KK Union Olimpija

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Olimpija
Olimpija logo
Nickname Zmaji (The Dragons)
Leagues Slovenian League
Adriatic League
Eurocup
Founded 1946; 68 years ago (1946)
Arena Arena Stožice
(capacity: 12,500)
Location Ljubljana, Slovenia
Team colors Green and White
         
Main sponsor Union Brewery
President Jani Möderndorfer
Head coach Aleš Pipan
Championships 15 National Championships
19 National Cups
7 Slovenian Supercups
6 Yugoslav Championships
1 Adriatic Championship
1 Saporta Cup
2 SBA League Championships
Website Official website
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
Away
Active sport clubs of Olimpija
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Košarkaški klub Olimpija Ljubljana (English: Olimpija Ljubljana Basketball Club), commonly referred to as KK Olimpija or simply Olimpija, is a professional basketball team that is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The team competes in the Premier A Slovenian League, the Adriatic League, and the Eurocup.

History[edit]

In the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, green and white are the colours of Union Olimpija, a club that has become known as something of a talent farm. 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 ASK Olimpia.

Since 1997, the club has been called by it current name, Union Olimpija. Olimpija conquered its first YUBA Liga title of then Yugoslavia in 1957. In one of the world's best emerging leagues, Olimpija went on to dominate the next 15 years, winning the Yugoslav title five more times, in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966 and 1970. A new era for the club began with Slovenia's independence, when dominance took on another meaning, namely 10 consecutive years of winning both the league and cup trophies in Slovenia.

On the international stage, 1993–94 was the club's best season as they took home the European Cup against the Spanish ACB League club Taugrés under the direction of coach Zmago Sagadin. In 2001–02, the Slovenian team won the small triple crown, taking the Slovenian League championship, Slovenian Cup, and the Adriatic League. The club added to its trophy collection in 2002–03, winning the Slovenian Cup.

Naming[edit]

The club was established in 1946 as the basketball department of the larger sports club Svoboda (in English, "Freedom"). Later it changed names quite a few times, from Enotnost (1947–54) (Unity) to AŠK Olimpija (1955–76), to Brest Olimpija (1977–78), to Iskra Olimpija (1979–82), to ZZI Olimpija (1983), to Smelt Olimpija (1984, 1986–96), and finally, to Union Olimpija (1997-now). The last five names of the team have all included names of the main sponsors of the team.

Arenas[edit]

The team played in Tabor Gymnasium first, then moved to the 6,000 capacity Dvorana Tivoli sports arena in 1965. The club then moved into their new arena, Arena Stožice, with a capacity of 13,000, in 2010.

Supporters[edit]

The club's ultras group is called the Green Dragons.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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

Union Olimpija roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 5 Slovenia Rupnik, Luka 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 20 – (1993-05-20)May 20, 1993
PG 6 Croatia Marinelli, Paolo 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 19 – (1995-04-10)April 10, 1995
G 7 Slovenia Joksimović, Nebojša 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 32 – (1981-11-17)November 17, 1981
SF 8 Slovenia Brodnik, Jaka 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 22 – (1992-02-27)February 27, 1992
SG 10 Finland Salin, Sasu 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 22 – (1991-06-11)June 11, 1991
SF 11 Slovenia Murić, Dino 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 24 – (1990-02-14)February 14, 1990
C 12 Serbia Vučetić, Vasilije 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 17 – (1996-05-04)May 4, 1996
SF 13 Lithuania Gailius, Deividas 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 25 – (1988-04-26)April 26, 1988
PF 14 Slovenia Bubnić, Dražen (DC) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 28 – (1986-01-13)January 13, 1986
PG 15 Croatia Vladović, Jakov 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 31 – (1983-04-17)April 17, 1983
C 23 Slovenia Omić, Alen (DC) 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 21 – (1992-05-06)May 6, 1992
PF 25 Slovenia Drobnjak, Dragiša (C) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 36 – (1977-11-09)November 9, 1977
C 33 United States Stepheson, Alex 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 113 kg (249 lb) 26 – (1987-08-07)August 7, 1987
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Slovenia Luka Bassin
  • Slovenia Andrej Žakelj

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: October 18, 2013

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve Injured

C

Alex Stepheson Alen Omić

PF

Dino Murić Dragiša Drobnjak Dražen Bubnić

SF

Deividas Gailius Jaka Brodnik

SG

Sasu Salin Nebojša Joksimović
PG Cedric Jackson Jakov Vladović Luka Rupnik Paolo Marinelli

Squad Changes for the 2013–14 Season[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Out on Loan[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Notable successes[edit]

SFR Yugoslavia:

Slovenia:

  • Winners of the Slovenian League (15): 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
  • Winners of the Slovenian National Cup (19): 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Winners of the Slovenian Supercup (7): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013

International competitions:

  • Winners of the Adriatic League (1): 2001-02
  • Winners of the Saporta Cup (1): 1993-94
  • 3rd place in the Euroleague: 1996-97
  • Euroleague Semifinals (2): 1961-62, 1966-67 (Final Four)
  • SBA League Champions (2): 1994, 1995


Notable coaches[edit]

Olimpija players who have played in the NBA[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Euroleague Awards[edit]

Season Name Award
2001–02 Slovenia Beno Udrih Euroleague Weekly MVP
2003–04 Croatia Dženan Rahimić Euroleague Weekly MVP
2006–07 Finland Teemu Rannikko Euroleague Weekly MVP
2007–08 Slovenia Marko Milič Euroleague Weekly MVP
2009–10 United States Matt Walsh Euroleague Weekly MVP
2010–11 Slovenia Goran Jagodnik
United States Kenny Gregory
Euroleague Monthly MVP
Euroleague Weekly MVP

Eurocup Awards[edit]

Season Name Award
2013–14 Finland Sasu Salin Eurocup Weekly MVP

Adriatic League Awards[edit]

2001–02 Croatia Sandro Nicević
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmin Hukić
Slovenia Jurica Golemac
Slovenia Jure Zdovc
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Final MVP
2004–05 Georgia (country) Vladimir Boisa 3xAdriatic League Weekly MVP
2005–06 Finland Teemu Rannikko
Israel Yotam Halperin
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2006–07 Finland Teemu Rannikko Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2007–08 Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmin Hukić
Slovenia Goran Dragić
2xAdriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2008–09 Montenegro Vladimir Golubović
United States Lorinza Harrington
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2009–10 United States Matt Walsh
Slovenia Gašper Vidmar
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2011–12 Croatia Damir Markota
Australia Aron Baynes
Slovenia Jaka Blažič
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2013–14 Lithuania Deividas Gailius Adriatic League Weekly MVP

Greatest Euroleague Contributors[edit]

Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

FIBA Hall of Fame[edit]

External links[edit]