Zeljko Obradovic: The Lord of the road games too

06/Dec/17 18:51 December 7, 2017

Aris Barkas

06/Dec/17 18:51


He has won multiple EuroLeague trophies and he dominates wherever he plays: Zeljko Obradovic has made history, as he became the first coach who has won a three-digit number of away games in the EuroLeague! Pascual, Ivkovic, Itoudis and who else is in the Top 10?

By Kostas Giataganas/ info@eurohoops.net

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

Coach Teams Record Winning percentage
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%