October 03, 2013

Sergey Aleksandrovich Belov

Sergey Aleksandrovich Belov

The gentleman of the romantic basketball Sergei Belov, one of the greatest basketball player ever to play the game died today aged 69 in Perm, Russia.

Born in the village of Nashchyokovo on the 23th of January 1944, Belov joined the team of Uralmash Sverdlovsk, where he played from 1964 to 1967. From 1968 to 1980 he played for CSKA Moscow winning the USSR League championship eleven times (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980), the USSR Cup twice (1972, 1973), and the Euroleague twice, in 1969 and 1971.
As a member of the Soviet Union national basketball team for fourteen years (1967–1980), Belov helped them win a gold medal (1972), and three bronze medals (1968, 1976, 1980) at the Olympic Games. He also helped them to become the FIBA World champions in 1967 and 1974, and the FIBA European champions in 1967, 1969, 1971, and 1979.
In the final of the 1972 Summer Olympics, Belov scored 20 points against the United States national basketball team, as the Soviet Union defeated the USA 51-50 to win the gold medal.
"World basketball has lost a true legend today with the passing of Sergey Belov," Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, said. "Mr. Belov was a great figure in European basketball's history and an example of excellence who helped paved the way for the growth of the sport we all love. Euroleague Basketball offers its sincerest regrets to the family of Russian basketball and to the family and loved ones of Mr. Belov." 
Mr. Belov's international career was equally impressive. With the Soviet Union national team, Mr. Belov won gold medals at two World Championships, four EuroBaskets and the 1972 Olympics, the latter a first for European players of his era. He totaled four Olympic, six FIBA World Cup and eight EuroBasket medals during his playing and coaching career with the Soviet Union and Russia. Euroleague Basketball chose him as one of greatest 50 contributors to European club basketball in 2008, and Belov is a member of both the FIBA Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 
October 3 becomes an even sadder date in Russian basketball as the Olympics hero Alexander Belov, no relation to Sergey Belov, passed away 35 years ago on the same day. Euroleague Basketball feels privileged to have enjoyed a professional and personal relationship with Mr. Belov and offers its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

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1. Petrolina A.E.K. Larnakas 13/2 28
2. Keravnos Strovolou 12/3 27
3. CytaVision APOEL 10/5 25
4. Apollon BC 9/6 24
5. ETHA Engomis 9/6 24
6. Enosis Neon Paralimniou 5/10 20
7. Kapatsos Omonoia Nicosia 2/13 17
8. Anagennisi Germasogeias 0/15 15
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