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Željko Pavličević

Pavličević in 2012

Željko Pavličević is a Croatian professional basketball coach. He was born on March 21, 1951 in Zagreb.


  • First steps in Cibona 1
  • In Spain 2
  • Success with Pop 84 3
  • Last (controversial) success with Panathinaikos 4
  • Decline 5
  • Career history 6
  • Career achievements 7
    • Club competitions 7.1
  • Sources 8

First steps in Cibona

Željko Pavličević began playing basketball in 1969 for the junior team of Locomotiva in the city of Zagreb. Already during his playing career he was studying at the Faculty of Chemical Technology at the basketball school. Having passed all the categories in the club, (cadets, juniors etc.) in 1975, he became Mirko Novosel's assistant coach in the senior team of Cibona (until then WIT). In the season 1984–85 he was promoted to head coach, but only in domestic competitions (in Euroleague led Mirko Novosel). Already in his first season as head coach with Cibona, won the Yugoslav Cup and the Yugoslav League (against Jugoplastika Split & Crvena Zvezda ), as well as assistant coach takes part in the winning of the first title of European Champions Cup (the predecessor of today's Euroleague) with Cibona in Athens's Peace and Friendship Stadium against Real Madrid. The following season, (1985–86) as head coach of Cibona both in domestic and European competitions and the roster weakened by the transcription of Andro Knego in Cajamadrid, but with a new star Dražen Petrović, won the Yugoslav Cup and became back to back European champion in Budapest against the soviet champions Žalgiris. This match was marked by the participation of the two best European players, Dražen Petrović and the legendary Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis.

In Spain

After the three seasons with Cibona, he accepted his first international bid and went to coach the Spanish club OAR Ferrol, later becoming the club's sports director. During the 1989–90 season, he was hired by the Spanish first league club of Taugrés Vitoria.

Success with Pop 84

In the summer of 1990 he accepted the offer from back-to-back European champions of Pop 84 Split the former Jugoplastika to lead the team despite the not so surprising exodus of Dino Rađa (il Messaggero Roma), Duško Ivanović (Girona) and Goran Sobin (Aris), key players in the winning of the former two European titles. But it becomes the greatest season of success. Pop 84 won all three trophies in a dominant way. Yugoslav Cup (finals with Cibona), the Yugoslav League (final playoffs against the rising power of Partizan) and third European title for the club and other personal title against FC Barcelona in Paris. Also he declared coach of the year. Holders games were Toni Kukoč, big new young star of European and world basketball, Zoran Savić, Velimir Perasović, Zoran Sretenović. The match was more than interesting because Božidar Maljković led Barcelona, which is connected to Split by won of the previous two league titles in Europe.

Last (controversial) success with Panathinaikos

In 1991–92 Pavličević accepted the offer of the Greek future powerhouse Panathinaikos and began to create the backbone of the future great club. In 1992–93 with the arrival of the Greek basketball legend Nikos Galis, the great Croats Stojan Vranković and Arijan Komazec and also the former Soviet point-guard Tiit Sokk won only the Greek Cup against Aris. In the Championship final against arch-rival Olympiacos not played for the first time in the history of Greek basketball suspicion Panathinaikos in the irregularity of delegation of judges and the decision of the club not to play third decisive game. The next season (1993–94) despite the coming of Alexander Volkov (replaced Komazec) and the very high expectations for a successful course in the FIBA European League and the participation in the Final Four of Tel Aviv, was fired in late 1993 and his career began to take the road of decline.


Decision leadership Basketball Association of Croatian station from 1996 to 1998 sports director of selection. At the invitation of Croatia Osiguranje Split during the 1996–97 season comes for coaching the team one more time but in different situation. In early 2003 Japanese Basketball Federation offered him a position coaching the Japanese national basketball team. It was a cycle of four years as a preparation for the World Basketball Championship in Japan in 2006. National team during his work progressed significantly, and left his mark in changing the perception in the Japanese basketball both technically and in tactical terms. He held the largest seminar for coaches in the history of Japan (Tokyo) with over 900 participants. In the season 2007–08. becomes coach of Zagreb, with which he won the Krešimir Ćosić Cup, the first trophy in the club's history.

At the invitation of Shimane Susanoo novosnovanog Club Magica, member BJL (Japanese professional league) in summer 2010, he became as head coach and remaines the club until 2012–13 three seasons and every season the team entered the playoffs. The current coach of the club Wakayama Trians NBL National basketball L. Japan from season 2013–14.

Career history

Career achievements

Club competitions

As head coach:


  • FIBA profile
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