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Košarkaški klub Radnički (Serbian Cyrillic: Кошаркашки клуб Раднички), commonly referred to as KK Radnički Kragujevac, was a men's professional basketball club based in Kragujevac, Serbia. The club was founded in Vršac in 1994, and was later relocated to Kragujevac.

Radnički
Radnički logo
NicknameThe Devils
Founded1994
Dissolved2014
HistoryKK Kondivik, Vršac
(1994–2001)
KK Lions, Vršac
(2001–2004)
KK Swisslion Takovo, Vršac
(2004–2009)
KK Radnički, Kragujevac
(2009–2014)
ArenaJezero Hall, Kragujevac
Capacity5,320[1]
LocationVršac, Serbia
(1994–2009)
Kragujevac, Serbia
(2009–2014)
Team colorsRed and White
         
Websitekkradnicki.rs
Uniforms

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HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

The club was founded on 4 April 1994 in Vršac as KK Kondivik. It began at the very bottom, competing in the lowest level of basketball pyramid in FR Yugoslavia at the time.

Swisslion TakovoEdit

In 2001, after gaining promotion to the First Serbian league (third-tier competition in the country), along with securing a sponsorship from the Swisslion Takovo confectionery company, Kondivik changed its name to KK Lions. Under that name the greatest progress in club's history began, achieving promotion in three competition ranks in the period of three years.

In 2004 the club placed first in the league and changed the name again this time to KK Swisslion Takovo. After the same season, after the reorganization of the league loses the first league status which returns already in 2006.

In the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons the club won top spot in the basketball league of Serbia in superior fashion, thus gaining a spot in the Superliga as well as the national cup (Kup Radivoja Koraća) finals.

Radnički KragujevacEdit

After winning the qualification playoff series over KK Vojvodina 3–0, the club got a spot in the Adriatic League. KK Swisslion Takovo was supposed to move from Vršac to Gornji Milanovac.[2] However, the club's longtime sponsor, Swisslion Takovo company withdrew their investment in the club before the start of the debut season in the Adriatic League. According to the word of that time president of ABA league, Gornji Milanovac does not meet the requirements in the field of hotel accommodation (because the main hotel bankrupted) and changed ABA League basketball rules about basketball terrain.[3] Hand of rescue to the team was provided by the City of Kragujevac, specifically the city's mayor Veroljub Stevanović and his associates. The club relocated to Kragujevac on October 21, 2009 was given the name of the famous club that already existed in the city - KK Radnički.

During the debut 2009–10 season, Radnički was the "biggest surprise" in regional and national competitions. In the Adriatic League, the club had seized the 11th position with 11 wins and 15 defeats.

For the 2010–11 season, Radnički was considered the favorite in almost every game in Kragujevac. The results were better than previous year so and the club won the 10th place.

Names of the club through historyEdit

Year Name Location
1994–2001 KK Kondivik Vršac
2001–2004 KK Lions
2004–2009 KK Swisslion Takovo
2009–2014 KK Radnički Kragujevac

ArenaEdit

Hala Jezero (Serbian Cyrillic: Хала Језеро, English: The Jezero Hall) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the city of Kragujevac. It is the home ground of basketball club Radnički and has a capacity of 5,320 seats.[4]

SupportersEdit

Crveni Djavoli (Serbian Cyrillic: Црвени Ђаволи, English: The Red Devils) or Djavoli are the organized supporters of the Kragujevac based football club Radnički Kragujevac. Besides football club, they also support other sport sections of the Radnički Kragujevac Sport Association.[5]

PlayersEdit

Season-by-season recordEdit

Coaching historyEdit

Lions/Swisslion Vršac (2001–2009)
Radnički Kragujevac (2009–2014)

Individual awardsEdit

SponsorshipsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.rtv.rs/sr_ci/sport/kosarka/lajonsi-se-sele-u-gornji-milanovac_127663.html%7CNews about moving KK Swisslion Takovo Lions from Vršac to Gornji Milanovac
  3. ^ http://www.rts.rs/page/sport/sr/story/37/Ko%C5%A1arka/160301/Lajonsi+ostali+bez+finansijera.html%7CNewsabout Swisslion Takovo dissolution and displacement to Kragujevac
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "The Red Devils". kkradnicki.rs. Retrieved 21 February 2013.

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