Mirko Bašić

Mirko Bašić (born 14 September 1960 in Bjelovar, SFR Yugoslavia) is a former Croatian handball player who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics and in the 1988 Summer Olympics. He has also played six EHF Champions League finals winning two in 1984–85 and 1985–86 as part of the famous RK Metaloplastika which dominated European handball in the 1980s (often referred to as Handball Aliens).[1]

Mirko Bašić
Personal information
Full name Mirko Bašić
Born (1960-09-14) 14 September 1960 (age 61)
Bjelovar, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Number 1
Youth career
Years Team
1972–1976
Partizan Bjelovar
Senior clubs
Years Team
1976–1980
Partizan Bjelovar
1980–1989
Metaloplastika Šabac
9-12/1988
Medveščak Zagreb
1/1989–1991
Vénissieux
1991–1993
OM Vitrolles
1993–1996
no club
1996–2001
Badel 1862 Zagreb
2001–2002
Medveščak Infosistem
2002
Zagreb
2003
Fotex Veszprém
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981
Yugoslavia U-21 17 (0)
1979–1991
Yugoslavia 133 (0)
1992–2000
Croatia 47 (0)
Teams managed
2003
Croatia (GK coach)
2003–2010
RK Zagreb (assistant)
2018
Croatia (GK coach)

Bašić was a big influence on Thierry Omeyer who is regarded as the greatest goalkeeper in handball history.[2]

CareerEdit

At the age of 16 Bašić debuted for RK Partizan Bjelovar.

In 1984 he was a member of the Yugoslav handball team which won the gold medal. He played all six matches as goalkeeper. Four years later he was part of the Yugoslav team which won the bronze medal, playing five matches.

In 1985 and 1986 he was a member of European Champions Cup winning team of RK Metaloplastika. With RK Metaloplastika he also won 7 Yugoslav national titles. He also played an additional ECC final with the club and reached three more semi-finals and a Cup Winners' Cup semi-final. Throughout the 1980s Bašić was considered one of the best goalkeepers in the game.[3] In 1989 he left Šabac to go play for Medveščak Zagreb for one season. With club he won the Yugoslav Cup that season.

He moved to the French First League to Vénissieux handball in January 1989,[4] with whom he won the 1991 cup. Then he joined the wealthy emerging OM Vitrolles in 1991[5] where he won the 1993 Cup Winners' Cup and in the same year was French league for the fourth time in a row. From 1993 to 1996 Bašić was in retirement from handball.

In 1996 he returned to the scene with Badel 1862 Zagreb where he played for five years winning five league and four cup titles also reaching the EHF Champions League final three times.[6] After a season and half in RK Medveščak he ended his career in 2003 at Fotex Veszprém.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the father of professional handball player Sonja Bašić.

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Partizan Bjelovar
Metaloplastika Šabac
Medveščak Zagreb
Vénissieux
Vitrolles
Badel 1862 Zagreb
Fotex Veszprém
Individual

Assistant CoachEdit

RK Zagreb

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""Vanzemaljci" glume sami sebe". novosti.rs. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Thierry Omeyer: Mirko Bašić mi je bio velika inspiracija". 24 sata. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Mirko Bašić: Hrvatska bez mnogih zlata zbog golmana". balkan-handball.com. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Mirko Bašić : un joyau venu de l'Est". Hand-ball : bulletin fédéral #246 (in French). Fédération Française de Handball. January 1989. pp. 102–104. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Mirko Basic, en partance pour l'OM Vitrolles" (in French). L'Humanité. 24 April 1991. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Mirko Bašić". os-prva-bj.skole.hr. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Ein großer Torwart: Mirko Basic feiert seinen 50. Geburtstag". handball-world.com. Retrieved 19 February 2018.

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