Omladinski košarkaški klub Beograd (Serbian Cyrillic: Омладински кошаркашки клуб Београд), commonly referred to as OKK Beograd, is a men's professional basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia. They are currently competing in the Basketball League of Serbia. It is part of the multi-sports Belgrade-based sport club OSD Beograd. The club is the league affiliate of Mega Basket.

OKK Beograd
OKK Beograd logo
NicknameKlonferi
LeaguesBasketball League of Serbia
Founded1945; 77 years ago (1945)
HistoryKK Metalac
(1945–1950)
KK BSK
(1950–1958)
OKK Beograd
(1958–present)
ArenaMega Factory
Capacity700
LocationBelgrade, Serbia
Team colorsBlue, White
   
PresidentAleksa Milošević
Head coachVule Avdalović
Affiliation(s)Mega Basket
Championships4 Yugoslav Leagues
3 Yugoslav Cups
Websitewww.okkbeograd.org.rs

The club was founded in 1945 as KK Metalac. In 1950, the club changed its name to KK BSK, and then in 1958 to OKK Beograd, which it keeps to this day.[1] The OKK Beograd squads have won 4 National League championships. They have played three different National League since 1945, including the Yugoslav First Federal League (1945–1992), the First League of Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006), and the Serbian League (2006 onward). They have also won 3 National Cup titles.

The club has its own Hall of Fame. The members are Radivoj Korać, Slobodan Gordić, Bogomir Rajković, Trajko Rajković, Miodrag Nikolić, Milorad Erkić, and Borislav Stanković.[2] Several members of the club have been inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, including player Korać, coach Aleksandar Nikolić and contributors Radomir Šaper and Stanković. Stanković is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

HistoryEdit

 
A logo variation.

OKK Beograd made most of its achievements during a so-called 'golden era' - a period between 1957 and 1965. The key players of this generation were Radivoj Korać, Slobodan Gordić, Bogomir Rajković, Trajko Rajković, Miodrag Nikolić and Milorad Erkić who would later be the coach of the women's squad, and longtime coordinator of the OKK youth program. They developed under the guidance of coaches Borislav Stanković and Aleksandar Nikolić and team director Radomir Šaper, and went on to win six national trophies and achieve high results in European competitions. In less than a decade, OKK Beograd won four Yugoslav League championships; in 1958, 1960, 1963 and 1964, accompanied by two Yugoslav Cups in 1960 and 1962. The club also reached the semifinals of a European Champions Cup on three occasions, but failed to reach the finals, losing to Academic Sofia in 1959, Spartak Brno in 1964 and Real Madrid in 1965. After 1965, the core of the team went abroad and the results dropped. However, the club did reach the finals of the first-ever Korać Cup in 1972 but lost to another Yugoslav club, Cibona (known at the time as Lokomotiva). Although OKK Beograd remained among the top Serbian and Yugoslav teams, the next trophy was not won until 1993, with the victory in the Yugoslav Cup.

On June 14, 2018, the club signed a contract on sports and technical cooperation with Adriatic League team Mega Basket.[3][4]

Sponsorship namingEdit

The club has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Beko Beograd (1974–1979)
  • InvestEksport Beograd (1993–1994)

Home arenasEdit

OKK Beograd has its own Radivoj Korać Hall (opened in 2016) in Palilula, but plays league matches in Mega Factory.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

OKK Beograd roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SG 1   Paunović, Luka 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 20 – (2002-08-07)7 August 2002
PG 8   Milutinović, Mihailo 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 19 – (2003-03-21)21 March 2003
PG 9   Mitrović, Luka 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 25 – (1996-09-17)17 September 1996
PG 13   Labović, Danilo 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 19 – (2003-07-26)26 July 2003
C 14   Sladoje, Nemanja 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 31 – (1991-01-01)1 January 1991
SF 15   Brekić, Marko 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 20 – (2001-11-08)8 November 2001
SF 23   Vučurović, Andrija 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 19 – (2003-02-25)25 February 2003
SF   Vukadinović, Nemanja 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 18 – (2004-08-09)9 August 2004
C   Jonović, Ahmet 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 18 – (2003-12-11)11 December 2003
PG   Miljenović, Stefan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (2001-08-21)21 August 2001
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (L) On loan
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  •   Injured

Updated: July 27, 2022

Head coachesEdit

Trophies and awardsEdit

International recordEdit

Season Achievement Notes
FIBA European Champions Cup
1964–65 Semifinals Eliminated by Real Madrid, 174–180 (1–1)
1963–64 Semifinals Eliminated by Spartak ZJŠ Brno, 178–179 (1–1)
1958–59 Semifinals Eliminated by Academic, 156–163 (1–1)
1960–61 Second round Eliminated by Antwerpse, 47–68 (0–2)
FIBA Korać Cup
1972 Runners-up Eliminated by Lokomotiva, 156–165 (1–1)
1977–78 Round of 16 2nd in Group C with Juventud Freixenet, Xerox Milano, and SSV Hagen (3–3)

Notable playersEdit

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of OKK Beograd". okkbeograd.org.rs. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame of OKK Beograd". okkbeograd.org.rs. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Mega i OKK Beograd potpisali ugovor o saradnji". b92.net. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ "POTPISANA SARADNJA Megini talenti u OKK Beogradu". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 27 July 2018.

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