We continue our TOTAL PLAYER 2017 voting with Theodoros Vlachos – current Olympiakos Piraeus’ head coach and Greek national coach.
After his great career playing for both the teams he is in charge of today, Theodoros Vlachos continued his water polo path as a coach. He absorbed the best practices as an assistant coach to legends like Dragan Matutinović, Zoltán Kásás, and Veselin Đuho.
He became Olympiacos’ head coach in 2011 and has won the majority of domestic trophies since then. In 2014, he became the head coach of Greece and led his national team to two bronze medals – One at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan and the other at the 2016 World League in Huizhou.
He accomplished another great result at the recent World Championship in Budapest 2017, where they almost surprised the favorized Hungarian side in the semifinal. In the end, they finished in 4th place behind the powerhouses Croatia, Hungary, and Serbia.
These are the players that left the biggest impressions on coach Vlachos.
Coach Vlachos’ Total 5 of 2017
1st – Viktor Nagy
Hungarian National Player | Club: Szolnoki Vízilabda SC | Position: Goalkeeper
2nd – Luka Lončar
Croatian National Player | Club: Jug Dubrovnik | Position: Center Forward
“Well above all other center forwards at the World Championships and constantly good on the club stage.”
3rd – Andrija Prlainović
Serbian National Player | Club: Szolnoki Vízilabda SC | Position: Driver
“He won the Champions League with yet another club, playing a big part in the success. He also delivered great performances at the World Championships.”
4th – Sandro Sukno
Croatia Team Captain | Club: Pro Recco | Position: Driver
“After his injury this summer he displayed amazing execution during the World Championship semi-finals and finals. As a true captain, he assertively led his team to the gold.”
5th – Ioannis Fountoulis
Greece’s Team Captain | Club: Olympiakos | Position: Driver
“An excellent performance at the World Championships, leading his team to the 4th place. Ha also became the top scorer of the tournament.”