|Nickname||Zmaji (The Dragons)|
|Team colors||Green, white
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|Main sponsor||Union Brewery|
|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
|Active sport clubs of Olimpija|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Name through history
- 3 Arenas
- 4 Supporters
- 5 Players
- 6 Honours
- 7 International record
- 8 Notable coaches
- 9 Olimpija players who have played in the NBA
- 10 Individual awards
- 11 External links
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. 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
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.
The club's ultras group is called the Green Dragons.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
KK Union Olimpija roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|PF||Saša Zagorac||Blaž Mahkovic|
|SF||Mitja Nikolić||Vlatko Čančar|
|SG||Gregor Hrovat||Miha Lapornik||Blaž Mesiček|