>>>Every year, on the anniversary of Jugoplastika’s defeat of Maccabi, we all remember the day when the Split team reached the top of Europe.
On this day 32 years ago, Jugoplastika from Split defeated Maccabi in the final of the semi-finals of the Munich Champions Cup and climbed the roof of Europe for the first time.
A series of invincible battles began that night, making the Grip team one of the best European teams ever and officially the best European basketball team of the 20th century in just three years. Split is famous for its athletes, but a generation has made the city immortal in sports. Jugoplastika, the European basketball dynasty.
From Riga, CSKA, the requirements made by the royal family in the 70s, Varese, Maccabi and Zagreb’s Cibona, who were invincible in the 80s, and later PAO And Olympiacos (Olympiacos)…Many big and trophy teams have roamed Europe, but the yellow teams are more influential.
Never (but since then) has such a talent concentration been created in such a small local environment, for example Split appeared on the basketball team at the same time. The children who grew up near the Gripe Auditorium formed the core of the team, and the players were also brought in from adulthood (except for the veteran Duško Ivanović), and they won the basketball name in Jugoplastica.
Prior to the rule of Split, European titles were a heavy mark of the United States. The Italians, Spaniards and Israelis do not demand prices for NBA players. These teams are artificially created, and Legionnaires aim to bring titles to their employers. Of course, Sibona is not such a team, but the difference between Zagreb and Split is Delano Petrovic. They play a role in Dražen’s driving, and when someone stops him, Cibona will “disappear” from the field.
Jugoplastika’s teamwork, team spirit and extraordinary talents have brought the whole sport to a new height.
In the mid-1980s, Yugoslavia club basketball established its first wave of dominance in Europe with two West Bernard titles (’85 and ’86). Domestic leagues are getting stronger. In a paradoxical situation, it is almost easier to win the European title than to conquer the Yugoslav League. Hipponer won the European championship twice, but was also a loser in the domestic championship.
The talented generations of Jagoplastika and Partizan mature at the same time, which slowly played a leading role and formed a huge competition that would seriously threaten the main citizens of Zagreb. No help for Sibona. If we know that the lives of Arijan Komazec, Veljko Petranović and Petar Popović in Zadar also make the best ‘S team is in trouble, and no one can count on Zvezda, Bosnia, Sibenik, Olympia or Rabotnic without difficulty. It is clear that the Yugoslav League is one of the most powerful leagues in the world. , Followed by the unshakable NBA.
Jugoplastika has gone through several very bad seasons and even withdrew from the first league, but a very talented generation was born again in Gripe, mainly led by teenagers Toni Kukoč and Dino Rađa, with only the slightly older Velimir Perasović and Goran Sobin. .
However, the first coach left the team in 1986. The legendary Moka Slavnić was the same person. He handed all the power of the game to the kid Della in Sibenik a few years ago. Sen Petrović (Dražen Petrović). The Yellows team does not have a coach, and the coach does not have the necessary knowledge to pass Grip’s talents to the right team.
The management’s first choice was Vlado Đurović (VladoĐurović), but he won the famous “Popović’s” match between Zadar and Cibona. Champion, and is already preparing for the Champions League. In the end, the choice fell to the 34-year-old anonymous Serbian coach Božidar Maljković. Maljkovic is a talented coach, but he has no experience.
Only the second team of Radnički and Stara Pazova led Jugoplastika alone, and he was also the famous Ranko Žeravica on the Red Star bench. assistant. The entry of beginners to Jugoplastika’s bench surprised the sports world, and the athletes themselves were not satisfied with it. When Dino Rainoa heard the name of the new coach, he was very angry.
“Why should they hire novice coaches to learn from us?” he said at the time.