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Aleksandar Petrović (basketball)

Aleksandar "Aco" Petrović, commonly known as Aco Petrović[1][2][3] (born 16 February 1959), is a Croatian professional basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as a head coach for the Brazil national team. Petrović is also the older brother of the late professional basketball player Dražen.

Aleksandar Petrović
Aleksandar Petrovic by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Petrović coaching Lietuvos rytas, in 2014.
Personal information
Born (1959-02-16) 16 February 1959 (age 60)
Šibenik, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight86 kg (190 lb)
Career information
Playing career1974–1991
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Coaching career1991–present
Career history
As player:
1974–1976Šibenka
1976–1987Cibona
1987–1988Victoria Libertas
1988–1989Cibona
1989–1990Novi Zagreb
1990–1991Racing Luxembourg
As coach:
1991–1995Cibona
1995Croatia
1995–1997Sevilla
1997–1999Cibona
1999–2001Croatia
2001–2002Włocławek
2004–2005Lleida
2006Scafati
2007–2008Zadar
2010–2011Cedevita
2012–2013Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012–2013Cedevita
2013–2014Lietuvos rytas
2016–2017Croatia
2017–presentBrazil
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Playing careerEdit

Petrović could play as a point guard or shooting guard, and achieved prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The pro clubs he played for included: Šibenka, Cibona, Scavolini Pesaro, Novi Zagreb, and Racing Luxembourg. He was among the 105 player nominees for the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors list.

Coaching careerEdit

Between 1991 and 1995, Petrović started his club coaching career with Cibona. Between 1995 and 1997, he coached the Spanish ACB League club Caja San Fernando, before returning to Cibona for the 1997–98 season. In the 2001–02 season, he went to Poland to coach Anwil Włocławek. In 2004, he was again in Spain with Caprabo Lleida. In 2006, he took over at the Italian League club Carifac Fabriano, before switching to Eurorida Scafati. In the 2007–08 season, he took over the Croatian club Zadar. He then became the head coach of Cedevita. He was named the EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2011.[4]

In February 2012, he was appointed as the coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina's senior men's national basketball team. After departure of Božidar Maljković, Petrović once again took charge over Cedevita on November 26, 2012.[5] After Cedevita was eliminated from the EuroLeague and the Croatian Cup, and left without any chance of qualifying for the ABA League Final Four, Petrović offered his resignation to the club, which was accepted on 3 March 2013.[6]

Petrović has coached the senior men's Croatian national team on three occasions: in 1995, when they finished third in the EuroBasket 1995, between 1999 and 2001, when they finished 7th in the EuroBasket 2001, and during Croatia's run to the Olympics in Rio 2016.

On 23 March 2016, Petrović was named the head coach for the Croatia national team for the third time. In August 2016, Croatia reached the 2016 Olympic tournament by surprisingly winning an Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Torino. At the tournament, Croatia beat Spain, and lost in the quarterfinal of the tournament from the Serbia national team. On 15 September 2017, Petrović left the team after a loss to the Russia national team in the Round of 16 at the 2017 EuroBasket.[7]

In October 2017, a month after leaving the Croatia national team, he was named the head coach for the Brazil national team.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Aleksandar Petrović was born in Šibenik, to a Herzegovinian Serb father Jovan "Jole" Petrović, born 1939 in Trebinje, and a Croat mother Biserka (née Mikulandra) Petrović, born 1941, in the village of Bilice, near Šibenik. His brother Dražen, born in 1964, was also a basketball player, who died in a car accident in 1993 in Denkendorf, Germany.

Petrović's cousin is the Serbian former professional basketball player Dejan Bodiroga. Aleksandar's paternal grandfather and Bodiroga's paternal grandmother were siblings.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Rekla sam Aci prije prvenstva da nema beka ni centra, no znam da je dao sve od sebe'" ['I told Aco before the championship he doesn't have a guard or a center, but he did the best he could.'] (in Croatian).
  2. ^ "UPOZNAJTE ŠIBENČANE KOJE POZNAJETE: Biserka Petrović, žena kroz koju živi uspomena na Dražena" (in Croatian).
  3. ^ "ACO PETROVIĆ KONAČNO PROGOVORIO, OTKRIO I KOBNI DATUM KADA JE SA ŠARIĆEM SVE KRENULO PO ZLU 'To što govori Dino Rađa je suludo...'" (in Croatian).
  4. ^ "Eurocupbasketball.com 2010-11 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Aleksandar Petrovic, Cedevita Zagreb". eurocupbasketball.com.
  5. ^ Prišljin, Josip. "Aleksandar Petrović nasljeđuje Božidara Maljkovića u Cedeviti". Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  6. ^ Korać, Branimir. "Aco Petrović podnio ostavku nakon poraza od Partizana i ispadanja iz igre za Final Four". Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  7. ^ SLUŽBENO Aco Petrović više nije izbornik naših košarkaša! (in Croatian)
  8. ^ BIVŠI HRVATSKI IZBORNIK PREUZEO REPREZENTACIJU BRAZILA Aco Petrović vodi Selecao prema Kini i Japanu: 'Sve je prošlo OK' (in Croatian)
  9. ^ "Dražen Petrović i Dejan Bodiroga – bliski rođaci". rtvbn.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01.

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