Vrbica Stefanov

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Vrbica Stefanov
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Vrbica Stefanov shooting a free throw at the Eurobasket 2007 qualification.
Personal information
Born (1973-12-19) December 19, 1973 (age 43)
Kavadarci, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Macedonian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1995 / Undrafted
Playing career 1991–2009
Position Point guard
Coaching career 2014–present
Career history
As player:
1991–1992 Tikveš
1992–1998 MZT Skopje
1998–1999 Rabotnički Skopje
1999–2000 Pınar Karşıyaka
2000–2001 AEK Athens
2001–2005 Montepaschi Siena
2005–2006 Ülkerspor
2006 Crvena zvezda
2006–2007 Olympiacos
2007 Montepaschi Siena
2007–2008 Mersin BŞB
2008–2009 ViveMenorca
As coach:
2014 MZT Skopje
2016 Kožuv

Vrbica Stefanov (Macedonian: Врбица Стефанов) (born December 19, 1973) is a retired Macedonian professional basketball player who last was a head coach of Macedonian basketball team Kožuv.[1]

Pro career[edit]

After starting his basketball career with Tikveš, Stefanov played six seasons with MZT Aerodrom (1992–1998),[2] then passed to Rabotnički (1998–1999), Karsiyaka Izmir (1999–2000, Turkey), AEK Athens (2000–2001, Greece). He then remained for four years in Italy, in the Montepaschi Siena (2001–2005),[3] where he reached a Euroleague Final Four.[4]

He has won the 1998–99 Macedonian National Championship with Rabotnički, the 2001 Greek National Cup with AEK Athens,[5] the 2002 Saporta Cup with Montepaschi Siena, the 2003–04 Italian National Championship with Montepaschi Siena, and the 2005-06 Turkish National Championship with Ülkerspor. He was also the captain of the Macedonian national team and played at the 1999 European Championship and the 2007 European Championship qualification.[6]

After he signed with KK Crvena zvezda, he played only one game, in October 2006 and said that would retire from playing basketball.[citation needed]

In February 2007 he signed for the ACB's ViveMenorca in Spain, for all the remaining season and the following one.[7]

On 23 March 2009, Vrbica Stefanov was awarded the Medal for Service to the Country by the then-president of the Republic of Macedonia Branko Crvenkovski in acknowledgement of his sport achievements and his contribution to developing and popularizing sport in Macedonia as well as promoting the country abroad.

Honors[edit]

  • Club honors
    • Macedonian League - 1999 with Rabotnicki
    • Greek Cup - 2001 with AEK
    • Saporta Cup - 2002 with Montepaschi
    • Italian League - 2004, 2007 with Montepaschi
    • Turkish League - 2006 with Ülker
  • Individual honors
    • Macedonian Sportspersonality of the year - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
    • Greek All Star - 2001
    • Italian All Star - 2005

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