Sergei Alexandrovich Belov (
; born January 23, 1944 in the village of Nashchyokovo, now in Shegarsky District, Tomsk Oblast ) is a former basketball player, most notably playing for the
Union at the Olympic
He trained at Trud Voluntary Sports
and later at Armed Forces sports
At the age
of twenty, he made his debut in "Uralmash" team (Sverdlovsk, 1964-67) and then played for CSKA Moscow for twelve years, eleven times
becoming the USSR Champion and two times Euroleague Champion (1969, 1971).
He was also a member of the Soviet Union national
for fourteen years (1967-1980), he helped them
win a gold medal (1972) and three bronze medals (1968, 1976, 1980)
at the Olympic Games, become the World Champions in 1967 and 1974
and European Champions in 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1979. In 1968 he
became an Honored
Master of Sports of the USSR
. Later he became an Honored
Trainer of Russia (1995) and the President of the Russian
Basketball Federation (1993-98).
Belov is considered to be one of the best non-American basketball
players of all time. He was the first European to be inducted to
the Basketball Hall
of Fame on May 11, 1992.
In 1991 FIBA
named him the "Best European Player Ever". He was
inducted into the FIBA Hall of
- Great Russian Encyclopedia
(2005), Moscow: Bolshaya Rossiyskaya Entsiklopediya
Publisher, vol. 3, p. 227.
- Sergei Belov FIBA Profile.
- FIBA Hall of Fame page on Belov.