FC Bayern Munich extends coach Pesic

Mar 01, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
FC Bayern Munich extends coach Pesic
FC Bayern Munich reached a new agreement with head coach Svetislav Pesic to keep working together until the end of the 2016-17 season, the club announced this weekend. Pesic, age 65, joined Bayern in November 2012 and has taken Bayern to the very elite of German and European basketball. Pesic led Bayern to win the German League and make it to the Top 16 last season. Pesic is one of the three people - along with Lolo Sainz and Armenak Alachachan - to win the Euroleague title as a player and coach. He won the Euroleague title with Bosna Sarajevo in 1979 and lifted it again as head coach with FC Barcelona in 2003. Pesic started his coaching career with Bosna, to which he helped lift the Yugoslavian League trophy in 1983 and won the Yugoslavian Cup title in 1984. He went on to coach the German national team, to which he led to its biggest success, winning the gold medal at EuroBasket 1993 against all odds. Pesic then joined ALBA Berlin, winning four consecutive German League titles from 1997 to 2000 and lifting the Korac Cup trophy in 1995 - the first European title for a German basketball team. Pesic coached the Yugoslavian national team, leading it to win EuroBasket 2001 and the 2002 FIBA World Cup. He led Barcelona to its only Triple Crown - league, cup and Euroleague titles - in 2003, winning another Spanish League title in 2004. Pesic has also coached RheinEnergie Koeln, Lottomatica Roma, Akasvayu Girona, Dynamo Moscow, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and Valencia Basket. He won the FIBA EuroCup title with Girona in 2007 and also led the Yugoslavian U19 national team to a gold medal in the 1987 World Championships. "It was the next logical step. In November 2012, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to achieve here," Pesic said after the new agreement. "We have achieved a lot so far but I hope we can take another step forward."