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Evangelos
Delakas
GreeceGreece, GRE
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
08 February 1985
Height
189 cm
Marital status
Married

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo in 1998 for Argostoli NC in Greece.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Greece

General Interest

Injuries
He suffered an injury to his right elbow in late 2011 that involved a partial rupture of the medial collateral ligament and a strain on the flexor of his finger. He was sidelined for two months. (newsnowgr.com, 13 Apr 2012; sport24.gr, 03 Oct 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What matters is heart." (sentragoal.gr, 16 Apr 2009)
Famous relatives
His older brother Zissis had a promising water polo career and represented Olympiacos in Greece during the 1999/00 season before walking away from the sport. (gavros.gr, 20 May 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In July 2018 he retired from professional water polo, having spent 14 years playing for Olympiacos Piraeus as well as the Greek national team. He immediately took up a role as assistant coach to Thodoris Vlachos at Olympiacos Piraeus. "After many successful years with Olympiacos and the national team, I've decided to hang up my cap. Having experienced many happy moments I felt it was the right time to leave." (gavros.gr, 12 Jul 2018; in.gr, 09 Jul 2018)

ART GALLERY
He owns an art gallery in Kolonaki, Greece. "My interest in art started basically when I met my wife. Gradually I learnt more and now I teach how the trade is done. We thought about opening our own gallery for two or three years, and then we reached a suitable point, an ideal place in Kolonaki. We made a serious investment in difficult times, yet in our gallery we exhibit and sell works that appeal to collectors and also to people who want to buy a beautiful piece of art for their home. Art and sport can be relatable as I believe that sport is an expression of the highest art." (sport24.gr, 17 Nov 2014)