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Giannis Fountoulis
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Fountoulis at the 2015 World Championships
Personal information
Born 25 May 1988 (1988-05-25) (age 33)
Chios, Greece
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position Wing / Centre Back
Handedness Right
Club information
Current team Olympiacos
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Team
2005–2009
2009–2019
2019–2021
2021–
Chios
Olympiacos
Ferencváros
Olympiacos
National team
Years Team
2006–
Greece
Last updated: 1 July 2021

Ioannis Fountoulis (also Giannis, Greek: Γιάννης Φουντούλης; born 25 May 1988) is a Greek water polo player. He is currently the captain of Greece men's national water polo team, with whom he won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, a bronze medal at the 2016 World League , 2020 World League and competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He played for the Greek powerhouse Olympiacos since 2009, and in 2018 he won the 2017–18 LEN Champions League with the Greek giants, scoring 4 goals in the final game against Pro Recco in Genoa.Is a very big scorer and leader is considered one of the top players in the world and it is typical how in 2016 and 2018 he was voted as the second top player in the world. Currently playing for the Greek club Olympiacos.

Fountoulis was the top scorer of the 2017 World Championship with 23 goals and the top scorer of the 2018 European Championship with 17 goals (along with Aleksandar Ivović). He was voted in the All-Tournament Team of the 2015 World Championship as well as the All-Tournament Team of the 2017 World Championship. Fountoulis has been the top scorer of Greek Water Polo League six times (2012–2017, consecutive) playing for Olympiacos. He has been voted MVP of the Greek Water Polo League τhree times in 2012–13, 2014–15 and 2016–17 seasons and three times Greek Cup MVP in 2011, 2013 and 2018.

As of June 2018, Fountoulis has scored 148 goals in LEN Champions League, the most by any Greek player in the history of the top-tier European competition.

Fountoulis was given the honour to carry the national flag of Greece at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, becoming the 28th water polo player to be a flag bearer at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics.

Honours

Club

Olympiacos

  • LEN Champions League (1): 2017–18
  • LEN Champions League runners-up: 2015–16, 2018–19
  • National Championship of Greece (9): 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17,2017–18, 2018–19
  • National Cup of Greece (8): 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19
  • National Super Cup of Greece (1): 2018

Ferencváros

  • LEN Champions League runners-up: 2020–21
  • LEN Super Cup (1): 2019
  • National Cup of Hungary (2): 2019–20, 2020–21

National team

  • 2 Silver Medal in 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo
  • 2 Silver Medal in 2018 Mediterranean Games Tarragona
  • 3 Bronze Medal in 2013 Mediterranean Games, Mersin
  • 3 Bronze Medal in 2015 World Championship Kazan
  • 3 Bronze Medal in 2006 World League Athens
  • 3 Bronze Medal in 2016 World League Huizhou
  • 3 Bronze Medal in 2020 World League Tbilisi
  • 4th place in 2016 European Championship Belgrade
  • 4th place in 2017 World Championship Budapest
  • 6th place in 2016 Olympic Games, Rio

Awards

  • Top Scorer of the 2017 World Championship: 23 goals
  • Top Scorer of the 2018 European Championship: 17 goals
  • All-Tournament Team of the 2015 World Championship
  • All-Tournament Team of the 2017 World Championship
  • Greek Championship Top scorer: 6 times: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 with Olympiacos
  • All-time Greek top scorer in the LEN Champions League: 148 goals with Olympiacos
  • Greek Championship MVP: 3 times: 2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17 with Olympiacos
  • Greek Cup MVP: 3 times: 2011, 2013, 2018 with Olympiacos
  • Second Top Player in the World: 2016, 2018
  • Best Team of the Year: 2018
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