KK_Olimpija

KK Olimpija

KK Olimpija

1946–2019 basketball club in Ljubljana, Slovenia


Košarkarski klub Olimpija (English: Olimpija Basketball Club) was a men's professional basketball club based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Olimpija has won 23 National League championships, including eight consecutive titles between 1992 and 1999. They have played in two different National Leagues since 1946, the Yugoslav Federal League (1946–1991) and the Slovenian League (1991–2019). Olimpija has won three regional league championships, one in the Adriatic League and two championships in the Central European League. They have also won 20 National Cup tournaments, 8 National Supercup titles, and one FIBA Saporta Cup. In July 2019, the team merged with Cedevita, forming a new club Cedevita Olimpija.

History

Olimpija basketball club was founded in 1946 as a section of the Svoboda Physical Culture Society. The first basketball game was played the same year against Udarnik and Olimpija came out on top with the score of 37–14. Late in 1946, the club was renamed Enotnost and was known by that name until 1954 when it assumed the name AŠK Olimpia.

Olimpija won its first Yugoslav League title in the 1957 season under the direction of the coach/player Boris Kristančić. In the following years, Olimpija won five more Yugoslav titles, in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, and 1970. A new era for the club began with Slovenia's independence when Olimpija won eight consecutive league titles between 1992 and 1999.

On the international stage, the 1993–94 season was the club's best season as they won the European Cup against the Spanish ACB League club Taugrés under the direction of coach Zmago Sagadin. In the 2001–02 season, Olimpija won the "Small Triple Crown", taking the Slovenian League championship, Slovenian Cup, and the Adriatic League.

On 8 July 2019, Olimpija merged with Croatian team Cedevita, forming Cedevita Olimpija.[1][2]

The club was a founding member of the Adriatic Basketball Association in 2015.[3] In November 2020, the club's shares were transferred to Mornar Bar.[4]

Names through history

The club was established in 1946 as the basketball department of the larger sports club Svoboda. Later, the name of the club was changed several times. Since 1976 and until its dissolution in 2019, the name of the club included the sponsorship name.

Names

Arenas

The team's first venue was Tabor Gymnasium, before they moved to the 4,500 capacity[5] Tivoli Hall in 1965. In 2010, the club moved into their new arena, Arena Stožice, with a capacity of 12,480.

Notable players

Ivo Daneu (left) in 1962

The following players are regarded as the most important for Olimpija by the club's official website.

A total of 16 former Olimpija players have played in the NBA:

Retired numbers

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Players in the NBA draft

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# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
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Honours

Domestic competitions

Winners (17): 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2016–17, 2017–18
Runners-up (8): 2002–03, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2018–19
Winners (20): 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017
Runners-up (3): 2004, 2007, 2014
Winners (8): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2017
Runners-up (5): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018
Winners (6): 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1969–70
Runners-up (8): 1953, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1967, 1967–68, 1968–69
Runners-up (5): 1960, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1986–87
Winners: 1984–85, 1986–87
  • Slovenian Republic League (defunct)
Winners: 1946, 1947

European competitions

Semifinalists: 1961–62
Third place: 1966–67, 1996–97
Final Four: 1967, 1997
Winners: 1993–94
Semifinalists: 1968–69, 1982–83, 1991–92

Regional competitions

Winners: 2001–02
Runners-up: 2010–11
  • Central European League (defunct)
Winners: 1993, 1994

Other competitions

Fourth place: 1998

Notable performances in European and worldwide competitions

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The road to the FIBA European Cup victory

1993–94 FIBA European Cup

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Season-by-season records

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Head coaches


References

  1. R. K. (8 July 2019). "Rimac trener Cedevite Olimpije, prva okrepitev Edo Murić" (in Slovenian). Ljubljana: RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  2. "REGIONALNA KOŠARKA PREŽIVJELA Klubovi postaju vlasnici nove ABA lige". sportske.jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  3. "FMP i dalje sporan". Dnevni list Danas (in Serbian). 12 November 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  4. "Hala Tivoli (dvorana in drsališče Tivoli) – Šport Ljubljana". sport-ljubljana.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. "Ivo Daneu" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Archived from the original on 10 May 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  6. "Borut Bassin Taubi" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Archived from the original on 12 July 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  7. "Marko Milić" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Archived from the original on 15 July 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  8. "Vinko Jelovac" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Archived from the original on 15 July 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  9. "Peter Vilfan" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Archived from the original on 20 July 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  10. "Jure Zdovc" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Archived from the original on 8 March 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2018.

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