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Peter Vilfan

Peter Vilfan in 2014

Peter Vilfan (born June 29, 1957 in Maribor) is a Slovenian basketball player, sports journalist and commentator, and a politician. From December 2011 until Maj 2014, he was a deputy in the Slovenian National Assembly.

Vilfan played for ŽKK Maribor, KK Union Olimpija and the Yugoslavia national team, with which he won a gold medal in the 1978 FIBA World Championship in Manila.


  • Basketball 1
    • Club career 1.1
    • National career 1.2
    • Yugoslavia 1.3
    • Slovenia 1.4
    • Retirement 1.5
  • Politics 2
  • Family 3
  • References 4


Vilfan at KK Union Olimpija vs Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague match in 2009 as TV commentator for RTV Slovenia

Club career

As well as KK Union Olimpija, Vilfan played for KK Jugoplastika (now known as KK Split) and for KK Partizan.

National career

Peter Vilfan
Medal record
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
Men's Basketball
World Championship
Gold 1978 Philippines Team
Bronze 1982 Colombia Team
European Championships
Bronze 1979 Italy Team
Silver 1981 Czechoslovakia Team


Vilfan made 121 appearances for Yugoslavia between 1977 and 1983, making him the third most capped Slovenian player for Yugoslavia. He played in five international tournaments: the 1978 FIBA World Championship, the 1979 European Basketball Championship, the 1981 European Basketball Championship, the 1982 FIBA World Championship and the 1983 European Basketball Championship. He won one gold and one bronze medal in the World Cup, and one silver and one bronze in the European Cup.


Vilfan was the first captain of the Slovenian national basketball team, following Slovenia's independence from Yugoslavia.


After his retirement Vilfan began working at the Slovenian radio and television network as a sports commentator. He also opened a basketball school for children.[1]


In 2011 he joined Positive Slovenia (PS) party and was elected to the National Assembly. For May 2014 European Parliament elections he was placed on last place (8th) on the list of candidates by PS.[2] On 29 April 2014 he left PS party.[3]

On 10 May 2014 he was driving under the influence and hit an elderly pedestrian, who needed hospitalization. Next day he admitted DUI event and resigned as member of the National Assembly.[4] His resignation became official on 14 May.[5]

On 31 May 2014 he became a vice-president of the newly founded party Alliance of Alenka Bratušek.[6]


His son-in-law is Macedonian basketball player Vlado Ilievski.[7]


  1. ^ [1] Basketball school
  2. ^ - Zadnja Vilfanova usluga Jankoviću
  3. ^ - PS je razpadel. Odhajajoči ustanavljajo svojo skupino.
  4. ^ - Vilfana bo v DZ-ju najverjetneje nadomestila Alenka Lampe, ki ostaja v PS-ju
  5. ^ - Vilfan ni več poslanec. "Ne pijte alkohola, ko vozite."
  6. ^ - "Želim, da ob dveh črkah ne vidite le mojega imena, ampak začetnici abecede"
  7. ^ - V težavah tudi Vilfanov zet, Italijani mu očitajo utajo davkov
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