Sergei Alexandrovich Below

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Basketball player
Sergei Below
Sergei Below (2012)
Player information
Full name Sergei Alexandrovich Below
birthday 23rd January 1944 (age 76)
place of birth Naschtschokowo , Soviet Union
date of death 3rd October 2013
Place of death Perm , Russia
size 190 cm
position Forward
Clubs as active
1964–1968 Uralmash Sverdlovsk 1968–1980 CSKA MoscowSoviet Union 1955Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSoviet Union
National team
1967-1980 00USSR
Clubs as coaches
1981–1982 CSKA Moscow 1991–1993 AD Pallacanestro Cassino 1999–2005 Ural Great PermSoviet UnionSoviet Union
National team as coach
1993–1998 Russian national teamRussiaRussia

Sergei Alexandrovich Belov ( Russian Сергей Александрович Белов ; born January 23, 1944 in Naschtschokowo in Tomsk Oblast , Soviet Union ; † October 3, 2013 in Perm ) was a Soviet - Russian basketball player , coach and official .

As a selected player of the Soviet Union, he won the Olympic title in 1972 , was multiple world and European champion as well as winner of the national championship cup with CSKA Moscow and is considered one of the most important non-American basketball players.



Below began his career in 1964 with Uralmash Sverdlovsk in what is now Yekaterinburg . He moved to CSKA Moscow in 1968 , where he stayed until the end of his career in 1980. In his first season there, Below won the European Champion Clubs' Cup, which he won again after losing in the final in 1971. 1973 Below reached the final of this competition again with ZSKA. He also won a total of eleven Soviet championships.

National team

With the national team of the USSR, Below won the title in his first major competition, namely the 1967 World Cup . He also won gold with the Soviet selection at the three subsequent European championships ( 1967 , 1969 , 1971 ), as well as bronze at the 1968 Olympic Games and the 1970 World Cup . The greatest success for Below followed, however, with the Olympic victory in 1972, in which an American selection did not win the gold medal for the first time at the Olympic Games due to a controversial 51:50 triumph.

After a third place at the European Championships in 1973 , he became world champion a second time in 1974 . This was followed by silver medals at the European Championships in 1975 and 1977 and the World Cup in 1978 , and in 1976 he won the Olympic bronze medal again. With the European Championship victory in 1979 he became one of the few players with four titles at the European basketball championships .

At the end of his career, he lit the flame at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Below is the only basketball player to have received such an honor. At this tournament he finished third with the Soviet selection. Thus Below won the same number of medals in 15 international tournaments.


From 1981 to 1982 Below took over the coaching post at CSKA and led the club to the Soviet championship. Until 1989 he was responsible for the club's youth department. He then headed the team of the lower-class Italian club AD Pallacanestro Cassino until 1993. From 1993 to 1998, Below was president of the Russian basketball association and national coach in personal union. He led the national team to the World Cup finals twice ( 1994 and 1998 ) and to bronze at the European Championships in 1997 . From 1999 to 2005 he coached the Ural Great Perm club team and was thus involved in the only two championships in the Superleague Russia that CSKA Moscow could not win. He then moved to the position of General Manager of Ural Great.


Below was named "best European player of all time" by the world association FIBA in 1991 . He became the first international player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He received the ' FIBA Order of Merit ' in April 1995. In September 2003, Russian President Vladimir Putin named him an Honored Worker in the Field of Sports (recognized title). In 2007 he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame . In 2008 Below was named one of the 50 most important players in the history of the Europa League .

See also

Web links

Commons : Sergei Alexandrovich Below  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary for Sergei Alexandrowitsch Below
  2. Article on the official website of FIBA ​​Europe (English)