Peter Vilfan

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Peter Vilfan in 2014

Peter Vilfan (born June 29, 1957 in Maribor) is a Slovenian basketball player, sports journalist and commentator, and a politician. From December 2011 until Maj 2014, he was a deputy in the Slovenian National Assembly.

Vilfan played for ŽKK Maribor, Olimpija, Split, Partizan and the Yugoslavia national team, with which he won a gold medal in the 1978 FIBA World Championship in Manila. He was inducted into the Slovenian Athletes Hall of Fame, in 2013.


Vilfan at Union Olimpija vs Maccabi Electra EuroLeague match in 2009 as TV commentator for RTV Slovenia

Club career[edit]

As well as Smelt Olimpija, Vilfan played for Jugoplastika Split and for Partizan.

National career[edit]

Peter Vilfan
Medal record
Representing  Yugoslavia
Men's Basketball
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1978 Philippines Team
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Colombia Team
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Italy Team
Silver medal – second place 1981 Czechoslovakia Team


Vilfan made 121 appearances for the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, between 1977 and 1983, making him the third most capped Slovenian player for Yugoslavia. He played in five international tournaments: the 1978 FIBA World Championship, the EuroBasket 1979, the EuroBasket 1981, the 1982 FIBA World Championship, and the EuroBasket 1983. He won one gold and one bronze medal in the FIBA World Cup, and one silver and one bronze in the EuroBasket.


Vilfan was the first captain of the senior Slovenian national basketball team, following Slovenia's independence from Yugoslavia.


After his retirement Vilfan began working at the Slovenian radio and television network as a sports commentator. He also opened a basketball school for children.[1]


In 2011 he joined Positive Slovenia (PS) party and was elected to the National Assembly. For May 2014 European Parliament elections he was placed on last place (8th) on the list of candidates by PS.[2] On 29 April 2014 he left PS party.[3]

On 10 May 2014 he was driving under the influence and hit an elderly pedestrian, who needed hospitalization. Next day he admitted DUI event and resigned as member of the National Assembly.[4] His resignation became official on 14 May.[5]

On 31 May 2014 he became a vice-president of the newly founded party Alliance of Alenka Bratušek.[6]


His son-in-law is Macedonian basketball player Vlado Ilievski.[7]