KK FMP

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KK FMP
KK FMP logo
Nickname Panteri (Panthers)
Leagues Basketball League of Serbia
Founded 1975
History KK ILR
(1975–1986)
KK FMP
(1991–2003)
KK Reflex
(2003–2005)
KK FMP
(2005–2011)
KK Radnički FMP

(2011-2013)
KK FMP
(2013-present)
Arena Železnik Hall
(capacity: 3,000)
Location Belgrade, Serbia
Team colors Red and White
         
President Nebojša Čović
Head coach Slobodan Klipa
Championships 2 ABA League
4 National Cups
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

KK FMP (Serbian Cyrillic: KK ФMП) is a Serbian basketball club. The club currently participates in the Basketball League of Serbia.

Based in the Belgrade's neighborhood of Železnik, the club continually posts notable results every competition it competes in. Since being taken over by businessman and politician Nebojša Čović in 1994, FMP developed an impeccable reputation for talent development with players like Nikola Bulatović, Ognjen Aškrabić, Goran Nikolić, Dejan Milojević, Mladen Šekularac, Mile Ilić, Nemanja Aleksandrov, Branko Jorović, Miloš Teodosić, Aleksandar Rašić, Marko Marinović, Zoran Erceg, Miroslav Raduljica, Duško Savanović and others leaving their mark both in the club and elsewhere.

History[edit]

1970s[edit]

The club was established under the name KK ILR in 1975 on the joint initiative of Ivo Lola Ribar machine factory and Železnik local community administrative board. Initially, the club was part of the Ivo Lola Ribar Sports Society, which, in addition to basketball, also fielded teams in football, handball, volleyball, boxing, bowling, archery, and chess.

During its modest beginnings, the club competed in the Belgrade municipal league (Belgrade zone), playing its home games on the outdoor concrete court belonging to Braća Jerković primary school. Since the municipal league ran in the spring-summer period, ILR Železnik also entered the Belgrade municipal winter league in order to maintain the fitness level until the start of the next season.

The new club was well received by Železnik residents who often packed the small home court, and even made trips for many away games. Over time, as interest in basketball grew throughout the community, the club started developing a youth system by adding various age categories.

1980s[edit]

With more experience under their belt, Železnik's senior squad starting posting notable results as the club progressed up from the lower leagues.

By the mid-1980s, they made it to Serbian provincial league. However, with promotion to the higher level of competition, the operating costs also started rising. Unable to cover the costs of renting a basketball hall in which to compete, ILR Železnik effectively folded in 1986 as basketball activities ceased.

1990s[edit]

The club was essentially dormant until 1991 when it got reactivated under the name KK FMP on the initiative of the Fabrika metalnih proizvoda AD metal products factory, which became the club's de facto owner. Almost immediately, the reactivated club continued where it had left off in 1986. Following a season in the Second Serbian Provincial League it gained promotion to the First Provincial League.

For the 1994/95 season, FMP made it to the Second Federal League in FR Yugoslavia, the second highest level of competition in the country. In a memorable season they won top spot with only four league losses, winning promotion to the top Yugoslav league.

KK FMP logo 1991–2003, 2005–2011, 2013–present

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Železnik began the 1995–96 season competing against the likes of KK Crvena zvezda, KK Vojvodina, KK Beobanka, KK Bobanik, KK Lovćen, KK Mladost and KK Gorštak in the country's highest level of basketball competition. Showing maturity beyond their years, the club finished the regular season in third place thus gaining entry into Yugoslav Basketball League where they managed to avoid relegation, finishing in ninth place.

2010s[edit]

FMP play final of the 2011 Radivoj Korać Cup against Partizan.FMP loss the final 73-77.In the next few years,FMP has not much success in domestic competititons.

Honours[edit]

KK Reflex logo 2003–2005

National[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro League

  • Runners-up (3) – 1997, 1998, 2003

Serbia and Montenegro Cup

  • Winners (1) – 1997

Radivoj Korać Cup

  • Winners (3) – 2003, 2005, 2007
  • Runners-up (3) – 2004, 2010, 2011

Regional[edit]

Adriatic League

Notable players[edit]

Players on the NBA Draft[edit]

# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
Position Player Year Round Pick Drafted by
PF Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Radmanović 2001 1st round 12th Seattle SuperSonics
SG Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mladen Šekularac# 2002 2nd round 55th Dallas Mavericks
C Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mile Ilić 2005 2nd round 43rd New Jersey Nets

Coaching history[edit]

Vlada Vukoičić led the club to its biggest success, winning the Adriatic League in 2006.

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