Serbia: Duda dies

World-famous Serbian basketball coach Dusan “Duda” Ivkovic died early in the morning around 07:00 in Belgrade.

The coach of the national teams of Yugoslavia and Serbia, one of the best coaches in the history of world basketball, Dusan “Duda” Ivkovic, passed away at the age of 78.

The “smart man” of European basketball was being treated in the intensive care unit of a Belgrade hospital in recent days, and this morning his heart stopped beating.

Duda had experienced some problems with his heart in recent years, but recently he had developed a disease in his lungs.

Dusan “Duda” Ivkovic, born in Belgrade on October 29, 1943, was a former Serbian professional basketball player and former coach. In 2008, when FIBA ​​Europe announced the honorary list of 50 personalities with the greatest contribution in the history of the Europa League (Euroleague), Ivkovic was included among the 10 greatest coaches in the history of the institution. In 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Basketball Federation and was awarded the Euroleague Legend Award by the Euroleague Men’s Association.

Dusan Ivkovic is the only coach in history to have won all four major European titles, he is a prominent figure among his colleagues.

Having played basketball for 10 years (1958-1968) in Radnicki Belgrade, he began training as an assistant to Ranko Zeravica in the 1977-78 season.

In his career as a coach he sat on the benches of Partizan Belgrade (1978-80), Aris Thessaloniki (1980-82), KK Šibenik (1982-1987), Vojvodina Novisad (1987-90), PAOK (1991-94) ), Panionios (1991-94), Olympiacos (1996-99), AEK Athens (1999-2000), CSKA Moscow (2002-05), Dinamo Moscow (2005-10), Olympiacos (2010-12) and Anadolu Efes ( 2014-2016) He was three times coach of the national men’s teams of Yugoslavia (1987-92), the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1992-95) and Serbia (2008-13).

Among the awards in his long career are EuroLeague (1997, 2012), EuroCup (2006), Korac Cup (1979), Saporta Cup (2000), Champion of Yugoslavia (1979), Cup of Yugoslavia (1979), Champion of Greece (1992, 1997, 2012), Russian Champion (2003, 2004, 2005)

Greek Cup Winner (1997, 2000, 2001, 2011), Russian Cup Winner (2005), Turkish Cup Winner (2015), Turkish Super Cup (2015), Coach of the Year (EuroLeague) (2012), Coach of the Year ( Greece) (2016)./ ibna

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