History / History of basketball

Period: The Eighties

The newly appointed head coach Kresimir Cosic and captain Drazen Dalipagic – Praja led the Blues at the World Championship in Barcelona in 1986. Praja, Ratko Radovanovic, Drazen Petrovic and others reached the bronze medal. This competition was also a debut for Vlade Divac, the first sprout of a new GOLDEN GENERATION – the white dream team.

The European Championship bronze was also won in Athens a year later. The national team was joined by three more teenagers, Djordjevic, Kukoc and Radja, who had earlier that year won gold at the World Junior Championship in Bormio, Italy.

The national team led by Dusan Ivkovic missed the opportunity to win another gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. However, Petrovic, Divac, Radja, Kukoc and Zeljko Obradovic announced a new golden string. The Women’s national team was also successful. The girls reached the podium as silver medalists.

It may be said that the new golden era started at the 1989 European Championship in Zagreb where our national team triumphantly attained the gold medal by winning all the games with a margin of 20 or more points in excess. Zagreb also saw the first appearance of the future world class basketball star Predrag Sasa Danilovic. The guys in blue jerseys also dominated the following World Championship in Buenos Aires, winning the gold for a third time.

Rome 1991 again experienced an absolute supremacy of our team over their opponents. Sasa Djordjevic, Danilovic, Kukoc, Radja, Savic, Sretenovic and Paspalj announced that the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona would witness a long time expected clash between a WHITE and a BLACK Dream Team.

1989 – “Punishing Expedition” at the European Championship in Zagreb

1991 – European Supremacy in Rome

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