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Sergei Belov
Сергей Белов
Belov in 2012
Personal information
Born (1944-01-23)January 23, 1944
Nashchyokovo, Shegarsky District, Tomsk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet and Russian
Died October 3, 2013(2013-10-03) (aged 69)
Perm, Russia
Listed height 6 ft 2.75 in (1.90 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft 1966 / Undrafted
Pro career 1964–1980
Coaching career 1981–2004
Career history
As player:
1964–1967 Uralmash Sverdlovsk
1968–1980 CSKA Moscow
As coach:
1981–1982 CSKA Moscow
1988–1990 CSKA Moscow
1990–1993 Basket Cassino
1999–2004 Ural Great Perm
Career highlights and awards

As player:

  • FIBA Order of Merit (1995)
  • FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (Voted #1) (1991)
  • FIBA World Cup MVP (1970)
  • FIBA EuroBasket MVP (1969)
  • 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)
  • 2× EuroLeague champion (1969, 1971)
  • 3× EuroLeague Finals Top Scorer (1970, 1971, 1973)
  • 4× FIBA European Selection (1969, 1971, 1972, 1974)
  • 11× USSR League champion (1969-1974, 1976-1980)
  • 2× USSR Cup winner (1972, 1973)
  • Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR (1968)
  • Order of the Badge of Honour
  • Medal "For Distinguished Labour"

As coach:

  • 2× USSR League champion (1982, 1990)
  • North European League champion (2001)
  • 2× Russian Championship champion (2001, 2002)
  • Russian Cup winner (2004)

Sergei Alexandrovich Belov (Russian: Серге́й Алекса́ндрович Бело́в; January 23, 1944 – October 3, 2013) was a professional basketball player, most noted for playing for CSKA Moscow and the senior Soviet Union national basketball team. He is considered to be one of the best European basketball players of all time, and was given the honor of lighting the Olympic Cauldron with the Olympic flame during the 1980 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in Moscow.

In 1991, Belov was named by FIBA as the Best FIBA Player ever. He became the first international player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 11, 1992. He was also inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007 and was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors in 2008.

Biography

Sergei Belov was born in the village of Nashchyokovo, Shegarsky District, Tomsk Oblast, Soviet Union. In 1968, he became an Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. He became an Honored Coach of Russia in 1995, and served as President of the Russian Basketball Federation (1993–98).

Club playing career

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Belov lighting the Olympic Cauldron during the 22nd Olympics opening ceremony in Moscow, 1980

At the age of twenty, Belov made his debut in the USSR League, with the team of Uralmash Sverdlovsk, where he played from 1964 to 1967. He then played with CSKA Moscow for twelve years. With CSKA, he won 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.

National team playing career

As a member of the senior Soviet Union national basketball team, for nearly fourteen years (1967–1980), Belov helped them win a Summer Olympic Games gold medal in 1972, and three bronze medals in 1968, 1976, and 1980. He also helped them to become the FIBA World Cup champions in 1967 and 1974, and the EuroBasket champions in 1967, 1969, 1971, and 1979. He also won the Summer Universiade, in 1970, as well.

In the gold medal game of the 1972 Summer Olympics, Belov scored 20 points against the United States national basketball team, as the Soviet Union controversially defeated the USA, by a score of 51–50, to win the gold.

Coaching career

Belov was the head coach of CSKA Moscow, with whom he won the USSR League championship in 1982 and 1990. He was also the head coach of Ural Great Perm. With Ural Great Perm, he won the Russian Championship title in both 2001 and 2002, the Russian Cup in 2004, and the North European League championship in 2001.

As the head coach of the senior men's Russian national basketball team, he won silver medals at both the 1994 FIBA World Championship and the 1998 FIBA World Championship, and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1997.

Death

Sergei Alexandrovich Belov died on October 3, 2013, in Perm, Russia.

Awards and accomplishments

  • Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR
  • Order of the Badge of Honour
  • Medal "For Distinguished Labour"
  • As a player:
    • 2 × EuroLeague Champion: 1969, 1971
    • 3 × EuroLeague Finals Top Scorer: 1970, 1971, 1973
    • 11 × USSR League Champion: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
    • 2 × USSR Cup Winner: 1972, 1973
    • Summer Universiade:
      • 11 Gold
1970
    • Summer Olympic Games:
      • 11 Gold
1972
      • 33 Bronze: 1968, 1976, 1980
    • FIBA World Cup:
      • 11 Gold
1967, 1974
      • 22 Silver
1978
      • 33 Bronze: 1970 (MVP)
    • FIBA EuroBasket:
      • 11 Gold
1967, 1969 (MVP), 1971, 1979
      • 22 Silver
1975, 1977
      • 33 Bronze: 1973
    • FIBA's 50 Greatest Players: 1991 (Voted #1)
    • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: 1992
    • FIBA Hall of Fame: 2007
    • 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors: 2008
  • As a head coach:
    • 2 × USSR League Champion: 1982, 1990
    • FIBA Order of Merit: 1995
    • 2 × Russian Championship Champion: 2001, 2002
    • Russian Cup Winner: 2004
    • North European League Champion: 2001
    • FIBA World Cup:
      • 22 Silver
1994, 1998
    • FIBA EuroBasket:
      • 33 Bronze: 1997
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