Faidon Matthaiou

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Faidon Matthaiou
Φαίδων Ματθαίου
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Matthaiou, in 2009.
Personal information
Born(1924-07-12)12 July 1924
Thessaloniki, Greece
Died17 September 2011(2011-09-17) (aged 87)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Career information
Playing career1945–1957
PositionPoint guard / Center
Coaching career1955–1984
Career history
As player:
1955–1956Storm Varese
As coach:
1955–1956Storm Varese
1960–1961Virtus Aurelia
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Faidon Matthaiou,[1] also spelled Fedon Mattheou and Phaedon Mathaiou (Greek: Φαίδων Ματθαίου) (12 July 1924 – 17 September 2011[2]) was a Greek professional basketball player and coach. He was a center at the start of his career, and at the end of his career, he also played as a point guard. He wore the number 1 jersey throughout his career. He represented Greece twice at the Summer Olympics. As a rower at the 1948 Summer Olympics, and as a basketball player at the 1952 Summer Olympics.[3]

Faidon Matthaiou is widely considered to be the Patriarch of Greek basketball.[4]

Professional playing career[edit]

Born in Thessaloniki, Matthaiou began playing professional basketball, as well as many other sports, with Aris in 1945. His father was Manthos Matthaiou, president of Aris Thessaloniki, who was killed in 1941 during Italian airbombings of Thessaloniki during the Greco-Italian War. In 1949, he transferred to Panathinaikos. He also played with Panionios, the Italian League club Pallacanestro Varese, and Sporting.

With Panathinaikos, he won 3 Greek League championships, in the years 1950, 1951, and 1954. He also played at the International Cup Tournament (the forerunner of the EuroLeague) in 1955 at the Viareggio Tournament, where he was the leading scorer and MVP.[5]

National team playing career[edit]

Matthaiou also played for the senior men's Greek national basketball team, as one of its leading members for 44 games, and he scored a total of 539 points (12.25 points per game). He also played in the very first official game of the senior men's Greek national squad, which was played at the FIBA EuroBasket 1949. He was the team's leading scorer at that tournament with 66 points, while the Greek national team also won the tournament's bronze medal. He participated as a player in 2 FIBA EuroBasket tournaments, the FIBA EuroBasket 1949 and the FIBA EuroBasket 1951,[6] and also in the 1952 Olympic Basketball Tournament.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career ended, Matthaiou coached the senior men's Greek national squad at three FIBA EuroBasket tournaments, the FIBA EuroBasket 1961, the FIBA EuroBasket 1965, and the FIBA EuroBasket 1969. He also coached professional sport clubs of the Greek League, such as Olympiacos, AEK, PAOK and Peristeri. He also coached the Italian League clubs Storm Varèse and Virtus Roma.

He was also named as a coach of the FIBA European Selection team in the years 1970 and 1973. He also won the both Greek Cup and Greek League championship with Olympiacos in 1976, and the Greek Cup with PAOK in 1984.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Playing career[edit]


  • Greek League Champion: (1950, 1951, 1954)
  • Viareggio International Cup Tournament Top Scorer: (1955)
  • Viareggio International Cup Tournament MVP: (1955)

Greek national team[edit]

Head coaching career[edit]



External links[edit]

  • FIBA.com Profile (archive)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Faidon Matthaiou". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  • Hall of Game.gr Profile
  • The top of the Greek bench: Faidon Matthaiou (in Greek)