Mehmed "Memi" Bečirovič (born 1 March 1961) was the head coach of the Slovenia national basketball team from December 2009 till December 2010, when he was replaced by Božidar Maljković.[1][2] He coached the national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. He coached for ten teams in Slovenia, Italy, Ukraine, and Belgium in his thirteen-year career.[3] This position was his first at the head of a senior international team, after previously coaching the Slovenian junior team at various age levels between 1997 and 2003.

Memi Bečirovič
Memi Bečirovič.jpg
Jiangsu Dragons
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1961-03-01) March 1, 1961 (age 58)
Slovenska Bistrica, FPR Yugoslavia
Coaching career1986–present
Career history
As coach:
1986–1993KK Slovenska Bistrica
1993–1994Maribor Branik U16
1995–1996Bawaria Voltex (youth coach)
1997–1998Satex Maribor
1998–1999Branik Maribor
1999–2000Union Olimpija (youth coach)
2000–2002Slovenia U20
2002–2003KK Rogla
2003–2004Elektra Šoštanj
2004–2005Rimini Crabs
2005–2007Helios Domžale
2007–2008Union Olimpija
2012–2013Mahram Tehran
2015Union Olimpija
2015–presentJiangsu Dragons (Executive coach)
Career highlights and awards
As coach:

Bečirovič's son, Sani Bečirovič was a professional basketball player and now is an assistant coach, currently with Panathinaikos.

As the head coach of Iran, Bečirovič led the team to its first and second FIBA Asia Cup championship in the fourth and fifth edition of the tournament in Tokyo and Wuhan in 2012 and 2014. He also led Iran to their third title in 2013 FIBA Asia Championship and also qualification to 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. He also led Iran to the Silver medal at the 2014 Asian Games.


  1. ^ "Memi Bečirović" (in Slovenian). 9 August 2010. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Božidar Maljković košarkarski selektor" [Božidar Maljković the Basketball Head Coach] (in Slovenian). Siol. 20 December 2010. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010.
  3. ^ Profile at