Aleksandar Petrović (basketball)

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Aleksandar Petrović
Aleksandar Petrovic by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Petrović coaching Lietuvos rytas in February 2014
Personal information
Born (1959-02-16) February 16, 1959 (age 58)
Šibenik, PR Croatia,
FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Career information
Playing career 1979–1991
Position Point guard
Coaching career 1991–present
Career history
As player:
1979–1987 Cibona
1987–1988 Victoria Libertas
1988–1989 Cibona
1989–1990 Novi Zagreb
1990–1991 Racing Luxembourg
As coach:
1991–1995 Cibona
1995 Croatia
1995–1997 Sevilla
1997–1999 Cibona
1999–2001 Croatia
2001–2002 Włocławek
2004–2005 Lleida
2006 Scafati
2007–2008 Zadar
2010–2011 Cedevita
2012–2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012–2013 Cedevita
2013–2014 Lietuvos rytas
2016–2017 Croatia
2017–present Brazil
Career highlights and awards

As a head coach:

Aleksandar "Aco" Petrović (born February 16, 1959) is a Croatian former professional basketball player and basketball coach who is currently coaching the senior men's Brazilian national team. Petrović is also the older brother of the late professional basketball player Dražen Petrović.

Playing career[edit]

Petrović played as a shooting guard, and achieved prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The pro clubs he played for included: Šibenka, Cibona, Scavolini Pesaro, Novi Zagreb, and Racing Luxembourg. He was among the 105 player nominees for the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors list.

Coaching career[edit]

Petrović has coached the senior men's Croatian national team on three occasions, in 1995, when they finished third in the EuroBasket 1995, between 1999 and 2001, when they finished 7th in the EuroBasket 2001, and during Croatia's run to the Olympics in Rio 2016.

Between 1991 and 1995, Petrović started his club coaching career with Cibona. Between 1995 and 1997, he coached the Spanish ACB League club Caja San Fernando, before returning to Cibona for the 1997–98 season.

In the 2001–02 season, he went to Poland to coach Anwil Włocławek. In 2004, he was again in Spain with Caprabo Lleida. In 2006, he took over at the Italian League club Carifac Fabriano, before switching to Eurorida Scafati. In the 2007–08 season, he took over the Croatian club Zadar. He then became the head coach of Cedevita.

He was named the EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2011.[1]

In February 2012, he was appointed as the coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina's senior men's national basketball team.

After departure of Božidar Maljković, Petrović once again took charge over Cedevita on November 26, 2012.[2] After Cedevita was eliminated from the EuroLeague and the Croatian Cup, and left without any chance of qualifying for the ABA League Final Four, Petrović offered his resignation to the club, which was accepted on 3 March 2013.[3]

On March 23, 2016 Petrović was named as the coach of Croatia national team in third term.

In third team as a head coach of Croatian national team, Croatian team played in a qualifications in Torino, Italy for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Croatia was qualified.

In the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Croatia beat Spain, and played in a quarterfinal of tournament against Serbia. Serbia won 83–82.

On September 15, 2017 Petrović was sacked after debacle on EuroBasket 2017 against Russia, in round of 16.[4]

In October 2017, a month late the departure in Croatia, he was named as a head coach of the Brazilian national team.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Aleksandar Petrović was born in Šibenik in family of Biserka Petrović (née Mikulandra and born in 1941), who is from village of Bilice near Šibenik, and Jovan Petrović, who was born in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Petrović is the older brother of the late professional basketball player Dražen Petrović, who died in a car accident in 1993. Petrović's close cousin is Serbian former professional basketball player Dejan Bodiroga.[6]

He was training on basket ground in your street Preradovićeva in hometown Šibenik, where was training retired professional basketball player and coach Neven Spahija, Aleksandar's late brother Dražen and ever many players, who aren't professional players. Aleksandar and Drazen are well famous croatian basketball players. He is in a relationship from 1985, with Jadranka Petrović, and he has daughter Lina.


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