Nebojša Popović

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Nebojša Popović
Personal information
Born (1923-02-08)8 February 1923
Irig, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died 20 October 2001(2001-10-20) (aged 78)
Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia
Nationality Yugoslav
Career information
Playing career 1945–1952
Number 8
Coaching career 1945–1955
Career history
As player:
1945–1951 Crvena zvezda
1951–1952 Gallaratese
As coach:
1945–1955 Crvena zvezda (men's)
1946–1952 Crvena zvezda (women's)
1950–1953 Yugoslavia
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career Yugoslav League statistics
Points 518 (8.9 ppg)
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach

Nebojša Popović (Serbian Cyrillic: Небојша Поповић; February 8, 1923 – October 20, 2001) was a Yugoslav basketball player, coach and administrator. He is the basketball legend of Red Star Belgrade. In 2007, he was enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame.[1]

Early life[edit]

Popović lived with his family in Rijeka, where he played water polo as goalkeeper. He learned about basketball from the Yugoslav water polo and basketball pioneer Božo Grkinić.

Basketball career[edit]

Crvena zvezda[edit]

Popović was a co-founder of the Crvena Zvezda basketball club in 1945. He held number 1 membership card.[1] He played for Crvena Zvezda from 1945 to 1951, he also coached men's team at Red Star from 1945 to 1955 and women's Red Star team from 1946 to 1952.[1]

Popović played for the Italian team Gallaratese in 1951-1952.[1]

Yugoslavia national team[edit]

As a player for the Yugoslavia national basketball team Popović participated in 1950 World Championship and 1947 European Championship.[2] He scored first point in history of World Championships as player of Yugoslavia.[1]

He coached Yugoslavia national basketball team at the 1950 World Championship and 1953 European Championship.

Administrator[edit]

Popović served as the president of the Yugoslav Basketball Federation (1985–1987) and president of the Commission for International Competition of FIBA.

Journalism[edit]

Popović also worked as a journalist, contributing to La Gazzetta dello Sport for four decades.[1]

He was the executive of Yugoslav Radio Television (JRT), the Yugoslav national TV channel. He covered four Summer Olympic Games with JRT.[1]

Career achievements and Awards[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Coaching record[edit]

Legend
 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage

Yugoslav First Men's Basketball League[edit]

Season Team Games W D L W % Result
1946 Crvena zvezda 7 6 0 1 .857 Champions
1947 Crvena zvezda 4 4 0 0 1.000 Champions
1948 Crvena zvezda 5 4 0 1 .800 Champions
1949 Crvena zvezda 18 17 0 1 .944 Champions
1950 Crvena zvezda 18 16 0 2 .889 Champions
1951 Crvena zvezda 22 18 2 2 .818 Champions
1952 Crvena zvezda 4 4 0 0 1.000 Champions
1953 Crvena zvezda 6 5 1 0 .833 Champions
1954 Crvena zvezda 22 16 0 6 .727 Champions
1955 Crvena zvezda 18 14 1 3 .778 Champions
Career 124 104 4 16 .839

Yugoslav Women's Basketball League[edit]

Season Team Games W D L W % Result
1946 Crvena zvezda 3 3 0 0 1.000 Champions
1947 Crvena zvezda 4 4 0 0 1.000 Champions
1948 Crvena zvezda 5 5 0 0 1.000 Champions
1949 Crvena zvezda 4 4 0 0 1.000 Champions
1950 Crvena zvezda 5 5 0 0 1.000 Champions
1951 Crvena zvezda 10 9 1 0 .900 Champions
1952 Crvena zvezda 3 3 0 0 1.000 Champions
Career 34 33 1 0 .971

National team[edit]

Tournament Team Games W L W % Result
1950 World Championship Yugoslavia 5 0 5 .000 10th place
1953 EuroBasket Yugoslavia 11 6 5 .545 6th place
Career 16 6 10 .375

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Petar Breznik
President of the
Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia

1987–1989
Succeeded by
Miodrag Babić