Ilias Papatheodorou

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Ilias Papatheodorou
AEK Athens
PositionHead coach
LeagueGreek Basket League
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1975-06-20) June 20, 1975 (age 44)
Korydallos, Greece
Coaching career1995–present
Career history
As coach:
1995–2001Athinaikos (Cadets, Juniors)
2001–2002Athinaikos (Assistant)
2007–2016Nea Kifissia
2013–2018Greece (Youth)
2019–presentAEK Athens
Career highlights and awards
As a head coach:

Ilias Papatheodorou (Greek: Ηλίας Παπαθεοδώρου; born June 29, 1975) is a Greek professional basketball coach, who is currently working as a head coach for AEK Athens.

Coaching career[edit]


Papatheodorou played basketball in the Athinaikos youth club systems in Greece, and as soon as he stopped playing youth level basketball, at age 20, he began his coaching career in the same Athinaikos club systems, working there from 1995 to 2001. He coached in the club's cadets, juniors, and senior men's teams. He became the assistant coach of the senior men's team for one season, in 2001, in the Greek lower divisions.

He then became the head coach of the Greek club Larissaikos, from 2002 to 2004, and also was Markopoulo's head coach from 2004 to 2007.

He became the head coach of the Greek club Nea Kifissia in 2007.[1] With the club, he managed to achieve several league promotions up through the Greek lower leagues, and he led the club to the Greek top-tier level, the Greek Basket League, for the first time in its history, in 2013. He left the club in 2016.

After leaving Nea Kifissia, Papatheodorou was appointed as the head coach of the Kazakh NBL and VTB United League club Astana.[2][3] With Astana, he won both the Kazakhstan League championship and the Kazakhstan Cup title. On May 27, 2017, Papatheodorou became the head coach of the Greek club PAOK, replacing Soulis Markopoulos.[4]

On 19 June 2019, Papatheodorou signed a three-year contract with AEK Athens replacing Italian Luca Banchi.[5]

Greek junior national team[edit]

In 2013, Papatheodorou became the head coach of the Greek Under-18 junior national team.[6] He has also been the head coach of the Greek Under-19 junior national team and the Greek Under-20 junior national team.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

As a head coach[edit]

Greek junior national team[edit]

Pro clubs[edit]


  1. ^ Ηλίας Παπαθεοδώρου: Ο άνθρωπος-«συνώνυμο» της Νέας Κηφισιάς. ‹See Tfd›(in Greek)
  2. ^ Elias Papatheodorou is Astana's new coach.
  3. ^ Coach Ilias Papatheodorou (ex Nea Kifisia) agreed terms with Astana.
  4. ^ Papatheodorou happy to join PAOK
  5. ^ "Papatheodorou until 2021". Online. Archived from the original on June 19, 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  6. ^ Στην Εθνική Εφήβων ο Παπαθεοδώρου.‹See Tfd›(in Greek)

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