Sweden Extend Flevarakis Contract

22 December 2005

The Swedish Basketball Federation announced today that they have signed a new contract with men's national team head coach Kostas Fleverakis.

Flevarakis took over the reigns from Jan Enjebo in 2004 and had an immediate impact in his first national team role.

After a tough start in which Sweden finished bottom of their group in the additional qualifiying round, Flevarakis guided the Swedes to wins over the Netherlands and Poland in the additional qualifying tournament, ensuring that Sweden will remain in Division A in 2006 and 2007.

Flevarakis once coached at the highest level in the club game in Greece, at PAOK Thessaloniki where he went from being a junior player in the eighties to taking the reins of the senior team at the start of the 1998-99 campaign.

During his time in charge there, Flevarakis, who turned 36 this year, led PAOK to a Greek Cup triumph and also to within touching distance of the league title.

Having left Greece for the colder climes of Sweden, Flevarakis succeeded with Akropol and was the number one choice to replace Enjebo, who left by mutual consent in March 2005. He has since joined Cypriot side Keravnos Cyprus College.

"Kostas is a very nice, well-liked and good coach and it is important for basketball in Sweden to have this influence from Southern Europe,"said Federation President Jan Jacobsen.

"The quality of basketball in Greece was proved this year by their national team at EuroBasket, where teamwork and defense were the key factors in the Greeks winning the title."

In other news, it was announced that national women's head coach Eivind Möstl had also extended his contract until 2007.

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