Ljubodrag Duci Simonović, najbolji jugoslovenski košarkaš: O svemu i svačemu, samo ne o Upravo u tom periodu, godišnji Duci je dao sledeći intervju. Ljubodrag Simonovic. Full Name: Ljubodrag Simonovic. Height: ( cm) Weight: lbs (84 kg). Born: January 10, (Age: d) in Kraljevo, Serbia. I guess that, for many basketball lovers, the name of Ljubodrag Simonovic aka Duci (prononced Dutsi) does not mean a lot. However, those.

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It was later proven that two players from the Puerto Rican side had used illegal doping substances, prompting a protest from the Yugoslav players.

The flawless scouting of the federation never let any talent get loose. He was a real talent but he also worked a lot to reach that high level. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. He reappeared many years later as a great rebel against deceit, irregularities and everything false in professional sports.

In Yugoslavia he was not able to ljubodrqg a job. That same year, Zeravic, who had also been promoted to coach of the absolute national team, took a young team to the Helsinki EuroBasket: He has three sons from two marriages. Someone worthy of appearing in this series dedicated to the basketball myths of the past. The directors, fearing a severe fine, intervened to avoid the fleeing of the players and all changed their decision.

Notify me of new posts by email. The same group that had failed at the Helsinki EuroBasket. In the world of basketball there are many players with university degrees and in this aspect, Duci Simonovic is not an exception. University of Belgrade LL. In the game ljugodrag Puerto Rico, Yugoslavia lost by against all odds.


Ljubodrag Simonovic: The rebel genius

I guess that, for many basketball lovers, the name of Ljubodrag Simonovic aka Duci prononced Dutsi does not mean a lot. Simonovic had to stay home. Zeravica, true to his vision, took seven youngsters with him: Yugoslavia, who had been runner-up in the previous edition, finished up in ninth place.

For Red Star Belgrade, he wore number 11 while for the national team, he eimonovic number 5. The team’s victory over Italy85—78, at the beginning of the tournament improved their expectations, but in the second round, ljuobdrag Yugoslav team was defeated by Puerto Ricoby a score of 79— Because of his character and speaking his mind he had a lot of problems everywhere he worked.

All together, he won ljuodrag gold medals and 2 silver medals.

He stays away from basketball and from time to time he appears on some TV show defending his ideas to the latest consequences. Crvena zvezda —75 Yugoslav Basketball Cup champions. The following season, Crvena Zvezda repeated the title game of the same competition in Nantes, but lost to Spartak St. The season ended dramatically, as Zvezda lost the Cup Winners’ Cup final in Thessaloniki 70—74 versus Olimpia Milano in late March before finishing the domestic league with the identical 17—5 record as KK Split Jugoplastikawhich meant playing a single-game playoff decider for the title.

As a freshman at the University of BelgradeDuci took part in the student protests. His playing career ended, while he was a player-coach in Stara Pazova, due to a burst capillary in his throat.

He got a degree in law at 23 years old but later he even added a PhD in philosophy. Petersburg by a single points, Yugoslavia ended up being second because hosting Italy had also a brilliant generation led by Dino Meneghin, Iellini and Zanata.


Ljubodrag Simonovic: The rebel genius – KOS magazin

All the seven young ones had an important role as Yugoslavia won its first gold medal in a big competition. The Yugoslav national team arrived to Munich, for the Summer Olympicsas the reigning world champions from Ljubljanaand still hoping to win one of the medals, though the team was quite changed.

This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat Duci’s mother Ilonka later converted to Orthodox Christianity and took the name Jelena. Then,that samethe Munich Olympics arrived and that was the beginning of the end of his brilliant career. At the EuroBasket, with an average of For some years now he has been doing a little better because, as a world champion, he has a national pension.

Even though he was playing elite basketball, he passed his university tests with good grades. Back home, he kept playing for Crvena Zvezda, but he was never back to the national team. Yugoslavia squad — Summer Olympics — 5th place. Duci scored 10 points. The second junior EuroBasket.

He also made his debut in the absolute national team at the Tunisia Mediterranean Games. He authored a piece about the mystery behind the death of German heptathlete Birgit Dressel at the age of But Zeravica knew that he had a lot of potential in a team that just needed some time. In the season he won his second league with Crvena Zvezda and takes his team to the final of the Cup Winners Cup played in Thessaloniki.