, Giorgos Tsitouras, Nikos Fessas, Leuteris Hatzopoulos
1971–72 8th place No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Giannis Ioannidis, Themis Katrios, Giorgos Tsitouras, Dimitris Darnakas, Haris Papageorgiou, Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Vangelis Alexandris, Kostas Kaloudis, Kostas Xatzistavrou, Stergios Bousvaros, Giorgos Tsakiris, Giorgos Pagonis, Takis Symeonidis
1972–73 8th place No tournament Not participated No tournament Anestis Petalidis Leuteris Xatzopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Dimitris Nastos, Tasos Spartalis, Dimitris Darnakas, Haris Papageorgiou, Giorgos Antonakopoulos, Vangelis Alexandris, Giorgos Tsakiris, Kostas Kaloudis, Panagiotis Kontogiannis, Nikos Nikolis, Giorgos Pagonis, Dimitris Rokkos, Nikos Fessas
1973–74 3rd place No tournament Not participated No tournament Fedon Mattheou Leuteris Xatzopoulos, Giannis Ioannidis, Themis Katrios, Giorgos Chalatsiadis, Dimitris Nastos, Giorgos Tsitouras, Dimitris Darnakas, Haris Papageorgiou, Michalis Spiliotis, Vangelis Alexandris, Dimitris Papaioannou, Tasos Spartalis, Minas Kalogridis
1974–75 8th place No tournament Korać Cup
1st round
No tournament Anestis Petalidis Giannis Ioannidis, Stelios Kalantidis, Dimitris Nastos, Stavros Holopoulos, Diamantis Skondras, Tasos Spartalis, Dimitris Darnakas, Haris Papageorgiou, Michalis Spiliotis, Vangelis Alexandris, Apostolos Hatziioannou, Themis Katrios, Dimitris Rokkos, Mpampis Tsontzos, Dimitris Tsoumas
1975–76 Runner Up Last 16 Not participated No tournament Harry Pappas Giorgos Tsakiris, Giannis Ioannidis, Stelios Kalantidis, Stavros Holopoulos, Dimitris Nastos, Diamantis Skondras, Tasos Spartalis, Dimitris Darnakas, Haris Papageorgiou, Michalis Spiliotis, Vangelis Alexandris
1976–77 4th place Last 8 Korać Cup
1st round
No tournament Harry Pappas Giorgos Tsakiris, Giannis Ioannidis, Stelios Kalantidis, Stavros Holopoulos, Dimitris Nastos, Diamantis Skondras, Tasos Spartalis, John Viskos, Haris Papageorgiou, Michalis Spiliotis, Vangelis Alexandris, Apostolos Hatziioannou, Kostas Stilianou, Dean Rougas
1977–78 8th place Last 8 Korać Cup
1st round
No tournament Irakleios Klaglas Dimitris Darnakas, Giannis Ioannidis, Stelios Kalantidis, Stavros Holopoulos, Tasos Spartalis, Diamantis Skondras, Vasilis Paramanidis, Dimitris Nastos, Haris Papageorgiou, Michalis Spiliotis, Vangelis Alexandris, Apostolos Hatziioannou, Lazaros Voreadis, Kostas Stilianou, Lazaros Lazaridis
1978–79 Champion Last 16 Not participated No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Isaak Degemertzis, Dionisis Ananiadis, Stelios Kalantidis, Stavros Holopoulos, Tasos Spartalis, Diamantis Skondras, Vasilis Paramanidis, Dimitris Nastos, Haris Papageorgiou, Michalis Spiliotis, Vangelis Alexandris, Stratos Vamvakoudis, Lazaros Voreadis, Kostas Stilianou
1979–80 Runner Up Last 8 Euroleague
1st round
No tournament Fred Develey Tasos Thomaidis, Dionisis Ananiadis, Stelios Kalantidis, Nikos Galis, Tasos Spartalis, Diamantis Skondras, Vasilis Paramanidis, Dimitris Nastos, Haris Papageorgiou, Kostas Stilianou, Vangelis Alexandris, Stratos Vamvakoudis, Stavros Holopoulos, Tim Joyce, Phil Taylor
1980–81 3rd place Last 32 Korać Cup
Last 16
No tournament Dušan Ivković Nikos Tsahtanis, Dionisis Ananiadis, Tasos Oikonomou, Nikos Galis, Tasos Spartalis, Diamantis Skondras, Vasilis Paramanidis, Dimitris Nastos, Kostas Stilianou, Nikos Georgiadis, Stratos Vamvakoudis, Stavros Holopoulos, Michalis Romanidis, Tasos Tsitakis
1981–82 Runner Up Last 8 Korać Cup
2nd round
No tournament Dušan Ivković Nikos Tsahtanis, Dionisis Ananiadis, Nikos Galis, Michalis Giannouzakos, Nikos Georgiadis, Michalis Romanidis, Vasilis Paramanidis, Nikos Filippou, Haris Papageorgiou, Kostas Stilianou, Giorgos Doxakis, Stratos Vamvakoudis, Petros Stamatis, Nikos Zeimpekis
1982–83 Champion Last 4 Korać Cup
2nd round
No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Nikos Tsahtanis, John Karagiorgis, Nikos Galis, Grigoris Christofakis, Nikos Georgiadis, Michalis Romanidis, Vasilis Paramanidis, Nikos Filippou, Haris Papageorgiou, Kostas Stilianou, Giorgos Doxakis, Petros Stamatis, Diamantis Skondras, Tasos Tsitakis, Minas Toukmenidis
1983–84 Runner Up Runner Up Euroleague
2nd round
No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Nikos Tsahtanis, John Karagiorgis, Nikos Galis, Chris Nikitas, Nikos Georgiadis, Mihalis Romanidis, Vassilis Paraminidis, Nikos Filippou, Petros Stamatis, Giorgos Doxakis, Dimitris Kokolakis, Tasos Tsitakis, Giannis Mantopoulos, Grover Woodland, Howard McNeill
1984–85 Champion Winner Korać Cup
Last 4
No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Nikos Tsahtanis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Galis, Dimitris Nastos, Grigoris Christofakis, Michalis Romanidis, Vasilis Paramanidis, Nikos Filippou, Petros Stamatis, Giorgos Doxakis, Dimitris Kokolakis, Tasos Tsitakis, George Wenzel, David Binion
1985–86 Champion Last 4 Euroleague
2nd round
No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Galis, Giannis Mantopoulos, Tasos Tsitakis, Michalis Romanidis, Petros Stamatis, Nikos Filippou, Haris Papageorgiou, Giorgos Doxakis, Dimitris Kokolakis, Tom Scheffler, Brett Vroman
1986–87 Champion Winner Euroleague
2nd round
No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Galis, Slobodan Subotić, Tasos Tsitakis, Michalis Romanidis, Petros Stamatis, Nikos Filippou, Haris Papageorgiou, Giorgos Doxakis, Dimitris Kokolakis, Vangelis Athanasiadis, Giorgos Kasmeridis, Stratos Karamanolis, Dimitris Karamanolis, Andreas Parisis, Will Jackson
1987–88 Champion Winner Euroleague
4th place
No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Galis, Slobodan Subotić, Vangelis Athanasiadis, Michalis Romanidis, Petros Stamatis, Nikos Filippou, Dimitris Bousvaros, Giorgos Doxakis, Giorgos Kasmeridis, Argiris Daliaris, Stratos Karamanolis, Michail Misounov, Greg Wiltjer
1988–89 Champion Winner Euroleague
3rd place
No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Galis, Slobodan Subotić, Michail Misounov, Michalis Romanidis, Dimitris Avdalas, Nikos Filippou, Manthos Katsoulis, Giorgos Doxakis, Greg Wiltjer, Vagelis Vourtzoumis, Larry Kopczyk
1989–90 Champion Winner Euroleague
4th place
No tournament Giannis Ioannidis Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Galis, Slobodan Subotić, Michail Misounov, Michalis Romanidis, Vagelis Vourtzoumis, Nikos Filippou, Manthos Katsoulis, Giorgos Doxakis, Stojko Vranković, Kostas Baltatzis, Nikos Tsirakidis, Mike Jones
1990–91 Champion Last 8 Euroleague
Last 8
No tournament Lazaro Lesić
Michalis Kyritsis
Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Galis, Slobodan Subotić, Michail Misounov, Michalis Romanidis, Vagelis Vourtzoumis, Nikos Filippou, Dinos Angelidis, Giorgos Doxakis, Brad Sellers, Kostas Baltatzis, Dimitris Bousvaros, Argiris Daliaris, Argiris Piaras, Dimitris Kalogiros, Vaios Gioras, Goran Sobin
1991–92 3rd place Winner Euroleague
Last 16
No tournament George Fisher,
Lazaro Lesić
Michalis Kyritsis
Memos Ioannou
Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Nikos Galis, Slobodan Subotić, Michail Misounov, Michalis Romanidis, Vagelis Vourtzoumis, Miroslav Peckarski, Dinos Angelidis, Kostas Baltatzis, Edgar Jones, Igor Moraitis, Theodosis Paralikas, Kleanthis Gallos, Tasos Kotzagkiaouridis, Giorgos Kuriazis, Haris Mpimpisidis, Sakis Nikoloudis, Michalis Pournaras, Dimitris Tolios, Memos Ioannou, (Walter Berry left during season)
1992–93 5th place Runner Up European Cup
Winner
No tournament Steve Yatzoglou,
Zvi Sherf
Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Slobodan Subotić, Michail Misunov, Giorgos Gasparis, J.J. Anderson, Miroslav Pecarski, Dinos Angelidis, Vagelis Vourtzoumis, Memos Ioannou, Roy Tarpley, Igor Moraitis, Theodosis Paralikas, Reggie Theus
1993–94 7th place Last 8 European Cup
Last 4
No tournament Vlade Đurović,
Memos Ioannou
Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Liadelis, Igor Moraitis, Michail Misunov, Theodosis Paralikas, Giorgos Maslarinos, Miroslav Peckarski, Dinos Angelidis, Vangelis Vurtzumis, Sam Vincent, Sean Higgins, Mihalis Pournaras, Kleanthis Galos, Giorgos Gasparis, (Zdravko Radulović, Anthony Frederick left during season)
1994–95 6th place Last 4 Korać Cup
Last 32
No tournament Memos Ioannou,
Soulis Markopoulos
Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Liadelis, Igor Moraitis, Michail Misunov, Tony White, Theodosis Paralikas, Mihalis Pournaras, Dinos Angelidis, Vangelis Vurtzumis, Nestor Papoutsis, Kleanthis Galos, Chris King, Fotis Takianos, Srdjan Jovanovic, (Terry Catledge left during season)
1995–96 5th place Last 16 Korać Cup
Last 16
No tournament Soulis Markopoulos Vasilis Lipiridis, Panagiotis Liadelis, Igor Moraitis, Michail Misunov, Yannis Siutis, Giorgos Chrysanthopoulos, Mihalis Pournaras, Dinos Angelidis, Harold Ellis, Srdjan Jovanovic, Ed Stokes, Samir Gouda, Stelios Kostis, Vasilis Kasianos, (Rodney Dent left during season)
1996–97 6th place Last 16 Korać Cup
Winner
No tournament Soulis Markopoulos,
Slobodan Subotić
José Ortiz, Panagiotis Liadelis, Tzanis Stavrakopoulos, Giannis Sioutis, Giorgos Floros, Mike Nahar, Dinos Angelidis, Aris Holopoulos, Walter Berry, Mario Boni, Alexis Papadatos, Michail Misunov, (Srdjan Jovanovic, Charles Shackleford, Alan Tomidy left during season)
1997–98 10th place Winner Korać Cup
Last 8
No tournament Eftimis Kioumourtzoglou,
Christos Magotsios
Andreas Balis, Panagiotis Liadelis, Giorgos Chrysanthopoulos, Žarko Paspalj, Yannis Siutis, Nasos Galakteros, Mike Nahar, Dinos Angelidis, Giorgos Floros, Hartmut Ortmann, Kuriakos Trouliaris, Filippos Symeonidis, (Mario Boni, José Ortiz, Tiit Sokk left during season)
1998–99 4th place Last 4 Saporta Cup
Last 4
No tournament Soulis Markopoulos,
Zvi Sherf
Giorgos Floros, Panagiotis Liadelis, Giorgos Chrysanthopoulos, Giorgos Sigalas, Yannis Siutis, Nasos Galakteros, Alexander Kühl, Dinos Angelidis, Dimitris Makris, Martin Müürsepp, Randy White, Andreas Balis, Michalis Pournaras, Mark Nees, (Gary Grant, Mikhail Mikhailov, Stanley Roberts left during season)
1999-00 8th place Last 8 Korać Cup
Last 16
No tournament Soulis Markopoulos,
Christos Magotsios
Joe Arlauckas, Panagiotis Liadelis, Giorgos Sigalas, Giorgos Chrysanthopoulos, Giorgos Floros, Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou, Torgeir Bryn, Giorgos Papaulidis, Yannis Gakis, Cristos Miriunis, Andreas Balis, (Cheikou N'Diaye, Philippe Urie, Darnell Robinson, Khalid Reeves, David Booth left during season)
2000–01 12th place Last 8 Saporta Cup
Last 16
No tournament Dragan Sakota,
Steve Yatzoglou
Nikos Papanikolopoulos, Andreas Balis, Yannis Lappas, Sasa Markovic, Yannis Siutis, Giorgos Floros, Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou, Gordon Firic, Kostas Kakaroudis, Miroslav Raičević, Milos Sakota, (A.J. English, James Forrest, Tim Nees, Anthony Bowie, Josh Grant left during season)
2001–02 10th place Last 8 Not participated No tournament Steve Yatzoglou,
Milan Minic
Apostolos Koutroulias, Yorick Williams, Yannis Lappas, Robert Renfroe, Franco Nakic, Yannis Gagaludis, Kostas Kakaroudis, Steve Bucknall, Torraye Braggs, Geert Hammink, Miroslav Raičević, Stamatis Mpakertzakis, Joseph Nikolaidis, Nikos Orfanos, Nikos Savvoulidis, (Frankie King, Isaiah Morris, Brandon Wolfram left during season)
2002–03 5th place Runner Up EuroCup Challenge
Winner
No tournament Milan Minic,
Vangelis Alexandris
Will Solomon, Alan Gregov, Giannis Lapas, Prodromos Nikolaidis, Dimitris Haritopoulos, Giannis Gagaloudis, Dimitar Agelov, Kostas Kakaroudis, Fedar Licolitov, Ryan Stack, Ivan Grgat, Miroslav Raičević, Nikos Orfanos, Dimitris Meraxtsakis, Giorgos Brozos, Xristos Papanikolaou
2003–04 5th place Winner FIBA EuroCup
Last 8
No tournament Vangelis Alexandris,
Charles Burton
Smush Parker, Nikos Orfanos, Yannis Lappas, Alexis Kiritsis, Dimitris Haritopoulos, Nestoras Kommatos, Nikos Vetoulas, Toby Bailey, Fedor Likholitov, Ryan Stack, Antti Nikkila, Miroslav Raičević, Diamantis Koukouvinos, (Jermaine Jackson, Anthony Goldwire left during season)
2004–05 5th place Runner Up ULEB Cup
Last 16
No tournament Charles Burton DeJuan Collins, Terrel Castle, Alexis Kiritsis, Arthur Johnson, Dimitris Haritopoulos, Antonis Asimakopoulos, Yahor Meshcharakou, Nikolay Padius, Sotiris Karapostolou, Ryan Stack, Sofoklis Schortsianitis, Miroslav Raičević, Nikos Orfanos, (Desmond Farmer, Jermaine Walker left during season)
2005–06 3rd place Last 8 ULEB Cup
Runner Up
No tournament Elias Zouros,
Andrea Mazzon
Terrel Castle, Giorgos Sigalas, Savas Kamberidis, Corey Brewer, Dimitris Haritopoulos, Antonis Asimakopoulos, Mike Wilkinson, Nikolay Padius, Panagiotis Karavanas, Ryan Stack, Ante Grgurevic, Nikos Orfanos, Dimitris Karadolamis, Marios Matalon, Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou, (Alexander Koul, Kenny Taylor, Kevin Freeman, Melvin Scott left during season)
2006–07 3rd place Last 16 Euroleague
Last 16
No tournament Andrea Mazzon Terrel Castle, Giorgos Sigalas, Simonas Serapinas, Alex Scales, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Savas Iliadis, Mike Wilkinson, Kevin Fletcher, Panagiotis Karavanas, Jeremiah Massey, Giannis Giannoulis, Dimitris Tsaldaris, Spiros Panteliadis, Marios Matalon, Gaios Skordilis, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
2007–08 5th place Last 4 Euroleague
Last 16
No tournament Gordon Herbert Reyshawn Terry, Darius Washington, Bracey Wright, Giorgos Kalaitzis, Savas Iliadis, Vladimir Boisa, Gaios Skordilis, Hanno Möttölä, Jeremiah Massey, Lazaros Agadakos, Dimitris Tsaldaris, Spiros Panteliadis, Dimitris Karadolamis, Michalis Tsairelis, (Terrel Castle, Simonas Serapinas left during season)
2008–09 4th place Last 8 ULEB Eurocup
Last 32
No tournament Andrea Mazzon Keydren Clark, Bracey Wright, Andrew Betts, Nikos Argiropoulos, Savas Iliadis, Anton Gavel, Gaios Skordilis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Lazaros Agadakos, Nikos Barlos, Dimitrios Tsaldaris, Spencer Nelson, Linos Chrysikopoulos, Spyros Mourtos, (Blagota Sekulić, Sean Marshall left during season)
2009–10 7th place Last 4 ULEB Eurocup
Quarterfinals
No tournament Andrea Mazzon,
Fotis Katsikaris,
David Blatt
Keydren Clark, Nikos Argiropoulos, Andrew Betts, Jeremy Richardson, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Dimos Dikoudis, Gaios Skordilis, Ivan Paunić, Michalis Kakiouzis, Nikos Barlos, Christos Papanikolaou, Aaron Miles, Linos Chrysikopoulos, Spyros Mourtos, Matt Walsh, (Dragan Labović, Juan Dixon, Quinton Day, Corey Belser left during the season)
2010–11 4th place Last 4 ULEB Eurocup
Last 16
No tournament Sharon Drucker,
Slobodan Subotic
Bobby Brown, Brendan Winters, Christos Tapoutos, Anthony King, Michalis Tsairelis, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Kostas Haralabidis, Anatoly Kashirov, Fanis Koumpouras, Edin Bavcic, Linos Chrysikopoulos, Dimitris Verginis, Kostas Sloukas, (John Thomas, Gaios Skordilis, Dejan Borovnjak, P.J. Tucker, Bryant Dunston, Pierre Pierce left during the season)
2011–12 7th place Last 8 ULEB Eurocup
Last 16
No tournament Vangelis Alexandris Dan Mavraides, Sergio Kerusch, Christos Tapoutos, Michalis Tsairelis, Ronald Davis, Matej Krusic, Lefteris Bochoridis, Giorgos Bogris, Sam Muldrow, Dimitris Verginis, Tasos Dimas, Alexander Vezenkov (Adrian Oliver, Dominic James, Dimitris Tsaldaris left during the season)
2012–13 6th place Last 10 Not participated No tournament Vangelis Alexandris, Vangelis Angelou Sotiris Karapostolou, Muhamed Pasalic, Giorgos Tsiaras, Lefteris Bochoridis, Jeremy Hunt, Mihalis Pelekanos, Dimitris Verginis, Tasos Dimas, Alexander Vezenkov, Antonis Asimakopoulos, Kostas Harisis, Zisis Sarikopoulos, Spyros Mourtos, Petros Geromichalos, Nikos Bochoridis, Efthymios Tsakaleris
2013–14 7th place Runner Up Not participated No tournament Vangelis Angelou, Milan Minic Stelios Poulianitis, Kostas Mitoglou, Giannoulis Larentzakis, Lefteris Bochoridis, Jeremy Hunt, Mihalis Pelekanos, Nikos Gkikas, Giannis Athinaiou, Alexander Vezenkov, Antonis Asimakopoulos, Kostas Harisis, Zisis Sarikopoulos, Spyros Mourtos, Efthymios Tsakaleris
2014-15 4th place Last 8 Not participated No tournament Dimitris Priftis Muhamed Pašalić, Giorgos Tsiaras, Tasos Dimas, Lamarcus Reed, Torey Thomas, Stelios Poulianitis, Kostas Charissis, Giannis Karathanasis, Alexander Vezenkov, Drew Naymick, Spyros Mourtos, Vasileios Symtsak, Dimitris Flionis, Ogo Adegboye (Sotiris Manolopoulos, Nikos Gkikas, left during the season)

Notable players[edit]

Greece
USA
Rest of America
Former USSR
Former Yugoslavia
Rest of Europe
Africa

Greek national team players[edit]

These players have played for both Aris and the Greek national basketball team:

Aris coaches by season[edit]

Dušan Ivković, coach from 1980 to 1982
Season Coach Season Coach Season Coach Season Coach
1952–53 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1972–73 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1992–93 Greece United States Steve Giatzoglou,

Israel Zvi Sherf

2012–13 Greece Vangelis Alexandris,

Greece Vangelis Angelou

1953–54 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1973–74 Greece Faidon Matthaiou 1993–94 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vlade Đurović,

Greece Memos Ioannou

2013–14 Greece Vangelis Angelou,

Serbia Milan Minić

1954–55 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1974–75 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1994–95 Greece Memos Ioannou,

Greece Soulis Markopoulos

2014–present Greece Dimitris Priftis
1955–56 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1975–76 Greece United States Harry Pappas 1995–96 Greece Soulis Markopoulos
1956–57 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1976–77 Greece United States Harry Pappas 1996–97 Greece Soulis Markopoulos,

Slovenia Greece Slobodan Subotić

1957–58 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1977–78 Greece Irakleios Klaglas 1997–98 Greece Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou,

Greece Christos Magotsios

1958–59 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1978–79 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 1998–99 Greece Soulis Markopoulos,

Israel Zvi Sherf

1959–60 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1979–80 Greece Anestis Petalidis,

United States Fred G. Develey

1999-00 Greece Soulis Markopoulos,

Greece Christos Magotsios

1960–61 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1980–81 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Ivković 2000–01 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Šakota,

Greece United States Steve Giatzoglou

1961–62 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1981–82 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Ivković 2001–02 Greece United States Steve Giatzoglou,

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Minić

1962–63 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1982–83 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 2002–03 Serbia and Montenegro Milan Minić,

Greece Vangelis Alexandris

1963–64 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1983–84 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 2003–04 Greece Vangelis Alexandris,

United States Charles Barton

1964–65 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1984–85 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 2004–05 United States Charles Barton
1965–66 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1985–86 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 2005–06 Greece Ilias Zouros,

Italy Andrea Mazzon

1966–67 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1986–87 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 2006–07 Italy Andrea Mazzon
1967–68 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1987–88 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 2007–08 Finland Canada Gordon Herbert
1968–69 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1988–89 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 2008–09 Italy Andrea Mazzon
1969–70 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1989–90 Greece Giannis Ioannidis 2009–10 Italy Andrea Mazzon,

Greece Fotis Katsikaris,
United States Israel David Blatt

1970–71 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1990–91 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Lazar Lecić,

Greece Michalis Kyritsis

2010–11 Israel Sharon Drucker,

Slovenia Greece Slobodan Subotić

1971–72 Greece Anestis Petalidis 1991–92 United States George Fisher,

Republic of Macedonia Lazar Lecić,
Greece Michalis Kyritsis,
Greece Memos Ioannou

2011–12 Greece Vangelis Alexandris

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club structure". Aris BC. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Arisbc.gr Club Records.
  3. ^ Eurocup Aris article.

External links[edit]