BASKEBALL IN EUROPE
|CSKA's Sergei Belov with the 1971 European Cup For Men's Champion Clubs Trophy|
Sergei Belov, the legendary player, coach and former Russian Basketball Federation President passed away in the city of Perm, Russia, on Thursday. He was 69.
Belov, arguably one of Europe's best ever basketball players, will be remembered for his exploits with the Soviet Union on the world stage in the late 1960s and the 70s, that included no less than one Olympic, two World Championship and four EuroBasket titles.
His overall tally of 15 medals from the Olympics, World Championships and EuroBasket is one of the most impressive ever in the history of basketball.
In the Munich Olympics of 1972, Belov enjoyed a gold medal triumph with the Soviet team, scoring 20 points in one of the most memorable finals ever, against the United States.
That success was sandwiched between two FIBA World Championships titles, in 1967 and 1974, and four EuroBasket titles (1967, 1969, 1971 and 1979).
Below was also successful at club level with CSKA Moscow. He played for them between 1968 and 1980, helping the team to the European Cup for Men's Champion Clubs (current Euroleague) twice, in 1969 and 1971.
After retiring as a player in the 1980s, Belov started a coaching career and guided Russia to two silver medals at the FIBA World Championships of 1994 and 1998 and a bronze media at the 1997 EuroBasket. During that time he also held the post of President at the Russian Basketball Federation (1993 and 1998).
In 1992 he became the first non-American player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame as part of its first class in 2007.