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Svetislav Pešić (Serbian Cyrillic: Светислав Пешић, born 28 August 1949), also known by his nickname Kari, is a Serbian professional basketball head coach for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. Pešić is one of the most successful European basketball coaches.

Svetislav Pešić
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Pešić with Bayern Munich in 2013
FC Barcelona
PositionHead coach
LeagueLiga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1949-08-28) 28 August 1949 (age 70)
Novi Sad, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian / German
Listed height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight83 kg (183 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1971 / Undrafted
Playing career1967–1979
PositionShooting guard
Coaching career1982–present
Career history
As player:
1967–1971Partizan
1971–1979Bosna
As coach:
1982–1987Bosna
1987–1993Germany
1993–2000Alba Berlin
2000–2002FR Yugoslavia
2001–2002RheinEnergie Köln
2002–2004FC Barcelona
2004–2006Lottomatica Roma
2006–2007Akasvayu Girona
2007–2008Dynamo Moscow
2008–2009Crvena zvezda
2010–2011Power Electronics Valencia
2012Germany
2011–2012Crvena zvezda
2012–2016Bayern Munich
2018–presentFC Barcelona
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As a head coach:

Playing careerEdit

During his club playing career, Pešić played with Partizan (1967–1971), and Bosna (1971–1979). As a member of Bosna, he won the Yugoslav Cup and Yugoslav League championship, in 1978. With Bosna, he also won the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) championship in 1979.

Coaching careerEdit

Club coaching careerEdit

On the club level, Pešić won the triple crown in 2003, while he was the head coach of FC Barcelona. On 16 November 2010, he was named the head coach of Power Electronics Valencia, for the rest of the 2010–11 season.[1] In November 2012, Pešić was named the head coach of the German team Bayern Munich.[2] On 28 February 2015, he extended his contract with the club until 2017.[3] On 24 July 2016, he left Bayern at his own request, for health reasons.[4]

On 9 February 2018, he returned to FC Barcelona as the team's head coach, until the end of the season.[5]

National team coaching careerEdit

Pešić led a Yugoslavian junior national team, that featured future international stars Vlade Divac, Saša Đorđević, Toni Kukoč, and Dino Rađa, to a gold medal at the 1987 FIBA World Junior Championship (which was later split into separate under-19 and under-21 events), by defeating the Team USA twice during the tournament.[6]

With the FR Yugoslavian senior side, Pešić won gold medals at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, which was held in Indianapolis, and the EuroBasket 2001 (organized by Turkey). As the head coach of the senior German national basketball team, he also won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1993 (organized by Germany).

Coaching recordEdit

Legend
G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeagueEdit

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Barcelona
2002–03 21 17 4 .810 Won EuroLeague Championship
2003–04 20 14 6 .700 Eliminated at Top 16 Stage
Valencia 2010–11 20 11 9 .550 Eliminated at Top 16 Stage
Bayern 2013–14 24 9 15 .375 Eliminated at Top 16 stage
2014–15 10 2 8 .200 Eliminated at the group stage
2015–16 10 4 6 .400 Eliminated at the group stage
Barcelona 2017–18 8 4 4 .500 Eliminated in regular season
2018–19 35 20 15 .571 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Career 148 81 67 .547

HonorsEdit

As player:

As head coach:

Personal lifeEdit

Along with Serbian, Pešić also possesses German citizenship. His son, Marko (born 1976), is a former professional basketball player, and was an occasional member of the senior German national team. Former German basketball player Jan Jagla, is his son-in-law, due to his marriage with Pešić's daughter, Ivana.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Power Electronics makes Pesic new boss!
  2. ^ "Svetislav Pesic tabbed as new coach for Bayern Munich". court-side.com. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Pešić vodi Bajern do 2017". b92.net (in Serbian). 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Svetislav Pesic leaves Bayern Munich". sportando.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Svetislav Pesic will coach Barça Lassa until the end of the season | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  6. ^ Woolf, Alexander (2002). "Sarajevo Airport: Prisoners of War". Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure. New York: Warner Books. pp. 90–107. ISBN 0-446-52601-0.

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