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50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)

The 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008) of FIBA European Champions Cup and EuroLeague history were awarded and chosen on February 3, 2008, in Madrid, Spain. The occasion was the fiftieth anniversary since the founding of the inaugural season of the FIBA European Champions Cup, which is officially recognized as the predecessor of today's modern EuroLeague competition, which is the premier level men's basketball league in Europe.

The list was made up of 35 players, 10 coaches, and 5 referees that were deemed to have contributed the most to the growth of the EuroLeague. It also included other nominees for each category. All together, 105 players, 20 coaches, and 12 referees in total were nominated.

50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)Edit

35 PlayersEdit

  • Years in parentheses indicate years played as a senior men's club basketball player in all leagues, not just the EuroLeague.

[1][2]

Country Player Years Played
(in all club leagues)
  Serbia Radivoj Korać (1954–1969)
  Serbia Dražen Dalipagić (1971–1991)
  Serbia Vlade Divac (1983–2005)
  Serbia Aleksandar "Saša" Đorđević (1984–2005)
  Serbia Predrag Danilović (1988–2000)
  Serbia Dejan Bodiroga (1989–2007)
  United States Walter Szczerbiak Sr. (1971–1984)
  United States Bob Morse (1972–1986)
  United States Bob McAdoo (1972–1992)
  United States Mike D'Antoni (1973–1990)
  United States Anthony Parker (1997–2012)
  Spain Emiliano Rodríguez (1958–1973)
  Spain Clifford Luyk (1962–1978)
  Spain Wayne Brabender (1967–1985)
  Spain Juan Antonio Corbalán (1971–1991)
  Spain Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi" (1977–1995)
  Italy Aldo Ossola (1964–1980)
  Italy Dino Meneghin (1966–1994)
  Italy Pierluigi Marzorati (1969–1991, 2006)
  Italy Antonello Riva (1977–2002, 2014)
  Croatia Krešimir Ćosić (1964–1969, 1973–1983)
  Croatia Dražen Petrović (1979–1993)
  Croatia Dino Rađa (1985–2003)
  Croatia Toni Kukoč (1985–2006)
  Greece Panagiotis Giannakis (1972–1996)
  Greece Nikos Galis (1979–1994)
  Greece Fragiskos Alvertis (1990–2009)
  Greece Theo Papaloukas (1995–2013)
  Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis (1981–2004)
  Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius (1998–2014)
  Russia Sergei Belov (1964–1980)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Delibašić (1968–1983)
  Israel Miki Berkovich (1971–1995)
  Mexico Manuel Raga (1963–1979)
  Argentina Manu Ginóbili (1995–2018)

10 CoachesEdit

  • Years in parentheses indicate years spent as a basketball coach, in all competitions, not just the EuroLeague.
Country Coach Years Coached
(in all competitions)
  Serbia Aca Nikolić (1951–1985)
  Serbia Dušan Ivković (1968–2016)
  Serbia Božidar Maljković (1971–2013)
  Serbia Željko Obradović (1991–Present)
  Spain Pedro Ferrándiz (1955–1975)
  Spain Manuel "Lolo" Sáinz (1969–2001)
  Russia Alexander Gomelsky (1949–1991)
  United States Dan Peterson (1962–1988, 2011)
  Israel Pini Gershon (1974–2015)
  Italy Ettore Messina (1976–Present)

5 RefereesEdit

Country Referee
  Bulgaria Artenik Arabadjian
  France Yvan Mainini
  Greece Costas Rigas
  Russia Mikhail Davidov
  Slovakia Lubomir Kotleba

Other nominees that were not selectedEdit

70 Player nomineesEdit

  • Years in parentheses indicate years played as a senior men's club basketball player in all leagues, not just the EuroLeague.

[3]

Country Player Years Played
(in all club leagues)
  United States Miles Aiken (1965–1970)
  United States Bill Bradley (1965–1977)
  United States Charlie Yelverton (1971–1987)
  United States Aulcie Perry (1974–1985)
  United States Larry Wright (1976–1988)
  United States Bruce Flowers (1979–1987)
  United States Clarence Kea (1980–1994)
  United States Kevin Magee (1982–1994)
  United States Audie Norris (1982–1994)
  United States Corny Thompson (1982–1996)
  United States Dominique Wilkins (1982–1999)
  United States Michael Young (1984–1996)
  United States Johnny Rogers (1986–2004)
  United States Joe Arlauckas (1987–2000)
  United States David Rivers (1988–2001)
  United States Tyus Edney (1995–2010)
  United States Marcus Brown (1996–2011)
  Serbia Zoran "Moka" Slavnić (1963–1983)
  Serbia Žarko Varajić (1969–1984)
  Serbia Dragan Kićanović (1971–1984)
  Serbia Žarko Paspalj (1984–1998)
  Serbia Zoran Savić (1989–2002)
  Serbia Željko Rebrača (1990–2007)
  Croatia Josip Đerđa (1958–1976)
  Croatia Mihovil Nakić-Vojnović (1973–1989)
  Croatia Aleksandar "Aco" Petrović (1977–1991)
  Croatia Stojan "Stojko" Vranković (1982–2001)
  Croatia Velimir Perasović (1985–2003)
  Croatia Nikola Vujčić (1995—2013)
  Spain Rafael Rullán (1969–1988)
  Spain Ignacio "Nacho" Solozábal (1975–1992)
  Spain Fernando Martín (1979–1989)
  Spain Jordi Villacampa (1980–1997)
  Spain Juan Carlos Navarro (1997–2018)
  Italy Carlo Recalcati (1962–1981)
  Italy Roberto Brunamonti (1975–1996)
  Italy Walter Magnifico (1979–2004)
  Italy Riccardo Pittis (1984–2004)
  Russia Yuri Korneev (1954–1966)
  Russia Gennadi Volnov (1957–1972)
  Russia Vladimir Andreev (1963–1975)
  Russia Anatoly Myshkin (1970–1986)
  Lithuania Valdemaras Chomičius (1978–2000)
  Lithuania Rimas Kurtinaitis (1982–2006)
  Lithuania Artūras Karnišovas (1989–2002)
  Lithuania Saulius Štombergas (1991–2007)
  Israel Tal Brody (1961–1977)
  Israel Motti Aroesti (1971–1991)
  Israel Doron Jamchi (1984–2000)
  Israel Derrick Sharp (1990–2011)
  France Richard Dacoury (1976–1998)
  France Stéphane Ostrowski (1979–2005)
  France Antoine Rigaudeau (1987–2005)
  Slovenia Ivo Daneu (1956–1970)
  Slovenia Jurij "Jure" Zdovc (1987–2003)
  Slovenia Matjaž Smodiš (1994–2013)
  Latvia Maigonis Valdmanis (1949–1963)
  Latvia Valdis Muižnieks (1951–1969)
  Latvia Jānis Krūmiņš (1954–1969)
  Greece Panagiotis Fasoulas (1981–1999)
  Greece Dimitris Diamantidis (1999–2016)
  Ukraine Vladimir Tkachenko (1973–1992)
  Ukraine Alexander Volkov (1983–1996)
  Turkey İbrahim Kutluay (1991–2009)
  Turkey Mirsad Türkcan (1994–2012)
  Armenia Armenak Alachachian (1952–1968)
  Czech Republic Jiří Zídek Sr. (1962–1983)
  Montenegro Duško Ivanović (1980–1996)
  North Macedonia Petar Naumoski (1989–2004)
  Argentina Luis Scola (1996–Present)

10 Coach nomineesEdit

  • Years in parentheses indicate years spent as a basketball coach, in all competitions, not just the EuroLeague.

[4]

Country Coach Years Coached
(in all competitions)
  Italy Cesare Rubini (1957–1973)
  Italy Alessandro "Sandro" Gamba (1965–1992)
  Italy Valerio Bianchini (1974–2008)
  Serbia Ranko Žeravica (1954–2003)
  Serbia Svetislav Pešić (1982–Present)
  Croatia Mirko Novosel (1967–1993)
  Croatia Željko Pavličević (1975–Present)
  Israel Ralph Klein (1964–2008)
  Spain Alejandro "Aíto" García Reneses (1973–Present)
  Greece Giannis Ioannidis (1977–2003

7 Referee nomineesEdit

Country Referee
  Finland Carl Jungebrand
  Hungary Ervin Kassai
  Lithuania Romualdas Brazauskas
  Poland Wiesław Zych
  Serbia Obrad Belošević
  Spain Pedro Hernández-Cabrera
  United Kingdom David Turner

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