Ranko Zeravica in his days as FC Barcelona coach / FCB

European basketball and FC Barcelona are in mourning following the death of Ranko Zeravica, who among many other teams was head coach at Barça from 1974 to 1976. He was 86 and died in Belgrade after a long battle with heart trouble. Born in Serbia in 1929, he was one of the leading coaches in the European game from the 1970s until his retirement.

Zeravica was especially famed as the manager of the great Yugoslavia team that won the World Championship in 1970 and Olympic gold at Moscow 1980. At club level, his teams included Partizan Belgrade and Red Star in his home country, as well as Cai Zaragoza in Spain and Napoli in Italy.

As Barcelona head coach he gave debuts to future legends Solozabal and Sibilio, and was also there as Epi became one of the team’s finest ever icons, guiding the side to the Korac Cup Final.

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke for the whole club with a message in tribute to the great coach on his personal Twitter account.

Dies the ex-coach of the FC Barcelona basket... by fcbarcelona
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