KK Cedevita Olimpija

Košarkarski klub Cedevita Olimpija (English: Cedevita Olimpija Basketball Club), commonly referred to as KK Cedevita Olimpija or simply Olimpija, is a men's professional basketball club based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The club competes in the ABA League and the EuroCup, as well as in the Slovenian League.

Cedevita Olimpija
2020–21 KK Cedevita Olimpija season
Cedevita Olimpija logo
NicknameZmaji (The Dragons)
LeaguesSlovenian League
ABA League
EuroCup
Founded2019
HistoryKK Cedevita Olimpija
(2019–present)
ArenaArena Stožice
Capacity12,480
LocationLjubljana, Slovenia
Team colorsGreen, orange, white
     
Main sponsorAtlantic Grupa
PresidentTomaž Berločnik
General managerDavor Užbinec
Head coachJurica Golemac
Team captainJaka Blažič
Affiliation(s)Cedevita Junior
Championships1 Slovenian Supercup
70 Inherited trophies
Websitecedevita.olimpija.com

The club was established in 2019 after the merger of the most successful Slovenian club Olimpija and the Croatian powerhouse Cedevita. Cedevita Olimpija inherited 70 trophies of both predecessors and their competition licenses for its inaugural season.

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

KK Cedevita Olimpija is an outcome of a merger of two clubs from neighboring countries, the Slovenian club Petrol Olimpija from Ljubljana and the Croatian team Cedevita from Zagreb, which is the first such instance of two clubs from different countries merging.[1]

Olimpija is the winner of 17 Slovenian Championships and 20 Slovenian Cups. It traces its history back to 1946 and adopted the name Olimpija in 1955. The club was an early power in the Yugoslav League with Ivo Daneu leading Olimpija to six domestic titles between 1957 and 1970. After Slovenia's independence in 1991, Olimpija won ten out of eleven championships between 1992 and 2002. Olimpija won the FIBA Saporta Cup in the 1993–94 season, and Arriel McDonald and Marko Milič helped it to the 1997 Euroleague Final Four. Over the years, Olimpija had a streak of 17 straight EuroLeague appearances and it won the inaugural Adriatic League in the 2001–02 season. Olimpija won the Slovenian League in 2009 and brought home its sixth straight Slovenian Cup in 2013 before going on a four-year trophy drought. During that span, Olimpija made its EuroCup debut in the 2013–14 season, but it wasn't until the 2016–17 season that it got back to its winning ways with the Slovenian League and Cup "double". Olimpija won its most-recent Slovenian League championship in the 2017–18 season.

Cedevita is the winner of five Croatian League Championships and seven Croatian Cup tournaments. It was founded in Zagreb in 1991 as KK Botinec. The club reached the first-tier league in 2002, but its ambitions rose when Atlantic Grupa took over in 2005 and the club changed its name to Cedevita. The club reached the 2011 EuroCup Final Four; Dontaye Draper was named EuroCup MVP while Aleksandar Petrović was EuroCup Coach of the Year. A year later, Cedevita won its first title, the Croatian Cup, led by veteran forward Matjaž Smodiš. Cedevita made its EuroLeague debut in the 2012–13 season, which it finished with a 2–8 record. That turned out to be a title-less season, but the last such for Cedevita, which celebrated a Croatian "double" in each of the next five years. In the 2015–16 EuroLeague, Cedevita reached the Top 16. The club also won the inaugural Adriatic Supercup in 2018. In 2019, Cedevita won the Croatian Cup for the sixth season in a row.

EstablishmentEdit

On 4 June 2019, it was announced that Croatian club Cedevita and Slovenian club Petrol Olimpija plan to merge and form Cedevita Olimpija, a new men's professional basketball club based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.[2][3][4] KK Cedevita has a plan to compete in the Croatian League in the future as Cedevita Junior.[5] On 13 June, management boards of Cedevita and Olimpija have confirmed the appointment of Davor Užbinec as a general manager and Sani Bečirovič as a sports director.[6][7] On 25 June, the EuroCup Board confirmed the club's participation in the 2019–20 EuroCup season.[8] Management boards of Cedevita and Olimpija have separately invited their respective members for their Assembly meetings which took place on 8 July in Arena Stožice, where the club was officially established with Slaven Rimac being confirmed as the first team head coach, as well as Tomaž Berločnik named the president of the club.[9][10]

Inaugural seasonEdit

Slovenian forward Edo Murić is the first-ever player who signed for the club.[11] Next to players added from Cedevita and Petrol Olimpija rosters, the club signed veterans Mirko Mulalić, Saša Zagorac, and Marko Simonović, as well as Martin Krampelj, Mikael Hopkins, Jaka Blažič, Codi Miller-McIntyre, and Ryan Boatright.[12] On 11 September 2019, guard Jaka Blažič was named the first team captain.[13] In September 2019, Cedevita Olimpija lost to Partizan in the 2019 ABA Supercup final.[14]

IdentityEdit

The main colors of Cedevita Olimpija are green and orange. Those two colors are the main colors of the club founders. Green has been used by Olimpija, while orange was used by Cedevita. The crest is the green Ljubljana Dragon, white framed, on the right next to a capital letter 'C' in orange color and white frame, which stands for Cedevita. In addition, the whole crest is framed with green color.

Home arenaEdit

Cedevita Olimpija play their home games at the Stožice Arena, often referred to as Zmajevo gnezdo (Dragon's Nest) in Slovenian media.[15][16] The arena is located in the Bežigrad District of Ljubljana and owned by the City of Ljubljana. The arena was built in 2010 in fourteen months and is a part of the Stožice sports complex. It has a seating capacity of 12,480.[17]

Occasionally Cedevita Olimpija play their games at the Tivoli Hall, which has a capacity of 4,500.[18]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

 
First and current team captain Jaka Blažič

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

Cedevita Olimpija roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
G/F 11   Blažič, Jaka (C) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 27 – (1992-12-27)27 December 1992
G/F 15   Brown, Rion 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 29 – (1991-03-09)9 March 1991
C 27   Dimec, Žiga 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 27 – (1993-02-20)20 February 1993
PG 7   Duščak, Dan 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 18 – (2002-07-02)2 July 2002
SF 20   Hodžić, Alen 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 28 – (1992-08-11)11 August 1992
PF 5   Hopkins, Mikael 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 27 – (1993-06-23)23 June 1993
PF/C 21   Jones, Jarrod 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 30 – (1990-05-27)27 May 1990
C 29   Marinković, Ivan 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 26 – (1993-11-27)27 November 1993
C 9   Mathiang, Mangok   2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 28 – (1992-10-08)8 October 1992
SF 8   Murić, Edo 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 28 – (1991-11-27)27 November 1991
G 3   Perry, Kendrick 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 27 – (1992-12-23)23 December 1992
SF 1   Radović, Rok 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 19 – (2001-02-04)4 February 2001
F 23   Ščuka, Luka 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 18 – (2002-05-23)23 May 2002
PG 10   Ukić, Roko Leni 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 35 – (1984-12-05)5 December 1984
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  •   Filip Ujaković
Physiotherapist(s)
  •   Rok Žagar
  •   Borut Černilogar
Team manager
  •   Matko Jovanović

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: October 22, 2020

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Ivan Marinković Žiga Dimec Mangok Mathiang
PF Mikael Hopkins Jarrod Jones Luka Ščuka
SF Edo Murić Rion Brown Rok Radović
SG Jaka Blažič Alen Hodžić
PG Kendrick Perry Roko Leni Ukić Dan Duščak

Retired numbersEdit

Cedevita Olimpija retired numbers
No. Nat. Player Position Tenure Ceremony date
12   Marko Milič PF 1994–1997, 1999–2000, 2006–2007, 2007–2009OL 28 October 2015
13   Ivo Daneu PG/SG 1956–1970OL 7 November 2007
Notes

Notable former playersEdit

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

Head coachesEdit

Trophies and awardsEdit

Trophies wonEdit

Inherited trophiesEdit

After Olimpija Ljubljana and Cedevita Zagreb merged into Cedevita Olimpija, the newly-formed club obtained the right to the trophies of the two predecessors clubs.[19][20]

Honours No. Years
National league – 28
Yugoslav League (1946–1991)OL Winners 6 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1969–70
Slovenian League (1991–2019)OL 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
Croatian League (1991–2019)CZ Winners 5 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
National cup – 27
Slovenian Cup (1991–2019)OL Winners 20 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017
Croatian Cup (1991–2019)CZ Winners 7 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
National supercup – 10
Slovenian Supercup (2003–2019)OL Winners 8 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2017
Croatian Supercup (2011–2015)CZ Winners 2 2011, 2015
Regional competitions – 4
Adriatic League (2001–2019)OL Winners 1 2001–02
Central European League (1992–1994)OL Winners 2 1992–93, 1993–94
Adriatic Super Cup (2017–2018)CZ Winners 1 2017
European competitions – 1
FIBA Saporta Cup (1966–2002)OL Winners 1 1993–94
Notes

ManagementEdit

Source: [21][22][23]

ReferencesEdit

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