Becirovic Returns Home, Joins Krka

10 December 2013
7. Sani Becirovic (Türk Telekom)
Becirovic has played for a number of storied clubs in his career, including Türk Telekom

Former Slovenian international Sani Becirovic has returned to his native country and will suit up for EuroChallenge side Krka Novo Mesto, a decade after his first stint at the club.

The 32-year-old combo guard announced on Tuesday on his personal website that he had signed an agreement with his old club until the end of the current season.

"It's now official, I'm really happy," Becirovic stated.

"We talked [with Krka] a long time ago, but I could not sign until I resolved the Iranian issue.

"When I came from Iran and finally got permission to switch clubs, we agreed swiftly."

Becirovic had penned a deal with Iranian oufit Foolad Mahan Isfahan in August, but later departed the club and returned to Europe over a contractual dispute.

The Slovenian veteran joined Italian side Dinamo Sassari late last season, following his first experience of the game in Iran with Petrochimi Bandar Imam.

He averaged nine points, 2.9 assists and two rebounds in his 10 games with Sassari in the Serie A League.

Becirovic has already met with his new teammates and Krka head coach Aleksandar Dzikic.

"The team has received me very well, but it will take some time to get to know all the guys in game conditions," the guard said.

"We have already had a long discussion with the coach about what it would mean for me to join Krka."

Becirovic should be eligible to participate next Tuesday in Krka's final game in Group F of the EuroChallenge Regular Season, away at Tofas Bursa.

"It will take some time for me to get into the right shape, physically, and then I can help Krka achieve good results," the veteran admitted.

"I have to be patient and play smart and give them my experience to help out in key moments of games."

Sani Becirovic - Slovenia
The 32-year-old last represented his country at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey in 2010

Becirovic played at Krka during the 2003/04 season, after spending one year at legendary Italian club Virtus Bologna and before again departing his native country to pursue a globe-trotting career.

Sassari was the seventh Italian team in the career of Becirovic, who has played in the most storied clubs in the country, including both Bologna clubs, Virtus Roma, Olimpia Milano, Varese and Treviso.

The veteran guard also played for powerhouses Panathinaikos and CSKA Moscow and Turkish club Türk Telekom, while apart from Krka he also suited up in Slovenia for Pivovarna Laško and Union Olimpija Ljubljana.

Becirovic, who is the son of former Slovenian national team head coach Memi Bečirović, first represented his country at the European Championship for Cadets in 1997.

He became a senior international already in 1999, at the age of 18, but the breakout event in his career came at junior level in 2000.

Becirovic averaged 18.5 points and 3.3 assists per game at the European Championship for Young Men that year, leading to a Slovenia side that also included Bostjan Nachbar and Krka player Smiljan Pavic to gold, whilst also walking away with the MVP award in the process.

The Slovenian veteran participated with the senior national team in four EuroBasket tournaments and two World Championships, but did not step on the podium at any major event.

Becirovic's curtain call with the national team came at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey, where Slovenia took 8th place.




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