By Kostas Giataganas/ email@example.com
In order to build the mentality of a winner you first have to defend your “home” effectively. But in order to take the extra step and reach the top, you have to win regardless of the circumstances and the home court advantage.
Obradovic knows this very well and he makes sure he wins… everywhere! Whether with Panathinaikos or Fenerbahce, the multi-winning Serbian coach isn’t really affected by home courts in the EuroLeague and he has registered a unique record as he became the first coach to break the barrier of 100 away wins in the modern era of the competition (since 2000)!
The away win over CSKA in overtime (93-95) was number 100 for Zots, who also added the 101st in Vitoria over Baskonia (69-83), on a court where he has struggled for many years (he hadn’t prevailed in Basque country since 2002, counting seven defeats in a row), to take his total number of wins to 253, which of course ranks him first on the list.
Prompted by Obradovic’s record, it’s interesting to… sift through the rest of the list of coaches with the most away wins in the EuroLeague. In the second place, now an assistant coach in the San Antonio Spurs, is Ettore Messina (91 wins), while in third place with 71 away wins, is Panathinaikos’s coach, Xavi Pascual, who of course celebrated most of those when he was still in charge of Barcelona.
The former coach of the Greens, Dusko Ivanovic (67), and a EuroLeague Legend now, Dusan Ivkovic (53), round off the Top 5, while there is also a Greek presence in the Top 10, with Dimitris Itoudis (33)!
What is noteworthy is that, since 2014, CSKA’s Greek coach has the best percentage in away wins, as he exceeds 70,2% (33/47), surpassing Messina’s 65,4% success rate, with Pascual exceeding 59% respectively.
Check out the Top 10 of “road” coaches
|Zeljko Obradovic||Panathinaikos, Fenerbahce||101-71||58,7%|
|Ettore Messina||Κinder Bologna, Benetton Treviso, CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid||91-48||65,4%|
|Xavi Pascual||Barcelona, Panathinaikos||71-49||59,1%|
|Dusko Ivavovic||Baskonia, Barcelona, Panathinaikos, Khimki||67-83||44,6%|
|Dusan Ivkovic||AEK, CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Olympiacos, Anadolu Efes||53-43||55,2%|
|David Blatt||Maccabi Tel Aviv, Benetton Treviso, Anadolu Efes, Darussafaka||52-64||44,8%|
|Pablo Laso||Real Madrid||48-37||56,4%|
|Oktay Mahmuti||Εφές Πίλσεν, Γαλατασαράι, Νταρουσάφακα||47-63||42,7%|
|Jasmin Repesa||Cibona, Slask, Skipper Bologna, Roma, Unicaja Malaga, Cedevita, Olimpia Milano||39-67||36,7%|
|Dimitris Itoudis||CSKA Moscow||33-14||70,2%|