Faidon Matthaiou

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Faidon Matthaiou
Φαίδων Ματθαίου
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Matthaiou, in 2009.
Personal information
Born(1924-07-12)12 July 1924
Thessaloniki, Greece
Died 17 September 2011(2011-09-17) (aged 87)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Nationality Greek
Career information
Playing career 1945–1957
Position Point guard / Center
Number 1
Coaching career 1955–1984
Career history
As player:
1945–1949 Aris
1949–1955 Panathinaikos
1955 Panionios
1955 Sporting
1955 Panionios
1955–1956 Storm Varese
1956–1957 Aris
As coach:
1955–1956 Storm Varese
1960–1961 Virtus Aurelia
1961–1969 Greece
1967–1976 Olympiacos
1976–1977 Peristeri
1977–1979 AEK
1983–1984 PAOK
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As head coach:

Faidon Matthaiou, [1] also spelled Fedon Mattheou and Phaedon Mathaiou (Greek : Φαίδων Ματθαίου) (12 July 1924 – 17 September 2011 [2] ) was a Greek professional basketball player and coach. He was a center at the start of his career, and at the end of his career, he also played as a point guard. He wore the number 1 jersey throughout his career. He represented Greece twice at the Summer Olympics. As a rower at the 1948 Summer Olympics, and as a basketball player at the 1952 Summer Olympics. [3]

Greek language language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

The center (C), also known as the five, or the big man, is one of the five positions in a regular basketball game. The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a great deal of strength and body mass as well. In the NBA, the center is usually 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) or taller and usually weighs 240 pounds (110 kg) or more. They traditionally have played close to the basket in the low post. A center with the ability to shoot outside from three-point range is known as stretch five.


Faidon Matthaiou is widely considered to be the Patriarch of Greek basketball. [4]


The highest-ranking bishops in Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, the Catholic Church, and the Church of the East are termed patriarchs.

Professional playing career

Born in Thessaloniki, Matthaiou began playing professional basketball, as well as many other sports, with Aris in 1945. His father was Manthos Matthaiou, president of Aris Thessaloniki, who was killed in 1941 during Italian airbombings of Thessaloniki during the Greco-Italian War. In 1949, he transferred to Panathinaikos. He also played with Panionios, the Italian League club Pallacanestro Varese, and Sporting.

Thessaloniki City in Macedonia, Greece

Thessaloniki, also familiarly known as Thessalonica, Salonica or Salonika, is the second-largest city in Greece, with over 1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. Its nickname is η Συμπρωτεύουσα (Symprotévousa), literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Συμβασιλεύουσα (Symvasilévousa) or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople.

Aris Thessaloniki sports club

Athlitikos Syllogos Aris Thessalonikis, means Athletic Club Aris Thessaloniki, is a major Greek multi-sport club founded on 25 March 1914 in Thessaloniki. The club's colours are yellow or gold of glory and black. The club is named after Ares, the ancient Greek God of War, but also associated with courage and masculinity, inspired by the successful military operations of the Kingdom of Greece during the Balkan Wars, and the liberation of Thessaloniki in 1912 from the Ottoman empire. Its image is portrayed on the club's emblem.

Greco-Italian War 1940 and 1941 conflict between Italy and Greece

The Greco-Italian War took place between the kingdoms of Italy and Greece from 28 October 1940 to 23 April 1941. This local war began the Balkans Campaign of World War II between the Axis powers and the Allies. It turned into the Battle of Greece when British and German ground forces intervened early in 1941.

With Panathinaikos, he won 3 Greek League championships, in the years 1950, 1951, and 1954. He also played at the International Cup Tournament (the forerunner of the EuroLeague) in 1955 at the Viareggio Tournament, where he was the leading scorer and MVP. [5]

Greek Basket League highest-level professional basketball league in Greece

The Greek Basket League (GBL), often also referred to as the Greek Basketball League, Greek A1 Basketball League, or Greek Basketball Championship, and known as the betshop.gr Basket League for sponsorship reasons, is the first tier professional basketball league in Greece. It is run by HEBA, under the legal authority of the Hellenic Basketball Federation (E.O.K.). The league is also known as the Betshop.gr Basket League for sponsorship reasons.

The EuroLeague, known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for sponsorship reasons, is the top-tier European professional basketball club competition, organized by Euroleague Basketball since 2000.

Greek national team

Matthaiou also played for the senior men's Greek national basketball team, as one of its leading members for 44 games, and he scored a total of 539 points (12.25 points per game). He also played in the very first official game of the senior men's Greek national squad, which was played at the FIBA EuroBasket 1949. He was the team's leading scorer at that tournament with 66 points, while the Greek national team also won the tournament's bronze medal. He participated as a player in 2 FIBA EuroBasket tournaments, the FIBA EuroBasket 1949 and the FIBA EuroBasket 1951, [6] and also in the 1952 Olympic Basketball Tournament. [7]

Greece national basketball team national sports team

The Greece national basketball team is organized and run by the Hellenic Basketball Federation. They were runners-up in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, after beating the United States 101–95 in the tournament's semifinal. They have won EuroBasket twice; in 1987, after beating the Soviet Union 103–101 in the final in Athens and in 2005, after beating Germany with a convincing 78–62 in the final in Belgrade. Greece is currently placed eighth in the FIBA World Rankings.

Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics was the third appearance of the sport. 23 nations entered the competition.

Coaching career

After his playing career ended, Matthaiou coached the senior men's Greek national squad at three FIBA EuroBasket tournaments, the FIBA EuroBasket 1961, the FIBA EuroBasket 1965, and the FIBA EuroBasket 1969. He also coached professional sport clubs of the Greek League, such as Olympiacos, AEK, PAOK and Peristeri. He also coached the Italian League clubs Storm Varèse and Virtus Roma.

Olympiacos B.C. basketball team

Olympiacos B.C., also known simply as Olympiacos or Olympiacos Piraeus, is a Greek professional basketball club, part of the major multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus. The basketball club, founded in 1931, is one of the most successful clubs in European basketball, having won three EuroLeague Championships, one Triple Crown, one Intercontinental Cup, twelve Greek Championships and nine Greek Cups. They play their home matches at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Peristeri B.C. Basketball team based in Peristeri, Attica, Greece.

Peristeri B.C., for sponsorships reasons known as Peristeri Vikos Cola, is a Greek professional basketball club that was founded on October 22, 1971. The club is located in Peristeri, Greece, which is a suburban municipality of the city of Athens. It is a part of the G.S. Peristeri multi-sports club. The club's full name is Gymnastikos Syllogos Peristeriou K.A.E..

Lega Basket Serie A top mens basketball league in Italy

The Lega Basket Serie A, officially abbreviated as LBA, and known for sponsorship reasons as the Serie A PosteMobile, is a professional men's club basketball league that has been organised in Italy since 1920. It constitutes the first and highest-tier level of the Italian league pyramid. The LBA, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 16 teams, with the lowest-placed team relegated to the Serie A2 and replaced by the winner of the play-offs of that division.

He was also named as a coach of the FIBA European Selection team in the years 1970 and 1973. He also won the both Greek Cup and Greek League championship with Olympiacos in 1976, and the Greek Cup with PAOK in 1984.

Awards and accomplishments

Playing career


Greek national team

Head coaching career


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