KK Olimpija

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Union Olimpija
Union Olimpija logo
Nickname Zmaji (The Dragons)
Leagues Slovenian League
ABA League
Founded 1946; 70 years ago (1946)
Arena Arena Stožice
(capacity: 12,480)
Location Ljubljana, Slovenia
Team colors Green, white
Main sponsor Union Brewery
President Jani Möderndorfer
Head coach Gašper Potočnik
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
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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.


In the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, green and white are the colours of Union Olimpija, a club that has become known as a talent farm.[citation needed] 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 AŠK Olimpia.

The club has been called by its current name since 1997. Union Olimpija conquered its first Yugoslav League title of then Yugoslavia in 1957 under the direction of the coach/player Boris Kristančić. 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.

Name through history[edit]

Older crest

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 KK Enotnost (1947–54) (Unity) to AŠK Olimpija (1955–76), to KK Brest Olimpija (1976–78), to KK Iskra Olimpija (1978–82), to KK ZZI Olimpija (1982–83), to KK Smelt Olimpija (1983–96), and finally, to KK Union Olimpija (1997–present). The last five names of the team have all included names of the main sponsors of the team.



The team played in Tabor Gymnasium first, then moved to the 6,000 capacity Tivoli Hall in 1965. The club then moved into their new arena, Arena Stožice, with a capacity of 12,480 in 2010.


Current roster[edit]

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

KK Union Olimpija roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Wright, Zackary 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 31 – (1985-02-05)5 February 1985
PG 5 Slovenia Rupnik, Luka 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 71 kg (157 lb) 22 – (1993-05-20)20 May 1993
PG 6 United States Robinson, Dawan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 33 – (1982-02-10)10 February 1982
G/F 7 Slovenia Hrovat, Gregor 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 21 – (1994-08-18)18 August 1994
G 9 Slovenia Mesiček, Blaž 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 18 – (1997-06-12)12 June 1997
F 10 Slovenia Nikolić, Mitja 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 24 – (1991-02-24)24 February 1991
F/C 12 Serbia Vučetić, Vasilije 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 19 – (1996-05-04)4 May 1996
G 13 Slovenia Lapornik, Miha 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 22 – (1993-10-18)18 October 1993
F 15 Serbia Lešić, Sava 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 27 – (1988-02-23)23 February 1988
F/C 17 Slovenia Zagorac, Saša (C) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 32 – (1984-01-01)1 January 1984
F 21 Slovenia Mahkovic, Blaž 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 25 – (1990-03-21)21 March 1990
F/C 30 Latvia Zaķis, Ronalds 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 28 – (1987-07-08)8 July 1987
F 31 Slovenia Čančar, Vlatko 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 18 – (1997-04-10)10 April 1997
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Slovenia Luka Bassin
  • Slovenia Žiga Mravljak
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Slovenia Saša Ogrizović
  • Slovenia Rok Žagar

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 9 January 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Ronalds Zaķis Vasilije Vučetić
PF Sava Lešić Saša Zagorac
SF Mitja Nikolić Blaž Mahkovic Vlatko Čančar
SG Gregor Hrovat Miha Lapornik Blaž Mesiček
PG Zackary Wright Dawan Robinson Luka Rupnik

Squad Changes for the 2015–16 Season[edit]



Out on loan[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Union Olimpija II[edit]

Olimpija has also a second team, composed mainly of his Under 18 team players and some experienced players: the team participates also in the Euroleague Basketball Next Generation Tournament. The team competes in the Slovenian Third Basketball League with the goal to give playing time and experience to young players. Current first team players Blaž Mesiček and Vlatko Čančar have played for the team.

The current roster is composed of [1] :

  • Davor Sattler, PG Slovenia
  • Stefan Tovilović, PG Slovenia
  • Jakob Jesih, PG Slovenia
  • Blaž Jamšek, PG Slovenia
  • Andrej Podvršnik, SG Slovenia
  • David Kralj, SG Slovenia
  • David Purić, SG Slovenia
  • Marko Travica, SG Slovenia
  • Anže Javoršek, SG Slovenia
  • Jan Strmčnik, SG Slovenia
  • Maks Klanjscek, SF Slovenia
  • Žiga Jurček, SF Slovenia
  • Aljaž Stopar, SF Slovenia
  • Jan Dornik, SF Slovenia
  • Rok Korelc, PF Slovenia
  • Matej Janežič, PF Slovenia
  • Haris Čučović, C Serbia
  • Matevž Mlakar, C Slovenia
  • Lovro Hren, C Slovenia


Total titles: 49

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
1959–60 Quarter-finals eliminated by ASK Riga, 79-95 (L) in Ljubljana and 63-79 (L) in Riga
1961–62 Semi-finals eliminated by Real Madrid, 105-91 (W) in Ljubljana and 53-69 (L) in Madrid
1962–63 Quarter-finals eliminated by Spartak ZJŠ Brno, 86-83 (W) in Ljubljana and 72-79 (L) in Brno
1966–67 Final Four 3rd place in Madrid, lost to Real Madrid 86-88 in the semi-final, defeated Slavia Prague 88-83 in the 3rd place game
1970–71 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Ignis Varèse, Slavia Prague and Olympique Antibes
1996–97 Final Four 3rd place in Rome, lost to Olympiacos 65-74 in the semi-final, defeated ASVEL 86-79 in the 3rd place game
1999–00 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by FC Barcelona, 67-70 (L) in Barcelona, 71-64 (W) in Ljubljana & 66-71 (L) in Barcelona
2000–01 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-0 by Kinder Bologna, 79-80 (L) in Bologna and 79-81 (L) in Ljubljana
2001–02 Quarter-final group stage 4th place in a group with Panathinaikos, Olympiacos and AEK Athens
2002–03 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with FC Barcelona, Olympiacos and ASVEL
2003–04 Quarter-final group stage 4th place in a group with Skipper Bologna, Efes Pilsen and Pau-Orthez
Saporta Cup
1967–68 Quarter-finals eliminated by Slavia Prague, 64-95 (L) in Prague and 82-70 (W) in Ljubljana
1968–69 Semi-finals eliminated by Slavia Prague, 76-83 (L) in Ljubljana and 61-82 (L) in Prague
1982–83 Semi-finals eliminated by Scavolini Pesaro, 78-97 (L) in Pesaro and 92-107 (L) in Ljubljana
1991–92 Semi-finals eliminated 2-1 by PAOK, 81-68 (W) in Ljubljana, 61-79 (L) & 86-104 (L) in Thessaloniki
1992–93 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Efes Pilsen, NatWest Zaragoza, CSKA Moscow, Hapoel Tel Aviv and ASK Brocēni
1993–94 European Cup Winners defeated Taugrés 91–81 in the final of the FIBA European Cup in Lausanne
1995–96 Quarter-final group stage 6th place in a group with PAOK, Dynamo Moscow, Zrinjevac, Tallinna Kalev and Nobiles Włocławek
Korać Cup
1973–74 Quarter-final group stage 2nd place in a group with ASVEL and Innocenti Milano
1978–79 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Cotonificio, Standard Liège and Hapoel Gvat/Yagur

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
2014–15 Montenegro Halil Kanačević Eurocup Weekly MVP
2015–16 United States Zack Wright 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 Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2012–13 Australia Aron Baynes
Slovenia Jaka Blažič
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2013–14 Lithuania Deividas Gailius Adriatic League Weekly MVP
2014–15 Slovenia Alen Omić Adriatic League Weekly MVP

Greatest Euroleague Contributors[edit]

Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

FIBA Hall of Fame[edit]

External links[edit]