KK Olimpija

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Union Olimpija
Union Olimpija logo
Nickname Zmaji (The Dragons)
Leagues Slovenian League
ABA League
Eurocup
Founded 1946; 69 years ago (1946)
Arena Arena Stožice
(capacity: 12,480)
Location Ljubljana, Slovenia
Team colors Green, white
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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
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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Hockey

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 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-now). The last five names of the team have all included names of the main sponsors of the team.

Names

Arenas[edit]

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.

Supporters[edit]

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

Players[edit]

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
G 6 Croatia Marinelli, Paolo 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) 20 – (1995-04-10)10 April 1995
G/F 7 Slovenia Hrovat, Gregor 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) 20 – (1994-08-18)18 August 1994
G 8 Slovenia Mesiček, Blaž 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700179000000000000079 kg (174 lb) 18 – (1997-06-12)12 June 1997
F/C 12 Serbia Vučetić, Vasilije 70002069999999999992.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002104000000000000104 kg (229 lb) 19 – (1996-05-04)4 May 1996
G 13 Slovenia Lapornik, Miha 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 21 – (1993-10-18)18 October 1993
F 21 Slovenia Mahkovic, Blaž 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 25 – (1990-03-21)21 March 1990
F 31 Slovenia Čančar, Vlatko 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) 18 – (1997-04-10)10 April 1997
PF Slovenia Zagorac, Saša 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002110000000000000110 kg (243 lb) 31 – (1984-01-01)1 January 1984
SF Slovenia Nikolić, Mitja 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 24 – (1991-02-24)24 February 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Slovenia Luka Bassin
  • Slovenia Žiga Mravljak
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Slovenia Saša Ogrizović
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Slovenia Rok Žagar

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 21 July 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Vasilije Vučetić
PF Saša Zagorac Blaž Mahkovic
SF Mitja Nikolić Vlatko Čančar
SG Gregor Hrovat Miha Lapornik Blaž Mesiček
PG Paolo Marinelli

Squad Changes for the 2015–16 Season[edit]