Krešimir Ćosić

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Basketball player
Krešimir Ćosić
Bust of Krešimir Ćosić in the Mirogoj cemetery
Player information
birthday November 26, 1948
place of birth Zagreb , SFR Yugoslavia
date of death May 25, 1995
Place of death Baltimore , Maryland , United States
size 211 cm
position center
college Brigham Young University
Clubs as active
1964–1969 KK Zadar 1970–1973 BYU Cougars ( NCAA ) 1973–1976 KK Zadar 1976–1978 KK Union Olimpija 1978–1980 Sinudyne Bologna 1980–1983 KK Cibona ZagrebYugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
United StatesUnited States
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
National team
Yugoslavia 303

Krešimir Ćosić (born November 26, 1948 in Zagreb , SR Croatia , † May 25, 1995 in Baltimore , Maryland ) was a Yugoslav basketball player and a Yugoslav and Croatian basketball coach and diplomat . He was 2.11 m tall and played on the position of the Center . Ćosić is one of the best European basketball players of all time. On May 6, 1996, he was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . In 2007 he was also one of the first players to be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame . He received the FIBA Order of Merit in July 1994.


Krešimir Ćosić was born in Zagreb, but grew up in Zadar , a port city on the Adriatic . There he attended elementary and high school. During his three-year residency (1970–1973) at Brigham Young University , he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , which shaped him greatly in the years that followed. After his return to Croatia, he managed church affairs in his home country independently and on a voluntary basis and contributed significantly to the translation of the Book of Mormon into Croatian.

In addition, Ćosić was the first player who grew up outside of North America to become a star player at an American college, thus becoming a pioneer in the subsequent internationalization of top American basketball. As a coach of the Yugoslav national team, he finished third at the 1986 World Cup and won silver at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul .

Statue of Krešimir Ćosić in Zadar

Ćosić's greatest success was winning the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow with the Yugoslav national team . He was also twice (1970, 1978) world and three times (1973, 1975, 1977) European champion and won a total of 14 medals at these tournaments between 1967 and 1981. With 303 international matches, he is the record player for the Yugoslav national team.

He was posthumously honored in May 2008 as one of the fifty great figures in basketball in Europe . The award was given by the Euroleague Basketball in an official ceremony in the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid , in Madrid ( Spain ).

Ćosić died in 1995 in Baltimore , Maryland of non-Hodgkin lymphoma . After his death he was buried in the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb .

The multi-purpose hall Dvorana Krešimira Ćosića in Zadar, completed in 2008, was named after him.

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Individual evidence

  1. 50 Contributors, Honored in Madrid ( Memento of July 24, 2009 in the Internet Archive )