Omladinski košarkaški klub Spars, commonly referred to as OKK Spars or Spars Ilidža, is a men's professional basketball club based in Ilidža, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The club competes in the Basketball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ABA League Second Division.

Spars Ilidža
Spars Ilidža logo
LeaguesBosnian League
ABA League
Founded2005; 17 years ago (2005)
HistoryOKK Spars
2005–2019
KK Spars Realway
2019–2020
OKK Spars
2021–present
ArenaArena Hills
LocationBosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo (2005–2022)
Ilidža (2022–present)
Team colorsBlue and white
   
PresidentNihad Selimović
Head coachMiodrag Kadija
Championships1 A1 League (2013)
1 Bosnian Cup (2020)
Websitekkspars.com

The club is owned and run by Nihad Selimović and few others.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 2005 as OKK Spars and competed in lower-ranking divisions until joining 2nd-tier A1 League in the 2011–12 season. After winning the A1 League in the 2012–13 season, they were promoted to the Basketball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2013–14 season.

 
Logo of Spars Realway

In December 2019, the club was merged with Realway, and changed its name to KK Spars Realway.[3][4] However, on 31 December 2020, Spars and Realway parted their ways and the club changed its name back to OKK Spars.[5][6]

Sponsorship namingEdit

Spars has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship.

Home arenaEdit

Spars plays its home games at the Novo Sarajevo Sports Hall (also known as the Grbavica Sports Hall). The hall is located in the Grbavica of Sarajevo, near the Grbavica Stadium, and owned by the Novo Sarajevo Municipality.[7] The hall was built in 2016.[8] It has a seating capacity of 1,500 seats.[9]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

Spars Ilidža roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
SF 3   Burch-Manning, Trey 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 26 – (1995-09-21)21 September 1995
PF 4   Durnik, Urban 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 25 – (1997-06-19)19 June 1997
G 7   Mustapić, Jakov 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 27 – (1994-08-22)22 August 1994
SG 8   Hasandić, Almir 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 31 – (1990-10-19)19 October 1990
PG 9   Vrbica, Mašan 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 28 – (1994-06-14)14 June 1994
G 10   Abell, Remy 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 29 – (1992-08-17)17 August 1992
C 11   Polutak, Imran 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 26 – (1996-07-09)9 July 1996
C 13   Livadić, Reuf 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 22 – (2000-06-20)20 June 2000
F 14   Buza, Nedim 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (2000-05-10)10 May 2000
G 20   Butorac, Dino 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 31 – (1990-10-08)8 October 1990
PG 28   Gatarić, Aleksa 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 20 – (2002-04-19)19 April 2002
F/C 35   Tejić, Marko 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 27 – (1995-08-04)4 August 1995
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: July 10, 2022

Trophies and awardsEdit

TrophiesEdit

Head coachesEdit

Youth systemEdit

The club's youth team competes in the Euroleague Basketball Next Generation Tournament. In the 2014–15 edition, Spars were invited to play in Madrid for the tournament's final stage.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Basketball business: OKK Spars owner Nihad Selimovic asked Serbia to steal Djoko Salic?
  2. ^ Razgovor sa dr. Nihadom Selimovićem (in Bosnian)
  3. ^ "Predstavljen OKK Spars Realway: Počinje nova košarkaška era u BiH". klix.ba. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  4. ^ "KK Spars Realway vratit će Sarajevo na regionalnu mapu". sport1.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  5. ^ "Spars i Realway se razilaze nakon jednogodišnje saradnje, Džemić napušta klupu Sparsa". sport1.oslobodjenje.ba. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Posljednjeg dana 2020. godine rastali se Sparsi i Realway!". sportsport.ba. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Sportska dvorana na Grbavici". novosarajevo.ba. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Sportska dvorana Novo Sarajevo". jponsa.ba. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Sportska dvorana Novo Sarajevo". sarajevo.travel. Retrieved 8 January 2021.

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