Tribute to the Champs: Dimitris Itoudis

Jun 17, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: Dimitris Itoudis
Nobody could say he was not experienced at winning Final Fours, but after five titles as an assistant, Dimitris Itoudis was able to lift the trophy as a head coach for the first time with CSKA Moscow in 2016. That he did so after a thrilling overtime championship game against his friend and former boss, Zeljko Obradovic, was just one of the dramatic turns Itoudis took on his way into the history books. In his first season with the club, Itoudis had already led CSKA to the Final Four, but fell in the semifinals. With a few key signings over last summer, CSKA started his second season in Moscow by handily winning its regular season group. CKSA then formed part of a Top 16 group that was perhaps the toughest in European club competition history, but despite a few setbacks in the form of injuries, Itoudis found a way to make sure his troops came out of it in first place. The winning streak that CSKA started in Round 13 of the Top 16 would continue through the playoffs, the semifinals and even overtime of the championship game in Berlin. Itoudis and his players met the moment every step of the way, which resulted in CSKA raising the Euroleague trophy for the first time since 2008. In the process, Itoudis became just the second Greek head coach to become a Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion and an inspiration for hard-working assistant coaches everywhere. Itoudis has already begun focusing on new challenges, including a first Euroleague title repeat for both him and CSKA.