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Ioannis
Fountoulis
GreeceGreece, GRE
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 May 1988
Height
186 cm
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Greek

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo as a child in Khios, Greece.
Why this sport?
His older brothers were involved in the sport. "Choosing water polo was the easiest choice as it was very popular where I'm from, and because my older brothers also took part [in the sport], my decision to take it up was an easy one."
Club / Team
Olympiacos Piraeus: Greece
Name of coach
Thodoris Vlachos [club, national], GRE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward, Wing
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Greece

General Interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"The most important thing in sport is to feel you're doing something important." (cobrasports.gr, 01 Jul 2011)
Awards and honours
He was named in the All-Star team at the world championships in 2015 and 2017. (fina.org, 29 Jul 2017; sportschios.gr, 22 Dec 2015)

He was named the A1 Ethniki Most Valuable Player [MVP] for the 2012/13, 2014/15 and 2016/17 seasons. (pisina.net, 30 Jun 2017; thetoc.gr, 05 Aug 2015; in.gr, 04 Jun 2015)
Famous relatives
His brother Georgios Fountoulis has played professional water polo in Greece. He also represented the Greek national team at the 2006 European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018; sportschios.gr, 22 Dec 2015)