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.
|Born||8 February 1923|
Irig, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
|Died||20 October 2001 (aged 78)|
Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia
|1945–1955||Crvena zvezda Men|
|1946–1952||Crvena zvezda Women|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As a player:
As a coach:
|Career Yugoslav League statistics|
|Points||518 (8.9 ppg)|
|FIBA Hall of Fame as coach|
Popović was a co-founder of the Crvena Zvezda basketball club in 1945. He held number 1 membership card. 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. In July 1950, he was a member of the Zvezda squad that won an international cup tournament in Milan, Italy.
Yugoslavia national teamEdit
As a player for the Yugoslavia national basketball team Popović participated in 1950 World Championship and 1947 European Championship. He scored first point in history of World Championships as player of Yugoslavia.
Career achievements and awardsEdit
- Yugoslav Men's League champion: 10 (with Crvena zvezda: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955) as coach/player until 1951 and as coach only, until 1955.
- Yugoslav Women's League champion: 7 (with Crvena zvezda: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952)
- FIBA Order of Merit (1997), awarded by the FIBA
- Prize “Sports & Universality”, awarded by the International Olympic Committee
In popular cultureEdit
Yugoslav First Men's Basketball LeagueEdit
Yugoslav Women's Basketball LeagueEdit
|1950 World Championship||Yugoslavia||5||0||5||.000||10th place|
|1953 EuroBasket||Yugoslavia||11||6||5||.545||6th place|