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|Arena||Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall
|Team colors||Blue and White
|Head coach||Slaven Rimac|
Formation and early years
Cibona's history dates to late autumn of 1945 when Sloboda (Freedom) was founded as sports society of bank workers, craftsmen, traders and clerks. On April 24, 1946 thanks to basketball enthusiast Branimir Volfer and his friends Ljubo Prosen and Joso Miloš, basketball section of Sloboda, predecessor of today's Cibona, is formed. Its first game was against local rival Slavija on May 7, 1946. Sloboda did not last too long under that name as in November 1946 it merged with Tekstilac, Amater and Grafičar into Sportsko društvo Zagreb (Sports Society Zagreb). Name changing continued through next four years. In late 1948 it was known as Vihor (Whirlwind) and already in 1949 as Polet (Elan). Finally, in June 1950, the club changed name to Lokomotiva (Locomotive) and that name is going to stick for next 25 years. Lokomotiva competed in Yugoslav top division since 1951, with only two years (1952 and 1960) spent in second division.
Lokomotiva's first major trophy came in 1969, when they won the Yugoslav Cup, led by legendary Hall of Famer Mirko Novosel. Final game against Olimpija Ljubljana was played in Lokomotiva's new basketball hall "Kutija šibica" (literally meaning Matchbox). Led by phenomenal trio Kavedžija, Plećaš and Omašić, Lokomotiva won the game 78:77.
Their first European trophy came in 1972 when Lokomotiva won the premier edition of Korać Cup. Their opponent in finals was OKK Beograd and first game was played in Belgrade. OKK Beograd won the first game 83:71 but in a return match Lokomotiva, led by great Nikola Plećaš (nicknamed Sveti Nikola) who scored 40 points, trashed the Belgrade side by 94–73.
Cibona's glory years
In November 1975, the basketball club split away from the Lokomotiva sports society and came under direct control of the municipal authorities of the city of Zagreb. Politicians such as Slavko Šajber became very influential in the club during this period and set about getting the club some financial support. In that regard, the club's main sponsors became four SR Croatia-based food industry giants (all of them state-owned at the time): Kraš, Franck, Badel and Voće. The club took the name Cibona, taken from the Latin cibus bonus, which translates to good food.
For the first trophy under the new name Cibona, they had to wait until 1980, when they won the Yugoslav Cup. The Final match was played in Borovo, and Cibona's opponent was mighty Bosna, led by Bogdan Tanjević on the bench, and Mirza Delibašić on the court. But Cibona, led by impressive Andro Knego, managed to beat them 68:62. This trophy marked the beginning of Cibona's golden era, influenced by two great basketball players and Hall of Famers - Krešimir Ćosić and Dražen Petrović. Between 1980 and 1988, Cibona won 15 major trophies: 3 Yugoslav League championships (1982, 1984, 1985), 8 Yugoslav Cups (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988), 2 Euroleagues (1985, 1986), and 2 Cup Winners' Cups (1982, 1987).
At the beginning of the war in the Balkans in 1991, the team was forced to emigrate in order to play their games, and in an area with the minimum guarantees required by FIBA. For this reason, the club played in Spain for two years (seasons 1991-92 and 1992–93), specifically in Puerto Real (Cádiz).
In independent Croatia Cibona became dominant force strongly backed both politically and economically. The crisis of traditionally powerful Dalmatian clubs Split, Zadar and Šibenik also came in hand and Cibona won 11 national titles in a row (from 1992 to 2002). They were also regular Euroleague participant, reaching quarterfinals in 1996/97 and 1999/00.
Cibona's dominance in national championship was broken in 2003 when Split led by coach Petar Skansi, legendary Dino Rađa and revived talent Josip Sesar won the championship. Cibona regained the title next season, but was beaten in finals by Zadar season after. In 2005/06 and 2006/07 Cibona won championships beating Zadar in final series twice but then shockingly missed the final series in 2007/08 after Split eliminated them in semifinal series.
In 2001 regional basketball league called Adriatic League was formed and Cibona took part in it. After disappointing first and second season, Cibona hosted Final Four and reached final game in 2003/04 but was defeated on home court by KK FMP.
Recent seasons were mixture of success and failure for Cibona.
In European competitions Cibona lost its Euroleague license for the 2011/12 season after competing in Euroleague since its formation. During 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons Cibona competed in Eurocup but failed to win any game.
In regional ABA League Cibona had a great 2009/10 season. Cibona entered Final four held in Arena Zagreb as a top seeded team. After beating Union Olimpija in semifinals, Cibona faced Partizan Belgrade in final game. Partizan won the title thanks to an off-the-glass three-pointer by Dušan Kecman from half-court at the buzzer, bringing the celebration of Cibona players and staff (who already invaded the floor as Bojan Bogdanović scored a corner three-pointer for Cibona with just 0.6 seconds left on the clock) to an abrupt end. The final score was 75–74 and Cibona once again didn't manage to win a title at the home court. The next three seasons in regional league were disappointing for Cibona, finishing 12th, 7th and 11th.
- Open basketball court in Kranjčevićeva street (1946–1947)
- Open basketball court Tuškanac (1947–1969)
- Sports hall "Kutija šibica" (1969–1987)
- Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall (1987–present)
- SD Zagreb (November 1946 - December 1948)
- KK Vihor (December 1948 - February 1949)
- KK Polet (February 1949 - June 1950)
- KK Lokomotiva (1950–1975)
- KK Cibona (1975–present)
KK Cibona roster
|C||Darko Planinić||Marko Jagodić-Kuridža||Blaž Božinović|
|PF||Dario Šarić||Marko Arapović|
|SF||Marin Rozić||Tomislav Gabrić|
|SG||Davor Kus||Ivan Siriščević||Dominik Mavra|
|PG||Jerel Blassingame||Martin Junaković||Lovro Demo|
|Croatian League||Winners||18||1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Yugoslav League||Winners||3||1982, 1984, 1985|
|Runners-up||4||1961, 1971, 1981, 1986|
|Krešimir Ćosić Cup||Winners||7||1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2013|
|Runners-up||8||1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010|
|Yugoslav Cup||Winners||8||1969, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988|
|Cup Winner's Cup||Winners||2||1982, 1987|
|Runners-up||3||2004, 2009, 2010|
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