Dušan Ivković

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Dušan Ivković
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Dušan Ivković coaching Serbia (2011)
Personal information
Born (1943-10-29) October 29, 1943 (age 73)
Belgrade, German-occupied Serbia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Listed weight 198 lb (90 kg)[1]
Career information
Playing career 1958–1968
Position Point guard
Coaching career 1978–2016
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
1987–1990 Vojvodina
1991–1993 PAOK
1994–1996 Panionios
1996–1999 Olympiacos
1999–2001 AEK
2002–2005 CSKA Moscow
2005–2007 Dynamo Moscow
2008–2013 Serbia
2010–2012 Olympiacos
2014–2016 Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards

As head coach:

Dušan "Duda" Ivković (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан "Дуда" Ивковић; born 29 October 1943) is a Serbian retired professional basketball player and coach. He served as head coach of the senior Serbian national basketball team from 2008 to 2013, and of the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, from 1987[1][2] (Serbia and Montenegro competed under the name FR Yugoslavia following the breakup of Yugoslavia) to 1995.[2] He is also the 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.

Club coaching career[edit]

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

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, starting to coach from the 2014–15 season.[3]

On July 1, 2016, Ivković officially retired from professional coaching.[4]

National team coaching[edit]

In summer 1983, Ivković coached the Yugoslavian team featuring 18-year-old Dražen Petrović at the Universiade in Edmonton, getting silver after losing to Canada in the final.

Four years later, barely three weeks after assisting Krešimir Ćosić at EuroBasket 1987, Ivković got to coach Yugoslavia again at the Universiade, this time at home in Zagreb. The team, featuring now 22-year-old European superstar Petrović, won gold in dominant fashion.

Also in 1987, Ivković succeeded Ćosić as head coach of the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, and held the post until the breakup of Yugoslavia, in 1991.

Ivković then assumed the head coaching position of the senior FR Yugoslavia. He guided the team to a gold medal at EuroBasket 1995, in the country's first official appearance since the 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 Summer Olympic Games.[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 American scientist Nikola Tesla. Ivković's maternal grandmother, Olga Mandić, and Tesla's mother, Đuka Mandić, were first cousins.[7] Coincidentally, Tesla died the same year that Ivković was born.

Ivković is a record holding pigeon racer.[7]

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. (in Serbo-Croatian)
  2. ^ a b Serbia Media Guide EuroBasket 2013, page 23. kss.rs.
  3. ^ "Dušan Ivković definitivno u Efesu". B92 (in Serbian). 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Legendary Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic retires at 72". 26 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Ivković i Obradović podneli ostavke. Tanjug (via srbija.gov.rs), 21 November 2000. (in Serbian)
  6. ^ Stanković, Vladimir. The excitement starts here. euroleague.net, 29 January 2010
  7. ^ a b Pavić, Zoran. Dušan Ivković – Svugde nosim svoj krst. Status magazine (via b92.net), November 2008. (in Serbian)

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