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The wrestler with monocle. oil on canvas, painted by Kostas Michos, 125x83cm/ 2020

The newspaper “Marmarina News” (1947-1954)

An important biographical source.

“When you really want something, you will find it waiting for you.”

Oscar Wilde (De profundis)






(Above) The author Dimitris Karakitsos in his book titled “wrestlers”, refers to the lost memoirs of Coutalianos, arguing that the gaps they have left are difficult to fill in the history of sports. In this chapter we present a text published in the newspaper “Marmarina Nea”. Τhis text is the biography of Coutalianos which was released in Cleveland or N.Y., USA in a limited number of copies. The book of Coutaliano’s biography was published in the USA, at the expense of his sons Georgios and Ellin, while the editing of the texts was undertaken by G.P. Kastritsis who was a member of the Greek community in New York, USA. (Τhe full text of the original biography is posted on our blog)
We believe that this text in its original form was written in the Greek language and was probably never translated into English, because it was circulated among the members of the Greek community of that city. The editor of the newspaper N.S. Lampadaridis, who was also a refugee originally from the areas wetted by the Sea of ​​Marmara, had very good contacts with the community of his compatriots who had settled in the USA, and we assume that it was from them that he received and published the text that we are publishing below.

An important biographical source. When you really want something, you will find it waiting for you
October 1947. Coutalianos tells the story of his father and refers to his childhood memories.
November 1947. Coutalianos tells the story of his father.
December 1947/ January 1948. Coutalianos tells the story of his father.
February 1948. Coutalianos, telling the story of his father, refers to his murder that took place on the island of Lesvos.
March 1948. The childhood years of Coutalianos. The difficult conditions in which he worked as a sailor are described.
April/ May 1948. The childhood years of Coutalianos. The difficult conditions in which he worked as a sailor are described.
June 1948. The childhood years of Coutalianos. The difficult conditions in which he worked as a sailor are described.
July 1948. The childhood years of Coutalianos. The difficult conditions in which he worked as a sailor are described. Traveling to England. The failed engagement of Coutalianos with a girl from his island.
August 1948. The failed engagement of Coutalianos with a girl from his island. Discovering the foundations of an old Byzantine church.
September 1948. The athlete’s love affair with an Italian woman in Marseille.
October 1948. Traveling to South America. The discovery of his supernatural power.
January 1949. The discovery of his supernatural power. Memories of his life as a sailor.
February 1949. Adventures and challenges in Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
March 1949. Memories of the difficult conditions of his life in South America.
April/ May 1949. Memories of the difficult conditions of his life in South America.
June 1949. Coutalianos becomes a ship captain.
July 1949. Description of various events in his life as a captain in South America.
August 1949. Description of various events in his life as a captain in South America.
September 1949. Coutalianos meets the Italian wrestling champion Raffetto. In the above text the Italian is incorrectly referred to as “Rebeto”.
November 1949. Coutalianos meets the Italian wrestling champion Raffetto. In the above text the Italian is incorrectly referred to as “Rebeto”.
December 1949/ January 1950. Coutalianos meets the Italian wrestling champion Raffetto. In the above text the Italian is incorrectly referred to as “Rebeto”.
February 1950. Coutalianos meets the businessman Monsieur Seri at the Alcazar theater. Description of wrestling matches. The Italian wrestlers Raffetto and Filippucci. The Greek opportunist Yiannis Maniatis.
April 1950. Coutalianos fights the Italian champion Raffetto.
May / June 1950. Coutalianos is fighting the Italian champion Raffetto for the second time.
August 1950. Coutalianos returns to the European continent. He moves to France where he meets the French wrestling teacher Bernard and becomes his student. War breaks out between France and Prussia. Coutalianos fights on the side of the French as a volunteer. After the end of the war he leaves France to go to Cardiff, England, where he faces the famous Italian wrestling and weightlifting champion Felice Napoli (In the above text the name of the Italian is incorrectly stated as “Annapoli”).
September 1950. Coutalianos faces various wrestlers in England. The athlete moves to Montevideo.
October 1950. Fraudulent businessman Mr May. Coutalianos fights with a tiger.
December 1950/ January 1951. Coutalianos against the tiger
February 1951. The athlete’s wedding.
March 1951. Coutalianos tours in various cities in South America. How he managed to lift a mast.
April 1951. Coutalianos tours in various cities in South America. An episode with a group of soldiers.
May 1951. Coutalianos in front of the president of the Chilean Republic.
August 1951. Coutalianos is touring South American countries. Coutalianos becomes the father of two sons.
January 1952. Coutalianos returns to Europe. His arrival in Istanbul creates a huge buzz.
March 1952. Coutalianos is invited by the Sultan to the palace. He fights against the best wrestlers in Turkey.
April 1952. Coutalianos visits his island for the first time after years of wandering. He is invited once again by the Sultan to the palace. He fights against the best wrestlers in Turkey.
May 1952. Coutalianos visits his island for the first time after years of wandering. He is invited once again by the Sultan to the palace. He fights against the best wrestlers in Turkey.
June 1952. Coutalianos tours cities in Asia Minor, Greece and Egypt.
July 1952. Coutalianos tours in various cities. He arrives triumphantly in Athens where he gives performances.
August/ September 1952. Coutalianos tours in various cities and islands in Greece.
November 1952. Coutalianos tours in various cities and islands of Greece and Turkey. New tour of Coutalianos in Romania and Bulgaria.
December/ January 1953. Back to Greece. Description of various incidents in his life.
March 1953. Tour in Russia.
April 1953. Tour in Russia and return to Greece.
May 1953. Tour to cities and islands of Greece. Coutalianos arrives at the isle of Rhodes where he is arrested and imprisoned. The release of the athlete. His last tour in Greece and the USA.
June/ July 1953. The old age of Coutalianos.
August / September 1953. The old age of Coutalianos.
October 1953. The old age of Coutalianos.
December 1953/ January 1954. An explanation for why Coutalianos autobiographed. The end of his life.
August 1948
October 1950
December 1950/ January 1951
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