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Svetislav Pesic extends contract until 2017

An important situation at the club has been resolved ahead of the business end of the season: Head coach Svetislav Pesic has signed a new deal at FC Bayern Basketball, which will see him remain at the club until 2017. His current contract was due to expire in the summer. Pesic has been at FCBB since November 2012.

Svetislav Pesic, 65, guided Bayern to top spot at the end of the regular season last campaign, the Top 16 stage of the Euroleague in their maiden campaign in the tournament as well as to play-off success for the first time in 59 years. This season is 33rd as a Basketball coach, which has seen him win 19 trophies. He previously coached Germany.

Pesic feels that this is the “next logical step. In November 2012 I thought long and hard about what I wanted to achiever here. We’ve achieved a lot so far but I hope we can take another step forward.”

Rudolf Schels, 1st Vice President, is equally happy with the renewal. “It was clear to the board that sticking with Svetislav Pesic was the correct decision. We’re delighted that we’re going to work alongside him for two more years.”

Svetislav Pesic has already set targets: “I want to stabilise the club at this level, to bring in more youngsters and to continue preparation at the club so they can think about continental success in the future.” He remains motivated: “I’m a teacher and a coach. The best part about my job is that I am able to share my knowledge. I’m motivated and want to achieve more success with Bayern.”

Svetislav Pesic is without a doubt one of the greatest basketball coaches in Europe. The current FC Bayern Basketball coach had a successful playing career (Playing internationally for Yugoslavia and winning domestic and international honours with Bosna Sarajevo) before moving onto the sidelines. He guided the Yugoslavian youth team to World Cup success and guided the senior squad to a European title in 2001 and the World one the following year. He was made head coach of Germany in 1987 and coached them to a sensational victory in the 1993 European Championship. At ALBA Berlin he won four German titles, two German Cups and the Korac Cup. In 2003 he guided FC Barcelona to an unprecedented treble before successfully defending the domestic title the year after. He won the Eurocup (2007) with Spanish side Girona.