Dušan Ivković

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Dušan Ivković
Dušan Ivković .jpg
Ivković coaching Serbia in 2011
Personal information
Born (1943-10-29) 29 October 1943 (age 77)
Belgrade, German-occupied Serbia
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Listed weight198 lb (90 kg)[1]
Career information
Playing career1958–1968
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1968–2016
Career history
As player:
1958–1968Radnički Belgrade
As coach:
1968–1978Radnički Belgrade (youth)
1982–1984Radnički Belgrade
1999–2001AEK Athens
2002–2005CSKA Moscow
2005–2007Dynamo Moscow
2014–2016Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach

Dušan "Duda" Ivković (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Дуда Ивковић; born 29 October 1943) is a Serbian retired professional basketball player and coach. He served as head coach of the senior Serbian national basketball team from 2008 to 2013, and of the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, from 1987[1][2] (Serbia and Montenegro competed as the FR Yugoslavia national team following the breakup of Yugoslavia) to 1995.[2] He is also the current president of the Serbian club BKK Radnički.

In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. He was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017.[3] He was also named a EuroLeague Basketball Legend in 2017.[4][5]

Playing career[edit]

Ivković played club basketball at the senior level, from 1958 to 1968,[citation needed] with the First Federal Basketball League club Radnički Belgrade.

Club coaching career[edit]

Ivković has coached twelve basketbal clubs in his career. These were: Partizan, Aris, Radnički Belgrade, Šibenka, Vojvodina, PAOK, Panionios, Olympiacos, AEK, CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Anadolu Efes.

In 1997, he was named the best European professional basketball coach,[citation needed] after having coached several clubs to domestic championships and to the EuroLeague Final Four.

In 2014, he signed a two-year contract with the Turkish team Anadolu Efes, starting to coach from the 2014–15 season.[6]

On July 1, 2016, Ivković officially retired from professional coaching.[7]

National team coaching[edit]

Assistant stints with the junior national team[edit]

In 1976, thirty-two-year-old Ivković was brought in as assistant coach of the Yugoslav under-18 (junior) national team by its newly appointed head coach Luka Stančić. At the 1976 European Championship for Juniors in Santiago de Compostela, the team featuring youngsters Aco Petrović, Miško Marić, and Predrag Bogosavljev won gold.

Two years later at the 1978 European Championship for Juniors in Roseto degli Abruzzi, the Stančić-Ivković duo was back again to lead a new batch of Yugoslav under-18 junior prospects featuring Petar Popović, Bogosavljev, and Ivan Sunara. The team won bronze this time. Ivković got hired to be KK Partizan's head coach a few weeks after the championship, his first top-level head coaching job.

In 1980, Ivković, who by now had a bit of a head coaching resume behind him and was about to sign for Greek League runners-up Aris, still agreed to assist Stančić again at the 1980 European Championship for Juniors held at home in Celje. With a roster featuring Goran Grbović, Zoran Čutura, Branko Vukičević, and Žarko Đurišić, the team got silver after losing to the Soviets in the final.

Head coach[edit]

In summer 1983, Ivković coached the Yugoslavian team featuring 18-year-old Dražen Petrović at the Universiade in Edmonton, getting silver after losing to Canada in the final.

Four years later, barely three weeks after assisting Krešimir Ćosić at EuroBasket 1987, Ivković got to coach Yugoslavia again at the Universiade, this time at home in Zagreb. The team, featuring now 22-year-old European superstar Petrović, won gold in dominant fashion.

Also in 1987, Ivković succeeded Ćosić as head coach of the senior Yugoslavian national basketball team, and held the post until the breakup of Yugoslavia, in 1991.

Ivković then assumed the head coaching position of the senior FR Yugoslavia. He guided the team to a gold medal at EuroBasket 1995, in the country's first official appearance since the UN lifted sanctions against FR Yugoslavia. Following EuroBasket, Željko Obradović took over as head coach, while Ivković assumed the role of team manager. Both Obradović and Ivković remained in their posts until jointly resigning in November 2000, following a 6th-place finish in the 2000 Summer Olympics.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Dušan Ivković's elder brother Slobodan "Piva" Ivković was also a famous basketball player and coach.[9]

Ivković is related to the famous Serbian American scientist Nikola Tesla. Ivković's maternal grandmother, Olga Mandić, and Tesla were first cousins.[10] Coincidentally, Tesla died the same year that Ivković was born.

Ivković is a record holding pigeon racer.[10]

Career achievements[edit]

Club competitions[edit]

As head coach:

European competitions
National competitions

National team competitions[edit]

As head coach
As an assistant coach

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Marušić, Igor. Male tajne velikih majstora: Dušan Ivković. Studio magazine (via Yugopapir), June 1989. (in Serbo-Croatian)
  2. ^ a b Serbia Media Guide EuroBasket 2013 Archived 2013-09-09 at the Wayback Machine, page 23. kss.rs.
  3. ^ Dream Team, Shaq and Kukoc headline 2017 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame Inductees.
  4. ^ European basketball celebrates Coach Ivkovic's legendary career!
  5. ^ Dusan Ivkovic to be honored as Euroleague Basketball Legend.
  6. ^ "Dušan Ivković definitivno u Efesu". B92 (in Serbian). 30 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Legendary Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic retires at 72". 26 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  8. ^ Ivković i Obradović podneli ostavke. Tanjug (via srbija.gov.rs), 21 November 2000. (in Serbian)
  9. ^ Stanković, Vladimir. The excitement starts here. euroleague.net, 29 January 2010
  10. ^ a b Pavić, Zoran. Dušan Ivković – Svugde nosim svoj krst. Status magazine (via b92.net), November 2008. (in Serbian)

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