Aleksandar Đorđević

Aleksandar "Saša" Đorđević or Sale Đorđević (Anglicized: Sasha Djordjevic; Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Саша Ђорђевић, pronounced [aleksǎːndar sâʃa dʑǒːrdʑeʋitɕ]; born 26 August 1967) is a Serbian professional basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as a head coach for Virtus Bologna of the Italian Serie A.

Aleksandar Đorđević
Aleksandar Đorđević.jpg
Đorđević with Serbia in 2015
Virtus Bologna
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1967-08-26) 26 August 1967 (age 52)
Belgrade, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Listed height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Listed weight90 kg (198 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1989 / Undrafted
Playing career1984–2005
PositionPoint guard
Number4, 6, 10, 19, 20
Coaching career2006–present
Career history
As player:
1992–1994Olimpia Milano
1994–1996Fortitudo Bologna
1996Portland Trail Blazers
1996–1999FC Barcelona
1999–2002Real Madrid
2003–2005Scavolini Pesaro
2005Olimpia Milano
As coach:
2006–2007Olimpia Milano
2011–2012Benetton Treviso
2016–2018Bayern Munich
2019–presentVirtus Bologna
Career highlights and awards
As player

As head coach

Stats at

During his playing career, he was a 1.88 m (6'2") 90 kg (198 lb.)[1][2] point guard, and he played in 108 games with the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team. Đorđević led the KK Partizan to its first EuroLeague title in 1992, while he earned the All-Final Four Team selection. He was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. In 1995, Đorđević received the Golden Badge award for the Best Athlete of Yugoslavia, and the Yugoslav Olympic Committee declared him the Sportsman of the Year.[3] He became the first one to win an medal in Olympics, World Cup and Eurobasket as a player and as a coach.[4]

Playing careerEdit

KK Partizan (1984–1992)Edit

Đorđević, who was about to turn 17 years of age, joined Partizan during the summer of 1984. The youngster's arrival at the club coincided with a front office shakeup, that saw Yugoslav and club legend Dragan Kićanović, who had just retired from playing, assume the club's vice-president role. The club also appointed Moka Slavnić, another freshly retired Yugoslav legend, to be the new head coach.

In summer 1990, after being away from competitive basketball for a year due to the mandatory Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) service, twenty-three-year-old Đorđević spent four months with the Boston Celtics at their free agent camp, competing for a spot on the 1990-91 Celtics roster against some thirty other point guards.[5] Đorđević joined the camp on recommendation from the Celtics' scout Nedjeljko "Mišo" Ostarčević and made it to the very end of the process before getting cut shortly before the season began due to Brian Shaw's return from Virtus Roma.

He is most remembered for his game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointer, in the 1991–92 FIBA European League (EuroLeague)'s Final, while he was playing with Partizan, against Montigalà Joventut.

Đorđević retired from playing professional basketball on 3 July 2005, after an exhibition game, in front of the home crowd in Belgrade, in which many of his former teammates and fierce opponents took part.

Italy (1992–1996)Edit

Đorđević played two seasons for Olimpia Milano from 1992 to 1994, and two seasons more for Fortitudo Bologna until 1996.

Portland Trail Blazers (1996)Edit

After the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Đorđević had a stint with the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) during the 1996–97 season.[6] Đorđević made his NBA debut on November 29, 1996, recording 2 points and a rebound in a 119–93 win over the Golden State Warriors.[7] His last game was on December 15. Over 8 season games, he averaged 3.1 points per game in November and December 1996.[8]

Spain (1996–2002)Edit

After his 1996 NBA stint, Đorđević signed for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB, where he played three seasons, until 1999. In 1999, Đorđević joined Real Madrid.[9]

Return to Italy (2002–2005)Edit

In 2002, Đorđević returned to Italy and signed for Scavolini Pesaro.

In 2005, Đorđević signed back to Olimpia Milano where he finished his playing career.

National team careerEdit

In the EuroBasket 1995, Đorđević put on one of the best individual performances ever, in a EuroBasket finals game, against Lithuania. He scored 41 points, and shot 9 of 12 on three-pointers. Đorđević is also remembered for his performance against Croatia, in the 1997 EuroBasket.

Coaching careerEdit

On 25 January 2006, Đorđević was named the head coach of his former team Armani Jeans Milano,[10] a position he left at the end of the 2006–07 season. In the 2011–12 season, he was the head coach of Benetton Treviso.

Panathinaikos (2015–2016)Edit

On 20 June 2015, Đorđević signed a two-year contract to be the head coach of the Greek team Panathinaikos.[11] On 20 April 2016, Panathinaikos announced the termination of Đorđević's contract.[12]

Bayern Munich (2016–2018)Edit

On 1 August 2016, Đorđević signed a two-year contract with the German team Bayern Munich, to be their head coach.[13] In the European competitions, Bayern Munich participated in the EuroCup where it was stopped in the quarterfinals by Unicaja. Bayern Munich finished the 2016–17 Basketball Bundesliga regular season in 3rd place with 28–4 score and was later eliminated by the Brose Bamberg in the semifinal series of the Playoff with 3–0 score. Also, Bayern finished as the runner-up of the 2017 BBL-Pokal Cup for the second season in a row after losing to Brose Bamberg with 74–71.

Over the summer of 2017, a prominent center Maik Zirbes joined the team. Bayern Munich started the 2017–18 season dominantly, leading the league table. In February 2018, Bayern Munich won the 2018 BBL-Pokal Cup after 80–75 win over Alba Berlin, thus way lifting the trophy for the first time after 50 years in the national cup competition.[14]

On 29 March 2018, Đorđević was sacked after the elimination in the semifinal of EuroCup.[15] During his coaching tenure, Bayern Munich held first position in the 2017–18 Basketball Bundesliga with 23–2 score before he was sacked.[15] Few days after the dismissal, Đorđević qualified it as an "insult for common sense", especially since the 2017–18 season was one of the most successful in team's history.[16] He also added that there was apparently a disagreement between team's management (in particular general manager Marko Pešić) and his coaching stuff, as he did not allow bigger involvement of team's management in coaching decisions.[16]

Virtus Bologna (2019–present)Edit

On 11 March 2019 Đorđević signed as a head coach for Virtus Bologna of the Lega Basket Serie A.[17][18][19] In his Virtus Bologna debut on 13 March, Đorđević led the team to an 81–58 victory over Le Mans Sarthe.[20] Virtus Bologna had won the second leg and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Basketball Champions League Final Four in Antwerp,[21][22] which won on 5 May defeating Iberostar Tenerife 73–61, thanks to an outstanding game by Kevin Punter, who was nominated Final Four MVP.[23] The BCL was the fifth European title in team's history and the first one after ten years.[24]

Coaching recordEdit

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
Olimpia Milano 2005–06 3 2 1 .667 Eliminated in group stage
Panathinaikos 2015–16 27 15 12 .556 Lost in Quarterfinal Playoffs
Career 30 17 13 .567

National team coachingEdit

Serbia national team (2013–2019)Edit

Đorđević with Željko Obradović in 2015

In November 2013, Đorđević was named the head coach of the Serbian national basketball team.[25] With Serbia, he took the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. In June 2015, he signed an extension with the Basketball Federation of Serbia to be the team's selector until 2019.[26]

His second major tournament in which he led the Serbian national team was the EuroBasket 2015. In the first phase of the tournament, Serbia dominated in the toughest Group B, with a 5–0 record, and then eliminated Finland and Czech Republic in the round of 16 and quarterfinal games, respectively. However, Serbia were stopped in the semifinal game by Lithuania, by a score of 67–64,[27] and they eventually also lost to the host team, France, in the bronze-medal game, by a score of 81–68.[28]

On 21 August 2016, his team won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, with the Serbian national basketball team.

At the EuroBasket 2017, Serbia won the silver medal, after losing in the final game to Slovenia.[29]

At the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Serbia lost to Argentina in the quarterfinal game. In the Classification games, Serbia defeated United States and Czech Republic, thus finished 5th.[30] After the game vs Czech Republic, Đorđević announced he would no longer be a head coach of Serbia national team.[31]

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

Some of the honors Đorđević won as a senior player are:

Honors won as a head coach:

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Bratislav Đorđević, was a professional basketball player and later head coach of many European teams.[32]

Đorđević is one of the UNICEF National Ambassadors for Serbia, alongside Emir Kusturica, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Janković and Novak Djokovic one of the founders of the humanitarian organization Group Seven, as well as the president of the Belgrade Marathon. Đorđević has also worked as a sports commentator for EuroLeague TV.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Aleksandar Djordjevic Stats". Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-08-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "History made by Sale: Olympic medal both as coach and player".
  5. ^ May, Peter (14 October 2010). "Erden brings new dimension to C's". Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Aleksandar Saša Đorđević at". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers Box Score, November 29, 1996". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Aleksandar Đorđević 1996-97 Game Log". Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  9. ^ "KAD SALE PODUČAVA NAVARA: Srpski igrači i treneri najzaslužniji za strelovit uspon španske košarke". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Aleksandar Djordjevic Named Coach of Milano - European Cup Radivoj Korac (1996) - FIBA Europe". Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  11. ^ Αλεξάντερ Τζόρτζεβιτς: Τιμή και προνόμιο να βρίσκομαι στον Παναθηναϊκό. (in Greek). 30 June 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Termination of the cooperation with Aleksandar Djordjevic". 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Bayern Munich name Sasha Djordjevic head coach". 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  14. ^ ""Srpski" Bajern osvojio Kup posle 50 godina". (in Serbian). 18 February 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  15. ^ a b Nikolić, Darko (29 March 2018). "Bajern smenio Sašu Đorđevića!". (in Serbian). Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  16. ^ a b ""Uvreda za zdrav razum – Pešić nije napao samo mene, već instituciju trenera"". (in Serbian). Tanjug. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Segafredo Bologna, ufficiale l'esonero di Sacripanti e l'ingaggio di Djordjevic". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Djordjević è il nuovo allenatore della Virtus Bologna, esonerato Sacripanti". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Đorđević se vratio u Italiju i preuzeo Virtus!". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Round of 16: Segafredo Virtus Bologna 81-58 Le Mans". Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Đorđević debitovao sa +23 u Ligi šampiona". (in Serbian). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  22. ^ Basket, Champions League: Virtus Bologna qualificata alle Final Four
  23. ^ Finale a suon di triple: Kevin Punter vince il premio di MVP
  24. ^ La Virtus Bologna conquista la Champions League: Tenerife ko in finale 73-61
  25. ^ "FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014". Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Đilas: Đorđević i Maljkovićeva selektori do 2019". (in Serbian). Tanjug. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  27. ^ "LITHUANIA END SERBIAN STREAK, RETURN TO FINAL". Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  28. ^ "FRANCE REWARD HOME SUPPORT WITH BRONZE". 20 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-09-22. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  29. ^ "Slovenia overcome injuries to claim historic title in Dragic's swansong". 17 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Serbia v Czech Republic". 14 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  31. ^ "Đorđević napušta mesto selektora Srbije!". Sportklub (in Serbian). 14 September 2019.
  32. ^ "The excitement starts here". Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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