Yugoslavia national basketball team

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This article is about Yugoslavia men's national basketball team. For the women's team, see Yugoslavia women's national basketball team.
Yugoslavia
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
FIBA ranking Defunct
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia
Nickname(s) Plavi (Blues)
Olympic Games
Appearances 8
Medals Gold medal.svg Gold: 1980
Silver medal.svg Silver: 1968, 1976, 1988
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: 1984
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 10
Medals Gold medal with cup.svg Gold 1970, 1978, 1990
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver 1963, 1967, 1974
Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze 1982, 1986
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 21
Medals Gold medal europe.svg Gold: 1973, 1975, 1977, 1989, 1991
Silver medal europe.svg Silver 1961, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1981
Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze 1963, 1979, 1987
Uniforms
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Team colours
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The Yugoslavian national basketball team (Serbo-Croatian: Košarkaška reprezentacija Jugoslavije / Кошаркашка репрезентација Југославије; Macedonian: Кошаркарска репрезентација на Југославија) represented Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1943 until 1992 in the international basketball matches and was controlled by the Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia (KSJ).

Competitions[edit]

At the Summer Olympic Games, Yugoslavia captured one gold medal (1980), took the silver medal on three occasions (1968, 76, 88) and captured the bronze medal once (1984).

At the FIBA World Cup, Yugoslavia captured three gold medals (1970, 1978 and 1990), three silver medals (1963, 1967, 1974) and two bronze medals (1982, 1986).

At the EuroBasket, Yugoslavia captured the gold medal five times (1973, 1975, 1977, 1989, 1991), were silver medalists on five occasions (1961, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1981), and captured the bronze medal four times (1963, 1979, 1987).

Medals table[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Summer Olympic Games
 Yugoslavia 1 3 1 5
FIBA World Cup
 Yugoslavia 3 3 2 8
FIBA EuroBasket
 Yugoslavia 5 5 3 13
Mediterranean Games
 Yugoslavia 5 1 1 7
Summer Universiade
 Yugoslavia 1 2 1 4
Grand Totals 15 14 8 37

European championships[edit]

EuroBasket 1947[edit]

Yugoslavia made its European championship debut in EuroBasket 1947, the fifth edition of the tournament. The team placed 13th out of 14 teams in the competition, losing to the Soviet Union and Hungary in the preliminary round, beating the Netherlands but losing to Italy in the semifinal round (placing third in the three-way tie between the teams), and defeating Albania in the 13th/14th classification match.

EuroBasket 1953[edit]

Yugoslavia's second appearance was at EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow. They dropped an early 27–25 decision against Bulgaria but finished at 3–1 in their preliminary group. In the three-way tie-breaker with Bulgaria and Israel, Yugoslavia ended up in second place to advance to the final round. There, they won 3 but lost 4 to take 6th place overall in the 17 team tournament.

EuroBasket 1955[edit]

Apollo Hall in Amsterdam between AMVJ and Lokomotiva from Yugoslavia (37-64) in 1955

Yugoslavia again advanced to the final round at EuroBasket 1955 in Budapest, this time in sole second place with a 3–1 record in the preliminary round pool. Their final round performance was riddled with 6 losses in 7 games, but did include the high point of a 52–49 victory over eventual silver medallist Czechoslovakia on Yugoslavia's way to an 8th place finish of the 18 entrants.

EuroBasket 1957[edit]

Yugoslavia's appearance at the EuroBasket 1957 tournament in Sofia resulted in a 2–1 record for the preliminary round and advancement to the final round robin. There, they proved capable of two wins, defeating Poland and France to finish at 2–5 for 6th place in the tournament.

The last years[edit]

The Yugoslav national team of the late 1980s and early 1990s featured what was perhaps the greatest generation in the history of Yugoslav basketball. A common quip about basketball is: "The Americans invented it, the Yugoslavs perfected it." With such players as Dražen Petrović, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Predrag Danilović, Žarko Paspalj and Jure Zdovc has pioneered the wave of international NBA players well before the early 21st century, when the concept began to gain true global momentum.

Many of the former Yugoslav stars mentioned above were a part of the under-21 national team that won the FIBA World Junior Championships in 1987, defeating the U.S. both in pool play and in the final.

Rosters[edit]

1947 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 14 teams
Nebojša Popović, Ladislav Demšar, Aleksandar Gec, Srđan Kalember, Mirko Marjanović, Zorko Cvetković, Božo Grkinić, Zlatko Kovačević, Aleksandar Milojković, Božidar Munćan, Otone Olivieri, Tulio Roklicer, Miodrag Stefanović (Coach: Stevica Čolović)
1948 Olympic Games: did not participate
1949 EuroBasket: did not participate
1950 World Championship: finished 10th among 10 teams
Borislav Stanković, Nebojša Popović, Ladislav Demšar, Aleksandar Gec, Srđan Kalember, Vilmos Loczi, Lajos Engler, Aleksandar Blašković, Mirko Amon, Dusan Radojčić, Milorad Sokolović, Milenko Novaković (Coach: Nebojša Popović)
1951 EuroBasket: did not participate
1952 Olympic Games: did not participate
1953 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 17 teams
Borislav Stanković, Ladislav Demšar, Aleksandar Gec, Srđan Kalember, Vilmos Loczi, Lajos Engler, Aleksandar Blasković, Mirko Marjanović, Đorđe Andrijašević, Milan Bjegojević, Borislav Ćurčić, Dragan Godžić, Borko Jovanović (Coach: Nebojša Popović)
1954 World Championship: finished 11th among 12 teams
Vilmos Loczi, Lajos Engler, Aleksandar Blasković, Mirko Marjanović, Đorđe Andrijašević, Milan Bjegojević, Borislav Ćurčić, Dragan Godzić, Bogdan Muller, Đorđe Konjović, Milan Blagojević, Boris Kristančić (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1955 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 18 teams
Ladislav Demšar, Vilmos Loczi, Aleksandar Blasković, Đorđe Andrijašević, Milan Bjegojević, Borislav Ćurčić, Bogdan Muller, Đorđe Konjović, Milutin Minja, Obren Popović, Jože Zupančič, Ljubomir Katić (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1956 Olympic Games: did not participate
1957 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams
Ivo Daneu, Vilmos Loczi, Lajos Engler, Bogdan Muller, Boris Kristančić, Milutin Minja, Ljubomir Katić, Marjan Kandus, Miodrag Nikolić, Branko Radović, Matija Dermastija, Branko Miletić (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1959 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 17 teams
Radivoj Korać, Ivo Daneu, Slobodan Gordić, Boris Kristančić, Milutin Minja, Marjan Kandus, Miodrag Nikolić, Branko Radović, Matija Dermastija, Nemanja Đurić, Radovan Radović, Igor Jelnikar (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1959 World Championship: did not participate
1960 Olympic Games: finished 6th among 16 teams
Radivoj Korać, Ivo Daneu, Slobodan Gordić, Josip Đerđa, Boris Kristančić, Marjan Kandus, Miodrag Nikolić, Nemanja Đurić, Radovan Radović, Miha Lokar, Zvonko Petričević, Sreten Dragojlović (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1961 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 19 teams
Radivoj Korać, Ivo Daneu, Slobodan Gordić, Marjan Kandus, Miodrag Nikolić, Nemanja Đurić, Radovan Radović, Miha Lokar, Zvonko Petričević, Sreten Dragojlović, Vital Eiselt, Željko Troskot (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1963 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 16 teams
Radivoj Korać, Ivo Daneu, Slobodan Gordić, Trajko Rajković, Borut Bassin, Miodrag Nikolić, Nemanja Đurić, Zvonko Petričević, Dragoslav Ražnatović, Miloš Bojović, Živko Kasun, Emil Logar (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1963 World Championship: finished 2nd among 13 teams
Radivoj Korać, Ivo Daneu, Josip Đerđa, Slobodan Gordić, Trajko Rajković, Miodrag Nikolić, Nemanja Đurić, Zvonko Petričević, Dragoslav Ražnatović, Vital Eiselt, Vladimir Cvetković, Dragan Kovačić (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1964 Olympic Games: finished 7th among 16 teams
Radivoj Korać, Ivo Daneu, Josip Đerđa, Slobodan Gordić, Trajko Rajković, Miodrag Nikolić, Nemanja Đurić, Zvonko Petričević, Dragoslav Ražnatović, Vital Eiselt, Vladimir Cvetković, Dragan Kovačić (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1965 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 16 teams
Radivoj Korać, Ivo Daneu, Petar Skansi, Josip Đerđa, Slobodan Gordić, Trajko Rajković, Nemanja Đurić, Zvonko Petričević, Dragoslav Ražnatović, Vital Eiselt, Dragan Kovačić, Milos Bojović (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1967 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams
Kresimir Ćosić, Petar Skansi, Aljosa Zorga, Rato Tvrdić, Damir Šolman, Borut Bassin, Ljubodrag Simonović, Dragoslav Ražnatović, Vladimir Cvetković, Dragan Kapičić, Zoran Marojević, Goran Brajković (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1967 World Championship: finished 2nd among 13 teams
Radivoj Korać, Krešimir Ćosić, Ivo Daneu, Josip Đerđa, Petar Skansi, Rato Tvrdić, Borut Bassin, Nemanja Đurić, Trajko Rajković, Dragoslav Ražnatović, Vladimir Cvetković, Dragan Kovačić (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1968 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 16 teams
Radivoj Korać, Krešimir Ćosić, Ivo Daneu, Petar Skansi, Nikola Plecas, Aljoša Žorga, Damir Šolman, Trajko Rajković, Dragoslav Ražnatović, Vladimir Cvetković, Dragutin Čermak, Zoran Marojević (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1969 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 12 teams
Krešimir Ćosić, Ivo Daneu, Nikola Plećaš, Vinko Jelovac, Rato Tvrdić, Damir Šolman, Ljubodrag Simonović, Trajko Rajković, Dragutin Čermak, Dragan Kapičić, Vladimir Cvetković, Zoran Marojević (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1970 World Championship: finished 1st among 13 teams
Krešimir Ćosić, Ivo Daneu, Petar Skansi, Nikola Plećaš, Vinko Jelovac, Aljoša Žorga, Rato Tvrdić, Damir Šolman, Ljubodrag Simonović, Trajko Rajković, Dragutin Čermak, Dragan Kapičić (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1971 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 12 teams
Krešimir Ćosić, Nikola Plećaš, Vinko Jelovac, Aljoša Žorga, Ljubodrag Simonović, Dragutin Čermak, Borut Bassin, Dragan Kapičić, Blagoje Georgijevski, Žarko Knežević, Dragiša Vučinić, Davor Rukavina (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1972 Olympic Games: finished 5th among 16 teams
Krešimir Ćosić, Nikola Plećaš, Vinko Jelovac, Rato Tvrdić, Damir Šolman, Ljubodrag Simonović, Dragan Kapičić, Blagoje Georgijevski, Žarko Knežević, Dragutin Čermak, Miroljub Damnjanović, Milun Marović (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1973 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 12 teams
Kresimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Dragan Kićanović, Nikola Plecas, Vinko Jelovac, Zoran Slavnić, Željko Jerkov, Rato Tvrdić, Damir Šolman, Žarko Knezević, Milun Marović, Dragan Ivković (Coach: Mirko Novosel)
1974 World Championship: finished 2nd among 14 teams
Kresimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Dragan Kićanović, Nikola Plecas, Vinko Jelovac, Zoran Slavnić, Željko Jerkov, Rato Tvrdić, Damir Šolman, Žarko Knezević, Dragan Kapičić, Milun Marović (Coach: Mirko Novosel)
1975 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 12 teams
Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Dragan Kićanović, Nikola Plećaš, Vinko Jelovac, Zoran Slavnić, Željko Jerkov, Rato Tvrdić, Damir Šolman, Dragan Kapičić, Rajko Žižić (Coach: Mirko Novosel)
1976 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams
Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Dragan Kićanović, Vinko Jelovac, Zoran Slavnić, Željko Jerkov, Žarko Varajić, Damir Šolman, Andro Knego, Rajko Žižić, Blagoje Georgijevski (Coach: Mirko Novosel)
1977 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 12 teams
Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Dragan Kićanović, Vinko Jelovac, Zoran Slavnić, Željko Jerkov, Žarko Varajić, Ratko Radovanović, Duje Krstulović, Ante Đogić, Joško Papić (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1978 World Championship: finished 1st among 14 teams
Kresimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Dragan Kićanović, Zoran Slavnić, Željko Jerkov, Andro Knego, Ratko Radovanović, Rajko Žižić, Duje Krstulović, Peter Vilfan, Branko Skroče (Coach: Aca Nikolić)
1979 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 12 teams
Kresimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Dragan Kićanović, Zoran Slavnić, Željko Jerkov, Žarko Varajić, Ratko Radovanović, Rajko Žižić, Duje Krstulović, Peter Vilfan, Mihovil Nakić (Coach: Petar Skansi)
1980 Olympic Games: finished 1st among 12 teams
Kresimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Dragan Kićanović, Zoran Slavnić, Željko Jerkov, Andro Knego, Ratko Radovanović, Rajko Žižić, Duje Krstulović, Mihovil Nakić, Branko Skroče (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1981 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 12 teams
Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Dragan Kićanović, Andro Knego, Ratko Radovanović, Peter Vilfan, Branko Skroče, Predrag Benaček, Boban Petrović, Željko Poljak, Petar Popović (Coach: Bogdan Tanjević)
1982 World Championship: finished 3rd among 13 teams
Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Dragan Kićanović, Željko Jerkov, Aco Petrović, Andro Knego, Ratko Radovanović, Peter Vilfan, Rajko Žižić, Boban Petrović, Zufer Avdija, Zoran Radović (Coach: Ranko Žeravica)
1983 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams
Dražen Petrović, Krešimir Ćosić, Dražen Dalipagić, Dragan Kićanović, Zoran Slavnić, Ratko Radovanović, Peter Vilfan, Rajko Žižić, Ivan Sunara, Goran Grbović, Željko Poljak, Milenko Savović (Coach: Josip Đerđa)
1984 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 12 teams
Dražen Petrović, Aco Petrović, Dražen Dalipagić, Andro Knego, Ratko Radovanović, Rajko Žižić, Mihovil Nakić, Emir Mutapčić, Sabit Hadžić, Ivan Sunara, Nebojša Zorkić, Branko Vukičević (Coach: Mirko Novosel)
1985 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams
Dražen Petrović, Andro Knego, Zoran Čutura, Mihovil Nakić, Emir Mutapčić, Stojan Vranković, Ivan Sunara, Zoran Radović, Sven Ušić, Nebojša Zorkić, Boban Petrović, Borislav Vučević (Coach: Krešimir Ćosić)
1986 World Championship: finished 3rd among 24 teams
Dražen Petrović, Aco Petrović, Dražen Dalipagić, Vlade Divac, Stojan Vranković, Ratko Radovanović, Zoran Čutura, Emir Mutapčić, Danko Cvjetičanin, Franjo Arapović, Zoran Radović, Veljko Petranović (Coach: Krešimir Ćosić)
1987 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 12 teams
Dražen Petrović, Aco Petrović, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Žarko Paspalj, Aleksandar Đorđević, Stojan Vranković, Ratko Radovanović, Danko Cvjetičanin, Zoran Radović, Goran Grbović (Coach: Krešimir Ćosić)
1988 Olympic Games: finished 2nd among 12 teams
Dražen Petrović, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Žarko Paspalj, Stojan Vranković, Jure Zdovc, Zoran Čutura, Danko Cvjetičanin, Franjo Arapović, Željko Obradović, Zdravko Radulović (Coach: Dušan Ivković)
1989 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 8 teams
Dražen Petrović, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Žarko Paspalj, Predrag Danilović, Stojan Vranković, Jure Zdovc, Zoran Čutura, Zdravko Radulović, Zoran Radović, Mario Primorac (Coach: Dušan Ivković)
1990 World Championship: finished 1st among 16 teams
Dražen Petrović, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Žarko Paspalj, Zoran Savić, Velimir Perasović, Jure Zdovc, Zoran Čutura, Željko Obradović, Arijan Komazec, Radisav Ćurčić, Zoran Jovanović (Coach: Dušan Ivković)
1991 EuroBasket: finished 1st among 8 teams
Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Žarko Paspalj, Zoran Savić, Predrag Danilović, Aleksandar Đorđević, Velimir Perasović, Jure Zdovc, Arijan Komazec, Zoran Sretenović, Zoran Jovanović (Coach: Dušan Ivković)

For 1992 onwards, as Federal Republic of Yugoslavia: see Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team

Manager history[edit]

Successor teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Note: Montenegrin national basketball team is a successor of the SFR Yugoslavia national basketball team; At the time of 1992, FR Yugoslavia was one of the successors (Later Serbian national basketball team); Although, none of these teams is a results successor of what has the SFR Yugoslavia national basketball team accomplished)".