Sergei Belov

1944 - 2013

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Sergei Alexandrovich Belov (Russian: Серге́й Алекса́ндрович Бело́в; 23 January 1944 – 3 October 2013) was a Russian professional basketball player, most noted for playing for CSKA Moscow and the senior Soviet Union national basketball team. He is considered to be one of the best European basketball players of all time, and was given the honour of lighting the Olympic Cauldron with the Olympic flame during the 1980 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in Moscow. In 1991, Belov was named by FIBA as the Best FIBA Player ever. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sergei Belov has received more than 274,575 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Sergei Belov is the 19th most popular basketball player (up from 24th in 2019), the 585th most popular biography from Russia (up from 739th in 2019) and the most popular Russian Basketball Player.

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Among basketball players, Sergei Belov ranks 19 out of 1,757Before him are Svetislav Pešić, LeBron James, Pat Riley, Radivoj Korać, Krešimir Ćosić, and Arvydas Sabonis. After him are Julius Erving, Oscar Robertson, Mirza Delibašić, Dražen Dalipagić, Oscar Schmidt, and Uljana Semjonova.

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Among people born in 1944, Sergei Belov ranks 156Before him are Alice Walker, Oleg Yankovsky, Mary Robinson, Carlos Pace, Everaldo, and Tommie Smith. After him are Denny Laine, Jon Anderson, Sirhan Sirhan, Frances de la Tour, Kemal Sunal, and Yury Romanenko. Among people deceased in 2013, Sergei Belov ranks 93Before him are Robert Fogel, José Froilán González, Otto Sander, Masao Uchino, Muhammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti, and James Avery. After him are Eleanor Parker, Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, Nguyễn Khánh, Otfried Preußler, Glafcos Clerides, and Richard Ramirez.

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Among people born in Russia, Sergei Belov ranks 585 out of 3,761Before him are Yevgeny Leonov (1926), Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev (1832), Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia (1864), Jean Béraud (1849), Nikolai Ogarkov (1917), and Anund Gårdske (1004). After him are Ulugh Muhammad (1405), Mikhail Miloradovich (1771), Nina Berberova (1901), Wilhelm Voigt (1849), Yuri II of Vladimir (1188), and Ludmilla Tourischeva (1952).


Among basketball players born in Russia, Sergei Belov ranks 1After him are Alexander Gomelsky (1928), Vladimir Tkachenko (1957), Alexander Belov (1951), Gennadi Volnov (1939), Tatyana Ovechkina (1950), Andrei Kirilenko (1981), Viktor Zubkov (1937), Alexey Shved (1988), Timofey Mozgov (1986), Sergei Bazarevich (1965), and Maria Stepanova (1979).