Iraklis B.C. (Thessaloniki)
GS Iraklis B.C. (Greek: Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Ηρακλής Κ.Α.Ε., Greek pronunciation: [iɾa'klis]) is a Greek professional basketball team that is located in Thessaloniki. It serves as the senior men's basketball section of the multi-sport club of G.S. Iraklis. Iraklis currently plays in the top-tier level Greek Basket League.
|Leagues||Greek Basket League|
|History||Iraklis B.C. |
(1924 – Present)
|Arena||Ivanofeio Sports Arena|
|Team colors||White and Blue|
|Head coach||Ioannis Kastritis|
|2018–19 position||2nd (A2)|
|Championships||2 Greek Championships |
2 Greek Second Divisions
The team's colors are blue and white. Iraklis won the Greek National Championship in 1928 and 1935, and has also reached the Greek Cup final three times. Several international national team players have played for the club, including: Dimitris Diamantidis, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Nikos Chatzivrettas, Lefteris Kakiousis, Jure Zdovc, and Vasily Karasev, as well as NBA stars such as Roy Tarpley, Xavier McDaniel, and James Donaldson.
The Iraklis parent athletic club was founded in 1908, and initially featured football. The club was named after Heracles (or Hercules), the mythical Greek demigod. The basketball team of Iraklis was established in 1924.
Iraklis won the inaugural Greek League championship in 1928. To win the championship, Iraklis had to eliminate AEK Athens and Near East, before beating VAO in the championship game. The team won its second Greek championship in 1935. Also in the team's history, three times Iraklis finished in second place in the Greek Championship (1936, 1962, and 1964), three times Iraklis has been a Greek Cup Finalist (1981, 1994, and 1996), and two times Iraklis made it to the semifinals of the European 2nd-tier level league Cup Winners' Cup.
Iraklis reached the semifinals of the 1994–95 FIBA European Cup, where they competed against Taugrés. Iraklis won the first game 79–78, but lost the next two games, to be eliminated 2–1 in a best of three series. In 1996, an Iraklis team led by former NBA players Xavier McDaniel and Roy Tarpley, reached the Greek Cup Final Four. By beating Apollon Patras in the semifinal, Iraklis reached the final, where it then lost 85–74 to Panathinaikos. Iraklis has also twice competed in the top European continental competitions. The club played in the European top-tier level European Champions' Cup in the 1995–96 season, and also competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000–01 season.
Recent history (2005-present)Edit
In 2006, Iraklis was relegated to the Greek A2 Basket League, after finishing 13th in the first-tier Greek League. In 2010, after four seasons in the second-tier level Greek League, the team was promoted back up to the top-tier Greek Basket League. After one season in the Greek top-tier level, Iraklis was again relegated down to the A2, with two matches left in the season. At the end of the season, Iraklis chose to play in the third-tier level of Greek basketball, the Greek B Basket League, in order to clear its debts. The club was promoted to the Greek A2 Basket League in 2013, after finishing 2nd in its group, and after Peristeri failed to receive financial clearance to participate in the league.
In European-wide competitionsEdit
Iraklis plays its home games in the Ivanofeio Sports Arena, an arena with a seating capacity of 2,500. The arena opened in 1987, and it was expanded to its current capacity in 1991. Ivanofeio is situated in the Thessaloniki city center, and it is owned by the GS Iraklis multi-sport club.
The most prominent supporters' club of the team is Aftonomi Thira 10 (meaning Autonomous Gate 10), a fan club with a total of 15 branches in Northern Greece. The fan club is known for holding an antiracist stance, as it participates in the Ultras Antiracist Festival. Other activities of the fan club include the publication of a magazine, and the conducting of an annual festival. Other minor supporters' clubs are SFISE, Blue Boys, A.P.A.T.S.I., and Iraklis Fan Club of Athens. In a 2013 opinion poll, Iraklis was ranked as the 6th most popular basketball club in Greece, gathering 2.8% of the participating supporters' votes.
|Iraklis B.C. roster|
Updated: November 22, 2019
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Vassilis Kavvadas||Darrius Garrett||Fotis Georgalas|
|PF||Alex Davis||Sotiris Manolopoulos||Kostas Kakaroudis|
|SF||Milenko Tepić||Thodoris Zaras|
|SG||Jamal Shuler||Dimitris Kalaitzidis||Giorgos Fillios|
|PG||Olivier Hanlan||Teddy Okereafor||Athanasios Tsoukas|
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
To appear in this section a player must have either:
- David Ancrum (1987-1992)
- Vangelis Angelou(1995-1996)
- Walter Berry(1994-1995)
- Roderick Blakney(2001-2002)
- Steve Burtt Sr.(1995)
- Steve Bucknall(1996-1998)
- Nikos Chatzivrettas(1997-2002)
- Dimitris Diamantidis(1999-2004)
- Byron Dinkins(1998-2000)
- James Donaldson(1993-1994)
- Justin Hamilton(2004-2005)
- Savvas Iliadis(2002-2005,2011)
- Buck Johnson(1998-2000)
- Lefteris Kakiousis(1987-1997,2004-2005,2009-2010)
- Georgios Karagkoutis(2000-2002)
- Vasily Karasev(2000-2001)
- Takis Karatzoulidis(1971-1985)
- Manthos Katsoulis(1990-1993)
- Xavier McDaniel(1995-1996)
- Erik Meek(1996-1997, 2001-2002)
- Igor Milošević(2003-2005)
- Aristeidis Moumoglou
- Dimitris Papadopoulos(1985-1994,1996-1997)
- Lazaros Papadopoulos(1996-2001,2003-2004)
- Vladimir Petrović-Stergiou(2009-2011)
- Sotiris Sakellariou
- Sofoklis Schortsanitis(2000-2003)
- Nikos Stavropoulos(1992-1993)
- Roy Tarpley(1996)
- Christos Tsekos(1986-1992)
- Jure Zdovc(1993-1996)
|Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou||1980||1981||1 Greek Cup Finalist 1981|
|1 Greek Cup Finalist 1996|
|1 Greek Cup Finalist 1994|
|Darko Russo||Nov 2010||Jan 2011|
|Giorgos Kalafatakis||Jan 2011||Feb 2011|
|Chris Hougaz||Feb 2011||Sep 2011|
|Makis Kalantaridis||Sep 2011||Oct 2011|
|Thodoris Albanis||Oct 2011||Mar 2012|
|Antonis Kyritsis||Mar 2012||May 2012|
|Dimitris Vatos||May 2012||Jul 2012|
|Thomas Kostopoulos||Jul 2012||Jul 2013|
|Dimitris Tsolakis||Jul 2013||Sep 2013|
|Stefanos Perkos||Sep 2013||Apr 2014|
|Giorgos Kyroudis||Apr 2014||Nov 2014|
|Giannis Damalis||Nov 2014||Mar 2015|
|Stefanos Perkos||Mar 2015||Oct 2015|
|Vangelis Alexandris||Oct 2015||Jan 2018|
|Lefteris Chatzikyriakidis||Jan 2018||Oct 2018|
|Kostas Mexas||Oct 2018||Jul 2019|
|Giannis Kastritis||Jul 2019-|
Honours and titlesEdit
- Champions (2): 1927–28, 1934–35
- Runners-up (3): 1935–36, 1961–62, 1963–64
- Runners-up (3): 1980–81, 1993–94, 1995–96
- Champions (2): 1974–75, 1977–78
- Γήπεδο: Ιβανώφειο Χωρητικότητα: 2500 (in Greek).
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- Maragousia, Antonia (16 April 2010). Ταξίδι στο χρόνο από το 1968 έως σήμερα (in Greek). sport24.gr. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
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- Κάθε χρονιά κι ένα μάθημα (in Greek). Bluearena.gr. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- Φινάλε με γιορτή στο Ιβανώφειο (in Greek). Bluearena.gr. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
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- Αρχίζει ο σχεδιασμός για τη Β΄ Εθνική (in Greek). Bluearena.gr. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
- "Οριστικά στη Β' Εθνική ο Ηρακλής". sport24.gr. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
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- Γήπεδο: Ιβανώφειο Χωρητικότητα: 2500 (in Greek).
- Ivanofio Indoor Hall.
- "Archived copy" Σύνδεσμοι ΑΘ10 (in Greek). Αυτόνομη Θύρα 10 Official site. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Αντιρατσιστικό οπαδικό μήνυμα (in Greek). gazzetta.gr. 4 July 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
- Το περιοδικό της "Αυτόνομης" (in Greek). Bluearena.gr. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
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