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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 236,858 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Sergei Belov is the 24th most popular basketball player, the 742nd most popular biography from Russia (down from 597th in 2019) and the most popular Russian Basketball Player.

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Among basketball players, Sergei Belov ranks 24 out of 1,268Before him are Karl Malone, Krešimir Ćosić, Arvydas Sabonis, Uljana Semjonova, Bob Cousy, and Dražen Dalipagić. After him are Elgin Baylor, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Mirza Delibašić, Sam Jones, and John Havlicek.

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Among people born in 1944, Sergei Belov ranks 178Before him are Oqil Oqilov, Karen Armstrong, Francisco Sagasti, Marie-France Pisier, Christian de Portzamparc, and Steve Fossett. After him are Adrian Smith, John Newcombe, Rosalía Mera, Rick Davies, Dennis Farina, and Billy Cobham. Among people deceased in 2013, Sergei Belov ranks 115Before him are Frederik Pohl, Ali Kafi, Rossana Podestà, Eleanor Parker, Masao Uchino, and Marcel Reich-Ranicki. After him are Bruno Metsu, Hilary Koprowski, Rosalía Mera, Dokka Umarov, Dennis Farina, and Nguyễn Khánh.

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Among people born in Russia, Sergei Belov ranks 742 out of 3,262Before him are Alexander Yakovlev (1923), Ivan Yefimovich Petrov (1896), Alexander Gradsky (1949), Prince John Konstantinovich of Russia (1886), Georgy Sviridov (1915), and Lev Pontryagin (1908). After him are Princess Olga Paley (1865), Yuriy Yekhanurov (1948), Sergei Lyapunov (1859), Dokka Umarov (1964), Volin (1882), and Vyacheslav von Plehve (1846).


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), Alexey Shved (1988), Sergei Bazarevich (1965), Timofey Mozgov (1986), Lazaros Papadopoulos (1980), and Yekaterina Lisina (1987).