Ratko Varda (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Варда; born May 6, 1979) is a Serbian–Bosnian former professional basketball player. Standing at 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in), he plays the center position. He first represented FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro junior national team, and later represented Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team internationally.
|Born||May 6, 1979|
Bosanska Gradiška, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina,
|Nationality||Serbian / Bosnian|
|Listed height||2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)|
|Listed weight||112 kg (247 lb)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|Number||9, 10, 12, 20, 21, 31, 42, 44, 50|
|2009–2011||Asseco Prokom Gdynia|
|2015||United Byblos Amchit|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Varda came up through Partizan's youth system and made his debut during the 1995–96 season, before making himself eligible for the 2001 NBA draft. He ended up not getting selected but still found himself on the Detroit Pistons roster to the start of the 2001–02 season. Varda ended up spending two seasons in the NBA on the rosters of the Pistons and the Washington Wizards, but during that time he was only featured in a single official game (he played six minutes and scored five points for Detroit).
In January 2003, he returned to Europe and signed with Union Olimpija until the end of the 2002–03 season. In the 2003–04 season he played in the Greek Basket League with Apollon Patras. In the 2004–05 season, he played with Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League.
On August 21, 2008, he signed a two-year contract with the Lithuanian champions BC Žalgiris from Kaunas. Because of the financial problems of the club, he left Žalgiris in late November. The details of his financial arrangements at the bankrupt club became publicly known when he wrote an open letter to the public discussing the issue.
On January 26, 2009, he signed with the Russian club BC Khimki. On the last day of 2009, Varda signed a one-month contract with Asseco Prokom Gdynia of Poland. In 2010, Varda extend his contract with Prokom until the end of the 2010–11 season.
In August 2011, he returned to his former club Union Olimpija, signing a one-year contract. However, he left the team in December because of the club's financial difficulties and signed with BC Azovmash from Mariupol. He left the team in March by mutual agreement.
On October 1, 2015, Varda signed with KK Kožuv of the Macedonian First League. On November 4, 2015, he parted ways with Kožuv after appearing in four league games and two BIBL games. On December 30, 2015, he signed with the Montenegrin club Sutjeska for the rest of the season. On February 3, 2016, he left Sutjeska and signed with Hekmeh of the Lebanese Basketball League for the rest of the 2016 season. On November 7, 2016, he re-signed with Hekmeh.
On March 7, 2017, Varda announced his retirement. However, in October 2017, he returned to professional basketball and signed with Serbian club Dynamic. On December 30, 2017, he parted ways with Dynamic.
A Serb, Varda was born in Gradiška, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina). His family moved to Serbia during the Bosnian War. He has a tattoo of Saint George and the Dragon.
- "Ratko Varda Profile". fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
- NBA Draft 2001
- Ratko Varda u ljubljanskoj Olimpiji (in Serbian), b92, January 24, 2003.
- Ratko Varda se pierde lo que resta de temporada (in Spanish), acb, January 10, 2007.
- Ratko Varda refuerza el ViveMenorca hasta final de temporada (in Spanish), acb, October 29, 2007.
- "Zalgiris brings in Ratko Varda". talkbasket.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Zalgiris, center Ratko Varda part ways". euroleague.net. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Ratko Varda's open letter to Zalgiris thehoop, November 24, 2008.
- Khimki adds center Ratko Varda eurocup, January 26, 2009.
- Prokom signs Ratko Varda for one month euroleague, December 31, 2009.
- ASSECO PROKOM keeps Ratko Varda euroleague, September 10, 2010.
- "Union Olimpija reunites with Varda". euroleague.net. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Ratko Varda leaves Union Olimpija and signs with Azovmash Mariupol
- Ratko Varda and Azovmash Mariupol part ways
- "Ratko Varda mesec dana u Iranu" (in Serbian). b92.net. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Ratko Varda signs with Mahram". court-side.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Radnički signed Ratko Varda". abaliga.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Radnicki lost Ratko Varda for three months". sportando.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Mega Vizura signs Ratko Varda". Sportando.net. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Varda pojačao Mega Vizuru" (in Serbian). B92.net. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Ratko Varda predvodi reprezentaciju Republike Srpske" (in Serbian).
- "Srpska bi se plasirala na Evro u Sloveniji" (in Serbian).
- "United Byblos Amchit signs Ratko Varda". eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- "Ratko Varda (ex UBA) is a newcomer at Kozuv". eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
- "Кожув ја раскина соработката со Ратко Варда" (in Macedonian). ekipa.mk. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
- "Ratko Varda signs with KK Sutjeska". sportando.com. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- "Ratko Varda signs with Sagesse". Sportando.com. February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- "Ratko Varda inks with Sagesse Club". Sportando.com. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "PENZIJA Posle 20 klubova, Varda se od košarke oprostio replikom iz kultnog filma!". sport.blic.rs (in Serbian). 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
- "Iskusni srpski košarkaš Ratko Varda ove sezone će igrati za beogradski Dinamik" (in Serbian). sportklub.rs. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
- "Dynamic VIP PAY parted ways with four players". druga.aba-liga.com. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- "Ratko Varda: Ne delim ljude na Srbe i Hrvate" (in Serbian).