KK Sutjeska is a men's professional basketball club based in Nikšić, Montenegro. The team currently competes in Montenegrin Basketball League and regional ABA League. The club won the Montenegrin Cup in 2014.

KK Sutjeska
KK Sutjeska logo
NicknamePlavi
LeaguesMontenegrin League
ABA League
Founded1948; 73 years ago (1948)
History
List
  • KK Sutjeska
    (1948–1955)
    KK Nikšić
    (1955–1957)
    KK Partizan
    (1957–1962)
    KK Mladost
    (1962–1966)
    KK Sutjeska
    (1966–1970)
    KK Partizan
    (1970–1974)
    KK Sutjeska
    (1974–2003)
    KK Nikšić
    (2003–2010)
    KK Sutjeska
    (2010–present)
ArenaNikšić Sports Center
Capacity3,000
LocationNikšić, Montenegro
Team colorsBlue and White
   
PresidentSaša Miličić
General managerZoran Marojević
Head coachVelimir Gašić
Championships1 Montenegrin Cup
Active sport clubs of Sutjeska
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Football Basketball Volleyball
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Handball Athletics Shooting
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Judo Handball Women Boxing
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Tennis

HistoryEdit

KK Sutjeska was established in 1948. The first basic basketball elements given to the youth of Nikšić were brought by Vojislav Spasojević, a basketball coach from Belgrade. Immediately after the initiative was taken, Vule Vukalović joined the team's administrative team along with the help of international referee Dragan Jakšić—and a serious basketball team began to take form.

The first competition in which KK Sutjeska participated in was in 1950, in a Montenegro-wide championship held in Cetinje, where Sutjeska beat Jedinstvo 24–20.

In 1955, KK Sutjeska changed its name to KK Nikšić. The name didn't last long—in 1957 the name was changed yet again, this time to KK Partizan Nikšić. In 1962 the name was changed to KK Mladost. That year in the regional championship of Montenegro, six teams competed and in the end, it was actually KK Mladost who became champions—without a single lost match. The players that represented KK Mladost in 1962 included names such as Burić, Plamenac, Gvozdenović, Šturanović, Krstajić, Jovović, Zeković, Mijatović, Baletić, Filipovski, Vušurović and Nikolić.

In 1966 KK Mladost changed its name back to KK Sutjeska, but in 1970 the name was changed again to KK Partizan. Finally, in 1974, the team changed its name from Partizan to KK Sutjeska without taking away the Sutjeska name until 2003, when the club was known under a couple of names up until 2010. In 2010 the club was registered back to the traditional name of KK Sutjeska.

On February 9, 2013, in the final match of the Montenegrin Basketball Cup, KK Sutjeska beat long-time rivals KK Budućnost Podgorica, 64–55. It was the first time, since Montenegro independence in 2006, that KK Budućnost failed to win.[1]

On September 10, 2015, Sutjeska was admitted in the 2015–16 ABA League.[2] It was their first Regional competition.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

KK Sutjeska roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 1   Zahiragić, Adi 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 26 – (1995-02-24)24 February 1995
SG 2   Goranović, Ilija 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 22 – (1999-08-05)5 August 1999
PG 4   Milović, Vasilije 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 20 – (2001-05-11)11 May 2001
G 5   Varajić, Ilija 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 19 – (2002-06-18)18 June 2002
C 9   Koprivica, Miloš 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 26 – (1995-03-24)24 March 1995
SF 10   Ćalić, Marko 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 35 – (1986-02-28)28 February 1986
C 11   Vujović, Miloš 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1996-01-16)16 January 1996
SF 12   Bojić, Bogdan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 22 – (1999-03-03)3 March 1999
SG 13   Vuković, Radoš 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 19 – (2002-02-07)7 February 2002
PF 14   Spasojević, Radosav 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 29 – (1992-02-28)28 February 1992
SF 15   Tomašević, Vladimir 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 30 – (1991-01-13)13 January 1991
C 17   Vujošević, Radoje 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 32 – (1989-05-05)5 May 1989
G 22   Vojinović, Jovan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 23 – (1998-11-10)10 November 1998
G/F 23   Gutović, Ognjen 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (2001-11-23)23 November 2001
PG -   Pelko, Jure 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 31 – (1990-05-07)7 May 1990
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: November 10, 2021

Head coachesEdit

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

"The Dukes" (Vojvode) is the popular name for fervent Sutjeska fans. They were established in Nikšić as an NGO in 1988 and are one of the largest groups of supporters in Montenegro.[3] They tend to follow all sports teams that compete under the “Sutjeska” name, home and away matches.[4] The biggest Sutjeska rival is KK Budućnost Podgorica, as the "Barbarians" (Varvari) are the other large group of supporters in the country.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Vijesti: Senzacija: Košarkaši Sutjeske osvojili Kup! February 9, 2013
  2. ^ "Sutjeska and Union Olimpija confirmed as league members". ABA League. 10 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Kolektiv ME".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2015-12-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-12-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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