Basket Zielona Góra

Basket Zielona Góra, also known as Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra for sponsorship reasons, or Zastal Zielona Góra as its historic name that the fans identify with, is a Polish professional basketball team that is based in Zielona Góra, Poland. The team plays in the Polish League and internationally in the Basketball Champions League. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra
Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra logo
LeaguesPolish League
VTB United League
Founded1946; 74 years ago (1946)
HistoryBasket Zielona Gora
(1946–present)
ArenaCRS Hala Zielona Góra
Capacity6,080
LocationZielona Góra, Poland
Team colorsWhite, green
         
Head coachŽan Tabak
OwnershipSportowa Grono Joint Stock Company
Championships5 Polish Championships
2 Polish Cups
1 Polish Supercup
Retired numbers2 (5,15)
WebsiteOfficial Website

LogosEdit

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in the year 1946 under the name KS Zieloni, and in the following years the club had several name changes. Some of the names the team had included Stal Zielona Góra, Wagmo Zielona Góra and Lechia Zielona Góra. In the early 1960s the team consistently played in the third tier of Poland as Lechia. In the 1966–67 season, the club promoted to the second tier I Liga for the first time. In 1968 the team adopted the still famous club name Zastal Zielona Góra.

In the 1983–84 season, Zastal promoted to the top tier Polish Basketball League for the first time in club history. The club stayed there for a long time, however they had to leave the league in the 1999–2000 season due to financial problems. These problems caused Zastal to fall back all the way to the III Liga. In June 2001, Sports Joint Stock Company Grono became the owner of the team and a season later the club returned to the second tier I Liga.

In the 2009–10 season, Zastal finished in second place in the I Liga and was promoted back to the PLK. The golden years for the club would begin here. In the 2011–12 season, the team finished in third place in the Polish League. Due to sponsorship reasons, in the summer of 2012, the club changed its name from Zastal Zielona Góra to Stelmet Zielona Góra. In the 2012-13 season, the club won the Polish League championship, and thus qualified to play in the 2013–14 EuroLeague season, the highest continental level. The following years the club would consistently compete for the Polish national title while also playing in Europe.

AchievementsEdit

Champions (5): 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2019–20
Runner-up (1): 2013–14
Bronze (1): 2011–12
Champions (2): 2015, 2017
Champions (1): 2015

Other achievementsEdit

  • Gliwice, Poland Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2015

Season by seasonEdit

 
Home game of Zielona Góra in 2014

Through 2013–14 season, Stelmet Zielona Góra had played 18 seasons in the top Polish League (official name: Polska Liga Koszykówki). Altogether, through the 2013–14 season, the club had won 278 league games, and lost 343 league games.[1]

Season Tier League Pos. W–L Polish Cup European competitions
1984–85 1 PLK 9th 9–15
1985–86 1 PLK 7th 14–15
1986–87 1 PLK 8th 11–19
1987–88 1 PLK 5th 14–15
1988–89 1 PLK 8th 12–18
1989–90 1 PLK 5th 17–16
1990–91 1 PLK 7th 15–21
1991–92 1 PLK 8th 14–24
1992–93 1 PLK 4th 21–23
1993–94 1 PLK 8th 15–24
1994–95 1 PLK 10th 9–16
1995–96 1 PLK 11th 7–20
1998–99 1 PLK 14th 12–27
1999–00 1 PLK 16th 6–31
2000–01 2 I Liga 15th
2001–02 3 II Liga 2nd
2002–03 2 I Liga 8th
2003–04 2 I Liga 11th
2004–05 2 I Liga 6th
2005–06 2 I Liga 8th
2006–07 2 I Liga 4th
2007–08 2 I Liga 5th
2008–09 2 I Liga 5th
2009–10 2 I Liga 2nd
2010–11 1 PLK 9th 12–13
2011–12 1 PLK 3rd 26–19 Runners-up
2012–13 1 PLK 1st 30–14 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup T16
2013–14 1 PLK 2nd 34–13 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS
2 Eurocup R32
2014–15 1 PLK 1st 33–10 Champion 1 Euroleague QR1
2 Eurocup RS
2015–16 1 PLK 1st 38–4 Runners-up 1 Euroleague RS
2 Eurocup QF
2016–17 1 PLK 1st 33–13 Champion 3 Champions League RS
4 FIBA Europe Cup R16
2017–18 1 PLK 4th 28–15 Runner-up 3 Champions League R16
2018–19 1 PLK 4th 27–11 Quarterfinalist VTB United League 12th
2019–20 1 PLK 1st 19–3 Semifinalist VTB United League 6th

PlayersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

Zielona Góra retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure
5   Mariusz Kaczmarek PG 1976–1980, 1985–1992
15   Walter Hodge PG 2010–2013

Current rosterEdit

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

Stelmet Zielona Góra roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 1   Zyskowski, Jarosław 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 27 – (1992-07-16)16 July 1992
G 3   Traczyk, Kacper 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 22 – (1998-03-25)25 March 1998
PG 7   King, George 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 26 – (1994-01-15)15 January 1994
PF 8   Witliński, Mikołaj 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1995-12-02)2 December 1995
SG 11   Ponitka, Marcel 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 22 – (1997-08-28)28 August 1997
SF 13   Mąkowski, Kacper 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (1999-05-10)10 May 1999
PF 21   Meier, Tony 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 30 – (1990-06-03)3 June 1990
SG 32   Thomasson, Joe 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 26 – (1993-08-16)16 August 1993
PF 41   Radić, Ivica 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 29 – (1990-09-08)8 September 1990
PG 55   Koszarek, Łukasz 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 36 – (1984-01-12)12 January 1984
SF ––   Bērziņš, Jānis 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 27 – (1993-05-04)4 May 1993
C ––   Groselle, Geoffrey 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 27 – (1993-02-12)12 February 1993
PF ––   Put, Filip  2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 27 – (1993-04-08)8 April 1993
SF ––   Williams, Cecil 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 25 – (1995-05-28)28 May 1995
G ––   Lundberg, Gabriel 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 25 – (1994-12-04)4 December 1994
G ––   Szymkiewicz, Daniel 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 25 – (1994-11-02)2 November 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  •   Piotr Pigla

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 14 July 2020

Notable playersEdit

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

Sponsorship namesEdit

  • Wagmo Zielona Góra: (1946–1949)
  • Stal Zielona Góra: (1950–1954)
  • Zastal Zielona Góra: (1955–1956)
  • Lechia Zielona Góra: (1957–1968)
  • Zastal Zielona Góra: (1969–1992)
  • Zastal-Fortum Zielona Góra: (1992–1995)
  • Zastal Zielona Góra: (1995–1998)
  • Zastal-Dallas Zielona Góra: (1998–1999)
  • Zastal-Karl Eppe Zielona Góra: (1999–2000)
  • Intermarche-Zastal Zielona Góra: (2000–2005)
  • Zastal Zielona Góra: (2005–2007)
  • Wiecko-Zastal Zielona Góra: (2007–2008)
  • Zastal Zielona Góra: (2008–2012)
  • Stelmet Zielona Góra: (2012–2015)
  • Stelmet BC Zielona Góra: (2015–2018)
  • Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra: (2018–Present)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zastal Zielona Góra Statystyki drużyny w poszczególnych sezonach:" (in Polish). plkhistory.ugu.pl. Retrieved 17 July 2014.

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