KK Olimpija

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Union Olimpija
Union Olimpija logo
Nickname Zmaji (The Dragons)
Leagues Slovenian League
Adriatic League
Founded 1946; 70 years ago (1946)
Arena Arena Stožice
Arena Capacity 12,480
Location Ljubljana, Slovenia
Team colors Green, White
         
Main sponsor Union Brewery
President Jani Möderndorfer
Head coach Gašper Okorn
Championships 15 Slovenian Leagues
19 Slovenian Cups
7 Slovenian Supercups
6 Yugoslav Leagues
1 FIBA Saporta Cup
1 Adriatic League
2 Central European Leagues
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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Active sport clubs of Olimpija
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Football Basketball Hockey

Košarkarski Klub Olimpija (English: Olimpija Basketball Club), commonly referred to as KK Olimpija or simply Olimpija, currently named Union Olimpija due to sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball team that is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The team competes in the Premier A Slovenian League and the Adriatic League.

History[edit]

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 won its first Yugoslav League title 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 Olimpija won eight consecutive league titles between 1992 and 1999.

On the international stage, 1993–94 was the club's best season as they won 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.

Name through history[edit]

1983–1997 crest

The club was established in 1946 as the basketball department of the larger sports club Svoboda. Later it changed names quite a few times, from KK Enotnost (Unity, 1947–54) to AŠK Olimpija (Akademski Športni Klub 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.

Names

Arenas[edit]

The team played in Tabor Gymnasium first, then moved to the 5,600 capacity Tivoli Hall in 1965. The club then moved into their new arena, Arena Stožice, with a capacity of 12,480 in 2010.

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
PG 4 Slovenia Barbarič, Jan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 21 – (1995-09-30)30 September 1995
SF 5 United States Oliver, Devin 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1992-07-02)2 July 1992
F 6 Russia Shashkov, Semen 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 26 – (1989-11-28)28 November 1989
F 7 Slovenia Bubnić, Dražen 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 30 – (1986-01-13)13 January 1986
SG 8 Slovenia Mulalić, Mirko (C) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 28 – (1988-04-16)16 April 1988
G 9 Slovenia Mesiček, Blaž 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 19 – (1997-06-12)12 June 1997
G 10 Slovenia Pelko, Jure 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 26 – (1990-05-17)17 May 1990
C 11 Montenegro Milošević, Stevan 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 125 kg (276 lb) 30 – (1985-10-13)13 October 1985
F/C 12 Serbia Janković, Nikola 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 22 – (1994-02-13)13 February 1994
PG 13 United States Jefferson, Brandon 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 24 – (1991-11-25)25 November 1991
G 14 Slovenia Jurček, Žiga 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 18 – (1998-04-22)22 April 1998
G/F 15 Slovenia Hrovat, Gregor 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 22 – (1994-08-18)18 August 1994
PF 18 Switzerland Mladjan, Marko 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 23 – (1993-03-26)26 March 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Slovenia Luka Bassin
  • Slovenia Igor Kešelj
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Slovenia Saša Ogrizović
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Slovenia Rok Žagar

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2 September 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Nikola Janković Stevan Milošević
PF Semen Shashkov Dražen Bubnić Marko Mladjan
SF Devin Oliver Gregor Hrovat
SG Mirko Mulalić Jure Pelko Blaž Mesiček Žiga Jurček
PG Brandon Jefferson Jan Barbarič

Squad Changes for the 2016–17 Season[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Olimpija youth team[edit]

Olimpija also has a second team, composed mainly of their Under-18 team players and some experienced players; the team participates in the Euroleague Basketball Next Generation Tournament and in the Slovenian Second Basketball League with the goal to give playing time and experience to young players.

Honours and achievements[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Slovenian League

Slovenian Cup

  • Winners (19): 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Runners-up (3): 2004, 2007, 2014

Slovenian Supercup

  • Winners (7): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
  • Runners-up (4): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

Former domestic competitions[edit]

Yugoslav League

Yugoslav Cup

  • Runners-up (5): 1960, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1986–87

Yugoslav League (1. B)

  • Winners (2): 1984–85, 1986–87

Slovenian League (SR)

  • Winners (2): 1946, 1947

European competitions[edit]

FIBA European Champions Cup / Euroleague

FIBA Saporta Cup

Regional competitions[edit]

Adriatic League

Central European League (SBA)

  • Winners (2): 1993, 1994

Top performances in European & Worldwide competitions[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
Euroleague
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-finals 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 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
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-finals 3rd place in a group with Efes Pilsen, NatWest Zaragoza, CSKA Moscow, Hapoel Tel Aviv and ASK Brocēni
1993–94 Champions defeated Taugrés 91–81 in the final of the FIBA European Cup in Lausanne
1995–96 Quarter-finals 6th place in a group with PAOK, Dynamo Moscow, Zrinjevac, Tallinna Kalev and Nobiles Włocławek

The road to the European victory[edit]

1993–94 FIBA European Cup

Round Team Home   Away  
3rd round Bye
Quarter-finals Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 89–77 80–66
Turkey Tofaş 87–78 103–90
Spain Taugrés 86–73 63–67
Switzerland Fidefinanz Bellinzona 77–62 53–50
Croatia Croatia Osiguranje Split 68–76 84–79
Semi-finals Greece Sato Aris 84–78 79–83
74–61
Final Spain Taugrés 91–81

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Tier Domestic league Position Domestic cup Supercup Adriatic League Europe Result
1991–92 1 1. A SKL Winners Winners
1992–93 1 1. A SKL Winners Winners European League,
European Cup
Second round,
Quarterfinals
1993–94 1 1. A SKL Winners Winners European League,
European Cup
Second round,
Winners
1994–95 1 1. A SKL Winners Winners European League Group stage
1995–96 1 1. A SKL Winners N/A European League Round of 32
1996–97 1 1. A SKL Winners Winners Euroleague Third place
1997–98 1 1. A SKL Winners Winners Euroleague Round of 16
1998–99 1 Liga Kolinska Winners Winners Euroleague Round of 16
1999–00 1 Liga Kolinska Semifinals Winners Euroleague Quarterfinals
2000–01 1 Liga Kolinska Winners Winners Euroleague Quarterfinals
2001–02 1 HYPO Liga Winners Winners Winners Euroleague Top 16
2002–03 1 1. A SKL Runners-up Winners Semifinals Euroleague Top 16
2003–04 1 1. A SKL Winners Runners-up Winners Semifinals Euroleague Top 16
2004–05 1 1. A SKL Winners Winners Winners Quarterfinals Euroleague Regular season
2005–06 1 1. A SKL Winners Winners Winners 10. Euroleague Regular season
2006–07 1 Liga UPC Telemach Runners-up Runners-up 9. Euroleague Regular season
2007–08 1 Liga UPC Telemach Winners Winners Winners Semifinals Euroleague Regular season
2008–09 1 Liga UPC Telemach Winners Winners Winners 9. Euroleague Regular season
2009–10 1 Telemach League Runners-up Winners Winners Semifinals Euroleague Regular season
2010–11 1 Telemach League Runners-up Winners Runners-up Runners-up Euroleague Top 16
2011–12 1 Telemach League Runners-up Winners Runners-up 6. Euroleague Regular season
2012–13 1 Telemach League Runners-up Winners Runners-up 8. Euroleague Regular season
2013–14 1 Telemach League Runners-up Runners-up Winners 10. Eurocup Last 32
2014–15 1 Telemach League Quarterfinals Semifinals Runners-up 5. Eurocup Last 32
2015–16 1 Liga Nova KBM Semifinals Quarterfinals 7. Eurocup Last 32

Coaches[edit]

External links[edit]