Zoran Slavnić

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Zoran Slavnić
Zoran Moka Slavnić.jpg
Slavnić, in 2015.
Personal information
Born (1949-10-26) October 26, 1949 (age 67)
Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Listed weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Career information
Playing career 1963–1983
Position Point guard
Number 10, 15
Coaching career 1983–2007
Career history
As player:
1963–1977 Crvena zvezda
1977–1979 Joventut Badalona
1979–1981 Šibenka
1981–1982 Partizan
1982–1983 Indesit Caserta
As coach:
1983–1984 Šibenka
1984–1985 Partizan
1985–1986 Jugoplastika
1986–1988 Caja de Ronda Málaga
1988–1991 Crvena zvezda
1991–1992 Dafni
1994–1995 Crvena zvezda
1995–1996 Joventut Badalona
1996–1997 Iraklis Thessaloniki
2001 TSK uniVersa Bamberg
2004 Atlas
2007 Serbia
Career highlights and awards
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Zoran "Moka" Slavnić (born October 26, 1949) is a Serbian retired basketball player and coach. He played with Crvena zvezda for 10 senior seasons. One of the best European point guards of all time, he was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991.

With Crvena zvezda, he won two Yugoslav National Championships, three Yugoslav National Cups and one European Cup Winner's Cup. He also won the Spanish League championship with Joventut Badalona. During his basketball career he played for Crvena zvezda (1967–1977), Joventut Badalona (1977–1979), Šibenka (1979–1981) and Partizan (1981–1982). His coaches were Ranko Žeravica, Zdravko Kubat, and Mirko Novosel. His son is Zvezdan Slavnić.

Slavnić was one of the rare players who won everything he could in a career with his national team: 3 EuroBaskets (1973, 1975, 1977), the FIBA World Cup (1978), and Summer Olympics gold (1980).


Slavnic's biggest successes were achieved in BC Red Star jersey, as during 1963 - 1977 period he won two titles in former Yugoslavia, three Cups and European Cup Winner's Cup. Together with Dragan Kapicic, Ljubodrag "Duci" Simonovic and Vladimir Cvetkovic, he was member of one of greatest team in Red Star's history. While playing for Joventut, he helped Spanish side to become country's champions in 1978, for the second time in club's history. After that, he came back in Yugoslav basket, playing for Sibenka, and after that in Italian Caserta. He finished his playing career in that club, but after short period in Red Star's biggest rivals, Partizan Belgrade. Together with legendary Yugoslav coach, professor Aleksandar Nikolic, he's the only one who both, played and coached Red Star and Partizan.

National team[edit]

Slavnic played 179 games for Yugoslavia and scored 1,465 points. He's one of rare players with golds from Olympic games, FIBA World Cup and FIBA European Championship. He won three Eurobasket titles, 1973 in Barcelona, 1975 in Belgrade and 1977. in Liege. He won gold at World championship, now FIBA World Cup, in Manila in 1978, and Olympic gold in Moscow in 1980.

Coaching career[edit]

Zoran "Moka" Slavnic coached Sibenka, Partizan, Jugoplastika, Malaga, Red Star, Daphne, Joventut, Iraklis, Bamberg and Atlas. Unanimously, Executive board of national basketball federation decided on May 29, 2007 that Slavnic should be head coach of first national team of Serbia, after joint state with Montenegro ceased to exist. After numerous "thanks, but no thanks" decisions of experienced players who didn't want to participate at Eurobasket 2007, he took Milan Gurovic, Marko Jaric, Darko Milicic and nine debutants, who later became standard members of Serbian national team. But, due to defeats of Russia, who went on and took the title, than Greece, who were defending European crown and won in overtime, and Israel, Serbia were eliminated in the first phase of continental championship. Serbian basketball federation decided on September 26, 2007 to look for new head coach. Остало[уреди]


Together with his dribbling, Zoran Slavnic had three moves that were highlights of his career:

1975 - He scored over his own head against Spain at Eurobasket in Belgrade

1976 - He scored one second before the time against Italy and won the game that sent Yugoslavia to semi-finals of Olympics in Montreal

1977 - He passed the ball like volleyball players do, with Dragan Kicanovic, against Soviet Union in the finals of Eurobasket in Liege

Spaniards called him "eccentric genius" due to his original style of play, but his motto was "This is all just a game"

1991 - FIBA announced that Zoran Slavnic is among 50 best players of all time

2007 - Serbian authorities announced that Zoran Slavnic is among those who will receive "national sports recognition for his contribution for development and affirmation of sport"

2013 - FIBA introduced him as a member of Hall of Fame. It was announced that, together with his achievements as player, he very much contributed as coach, as he trained youngsters who became aces in following years, like Drazen Petrovic, Aleksandar Djordjevic, Sasha Obradovic, Toni Kukoc and Dino Radja.

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