Jurica Golemac

Jurica Golemac (* May 29, 1977 in Zagreb, SR Croatia ) is a former Slovenian basketball player with Croatian citizenship. The Slovenian national team played at various clubs across Europe, but usually only for a short term period. One of the greatest successes of Golemac include winning the FIBA EuroCup Challenge 2005 /06 with Ural Great Perm, the ABA league in 2002 and two doubles with Union Olimpija Ljubljana as well as winning the Turkish Cup with Efes Pilsen in 2003. Besides he still won more cups in Slovenia and Israel. After his career in late 2013 Golemac became a coach and began his new career with KK Cibona in his native city.


Golemac debut at age 19 in his hometown at KK Zrinjevac Zagreb, where he was a reserve player came in the first season for use in eleven games and scored an average of 2.8 points. After a year there he moved to Slovenia, where he signed a contract with KK Olimpija Ljubljana, but first in its farm team in the second division went on hunting basket and then switched to KD Slovan on loan. With good performances there managed the approximately two hundredweight power forward after his return quickly jump to the first team of Ljubljana, establishing itself there. After the Cup victory in 2000, one could get in the next two years each, the Slovenian double of league and cup competition and also gain valuable experience in the ULEB Euro League. The greatest success during this time was winning the ABA league in its 2002 inaugural season.

After a total of five years in Slovenia Golemac moved in 2002 to Turkey for Efes Pilsen, where he became Turkish champion, and returned after a year in his home country of Croatia, this time to Cibona Zagreb, where he played in the 2003/04 season. After two years of Ural Great in Russia, where the FIBA EuroCup Challenge won in the 2005/06 season, Golemac played in the 2006/07 season in the Israeli Ligat ha Al for Hapoel Jerusalem, with whom he won the national cup competition could. There were other stations in France at Paris- Levallois and Greece, where he played earlier in the season 2009/2010 for 3 months for the Euro League winners Panathinaikos Athens and jumped in there for injured regulars.

In December 2009, Golemac joined the Bundesliga club ALBA Berlin, where he debuted at the catch-up game against TBB Trier. On May 11, 2010, one day before the important second game ALBA Berlin in the play-off quarter-final against the German Bank Skyliners, Golemac was suspended for disciplinary reasons and took none of the other play-off games longer participate. Then he signed a contract with KK Zadar in Croatia. Again, he was released in October 2010 from his contract after only two months as a result of a dispute with the coach. Then Golemac played again in the Greek A1 Ethniki for Colossus of Rhodes, with whom he barely reached the play-offs for the championship, in which one was eliminated in the first round against Olympiakos Piraeus.

After Golemac 2009 was already been briefly active in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A for Virtus Lottomatica Rome, he played in the 2011/12 season again in the league for Sidigas from Avellino. In the ninth, however, you just missed out on a place in the Championship play-offs. His last season as an active player played Golemac then in his adopted home of the Slovenian champion Krka from Novo mesto KK. But already soon after the start of the season, he ended his career for good. Krka could instead Matjaž Smodiš reactivate, in turn, won the championship in his final season with Krka. After he initially worked as a commentator in the media, he became the 2013/14 season assistant coach at KK Cibona in his native city.

With the receipt of the Slovenian second passport Golemac was also an integral part of the Slovenian national team, with whom he participated in the European Championship finals in 2003, 2005 and 2009. In the European Championship finals in 2009 he reached the fourth place with Slovenia and just missed a medal.


  • 2000: profit of the Slovenian Cup with BC Olimpija Ljubljana
  • 2001: profit of the Slovenian Championship and Slovenian Cup with BC Olimpija Ljubljana
  • 2002: profit of the Slovenian Championship and Slovenian Cup with BC Olimpija Ljubljana
  • 2002: Winning the Adriatic League with BC Olimpija Ljubljana
  • 2003: winning the Turkish Cup with Efes Pilsen
  • 2006: winning the FIBA Euro Cup with Ural Great Perm
  • 2007: Winning the Israeli Cup with Hapoel Jerusalem
  • 2009: Fourth place at the European Championship in Poland in 2009