G.S. Iraklis B.C.

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Gymnastikos Syllogos Iraklis Basketball Club (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.

Iraklis
Iraklis logo
NicknameThe Elder
LeaguesGreek Basket League
Greek Cup
Founded1924; 96 years ago (1924)
HistoryG.S. Iraklis B.C.
(1924 – Present)
ArenaIvanofeio Sports Arena
Capacity2,500[1]
LocationThessaloniki, Greece
Team colorsWhite and Blue
         
PresidentTheodoros Drakopoulos
Head coachIlias Kantzouris
2018–19 position2nd (A2)
Championships2 Greek Championships
2 Greek Second Divisions
Websiteiraklis-bc.gr

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. Some of the greatest players in Greek, European and worldwide basketball have played for Iraklis over the years including: Lefteris Kakiousis, Jure Zdovc, James Donaldson, Walter Berry, Xavier McDaniel, Roy Tarpley, Nikos Chatzivrettas, Vasily Karasev, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Dimitris Diamantidis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis.

HistoryEdit

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.[2]

Iraklis won the inaugural Greek League championship in 1928.[3][4] To win the championship, Iraklis had to eliminate AEK Athens and Near East, before beating VAO in the championship game.[5] The team won its second Greek championship in 1935.[3] 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.[6]

Iraklis reached the semifinals of the 1994–95 FIBA European Cup, where they competed against Taugrés.[7] Iraklis won the first game 79–78, but lost the next two games, to be eliminated 2–1 in a best of three series.[7] In 1996, an Iraklis team led by former NBA players Xavier McDaniel and Roy Tarpley, reached the Greek Cup Final Four.[8] By beating Apollon Patras in the semifinal, Iraklis reached the final, where it then lost 85–74 to Panathinaikos.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] After one season in the Greek top-tier level, Iraklis was again relegated down to the A2, with two matches left in the season.[11] 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.[12][13][14] 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.[15]

In the 2018–19 season, Iraklis won the promotion playoffs of the Greek A2 League, and was promoted up to the top level Greek Basket League, for the first time in 8 years.[16]

Honours and titlesEdit

European competitionsEdit

Semifinalists (2): 1994–95, 1996–97

Domestic competitionsEdit

 
Iraklis won the inaugural Greek Championship in 1928, and won it again, in 1935.
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

Home arenaEdit

Iraklis plays its home games in the Ivanofeio Sports Arena, an arena with a seating capacity of 2,500.[17] 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.[18]

SupportersEdit

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.[19] The fan club is known for holding an antiracist stance, as it participates in the Ultras Antiracist Festival.[20] Other activities of the fan club include the publication of a magazine, and the conducting of an annual festival.[21][22] Other minor supporters' clubs are SFISE, Blue Boys, A.P.A.T.S.I., and Iraklis Fan Club of Athens.[23] 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.[24]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Iraklis B.C. roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 1   Manolopoulos, Sotirios 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 32 – (1987-11-16)16 November 1987
G/F 4   Tepić, Milenko 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 33 – (1987-02-27)27 February 1987
C 6   Kavvadas, Vassilis 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 120 kg (265 lb) 28 – (1991-12-28)28 December 1991
SG 7   Shuler, Jamal 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 34 – (1986-01-11)11 January 1986
F/C 9   Davis, Alex 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 28 – (1992-01-28)28 January 1992
SG 10   Fillios, Giorgos 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 18 – (2002-02-10)10 February 2002
PF 11   Kakaroudis, Kostas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 37 – (1983-05-02)2 May 1983
G/F 13   Zaras, Theodoros 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 32 – (1987-08-12)12 August 1987
G/F 15   Kalaitzidis, Dimitris (C) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 35 – (1985-02-15)15 February 1985
PF 17   Georgalas, Fotis 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 18 – (2001-06-26)26 June 2001
PG 21   Hanlan, Olivier 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 27 – (1993-02-15)15 February 1993
G 44   Gavin, Jimmy 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 28 – (1991-08-28)28 August 1991
G   Nikolaidis, Giannis 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (1999-03-29)29 March 1999
C     Ogilvy, Andrew 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 31 – (1988-06-17)17 June 1988
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: March 9, 2020

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Vassilis Kavvadas Andrew Ogilvy Fotis Georgalas
PF Alex Davis Sotiris Manolopoulos Kostas Kakaroudis
SF Milenko Tepić Dimitris Kalaitzidis
SG Jamal Shuler Thodoris Zaras Giannis Nikolaidis Giorgos Fillios
PG Olivier Hanlan Jimmy Gavin Athanasios Tsoukas

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Head coachesEdit

 
Jure Zdovc played for Iraklis between 1993–1996, and coached the team in the 2005–06 season.
Name Nationality From To Honors
Makis Piritidis   1979 1980
Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou   1980 1981 1 Greek Cup Finalist 1981
Michalis Giannouzakos   1987 1987
Soulis Markopoulos   1987 1990
Steve Giatzoglou     1990
1996
1992
1996
1 Greek Cup Finalist 1996
Theodoros Rodopoulos   1992 1992
CIko Awerbuck   1992 1992
Johnny Neumann   1993 1993
Dragan Šakota       1993
1998
1994
2000
1 Greek Cup Finalist 1994
Slobodan Subotić     1994
1995
1995
1995
Tom Newell   1996 1996
Zoran Slavnić   1997 1997
Vangelis Alexandris   1997
2015
1998
present
Makis Dendrinos   2000 2000
Lefteris Kakiousis   2004
2009
2005
2010
Jure Zdovc   2006 2006
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-

In European-wide competitionsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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