Panagiotis Fasoulas (in Greek: Παναγιώτης Φασούλας, nicknamed "The Spider" (Greek: αράχνη); born May 12, 1963 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is a Greek politician and former professional basketball player. He was selected in the 2nd round by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1986 NBA Draft, but never decided to play in the NBA.
During his professional career he played for PAOK BC and Olympiacos BC - with whom he won a European title in 1997. He was also a member of the Greek national team, where he was the starting center during Greece's Eurobasket 1987 victory. Fasoulas played collegiate basketball in the United States at North Carolina State, where he played under legendary coach Jim Valvano.
Greek national team
One of the best big men in European basketball in the last 20 years. In Toronto, Canada, at the 1994 FIBA World Championship when Greece won the fourth place he played the best basketball of his career. He is a member of the Greek Basketball Hall of Fame, inducted as a player.
A charismatic personality, Fasoulas entered politics after retiring from sport, joining the political party of PASOK. He contributed in the organization of the Olympic games in Athens in 2004. He was elected Mayor of Piraeus on October 15, 2006.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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