OKK Beograd

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 Bemax.

OKK Beograd
OKK Beograd logo
NicknameKlonferi
LeaguesBasketball League of Serbia
Founded1945; 76 years ago (1945)
HistoryKK Metalac
(1945–1950)
KK BSK
(1950–1958)
OKK Beograd
(1958–present) OKK Beko Beograd 1974-1985
ArenaMega Factory
Capacity2,000
LocationBelgrade, Serbia
Team colorsBlue and White
   
PresidentAleksa Milošević
Head coachVasilije Budimić
Affiliation(s)Mega Basket
Championships4 Yugoslav Leagues
3 Yugoslav Cups
Websiteokkbeograd.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 Radivoj Korać, coach Aleksandar Nikolić and contributors Radomir Šaper and Borislav Stanković. Stanković is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

HistoryEdit

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 (L) 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 18 – (2002-08-07)7 August 2002
G 7   Todorić, Mateja 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 22 – (1998-08-10)10 August 1998
PG 8   Musić, Vladan 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 20 – (2001-02-06)6 February 2001
SG 9   Boltić, Marko 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 33 – (1987-10-30)30 October 1987
SG 11   Đurišić, Nikola (TW) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 17 – (2004-02-23)23 February 2004
F 13   Marković, Aleksa 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 20 – (2001-02-23)23 February 2001
SF 15   Brekić, Marko 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 19 – (2001-11-08)8 November 2001
PF 19   Kovačević, Petar (TW) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 18 – (2002-10-30)30 October 2002
C 20   Veljković, Milenko 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) 25 – (1995-09-20)20 September 1995
G/F 21   Pavić, Nikola 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 22 – (1999-04-30)30 April 1999
C 33   Mušikić, Mihailo (TW) 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 19 – (2002-03-25)25 March 2002
SF 34   Stojadinović, Marko 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 32 – (1989-02-27)27 February 1989
SF 55   Grujanić, Strahinja (TW) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 19 – (2001-11-09)9 November 2001
C   Jovanović, Mateja 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 21 – (2000-03-06)6 March 2000
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Updated: June 7, 2021

Head coachesEdit

Trophies and awardsEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (4): 1958, 1960, 1963, 1964
Runners-up (1): 1962
Winners (3): 1960, 1962, 1992–93
Runners-up (1): 1959

European competitionsEdit

Semifinalists (3): 1958–59, 1963-64, 1964-65
Runners-up (1): 1972

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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