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Andrija Žižić (born January 14, 1980) is a Croatian former professional basketball player. At a height of 2.07 m (6 ft 9 ½ in) tall, he played at the power forward and center positions. He is currently the sporting director for Cibona of the ABA League and the Croatian League.

Andrija Žižić
Andrija Žižić.jpg
Andrija Žižić with Panathinaikos in 2008
Cibona
PositionSporting director
LeagueABA League
Croatian League
Personal information
Born (1980-01-14) January 14, 1980 (age 39)
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight120 kg (265 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2002 / Undrafted
Playing career1998–2016
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
1998–2003Split
2003–2004Cibona
2004–2005FC Barcelona
2005–2007Olympiacos
2007–2008Panathinaikos
2008–2009Galatasaray Cafe Crown
2009CAI Zaragoza
2009–2010Cedevita
2010–2011ASVEL Basket
2011Cedevita
2011–2013Cibona
2014Astana
2014Maccabi Tel Aviv
2014–2015Credito di Romagna Forli
2015Pallacanestro Piacentina
2015–2016Cibona
Career highlights and awards

EuroLeague records since the 2000–01 season

  • Most 2-point field goals made in a game without a miss

Professional careerEdit

In his career, some of the teams that Žižić played with were: Omiš, Solin, Split, Cibona Zagreb, FC Barcelona, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos. He won two Croatian League championships (2003, 2004), and in the 2002–03 season, he was the top rebounder in the Adriatic League (8.2 rebounds per game). He won the Greek League championship and the Greek Cup in the 2007–08 season.

On July 17, 2008, Žižić signed a two-year contract with the Turkish team Galatasaray Cafe Crown.[1][2] On January 15, 2009, he left Galatasaray, and signed with the Spanish club CAI Zaragoza, for the rest of the season.[3] On June 24, 2010, he signed with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne in France.[4] On February 28, 2011, he left ASVEL, and signed with Cedevita Zagreb, for the rest of the season.[5]

In the summer of 2011, he returned to Cibona Zagreb.[6] On December 12, 2013, he parted ways with Cibona.[7] On January 3, 2014, he signed with Astana.[8] On February 12, 2014, he left Astana, and signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the rest of the season.[9] With Maccabi, the third club he joined in the 2013–14 season, he became a EuroLeague champion, playing in the role of the team's third string center.[10]

In September 2014, he joined the Italian second division side Credito di Romagna Forli.[11] On January 6, 2015, he left Forli, and signed with Pallacanestro Piacentina of the Italian third division.[12] On March 5, 2015, he parted ways with Piacentina.[13]

In August 2015, he returned to Cibona Zagreb, playing alongside his younger brother, Ante Žižić, in the process.[14]

Croatian national teamEdit

Žižić was a member of the senior Croatian national basketball team. He also won a silver medal at the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, and a bronze medal at the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, while playing with the Croatian national junior teams.

Post-playing careerEdit

Shortly after the 2015–16 season ended, Žižić announced his retirement from playing professional basketball, and he became the sporting director for Cibona Zagreb.

PersonalEdit

He is the older brother of professional basketball player Ante Žižić.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Galatasaray Cafe Crown lands Andrija Zizic.
  2. ^ Zizic Galatasaray Cafe Crown'da (Zizic for Gala).
  3. ^ Zizic signs for CAI Zaragoza
  4. ^ Asvel Basket adds big man Andrija Zizic
  5. ^ Andrija Zizic moves to KK Cedevita
  6. ^ Andrija Zizic moves to KK Cibona Zagreb
  7. ^ Andrija Zizic officially leaves Cibona Zagreb
  8. ^ Andrija Zizic signs with BC Astana
  9. ^ "Andrija Zizic Signs with Maccabi". maccabi.co.il. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  10. ^ Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is the new king of Europe!
  11. ^ "Andrija Zizic (ex Maccabi T-A) agreed terms with Forli". eurobasket.com. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  12. ^ Andrija Zizic moves to Bakery Piacenza
  13. ^ Zizic leaves Piacentina
  14. ^ Andrija Zizic agreed to terms with Cibona Zagreb

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