BELGRADE – At the age of 77, one of the most successful basketball coaches ever, Dusan Ivkovic, passed away in Belgrade on Thursday. As coach of the national team, he led Yugoslavia to a world champion title in 1990 and three European champion titles. He was the silver team coach from the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Ivkovic was in the last of Yugoslavia’s “great” successes. His victory in the 1990 World Cup in Argentina is particularly memorable. He then built the team around young players Tony Cukus, Vlad Divac and Drian Petrovic, who would later become big stars in the NBA. He led the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the European Champions titles in 1989 and 1991, and in 1995 he was victorious with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro). Independent Serbia led to the silver medal in 2009.
Ivkovic also achieved success as a coach for the club. Piraeus won Europe’s most prestigious European competition twice with Olympiacos in 1997 and 2012. Both were respected in Russia, where he led CSKA Moscow three times. His successful coaching career lasted 46 years. Back in 2016, the leading Euroleague club Anadolu Efes Istanbul led. The report was brought by the eurohoops.net portal.
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