FC Barcelona reached an agreement with Coach Svetislav Pesic to terminate his contract, which linked both parts until the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced Wednesday. Pesic, 70, led Barcelona to the Spanish League Championship Game this season, losing against KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, and his team had a 22-6 record in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season and had mathematically qualified to the Playoffs when the competition was cancelled due to the COVID-10 pandemic. In almost three seasons with the club, helped Barcelona win back-to-back Spanish Copa del Rey titles in 2018 and 2019. In his first stint with Barcelona in the early 2000s, Pesic led Barcelona to its first EuroLeague title and the club’s only triple crown in 2003. He spent two seasons with the club and led it to back-to-back Spanish League titles and the 2003 Copa del Rey.
Pesic answered Barcelona's call in 2018 after almost two years away from coaching. He had last coached FC Bayern Munich from 2012 through 2016. Pesic, who won the EuroLeague as a player with Bosna Sarajevo in 1979, began his coaching career with that same club. He has also coached ALBA Berlin and Cologne in Germany, Rome in Italy, Girona and Valencia in Spain, Dynamo Moscow in Russia and Crvena Zvezda in his native Serbia as well as the national teams of Yugoslavia and Germany. Pesic’s decorated career has seen him lead Germany to the title at EuroBasket 1993 and Yugoslavia to gold medals at EuroBasket 2001 and the 2002 FIBA World Championships. He won the 1995 Korac Cup with ALBA, the 2007 Europe Cup with Girona and a total of eight national championships and four cups in three different countries.