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Goran Grbović

Goran Grbović
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1961-02-09) February 9, 1961 (age 53)
Kruševac, SFR Yugoslavia
Listed height 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Career information
Career history

Borac Čačak (?–1980)
Partizan (1980–1988)
Granada (1988–1990)
Career highlights and awards
ACB League All Star participation 1988

Goran Grbović (born February 9, 1961) is a former Serbian professional basketball player.


Born in Kruševac, after finishing high school, he moved to Čačak. He started his career with KK Borac Čačak, where he was trained by the legendary Aleksandar Nikolić and Dragan Milošević - Gaga. He played for KK Partizan from 1980 until 1988, winning a national championship in 1981 and 1987 also a third place finish in Euroleague in 1988. He ended his career after two successful seasons with CB Granada.

He is also remembered as an idol of many Partizan fans, inspiring many children to play basketball.

Goran Grbović
Medal record
Bronze 1987 Greece  Yugoslavia
Silver 1983 Edmonton  Yugoslavia
Gold 1987 Zagreb  Yugoslavia

He won a bronze medal in EuroBasket 1987 with the Yugoslav national team.

Player profile

Grbović was a very strong and attractive player, temperamental also. His nickname was "Tank". He was 2.02 m tall and played small forward. He had a good three point shot and audiences liked his dunks.


Grbović played in Partizan from 1980 until 1988, he won National championship in 1981 and 1987 and participated in Euroleague F4 in 1988. That season, he scored the most points in hall Euroleague. He was also the best scorer of national championship in 1983 and 1984. He holds second place in club history by points in one play-off game, 44. He is seventh scorer in club history with 3889 points in 240 games, his average is 16.2 points.

National team

Although he was qualified for the Yugoslav national team, he participated in only two competitions – EuroBasket tournaments in 1983 and 1987. He won a bronze medal in EuroBasket 1987. National team coaches from the period didn't like him because of his temperamental personality.

Coaches' opinions

  • In 1980s journalists asked Aleksandar Nikolić for his opinion on the best player in Yugoslavia. Nikolić just said, "Grbović!"

Interesting moments of Grbović's career

  • He was one of the main participants in a fight between Yugoslavia and Italy in EuroBasket 1983. On a spectacular night when Aleksandar Djordjevic ended his career, Dino Meneghin got paper scissors from Grbović as a souvenir of his legendary game against Yugoslavia.
  • He also participated in a fight between Partizan and Cibona players in Domestic Cup 1988.
  • In an exciting game between Partizan and Borac in the domestic championship, the referee awarded the ball to Partizan with 7 seconds left on the clock. In a move which could have cost Partizan the game, Grbović said it was the wrong decision and had the referee give the ball to Borac. However, Partizan won the game in spite of this.


Individual achievements

  • ACB League All Star participation: 1988
  • Yugoslav championship best scorer: 1983, 1984.

External links

  • Yugoslavian championship final
  • Grbović about season 2008/2009
  • Grbović at
  • " I don't hate Red Star"
  • Grbović profile at

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