Radivoj Korac
Radivoj Korać , sometimes also Radivoje, (November 5, 1938 – June 2, 1969) was a successful Serbia
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n basketball
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 player from Yugoslavia
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
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Korać was born in Sombor
Sombor is a city and municipality located in northwest part of Serbian autonomous province of Vojvodina. The city has a total population of 48,749 , while the Sombor municipality has 87,815 inhabitants...

 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
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. He started playing for BSK (OKK Belgrade
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) at the age of 16, and played as a left-handed forward-center. Popularly nicknamed "Žućko" ('Blondie'), he became one of the best, if not the best player of Yugoslavia in the 1960s. In 1960 Korać was named as the best athlete of Yugoslavia. He was the best scorer of the Yugoslav league for seven seasons, a record.

He entered the Yugoslav national basketball team in 1958 and won five silver and one bronze medal with them, in a total of 157 international games.

Korać played professionally for OKK Beograd
OKK Beograd
OKK Beograd is a Serbian professional basketball club. It is part of the multi-sports Belgrade-based sport club OSD Beograd.-History:The club was founded in 1945 under the name KK Metalac...

, reaching various European champions' competitions with the club. Korać was three times named as part of the best European selection. In a 1964/65
FIBA European Champions Cup 1964-65
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 FIBA European Champions Cup
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 first round return game against Swedish champions Alvik
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 from Stockholm
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, he scored 99 points (the game ended 155-57).

Away from the basketball court, Korać enjoyed theatre, music and reading books. He was a senior undergraduate from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (ETF) at the University of Belgrade
University of Belgrade
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. Surprisingly, he once turned down a contract offer to play with KK Red star.

On June 2, 1969, at the age of 30, Korać died in a car crash in Vogošća
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, one of the Sarajevo
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 suburbs. In 1971, FIBA established Radivoj Korać Cup
Korac Cup
The Korać Cup was an annual basketball club competition held by FIBA between the 1971-72 and 2001-02 seasons. It was the third-tier level club competition in European basketball, after the European Champions' Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup...

 in his remembrance, and no basketball games were played in Yugoslavia on June 2 again by decision of the country's Basketball Federation. The Europe-wide Cup folded in 2002. At that time, the basketball federation of Serbia-Montenegro renamed its national cup competition to Radivoj Korać Cup. He was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame honors basketball players, coaches and administrators who have contributed to international competitive basketball. It was established by FIBA in 1991. It includes the "Samaranch Library", the biggest basketball library in the world that, as of 2007, has over 10,000 basketball...

 in 2007.

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