Dušan Ivković

Dušan Ivković (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан "Дуда" Ивковић; 29 October 1943 – 16 September 2021) was a Serbian professional basketball player and coach. He served as head coach of the senior Serbian national basketball team from 2007 to 2013, and of the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, from 1987[1][2] (Serbia and Montenegro competed as the FR Yugoslavia national team following the breakup of Yugoslavia) to 1995.[2] He was also the president of the Serbian club BKK Radnički.

Dušan Ivković
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Ivković coaching Serbia in 2011
Personal information
Born(1943-10-29)29 October 1943
Belgrade, German-occupied Serbia
Died16 September 2021(2021-09-16) (aged 77)
Belgrade, Serbia
Listed height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Listed weight90 kg (198 lb)[1]
Career information
Playing career1958–1968
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1968–2016
Career history
As player:
1958–1968Radnički Belgrade
As coach:
1968–1977Radnički Belgrade (youth)
1977–1978Partizan (assistant)
1982–1984Radnički Belgrade
1987–1995Yugoslavia / FR Yugoslavia
1999–2001AEK Athens
2002–2005CSKA Moscow
2005–2007Dynamo Moscow
2014–2016Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach

In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. He was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017.[3] He was also named a EuroLeague Basketball Legend in 2017.[4][5]

Playing careerEdit

A point guard, Ivković played 10 seasons in Yugoslavia from 1958 to 1968 and spent his entire playing career with Radnički Belgrade. He retired as a player in 1968 joining their youth system as a head coach.[6]

Club coaching careerEdit

After retirement in 1968, Ivković joined a youth system of Radnički Belgrade as their junior head coach. In the third season, 1973–74, he led the junior team to the Yugoslav Championship title. In 1977, he became an assistant coach for Partizan under Ranko Žeravica.[7] In 1978, he got promoted as the Partizan's head coach which he led for two years and won the first trophies in his career. In the 1978–79 season, he won the triple crown with Partizan (Yugoslav Championship, Yugoslav Cup, as well as the FIBA Korać Cup). Prior to that Partizan had won only one major trophy (one Yugoslav Championship) and it was a birth-year of what eventually will become the most successful club in Serbian history.[8]

In 1980, Ivković left Partizan to join Greek side Aris, where he also stayed for two seasons. Then he return to Radnički Belgrade where he spent his entire playing career, and then a three-year stint in Šibenka and two more seasons in Vojvodina. Ivković returned to Greece in 1990 when he took over P.A.O.K., to which he brought the second and last title of Greek Championship in the club's history (1992). After three years on the black-and-white bench, he moved to Athens-based Panionios, and in 1996, the peak of his club career followed when he sat on the bench of Olympiacos. In the 1996–97 season, he brought the Red-Whites to the first title of the FIBA EuroLeague. In the same season he won a Greek Championship, also.[8]

After three years in Olympiacos, Ivković took over the city rival AEK and also brought him the Greek Championship title (2002), which is the last major national trophy of the Yellow-Blacks, as well as the 2000 FIBA Saporta Cup. Ivković moved from Greece to Russia in the summer of 2002, when he came to CSKA Moscow, a club with a great tradition. He took over the coaching job and the club's basketball operations at the same time. In the next three years, the club reached the EuroLeague Final Four three times, won all three Russian Championships and one Russian Cup. From there, he moved to Moscow's second largest club in 2005, Dynamo Moscow for two more where he won the 2006 ULEB Cup.[7] In the summer of 2007, Ivković decided to take a break from his club career and was without a club for three years, only to return to Olympiacos in 2010 and won the 2012 Euroleague.[8]

In 2014, Ivković signed a two-year contract with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes, starting to coach from the 2014–15 season.[9] On 1 July 2016, Ivković officially retired from professional coaching.[10]

National team coachingEdit

Assistant stints with YugoslaviaEdit

Successes with the Radnički Belgrade youth team were a recommendation for the Yugoslav junior national team, so at the 1976 European Championship for Juniors in Santiago de Compostela, Ivković was the assistant coach to Luka Stančić. The Yugoslav Juniors led by Aco Petrović, Miško Marić, and Predrag Bogosavljev won a gold medal after a 92–83 won over the Soviet Union in the final.[11][12] From 1976 to 1980, he was an assistant coach for the Yugoslav youth system and won three medals at the European Championships: two silvers at the 1977 Championship for Cadets and the 1980 Championship for Juniors, as well as a bronze at the 1978 Championship for Juniors.[11][13]

Ivković was an assistant coach for the Yugoslavia national team under head coach Krešimir Ćosić that won the bronze medal at the 1986 FIBA World Championship in Spain.[7]

Head coachEdit

In summer 1983, Ivković was a head coach for the Yugoslavia university team featuring 18-year-old Dražen Petrović at the Universiade in Edmonton, getting silver after losing to Canada in the final.[8]

Four years later, barely three weeks after assisting Krešimir Ćosić at EuroBasket 1987, Ivković got to coach Yugoslavia again at the Universiade, this time at home in Zagreb. The team, featuring now 22-year-old European superstar Petrović, won gold in dominant fashion. Also in 1987, Ivković succeeded Ćosić as head coach of the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, and held the post until the breakup of Yugoslavia, in 1991.[8]

Ivković then assumed the head coaching position of the senior FR Yugoslavia. He guided the team to a gold medal at EuroBasket 1995, in the country's first official appearance since the UN lifted sanctions against FR Yugoslavia. Following EuroBasket, Željko Obradović took over as head coach, while Ivković assumed the role of team manager. Both Obradović and Ivković remained in their posts until jointly resigning in November 2000, following a sixth-place finish in the 2000 Summer Olympics.[14]

Ivković became head coach of Serbia in early 2008.[15] In April 2011, he agreed to work pro bono for the remainder of his contract.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Ivković's elder brother Slobodan "Piva" Ivković was also a famous basketball player and coach.[17] Ivković had earned a degree from the University of Belgrade Mining and Geology Faculty.[7] Ivković was related to the famous Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla. Ivković's maternal grandmother, Olga Mandić, and Tesla were first cousins.[18] Coincidentally, Tesla died the same year that Ivković was born.

Ivković was a record-holding pigeon racer.[18][19]

Ivković died on 16 September 2021 in Belgrade due to a pulmonary edema and herpes.[20] He was buried at the Belgrade New Cemetery on 21 September. The funeral service was attended by numerous active and retired basketball players and coaches, including Vlade Divac, Dragan Kićanović, Vassilis Spanoulis, Dimitrios Itoudis, Žarko Paspalj, Željko Obradović, Predrag Danilović, Dino Rađa, Jure Zdovc, and others.[21]

Career achievementsEdit


Club competitionsEdit

As head coach:

National team competitionsEdit

As head coach:

As an assistant coach:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Marušić, Igor. Male tajne velikih majstora: Dušan Ivković. Studio magazine (via Yugopapir), June 1989. (in Serbo-Croatian)
  2. ^ a b Serbia Media Guide EuroBasket 2013 Archived 9 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine, page 23. kss.rs.
  3. ^ Dream Team, Shaq and Kukoc headline 2017 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame Inductees.
  4. ^ European basketball celebrates Coach Ivkovic's legendary career!
  5. ^ "Dusan Ivkovic to be honored as Euroleague Basketball Legend". Archived from the original on 18 September 2021. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b "2017 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame: Dusan Ivkovic". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e "IN MEMORIAM – Dušan Duda Ivković (1943-2021)". lige.kss.rs. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d e "IN MEMORIAM: Dušan Duda Ivković". mozzartsport.com. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Dušan Ivković definitivno u Efesu". B92 (in Serbian). 30 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Legendary Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic retires at 72". 26 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  11. ^ a b "BEOGRAD NE ZABORAVLJA ZLATO LUKE STANČIĆA SA JUNIORIMA SFRJ NA EP 1976". mojsvetsporta.net. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Ni Tkačenko nije zadržao naše zlatne juniore". politika.rs. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Od zlata važniji – igrači". kosmagazin.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  14. ^ Ivković i Obradović podneli ostavke. Tanjug (via srbija.gov.rs), 21 November 2000. (in Serbian)
  15. ^ B92 (27 December 2007). "Ivković selektor tek u 2008" (in Serbian). Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  16. ^ Politika (21 April 2011). "Ivković selektor bez plate" (in Serbian). Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  17. ^ Stanković, Vladimir. The excitement starts here. euroleague.net, 29 January 2010
  18. ^ a b Pavić, Zoran. Dušan Ivković – Svugde nosim svoj krst. Status magazine (via b92.net), November 2008. (in Serbian)
  19. ^ "OD NJE NIJE OSTAO: Duda Ivković je samo jednu stvar voleo više od košarke". novosti.rs. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  20. ^ "Preminuo je Dušan Ivković". index.hr. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  21. ^ "Sahranjen Dušan Duda Ivković uz prisustvo brojnih košarkaških velikana". mozzartsport.com. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  22. ^ "Dušan Duda Ivković, BIOGRAFIJA LEGENDE: Čovek koji je zauvek promenio košarku i stvorio "beli tim snova" - uradio je nešto, što nikome kasnije nije pošlo za rukom!". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 17 September 2021.

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