THE WORLD’S RESERVE OF JUNIOR PLAYERS IS IN EX-YUGOSLAVIA by Leandro Ginóbili, Fox Sports International
THE WORLD’S RESERVE OF JUNIOR PLAYERS IS IN EX-YUGOSLAVIA
by Leandro Ginóbili, Fox Sports International
There is a basketball school which Argentinians much admire and which, beyond the political feuds it has been going through in the last twenty years, continues to be —with different names— the world’s reserve of junior basketball players.,
Let’s put aside, of course, the best ones —the U.S., which, because of organization, history, amount of inhabitants and an essential component, the Black race, becomes a constant factory of players that enrich the leagues of the planet, besides their own, obviously.
The school we will refer to is ex-Yugoslavia’s, a country that dominated the FIBA basketball from the 60s (two golds, four silvers and one bronze in Olympic Games and four golds, three silvers and two bronzes in World Cups) to the 90s, when it ceased to exist as a country to be divided into several of them, all of which continued to be extremely powerful in the basketball area.
Slavic originated players were often the priority when it came to strengthten the big European teams over the American ones before the Bossman Law. When these countries entered the European Common Market there was an invasion of ex-Yugoslavian players in the most important leagues in Europe (
Before, the fight was against one big power. Now, there are at least four of them, given the recent independence of
Of the sixteen teams that took part in the latest European championship (qualifying had to be done), four —25%— were members of ex-Yugoslavia:
Three of those managed to qualify for
We can claim that
Excellent players such as Petrovic, Kukoc, Danilovic, Divac, Nesterovic and Dalipacic, just to name only a few of the contemporary ones, are a great example. These are players with the appropriate biotype to play basketball, and, added to it, a natural talent and an unusual skill to move with much ease in spite of their sizes.
Yugoslavians, amongst those of the White race, are the ones most similar to the Black race players, at least in the mentioned aspects.
At the last World Cup, which took place in
The fact that a country that has suffered so many divisions and bloody wars has managed to stay in the highest sports places is really worth praising.
Just like the best soccer players come from