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Ioannis FOUNTOULIS
Sport Water Polo
NOC Greece   
GenderMen
Born25 May 1988 in Khios, GRE
Height1.86 m
Weight 89 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
One daughter [2018]
Residence
Budapest, HUN
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
Ferencvaros: Budapest, HUN
Name of coach
Zsolt Varga [club], HUN; Thodoris Vlachos [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)
Other information
NEW CHALLENGE
He left Olympiacos Piraeus after 10 years of service to play abroad for Hungarian team Ferencvaros in 2019. "It is a very different day for me, since I made the decision to leave the team I love, my friends, and my teammates, with whom I have accomplished so many great things with. I know what I am leaving behind, how many important people and things, but I feel that I will not have the opportunity to do what I love for many more years." (agonasport.com, 17 Jun 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
6 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
9 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
4 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
5 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
4 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
6 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
6 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
9 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
6 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team