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Slobodan Ivković

Slobodan Ivković

The basics
Quick Facts
Countries Serbia
Occupations Zoologist Entomologist
Type Biology
Gender male
The details

Slobodan "Piva" Ivković (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Ивковић; 4 August 1937 – 28 September 1995) was a Serbian professional basketball player and coach.


Ivković played club basketball at the senior level in the club Radnički Belgrade. He was well-talented player with much better physical capabilities, but nobody managed to stabilize him as player. Besides that, he had weak sight, which was a serious problem since in those times many games were played outside, during the night.

Ivković coached in the following clubs: Radnički Belgrade, OKK Belgrade, MZT Skopje and clubs in Kuwait and in the United Arab Emirates. He was one of the first Serbian coaches that went to school in the USA.

He is the founder of creation of modern coach organization in the former Yugoslavia.

Personal life

Slobodan Ivković's younger brother Dušan Ivković is also a famous basketball player and coach.

Ivković is related to the famous Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla. Ivković's maternal grandmother Olga Mandić and Tesla's mother Đuka Mandić were sisters. Ironically, Tesla died the same year Dušan Ivković was born.

Today a memorial tournament named after him is held in Belgrade. The organiser is the basketball club Radnički.

Head coach

  • 1970's: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radnički Belgrade

Career achievements

Club Titles

  • Yugoslav League: 1 (with Radnički Belgrade: 1972–73)
  • Yugoslav Cup: 1 (with Radnički Belgrade: 1975–76) - and finalist (with Radnički Belgrade: 1977-78)


  • FIBA European Champions Cup – semifinalist (with Radnički Belgrade: 1973-74)
  • FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup - finalist (with Radnički Belgrade: 1976-77) and quarterfinalist (with Radnički Belgrade: 1978-79)

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