|Nickname||Zmaji (The Dragons)|
Zeleno-beli (The Green and Whites)
ABA League First Division
Basketball Champions League
|Team colors||Green, white|
|Main sponsor||Petrol Group|
|Head coach||Saša Nikitović|
|Championships||17 Slovenian Leagues|
20 Slovenian Cups
8 Slovenian Supercups
6 Yugoslav Leagues
1 FIBA Saporta Cup
1 Adriatic League
2 Central European Leagues
|Active sport clubs of Olimpija|
Košarkarski klub Olimpija Ljubljana (English: Olimpija Ljubljana Basketball Club), also known as Petrol 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Names through history
- 3 Arenas
- 4 Players
- 5 Notable players
- 6 Honours
- 7 Top performances in European and worldwide competitions
- 8 Season-by-season records
- 9 Head coaches
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
Names through history
The club was established in 1946 as the basketball department of the larger sports club Svoboda. Later, the name of the club was changed several times. Since 1976, the name of the club includes the sponsorship name.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Petrol Olimpija roster|
Updated: 20 December 2018
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Mirza Begić||Bojan Radulović||Marko Simonović|
|PF||Marvin Jones||Luka Šamanić||Dražen Bubnić||Igor Tratnik|
|SF||Aleksandar Lazić||Domen Lorbek||Erjon Kastrati||Aljaž Marinč|
|SG||Miha Lapornik||Roko Badžim||Jan Rebec||Petar Vujačić|
|PG||Jan Špan||Issuf Sanon||Jan Barbarič||Jernej Andolšek Heine|
Squad changes for the 2018–19 season
- Luka Šamanić (from Barcelona B)
- Marvin Jones (from Kolossos Rodou)
- Marko Simonović (from Mens Sana Siena)
- Jan Rebec (from Šenčur)
- Miha Lapornik (from U BT Cluj-Napoca)
- Jalek Felton (from University of North Carolina)
- Blaž Mesiček (from Enel Basket Brindisi)
- Aleksandar Lazić (from Mega Bemax)
- Petar Vujačić (from Rogaška)
- Scottie Reynolds (from Zenit Saint Petersburg)
- Jernej Andolšek Heine (from Grosuplje) (back from loan)
- Aljaž Marinč (from Grosuplje) (back from loan)
- Domen Lorbek (from Igokea)
- Mitch McCarron (to Melbourne United)
- Jordan Morgan (to Banvit)
- Devin Oliver (to Banvit)
- Gregor Hrovat (to Medi Bayreuth)
- Domen Lorbek (to Igokea)
- Maks Klanjšček
- Erazem Lorbek
- Scottie Reynolds (to Hapoel Holon)
- Jalek Felton
- Blaž Mesiček
|Olimpija Ljubljana retired numbers|
|12||Marko Milič||PF||1994–1997, 1999–2000, 2006–2009||2015|||
The following players are regarded as the most important for Olimpija by the club's official website.
- Ivo Daneu – has won the Yugoslav national championship six times with Olimpija and earned over 200 appearances for the Yugoslavia national basketball team. In 2007, he became the first Slovenian player included in the FIBA Hall of Fame.
- Borut Bassin – became the most valuable player of the 1967 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four after scoring 30 points against Real Madrid. Bassin has also won the silver medal with Yugoslavia at the 1967 FIBA World Championship.
- Marko Milič – former Olimpija and Slovenia national team captain, he became the first Slovenian player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
- Vinko Jelovac – earned 240 appearances for the Yugoslavia national team, with which he won the silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
- Peter Vilfan – spent most of his career playing for Olimpija; he became the first captain of the Slovenia national team after the country gained independence in 1991.
- Jure Zdovc – Regarded as one of the best point guards in Europe during the time of his career, Zdovc played for Olimpija in three spells between the 1980s and the early 2000s. Zdovc has won the EuroBasket with Yugoslavia in 1989 and 1991, and became the world champion with the team in 1990.
A total of 16 former Olimpija players have played in the NBA:
- Winners (17): 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Runners-up (7): 2002–03, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
- Winners (20): 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017
- Runners-up (3): 2004, 2007, 2014
- Winners (8): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2017
- Runners-up (5): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018
- Yugoslav League (defunct)
- Winners (6): 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1969–70
- Runners-up (8): 1953, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1967, 1967–68, 1968–69
- Yugoslav Cup (defunct)
- Runners-up (5): 1960, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1986–87
- Yugoslav 1. B League (defunct)
- Winners (2): 1984–85, 1986–87
- Slovenian Socialist Republic League (defunct)
- Winners (2): 1946, 1947
- FIBA Saporta Cup (defunct)
- Central European League (defunct)
- Winners (2): 1993, 1994
- Fourth place (1): 1998
Top performances in European and worldwide competitions
|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||third place in Madrid, lost to Real Madrid 86–88 in the semi-final, defeated Slavia Prague 88–83 in the third place game|
|1970–71||Quarter-finals||third place in a group with Ignis Varèse, Slavia Prague and Olympique Antibes|
|1996–97||Final Four||third place in Rome, lost to Olympiacos 65–74 in the semi-final, defeated ASVEL 86–79 in the third 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|
|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||third 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 FIBA European Cup victory
1993–94 FIBA European Cup
|Season||Tier||Domestic league||Pos||Domestic cup||Supercup||Adriatic League||European competitions|
|1991–92||1||1. A SKL||1st||Winners||N/A||N/A|
|1992–93||1||1. A SKL||1st||Winners||1 European League||2R|
|2 European Cup||QF|
|1993–94||1||1. A SKL||1st||Winners||1 European League||2R|
|2 European Cup||W|
|1994–95||1||1. A SKL||1st||Winners||1 European League||GS|
|1995–96||1||1. A SKL||1st||Round of 16||1 European League||R32|
|1996–97||1||1. A SKL||1st||Winners||1 Euroleague||3rd|
|1997–98||1||1. A SKL||1st||Winners||1 Euroleague||R16|
|1998–99||1||Liga Kolinska||1st||Winners||1 Euroleague||R16|
|1999–00||1||Liga Kolinska||3rd||Winners||1 Euroleague||QF|
|2000–01||1||Liga Kolinska||1st||Winners||1 Euroleague||QF|
|2001–02||1||HYPO Liga||1st||Winners||Winners||1 Euroleague||T16|
|2002–03||1||1. A SKL||2nd||Winners||Semifinals||1 Euroleague||T16|
|2003–04||1||1. A SKL||1st||Runners-up||Winners||Semifinals||1 Euroleague||T16|
|2004–05||1||1. A SKL||1st||Winners||Winners||Quarterfinals||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2005–06||1||1. A SKL||1st||Winners||Winners||10th place||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2006–07||1||Liga UPC Telemach||2nd||Runners-up||9th place||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2007–08||1||Liga UPC Telemach||1st||Winners||Winners||Semifinals||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2008–09||1||Liga UPC Telemach||1st||Winners||Winners||9th place||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2009–10||1||Telemach League||2nd||Winners||Winners||Semifinals||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2010–11||1||Telemach League||2nd||Winners||Runners-up||Runners-up||1 Euroleague||T16|
|2011–12||1||Telemach League||2nd||Winners||Runners-up||6th place||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2012–13||1||Telemach League||2nd||Winners||Runners-up||8th place||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2013–14||1||Telemach League||2nd||Runners-up||Winners||10th place||2 Eurocup||L32|
|2014–15||1||Telemach League||5th||Semifinals||Runners-up||5th place||2 Eurocup||L32|
|2015–16||1||Liga Nova KBM||4th||Quarterfinals||7th place||2 Eurocup||L32|
|2016–17||1||Liga Nova KBM||1st||Winners||11th place||2 EuroCup||RS|
|2017–18||1||Liga Nova KBM||1st||Semifinals||Winners||First Division||7th||3 Champions League||RS|
|2018–19||1||Liga Nova KBM||Runners-up||First Division||3 Champions League||RS|
- Lazar Lečić (1973–1975, 1978–1982)
- Boris Kristančič
- Zmago Sagadin (1985–1995, 1996–2002, 2005–2006)
- Tomo Mahorič (2002–2003, 2006)
- Sašo Filipovski (2003–2005, 2011–2013)
- Memi Bečirović (2007–2008, 2015)
- Aleksandar Džikić (2008)
- Jure Zdovc (2008–2011)
- Aleš Pipan (2013–2015)
- Gašper Potočnik (2015–2016)
- Gašper Okorn (2016–2018)
- Zoran Martič (2018)
- Saša Nikitović (2018–present)
- Union Olimpija Ljubljana retires Marko Milic's jersey.
- Olympic Legends - Ivo Daneu.
- SLO - Daneu reflects on amazing Hall of Fame career [part I.]
- "Ivo Daneu" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- "Borut Bassin Taubi" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- "Marko Milić" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- "Vinko Jelovac" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- "Peter Vilfan" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- "Jure Zdovc" (in Slovenian). KK Olimpija. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
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