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OLYMPIAKOS BASKETBALL

EUROPEAN CHAMPION 1997 FINAL FOUR - ROME 1997

President: Sokratis Kokkalis Vice-President: George Salonikis 
General Manager: Takis Liveratos Secretary: Valentine Makri 
Address: Ipsilandou 170, 18535 Piraeus (Greece) 
Phone: (30+1) 4296043, Fax: (30+1) 4296045 
Head Coach: Dusan Ivkovic Born: October 29, 1943 in Beograde. 
Coach of Partizan Beograde (Champion, Cup of Yugoslavia and Korac Cup, 
1979), Aris Thessaloniki, Rantniski, Sibenka, Voiovodina, PAOK 
Thessaloniki (Greek Champion in 1992, Final Four in Athens in 1993), 
Panionios and Olimpiakos (Greek Champion in 1997, Euroleague Champion 1997). 
Coach of the Yugoslavian national team from 1988 until 1995 (gold medal 
World Champion of 1990, Eurobasket 1989, 1991, 1995, silver medal in the 
Olympic Games 1988). Ass. Coach: Milan Minic, Kostas Bogatsiotis 
Trainer : Yannis Merichovitis Physiotherapist: Nicos Likouressis 
History: Founded in 1925, Olympiakos is the most popular club in Greece 
with millions of fans all over the country. 
The basketball team reborned in the '90s when Sokratis Kokkalis took 
over the administration, the team finished in 2nd place 
at the Greek championship and got the ticket for the European 
Championship, after 15 years. 
Olympiakos is the most successful team in Greece in the last five years,
with 4 consecutive championships and twice at the final-four. 
Big names of international basketball such as Zarko Paspalj, Roy Tarpley, 
Alexander Volkov, Walter Berry, Eddie Johnson, Willie Anderson passed 
from Piraeus. In 1993 the best Greeek center, Panayiotis Fassoulas, came from 
Thessaloniki and together with George Sigalas, Dragan Tarlach, 
Milan Tomic, Franco Nakic,Efthemis Bakatsias, Demetrios Papanikolaou 
and Davide Rivers Piraeus tried to be the European Champion. 
This year coach Dusan Ivkovic (World Champion with the national team of 
Yugoslavia in 1990) replaced Yiannis Ioannidis and Olympiakos finally 
won the Euroleague final-four. 
Olympiakos won the first championship in 1949. The big stars were the 
brothers Yiannis and Alekos Spanoudakis (Yiannis played in Italy 
for Virtus Bologna)and 11 years later the team won the secondchampionship. 
Two famous Greek coaches, Fedon Matheou and Costas Mourouzis were at 
the bench.In 1978 Olympiakos became the first Greek team ever played 
in the final six of European Champions Cup. 
This year the team finished first placed in the regular season of the 
Greek Championship and finally won the Greek Championship. 
In Europe this team was 4th in the first round of the EuroLeague, 
3rd in the second round and qualified to the final-four winning 
against Partizan (2-1) and Panathinaikos (2-0) with home disadvantage
and finally won in the semi-final against Smelt Olympia and the final 
game against Barcelona. 
Achievements: 9 times Greek Champion: 1949, 1960, 1976, 1978, 1993, 1994, 1995, 
1996, 1997, 6 times Greek Cup Holder: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1994, 1997 
Played twice in the Final of the European Championship (1994, 1995). 
Won the Euroleague Championship: 1997

The Chairman SOKRATIS KOKKALIS Sokratis Kokkalis is the Chairman of Olympiakos. Year of birth: 1939 Studied at the University of Berlin Department of Physics Expertised on Telecommunications. Owner of Intracom Telecommunications from 1977 Sokratis Kokkalis is the Chairman of Olympiakos Basketball Club since 1991. He also is the Chairman of Olympiakos Football Club since 1990, and Olympiakos Volleyball Club since 1991. With his leadership, the Basketball and the Volleyball club succeeded in Greece and Europe. This year Olympiakos achieved a great goal, winning almost everything. The Basketball team won the "three crown" (Greek Championship, Greek Cup and the Euroleague Championship. The Football team won the Greek Championship. The Volleyball team won the Greek Cup. The WaterPolo team won the Greek Cup. The next goal of Sokratis Kokkalis is to lead the Football team to the finals of the Champions League.


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