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Panagiotis "Panos" Fasoulas (alternate spelling: Fassoulas; Greek: Παναγιώτης Φασούλας; born May 12, 1963 in Thessaloniki), nicknamed "The Spider"[1] (Greek: αράχνη), 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]

Panagiotis Fasoulas
Mayor of Piraeus
In office
January 1, 2007 – January 1, 2011
DeputyVicky Leandros
Preceded byChristos Agrapidis
Succeeded byVasileios Michaloliakos
MP of 1st Piraeus periphery
In office
1st City councilman, Thessaloniki
In office
Personal details
Born (1963-05-12) May 12, 1963 (age 56)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Political partyPASOK
Spouse(s)Masa Zacharia
ChildrenMariella Fasoula, John
ResidencePiraeus, Greece
OccupationBasketball player
Basketball career
Personal information
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
CollegeNC State (1985–1986)
NBA draft1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career1981–1999
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Professional Greek League career stats leaders

FIBA Hall of Fame as player


Basketball careerEdit

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

During his professional career, Fasoulas played for PAOK and Olympiacos. With PAOK, he won the FIBA Cup Winners' 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.

National team careerEdit

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]

Managerial careerEdit

After his basketball playing career ended, Fasoulas became a basketball executive. He became the sports director of Olympiacos Women, of the Greek Women's League and the EuroLeague Women.

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

Club titlesEdit

Greek national teamEdit

Personal awardsEdit

Political careerEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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 July 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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