KK Radnički Kragujevac (2009–2014)

Košarkaški klub Radnički (Serbian Cyrillic: Кошаркашки клуб Раднички), commonly referred to as KK Radnički Kragujevac, was a men's professional basketball club, last based in Kragujevac, Serbia.

Radnički
Radnički logo
NicknameThe Devils
Founded1994; 27 years ago (1994)
Folded2014; 7 years ago (2014)
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
   
PresidentIvan Grujin
(2009–2014)
Head coachMiroslav Nikolić
(2009–2014)
Websitekkradnicki.rs

The club was founded in Vršac in 1994 and was in 2009 relocated to Kragujevac.

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.

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 the 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 the 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 the 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

Home arenaEdit

Hala Jezero (Serbian Cyrillic: Хала Језеро, English: The Jezero Hall) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the city of Kragujevac. It was 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

Notable former playersEdit

Season-by-season recordEdit

Season League Cup Regional Europe Head Coach President
2009–10 Basketball League of Serbia
Semifinals
Radivoj Korać Cup
Semifinals
Adriatic League
11th place
Did not participate Miroslav Nikolić Ivan Grujin
2010–11 Basketball League of Serbia
Semifinals
Radivoj Korać Cup
Semifinals
Adriatic League
10th place
Did not participate Miroslav Nikolić Ivan Grujin
2011–12 Basketball League of Serbia
Semifinals
Radivoj Korać Cup
Semifinals
Adriatic League
8th place
Did not participate Miroslav Nikolić Ivan Grujin
2012–13 Basketball League of Serbia
5th place
Radivoj Korać Cup
Semifinals
Adriatic League
Semifinals
Did not participate Miroslav Nikolić Ivan Grujin
2013–14 Basketball League of Serbia
Semifinals
Radivoj Korać Cup
Semifinalist
Adriatic League
11th place
Eurocup
Last 32 stage
Miroslav Nikolić Ivan Grujin

Coaching historyEdit

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

Individual awardsEdit

Adriatic League MVP

Adriatic League Top Scorer

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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