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Ioannis FOUNTOULIS
Sport Water Polo
NOC Greece   
GenderMen
Born25 May 1988 in Khios, GRE
Height1.86 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Emilia, one daughter [2018]
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, my decision to take it up was an easy one."
Club / Team
Olympiacos Piraeus: Greece
Name of coach
Thodoris Vlachos [club, 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 flag bearer for Greece at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (fthis.gr, 08 Aug 2021)

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 Most Valuable Player [MVP] in the Greek A1 Ethniki league 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)
Milestones
He was part of the team that won Greece's first Olympic men's water polo medal when they claimed silver at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Dec 2021; okmag.gr, 07 Aug 2021)
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
FUTURE PLANS
In October 2021, he said he has studied on a course in finance as an option to prepare for his retirement from water polo. "I do not know if I will be able to compete in the next Olympics due to my age. I wanted to prepare a bit for my future in parallel with water polo. I cannot say that I am sure that this will be my professional path. I have studied finance. But for a 36-year-old [when his club contract at Olympiacos expires in 2024] to go out there without some previous experience would not be very easy. I've just studied because I want it as a developmental stage." (yupiii.gr, 06 Oct 2021; ladylike.gr, 08 Aug 2021)

 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
3 2022 Budapest, HUN Team  
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