KK Crvena zvezda

Košarkaški klub Crvena zvezda (Serbian Cyrillic: Кошаркашки клуб Црвена звезда, English: Red Star Basketball Club), commonly referred to as KK Crvena zvezda mts for sponsorship reasons or simply Crvena zvezda, is a men's professional basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia, the major part of the Red Star multi-sports club. The club is a founding member and shareholder of the Adriatic Basketball Association,[4] and competes in the Serbian League (KLS), the ABA League, and the top-tier Europe-wide EuroLeague. Crvena zvezda mts use Aleksandar Nikolić Hall for most of their home games.

Crvena zvezda mts
2020–21 KK Crvena zvezda season
Crvena zvezda mts logo
NicknameCrveno-beli (The Red-Whites)
LeaguesSerbian League
ABA League
EuroLeague
Founded4 March 1945; 75 years ago (1945-03-04)
HistoryKK Crvena zvezda
(1945–present)
ArenaAleksandar Nikolić Hall
Štark Arena
Capacity8,000[1]
18,386[2]
LocationBelgrade, Serbia
Team colorsRed, white
         
Main sponsorMobile Telephony of Serbia
PresidentNebojša Čović
General managerFilip Sunturlić
Team managerNebojša Ilić
Head coachSaša Obradović
Team captainBranko Lazić
Affiliation(s)Youth team
FMP (2013–present)
Championships1 Saporta Cup
4 ABA League
1 ABA League Supercup
20 National Championships
9 National Cups
1 National Supercup[3]
Retired numbers1 (8)
Websitekkcrvenazvezda.rs

Crvena zvezda is regarded as one of the most successful clubs in Serbia history; their squads have won 20 National League championships, including in 10-in-a-row and current 5-in-a-row sequences. They have played in three different National Leagues since 1945, including the Yugoslav First Federal League (1945–1992), the First League of Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006) and the Serbian League (2006 onward). They have also won 9 National Cup titles, 4 Adriatic League Championships, one Adriatic Supercup, and one FIBA Saporta Cup. The club plays domestic home matches in the Aleksandar Nikolić Hall. Zvezda's supporters are known as Delije.

The Zvezda's rise to dominance began in their inaugural season by winning the 1946 Yugoslav Championship. FIBA Hall of Famer player-coach Nebojša Popović and Aleksandar Gec, along with a talented supporting cast of future Hall of Famers Aleksandar Nikolić and Borislav Stanković, would lead Crvena zvezda into the greatest period in club history, winning ten consecutive Yugoslav championships in as many seasons throughout the 1940s and early 1950s. After the retirement of Popović in 1956, the Zvezda entered a period of rebuilding. Led by forward Vladimir Cvetković and future FIBA Hall of Fame point guard Zoran Slavnić, the Zvezda returned to championship caliber, winning two Yugoslav championships in 1969 and 1972. Crvena zvezda won the only European-wide competition in club history, the FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup in 1974. The club struggled throughout the 1980s with a talented cast led by point guard Zoran Radović and FIBA Hall of Fame coach Ranko Žeravica.

The Zvezda again returned to dominance in the 1990s following the dissolution of Yugoslavia and joining the league with Serbian and Montenegrin clubs. Led by guard Saša Obradović, Crvena zvezda won the 1993 and 1994 championships. The club also won one more title in 1998. After winning 15 championships throughout the 20th century, the Zvezda, now competing in the Adriatic and the Serbian League, after struggling through the 2000s, rose again to dominance in the late 2010s. The Crvena zvezda squads won five consecutive Serbian championships (2015–2019) and four Adriatic championships in the same five-year span.

The Zvezda has a notable rivalry with Partizan, who have won 21 National League championships. The rivalry started immediately after the creation of the two clubs in 1945 and the two clubs have been dominant in domestic basketball since then. The Partizan legends and future Hall of Fame players Dražen Dalipagić and Vlade Divac had their stints with the Zvezda in the 1990s.

HistoryEdit

1945–1968: Early years and ten consecutive championship titlesEdit

The club was founded on March 4, 1945, as a basketball section of the Crvena zvezda Sports Society. By winning the first of ten consecutive championship titles after the Second World War, the golden age of Crvena zvezda began.[5] No domestic national selection could be imagined without seven or eight Zvezda's players and the first five featured Nebojša Popović, Tullio Rochlitzer, Aleksandar Gec, Ladislav Demšar, and Srđan Kalember. They first played in an open-air court at the Kalemegdan fortress.

1968–1972: Return to successEdit

That long-awaited eleventh title was won in the 1968–69 season, when Crvena zvezda won all six games against Jugoplastika, Zadar and Partizan, therefore proving to be better than all three fierce rivals. Led by Vladimir Cvetković, the title was won by Dragan Kapičić, Zoran Lazarević, Ivan Sarjanović, Ljubodrag Simonović, Srđan Skulić, Zoran Slavnić, Tihomir Pavlović, Nemanja Đurić, Miroslav Todosijević, Dragiša Vučinić and Dubravko Kapetanović. At that time, they were the youngest championship-winning team in Yugoslavian basketball. The twelfth title was won in the 1971–72 season. In the 1970s the club won the Yugoslav Cup three times, and most of the work in those years was done by Slavnić, Simonović, Kapičić, Vučinić, and Živković. This generation of players won two national championships and three national cups.

1972–1990: Continental competitionsEdit

Crvena zvezda also had significant international success, having played in five continental cup finals so far. They lost the first European Cup Winners' Cup finals to Italian powerhouse Simmenthal Milano in 1972 by a score of 70–74. Then, in 1974, they defeated Spartak ZJŠ Brno from Czechoslovakia by a score of 86–75.[6] This team's third finals in the European Cup Winners' Cup were lost to Spartak Leningrad by a score of 62–63 in 1975. In the club's first Korać Cup finals, in Paris in 1984, the French Orthez won by a score of 97–73. In the Korać Cup second finals in 1998, Zvezda played two matches with Rielo Mash Verona from Italy; they won the away match, 74–68, but lost at home, 64–73. With the total score being 138–141, they did not win the trophy.

1990–2002: Another comebackEdit

The 1990s started promisingly. Throughout the 1991–92 season, which was the last one in Yugoslavia, Crvena zvezda played some inspired basketball, reaching the play-off finals versus arch-rival Partizan that coached by Željko Obradović won the EuroLeague that season. In a twist of fate, Crvena zvezda was led that season by the legendary Partizan coach Duško Vujošević. Though they lost the finals series, the young Crveno-beli team showed plenty of promise. The thirteenth championship title was won after a gap of no less than 21 years, in 1993. In the fifth match of the play-off finals, Crvena zvezda beat fierce rivals and Pionir Hall co-tenants Partizan. The players who won that championship title are: Saša Obradović, Nebojša Ilić, Zoran Jovanović, Mile Marinković, Nikola Jovanović, Mileta Lisica, Dejan Tomašević, Dragoljub Vidačić, Aleksandar Trifunović, Rastko Cvetković, Slobodan Kaličanin, Predrag Stojaković and Srđan Jovanović. In the next season, Crvena zvezda won its fourteenth national championship title. In the play-off finals, Partizan was beaten by 4–1 overall. The Zvezda won the championship for the fifteenth time in 1998. The main star of that team was without any doubt Yugoslavian national team power forward Milenko Topić, and other influential players were Igor Rakočević, Oliver Popović, and Zlatko Bolić.

2002–2011: "European Red Star" project, strugglesEdit

In the early part of 2002, the club got complete new management. Individuals from the political and business milieu close to ruling Democratic Party, such as Živorad Anđelković, Goran Vesić, and Igor Žeželj, took over key positions in the club.

From summer 2002 onward, the project called Evropska Zvezda (The European Red Star) was thought up in order to slowly and methodically return the club on the path of its former glory by achieving results that would see the club play EuroLeague again. To that end, new management hired Slovenian coach Zmago Sagadin who became the Zvezda's organizational centerpiece. In his first season, Sagadin did not actually coach the team (the formal head coach role was given to Aleksandar Trifunović), but he did make all the important personnel decisions from the role of a sporting director. Under Sagadin's guidance, Crvena zvezda entered the Adriatic League (a privately owned regional competition in which he holds ownership stake) for the 2002–03 season. In August 2003, ahead of the 2003–04 season, Sagadin took over the coaching duties formally as well. Despite all the efforts, the club did not manage to win any major trophies in this period, and in November 2004 Sagadin got fired.

In the next couple of years the club struggled to get back on a winning streak, and only managed to win the 2004 and 2006 national cup (Radivoj Korać Cup) finals. The first of them was held in Novi Sad, where Crvena zvezda beat the National Champion Partizan, then the host Vojvodina and, finally, FMP Železnik. All three matches were won in overtime, which is something to remember, especially when it is known that those matches were played without some of the best players, including the team captain Igor Rakočević who missed the final match. Besides Rakočević, the cup was won by Goran Jeretin, Vuk Radivojević, Milan Dozet, Miloš Mirković, Norman Richardson, Milko Bjelica, Aleksandar Đurić, Vladislav Dragojlović, Luka Bogdanović, Čedomir Vitkovac and Aleksej Nešović. The 2006 cup was won in Belgrade when Crvena zvezda won superiorly against Hemofarm Vršac by 80–65. The team was coached by Dragan Šakota and featured the likes of Goran Jeretin, Milan Gurović, Gerrod Henderson, Miroslav Raičević, Larry O'Bannon, Igor Milošević, Vujadin Subotić, Nenad Mišanović, Vladislav Dragojlović, Čedomir Vitkovac, Vuk Radivojević and Pero Antić.

With the failure of the project "European Red Star" in 2008, Slobodan Vučićević became the president of Crvena zvezda and brought new life into the club. Svetislav Pešić became the head coach, and a new team was assembled, including some notable players such as Nemanja Bjelica, Marko Kešelj, Vladimir Štimac, Andre Owens, Lawrence Roberts but the club failed to win a trophy that year, and at the end of the season, both Slobodan Vučićević and Svetislav Pešić left the club.

In the following two seasons, the club experienced a decline and financial problems, which culminated in the 2010–11 season when the club had a budget of only 500.000 euros. Crvena zvezda finished 13th in the Adriatic League, and 5th in the Serbian league, failing to qualify for the Adriatic League the following season.

2011–2017: New era of success and Radonjić's titlesEdit

A huge debt of 15 million euros threatened the very existence of the club.[7] The club was saved from bankruptcy when Nebojša Čović became president of KK Crvena Zvezda.[8] He prepared a plan for financial reorganization. In the first year of his presidency, Svetislav Pešić became a head coach for the second time.[9] Even though the season was without success in the Adriatic League, Pesic managed to bring his team to the finals, eventually losing to a much stronger Partizan team 3–1 in the series. Pesic left the club at the end of the season, and his assistant Milivoje Lazić became the new head coach.[10] Crvena zvezda had big ambitions for the 2012–13 season, bringing back Igor Rakočević for the 3rd time, and signing players such as DeMarcus Nelson, Elton Brown, Boris Savović. But Lazić was fired after only 2 games in the season after losing the games against KK Zadar and KK Split, and Vlada Vukoičić was brought in to replace him.[11] Vukoicic managed to win the Serbian cup and managed to advance to the Last 16 EuroCup stage, but he was sacked as well after a very bad start in the domestic league. Dejan Radonjić replaced him,[12] but he was unable to win the Adriatic League and the Serbian League, losing to Partizan in both finals.

The season of 2013–14 was a historic one for the club, as Crvena zvezda was back in the EuroLeague after 15 years. The club had a very successful season in the European competitions, led by the new signings Charles Jenkins, Blake Schilb, Jaka Blažič and Boban Marjanović and had a record of 4–6 in the group stage of the EuroLeague. This wasn't enough to advance to the knockout phase, but the team did reach the semifinals of the EuroCup. Crvena zvezda was eventually eliminated in the semifinals of the Adriatic league, losing to Cibona, and failed to win the domestic title yet again, losing to Partizan in a series which will be remembered more by incidents and a brawl in game 1.[13]

 
Team for the 2014–15 season

In the summer of 2014, Crvena zvezda signed Nikola Kalinić[14] and Stefan Jović[15] from Radnički Kragujevac, NBA prospect Nemanja Dangubić,[16] center Maik Zirbes[17] and finalized a huge signing of point guard Marcus Williams.[18] In season 2014–15, the club participated in EuroLeague,[19] winning 6 out of 10 games in regular season, reaching Top 16 and seeing its average home attendance rising to 14483.[20] In the Adriatic league, it set a new record of 20 consecutive victories,[21] ending league competition with score 24–2, losing only to Krka and Partizan. In the playoffs, Zvezda triumphed over Partizan 3–1 in the semifinals,[22] and 3–1 over Cedevita Zagreb in the finals,[23] winning its first trophy in this competition and securing a place in Euroleague in the 2015–2016 season. Zvezda also won Radivoj Korać Cup for the third time in a row.[24] In Basketball League of Serbia, Zvezda entered playoffs with 13 wins and only one lost game. In the semifinals, it defeated Mega Leks 2–0, and in the final triumph over great rival Partizan, 3–0.[25]

The team started preparing for the 2015–16 season by re-signing coach Radonjić[26] and guard Branko Lazić[27] for two years each. Team captain Luka Mitrović extended his contract until summer 2017. Williams, Marjanović, Kalinić, Jenkins, and Blažič left the club, and the roster was reinforced by Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Stefan Nastić, Ryan Thompson and Gal Mekel. From its development team FMP, Zvezda promoted MVP of 2015 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, Marko Gudurić. The first part of the season was marked by mixed results and a lot of squad changes. Due to serious injuries of Mitrović and Dangubić, the club brought back Marko Simonović, and later on, landed Quincy Miller. Out-of-form Schortsanitis and Mekel were replaced by Vladimir Štimac and returning Marcus Williams. Mid-season, the club also released Williams and Thompson, replacing them with Vasilije Micić and Tarence Kinsey. Results improved, and Crvena zvezda ended group stage of EuroLeague with a 5–5 score, reaching the third place of Group A, qualifying for Top 16 stage.[28] Successful European season continued as Zvezda ended fourth in Top 16 Group E, with a score of 7 wins and seven losses.[29] In the playoffs, it was stopped by CSKA Moscow, who eventually went on to lift EuroLeague trophy. In ABA league, Zvezda entered playoffs from the second position, facing another EuroLeague team – Cedevita – and, defeating them twice, advanced to final series.[30] In the finals, Zvezda pulled a 3–0 against Mega Leks, defending the ABA league title. Zvezda ended another spectacular season by defending the Serbian league title beating Partizan 3–1 in the finals.[31]

The 2016–17 season saw the Zvezda parting ways with its two-star players, Zirbes and Miller, as well as Kinsey, Štimac and Micić. During the pre-season, the club signed Ognjen Kuzmić,[32] Milko Bjelica[33] and Charles Jenkins,[34] brought talented Petar Rakićević[35] and promoted Ognjen Dobrić from its development team.[36] When the season already began, the club brought on Nate Wolters who was waived by Detroit Pistons.[37] Squad was finally completed mid-season, with the addition of Deon Thompson to the roster.[38] Building on previous years tactics, Zvezda's trademark became its strong, aggressive defense, pressure on the ball, intercepting passes, steals and resulting fast breaks.[39][40] In January 2017, coach Dejan Radonjić achieved his 200th victory leading Zvezda.[41] He also brought another Radivoj Korać Cup to the team.[42] Zvezda has ended the regular ABA league season with 25 wins on their record while losing only once, which was the best regular-season record made by any team in the history of the regional competition so far.[43] Team narrowly stayed out of Top 8, ending up on 9th place, having the same number of victories as 8th placed Darussafaka, but having worse head-to-head record. However, it decisively defended ABA league trophy, defeating Budućnost (2-1) and Cedevita (3-0) on its way.[44] In the domestic championship, Zvezda ended league part with the score of 13–1, defeated Mega Leks (2-0) and FMP (3-0) in the playoffs, and lifted another trophy.

2017–present: After coach RadonjićEdit

 
2017–18 roster

During the summer of 2017, the head coach Radonjić didn't sign a new contract, and the club parted ways with no less than eleven players, including key figures in the last couple of years such as Simonović, captain Mitrović, Jenkins, Jović, Kuzmić, and Gudurić. Young prospect Dušan Alimpijević was named as the head coach.[45][46] Depleted roster was reinforced by James Feldeine and Taylor Rochestie, veterans Pero Antić and Marko Kešelj and a quartet of young players: Mathias Lessort, Nikola Radičević, Stefan Janković and Nikola Jovanović. Zvezda also brought in Dragan Apić, Dejan Davidovac and Stefan Lazarević from its development team FMP. Half of the rebuilt team hasn't previously played a single game in EuroLeague. Breaking with defense-oriented philosophy of Radonjić era, the staple of the Zvezda's game became 3 point shot. In December 2017, the roster was further strengthened with combo guard Dylan Ennis, while Apić and Lazarević got loaned back to FMP.[47] The last player to arrive was Slovenian national team center Alen Omić,[48] while underperforming Radičević parted ways with the club. Zvezda finished first in the regular part of ABA League, having 19 wins and 3 losses, and reached finals by defeating Mornar 2–1 in series, but lost 3–1 in final series to Budućnost. The defeat meant that the club will not participate in EuroLeague next year, which triggered downsizing. Management terminated contract with Dylan Ennis and Milko Bjelica, and reinforced squad with Filip Čović and young prospect Aleksa Radanov from FMP.[49] Poor start in domestic KLS forced coach Alimpijević to resign, and his assistant Milenko Topić took over as interim head coach. The modified team managed to win the Superleague title, beating FMP in the finals, but the season was generally deemed to be unsuccessful due to failure to secure a spot in Euroleague.

 
Players celebrating the 2018–19 ABA League title

Squad rebuilding prior to the 2018–19 season started with signing Milan Tomić as a head coach. Soon to follow were the players Billy Baron, Michael Ojo and two centers from Radonjić era: Maik Zirbes and Dušan Ristić. The Zvezda also added experienced Stratos Perperoglou and Mouhammad Faye, as well as point guard Joe Ragland. The last one to sign was combo guard Nemanja Nenadić from the development team FMP. Zvezda started season well, convincingly winning ABA League Super Cup tournament by beating last season champion Budućnost in the final game.[50] Tomić struck a great balance between hard defense and versatile offense, causing team to grab the first spot at the beginning of ABA League, as well as EuroCup Group A. Bad streak in the EuroCup during November, caused Zvezda to finish the group phase on the third spot, which was still good enough for it to advance to the next stage. In the ABA League, the Zvezda ended the first part of the season with 11–0, having defeated every opponent in the league. Zvezda ended the 2018-19 EuroCup season in Top 16 stage, reaching third out of four places in group G. Mid-February roster was strengthened by signing experienced guard K. C. Rivers.[51] Zvezda entered ABA playoffs from the first position, having 21 win and one loss. In semifinals, Zvezda eliminated Partizan 2-1 despite losing starting playmaker Ragland at the beginning of match one due to a knee injury. In the finals, Zvezda clashed with last year's champions KK Budućnost and defeated them 3–2 in series,[52] despite playing without injured Perperoglou in the last three matches.[53] In the Serbian Super League, the Zvezda won all 10 league games, downed Mega Bemax in playoffs semifinals 2–0, and triumphed over Partizan in final series 3–1.[54]

 
Home game in the 2019–20 season

Prior to the 2019–20 season, the club extended contracts with Baron, Čović, Dobrić, Faye, Lazić, Boriša Simanić, and Perperoglou, brought back Jenkins and Kuzmić, as well as signed Derrick Brown, James Gist and Lorenzo Brown.[55][56][57] Zvezda entered season poorly, getting relegated from ABA Supercup in the first match, losing 2 out of 3 games in ABA and having the same score in Euroleague. Coach Milan Tomić resigned less than a month after the season kicked off,[58] leaving assistant Andrija Gavrilović, who never held a head coach position before, as an interim solution. Gavrilović failed to make any notable progress, which added to the bad atmosphere around the club. Upset by his poor performances, Zvezda fans started booing Filip Čović.[59][60] Club management reacted at the end of December, hiring Dragan Šakota as a coach and reinforcing squad with Vladimir Štimac and Kevin Punter. Derrick Brown and Mo Faye agreed with the club to terminate their contracts in January. Mid-February Zvezda transferred Čović and Kuzmić to FMP, bringing in Kalin Lucas instead. An outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic brought EuroLeague and ABA seasons to a standstill mid-March. At that point, the Zvezda held 3rd position in ABA with one round left to be played, and the 14th position in EuroLeague, with six rounds remaining. Both competitions ended without a champion, and EuroLeague decided to stick with the same clubs in the next season.

The Zvezda entered the 2020–21 season hiring club's legend Saša Obradović as the new head coach.[61] The club started building the new squad by signing Landry Nnoko,[62] Jordan Loyd,[63] Corey Walden[64] and Langston Hall.[65] Aleksa Radanov, Aleksa Uskoković and Duop Reath got promoted from the development team.

RivalriesEdit

PartizanEdit

The rivalry between Crvena zvezda and Partizan involves the two biggest and most storied basketball clubs in Serbia.

The two Belgrade-based clubs have won the two highest numbers of national titles in Serbia: Partizan has won 21, and Crvena zvezda has won 20. Together, they account for 17 of the 48 national titles in Yugoslavia (1945–1992), 11 of 14 national titles in Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006), and all national titles in Serbia (2006 onwards). Also, the two clubs have won the two highest numbers of championships in the Adriatic League. Together, they account for 10 of 18 championships.

IdentityEdit

The main colors of Crvena zvezda, since its foundation, are red and white. The crest is a red five-pointed star, white and gold framed, on a red-white shield. In addition, the whole crest is framed with gold color. There are two golden stars on the top of their emblem, symbolizing the 20 national titles won. The typical kit of the team is a shirt with red and white vertical stripes and red or white shorts. Crvena zvezda used also as away kit or third kit, an all-blue jersey, but very rarely, so that the club used all the colors of the Serbian flag.

Sponsors and ManufacturersEdit

Since 1979, Crvena zvezda has a specific kit manufacturer and a kit sponsor. The following table details the shirt sponsors and kit suppliers by year:

Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor
1979–1982 Sport
1982–1985 Speedo
1986–1990 Sport
1990–1992 Dribling
1992–1993 Reebok
1993–1995 ASICS
1995–2000 Nike
2000–2003 Rang
2003–2004 AND1 Beopetrol
2004–2006 Aqua Viva
2006–2008 Telekom Srbija
2008–2009 Cockta
2009–2010 Banca Intesa
Dijamant
2010–2011 Anta
2011–2013 Adidas LUKOIL
2013–2016 Champion Telekom Srbija
2016–2017 mts
2017–2020 Nike
2020– Adidas

Sponsorship namingEdit

Crvena zvezda has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Crvena zvezda Diva: 2012
  • Crvena zvezda Telekom: 2012–2016[66]
  • Crvena zvezda mts: 2016–present

Home arenasEdit

 
Crvena zvezda players practice under the command of head coach Svetislav Pešić in September 2008

Crvena zvezda plays their domestic home games at the Aleksandar Nikolić Hall, located in the Belgrade municipality of Palilula. The arena, then named Pionir Hall, was built in 1973 in eleven months, by Energoprojekt. Basketball was popular in Yugoslavia at the time, and although the Aleksandar Nikolić Hall hosted many different sports events (volleyball, handball) it became known as a basketball arena. It has a seating capacity of 8,000.[67][68][69] The Aleksandar Nikolić Hall is also the home of Zvezda's main rival Partizan.

Crvena zvezda plays their EuroLeague home matches at the Štark Arena, which has a seating capacity of 18,386 for basketball games.[70] Club holds the highest attendance records for three EuroLeague seasons: 2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17.

SupportersEdit

Delije is an umbrella name referring to the supporters of various sports clubs that compete under the Red Star Belgrade Sports Society banner. The name is derived from the Serbian word delija, meaning "brave, hero". The name Delije first began to be used by hardcore Red Star supporters during the late 1980s, with the official inauguration taking place on 7 January 1989.

PlayersEdit

The Zvezda's StarsEdit

The following players were selected as the Zvezdine zvezde (lit.transl. The Star's Stars, meaning The Stars of Red Star).

The Stars of Red Star
Nat. Player Pos. Tenure
  Aleksandar Gec G 1945–1953
  Nebojša Popović G 1945–1951
  Aleksandar Nikolić SF 1947–1949
  Borislav Stanković C 1946–1948
  Vladimir Cvetković F 1959–1972
  Zoran Slavnić PG 1967–1977
  Zoran Radović PG 1981–1990
  Saša Obradović G 1987–1993, 1994, 1999–2000

Current rosterEdit

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

Crvena zvezda mts roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G/F 7   Davidovac, Dejan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 25 – (1995-01-17)17 January 1995
G/F 13   Dobrić, Ognjen 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 25 – (1994-10-27)27 October 1994
F/C 15   Gist, James 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 33 – (1986-10-26)26 October 1986
G 1   Hall, Langston 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 28 – (1991-11-01)1 November 1991
PF 21   Jagodić-Kuridža, Marko 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 33 – (1987-05-15)15 May 1987
G/F 10   Lazić, Branko (C) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 31 – (1989-01-12)12 January 1989
SG 3   Loyd, Jordan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 27 – (1993-07-27)27 July 1993
C 35   Nnoko, Landry 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 113 kg (249 lb) 26 – (1994-04-09)9 April 1994
SG 12   Radanov, Aleksa 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 22 – (1998-02-01)1 February 1998
F/C 11   Reath, Duop 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 24 – (1996-06-26)26 June 1996
PF 28   Simanić, Boriša 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 22 – (1998-03-20)20 March 1998
SF 19   Simonović, Marko 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 34 – (1986-05-30)30 May 1986
PG 4   Uskoković, Aleksa 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 20 – (1999-08-30)30 August 1999
PG 2   Walden, Corey 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 28 – (1992-08-05)5 August 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: August 6, 2020

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Reserves
C Landry Nnoko Duop Reath
PF Boriša Simanić Marko Jagodić-Kuridža James Gist
SF Marko Simonović Branko Lazić Ognjen Dobrić
SG Jordan Loyd Dejan Davidovac Aleksa Radanov
PG Corey Walden Langston Hall Aleksa Uskoković

Squad changes for the 2020–21 seasonEdit

Players InEdit

No. Pos. Nat. Name Age Moving from Type Date Source
PF   Nikola Popović 22 Boston College   End of contract 7 June 2020 [71]
35 C   Landry Nnoko 26 Alba Berlin   End of contract 29 June 2020 [72]
3 SG   Jordan Loyd 26 Valencia Basket   End of contract 1 July 2020 [73]
2 PG   Corey Walden 27 Partizan NIS   Contract termination 2 July 2020 [74]
1 PG   Langston Hall 28 Promitheas Patras   End of contract 9 July 2020 [75]
19 SF   Marko Simonović 34 Cedevita Olimpija[a]   End of contract 13 July 2020 [76]
12 SG   Aleksa Radanov 22 FMP   Loan return 29 July 2020 [77]
4 PG   Aleksa Uskoković 20 FMP   Contract termination 30 July 2020 [78]
11 F/C   Duop Reath 24 FMP   Contract termination 1 August 2020 [79]

Players OutEdit

No. Pos. Nat. Name Age Moving to Type Date Source
5 SF   Stratos Perperoglou 35 Free agent End of contract June 2020 [80]
16 PG   Kalin Lucas 31 Free agent End of contract June 2020 [80]
50 C   Michael Ojo 27 Free agent[b] End of contract June 2020 [80]
91 C   Vladimir Štimac 32 Free agent End of contract June 2020
PF   Nikola Popović 22 FMP   Loan 7 June 2020 [83]
00 SG   Kevin Punter 26 Olimpia Milano   End of contract 18 June 2020 [84]
22 G   Charles Jenkins 31 Olympiacos   End of contract 6 July 2020 [85]
4 G   Lorenzo Brown 29 Fenerbahçe   End of contract 14 July 2020 [86]
12 G   Billy Baron 29 Zenit   End of contract 15 July 2020 [87]
9 SG   Nemanja Nenadić 26 FMP   Parted ways[c] 21 July 2020 [88]
14 C   Dušan Ristić 24 Germani Basket Brescia   Loan[d] 24 July 2020 [89]
32 F/C   Nikola Jovanović 26 Igokea   Loan 5 August 2020 [90]

Retired numbersEdit

KK Crvena zvezda retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Ref.
8   Igor Rakočević SG 1994–2000, 2003–2004, 2012–2013 [91]

Players on the NBA draftEdit

# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Position Player Year Round Pick Drafted by
SG   Igor Rakočević 2000 2nd 51st Minnesota Timberwolves
PF   Tadija Dragićević# 2008 2nd 53rd Utah Jazz, traded to Houston Rockets
PF / SF   Nemanja Bjelica 2010 2nd 35th Washington Wizards, traded to Minnesota Timberwolves
PF   Luka Mitrović# 2015 2nd 60th Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Sacramento Kings
PF   Jonah Bolden 2017 2nd 36th Philadelphia 76ers

Team captainsEdit

Second-generation playersEdit

The following is a list of father-and-son combinations who have played for Crvena zvezda.

Father Son(s) Ref.
Vladimir Cvetković Rastko Cvetković [92]
Žarko Koprivica Jovan Koprivica
Tihomir Pavlović Mirko Pavlović [93]
Goran Rakočević Igor Rakočević [92]

Head coachesEdit

 
Dejan Radonjić leads for the most games coached and the most games won.

HistoryEdit

There have been 40 head coaches in the club's history. Montenegrin coach Dejan Radonjić is the all-time leader in both regular-season games coached and wins. Nebojša Popović won 10 National Championships, while Radonjić won 3 National Cups and he is the only head coach who won multiple Cup tournaments. Radonjić and Bratislav Đorđević won both a National Championship and a National Cup. Also, Crvena zvezda won 3 Adriatic Championships under Radonjić and an ABA Supercup under Milan Tomić. Coaches Radonjić and Tomić won the Adriatic Championship and the National Championship in the same season. In the 2014–15 and 2016–17 season, coach Radonjić recorded three titles (Serbian League, Adriatic League, and Serbian Cup). Coach Aleksandar Nikolić won the only European-wide competition in the club's history, the FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup in 1974.

Nikolić and Ranko Žeravica are members of FIBA Hall of Fame as coaches, while Nikolić is a member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. American coach Tom Ludwig, hired in 1997, was the first foreign head coach, and the only non-European. Montenegrin Radonjić and Slovenian Zmago Sagadin were the other foreign head coaches. Head coaches Vladislav Lučić and Aleksandar Trifunović were hired three times.

Head coaches Popović, Aleksandar Gec, Milan Bjegojević, Đorđe Andrijašević, Nikolić, Nemanja Đurić, Strahinja Alagić, Dragiša Vučinić, Zoran Slavnić, Lučić, Stevan Karadžić, Trifunović, Milenko Topić and Saša Obradović were also Crvena zvezda's players. Popović and Vučinić were player-coaches, while Popović, Bjegojević and Topić won the National Championships both as the players and head coaches.

The four-time EuroLeague-winning head coach, Božidar Maljković was an assistant coach for Crvena zvezda in the 1980s. Further notable assistant coaches include Marin Sedlaček, Velibor Radović, and Saša Kosović.

The current head coach is Saša Obradović, a Serbian coach and former player who has been the head coach since June 2020. Coach Obradović played for the club during his playing career (1987–1993, 1999–2000) and won two National Championships as the Zvezda's player.

Notable head coachesEdit

TrophiesEdit

Total titles: 36

Honours No. Years
National league – 20
Yugoslav League (1946–1992) Winners 12 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1968–69, 1971–72
Serbia and Montenegro League (1992–2006) Winners 3 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98
Serbian League (2006–present) Winners 5 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
National cup – 9
Yugoslav Cup (1959–2002) Winners 3 1970–71, 1972–73, 1974–75
Radivoj Korać Cup (2002–present) Winners 6 2003–04, 2005–06, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
National supercup – 1
FR Yugoslavia Super Cup (1993) Winners 1 1993[94]
Regional competitions – 5
Adriatic League (2001–present) Winners 4 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19
Adriatic Super Cup (2017–present) Winners 1 2018
European competitions – 1
FIBA Saporta Cup (1966–2002) Winners 1 1973–74

Source: Crvena zvezda

Youth selectionsEdit

HistoryEdit

Some of the most notable home-grown players are Zoran Slavnić, a member of the 50 greatest players in the history of FIBA international basketball, as selected in 1991, then Igor Rakočević – the three-time EuroLeague Top Scorer, Peja Stojaković – the NBA All-Star player and FIBA EuroBasket MVP, as well as Vladimir Cvetković and Dragan Kapičić.

Further notable home-grown players include Goran Rakočević, Ivan Sarjanović, Žarko Koprivica, Slobodan Nikolić, Predrag Bogosavljev, Boban Janković, Mirko Milićević, Branislav Prelević, Aleksandar Trifunović, Nebojša Ilić, Saša Obradović, Rastko Cvetković, Nikola Jestratijević, Miloš Vujanić, Vladimir Radmanović, Milutin Aleksić, Milko Bjelica, Luka Bogdanović, Tadija Dragićević, Nemanja Nedović, and Marko Gudurić.

Aleksandar Đorđević (one of 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors), Dejan Koturović, Marko Jarić and Vladimir Micov were also members of the Crvena zvezda's youth selections but they haven't played a single game for the first team.

Current coaching staffEdit

ManagementEdit

Source[95]

The following people are the current officeholders of Crvena zvezda:

Notable playersEdit

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

1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Simonović was loaned to the Spanish club Unicaja in 2020.
  2. ^ Ojo died of heart attack on 7 August 2020.[81][82]
  3. ^ Nenadić was loaned to Mega Bemax in the 2019–20 ABA League season.
  4. ^ Ristić was loaned to Astana in the 2019–20 Kazakhstan Championship season.

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