Tanjevic To Coach Turkey Again

21 June 2012

Bogdan Tanjevic with Turkey Basketball Federation president Turgay Demirel  (left) and Secretary General Ali Oszoy (right) at EuroBasket 2011
Bogdan Tanjevic with Turkey Basketball Federation President Turgay Demirel (left) and Secretary General Ali Oszoy (right) at EuroBasket 2011

Bogdan Tanjevic led Turkey for several years before stepping down after the team's silver-medal winning performance at the 2010 World Championship.

Now the 65-year-old tactician, who has survived colon cancer, is back at the helm of the Turks.

There had been speculation that Orhun Ene might leave the head coaching post after the team's 11th place finish at EuroBasket 2011.

While it took a while to happen, it finally has and now Tanjevic will set out to banish the memories of last summer's disappointment with a strong summer in the EuroBasket Qualification Round.

Turkey will face Italy, the Czech Republic, Belarus and Portugal in Group F.

The team manager of the national team, former player Harun Erdenay, said to Turkey's official news agency (Anadolu): "The qualifiers will begin very soon. For that reason, Tanjevic who knows the team very well will coach it in qualifiers."

There were other coaches that Turkey considered and could put a new man in charge once the Qualification Round has ended.

"We interviewed some candidates but they wanted to coach a club team as well," Erdenay said.

"We'll reconsider the issue after the qualifiers and will be doing interviews for the job."

One of the coaches that Turkey were interested in, Erdenay revealed, was Ettore Messina, the coach of silver-medal winning Italy at EuroBasket 1997 before Tanjevic took over the team and led the Azzurri to gold in 1999.

"Ettore Messina was on our shortlist but he wanted to coach a club as well," Erdenay said.

"He couldn't sign with any Turkish club and because of that we couldn't agree with him."

CSKA Moscow, the side Messina led to two Euroleague crowns from 2005-09, recently announced that the Italian is to coach their team once again next season after signing a three-year contract.


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