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 174,317 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Sergei Belov is the 24th most popular basketball player (up from 33rd in 2019), the 598th most popular biography from Russia (up from 881st in 2019) and the most popular Russian Basketball Player.

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Among basketball players, Sergei Belov ranks 24 out of 1,264Before him are Karl Malone, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Charles Barkley, George Mikan, and Hakeem Olajuwon. After him are Krešimir Ćosić, Uljana Semjonova, Elgin Baylor, John Stockton, Bob Pettit, and Dražen Dalipagić.

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Among people born in 1944, Sergei Belov ranks 137Before him are Terry Brooks, Willem van Hanegem, Johnny Winter, Mordechai Spiegler, Chris Patten, and Brian Tracy. After him are Chico Mendes, Michel Polnareff, Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Peter Mayhew, Marie-Christine Barrault, and Angela Winkler. Among people deceased in 2013, Sergei Belov ranks 101Before him are Frederik Pohl, Bebo Valdés, Otfried Preußler, Ray Harryhausen, Ottmar Walter, and Marcel Reich-Ranicki. After him are Otto Sander, Joe Weider, Glafcos Clerides, José Froilán González, Taihō Kōki, and Karen Black.

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Among people born in Russia, Sergei Belov ranks 598 out of 2,688Before him are Olga Ladyzhenskaya (1922), Nikolai Ogarkov (1917), Matvei Zakharov (1898), Mykola Azarov (1947), Viktor Tsoi (1962), and Mukhtar Auezov (1897). After him are Naina Yeltsina (1932), Georges Gurvitch (1894), Fedor Tokarev (1871), Pavel Alexandrov (1896), Talabuga (1300), and Oleg Popov (1930).


Among basketball players born in Russia, Sergei Belov ranks 1After him are Alexander Gomelsky (1928), Alexander Belov (1951), Vladimir Tkachenko (1957), Gennadi Volnov (1939), Andrei Kirilenko (1981), Tatyana Ovechkina (1950), Timofey Mozgov (1986), Sergei Bazarevich (1965), Alexey Shved (1988), Lazaros Papadopoulos (1980), and Yekaterina Lisina (1987).