Credit: AP – Scanpix
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CSKA Moscow head coach Dimitris Itoudis and the whole club dedicated the victory in the VTB United League Super Cup to former club coach Dusan Ivkovic, per sports.ru.

The Serbian basketball mastermind died this week in Belgrade at the age of 77.

“Congratulations to the team. It was important. As a club, we want to dedicate this Super Cup, named after Alexander Gomelsky, to Mr. Dusan Ivkovic, my friend Duda. He meant a lot for the club, for me personally. He started a new era for CSKA, reorganized the club, brought a lot of new things, innovations in many aspects.

Condolences to his beloved wife Nena, sons Pavla and Petar. The basketball world and his friends will miss him, but we, who knew him better (closer), will always keep his memory in our souls and hearts," Itoudis said.

Dusan Ivkovic was a head coach of CSKA from 2002 to 2005. With the Russian powerhouse, he became a three-time Russian League champion (2003-05) and won Russian Cup (2005).

Throughout his coaching career, Ivkovic won two EuroLeague titles (Olympiacos), one FIBA Korac Cup (Partizan), one FIBA Saporta Cup (AEK), and one ULEB Cup (Dynamo Moscow). He guided his teams to multiple national leagues and cups titles (15 trophies in total).

With the national team (Yugoslavia, Serbia), Dusan Ivkovic won 8 medals. He won gold and silver medals in Summer Universiades (1983, 1987), silver in 1988 Summer Olympics, three gold medals in EuroBaskets (1989, 1991, 1995), gold in 1990 FIBA World Championship, and silver in EuroBasket 2009.

In 2008, Ivkovic was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. He was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame and was also named the EuroLeague Basketball Legend in 2017.

 

 

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