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Bodiroga Takes Up Roma Post

Dejan Bodiroga has been appointed the new sports manager of Italian club Lottomatica Roma.

The international basketball great recently retired from professional basketball after a long and successful career.

The 34-year-old Serbian has signed a three-year contract with the Rome club, where he played for the last two seasons.

Bodiroga was voted MVP of Yugoslavia's gold medal winning team at the 1998 FIBA World Championship, and four years later he captained the Serbia & Montenegro team to glory in the world tournament in Indianapolis.
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ITA - Djordjevic uncertain over Milano future

MILAN (Lega A) - Serbian basketball great Aleksandar Djordjevic has revealed his days coaching Armani Jeans Milano are numbered.

Djordjevic, one of his country's finest ever players, took the reins of Milano in February 2006 in place of Lino Lardo but has yet to lead the team to any silverware.

Now, with the drought showing no sign of ending, Milano are looking to acquire Italian coach Sergio Scariolo as Djordjevic's replacement.

"I have to thank (Milano president) Giorgio Corbelli for giving the opportunity to coach this team," said Djordjevic.

"The club have told me they want to sign Scariolo and that is good for them."

The experienced Scariolo turned down a three-year contract extension with Spanish side Unicaja Malaga earlier this month but he is still under contract with the Andalusian team for a further year.

The 39-year-old Djordjevic has no regrets about his first spell as coach but feels let down by Milano for using him as a scapegoat after the team's failure to reach a final this season.

Milano finished second in the Lega A regular season, earning a place in next year's EuroLeague competition.

They also reached the semi-finals of the play-offs but were eliminated by Virtus Bologna, who also knocked them out of the Coppa Italia one step away from the final.

"This experience has helped me grow and realise that I can also be Djordjevic on the bench," said the former Milano player. "I have experienced Milano as a player, fan and as a coach.

"I came here to help the club and the city when they were struggling and I have never criticised any of my players or the club in public.

"In order to reach an aim you have to have unity and that also means defending a coach.

"With its public criticisms, the club has not allowed the team to grow and unite.

"The club should review why in the crucial moments of the campaign (against Bologna in the play-offs) we lost two home games. There are times when players are the ones that have to win.

"As a player, I never looked at the bench to see if a coach was experienced enough or not when I had the ball in my hands on a decisive play."
Italian Basketball Federation and the Clubs have reached an agreement on which from the 2012/13 season each Italian team will have to register at least 6 Italian players for their domestic leagues rosters.