The “Patriarch” of Greek basketball is the creator of the great Olympiacos team in the ‘70s. Faidon Matthaiou was born on July 12, 1924 in Thessaloniki and is considered to be the most multifunctional, Greek Champion, of all times. He was a protagonist in volleyball, water polo, track and field with the Aric athletics team in Thessaloniki, rowing with the Naval Group of Thessaloniki, ping pong, tennis, sword and of course, basketball.
The “spider” of Greek basketball was born on May 12, 1963 in Thessaloniki and debuted with the PAOK shirt. He studied in the States, at the North Carolina State and at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, while he anchored in Piraeus in the summer of 1993...
Many consider him to be the greatest basketball player to ever play on the European courts and as one of the biggest talents that lost the way to the top in the course of his career. Roy Tarpley’s talent had been abundant. He did incredible things with the ball, when he wanted to, and no one would be able to stop him.