Sergei Belov

Sergei Belov
Сергей Белов

Sergei Belov in 2012.
Personal information
Born (1944-01-23)January 23, 1944
Nashchyokovo, Shegarsky District, Tomsk Oblast, Soviet Union
Died October 3, 2013(2013-10-03) (aged 69)
Perm, Russia
Nationality Soviet / Russian
Listed height 6 ft 2.75 in (1.90 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1966 / Undrafted
Playing career 1964–1980
Position Shooting guard
Career history
As player:
1964–1967 Uralmash Sverdlovsk (USSR)
1968–1980 CSKA Moscow (USSR)
As coach:
1981–1982 CSKA Moscow (USSR)
1988–1990 CSKA Moscow (USSR)
1990–1993 Basket Cassino (Italy)
1999–2004 Ural Great Perm (Russia)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Basketball Hall of Fame as player
FIBA Hall of Fame as player
Belov lighting the Olympic Cauldron during the 22nd Olympics opening ceremony in Moscow, 1980

Sergei Alexandrovich Belov (Russian: Серге́й Алекса́ндрович Бело́в; January 23, 1944 – October 3, 2013) was a professional basketball player, most noted for playing for CSKA Moscow and the Soviet Union national basketball team.[1] He is considered to be one of the best European basketball players of all time, and was given the honor of lighting the Olympic Cauldron with the Olympic flame during the 1980 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in Moscow.

In 1991, Belov was named by FIBA as the Best FIBA Player ever.[2] He became the first international player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 11, 1992. He was also inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007[3] and was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors in 2008.


Belov was born in the village of Nashchyokovo, Shegarsky District, Tomsk Oblast, Soviet Union.[4] He trained at Trud Voluntary Sports Society, and later at Armed Forces sports society.[5] In 1968, he became an Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. He became an Honored Coach of Russia in 1995, and served as President of the Russian Basketball Federation (1993–98).[4]

Belov died on October 3, 2013 in Perm, Russia.[6]

Club playing career

At the age of twenty, Belov made his debut in the USSR League, with the team of Uralmash Sverdlovsk, where he played from 1964 to 1967. He then played with CSKA Moscow for twelve years. With CSKA, he won the USSR League championship eleven times (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980), the USSR Cup twice (1972, 1973), and the Euroleague twice, in 1969 and 1971.

International playing career

As a member of the Soviet Union national basketball team for fourteen years (1967–1980), Belov helped them win a gold medal (1972), and three bronze medals (1968, 1976, 1980) at the Olympic Games. He also helped them to become the FIBA World champions in 1967 and 1974, and the FIBA European champions in 1967, 1969, 1971, and 1979.

In the gold medal game of the 1972 Summer Olympics, Belov scored 20 points against the United States national basketball team, as the Soviet Union defeated the USA, by a score of 51-50, to win the gold.

Coaching career

Belov was the head coach of CSKA Moscow, with whom he won the USSR League championship in 1982 and 1990. He was also the head coach of Ural Great Perm. With Ural Great Perm, he won the Russian SuperLeague championship in both 2001 and 2002, and the North European League championship in 2001.

As the head coach of the senior men's Russian national basketball team, he won silver medals at both the 1994 FIBA World Championship and the 1998 FIBA World Championship, and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1997.

Awards and accomplishments

References and notes

  1. Yardley, William (October 3, 2013). "Sergei Belov, Star Guard Who Led Soviet Upset of U.S., Dies at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  2. Sergei Belov FIBA Profile. (1972-09-09). Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  3. FIBA Hall of Fame page on Belov. Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
  4. 1 2 Great Russian Encyclopedia (2005), Moscow: Bolshaya Rossiyskaya Entsiklopediya Publisher, vol. 3, p. 227.
  5. Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 532.
  6. "Умер олимпийский чемпион по баскетболу Сергей Белов". 3 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Stéphane Préfontaine and Sandra Henderson
Final Summer Olympic Torchbearer
Moscow 1980
Succeeded by
Rafer Johnson

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