Aleksandar Nikolić

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Aleksandar Nikolić
Александар Николић
Personal information
Born (1924-10-28)October 28, 1924
Sarajevo, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died March 12, 2000(2000-03-12) (aged 75)
Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia
Nationality Yugoslav
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Career information
Playing career 1945–1951
Position Small forward
Coaching career 1959–1985
Career history
As player:
1945 Yugoslav Army
1946–1947 Partizan
1947–1949 Crvena zvezda
1949–1950 Železničar Čačak
1950–1951 BSK Beograd
As coach:
1959–1961 Partizan
1962–1963 OKK Beograd
1965–1967 Petrarca Padova
1967–1968 OKK Beograd
1969–1973 Varese
1973–1974 Crvena zvezda
1974–1976 Fortitudo Bologna
1978–1980 Borac Čačak
1981–1982 Virtus Bologna
1982–1983 Reyer Venezia
1983–1984 Victoria Libertas
1984–1985 Udinese
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach

Aleksandar "Aca" Nikolić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар "Аца" Николић; 28 October 1924 – 12 March 2000) was a Yugoslav basketball player and coach. He is often referred to as The Father of Yugoslav Basketball.[1]

Early life[edit]

Though his parents lived in Brčko, Nikolić was born in Sarajevo, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes due to his pregnant mother suddenly going into labour while visiting her sister in Sarajevo. Young Aleksandar enjoyed a privileged upbringing, courtesy of his wealthy father Đorđe Nikolić who had him at age 62.[2] After spending the first few years of his life in Brčko, Nikolić, still an infant, got brought to the capital Belgrade where his parents moved to and where he ending up growing up.

He studied medicine and law at the University of Belgrade, graduating in 1946.

Basketball biography[edit]

Nikolić was nicknamed, "The Professor", "Iron Sergeant", and, "The father of Yugoslav basketball". He was a professor at the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Sport and Physical Education.[1] The future coaches taught by Nikolić include Božidar Maljković, Dušan Ivković, Bogdan Tanjević, Želimir Obradović, etc.

However, Nikolić always had a real passion for basketball. As a player, he competed for Partizan (1945–1947), Crvena Zvezda (1947–1949), Železničar Čačak (1949–1950), and BSK Beograd (1950–1951). He won the Yugoslav League in 1947, 1948, and 1949 with Crvena Zvezda. Nikolić was a member of the Yugoslav national basketball team, during the late 1940s, playing 10 games.

After his playing career was over, he became involved with coaching, both with Serbia-based clubs, and those in Italy, notably Ignis Varese. Nikolić was the head coach of the Yugoslav national squad, between 1951 and 1965, and later between 1977 and 1978. During this time, he coached two future Hall of Famers in Borislav Stanković and Krešimir Ćosić. Under his leadership, Yugoslavia won the 1978 FIBA World Championship and 1977 FIBA European Championship; silver medals in the 1963 FIBA World Championship, 1961 FIBA European Championship, and 1965 FIBA European Championship, and a bronze medal in the 1963 FIBA European Championship.

Nikolić was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

He died on 12 March 2000, in Belgrade, He is buried in the Alley of the Greats in Novo Groblje. Hall Aleksandar Nikolić is named in his honor.

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "15 godina od smrti Profesora" [15 Years since Professor Died]. B92. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Život je sjajna zajebancija;Vreme, 28 June 2012
  3. ^ Full Cast & Crew of We Will Be the World Champions

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