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Ranko Žeravica

Ranko Žeravica
Personal information
Born (1929-11-17) November 17, 1929
Dragutinovo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Career history
As coach:
1971—1974 Partizan
1974—1976 FC Barcelona
1976—1978 Partizan
1978—1980 Pula
1980—1986 Crvena zvezda
1987—1989 CAI Zaragoza
1989—1990 Irge Desio
1990 Filodoro Napoli
1991 Conservas Daroca
1991 Slobodna Dalmacija Split
1993—1994 Onyx Juvecaserta
1995—1996 Partizan
1996—1997 Crvena zvezda
2003 CAI Zaragoza
Career highlights and awards

As head coach:

Ranko Žeravica (Serbian Cyrillic: Ранко Жеравица; born 17 November 1929 in Dragutinovo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is a retired Serbian basketball coach.

With a career that spanned over 50 years, he is most noted for his work with the Yugoslav national team during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s. In particular, Žeravica's single biggest achievement is guiding the country to its first ever major competition win — gold medal on home soil at the 1970 World Championships — leading to a huge expansion of the game of basketball throughout Yugoslavia.

Early life

Born to father Milorad and mother Gordana in the village of Dragutinovo (before it merged with Beodra into Novo Miloševo), Žeravica's education started in his village and continued in Kikinda where he traveled every day by train. His family stemmed from Herzegovina by ancestry, having moved to Mošorin area several generations before his birth, becoming wealthy farmers and land owners.[1]

Yugoslavia national basketball team

He coached the Yugoslavia national basketball team to a gold medal in 1980 Olympics and 1970 World Championship, silver in the 1968 Olympics, 1967 World Championship, 1969 European Championship and 1971 European Championship and bronze in the 1982 World Championship.

He has also coached Yugoslavia in 1972 Olympics and 1967 European Championship.

FIBA Hall of Fame

In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Ispovest Ranka Žeravice: "Žućko je umro na rukama moje supruge";Blic, 20 February 2012

External links

  • FIBA Hall of Fame page on Žeravica
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alexander Gomelsky
FIBA World Championship
Winning Coach

Succeeded by
Vladimir Kondrashin
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