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Jure Zdovc, Slovenia
Fiba.com: "In 1989, the Yugoslavs assembled all of their “golden
generation” in what would turn into a 3-year dominance of world basketball
(European titles in 1989 and 1990 and a World Championship in 1991).
Coached by Dusan Ivkovic and led on the court by Drazen Petrovic, Yugoslavia also counted on Predrag Danilovic, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc, Stojan Vrankovic, Zoran Radovic, Juri Zdovc, Zarko Paspalj, Z Cutura and M Primorac in what was an embarrassment of basketball riches.
The championship was reduced from 12 to 8 teams, but as Drazen Petrovic predicted before the championship, the only team that could beat Yugoslavia was themselves.
Yugoslavia had little trouble progressing to the semi-final stage and in fact the interesting action came from the other group. Champions Greece were under pressure to show that they could perform outside their home country and they did so in style in the semi-finals. As in 1987, the Soviet Union stood in their way and once again, they beat them by 1 point, 81-80.
There was really only one way the final could go and that was victory for Yugoslavia. The home side had little trouble beating Greece and the 98-76 scoreline reflected their dominance. Petrovic finished the game with 28 points and was also elected tournament MVP."
More from Fiba: "The beginning of the 1990’s saw major political
upheaval across Europe, as communist regimes began to collapse and the iron
curtain gradually disintegrated.
Name: Jurij Zdovc
Languages: Slovenian, English
Teams (jersey): Knorr Bologna (Italy), Iraklis (Greece), Tofas Bursa (Turkey), Slovan (Sloevnia), Split (Croatia)l, Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
|Jurij Zdovc Links From our forum: Articles and other resources: A New Generation of Stars: History of Eurobasket (Fiba.com), End of an Era (Fiba.com), Prisoners of War (CNNSI, 1996)|