November 17, 1929|
Dragutinovo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Died||October 29, 2015
|1991||Slobodna Dalmacija Split|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
|Basketball Hall of Fame as coach|
With a career that spanned over 50 years, he is most noted for his work with the senior Yugoslav national team during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s. In particular, Žeravica's single biggest achievement is guiding the country to its first ever major competition win — a gold medal on home soil, at the 1970 FIBA World Championship — leading to a huge expansion of the game of basketball throughout Yugoslavia.
Born to father Milorad, and mother Gordana, in the village of Dragutinovo (before it merged with Beodra into Novo Miloševo), Žeravica's education started in his village, and continued in Kikinda, where he traveled every day by train. His family stemmed from Herzegovina by ancestry, having moved to the Mošorin area several generations before his birth, where they became wealthy farmers and land owners.
Health problems and death
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Ranko Žeravica had a history of cardiac problems. In 2009. he suffered a heart attack and had a triple bypass surgery. In early 2015. he was admitted to hospital due to chest pain and was diagnosed with a mild heart attack. He had a coronary stent surgery and was soon discharged from hospital.
Žeravica died, aged 85, on 29 October 2015 at his Belgrade home.
Yugoslavia national basketball team
Žeravica coached the senior men's Yugoslavia national basketball team to gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games and 1970 FIBA World Championship; as well as to silver medals at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games, 1967 FIBA World Championship, 1969 EuroBasket, and 1971 EuroBasket. He also coached Yugoslavia to the bronze medal at the 1982 FIBA World Championship.
- 1967–72 Yugoslavia
- ......1980 Yugoslavia
- ......1980 Argentina (technical advisor)
- ......1982 Yugoslavia
FIBA Hall of Fame
In 2007, he was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame.
In popular culture
- In 2015 Serbian sports drama We Will Be the World Champions Žeravica is portrayed by Sergej Trifunović.
- Ispovest Ranka Žeravice: "Žućko je umro na rukama moje supruge";Blic, 20 February 2012.
- ODLAZAK KOŠARKAŠKE LEGENDE Preminuo Ranko Žeravica, Blic.rs, 29 October 2015.(Serbian)
- Full Cast & Crew of We Will Be the World Champions