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Bogdan Tanjevic

Bogdan Tanjević
Богдан Тањевић
Tanjević in November 2007.
Personal information
Born (1947-02-13) February 13, 1947 (age 67)
Pljevlja, PR Montenegro, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Bosnian / Italian / Turkish
Career information
Pro playing career 1965–1970
Career history
As player:
1965-1970 OKK Beograd
As coach:
1971-1980 KK Bosna
1982-1986 Juventus Caserta (Indesit / Mobilgirgi)
1986-1994 Trieste (Stefanel)
1994-1996 Olimpia Milano (Stefanel)
1996-1997 CSP Limoges
2001 KK Budućnost
2001-2002 Asvel Villeurbanne
2002 Virtus Bologna
2007-2010 Fenerbahçe
Career highlights and awards

As head coach:

  • 3x Yugoslav League Champion: (1977-78, 1979-80, 2000-01)
  • 1x Euroleague Champion: (1978-79)
  • 1x Italian League Champion: (1995-96)
  • 1x French League Champion: (2001-02)
  • 2x Turkish League Champion: (2007-08, 2009-10)

Bogdan "Boša" Tanjević (Serbian: Богдан Тањевић) (born 13 February 1947 in Pljevlja, PR Montenegro, FPR Yugoslavia) is an ex-Yugoslav,[1] naturalized Italian,[2] Bosnian,[3] and Turkish[4] professional basketball coach, who last coached the Turkish national basketball team, between 2004–10, and Fenerbahçe Ülker, between 2007-10. He is currently the technical coordinator of male national basketball teams of Turkey.

Early life

In 1951, four-year-old Tanjević was brought to Sarajevo due to his Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) officer father getting reassigned there. Attending Veselin Masleša Primary School young Boša got involved with basketball at the FIS outdoor courts alongside friends such as Uglješa Uzelac and Davorin Popović.

In 1965, after graduating high school, Tanjević moved to Belgrade where he enrolled at the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Philosophy, studying world literature.[5]

Club playing career

Tanjević began playing basketball at the hometown KK Željezničar Sarajevo.

In parallel with his university studies in Belgrade, young Tanjević played basketball at OKK Beograd on a team alongside established players Radivoj Korać, Trajko Rajković, and Slobodan Gordić.

National team

Despite having a four-year run with the Yugoslav youth squads, having made the final cut for several FIBA Europe youth competitions from 1964 until 1966 under head coach Ranko Žeravica, Tanjević wasn't able to make the next step and make the Yugoslav full squad.


Tanjević received his first call up for the Yugoslav junior national team by its head coach Žeravica in 1963 when he was only 16 years old. Tanjević later talked of his surprise to have gotten his debut considering he played for a "provincial lower-league club like KK Željezničar Sarajevo" while commending Žeravica for not favouring players from big established clubs over those from smaller ones.[6]

In spring 1964, 17-year-old Tanjević, still with Željezničar at the time, was selected for the Yugoslav junior team sent to the European Championship for Juniors in Naples in April 1964. As the youngest player on that roster, he had to fight hard for his spot until the very last training game, just edging out Staša Đorđević of Radnički Belgrade for the 12th roster spot.[7] Consisting of youngsters none of whom later made notable careers as basketball players (Ljubiša Janjić, Anton Bračun, Ljubiša Stanković, Srđan Skulić, Miljenko Valcić, Slobodan Jelić, Tihomir Pavlović, Jurica Kosta, Danko Hočevar, Momčilo Pazmanj, and Andrej Brenk), the Yugoslav team lost 3 of the 5 games it played at the championship.[8] Tanjević got very little playing time without scoring a single basket at the competition.

In summer 1966, 19-year-old Tanjević, now an OKK Beograd player, was selected for the Yugoslav junior team sent to the European Championship for Juniors in Porto San Giorgio on the Italian Adriatic coast in late August 1966. Unlike two years earlier, this time Tanjević played on the team alongside players that would go to achieve great heights in the game of basketball such as Krešimir Ćosić, Aljoša Žorga, Duci Simonović, Damir Šolman, Kosta Grubor, Dragiša Vučinić, Dragan Kapičić, etc. Yugoslavia made it to the final, but got blown out by Soviet Union by 21 points in the gold medal game.[9] For his part Tanjević appeared in all five games Yugoslavia played at the championship, but recorded a modest output of 2.4 points per game.[10]

Club coaching career

KK Bosna

In 1971, 24-year-old Tanjević got named as head coach of KK Bosna, a club playing in the second-tier Yugoslav Second Federal League.

1971-72: Gaining promotion

Inheriting a roster of youngsters such as 19-year-old Žarko Varajić, Ante Đogić, and 21-year-old center Zdravko Čečur, Tanjević brought in 22-year-old Svetislav Pešić from Partizan Belgrade.[11] Furthermore, the head coach sought to establish authority over players only a couple of years younger than him. To that end he re-hauled the training regiment, instituting practice sessions twice a day while introducing strict discipline.[12]

The new approach produced immediate results as the club managed to gain promotion in Tanjević's first season. It was a historic success for KK Bosna that prior to Tanjević's arrival spent 16 seasons stuck in the Second Federal League, unable to overcome the last hurdle before the top-tier First Federal League.

1972-73: Delibašić signs; club's and coach's top-flight debut

Over the summer of 1972, preparing for its first ever top-flight campaign, the newly promoted club pulled off a remarkable coup by bringing in 18-year-old supreme talent Mirza Delibašić from Sloboda Tuzla, in the process beating out bigger Yugoslav clubs such as KK Partizan for the youngster's signature. The signing was a culmination of the year-long courtship that reached fever pitch during that summer. Knowing Partizan already managed to get KK Sloboda's agreement to release Delibašić, Bosna people intensified their direct approach to the player on two fronts — the president of Bosna sports society Vukašin "Vule" Vukalović made frequent visits to Delibašić's parents cajoling them with financial terms while the team's young coach, only 7 years Delibašić's senior, essentially stalked the player during his training camp for the upcoming European Championship for Juniors in Zadar, eventually befriending and persuading him that Bosna would the best fit for him.[13]

Playing their debut season in the country's top-tier competition, Tanjević's young Bosna team finished in 12th spot (out of 14 clubs) with a 10-16 record. Though in the end they avoided relegation comfortably, it wasn't without a fight, all of which was considered somewhat disappointing. With the skilful young players Bosna had on its roster led by the country's biggest and most sought-after young talent Delibašić, many expected the team to be more than just mere relegation battlers. Delibašić, the target of some criticism already, publicly admitted disappointment with the team's overall performance as well as his own in particular while expressing confidence that the team is title material.[14]

1973-74: Achieving a European spot

The following season, 1973-74, the team made remarkable progress with a 14-12 record that was good enough for the 4th spot (their record was identical with KK Partizan and Radnički Belgrade, but Bosna had a better head-to-head record). It was another historic result because it meant that Bosna would compete in Europe the following season for the first time in its history.

1974-75: A year-long army stint

In the summer of 1974, Tanjević went away to serve his mandatory army stint,[15] temporarily handing the head coaching position over to Luka Stančić who lead the team for the entire 1974-75 season.

The combination of Tanjević's absence and the pressures of playing in Europe reflected badly on team's domestic league performance as Bosna finished the season in somewhat disappointing 7th place with 12-14 record. On the other hand in FIBA Korać Cup they posted notable success, making the quarterfinals where they got eliminated over two legs by Ranko Žeravica's FC Barcelona — after winning by 8 points at home in front of the 7,000-strong raucous crowd at Skenderija they couldn't hold on to the lead away losing by 14.[16]

1975-76: Return

With Tanjević's return from the army, the team also returned to form, finishing the league in 3rd spot with an 18-8 record, just behind Partizan and Jugoplastika.

National level

Club titles and medals

National Championships

National Cups

International club competitions


National team competitions


Tanjević's wife Jasna Selimović used to be involved with basketball in professional capacity as well, playing for KK Voždovac Belgrade and Yugoslavia national basketball team.[17]


External links

  • Profile
  • Profile on site- 2006 World championship

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Obradović
Winning Coach

Succeeded by
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Svetislav Pešić
Preceded by
Spain Lolo Sainz
FIBA European Champions Cup
Winning Coach

Succeeded by
Spain Lolo Sainz
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