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Jurij Zdovc

Ivo Daneu

Peter Vilfan

Vinko Jelovac

   Jurij Zdovc


Jurij Zdovc


195-G-66
Born: Dec.13, 1966
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Player: 195-G
Outlook:
JURE IS EUROPE'S NUMBER ONE DEFENSIVE PLAYER. HE IS CAPABLE OF DISRUPTING THE OTHER TEAM'S OFFENSE. HE MAKES GREAT DECISIONS ATTHE POINT GUARD POSITION BUT HE CAN ALSO SCORE FROM THE TWO POSITION.
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Career:
Till 1984: Comet Slovenske Konjice
1983-1984: Olimpija Ljubljana
1984-1985: Olimpija Ljubljana
1985-1986: Olimpija Ljubljana
1986-1987: Olimpija Ljubljana
1987-1988: Olimpija Ljubljana
1988-1989: Olimpija Ljubljana
1989-1990: Olimpija Ljubljana
1990-1991: Olimpija Ljubljana
1991-1992: Knorr Bologna (ITA-A1)
1992-1993: Limoges (FRA-ProA)
1993: was tested by New York Knicks (NBA)
1993-1994: Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE): Assist-3
1994-1995: Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE)
1995: was close to sign with Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) but finally signed 2-years contract with Iraklis Thessaloniki for $1.1mln
1995-1996: Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE)
1996-1997: started the season with Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE) but in Jan.'97 signed by Racing Paris (FRA-ProA) to replace injured Paspalj, but ineligible for EuroCups, in April was injured
1997-1998: signed with Tofas Bursa (TUR): 13ppg, 7rpg, 2.5apg, but at the beginning of season (after 2 games) retired due to spain injury and joined Comet (A2) as a coach
1998-1999: Olimpija Ljubljana (1T): 10.3ppg, 1.4apg
1999-2000: Olimpija Ljubljana (1T)
2000-2001: Panionios Athens (GRE): 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-4(3.1)
2001 - signed 2-years contract with Union Olimpija Ljubljana
2001-2002: Union Olimpija Ljubljana (1T): Euroleague stats: 18games: 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.0apg, 0.9bpg; Slovenian League: 10games: 11.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg; Adriatic League: 13games: 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg
2002-2003: Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (1T): FIBA Champions Cup: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg; Slovenian 1A League: 2games: 25.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg: left in Dec.'02 due to team financial problems, then joined Croatia Osiguranje Split (CRO-A1): Adriatic League: 3games: 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg, 3.0spg; Croatian League: 16games: 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg
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Awards/Achievements:
Yugoslavian National Team -86-91 (83 matches)
World Championships for Juniors -83
European Championships for Cadets -83 (1st)
European Championships for Juniors 84 (3rd)
Olympic Games -88(2)
World Championships -90(1)
Slovenian National Team -92-01
European Championships -89(1), 91(1), 93,95,97,99
Greek All-Star Game -97
Euro All-Star Game - 97
Slovenian All-Star Game -99,00
Slovenian Cup Winner -99,00,02
Slovenian League Champion -99
Adriatic League Champion -02
Croatian League Champion -03
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Coach Assistant:
2003-2004: In Nov.'03 was hired by Krka Telekom Novo Mesto


Daneu
   Ivo Daneu


Ivo Daneu


(Born: 6.10.1937, Maribor)
(guard) - 209 games for ex-YUG (from 1956-1970)
OG 60, 64, runner-up 68
WC runner-up 63, runner-up and MVP 67, champion (captain) 70,
EC 57, 59, runner-up 61, bronze medal 63, runner-up 65, runner-up 67, runner-up 69
EUROPEAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP semi-finals 62 (he scored 45 pts vs. Real Madrid), final-four 67,
YUG champion 57, 59, 61, 66, 70,
THE BEST SPORTSMEN OF EX-YUG 67
head coach of Olimpija 1970/71
his wife Katja Kac-Daneu played 5 games for ex-YUG (1958)
his son Jaka played for SLO NT and won European Cup 94.
Teams: Branik Maribor (1949-1956) Olimpija (1956-1970), Rudar Trbovlje (1976)

Those permanent spectators of games in Tivoli know it is one face they will never miss when Union Olimpija plays an international game. Ivo Daneu always seats on one of the stands, the one that borders on the hockey part of the hall. There it is the legendary player who has been written the history of Ljubljana's, Slovenian, Yugoslavian and World basketball. A real artist on the court, eternal sportsman in his soul, and a person that entered the Slovenian National history when he proposed the referendum for the secession from ex-Yugoslavia in the National Assembly in 1990. He always seats more or less at the same place, with his back turned against the hockey hall where he and his teammates started the golden era of the Yugoslavian basketball in 1970. By the interesting coincidence he seats just a wall from the hall where he was the first one in the history on the Yugoslavian basketball who raised the World Trophy in the air, the same trophy that still goes from hand to hand, from one Champion to another at every WC.
Many still think Daneu has not been seriously learining his basketball alphabet until he joined Olimpija. But he came in Ljubljana when he already had 19 years old after five years of practicing with Branik from Maribor. It was in Maribor where he was noticed by legendary Aleksandar Gec whose sharp eye had seen a rare gift that only top players posses. Daneu begun to practise basketball by a coincidence. While he was watching a football pratcice as a child the ball hit him in the head with such a strength that he fainted away and taht decided his future.
It was Gec who recomended him to national head-coach Aca Nikolic who decided to give the jewel from Maribor a chance he never had a reason to regret. Daneu was the first player in NT from regional league and the Capitain of teh national team for some years in the 60's, he gathered eight medals from the biggest competitions but he never accepted invitations of foreign teams. He turned down Real from Madrid among others and spent no less then 14 years with Olimpija. Buit his career never suffered because of that. His reputation of a 'executioner' was so firm that he had a permanent place at the list of national head-coaches Aca Nikolic and Ranko Zeravica for more then ten years.
He made key points in the last four seconds of the game with USA at the World Championship in Rio de Janeiro 1963, he also decided the game between Olimpija and Partizan in Belgrade in the same year when he hit in the last second. He was very obstinate as more or less every champion is, he relied on his refined feeling for the ball, he did not always follow the instructions of the coach if he felt his throw will be successful. He played for the first time at the EC already in 1957, getting its first medal with silver at the EC in Belgrade 1961. He added bronze in Wroclaw 1963 and two silvers in 1965 (Moscow) and in 1969 (Neapel). He was second at the World Championship in Rio de Janeiro 1963 and also four years later in Montevideo. It was Montevideo where he was also the MVP of the Championship what was named for the best sportsman in Yugoslavia at that very same year.
Master among all masters from Tivoli, who took of his T-shirt on that very euphoric year 1970 after he won the Yugoslavian national Championship with Olimpija, played at six European Championships, three World Championships and as many Olympic Games. Daneu was the one who has been broken the new ground. He was the pioneer in the true meaning of this sense. He was in Olimpija's team when the latter won the first Yugoslavian trophy in 1957, he was member of the Yugoslavian selection which took the first World title, he was MVP of the World Championship in Chile in 1967 … The opus of his achievements is amazing, that is way it was quite amazing he never seriously tried to became a coach. He only once, in 1970/71 took over the wheel of Olimpija and never again.


   Peter Vilfan

Vilfan

Peter Vilfan (Born: 29.06.1957, Maribor)
(guard, 190 cm)- 121 games for ex-YUG (from 1977-1983), 21 games for SLO and he was first captain (1992), SLO NT assistant coach EC 95
WC champion 78, bronze medal 82,
EC bronze medal 79, silver medal 81, 83,
SLO champion 92, SLO Cup 92;
head coach of Union Olimpija 1995/95
his daughter Anja is playing for SLO NT.
Teams: ZKK Maribor (1972-1977), Jugoplastika Split (1977-1979), Olimpija (1979-1985), Partizan Belgrade (1985/86), Olimpija (1986-) Postojna, Olimpija (-1992)
In first exYU league he scored 58 points (against Bosna) and in ex YU 1.B League he scored 78 points (against Sibenka)

When Maribor put together a youth team in xxx, it did not overlook a 15-year-old boy, who already attracted the attention of the surroundings with his basketball tricks. The coach soon took him with when the team left for the game in Celje and there were probably nobody on the bus that was happier at that time then the newcomer was. His eyes were shining showing big expectations that has been springing up inside him waiting for the first minutes on the court since entering the world of 'adults'. But the coach did not remember him during the first half and after the half time the boy stayed in the locker-room. Nobody noticed. He was waiting. Angry, affected, offended, asking himself why the hell did they take him with. After a few minutes he packed his belongings and took the first bus for Maribor ...
Stubborn, headstrong, decided. That is what Peter Vilfan was like, being borned on June 29th 1957, growing later in one of the most recognizable faces of yugo-basket, reaching one of his peaks at the World Championship 1978 in Manila and therefore continuing the path Bassin, Daneu, Jelovac and others already walker through in one of world's strongest National Championships. Those who followed his career like to say he is full of different ideas. Skilful in talking, some would label him in another way. Inventive, affirm the thirds. Vilfan has thousand and one characteristics and a full bag of anecdotes.
After he rushed back to Maribor fuming with anger, his career rapidly took the way up. In 1974 he won bronze with the cadet's national team at the European Championship and gold at the Balcan's Championship. He was improving his skills in his home town Maribor, in his firstclub Železničar, waiting for the appropriate moment when Olimpija, which was the strongest club in Slovenia at that time, will invite him in Ljubljana. But everything then turned different to expectations. While being at the preparations in Porec in 1977, Petar Skansi, Rato Tvrdic, Vinko Bajrovic, Zeljko Jerkov and Duje Krstulovic knocked on his door and after only 20 minutes the ambitious youngster had a signed contract in his hands – a contract with Jugosplastika, one of the biggest basketball institutions in ex-Yugoslavia. After Vilfan made 45 points in the game against Maccabi, his career was sealed.
Basketball gourmets found a new talent, coached discovered a jewel that only a year later played side by side with Dragan Kicanovic, Zoran Slavnic, Mirza Delibasic. He was a prototype for an excellent point-guard. He had an incredible feeling for dribbling, being very fast and unpredictable he was capable to outwit every opponent in defense and was at the same time able to play also as a shooting guard. The most difficult tasks in offense were also something he did not have a slight problem to deal with.
The 'notorious' Manila came that very same year. World Championship. The world trophy. The boy from the main city of Stajerska crowned his gigantic steps with the gold medal, which he still considers as his most important achievement in his career. There is no strange that the bronze he took at the EC a year later was then only a bitter disappointment for him. He expected more. Instead he hot the invitation of Olimpija and after two seasons, spent in Dalmacija, he returned to Slovenia. He also expected to play at the Olympic Games in Moscow 1980 although he was called-up to serve the obligatory service in the army that year. He came to Sarajevo on the same day as the national team did. He reported to barracks, thinking that the call-up to the sports squad was just something written on a paper and that a place in the team is waiting for him. But officers just laughed at him when he was trying to explain he is a player not a soldier. He then followed basketball games in Moscow only by the television. In 1981 he took silver at the EC in Prague, a year later a bronze at the World Championship in Brasile followed.
He went from Maribor to Jugoplastika, Olimpija, Partizan, Smelt Olimpija and Postojna during his club's career before returning in Tivoli where he was playing for 12 years. He stayed there until March 21st 1993 when he followed other famous Slovenian players and took off his T-shirt with number 12 at the back forever. But that was not his farewell from basketball by far. He tried himself as a coach latter, opened his own basketball school while his real pleasure is currently a microphone. He works as a commentator at the national television. And since the faith has not been inclined to him for the Moscow 1980, he will have the opportunity to enjoy the olympic spirit this season – in Athens. As a TV commentator...
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