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Yannis Kastritis, next

Yannis Kastritis, next

Giannis Kastritis is the face of Greek basketball for the last 24 hours. Aris' victory over Panathinaikos in Ouaka was not a fluke, and the 42-year-old coach is working to “build” his career. With the right steps, he will be the next coach at Greek and European level.

Alexandria 2023-2024. Yannis Kastritis enters the palace, steps on the parquet, and the palace rises. Aris's 5,000 fans went crazy and chanted his name rhythmically. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the “Empire” era of the 80s and 90s. The team has found their new Ioannidis.

His name is Castritus.

The path of the 42-year-old Trabelsi coach did not come only by chance. Yiannis Kastritis was born on April 4, 1982, and took his first steps at Arkadikos. For three years he “farmed” from the position of assistant and in 2012 took the reins of the team. He was only 30 years old.
The miracle happened in the 2014-2015 season. Arkadikos received a category A1 ticket. Kastritis presents himself to Greek basketball in the best way.

To get to Mars, he has to go up and down several stairs, which will give him images, experiences, joys and disappointments. He passed by the seats of Trikala, Kemi and Heracles and gave his testimony abroad. Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv's move gave him the opportunity to think outside the box.

Anyway, his whole life is basketball.

The words that define Giannis Castretz are consistency, seriousness and humility. Elements possessed by all the great coaches of the newest Greek basketball school who have occupied the benches of Europe.

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Thus came the professional recognition of Bartzokas, Severopoulos, Itoudis and Priftis.

The Aris coach has maintained the same values ​​since his time at Arcadikos. He is always very close to the players, discusses their problems, wants to be considered their man and then a member of the coaching staff. Many times in his career he has accepted to get paid last so his athletes can get their money first, while on the bench he projects a unique energy that excites his players and the crowd.

All this adds to his coaching philosophy, which relies on strength at the back of the pitch, combative ability and dedication to the tactical side.

In the summer of 2023, he received many offers from Greece and abroad. However, he preferred to stay in Ares on one condition: that the team compete in Europe.


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The efforts of the management and the coach were partly justified by the love and support of the people for their efforts and, on the other hand, by the great victory they achieved against a Euroleague team with a budget of around 25 million euros. Panathinaikos.

On Wednesday, February 7, against Trento, Aris and Kastritis will play a historic match to qualify for the next stage of the European Cup. Alexandria will have a pulse, as in the matches with Tracer, Maccabi, Partizan, Barcelona and Jugoblásica. Then on the team's golden path. Mars has a unique opportunity to fly again.

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Kastritis along with Vassilis Spanoulis are the next two coaches, who have this complete package to shine in Europe in the next 20 years. All they have to do is be patient and follow their instincts. Basketball and sports have fairness and hierarchy.

the Yannis Kastritis If he stays as humble and humble as he has so far, he will be a coach competing for the bench of a EuroLeague team in the near future. But before this operation, he had a big goal.

To make Ares “Emperor” of Greece again. A difficult task but not impossible.

*The management of Ares Company is trying to settle all debts from previous years, and the process is going smoothly and on a very good path. In the new season, the goal of KAE managers is to increase the competition budget so that the team can be more competitive.

**Giannis Kastritis is surrounded on the bench by a fully qualified staff, consisting of Giorgos Sigala, Sotiris Karapostolou, Christos Hassanidis and, of course, Christos Tapotos, who provides versatility from the position of team manager.