KK Koper Primorska

Košarkarski klub Koper Primorska (English: Koper Primorska Basketball Club), commonly referred to as KK Koper Primorska, was a men's professional basketball club based in Koper, Slovenia. The club was formed by the merger of KOŠ Koper and KK Lastovka in 2016, and was disbanded in 2020 due to financial problems.[1]

Koper Primorska
Koper Primorska logo
NicknameTigri (The Tigers)
LeaguesSlovenian League
Founded2016; 5 years ago (2016)
FoldedDecember 2020; 1 year ago (2020-12)
HistoryKK Sixt Primorska
2016–2019
KK Koper Primorska
2019–2020
ArenaArena Bonifika
Capacity3,000
LocationKoper, Slovenia
Team colorsYellow, Blue
   
Championships1 Slovenian League
3 Slovenian Cups
2 Slovenian Supercups
1 ABA Second Division

Primorska became the Slovenian champions in 2019, and also won the Slovenian Cup three times in a row between 2018 and 2020.

HistoryEdit

KK Primorska was founded in 2016 by the merger of KK Lastovka and ŠD Koš Koper.[2] The team finished in seventh place in its debut season in the Slovenian national league.[3]

In its second season, Sixt Primorska competed in the second-level regional league, ABA League Second Division, where they lost in the final against KK Krka.[4] During the 2018–19 season, Sixt Primorska won a historic "quadruple" after winning in all four competitions in which they played (national league, domestic cup, domestic supercup, and ABA League Second Division).[5] As a result, they earned a place in the ABA League First Division for the 2019–20 season.[6] Before the 2019–20 season, the club changed its name to Koper Primorska.[7]

In December 2019 it was reported that the club became financially unstable, and that several players, including head coach Jurica Golemac, have left the club.[8][9] Despite this, the club still managed to win their third consecutive domestic cup title in February 2020 with a win over Cedevita Olimpija.[10] After the season, which ended early because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the club did not obtain a licence for the national top division, issued by the Basketball Federation of Slovenia.[11] However, in late June 2020, the licence was granted after a successful appeal.[12]

On 7 September 2020, Primorska withdrew from the 2020 Slovenian Supercup due to roster problems.[13] In the same month, the club reportedly withdrew from the ABA League due to serious financial difficulties.[14] On 14 September, however, the club officially announced that they had found new partners and would play in the ABA League and the Slovenian top division.[15]

In November 2020, the club became a shareholder of the Adriatic Basketball Association, following a transfer of shares from MZT Skopje.[16] However, in December 2020, Primorska was disqualified from the ABA League after failing to play two consecutive games due to financial problems.[17] Later that month, the club also withdrew from the national league and was disbanded.[18][19]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Domestic cup ABA League Other competitions
2016–17 1 1. SKL 7th Quarterfinals Alpe Adria Cup QF
2017–18 1 1. SKL 3rd Winners Second Division RU
2018–19 1 1. SKL 1st Winners Second Division W Slovenian Supercup W
2019–20 1 1. SKL Cn. Winners First Division Cn. Slovenian Supercup W
ABA Supercup SF
2020–21 1 1. SKL Withdrew First Division DQ

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pavčnik, Martin (23 December 2020). "Konec je: žalosten epilog športne zgodbe" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Koprska košarka v letošnji sezoni odpira novo poglavje". Radio Koper (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Zaključni bilten – tekmovalna sezona 2016/2017" (PDF). kzs.si (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  4. ^ Sportal (4 April 2018). "Dolenjsko slavje: Krka se vrača med elito" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  5. ^ Jamnik, Tilen (16 December 2019). "Golemac o krizi Primorske: Res ne vem, kaj bo prinesel naslednji teden" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  6. ^ A. G. (15 July 2019). "Sixt Primorska bo debitirala v Ligi ABA proti Crveni zvezdi" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  7. ^ T. J. (19 August 2019). "Državni prvaki zadržali vse nosilce in pripeljali štiri okrepitve" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Finančni zlom Kopra Primorske prišel na plan na Polzeli". Dnevnik (in Slovenian). 17 December 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  9. ^ Pavčnik, Martin (23 December 2019). "Poraz Primorske v senci novih odhodov" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  10. ^ Čepar, Primož (17 February 2020). "Koprčani še tretjič zapored pokalni prvaki". Radio Koper (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  11. ^ Brozovič, Eduardo (4 June 2020). "Koper Primorska brez licence KZS". Delo (in Slovenian). Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  12. ^ M. R. (30 June 2020). "Koper Primorska na podlagi dodatnih dokazil le do licence" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Na Superpokalu Krka namesto Kopra Primorske". kzs.si (in Slovenian). Basketball Federation of Slovenia. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Koper Primorska reportedly out of ABA Liga". eurobasket.com. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  15. ^ Terzič, Gregor (14 September 2020). "Zasuk: Primorska rešena". Dnevnik (in Slovenian). Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  16. ^ "FMP i dalje sporan". Dnevni list Danas (in Serbian). 12 November 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  17. ^ Maver, Rok (17 December 2020). "Koper Primorska izključena iz lige Aba". Primorske novice (in Slovenian). Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  18. ^ S. J. (23 December 2020). "Koper izstopil tudi iz domačih tekmovanj" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  19. ^ Jamnik, Tilen (25 December 2020). "Žakelj ob koncu Primorske: Na tak način ni moglo več iti" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 25 December 2020.

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