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Zarko Paspalj, Montenegro
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."
Fiba.com: "The 1995 European Championship final in Athens will go down
as one of the greatest ever. It had everything, an electric atmosphere, an
outstanding individual performance and plenty of controversy.
Name: Žarko Paspalj
Born: March 27, 1966
Origin: Pljevlja, Yugoslavia (now Montenegro)
Teams (jersey): Yugoslavian Natrional Team, Budućnost, KK Partizan, San Antonio Spurs, Olympiakos, Panathinaikos, Panionios, Paris Racing, Aris Thessaloniki, Virtus Bologna, San Antonio Spurs
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