Srđan Kalember

Srđan Kalember (Serbian Cyrillic: Срђан Калембер; June 5, 1928 – February 2, 2016), also known in France by his nickname Serge (Serbian Cyrillic: Серж), was a Serbian professional basketball player and coach. He won 9 National Championships with Crvena zvezda. He represented the Yugoslavia national basketball team internationally.

Srđan Kalember
Personal information
Born(1928-06-05)5 June 1928[1]
Sarajevo, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died2 February 2016(2016-02-02) (aged 87)
Belgrade, Serbia
Listed height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Listed weight73 kg (161 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1950 / Undrafted
Playing career1945–1964
PositionSmall forward
Coaching career1959–1990
Career history
As player:
1945–1954Crvena zvezda
1958–1964ABC Nantes
As coach:
1959–1962ABC Nantes
1973–1974SLUC Nancy
1974–1978ESM Challans
1978–1979FC Mulhouse
1981–1982ESM Challans
1985FC Mulhouse
?–1990JA Vichy
Career Yugoslav League statistics
Points734 (6.8 ppg)

Early lifeEdit

Kalember begins to play sports as a boy in 1938 when he won second place in the 60 meters race. On that occasion he received a kiss from Princess Elizabeth. During World War II he played football in Belgrade for the BASK, but was also interested in other sports.[2]

Playing careerEdit

Crvena zvezdaEdit

After the war Kalember wanted to continue to play football but Slobodan Ćosić persuaded him to play basketball where was less competition. He was present at the famous meeting in Deligradska Street when formed Crvena zvezda Sports Association. In beginnings, he was in reserves, but quickly become the standard first team player status of Crvena zvezda.[3] In total Kalember played 108 games and scored 734 points for Crvena zvezda from 1946 to 1954. Kalember is remembered as an extraordinary skirt that is safe from the point of guessing.[4]

Kalember went to France in 1958 where he played for ABC Nantes.

National team careerEdit

Kalember was a member of the Yugoslavia national basketball team that participated at the 1947 European Championship in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He played one game in the tournament without any records.[5] He was a member of the team at the 1950 FIBA World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over four tournament games, he averaged 4.5 points per game.[6] Kalember was a member of the national team at the 1953 European Championship in Moscow, the Soviet Union. Over four tournament games, he averaged one point per game.[7]

Kalember played 47 games for the national team during his career.

Coaching careerEdit

In France, Kalember become a head coach of ABC Nantes. In late 1960s, he coached Clermontois.[3]

Kalember was two years coach of Jugoplastika, the team with which he won the first Yugoslav Cup in 1972. After that, they reached the final of the 1972–73 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup and to 1973 FIBA Intercontinental Cup competition in São Paulo.[8]

In late 1974 career again took him to France. Kalember took over the team SLUC Nancy then Vendée Challans and FC Mulhouse Basket and in 1990 finished his coaching career in JA Vichy.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Kalember was born in Sarajevo to 2nd lieut. Jovan, an army pilot, and Julija (1899–1999). His mother's uncle was Dušan Simović, the 18th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia.[9]

Kalember dated Ljubica Otašević for three and a half years while he played for Crvena zvezda and Ljubica played basketball for the Crvena zvezda women's team.

Kalember and his wife were married in 1971 in Lyon, France. The couple had a daughter, Olja (b. 1973). His wife, Nataša Bebić, was a professional basketball player and played for Yugoslavia national team during the 1960s. Nataša played for Clermont-Ferrand.[9]

Career achievementsEdit



In popular cultureEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kalember Srđan". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Pamtim poljubac princeze Jelisavete
  3. ^ a b Na današnji dan: Rođen Srđan Kalember
  4. ^ Soba s pogledom na 27. mart
  5. ^ "1947 Yugoslavia 12 - Srdan Kalember". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  6. ^ "1950 Yugoslavia 12 - Srdan Kalember". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  7. ^ "1953 Yugoslavia 12 - Srdan Kalember". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  8. ^ Preminuo bivši trener Jugoplastike Srđan Kalember
  9. ^ a b Otac mi je bio Žan, majka Žilijet, a ja Seržan
  10. ^ Full Cast & Crew of We Will Be the World Champions