Panagiotis Fasoulas

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Panagiotis Fasoulas
Mayor of Piraeus
In office
January 1, 2007 – January 1, 2011
Deputy Vicky Leandros
Preceded by Christos Agrapidis
Succeeded by Vasileios Michaloliakos
MP of 1st Piraeus periphery
In office
1st City councilman, Thessaloniki
In office
Personal details
Born (1963-05-12) May 12, 1963 (age 54)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Political party PASOK
Spouse(s) Masa Zacharia
Children Mariella Fasoula, John
Residence Piraeus, Greece
Occupation Basketball player
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
Playing career 1981–1999
Position Center
Number 13
Career history
1981–1993 PAOK
1993–1999 Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

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. Considered to be one of the best big men ever in European basketball, Fasoulas was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016.[2]

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. In his sole season in college, he averaged 2.8 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game and led the school with 1.8 blocks per game in 29 games.[3]

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 EuroBasket 1987 gold medal victory, being also named to the All-Tournament Team. He also won the silver medal with Greece at the 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. Fasoulas appeared in 244 games for Greece, averaging 9.77 points per game.[4] He is second all-time in games played and third all-time in points scored for Greece.[5][6]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club titles[edit]

Greek national team[edit]

Personal awards[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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Panagiotis Fasoulas Nickname(s): Spider.
  2. ^ "Fasoulas Inducted to FIBA Hall of Fame". The National Herald. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "FINAL 1986 DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL STATISTICS REPORT North Carolina State University" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Παναγιώτης Φασούλας Σελίδα Αθλητή (in Greek). Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία Καλαθοσφαίρισης (Hellenic Basketball Federation). Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "ΟΙ 50 ΚΑΛΥΤΕΡΟΙ ΣΚΟΡΕΡ (ΕΘΝΙΚΗ ΑΝΔΡΩΝ) (50 all-time leading scorers for Greece men's team)" (in Greek). Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία Καλαθοσφαίρισης (Hellenic Basketball Federation). Archived from the original on 30 November 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "ΟΙ 20 ΠΡΩΤΟΙ ΣΕ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΕΣ (ΕΘΝΙΚΗ ΑΝΔΡΩΝ) (20 most capped players for Greece men's team)" (in Greek). Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία Καλαθοσφαίρισης (Hellenic Basketball Federation). Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 

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