Nebojša Popović

Nebojša Popović (Serbian Cyrillic: Небојша Поповић; 8 February 1923 – 20 October 2001) was Serbian and Yugoslav basketball player, coach and administrator. He represented the Yugoslavia national basketball team internationally. He is the basketball legend of Red Star Belgrade. In 2007, he was enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame.[1]

Nebojša Popović
Personal information
Born(1923-02-08)8 February 1923
Irig, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died20 October 2001(2001-10-20) (aged 78)
Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia
NationalityYugoslav
Career information
Playing career1945–1952
Number8, 16
Coaching career1945–1955
Career history
As player:
1945–1951Crvena zvezda
1951–1952Gallaratese
As coach:
1945–1955Crvena zvezda Men
1946–1952Crvena zvezda Women
1950–1953Yugoslavia
Career highlights and awards
As a player:

As a coach:

Career Yugoslav League statistics
Points518 (8.9 ppg)
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach

Early lifeEdit

Popović lived with his family in Rijeka, where he played water polo as a goalkeeper. He learned about basketball from the Yugoslav water polo and a basketball pioneer Božo Grkinić.

Basketball careerEdit

Crvena zvezdaEdit

Popović was a co-founder of the Crvena Zvezda basketball club in 1945. He held number 1 membership card.[1] He played for Crvena Zvezda from 1945 to 1951, he also coached men's team at Red Star from 1945 to 1955 and women's Red Star team from 1946 to 1952.[1] In July 1950, he was a member of the Zvezda squad that won an international cup tournament in Milan, Italy.[2]

Popović played for the Italian team Gallaratese in 1951–1952.[1]

Yugoslavia national teamEdit

As a player for the Yugoslavia national basketball team Popović participated in 1950 World Championship and 1947 European Championship.[3] He scored first point in history of World Championships as player of Yugoslavia.[1]

He coached Yugoslavia national basketball team at the 1950 World Championship and 1953 European Championship.

AdministratorEdit

Popović served as the president of the Yugoslav Basketball Federation (1985–1987) and president of the Commission for International Competition of FIBA.

JournalismEdit

Popović also worked as a journalist, contributing to La Gazzetta dello Sport for four decades.[1]

He was the executive of Yugoslav Radio Television (JRT), the Yugoslav national TV channel. He covered four Summer Olympic Games with JRT.[1]

Career achievements and awardsEdit

In popular cultureEdit

Coaching recordEdit

Legend
 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage

Yugoslav First Men's Basketball LeagueEdit

Season Team Games W D L W % Result
1946 Crvena zvezda 7 6 0 1 .857 Champions
1947 Crvena zvezda 4 4 0 0 1.000 Champions
1948 Crvena zvezda 5 4 0 1 .800 Champions
1949 Crvena zvezda 18 17 0 1 .944 Champions
1950 Crvena zvezda 18 16 0 2 .889 Champions
1951 Crvena zvezda 22 18 2 2 .818 Champions
1952 Crvena zvezda 4 4 0 0 1.000 Champions
1953 Crvena zvezda 6 5 1 0 .833 Champions
1954 Crvena zvezda 22 16 0 6 .727 Champions
1955 Crvena zvezda 18 14 1 3 .778 Champions
Career 124 104 4 16 .839

Yugoslav Women's Basketball LeagueEdit

Season Team Games W D L W % Result
1946 Crvena zvezda 3 3 0 0 1.000 Champions
1947 Crvena zvezda 4 4 0 0 1.000 Champions
1948 Crvena zvezda 5 5 0 0 1.000 Champions
1949 Crvena zvezda 4 4 0 0 1.000 Champions
1950 Crvena zvezda 5 5 0 0 1.000 Champions
1951 Crvena zvezda 10 9 1 0 .900 Champions
1952 Crvena zvezda 3 3 0 0 1.000 Champions
Career 34 33 1 0 .971

National teamEdit

Tournament Team Games W L W % Result
1950 World Championship Yugoslavia 5 0 5 .000 10th place
1953 EuroBasket Yugoslavia 11 6 5 .545 6th place
Career 16 6 10 .375

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g FIBA Hall of Fame page on Popović
  2. ^ "Daba: Kad je Zvezda osvajala Milano…". kosmagazin.com. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  3. ^ https://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fa/player/p/pid/64267/sid/2241/tid/390/_//index.html
  4. ^ Full Cast & Crew of We Will Be the World Champions

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by President of the
Basketball Federation of Yugoslavia

1987–1989
Succeeded by