KK MZT Skopje

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MZT Skopje
MZT Skopje logo
Nickname Штркови (Storks)
Металци (Metalworkers)
Leagues Eurocup
Adriatic League
Macedonian League
Founded 9 March 1966; 50 years ago (1966-03-09)
Arena Jane Sandanski
Arena Capacity 7,500
Location Skopje, Macedonia
Team colors Blue and White
         
Head coach Emil Rajković
Championships 5 Championships of Macedonia
8 Macedonian Cups
3 Macedonian Super Cups
Website mztskopjeaerodrom.mk
Uniforms
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KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Macedonian: КК МЗТ Скопје Аеродром) is a basketball club based in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. The club competes in the Macedonian First League and Adriatic League. The club's home ground is Jane Sandanski Arena, but due to small capacity the matches in the Adriatic League[1] and Eurocup[2] from 2012-2014 were played in Boris Trajkovski Arena. From the season 2014/2015 the new home is the renewed Jane Sandanski Arena.

In its history, MZT Skopje has won the Macedonian First League 11 times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) also won the Macedonian Cup 8 times (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) and Macedonian Super Cup 3 times (2003, 2015 and 2016).

History[edit]

The Beginnings (1966-1990)[edit]

MZT Aerodrom against Cibona in the old Jane Sandanski Arena in the middle 80`s

KK Skopje was formed in 1966 by a group of enthusiasts led by the first president of the club Mile Melovski. The interest in basketball was high, and even though there were four clubs in Skopje, there was still need for more clubs. That is why the appearance of KK Skopje was welcome, and numbers of young people joined the club and started training on an open field in Avtokomanda. The first team roster consisted of Trpezanovski, Atanasovski, Strezovski, Lazarevski and Domlevski, who was also the team coach. In two years the club became a member of the Macedonian league. Many people expected KK Skopje to get relegated, but the team fought hard and became a standard member in the league. In 1971 Uroš Maljković was chosen to be the new president of the club, with Boris Sokolovski becoming the new head coach. After the reorganization of the leagues in Yugoslavia, KK Skopje[3] gained the right to play in the Second league – South. In the first season of this league KK Skopje finished 7th. The second season the team reached the First league qualifications. The first try failed and due to leaving the field in Ivangrad KK Skopje received a penalty of 8 points for the next season.

KK Skopje got relegated again to the regional league and Taki Dzikov was selected to be the head coach. In 1979 the team finished first in the Macedonian league and managed to qualify for the Second league yet again. With this success the factory Metalski Zavod Tito or MZT started investing in KK Skopje. Slobodan Mucunski, one of the leading people of MZT became the president of KK Skopje. In 1984 MZT completely took the club under their wing, building the new arena Jane Sandanski in Aerodrom. In 1986 KK Skopje, under the new name MZT Skopje and the leadership of Lazar Lečić, reached the Yugoslav First Basketball League where they competed for two seasons.

The debut team in the Yugoslav First Basketball League, MZT Skopje, has made a pleasant surprise in the season 1986/1987. After many years of domination by Rabotnički, the MZT team climbed to the top of the Macedonian basketball – and they kept it so far. It is interesting that from the bench they were led by the coaching legend of the city rival Lazar Lečić. With two victories in the local derby they secured their existence, and they left Rabotnički with a lower ranking. At that period, the most prominent individuals were Vlatko Vladičevski with an average of 16,4 points, Vojislav Zivčević with 15,6 points and Darko Knežević with 14,5 points. There was also significant contribution by the former players of Partizan - Milan Medić and of Crvena zvezda - Aleksandar Milivojša. In the fourth final of the play-off, as expected, Cibona had the least problems and easily eliminated MZT in two games.

Independence of Macedonia (1991–2008)[edit]

MZT against Real Madrid in Raimundo Saporta Cup in 1996

After the independence of Macedonia, MZT Skopje immediately became one of the leading basketball clubs in the country. In the mid 90s MZT Skopje had a few successful runs on the European field, the most memorable being the 1996–97 season when the team played in the Raimundo Saporta Cup. In this period MZT Skopje struggled to get more respectful results in Europe, led by coach Aleksandar Knjazev beating teams like Real Madrid, Benfica, Ratiopharm, MZT Skopje managed to qualify for the 1/16 finals, without losing one match at home in Jane Sandanski.

This was the first time Macedonia had a representative in the matches after New Year. The draw allocated that MZT Skopje were to play F.C. Porto, with the first match to be played at home. The home form continued when MZT Skopje managed to defeat Porto in Jane Sandanski. But the win was not enough, as F.C. Porto won at home by a bigger margin, ending MZT Skopje European season. However, this season in domestic competition was failure wherein MZT was defeated by KK Žito Vardar in the semifinal. The next few seasons MZT Skopje had a marginal role in the European cups, playing against teams like Žalgiris, ASVEL, Cholet, Split and others.

In the Macedonian National championship, MZT Skopje had a few tries to get to the championship trophy, playing in the play-off finals six times, and even though a few times the team was a so-called "dream team" they couldn't win the trophy in this period. During this few seasons many players emerged through MZT Skopje like Mirza Kurtović, Vrbica Stefanov, Todor Gečevski, Pero Blazevski, Gjorgji Knјazev, Gjorgje Vojnović, Slobodan Petrovski, Srdjan Stanković, Dejan Dimov, Riste Stefanov, and internacional players like Mark Dean, David Daniels, Lorenzo Orr, Frazier Johnson, Levy Middlebrooks, Bojan Tadić and Bryant Smith. Although they couldn't win the championship, this period they won 4 Macedonian Cups, in 1996 against Rabotnički at Gradski Park (69-64), next season in 1997 against Tikveš Kavadarci in Radoviš (92-86), in 1999 against Nikolfert Gostivar at Jasmin Sports Hall (78-73) and in 2000 at home in Jane Sandanski again against Rabotnički (68-66).

Moments of downfall (2008–2011)[edit]

In 2008, after many years of failed operations of the then management of the club, the fans decided to start a boycott in order to change the entire set of the management team of MZT Aerodrom. Finally, the summer of 2009 the entire management left the club, leaving many debts behind. There were less than two weeks left to the beginning of the season, and MZT Skopje at that moment had no players, no coach, no junior school, and even worse, they had no sponsors whatsoever. A day before the deadline for application of teams for the current championship, the Family Aerodrom fan group organized a march in order to save the club. Fortunately, this produced results, so during the first season the club was taken over by the Municipality of Aerodrom, and the club received players who were told that the club had had no money. Due to the financial problems of the club, it had the worst season since the independence of Macedonia, so KK MZT Aerodrom had to play in the play-out, to secure its place in the league. Fortunately, MZT succeeded, which meant much better days for the club were to come. The next season, 2010–11, the club got solid sponsors, and there was complete reorganization of the management set, the junior school was reactivated, which had been non-functional for eight years. All debts were repaid, and the team succeeded in entering the playoff semifinals, and the finals of the Macedonian Cup.

Мoments of glory[edit]

The club's most successful season (2011–2012)[edit]

Champions season 2011/2012

After all the turmoil and upheavals in the past, after a long time, KK MZT Skopje created a team which became a favorite for winning the first title since its existence. Before the start of the season, an agreement had been reached on Liga ABA participation in the 2012–13 season. Aleksandar Todorov, who had previously been on the bench of MZT several times, was appointed a new coach. Since the last season, the team has included Toni Grnčarov and Igor Penov, while new players who played for the first cup in independent Macedonia were Ognen Stojanovski and Gjorgji Čekovski, as well as the foreign reinforcement players Cade Davis, Noah Dahlman and Igor Mijajlović. Towards the middle of November 2012, the latest weapon arrived too, meaning definite rise of MZT as a top favorite for the cup – Todor Gečevski arrived in Aerodrom. In the regular part of the championship they won the first place, and the roster was completed with the coming of another player from Montenegro, international player Nikola Vučurović. The first exam for this team was the Macedonian Cup, where Feni was defeated in the finals at Boris Trajkovski Arena. Playoff rival was the difficult team of Torus, which made MZT struggle for placement in the finals. In the finals, old rivals MZT and Feni met. The epilogue was 4-1 in the final series, so the Aerodrom team became a champion of Macedonia on May 2, 2012, for the first time in its history.[4]

Domination in domestic competitions, ABA league and Eurocup (2012-present)[edit]

MZT Aerodrom’s debut season 2012/2013 in the ABA league can be assessed as highly successful. Before the season’s start, the club’s only goal had been to ensure survival in the league, but as the season went by, at one given period, MZT was strong enough to fight for the Final Four Tournament. On its first official game in the Adriatic League, MZT won a victory over Cibona in Zagreb,[5] which was immediately followed by its first official victory at home over Široki Breg.

Although it was previously considered as a club with one of the smallest budgets in the ABA League, MZT has managed to outperform teams with budgets many times bigger, as well as former European champions.

The list of teams that MZT has outperformed consists of Cedevita, Cibona, Krka, Zadar, Široki Breg, Split, Szolnoki Olaj, Union Olimpija, and a crown of the successful season was its latest triumph at home over Partizan. In the last round, MZT had a chance to qualify for the Eurocup. It was necessary to defeat Krka in Slovenia, and for Cedevita to be defeated by Siroki Breg.

MZT in ABA league match in season 2012/2013

The task was fulfilled by the Macedonian champion, but the qualification did not depend on MZT alone, and eventually MZT ranked seventh, with a score of 14 wins and 12 losses, thus ensuring its participation in the ABA League next year, too. In the Macedonian league, MZT is still being dominant. First, they won the Cup of Macedonia defeating Kumanovo in the finals, while in the playoff MZT Skopje succeeded in making it to the title with no single defeat, achieving victories over Feni in the semifinals with 3-0, and over Kozuv in the finals with 4-0.

The season 2013/2014 was historic as for MZT as well as for the Macedonian basketball. After a long time Macedonia had a team which was a part of the group stage in Eurocup. The new named coach Vlada Vukoičić, who replaced Aleš Pipan, brought some new players: Stefan Sinovec, Uroš Lučić, Justin Reynolds and Macedonian internacional Aleksandar Kostoski, which together with the compact team from the previous seasons: Todor Gečevski, Gjorgji Čekovski, Damjan Stojanovski, Nikola Otašević, Cade Davis, Kiril Nikolovski and Gorjan Markovski created a team that will represents Macedonia in Europe after more than a decade. The luck was not on the side of the Macedonian champion during the group stage draw, so MZT was drawn in the same group with the teams of UNICS, Banvit, Maccabi Haifa, VEF Riga and BC Kalev/Cramo. Along with the performance in the Eurocup, MZT also played in the ABA League, so maybe ambitions that were announced at the beginning of the season were not fully accomplish where was taken the last place on the table with only one win against BC Kalev/Cramo at home.

MZT was a part of the group stage in Eurocup in the season 2013/2014

With the completion of the matches in Eurocup, MZT got more time for rest between the games in the ABA league, and thus improved the placement on the table. Next ambition was to achieve into Eurocup for the next season by placing on the sixth place on the table. For this purpose was appointed a new coach Zoran Martić, and also were brought three new players: Sead Šehović, Aleksandar Cvetković and Ivan Marinković. They signed a contract at the request of the new coach Zoran Martič who accepted to be a coach at that point the hot seat of MZT. After all that happened during the season MZT had a chance to take a 6th place and to decide about own destiny in the last round at home court against Radnicki Kragujevac. Instead of desired 6th place, MZT was defeated by Radnicki Kragujevac and ended the season at 9th place. In the national championship dominance of MZT continued. In February 2014 National Cup has been won playing against Lirija in the Final. After that In Super-league MZT has scored 10 wins and no defeat. This fact only confirmed that MZT has great ambition to win the championship title. In the semifinals opponent was again Lirija which was eliminated with maximum 2-0 in the series. At the end in the final MZT Skopje beat eternal rival Rabotnicki. The series ended with a 3-1 victory, and MZT became champion third time in a row.[6]

MZT was champion again in the most turbulent season 2014/2015 in the recent history

The 2014/2015 season has been the most turbulent one in MZT’s recent history. The club was left by many of the players who had been the main skeleton of the team over the past seasons, and Zmago Sagadin[7] was appointed a new coach and he decided to rejuvenate the team. New reinforcements have arrived in the team – Milton Jennings, Jourdan DeMuynck, Marko Pajić,[8] Giorgi Tsintsadze,[9] Vedran Morović, Marko Simonovski,[10] Owen Klassen, Dion Dixon, Nenad Zivčević, Adem Mekić, and there are also last season’s players Uroš Lučić, Kiril Nikolovski, Boban Stajić, Aleksandar Cvetković and Ivan Marinković. The preparatory period and especially the start of the season started in a bad way, meaning Sagadin’s fast leave from the coach position. Vrbica Stefanov was appointed his successor.

In the meantime, some players returned to the MZT team – Damjan Stojanovski,[11] Sead Šehović and Stefan Sinovec who came from Szolnoki Olaj, and the team was left by many of the newly arrived players. But, Stefanov did not stick for a long time on the bench of MZT, and Bobi Mitev[12] was appointed a coach after his leave. The results did not change, defeat came after defeat, and same as his predecessors, Mitev got resignation, and in his stead came Aleksandar Jončevski who used to be assistant coach during the mandates of all heretofore coaches. The elimination from the Macedonian Cup in the semifinals caused by Kozuv and the next-to-last place in the ABA League meant resignation for Joncevski. The salvation of the season was found in the former coach of MZT, Aleš Pipan, who was the fifth coach in the season. He was brought along with the new players Predrag Samardžiski,[13] Aleksandar Ćapin[14] and Danilo Mijatović[15] in order to save the season by winning the championship. In the semifinals MZT was better than Feni Industries, and in the finals with a maximum result of 3-0 they defeated the Kumanovo team, which continued its dominance in the domestic championship with four victories in a row. [16]

After successful domestic league ending in the final against Kumanovo, Aleš Pipan was appointed as a head coach again in the season 2015/2016. At the end of the season some of the players left the club, so another squad was formed. Most of the main players from the previous seasons left the club, so new players were brought in Đorđe Drenovac, Marko Ljubičić, Marko Luković, Duško Bunić, Nemanja Protić, Edi Sinadinović and Uroš Vasiljević, and also the players from the previous season like the captain Damjan Stojanovski, Marko Simonovski, Danilo Mijatović, Gorjan Markovski, Ljubomir Mladenovski and Adem Mekić. After the mixed performances in the ABA League regular season, the coach Aleš Pipan got resignation, and in his stead came again Aleksandar Jončevski. Meanwhile one of the domestic players, Marko Simonovski, left the club because of misunderstandings with the Management of the club and also Edi Sinadinović was released. At 15 December 2015 Uroš Luković[17] has agreed terms with MZT Skopje and maybe that was the key for the rest of the season. MZT ended the ABA League season at 10th place, so the domestic competitions were the only chance for the salvation of the variables games during the season. The first exam for this team was the Macedonian Cup, where Karpoš Sokoli was defeated in the finals in Gevgelija with 64-62.[18] MVP of the Cup Final was Marko Luković. In the Play-off Finals, old rivals MZT Skopje and Kumanovo met again and that was recap from the previous season. In the first game in the Finals, MZT lost at home court in Jane Sandanski Arena against Kumanovo and the players had big presure to win the title. But due to star performans of the MVP of the season Damjan Stojanovski, the team from Aerodrom ended the series with a 3-1 victory, and MZT became champion fifth time in a row.

Name changes[edit]

  • KK Skopje (1966–1984)
  • KK MZT Skopje (1984–1998)
  • KK MZT Boss Skopje (1998–2000)
  • KK MZT Skopje 2000 (2000–2004)
  • KK MZT Skopje (2004–2008)
  • KK MZT FON Univerzitet (2008–2009)
  • KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (2009–present)

However, the club is best known under the name KK MZT Skopje.

Honours[edit]

Honours No. Years
League
Macedonian Republic League Winners 6 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979
Macedonian League Winners 5 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Macedonian League Finalist 11 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Cups
Macedonian Cup Winners 8 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Macedonian Cup Finalist 12 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. 2016
Macedonian Super Cup Winners 3 2003, 2015, 2016
Macedonian Super Cup Finalist 4 2000. 2003, 2015, 2016

Winning seasons[edit]

Macedonian League[edit]

Damjan Stojanovski MVP of Macedonian Cup Final 2013 and Macedonian play-off Final 2014 and 2016
Season Champion Runner-up Score MVP
2011/12 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Feni Industri 4-1 (seven game series) Todor Gečevski
2012/13 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Kožuv 4-0 (seven game series) Gjorgji Čekovski
2013/14 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Rabotnički 3-1 (five game series) Damjan Stojanovski
2014/15 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Kumanovo 3-0 (five game series) Marko Simonovski / Sead Šehović
2015/16 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Kumanovo 3-1 (five game series) Damjan Stojanovski

Macedonian Cup[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Result MVP Host city
1996 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Godel Rabotnički 69-64 Vlatko Vladičevski Skopje
1997 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Tikveš Kavadarci 92-86 Toni Simić Radoviš
1999 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Nikolfert Gostivar 78-73 Mirza Kurtović Kavadarci
2000 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Rabotnički 68-66 Gjorgji Knјazev Skopje
2012 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Feni Industri 84-66 Todor Gečevski Skopje
2013 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Kumanovo 79-71 Damjan Stojanovski Skopje
2014 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Lirija 76-73 Todor Gečevski Ohrid
2016 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Karpoš Sokoli 68-62 Marko Luković Gevgelija

Macedonian Super Cup[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Result MVP Host city
2003 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Rabotnički 77-75 Gjorgje Vojnović Skopje
2015 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Rabotnički 81-62 Dimitar Mirakovski Ohrid
2016 MZT Skopje Aerodrom Karpoš Sokoli 87-84 Torey Thomas Skopje

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 1 Republic of Macedonia Cvetkovski, Andrej 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 20 – (1996-09-20)20 September 1996
G 2 United States Thames, Xavier 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 25 – (1991-01-09)9 January 1991
PG 4 United States Thomas, Torey 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 31 – (1985-02-26)26 February 1985
G 6 Republic of Macedonia Mekić, Adem 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 20 – (1995-12-28)28 December 1995
PF 7 United States Massey, Jeremiah (C) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 34 – (1982-07-22)22 July 1982
PG 9 Netherlands Kloof, Charlon 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 26 – (1990-03-20)20 March 1990
SG 10 Republic of Macedonia Simonovski, Marko 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 27 – (1989-06-28)28 June 1989
PF 11 Serbia Lučić, Uroš 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 33 – (1983-03-12)12 March 1983
SF 13 Serbia Drenovac, Đorđe 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 24 – (1992-08-09)9 August 1992
C 15 Republic of Macedonia Mladenovski, Ljubomir 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 21 – (1995-05-02)2 May 1995
PF 16 United States Scott, Josh 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 23 – (1993-07-13)13 July 1993
C 21 Croatia Lalić, Jure 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 30 – (1986-02-08)8 February 1986
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Poland Bartosz Bibrowicz
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Republic of Macedonia Nenad Poposki

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 11 September 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Jure Lalić Josh Scott Ljubomir Mladenovski
PF Jeremiah Massey Uroš Lučić
SF Đorđe Drenovac Marko Simonovski
SG Xavier Thames Adem Mekić
PG Torey Thomas Charlon Kloof Andrej Cvetkovski

Squad changes for the 2016–17 season[edit]

Management[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

MZT Aerodrom in European Competitions[edit]

Korać Cup 1993/1994

1st round Czech Republic BK JIP Pardubice Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 97-82 111-81 Symbol keep vote.svg
2nd round Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Germany Ratiopharm Ulm 75-78 85-70 Symbol delete vote.svg

Raimundo Saporta Cup 1994/1995

1st round Lithuania BC Baltai Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 60-44 80-74 Symbol delete vote.svg

Korać Cup 1995/1996

1st round Croatia Zagreb Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 94-80 81-64 Symbol keep vote.svg
2nd round Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Russia Arsenal Tula 91-78 94-70 Symbol delete vote.svg

Raimundo Saporta Cup 1996/1997

Group stage Spain Real Madrid Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 92-65 69-68
Group stage Bulgaria Plama Pleven Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 103-94 91-68
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Germany Ratiopharm Ulm 92-89 94-73
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Israel Hapoel Galil Elyon 65-55 95-79
Group stage Portugal Benfica Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 77-75 75-73
Round of 32 Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Portugal BC Porto 73-69 80-74 Symbol delete vote.svg

Raimundo Saporta Cup 1997/1998

Group stage Poland Znicz Pruszków Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 110-64 79-85
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Estonia BC Tallinna Kalev 81-90 77-54
Group stage France ASVEL Villeurbanne Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 68-48 53-58
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Lithuania Zalgiris Kaunas 93-95 97-49
Group stage Croatia Zagreb Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 77-61 52-71

Raimundo Saporta Cup 1998/1999

Group stage France Cholet Basket Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 90-61 71-86
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Slovakia Slovakofarma Pezinok 84-76 75-60
Group stage Turkey Türk Telekom B.K. Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 75-57 73-81
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Croatia Split 71-69 85-74
Group stage Czech Republic Geofin Nový Jičín Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 94-87 100-74

Korać Cup 2000/2001

1st round Serbia Vojvodina Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 93-85 78-81 Symbol delete vote.svg

Eurocup 2013/2014

Group stage Russia UNICS Kazan Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 85-61 62-88
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Latvia VEF Riga 70-77 80-71
Group stage Israel Maccabi Haifa Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 79-60 83-86
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Estonia Kalev Cramo 79-70 84-69
Group stage Turkey Banvit Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom 85-61 68-86

Eurocup 2016/2017

Group stage Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom TBA TBA
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Lithuania Lietkabelis TBA TBA
Group stage Russia Nizhny Novgorod Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom TBA TBA
Group stage Republic of Macedonia MZT Skopje Aerodrom Croatia Cedevita TBA TBA

MZT Skopje in ABA League[edit]

Team 2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
Score 7th (14-12) 9th (12-14) 13th (7-19) 10th (10-16)
Montenegro Budućnost 69-76 81-71 78-71 87-79 65-81 96-69 68-72 65-55
Croatia Cedevita 74-61 78-80 75-81 77-67 61-76 81-70 65-70 89-64
Croatia Cibona 82-76 72-77 88-93 93-90 78-65 70-61 69-68 68-62
Serbia C.Zvezda 60-75 87-72 65-58 87-77 76-79 89-56 66-71 92-79
Serbia FMP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Bosnia and Herzegovina Igokea 77-81 79-55 90-82 65-79 76-80 61-76 75-70 70-86
Slovenia Krka 92-88 68-80 80-75 73-50 60-72 85-52 69-67 72-68
Bulgaria Levski DNP DNP DNP DNP 72-61 91-90 DNP DNP DNP DNP
Serbia Mega Leks DNP DNP 80-72 101-82 84-79 103-95 76-77 82-70
Serbia Metalac DNP DNP DNP DNP 58-64 69-67 93-67 68-77 DNP DNP
Montenegro Mornar Bar DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Serbia Partizan 66-64 68-58 69-70 66-73 55-63 65-50 82-78 72-69
Serbia Radnički 75-83 89-83 87-95 69-79 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Republic of Macedonia K.Sokoli DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Croatia Split 73-65 93-84 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Montenegro Sutjeska DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 71-75 68-77 DNP DNP
Hungary Szolnoki 87-53 81-72 73-63 81-69 74-58 73-76 DNP DNP DNP DNP
Slovenia Tajfun DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 77-70 68-62 DNP DNP
Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki 63-59 71-72 82-71 67-63 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Slovenia U.Olimpija 76-87 60-64 79-60 73-62 57-76 69-56 81-62 91-76
Croatia Zadar 94-69 68-76 78-69 72-70 72-58 74-69 60-72 84-72

Seasons[edit]

Season Macedonian First League Macedonian Basketball Cup European Competitions Coach Roster
1993–94 Semifinalist Final Eurocup (Preliminary Round) Republic of Macedonia Ante Dukovski Vrbica Stefanov, Igor Mihajlovski, Slobodan Mitić, Milan Medić, Slobodan Petrovski, Goce Andrevski, Darko Zdravkovski, Mirza Kurtović, Toni Simić, Saša Stanković
1994–95 Semifinalist Final Eurocup (Preliminary Round) Montenegro Miodrag Baletić Vrbica Stefanov, Scott Alan Kramer, Vlatko Vladičevski, Marjan Srbinovski, Igor Mihajlovski, Slobodan Mitić, Milan Medić, Risto Janevski, Darko Zdravkovski, Mirza Kurtović, Toni Simić
1995–96 Final Champion Eurocup (Preliminary Round) Republic of Macedonia Lazar Lečić Vrbica Stefanov, Rodney Files, Vlatko Vladičevski, Pero Blaževski, Marjan Srbinovski, Mirza Kurtović, Toni Simić, Igor Mihajlovski, Dejan Dimov, Mark Dean, Antonio Minevski, Krste Serafimovski
1996–97 Semifinalist Champion Raimundo Saporta Cup (Last 32) Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Knjazev Vrbica Stefanov, Mirza Kurtović, Toni Simić, Gjorgji Knјazev, Pero Blaževski, Mark Dean, Slobodan Petrovski, Igor Mihajlovski, Dejan Dimov, Antonio Minevski, Denis Dervišević, Boris Nešović
1997–98 Final Semifinalist Raimundo Saporta Cup (Group stage) Republic of Macedonia Janko Lukovski
Republic of Macedonia Vasil Kafedžiski
Vrbica Stefanov, Mirza Kurtović, Toni Simić, Bojan Tadić, Dejan Dimov, Slobodan Petrovski, Nikolče Petrušev, Borče Domlevski, Bryant Smith, Nenad Radovski, Denis Dervišević (left during the season: Oleg Lebedev, Čedomir Mudreša)
1998–99 Final Champion Raimundo Saporta Cup (Group stage) Serbia Dražen Dalipagić
Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Knjazev
Gjorgje Vojnović, Gjorgji Knјazev, Mirza Kurtović, Pero Blaževski, Ivica Blagojević, Srdjan Stanković, Dejan Jovanovski, Dejan Dimov, Frazier Johnson, Levy Middlebrooks, Muhamed Tači, Goran Mirčić (left during the season: Ivica Mavrenski, Nikola Milatović)
1999–00 Semifinalist Champion DNC Republic of Macedonia Mitko Lukovski Gjorgje Vojnović, Gjorgji Knјazev, Dimče Gaštarski, Ivan Gjaković, Ivica Blagojević, Srdjan Stanković, Toni Grnčarov, Nenad Nešović, Risto Nikolov, Erdjan Prešova, Dimitar Simovski
2000–01 Final Semifinalist Radivoj Korać Cup (First leg) Republic of MacedoniaAleksandar Todorov
Republic of MacedoniaMarin Dokuzovski
Gjorgje Vojnović, Todor Gečevski, Riste Stefanov, Zlatko Gocevski, Muamer Taletović, Dimče Gaštarski, Mladen Gjuroski, Toni Grnčarov, David Daniels, Dejan Dimov, Marjan Srbinovski, Lorenzo Orr, Srdjan Stanković, Siniša Avramovski, Stojan Madzunkov, Darko Stanimirović, Gjorgji Talevski
2001–02 6th (12-15) Semifinalist DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Petrović Gjorgje Vojnović, David Daniels, Dejan Dimov , Zlatko Gocevski, Enes Hadžibulić, Marjan Ilievski, Fore Kalpakov, Vojkan Krgović, Nikolče Petrušev, Siniša Avramovski, Zlatko Popovski, Mark Thomas
2002–03 Semifinalist Final DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Petrović Gjorgje Vojnović, Dimče Gaštarski, Dejan Dimov , Jovan Zdravevski, Dimitar Karadzovski, Dragan Milenkovič, Siniša Avramovski, Igor Trajkovski, Borče Domlevski, Ivan Mašović
2003–04 Final Semifinalist DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Petrović Gjorgje Vojnović, Gjorgji Knјazev , Gjorgji Talevski, Emil Rajković, Dimče Gaštarski, Dejan Dimov , Jovan Zdravevski, Boris Nešović, Dimitar Karadzovski, Dragan Milenkovič, Tomče Dišliev, Stojan Madzunkov, Todor Kocev
2004–05 Semifinalist Semifinalist DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Petrović Jane Petrovski, Gjorgji Knјazev , Gjorgji Talevski, Nikola Karakolev, Dimče Gaštarski, Miroslav Despotović , Igor Penov, Dimitar Karadzovski, Aleksandar Sovkovski, Kiril Nikolovski, Slobodančo Hadzivasilev
2005–06 Semifinalist 1/4 finals DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Petrović Jane Petrovski, Dragan Milenkovič , Gjorgji Talevski, Nikola Karakolev, Dimče Gaštarski, Miroslav Despotović , Igor Penov, Aleksandar Šterjov, Mladen Gjuroski, Aleksandar Antić, Erhan Ramadan
2006–07 5th (13-13) 1/4 finals DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Petrović Jane Petrovski, Dragan Milenkovič , Nikola Karakolev, Darko Radulović, Dimče Gaštarski, Miroslav Despotović , Igor Penov, Igor Trajkovski, Aleksandar Šterjov, Darjan Hristov, Kiril Nikolovski
2007–08 Semifinalist Semifinalist DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Todorov,
Republic of Macedonia Marjan Lazovski
Jane Petrovski, Dragan Milenkovič, Daryll Hill, Srdjan Živković, Slobodan Agoč, Kiril Nikolovski, Aleksandar Šterjov, Bojan Nikolovski, Muhamed Tači, Daniel Milanovski, Filip Gjorevski, (left during the season: Edmond Azemi, Florijan Miftari, Nathan Ball, John Smith)
2008–09 Semifinalist 1/4 finals DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Petrović
Republic of Macedonia Bobi Mitev
Pero Blaževski, Darko Sokolov, Nikola Radojičić, Darko Radulović, Miloš Trailović, Srdjan Stanković, Milorad Damjanac, Filip Kralevski, Siniša Avramovski, Filip Gjorevski, (left during the season: Angel Tasevski, Aleksandar Held, Miloš Pejanović)
2009–10 Play-out relegation 1/4 finals DNC Republic of Macedonia Ante Dukovski Miloš Pejanović, Vladimir Georgievski, Gjorgji Talevski, Bogdan Vukadinović, Igor Trajkovski, Nemanja Stanković, Vladan Virijević, Filip Gjorevski, Tomce Dišliev, Tošo Pavlov, (left during the season: Edi Sinadinović, Zoran Milović, Aleksandar Sovkovski, Muhamed Tači, Erhan Ramadan, Miloš Nišavić, Igor Tadić, Mladen Gjuroski
2010–11 Semifinalist Final DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Petrović
Serbia Peca Jačimović
Republic of Macedonia Budimir Jolović
Republic of Macedonia Igor Gacov
Jane Petrovski, Toni Grnčarov, Nenad Zivčević, Miljan Pupović, Petar Naumoski, Vladimir Veličković, Darnell Lindsay, Zlatko Gocevski, Igor Penov, Kiril Nikolovski, Siniša Avramovski, Gjorgji Kočov, (left during the season: Jovan Teodosić, Vladimir Georgievski, Gjorgji Talevski, Igor Trajkovski, Filip Gjorevski)
2011–12 Champion Champion DNC Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Todorov Todor Gečevski, Gjorgji Čekovski, Ognen Stojanovski, Toni Grnčarov, Cade Davis, Igor Mijajlović, Noah Dahlman, Nikola Vučurović, Igor Penov, Nikola Gajdadziev, Aleksandar Šterjov, Gjorgji Kočov (left during the season: Riste Stefanov, Chris Grimm, Marjan Janevski, Marcus Kitts)
2012–13 Champion Champion ABA League (7th) Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Todorov
Slovenia Aleš Pipan
Todor Gečevski, Gjorgji Čekovski, Damjan Stojanovski, Ognen Stojanovski, Nikola Otašević, Cade Davis, Noah Dahlman, Kiril Nikolovski, Boris Bakić, Gorjan Markovski, Eftim Bogoev, (left during the season: Toni Grnčarov, Igor Mijajlović, Uroš Nikolić, Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin)
2013–14 Champion Champion ABA League (9th)
Eurocup (Group stage)
Serbia Vlada Vukoičić
Slovenia Zoran Martić
Todor Gečevski, Gjorgji Čekovski, Damjan Stojanovski, Aleksandar Kostoski, Nikola Otašević, Cade Davis, Stefan Sinovec, Sead Šehović, Uroš Lučić, Kiril Nikolovski, Ivan Marinković, Aleksandar Cvetković, Gorjan Markovski, Ognen Stojanovski, Ljubomir Mladenovski, Boban Stajić, (left during the season: Justin Reynolds, Carl Jones)
2014–15 Champion Semifinals ABA League (13th) Slovenia Zmago Sagadin
Republic of Macedonia Vrbica Stefanov
Republic of Macedonia Bobi Mitev
Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Jončevski
Slovenia Aleš Pipan
Aleksandar Ćapin, Predrag Samardziski, Marko Simonovski, Stefan Sinovec, Aleksandar Cvetković, Damjan Stojanovski, Uroš Lučić, Kiril Nikolovski, Sead Šehović, Danilo Mijatović, Ljubomir Mladenovski, Boban Stajić, Adem Mekić, (left during the season:Jourdan DeMuynck, Milton Jennings, Ivan Marinković, Giorgi Tsintsadze, Vedran Morović, Owen Klassen, Dion Dixon, Nenad Zivčević, Marko Pajić)
2015–16 Champion Champion ABA League (10th) Slovenia Aleš Pipan
Republic of Macedonia Aleksandar Jončevski
Damjan Stojanovski, Marko Ljubičić, Đorđe Drenovac, Marko Luković, Uroš Luković, Nemanja Protić, Danilo Mijatović, Duško Bunić, Gorjan Markovski, Ljubomir Mladenovski, Adem Mekić, Uroš Vasiljević, C.J. Carter, (left during the season:Marko Simonovski, Edi Sinadinović)

Team captains[edit]

Season Name
1993–1994 Serbia Slobodan Mitić
1994–1996 Republic of Macedonia Vlatko Vladičevski
1996–1998 Republic of Macedonia Vrbica Stefanov
1998–2004 Republic of Macedonia Gjorgje Vojnović
2004–2005 Republic of Macedonia Gjorgji Knјazev
2005–2007 Republic of Macedonia Dimče Gaštarski
2007–2008 Republic of Macedonia Jane Petrovski
2008–2009 Republic of Macedonia Pero Blazevski
2009–2010 Republic of Macedonia Filip Gjorevski
2010–2011 Republic of Macedonia Jane Petrovski
2011–2012 Republic of Macedonia Toni Grnčarov
2012–2013 Republic of Macedonia Todor Gečevski
2013–2014 Republic of Macedonia Todor Gečevski
2014–2015 Serbia Uroš Lučić
2015–2016 Republic of Macedonia Damjan Stojanovski
2016–present United States Jeremiah Massey

Supporters[edit]

Family Aerodrom at the Cup Final against Feni in 2012

MZT Skopje's fans, Family Aerodrom, were formed in spring 1997 as a legitimate heir of Service Crew and Piramida Aerodrom

The eternal basketball derby[edit]

  • MZT Skopje has traditional rivalry games with Rabotnički.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "MZT Skopje in Eurocup". eurocupbasketball.com. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Историјат на Кошаркарскиот клуб МЗТ Скопје". KKMZTSkopjeAerodrom.com. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
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  6. ^ "МЗТ Скопје Аеродром е освојувач на Купот на Македонија". mztskopjeaerodrom.com.mk. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Словенецот Змаго Сагадин ќе го води МЗТ Скопје". novamakedonija.com.mk. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Марко Симоновски продолжува со МЗТ". mztskopjeaerodrom.com.mk. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "MZT re-sign Damjan Stojanovski". mztskopjeaerodrom.com.mk. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Boban Mitev stays MZT head coach". mztskopjeaerodrom.com.mk. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "MZT inks Samardžiski". mztskopjeaerodrom.com.mk. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "MZT Skopje lands Aleksandar Ćapin". mztskopjeaerodrom.com.mk. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Mijatovic signed with MZT". mztskopjeaerodrom.com.mk. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "МЗТ Скопје старо-нов шампион на Македонија". mztskopjeaerodrom.com.mk. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.mztskopjeaerodrom.mk/index.php/novosti/vo-vrska-so/razno/item/357-oficijalno-urosh-lukovikj-nov-chlen-na-mzt-skopje
  18. ^ http://www.mztskopjeaerodrom.mk/index.php/novosti/vo-vrska-so/kup-na-rm/item/383-osmi-kup-trofej-za-mzt-skopje
  19. ^ "Club Page at the ABA Liga website (abaliga.com)" (in Macedonian). Retrieved 28 February 2015. 

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