Giannis Ioannidis

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Giannis Ioannidis
Coach Giannis Ioannidis.PNG
Giannis Ioannidis as head coach of Olympiacos.
Personal information
Born (1945-02-26) February 26, 1945 (age 72)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Nationality Greek
Career history
As coach:
1977 Ergotelis
1978–1979 Aris
1979–1981 G.S. Larissas
1979–1981 Greece
1982–1990 Aris
1991–1996 Olympiacos
1996–1998 AEK
1999–2000 Olympiacos
2002–2003 Greece
Career highlights and awards

As coach:

  • 12x Greek League champion: (1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
  • 6x Greek Cup winner: (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994)

Giannis Ioannidis (Greek: Γιάννης Ιωαννίδης; born 26 February 1945 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is a former Greek professional basketball coach and New Democracy (ND) politician.

He is generally considered to be the best Greek basketball coach of all-time, since he is the one with the most titles won (18 in total, 13 with Aris, and 5 with Olympiacos).


Ioannidis was born in Thessaloniki, and studied Agriculture in the Faculty of Geotechnical Sciences at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is married and has one daughter.

Basketball career[edit]

During his youth, Ioannidis became a member of the Aris basketball team at the age of 15, and he later went on to coach and manage the club to conquer a total of 8 Greek League championships and 5 Greek Cups, and also to participate at 3 consecutive FIBA Champions' Cup EuroLeague Final Fours. Later, he worked in Olympiacos, where he won 4 consecutive Greek League championships, 1 Greek Cup, and participated at 2 consecutive FIBA EuroLeague Finals.

He was the architect of the most glorious victory of Olympiacos against Panathinaikos, in the final game of the 1995–96 Greek League playoffs, with a winning score of 73-38. That was his last game coaching with Olympiacos at that time. The next year, he joined AEK, where he stayed for 2 seasons, and managed to reach one more finals of the FIBA EuroLeague. After a short come-back at Olympiacos, he finished his coaching career in the senior men's Greek national basketball team, which he coached at the EuroBasket 2003.

Teams coached[edit]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Titles won[edit]

Other honors[edit]

Political career[edit]

Ioannidis announced his retirement from professional basketball in the year 2004, before he was elected a New Democracy MP for the Thessaloniki A constituency in the 2004 general election, and re-elected in 2007. Since September 2007, he has been Deputy Minister Of Culture Responsible for Sports.

In the 2014 regional election, he challenged incumbent Apostolos Tzitzikostas as Regional Governor of Central Macedonia, after Tzitzikostas had lost his party's support. He was however clearly defeated in the second round.[1] At the January 2015 legislative election, he also lost his parliamentary seat.


This page incorporates information from the Hellenic Parliament website

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