Sani Bečirovič (Serbo-Croatian: Sani Bećirović, born 19 May 1981) is a Slovenian professional basketball coach, executive, and former player, who is currently a sporting director for Cedevita Olimpija of the Slovenian League, ABA League and the EuroCup.
Bečirovič with Panathinaikos
|Born||May 19, 1981|
Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Nationality||Slovenian / Italian|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|2003–2004||Krka Novo Mesto|
|2004–2005||Casti Group Varese|
|2010||Armani Jeans Milano|
|2012–2013||Petrochimi Bandar Imam|
|2013||Foolad Mahan Isfahan|
|2013–2014||Krka Novo Mesto|
|2014–2015||Fulgor Libertas Forlì|
|Career highlights and awards|
His father is Memi Bečirović, the former head coach of the senior men's Slovenian national team. He was selected in the second round (46th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, but never played in the NBA.
Bečirović played for the Slovenian youth squad teams of KK Bistrica, and he made his debut with their senior team during the 1995–96 season. He then moved to the Slovenian club Maribor Ovni for the 1996–97 season. He then moved to the Slovenian Premiere A League team Pivovarna Laško, where he played from 1997–99, and next to the Slovenian team Olimpija Ljubljana, where he played from 1999–01. With Olimpija Ljubljana, he won the 2001 Slovenian League Championship, and the 2000 and 2001 Slovenian Cups. He also played in Slovenia with Krka Novo Mesto, in the 2003–04 season.
He played in the Italian LBA league with Virtus Bologna, during the 2001–02 season, where he won the 2002 Italian Cup. He also played with the Italian clubs Casti Group Varese, in the 2004–05 season, and Climamio Bologna, in the 2005–06 season, where he won the 2005 Italian Super Cup.
Bečirović then moved to the Greek club Panathinaikos, where he won the Euroleague 2006–07 championship, two Greek Cups (2007, 2008), and two Greek League championships (2007, 2008). He signed for AJ Milano on 15 January 2010. In October 2010, he signed a two-year contract with Türk Telekom. In March 2011, he left Türk Telekom, by mutual agreement, and then signed with CSKA Moscow, until the end of the 2010–11 season. In August 2011, he moved to Italian club Benetton Treviso for one season.
In October 2012, he signed in Iran with Petrochimi Bandar Imam. On 14 April 2013, Bečirović signed with Dinamo Sassari until the end of the season. In August 2013, he returned to Iran, and signed a one-year deal with Foolad Mahan Isfahan.
In August 2014, he signed with Fulgor Libertas Forlì of the Italian Second Division. On 4 January 2015, he left Forli and signed with Pallacanestro Piacentina of the Italian 3rd Division. On 16 March 2015, he parted ways with Piacentina.
National team careerEdit
Bečirović was a member of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball teams that competed at the EuroBasket 1999, the EuroBasket 2001, the EuroBasket 2005, and the 2006 FIBA World Championship. He also played at the 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Post playing careerEdit
Bečirović is married to Italian Simona, and he also holds an Italian passport. They have one daughter (Samija, born 2005) and one son (Kiam, born 2008). In 2013, he established the Sani Bečirovič Basketball Academy, of which he is currently the sports director.
His nickname is Sani Boy.
- Becirovic page on the Euroleague official site.
- "Milano brings Becirovic back to Italy". Sportando. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- CSKA signs Sani Becirovic.
- Benetton Treviso lands Sani Becirovic.
- "Sani Becirovic inks in Iran with Petrochimi". Sportando.net. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Dinamo Sassari officially signs Sani Becirovic". Sportando.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- "Sani Becirovic signs in Iran with Foolad Mahan Sport Club". Sportando.net. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- Becirovic returns home.; FIBA Europe, 10 December 2013.
- Forli inks Sani Becirovic, ex Krka.
- Bakery Piacenza officially lands Sani Becirovic.
- Becirovic leaves Piacentina.
- Bečirović will be Đorđević's assistant in Panathinaikos.
- "KK Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana: announce Davor Užbinec and Sani Bečirović". kkcedevita.hr. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- SANI BECIROVIC basketball profile Nationality: Slovenian-Italian.
- Sani Becirovic (Sani Boy).