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Srđan Kalember

Srđan Kalember

Srđan Kalember
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Was Athlete Basketball player
From Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 June 1928, Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Death 2 February 2016, Belgrade, Belgrade District, Serbia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (aged 87 years)
Star sign Gemini
The details (from wikipedia)


Srđan Kalember (Serbian Cyrillic: Срђан Калембер; June 5, 1928 – February 2, 2016), also known in France by his nickname Serge (Serbian Cyrillic: Серж), was a Serbian professional basketball player and coach. He won 9 National Championships with Crvena zvezda.

Early life

Kalember begins to play sports as a boy in 1938 when he won second place in the 60 meters race. On that occasion he received a kiss from Princess Elizabeth. During World War II he played football in Belgrade for the BASK, but was also interested in other sports.

Playing career

Crvena zvezda

After the war Kalember wanted to continue to play football but Slobodan Ćosić persuaded him to play basketball where was less competition. He was present at the famous meeting in Deligradska Street when formed Crvena zvezda Sports Association. In beginnings, he was in reserves, but quickly become the standard first team player status of Crvena zvezda. In total Kalember played 108 games and scored 734 points for Crvena zvezda from 1946 to 1954. Kalember is remembered as an extraordinary skirt that is safe from the point of guessing.

Kalember went to France in 1958 where he played for ABC Nantes.

Yugoslavia national team

As a player for the Yugoslavia national basketball team Kalember participated in 1950 World Championship and 1947 and 1953 European Championship. Kalember has played 47 games for the national team.

Coaching career

In France Kalember become a head coach of ABC Nantes. In late 1960s, he coached Clermontois.

Kalember was two years coach of Jugoplastika, the team with which he won the first Yugoslav Cup in 1972. After that, they reached the final of the 1972–73 FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup and to 1973 FIBA Intercontinental Cup competition in Sao Paulo.

In late 1974 career again took him to France. Kalember took over the team SLUC Nancy then Vendée Challans and FC Mulhouse Basket and in 1990 finished his coaching career in JA Vichy.

Personal life

Kalember was born in Sarajevo to 2nd lieut. Jovan, an army pilot, and Julija (1899–1999). His mother's uncle was Dušan Simović, 18th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia.

Kalember dated Ljubica Otašević for three and a half years while he played for Crvena zvezda and Ljubica played basketball for women's team Crvena zvezda.

Kalember and his wife were married in 1971 in Lion, France. The couple had a daughter, Olja (b. 1973). His wife, Nataša Bebić, was a professional basketball player and played for Yugoslavia national team during 1960s. Nataša played for Clermont-Ferrand.

Career achievements


  • Yugoslav League champion: 9 (with Crvena zvezda: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954).


  • Yugoslav Cup winner: 1 (with Jugoplastika: 1971–72).
  • FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup runner-up: 1 (with Jugoplastika: 1972–73).

In popular culture

  • In 2015 Serbian sports drama We Will Be the World Champions Kalember is portrayed by Radovan Vujović and his girlfriend Ljubica is portrayed by Nina Janković.
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