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Velimir Perasović
Personal information
Full name Velimir Perasović
Nationality Croatian
Date of birth February 9, 1965 (1965-02-09) (age 44)
Place of birth Split, Yugoslavia
now Croatia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Sport
Country Yugoslavia (1985–1992)
Croatia (1992–2002)
Sport Basketball
Club Split (1985–1992)
CB Breogán (1992–1993)
Saski Baskonia (1993–1997)
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (1997–2002)
Alicante (2002–2003)
Retired 2003
Now coaching KK Split
TAU Cerámica
CB Estudiantes
Medal record

Velimir Perasović (born February 9, 1965) is a basketball coach and former player from Croatia. He is the current coach of Cibona.

Perasović was born in Split, in the former Yugoslavia, and grew up in the nearby Stobreč. He started playing basketball at the age of 14, and was soon recruited by KK Split, then named Jugoplastika, in 1981.

Perasović was member of the Yugoslav junior national basketball team which won the silver medal in the junior European championship in Bulgaria in 1982, and the bronze medal in Sweden in 1984.

His club went on to win three Euroleague Championships, in 1989 and 1990 as "Jugoplastika" and in 1991 as "Pop 84". In 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991 they also won the Yugoslav basketball championship. In 1990 and 1991 they won the Yugoslav basketball cup, and in 1992 the Croatian basketball cup (that time as "Slobodna Dalmacija").

Perasović was part of the Yugoslav team that won the world championship in Argentina in 1990, and the European championship in Italy in 1991. He played for the Croatian national basketball team when they won the silver in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the European bronze medal in Germany in 1993 and Greece in 1995.

In 1992, Perasović moved to the Spanish club CB Breogán and spent one season there before moving to Tau in 1993. He won the 1995 Spanish basketball cup with Tau.

In 1997 he moved to Fuenlabrada where he played until 2002, then moved to Alicante, and finally retired from his playing career in 2003. In his career in Spain, he won the award for the best scorer of the Spanish league several times, was once the best scorer of the Radivoj Korać Cup, and participated in several ACB All Star games.

He became the manager of KK Split for a while, before moving back to Spain to become the manager of TAU Cerámica. He led the team to the Euroleague Final Four.

In the 2007-08 season he became the coach for CB Estudiantes, filling in for Mariano de Pablos, who had been fired due to negative results.

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