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Stories about Partizan - POP 19

by Ivan Toskov on October 09, 2020

POP 19 - "Hardening for European tops"

After their first appearance in European cups (Cup Winners' Cup in 1967), Partizan embarked on its second European campaign in the 1973/74 season, in the Radivoj Korac Cup and reached the home of the trophy.

Although in the first game of the first round against the Greek team HAN, the team played without Kićanović, Dalipagić and Todorić, who were on a tour of the USA with the national team, the Thessaloniki team was easily eliminated with two victories. This was followed by the quarter-final group in which the black and whites won first place in the competition between Huventud from Badalona and Mobilcuatro from Milan, and then the dramatic semi-final match with Jugoplastika in which Partizan won by 11 points, 108:97 in the Hall of Sports (in Split our team defeated with 85:75).

In the final, the defending champion from the previous season, the Italian Bira Forst, was waiting for the team of Ranko Žeravica. The main assets of the team from Cantu were the famous back pair Marcorati - Recalcati, as well as the outstanding centers American Bob Linhard and Italian Della Fiori. Before the two-match final, the Italian team was considered a big favorite, which it justified in the end. However, it will be noted that in the first game in Kantu, Partizan led 64:63 in the 28th minute, but centers Đukić and Farčić received five personal fouls in the early stages of the second half, which Bir Forst's team took advantage of and won by 99 :86. The Polish referee Pachuca and the Spaniard Fernandez gave as many as 32 fouls to Partizan players, while the Italians ended the match with only 14, and the ratio of free throws (30-10 in favor of the Italians) speaks volumes about the "home" distribution of justice in this game.

Although in the rematch in the packed Sports Hall of New Belgrade, Partizan led at halftime with 38:33 and raised the hope of the fans that the deficit from Italy can be compensated, the more experienced team of Bira Forst won in the end (75:68) and defended the "Žućko's Left" trophy ".

For Partizan, reaching the finals was a great success, a great experience, but also the beginning of continuous performances in European club competitions, which already in 1978 resulted in winning the first Euro-trophy.

The following players played for Partizan in the Radivoj Korać Cup in the 1973/74 season (number of points / number of games in brackets): Dragan Kićanović (222/9), Dražen Dalipagić (184/9), Žarko Zečević (83/10), Josip Farčić (66/10), Dragan Đukić (64/10), Dušan Kerkez (56/10), Goran Latifić (48/10), Branimir Popović (39/9), Boris Beravs (36/10), Dragan Todorić (31/9), Zoran Marković (6/1), Marko Martinović (0/1) Batrić Nenezić (0/1). The coach of the team was Ranko Žeravica.


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