Ljubodrag Simonović

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Ljubodrag Simonović
Duci Simonović in Ljubljana.jpg
Simonović in Ljubljana in 2011
Born Ljubodrag Simonović
(1949-01-01) 1 January 1949 (age 65)
Vrnjačka Banja, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Nationality Serbian
Main interests Critique of sports
Official blog

Ljubodrag "Duci" Simonović (Serbian Cyrillic: Љубодраг – Дуци Симоновић; born 1 January 1949) is a Serbian retired basketball player and author. He played with Red Star Belgrade, with which he won two National Championships, three Radivoj Korać National Cups and one FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup. From 1976 to 1978, he played for 1. FC 01 Bamberg in the German Basketball Bundesliga.[1][2] Simonović played for the Yugoslav national basketball team that won the 1970 FIBA World Championship, as well as the European "all-star" team.

He earned his Magister degree in law and a Doctorate in philosophy.[3] He is an honourable member of the Urban Book Circle.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Vrnjačka Banja to parents Jevrem and Ilonka, both of whom worked as hairdressers, young Ljubodrag grew up with an older brother Vladimir. As a kid he took up chess, which he got taught at age five by his father, an avid player himself.[5] Simonović played the game frequently, later citing it as the first arena in which his competitive nature had been displayed.[6] He also loved playing football.

He got the nickname Duci after the Hungarian böci.[7]

Playing career[edit]

Ljubodrag Simonović
Shooting guard
Listed height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Career information
Pro career 1968–1978
Career history
1968–1976 Red Star Belgrade
1976–1978 1.FC 01 Bamberg

Club career[edit]

Simonović started out with KK Sloga from Kraljevo. He debuted for the Yugoslav national basketball team at age 17, going on to make 109 appearances in total, scoring 1018 points. His playing career ended (while in Germany) due to a burst capillary in his throat.

In European championships he played 23 times, in World Championships he played 6 times with 4 appearances in the Olympic Games and 15 at the Balkan Games. All together, he has 6 gold and 2 silver medals. For Red Star Belgrade, he wore number 11 while for the national team, he wore number 5.

National team[edit]

1972 Summer Olympics[edit]

The Yugoslav national team arrived to Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics as the reigning world champions from Ljubljana 1970 still hoping to win one of the medals though the team was quite changed. The victory over Italy 85–78 at the beginning of the tournament approved the expectations, but in the second round, the Yugoslav team was defeated by Puerto Rico by a score of 79–74.

It was proven that two players from the Puerto Rican side had used illegal doping substances prompting a protest from the Yugoslav players. Simonović however (aged 23) was ejected from the team upon continuing to protest after the Yugoslav players had been silenced. Yugoslavia eventually finished 5th in the tournament.


After his retirement from sport he has written various philosophical books, including: ”Rebellion of Robots”, “Professionalism or Socialism”, ”Olympic Deception of the ‘divine baron’ – Pierre de Coubertin.”[8] He authored a piece about the mystery behind the death of German heptathlete Birgit Dressel.[9]

Published books[edit]

  • Pobuna robota (Rebellion of Robots), 1981
  • Sport–Kapitalizam–Destrukcija (Sport-Capitalism-Destruction), 1995
  • Filozofski aspekti modernog olimpizma (Philosophical Aspects of the Modern Olympism), 2001
  • Olimpijska podvala (Olympic Deception), 2007
  • Novi svet je moguć (A New World is Possible), 2007
  • Ustaj radniče! (Rise Up, Worker!), 2011
  • Poslednja revolucija (The Last Revolution), 2013


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