Sergei Tarakanov

Sergei Nikolaevich Tarakanow (Russian: Сергей Николаевич Тараканов; born April 19, 1958 in Lodeinoje Pole, Leningrad Oblast, Soviet Union) is a former Soviet basketball player. As a player Tarakanow was with the national basketball team of the USSR Olympic, world and European champions. Currently, he works as a certified FIBA Player's agent.

Club career

The career of Sergei Tarakanow in the highest Soviet League began in 1975 at Spartak Leningrad. With Spartak, he won the Soviet Cup in 1978 and got his first invitation to the Soviet national team. With the convening of the national team came as usual in the time, even the " convocation " for CSKA Moscow. With CSKA Tarakanow initially won five national titles in a row. Subsequently, he was with CSKA finished second three times the Soviet Championship behind Zalgiris Kaunas. It galang him with CSKA twice more to win the Soviet championship. At the end of his career he went to Europe and played a year in the Bundesliga 1990/91 with BG Ludwigsburg and his last season in Belgium.

Career in the national team

The first major tournament in the national team was the European Championship 1979 in Italy for Tarakanow. It was used in 6 of 8 games and was the first time European champions. On the way home Olympics 1980 Tarakanow was used in all games and won with his team the bronze medal. At the next tournament, the European Championship 1981 in Czechoslovakia, he was able to repeat the success in 1979 with his team and was the second time European champions. In the 1982 World Cup in Colombia Tarakanow won with the Soviet Union in turn the gold medal. It was the first world title for Tarakanow and the last for the USSR. After he was able to prove only the third place at the European Championship in 1983 with the Soviet team, he succeeded at the European Championships 1985 in Germany, the third European title. His last and greatest titles won Tarakanow at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, when he was in a team with Sabonis, Kurtinaitis, Marciulionis Olympic champion. After the Olympic victory, he finished his career in the national team.


  • Olympic champion in 1988
  • Olympic bronze medalist in 1980
  • World Cup 1982
  • World Cup runner-up 1986
  • European Champion (3x) 1979, 1981, 1985
  • EM- Second: 1987
  • EM third parties: 1983
  • Soviet Champion ( 7x): 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1990.
  • Soviet Cup winner ( 2x): 1978, 1982