KK Cibona

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KK Lokomotiva
KK Lokomotiva logo
Nickname Lokosi
Leagues Croatian League
Adriatic League
Eurocup
Founded 1946
History KK Sloboda
1946
SD Zagreb
1946–1948
KK Vihor
1948-1949
KK Polet
1949-1950
KK Lokomotiva
1950-1975
KK Cibona
1975-2014
KK Lokomotiva
2014-present
Arena Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall
(capacity: 5,400)
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Team colors Blue and White
         
President Zdenko Antunović
Head coach Slaven Rimac
Championships

18 Championships of Croatia
7 Croatian Cups
3 Championships of Yugoslavia
8 Yugoslav Cups
2 Euroleague Championships
2 Cup Winners' Cups
1 Korać Cup
1 Triple Crown

1 Euroleague Opening Tournament 2001
1 Adriatic League
Website cibona.com
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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'Košarkaški klub Lokomotiva (English: Basketball Club Cibona), commonly known as Lokomotiva Zagreb, is a professional basketball club based in Zagreb, Croatia. It competes in the Croatian League and the Adriatic League.

History[edit]

Formation and early years[edit]

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.

First trophies[edit]

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 AŠK Olimpija was played in Lokomotiva's new basketball hall "Kutija šibica" (literally meaning Matchbox). Led by phenomenal trio Većeslav Kavedžija, Nikola Plećaš and Milivoj 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[edit]

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 14 major trophies: 3 Yugoslav League championships (1982, 1984, 1985), 7 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 Former Yugoslavia 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).

Croatian powerhouse[edit]

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[edit]

Recent seasons were mixture of success and failure for Cibona.

In national championship Cibona won four out of five recent league titles but this dominance is seriously put on test by rise of large company backed Cedevita.

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 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.

Honours[edit]

Honours No. Years
League
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
Cups
Krešimir Ćosić Cup Winners 7 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2013
Yugoslav Cup Winners 8 1969, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988
European
Euroleague Winners 2 1985, 1986
Cup Winner's Cup Winners 2 1982, 1987
Korać Cup Winners 1 1972
Adriatic League Winners 1 2014

Home arenas[edit]

Name changes[edit]

  • SD Zagreb (November 1946 - December 1948)
  • KK Vihor (December 1948 - February 1949)
  • KK Polet (February 1949 - June 1950)
  • KK Lokomotiva (1950–1975)
  • KK Cibona (1975–2014)
  • KK Lokomotiva (2014–present)

Players[edit]

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

KK Cibona roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 5 Croatia Kus, Davor 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 35 – (1978-07-21)July 21, 1978
C 6 Croatia Planinić, Darko 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 106 kg (234 lb) 23 – (1990-11-22)November 22, 1990
PG 7 United States Blassingame, Jerel 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 32 – (1981-09-12)September 12, 1981
SG 8 Croatia Demo, Lovro 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 19 – (1994-08-15)August 15, 1994
F 20 Croatia Rozić, Marin (C) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 31 – (1983-02-14)February 14, 1983
PF 21 Serbia Jagodić-Kuridža, Marko 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 27 – (1987-05-15)May 15, 1987
PG 22 Croatia Junaković, Martin 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 20 – (1994-02-16)February 16, 1994
SG 30 Croatia Mavra, Dominik 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 20 – (1994-06-15)June 15, 1994
PF 32 Croatia Arapović, Marko 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 17 – (1996-07-20)July 20, 1996
G/F 33 Croatia Siriščević, Ivan 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 27 – (1987-04-30)April 30, 1987
SF 44 Croatia Gabrić, Tomislav 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 18 – (1995-08-17)August 17, 1995
SG 45 Croatia Krušlin, Filip 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 25 – (1989-03-18)March 18, 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: April 24, 2014

Nakić, D. Petrović & Knego's jerseys hanging in the rafters of the Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Darko Planinić Marko Jagodić Kuridža
PF Marko Arapović
SF Marin Rozić Filip Krušlin Dominik Mavra
SG Ivan Siriščević Davor Kus
PG Jerel Blassingame Lovro Demo

Retired numbers[edit]

The road to the European Cup victories[edit]

The 1972 Korać Cup victory[edit]

Quarter-finals

France Caen Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Lokomotiva (4/1/1972) 83-109 (11/1/1972) 103-87

Semi-finals

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Lokomotiva Belgium Standard Liège (1/2/1972) 71-54 (8/2/1972) 91-96

Finals

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia OKK Beograd Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Lokomotiva (29/2/1972) 83-71 (7/3/1972) 94-73

The 1982 Saporta Cup victory[edit]

Quarter-final group stage

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona United Kingdom Sutton & Crystal Palace (8/12/1981) 105-97 (19/1/1982) 70-74
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Italy Sinudyne Bologna (15/12/1981) 121-91 (26/1/1982) 88-81
Israel Hapoel Ramat Gan Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (12/1/1982) 85-81 (2/2/1982) 98-97

Semi-finals

Soviet Union Stroitel Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (16/2/1982) 82-66 (23/2/1982) 92-66

Final

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Spain Real Madrid (16/3/1982) Salle Henri Simonet (Bruxelles) 96-95

The 1985 European Champions Cup victory[edit]

1st round

Bulgaria CSKA Sofia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (4/10/1984) 97-91 (11/10/1984) 89-73

2nd round

Finland Kisa-Toverit Helsinki Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (1/11/1984) 83-88 (8/11/1984) 102-95

Semi-final group stage

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Spain Real Madrid (6/12/1984) 99-90 (31/1/1985) 87-89
Italy Granarolo Bologna Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (13/12/1984) 81-72 (20/2/1985) 96-89
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (10/1/1985) 88-77 (28/2/1985) 88-87
Italy Banco di Roma Virtus Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (16/1/1985) 89-87 (6/3/1985) 97-83
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Soviet Union CSKA Moscow (23/1/1985) 95-77 (14/3/1985) 65-71

Final

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Spain Real Madrid (3/4/1985) Peace and Friendship Stadium (Piraeus, Athens) 87-78

The 1986 European Champions Cup victory[edit]

1st round

Turkey Galatasaray Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (3/10/1985) 97-110 (10/10/1985) 121-106

2nd round

Austria Klosterneuburg Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (31/10/1985) 83-98 (7/11/1985) 85-70

Semi-final group stage

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (4/12/1985) 90-86 (30/1/1986) 105-102
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Italy Simac Milano (11/12/1985) 111-95 (19/2/1986) 90-66
Soviet Union Žalgiris Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (9/1/1986) 94-91 (27/2/1986) 99-90
Spain Real Madrid Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (16/1/1986) 91-108 (5/3/1986) 88-81
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona France Limoges CSP (22/1/1986) 116-106 (12/3/1986) 95-106

Final

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Soviet Union Žalgiris (3/4/1986) Sportcsarnok (Budapest) 94-82

The 1987 Saporta Cup victory[edit]

Quarter-final group stage

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Italy Scavolini Pesaro (3/12/1986) 123-99 (14/1/1987) 82-83
Belgium Maes Pils Mechelen Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (9/12/1986) 98-121 (20/1/1987) 130-90
Turkey Efes Pilsen Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (6/1/1987) 70-86 (27/1/1987) 125-78

Semi-finals

France ASVEL Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona (17/2/1987) 82-98 (24/2/1987) 109-93

Final

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona Italy Scavolini Pesaro (17/3/1987) Dvorana SPC Vojvodina (Novi Sad) 89-74

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