KK Zagreb

Košarkaški klub Zagreb (English: Zagreb Basketball Club), commonly referred to as KK Zagreb or simply Zagreb, was a professional basketball club based in Zagreb, Croatia. It competed in the ABA League and the Croatian League. In the 2011–12 season, the club competed in the modern EuroLeague.

Zagreb
Zagreb logo
NicknameMravi (The Ants)
Founded1970
Dissolved2018
HistoryKK Siget
(1970–1976)
OKK Novi Zagreb
(1976–1991)
KK Zagreb
(1991–2018)
ArenaBoško Božić-Pepsi Hall
(Capacity: 3,000)
Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall
(Capacity: 5,400)
LocationZagreb, Croatia
Team colorsYellow and Blue
   
Championships1 Croatian Championship
3 Croatian Cups
Websitekk-zagreb.hr

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1970 under the name KK Siget after the Siget neighbourhood in Zagreb. In 1976 it was renamed to KK Novi Zagreb to represent Novi Zagreb, part of Zagreb located south of the Sava river. After Croatia became independent country, "Novi" was just dropped out and the club name got its simpler and present form - KK Zagreb. From the beginnings Zagreb players were known under the nickname Ants as a symbol of hard work and team spirit.[1]

Since its establishment KK Zagreb worked its way up over 19 years to join the famed first division in ex-Yugoslavia in 1989. Though it carries the name of a great basketball capital KK Zagreb had always lived a bit in the shadow of cross-town rival Cibona but since the beginning of the Croatian League in the early 1990s Zagreb has made a name of its own, becoming one of the better teams in the country. Until the late 2000s club was mainly known for its youth categories which won numerous Croatian and European titles, while senior team was always in the shadow of Croatian basketball Big Three - Cibona, Zadar and Split. In recent years, when its became a permanent member of the EuroChallenge Cup competition, the club increased its budget with an intention to make another step forward in its ambitious plans and won its first domestic trophies, the Croatian Cup in 2008 and 2010. It was only a matter of time, when the team will move from its traditional base in Trnsko school sports hall (capacity 3,000) to a bigger one, which happened in 2010, when they moved to Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall, home of their better known rival Cibona. Moving to a new and bigger hall proved to be some kind of "growing up" for KK Zagreb as the club won double title, winning both Championship of Croatia and Croatian Cup in 2011.[2] Zagreb played in the 2011–12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague competition. In 2018 the club was dissolved.

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. W–L Croatian Cup European competitions
2011–12 1 A-1 Liga 5th 6–8 Runner-up 1 Euroleague RS 2–8
2012–13 1 A-1 Liga 7th 16–16 Quarterfinalist
2013–14 1 A-1 Liga 5th 17–15 Runner-up
2014–15 1 A-1 Liga 4th 22–14 Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 A-1 Liga 5th 24–10 Quarterfinalist
2016–17 1 A-1 Liga 8th 12–16 Quarterfinalist
2017–18 1 A-1 Liga 13th 4–20 Quarterfinalist

HonoursEdit

Notable playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-10-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Club history
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-25. Retrieved 2011-10-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Club info on ABA League web site

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