PANATHINAIKOS keeps Tsartsaris
by: Vassilis Skountis, Athens
July 20, 2011
Kostas Tsartsaris - PanathinaikosA familiar face - not to mention one of the biggest winners in European club basketball - will be back to Panathinaikos next season, as the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions announced a new agreement with big man Kostas Tsartsaris to stay together for one more year. Tsartsaris (2.10 meters, 31 years old) will enter his 10th consecutive season with Panathinaikos, to which he has helped to reach its current golden age. Tsartsaris has won nine consecutive Greek League titles in as many seasons with Panathinaikos - from 2003 to 2011 - and also lifted six Greek Cup trophies. Above all, Tsartsaris has helped the Greens to win three Euroleague titles in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Tsartsaris has also played for Grindavik in Iceland, as well as for Near East and Peristeri in Greece before joining Panathinaikos in summer 2002. Tsartsaris has also been a member of the Greek national team, winning the gold medal at EuroBasket 2005, reaching the 2006 FIBA World Championships title game and taking part at two Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008. He ranks sixth all-time in Turkish Airlines Euroleague games played (194) and is 11th in rebounds (771).
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