AKK Branik Maribor

Akademski košarkarski klub Branik Maribor (English: Academic Basketball Club Branik Maribor), commonly referred to as AKK Branik Maribor or simply Branik, is a basketball team based in Maribor, Slovenia. As of the 2020–21 season, Branik competes in the Slovenian Second League, the second-tier league of Slovenian basketball.

Branik Maribor
Branik Maribor logo
LeaguesSlovenian Second League
Founded1948; 73 years ago (1948)
(as KK Polet)
2001; 20 years ago (2001)
(as ŠD Primorac)
ArenaLjudski vrt Sports Hall
(Capacity: 2,100)
LocationMaribor, Slovenia
Team colorsWhite, Purple
   
PresidentRobert Karlo
Head coachAleksandar Ćikić
WebsiteOfficial website
Sports departments of Branik
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Football
(active)
Football
(defunct)
Basketball
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Handball Volleyball Water polo

The club was originally formed in 1948 as a basketball section of SŠD Polet. Branik folded in 2005 because of financial difficulties. A new club called ŠD Primorac was founded in 2001 and joined the Branik Sports Association in 2008. The club regard themselves as the continuation of the 2005 dissolved team.

HistoryEdit

1948–2005Edit

The club was formed in 1948 as a basketball section of SŠD Polet.[1] In 1950, Polet renamed as Branik and won its first Slovenian republic title in 1952 after defeating Krim in the final.[2] In 1966, the club left the Branik Sports Association and renamed as KK Maribor 66.[2] Under that name, they played in the Yugoslav First Federal Basketball League in the 1969–70 season.[3] The club then competed as KK Marles due to the sponsorship agreement, while the Branik Sports Association formed its own team to compete in lower ranks. After Marles relegated to the republic level (third tier in Yugoslavia), both teams merged back in 1975 under the name Branik.[2] In 1987, the club merged with city rivals ŽKK Maribor to form KK Maribor 87 as a new city team.[3] The latter played in the Yugoslav 1. B League, but after Slovenia's independence in 1991 it disintegrated back to ŽKK and Branik.[2] Branik took Maribor 87's place in the Slovenian top division and played there until 2000. All teams based in Maribor, including Branik, folded in 2005.[3]

2008–presentEdit

ŠD Primorac Basketball School, formed in 2001, joined the Branik Sports Association in 2008 and renamed as AKK Branik in 2011.[1] The team has qualified for the Slovenian Second League in the 2007–08 season. Branik was relegated back to the third division after finishing in the last, 13th place in the 2012–13 season. After KK Maribor went bankrupt in 2015 and Branik became the only remaining basketball team in the city, the Basketball Federation of Slovenia invited them to compete in the Slovenian Second League for the 2015–16 season.[4]

ArenaEdit

The team's home arena is Ljudski vrt Sports Hall in Maribor with a capacity of 2,100.[5]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season League Position Season League Position
1949 Slovenian League 5th 1969* Yugoslav Second League West 1st
1950 Slovenian League 2nd 1970* Yugoslav First Federal League 12th
1951 Slovenian League 2nd 1970* Yugoslav Second League West 6th
1952 Slovenian League 1st 1971* Yugoslav Second League West 12th
1953 Slovenian League ? 1972 Slovenian League 12th
1954 Slovenian League 2nd 1973 Slovenian League 8th
1955 Slovenian League 1st 1974 Slovenian League 8th
1956 Slovenian League 2nd 1975 Slovenian League 4th
1957 Slovenian League 5th 1976 Slovenian League 7th
1958 Slovenian League 6th 1977 Slovenian League 6th
1959 Slovenian League 5th 1978 Slovenian League 1st
1960 Slovenian League 6th 1979 Slovenian League 2nd
1961 Slovenian League 4th 1980 Slovenian League 1st
1962 Slovenian League 3rd 1981 Yugoslav Second League West 12th
1963 Slovenian League 5th 1982 Slovenian League 3rd
1964 Slovenian League 5th 1983 Slovenian League 7th
1965 Slovenian League 1st 1984 Slovenian League 3rd
1966* Slovenian League 3rd 1985 Slovenian League 6th
1967* Slovenian League 5th 1986 Slovenian League 7th
1968* Yugoslav Second League West 1st 1987 Slovenian League 2nd
  • As Maribor 66

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). AKK Branik Maribor. Archived from the original on 31 December 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Studia Historica Slovenica (2003). "Maribor skozi čas II". issuu.com (in Slovenian). Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Lopatič, Jaka (14 December 2013). ""Maribor bi lahko bil najboljše košarkarsko mesto, če ne bi skozi tekla Drava"" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Mariborska košarka pred novimi izzivi" [Maribor basketball faces new challenges]. Ekipa24 (in Slovenian). 18 September 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Športna dvorana Lukna" [Lukna Sports Hall]. maribor.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 27 June 2014.

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