Memos Ioannou


1974 - 1990

One of those players whose name is intrinsically linked with Panathinaikos, Memos Ioannou was born on April 15, 1958 and has worn the Panathinaikos’ jersey from 1974 to 1990, winning titles and various accolades, leading the team with his peripheral game.

Agamemnon – Memos – Ioannou took his first basketball steps with Panathinaikos and went as far as winning six Greek Championships (1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1984) and four Greek Cups (1979, 1982, 1983, and 1986). In 1990 Ioannou left the “Greens” and relocated to Thessaloniki where he conquered two European trophies: in 1991 he won the first of two European Cups in Geneva playing for PAOK (1990-91), and later while playing for Aris (1991-93) won his second one in Torino.

One of his greatest career moments came with the Greek National Men’s Team, however, when in 1987 he was crowned European champion in SEF. His career with the Greek coat of arms on his jersey began with the Greek National U16 Team (7 games, 45 points), went on with the Greek National U18 Team (8 games, 74 points), to continue with the Greek National Men’s Team for which he played 64 games and scored 249 points (3.89-point average per game). He participated in the 1987 Eurobasket and the 1990 World Championship, at the end of which he bid the National Team “farewell”.

When leaving the basketball courts as a player he remained in the basketball world as a coach. In fact as an Aris’ “interim” coach, since he was competing for the team at the time, he won the Greek Cup in 1992. His palmaré is also adorned by four Cyprus championship titles (two with APOEL and two with Keravnos).