Svetislav Pešić

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Svetislav Pešić
Pešić with Bayern Munich in 2013
FC Barcelona Lassa
PositionHead coach
LeagueLiga ACB
Personal information
Born (1949-08-28) August 28, 1949 (age 69)
Novi Sad, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian / German
Listed height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight83 kg (183 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1971 / Undrafted
Playing career1967–1979
PositionShooting guard
Coaching career1982–present
Career history
As player:
As coach:
1993–2000Alba Berlin
2000–2002FR Yugoslavia
2001–2002RheinEnergie Köln
2002–2004FC Barcelona
2004–2006Lottomatica Roma
2006–2007Akasvayu Girona
2007–2008Dynamo Moscow
2008–2009Crvena zvezda
2010–2011Power Electronics Valencia
2011–2012Crvena zvezda
2012–2016Bayern Munich
2018–presentFC Barcelona
Career highlights and awards
As a head coach:

Svetislav Pešić (Serbian Cyrillic: Светислав Пешић, born August 28, 1949), also known by his nickname Kari, is a Serbian professional basketball head coach for FC Barcelona Lassa of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague.

Playing career[edit]

As a player of Bosna, Pešić won the European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) in 1979. He played for Partizan (1967–1971), and Bosna (1971–1979).

Coaching career[edit]

Pešić is also one of the most successful European basketball coaches.

He led a Yugoslavia junior team, that featured future international stars Vlade Divac, Saša Đorđević, Toni Kukoč, and Dino Rađa to victory in the 1987 FIBA World Junior Championship (later split into separate under-19 and under-21 events), defeating the USA twice during the tournament.[1] With the Yugoslavia senior side, Pešić won the 2002 FIBA World Championship, held in Indianapolis, and EuroBasket 2001 (organized by Turkey), and he also won EuroBasket 1993 (organized by Germany), as head coach of Germany.

At the club level, Pešić won the triple crown in 2003 with FC Barcelona.

On 16 November 2010, he was named the coach of Power Electronics Valencia for the rest of the 2010-11 season.[2]

In November 2012, Pešić was named a head coach of the German team Bayern Munich.[3] On 28 February 2015, he extended his contract with the club until 2017.[4] On 24 July 2016, he left Bayern at his own request for health reasons.[5]

On 9 February 2018, he returned as the head coach of FC Barcelona, until the end of the season.[6]

Coaching record[edit]

G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


Team Year G W L W–L% Result
2002–03 21 17 4 .810 Won EuroLeague Championship
2003–04 20 14 6 .700 Eliminated at Top 16 Stage
Valencia 2010–11 20 11 9 .550 Eliminated at Top 16 Stage
Bayern 2013–14 24 9 15 .375 Eliminated at Top 16 stage
2014–15 10 2 8 .200 Eliminated at the group stage
2015–16 10 4 6 .400 Eliminated at the group stage
Barcelona 2017–18 8 4 4 .500 Eliminated in regular season
Career 113 61 52 .540


As player:

As head coach:

Personal life[edit]

Along with Serbian, Pešić also possesses German citizenship. His son, Marko (born 1976), is a former professional basketball player, and was an occasional member of the German national team. German former basketball player Jan Jagla is his son-in-law, due to his marriage with Pešić’s daughter Ivana.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Woolf, Alexander (2002). "Sarajevo Airport: Prisoners of War". Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure. New York: Warner Books. pp. 90–107. ISBN 0-446-52601-0.
  2. ^ Power Electronics makes Pesic new boss!
  3. ^ "Svetislav Pesic tabbed as new coach for Bayern Munich". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Pešić vodi Bajern do 2017". (in Serbian). 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Svetislav Pesic leaves Bayern Munich". Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Svetislav Pesic will coach Barça Lassa until the end of the season | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 2018-02-09.

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