Why was the national title revoked by the Sibenik Basketball Club from April 9th to 10th, 1983? What was the relationship between Yugoslavian socialism, politics, government, and rulers at the time and this game? On the night of April 9-10, 1983, what happened to Sibenik celebrating his sports hero? In sports competitions, what is so important that the oligarchs of Yugoslavia finally decided to hold a stern showdown with only one basketball referee and-an ordinary gymnasium?
From today’s perspective and 38 years of distance, these questions are not as easy to answer as they might seem at first glance.
ŠIBENIK, April 9, 1983. Baldekin Hall, with about 3,600 spectators, is the owner of the Yugoslavia basketball championship. Šibenik: Bosnia-83:82 (39:50), Judge Ilija Matijević from Zagreb, Rade Petrović from Belgrade, KSJ representative Aleksandar Oberknežević from Belgrade, live TV broadcast from 5 pm
BC Sibenka-Coach Vlado Djurovic: Petrovic 40, Zecevic, Zuric, Ljubojevic 10, Petani, Djuric 4, Damjanic, Macura 13, Marelja 2, Saric 8, Jaric 4
Bosnia-Coach Svetislav Pesic: Vucevic 14, Djuric, Benacek 14, Pajovic, Primorac, Radovanovic 13, Zrno 1, Varajic 18, Mutapcic, Bilalovic, Hadzic 22, Mitrovic
In 1983, the story of how an 18-year-old young man confidently hit two free throws after fouling in the final seconds of the decisive game of the state basketball championship, thereby bringing his city the first championship title in history is-a A beautiful sports story, a fairy tale, and everything else is on it. but it is not the truth.
The night after the game ended, people had an unprecedented celebration, but the next morning, the game was disappointing. The Yugoslavia Basketball Federation cancelled the game, took the title from Sibenik, and determined that the third game of the playoffs would be played again in a neutral place. Basketball referee Ilija Matijević judged an attack on Dražen Petrović at the last second of the game and was dismissed for life. Baldkin Stadium was also fined. She was suspended by the Yugoslavia Basketball Association. On the day of the match, the KSJ Competition Committee suspended the timekeeper in the Baldekin Hall and fined some fans based on reports submitted by Zadar and Jugoplastika basketball clubs. Kibenik’s folk music was sentenced to a strange thing and he was no longer allowed to enter the hall to participate in Sibenik’s cheers.
An exciting game, the main actors are athletes, they honestly compete for a better game, and a referee, because of his emotions, may think that he was invited to participate in this hot performance, the audience miraculously participated in this This is actually an unprecedented sports drama and political scandal, the causes and consequences of which have not yet been fully elucidated.
Why two free throws in two seconds after a foul, sports fans may compete fiercely for decades, fundamentally shake the state at the time, forcing its powerful people to mobilize the state umbrella agency in horror, forcing its members to meet on Sunday morning and cancel the The newspaper hasn’t even published news about who became the state champion before the game?
According to available data, and according to the memory of participants in these events, Sibenik, British Columbia, in Sibenik was banned from becoming the champion of Yugoslavia in 1983. After a lot of discussion and controversy, the main motive on the surface of this case is to claim that the national champion must be KK Bosna, because the club is considered to be the main promotional trump card in winter international sports. The Olympic Games were held in Sarajevo in 1984. Even if this is true, and everything shows that it is true, the question remains why the BC Sibenik was systematically contested in the 1982/1983 Champions League. A year, long ago, could it be assumed that this club might be one of the serious candidates for the Yugoslavia championship? A year ago, during the 1981/1982 Champions League, even after she entered Yugoslavia’s first basketball league in 1979, she had a backstage sports war with Sibenik, but in 1982, Sibenik gradually escalated into a rivalry. The public attack by the club, its management and fans is even Sibenik himself and his officials. Today, we know that these are not hypothetical or subjective fan conspiracy theories, but facts, and the stolen titles are the first in a series of dramatic events that were the prelude to the bloody disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1991.
Sibenik’s rapid rise, but not accidentally, has risen towards the throne of sports, and the hitherto incomprehensible clubs in small towns and Sibenik’s economic flight and its economy (largely achieved by the reputation of basketball players) have become many The thorns of man. In 1980 and 1981. (United Nations) Sports pity and jealousy began to go everywhere. KKŠibenik (Šibenka, founded in 1979) was founded in 1973 and is nearly thirty years younger than all direct competitors. The capital of Yugoslavia, Belgrade, has a red star and a guerrilla team in the first league, two powerful clubs, a strong logistical strength, an influential lobby group, and a huge political and financial background. Similar clubs (not only basketball clubs) ) Owned all the capitals of the Republic at the time: Zagreb, Sarajevo, Ljubljana, Titograd and Skopje, as well as clubs from powerful regional centers such as Split, Zadar and Kakak. A notorious sports war angered them for decades, and Sibenik fell into it from Mars, messing up all their statements and calculations.
Of course, if they can’t beat him in the game between the baskets, they will be angry and ready to deal with the intruder in other ways. This situation deprived Sibenik of his reaction to the unfair decision to win the title. At the time, the chairman of the Sibenik Executive Board of BC, Mirko Milkovic, accurately diagnosed the situation: the province It threatens the great gods, so the powerful feel threatened.”
The elite club Crvena zvezda from Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia, was the name of the Yugoslav basketball team from 1945 to 1955, when it won consecutive state championships. However, before 1983, Zvezda won the last championship in 1972. She is eleven years behind. Sibenik was promoted to a level that the best player Zoran Slavnić could no longer reach, and Sibenik was kidnapped by the people of Sibenik in front of her. This star also suffered her. .
Partizan, another strong club from the capital of Yugoslavia, won its first state championship in 1976 only on the occasion of its 31st anniversary. In 1976, 1979 and 1981, he replaced the city rival Zvezda on the podium, but then gave up.