Dušan Ivković

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Dušan Ivković
Dušan Ivković .jpg
Dušan Ivković, while working as the head coach of the Serbian national team in 2011.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Position Head coach
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1943-10-29) October 29, 1943 (age 71)
Belgrade, Serbia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Listed weight 198 lb (90 kg)[1]
Career information
Pro career 1958–1968
Position Point guard[2]
Coaching career 1978–present
Career history
As player:
1958–1968 Radnički Belgrade
As coach:
1978–1980 Partizan
1980–1982 Aris
1982–1984 Radnički Belgrade
1984–1987 Šibenka
1987–1995 Yugoslavia (FR Yugoslavia 1992-95)
1987–1990 Vojvodina
1991–1993 PAOK
1994–1996 Panionios
1996–1999 Olympiacos
1999–2001 AEK
2002–2005 CSKA Moscow
2005–2007 Dynamo Moscow
2010–2012 Olympiacos
2008–2013 Serbia
2014–present Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards

As head coach:

Dušan "Duda" Ivković (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан "Дуда" Ивковић; born October 29, 1943) is a Serbian professional basketball coach who currently serves as head coach for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. He served as head coach of the Serbian national basketball team from 2008 to 2013 and Yugoslavian national basketball team from 1987[1][3] (Serbia and Montenegro competed under the name FR Yugoslavia following the breakup of Yugoslavia) to 1995.[3] He is also a former professional basketball player and current president of the Serbian club BKK Radnički. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

Playing career[edit]

Ivković played club basketball at the senior level, from 1958 to 1968,[citation needed] with the Yugoslav League club Radnički Belgrade.

Coaching career[edit]

Ivković has coached the following clubs: Radnički Belgrade, Partizan, Aris, Šibenka, Vojvodina, PAOK, Panionios, Olympiacos, AEK Athens, CSKA Moscow, and Dynamo Moscow.

In 1987, he succeeded Krešimir Ćosić as head coach of Yugoslavian national basketball team and held the post until the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991. Ivković then assumed the head coaching position of Serbia and Montenegro, which competed under the name FR Yugoslavia. He guided the team to a gold medal at EuroBasket 1995, in the country's first official appearance since UN lifted sanctions against FR Yugoslavia. Following EuroBasket, Željko Obradović took over as head coach, while Ivković assumed the role of team manager. Both Obradović and Ivković remained in their posts until jointly resigning in November 2000, following a 6th place finish in the 2000 Olympic Games.[4]

In 1997, he was named the best European professional basketball coach,[citation needed] after having coached several clubs to domestic championships and to the Euroleague Final Four.

In 2014, he signed a two-year contract with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes Istanbul, starting to coach from the 2014–15 season.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Dušan Ivković's elder brother Slobodan "Piva" Ivković, was also a famous basketball player and coach.[6] Ivković is related to the famous Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla. Ivković's maternal grandmother, Olga Mandić, and Tesla's mother, Đuka Mandić, were first cousins.[2] Coincidentally, Tesla died the same year that Ivković was born.

Ivković is a record holding pigeon racer.[2]

Career achievements[edit]

Club competitions[edit]

As head coach:

National team competitions[edit]

As head coach:

As an assistant coach:


  1. ^ a b c Marušić, Igor. Male tajne velikih majstora: Dušan Ivković. Studio magazine (via Yugopapir), June 1989. (Serbo-Croatian)
  2. ^ a b c Pavić, Zoran. Dušan Ivković – Svugde nosim svoj krst. Status magazine (via b92.net), November 2008. (Serbian)
  3. ^ a b Serbia Media Guide EuroBasket 2013, page 23. kss.rs.
  4. ^ Ivković i Obradović podneli ostavke. Tanjug (via srbija.gov.rs), 21 November 2000. (Serbian)
  5. ^ "Dušan Ivković definitivno u Efesu". B92 (in Serbian). 30 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Stanković, Vladimir. The excitement starts here. euroleague.net, 29 January 2010

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Lute Olson
FIBA World Championship
Winning Coach

Succeeded by
United States Don Nelson
Preceded by
Greece Kostas Politis
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Svetislav Pešić
Winning Coach

1989, 1991
Succeeded by
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Svetislav Pešić
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Obradović
Preceded by
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Božidar Maljković
Serbia Željko Obradović
Winning Coach

Succeeded by
Italy Ettore Messina
Greece Giorgos Bartzokas