FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 GRE / Greece

 
Team manager KALLIMANIS VASILEIOS
Coach DRIKOS SOTIRIOS
Assistant coach DELIKOSTAS KONSTANTINOS
Doctor CHANTES MICHAIL
Physiotherapist PAPAGEORGIOU NIKOLAOS
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Nikolaos Angelopoulos Angelopoulos 06.11.1988 201 97 337 320 G.C. LAMIA
  C 2   Mitar Tzourits Tzourits 25.04.1989 211 95 360 350 Calzedonia Verona
  3 Apostolos Armenakis Armenakis 19.07.1980 205 91 335 325 ACH Volley
  4   Georgios Petreas Petreas 19.11.1986 201 92 342 320 GFC AJACCIO
  5 Dmytro Filippov Filippov 04.12.1990 198 84 343 320 Olympiakos S.C.
  6   Athanasios Maroulis Maroulis 09.07.1988 191 83 336 320 Panathinaikos S.C.
  L 7 Georgios Stefanou Stefanou 12.01.1981 187 82 295 305 OLYMPIAKOS SFP
  8   Konstantinos Stivachtis Stivachtis 22.05.1980 186 80 305 295 Olympiakos S.C.
  9 Menelaos Kokkinakis Kokkinakis 21.01.1993 193 79 325 305 OLYMPIACOS SC
  10   Athanasios Protopsaltis Protopsaltis 12.09.1993 185 73 325 316 VfB Friedrichshafen
  11 Georgios Tzioumakas Tzioumakas 23.01.1995 202 85 332 312 LPR Volley Piacenza
  12   Nikolaos Smaragdis Smaragdis 12.02.1982 202 89 328 318 PAOK
  13 Ioannis Takouridis Takouridis 24.05.1988 195 80 300 290 OLYMPIACOS SC
  14   Panagiotis Pelekoudas Pelekoudas 08.11.1989 202 97 348 339 GAS PAMVOCHAIKOS
  15 Rafail Koumentakis Koumentakis 05.05.1993 203 84 330 310 Cuprum Lubin
  16   Andreas-Dimitrios Fragkos Fragkos 21.12.1989 200 93 320 315 OLYMPIAKOS SFP
  17 Anestis Dalakouras Dalakouras 18.06.1993 196 82 307 328 SK AICH/DOB
  L 18   Dimitrios Gkaras Gkaras 12.11.1985 181 74 282 280 P.A.O.K.
  19 Nikolaos Palentzas Palentzas 06.04.1991 198 88 330 315 Ethnikos Alexandroupolis
  L 20   Konstantinos Tampouratzis Tampouratzis 03.09.1983 193 93 325 305 A.O.Kifisias
  21 Dimitrios Efraimidis Efraimidis D. 19.12.1990 190 74 320 310 P.A.O.K.
  22   Argyrios Mavrovouniotis Mavrovouniotis 22.09.1991 193 83 321 300 ARIS THESSALONIKIS
  23 Charalampos Sakoglou Sakoglou 01.07.1990 194 84 320 310 MENT
  24   Gerasimos Kanellos Kanellos 25.08.1987 198 88 304 304 PAMVOHAIKOS
  25 Ioannis Pantakidis Pantakidis 05.02.1985 195 80 325 300 P.A.O.K.
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

After a 10-year absence, Greece are back in the World League and can boast a best result of joint-fifth back in 2004. Now 56th in the FIVB rankings, coach Sotiris Drikos's team are the second-lowest ranked side in the tournament but will take some confidence from home advantage when week two of their Group 3 Pool G fixtures is played in Thessaloniki towards the end of June. They have missed the last two editions of the World Championship, although they competed in the previous four, finishing sixth on home soil in 1994 and seventh in 2002. They were runners-up in last year's European League, losing to Montenegro in the gold medal match.
 
The Greece team have featured at one Olympic Games, the 2004 edition in Athens, where they finished joint-fifth. In their last appearance at the European Championship in 2009 they ended in eighth place. The team formed in 1952 but their first official match was not played until 1967 when they lost to Turkey in the Mediterranean Games. In 1986 they qualified for the World Championship for the first time and took 13th place in Paris. A memorable year for the team was 1987 when they won bronze at the European Championship, their biggest success to date.
Coach profile

Sotiris Drikos served as an assistant coach of Greece's national team from 2011 to 2013 before his appointment as head coach in 2013. He then oversaw Greece's men's team silver medal performance in the 2014 European League. Before their appearance at the 2015 World League, Greece had not featured in the tournament since 2005. Drikos, from Piraeus, has also spent time coaching multiple Greek club teams, winning two Greek Cups and one national championship in the process. Drikos, who completed specialised schooling in sports coaching, has written several articles on the subject, which have been published in international journals.