8 February 1923|
Irig, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
|Died||20 October 2001
Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia
|1945–1955||Crvena zvezda (men's)|
|1946–1952||Crvena zvezda (women's)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|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
- 2 Basketball career
- 3 Journalism
- 4 Career achievements and Awards
- 5 In popular culture
- 6 Coaching record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Popović was a co-founder of the Crvena Zvezda basketball club in 1945. He held number 1 membership card. 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.
Yugoslavia national team
As a player for the Yugoslavia national basketball team Popović participated in 1950 World Championship and 1947 European Championship. He scored first point in history of World Championships as player of Yugoslavia.
Career achievements and Awards
- Yugoslav Men's League champion: 10 (with Crvena zvezda: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955) as coach/player until 1951 and as coach only, until 1955.
- Yugoslav Women's League champion: 7 (with Crvena zvezda: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951,1952)
- FIBA Order of Merit (1997), awarded by the FIBA
- Prize “Sports & Universality”, awarded by the International Olympic Committee
In popular culture
- In 2015 Serbian sports drama We Will Be the World Champions Popović is portrayed by Strahinja Blažić and his wife Maja is portrayed by Iva Babić.
Yugoslav First Men's Basketball League
Yugoslav Women's Basketball League
|1950 World Championship||Yugoslavia||5||0||5||.000||10th place|
|1953 EuroBasket||Yugoslavia||11||6||5||.545||6th place|
- Na današnji dan: Rođen Nebojša Popović, mojacrvenazvezda.net
|President of the
Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia