They were crazy for Olympiacos since they were kids and were following the team anywhere they played in Attica. Permanent ‘residents’ of OAKA and KARAISKAKIS since 1984 and ten years later, at the age of 20 and 21 years respectively they went to Tel Aviv to watch the 1994 Final Four and watch their great passion conquer the Champions Winners’ Cup, which a year later they attended the Zaragoza Final Four.
They could not fathom, but they were certainly imagining as they themselves have admitted that 18 years later and with the capacity of the Olympiacos’ Presidents they would conquer the European top. Giorgos and Panayotis Angelopoulos, sons of Konstantinos Angelopoulos were involved with the Club’s administration since 2004, but they completely took over the team in 2009.
It was 2004 when, together with Socrates Kokkalis, they began managing the Piraeus team and making financial contributions. They took over the team that had ranked eighth in the previous season of the Greek League and gradually started putting their own seal on the club. With each passing season the team was becoming all the more powerful.
Panayotis Angelopoulos has graduated the Moraitis School (1990), holds a B.A. in Economics from Deree College (1995) and an M.A. in Economics from Boston University (1995-1997).
Giorgos Angelopoulos is a Moraitis School graduate (1992), a graduate of the Business Administration Dpt. Of the Economics University of Athens (1992-1996) and holds an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from the Babson College of Boston (1998-2000).
They have both served with the Navy. Giorgos Angelopoulos from 1996 to 1998 and Panagiotis Angelopoulos from 1997 to 1999.
Their love for Olympiacos kept them close to the team. From the moment no one was available to take over Olympiacos, they decided not to abandon the team. At the same time, they decided to change everything.
The 2011-2012 season bore their mark and the end found Olympiacos at the top of both Greece and Europe. The Angelopoulos brothers had managed in their own unique way to conquer everything. The whole of Europe was talking about them and the Olympiacos model.
Next season once again found Olympiacos at the top of Europe. Back2Back for the Piraeus team, a unique achievement for Greek standards. Olympiacos once again made the Final Four in 2015 and made yet another final. The fourth one in the last seven years and while this was the fifth Final Four for the ‘reds’ since 2009.
Ten consecutive participations in the Euroleague Top-8, five final fours, four finals, two titles for the best team of these seven years in Europe.
In June 2015, Olympiacos once again climbs the top of the Greek League sweeping Panathinaikos 3-0 in the play offs and with a crystal clear record of 5-0 throughout the season. They did it their way. Just like when beginning ten years ago, that’s how Giorgos and Panagiotis Angelopoulos go on. In their own unique and special way.
Next season, the Presidents of Olympiacos celebrate winning the most special championship in the team's history. The two buzzer beating threes by Vassilis Spanoulis in the second and fourth final, lead the 'reds' to second League title in a row, while in 2017, the Piraeus team make one more Final Four, this time in Istanbul, eliminate CSKA in the semis but fall short against the 'hosting' team of Fenerbahce.
Panayotis K. Angelopoulos