Yugoslav Women's Basketball League

Championship of Yugoslavia in Basketball for women took place from in 1945. until 1992, the last in the dominance of one club - Belgrade Crvena zvezda.

Yugoslav Women's Basketball League
SportBasketball
Founded1945
Inaugural season1945
Ceased1992
CountrySocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
(1945–1992)
ContinentFIBA Europe (Europe)
Most titlesCrvena zvezda (24 titles)
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Yugoslav Women's Basketball Cup

Although all countries founded after the breakup of Yugoslavia each now have their own national domestic leagues, each of the six nations now take part in the Adriatic League, which was founded in 2001, and which is today the closest league in existence similar to the former Yugoslav Basketball League.

HistoryEdit

After the formation of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1945, there arose a need for athletic development in the fledgling nation. Post-WW2 Yugoslavia was (with the exception of major cities such as Belgrade, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Sarajevo) for the most part lacking in competitive opportunities in sports. In response to this, 1945 and 1946 saw an explosion of new clubs and leagues for every sport, the basketball league being part of this phenomenon.

The very first competition under the newly formed Yugoslav Basketball League in 1945, drawing parallel to the Yugoslav First League (of football), was more or less a nationwide affirmation of unity. Instead of individual clubs competing in the usual fashion, there were only eight teams. Six representing each state within Yugoslavia, one representing the province of Vojvodina, and the last representing the Yugoslav People's Army.

ChampionsEdit

Season Champion Runner-up
Championships of Republic
1945 Serbia Croatia
Championship for Clubs
1946 Crvena zvezda Radnički Belgrade
1947 Crvena zvezda Zadar
1948 Crvena zvezda Proleter Zrenjanin
1949 Crvena zvezda Proleter Zrenjanin
1950 Crvena zvezda Split
1951 Crvena zvezda Proleter Zrenjanin
1952 Crvena zvezda Lokomotiva
1953 Crvena zvezda Split
1954 Crvena zvezda Split
1955 Crvena zvezda Split
1956 Crvena zvezda Radnički Belgrade
1957 Crvena zvezda Split
1958 Crvena zvezda Radnički Belgrade
1959 Crvena zvezda Radnički Belgrade
1960 Crvena zvezda Radnički Beograd
1961 Radnički Beograd Crvena zvezda
1962 Radnički Beograd Crvena zvezda
1963 Crvena zvezda Trešnjevka
1964 Radnički Belgrade Crvena zvezda
1965 Radnički Belgrade Crvena zvezda
1966 Radnički Belgrade Trešnjevka
1967 Trešnjevka Radnički Belgrade
1968 Radnički Belgrade Crvena zvezda
1969 Vojvodina Crvena zvezda
1969–70 Vojvodina Crvena zvezda
1970–71 Željezničar Sarajevo Crvena zvezda
1971–72 Voždovac Vojvodina
1972–73 Crvena zvezda Bosna
1973–74 Bosna Voždovac
1974–75 Voždovac Crvena zvezda
1975–76 Crvena zvezda Industromontaža
1976–77 Crvena zvezda Bosna
1977–78 Crvena zvezda Bosna
1978–79 Crvena zvezda Monting
1979–80 Crvena zvezda Monting
1980–81 Crvena zvezda Monting
1981–82 Monting Voždovac
1982–83 Monting Voždovac
1983–84 Partizan Monting
1984–85 Partizan Monting
1985–86 Partizan Iskra Delta Ježica
1986–87 Jedinstvo Aida Tuzla Crvena zvezda
1987–88 Jedinstvo Aida Tuzla Elemes Šibenik
1988–89 Crvena zvezda Elemes Šibenik
1989–90 Jedinstvo Aida Tuzla Elemes Šibenik
1990–91 Elemes Šibenik Crvena zvezda
1991–92 Crvena zvezda Vojvodina

Championship winning teamsEdit

Team Winners Runners-up Years Won Years Runner-up
Crvena zvezda 25 11 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1992 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1987, 1991
Radnički Beograd 6 6 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 1946, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1967
Trešnjevka 2009 [a] 3 8 1967, 1982, 1983 1963, 1966, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985
Partizan 3 1984, 1985, 1986
Jedinstvo Tuzla 3 1987, 1988, 1990
Voždovac 2 3 1972, 1975 1974, 1982, 1983
Vojvodina 2 2 1969, 1970 1972, 1991
Bosna 1 3 1974 1973, 1977, 1978
Šibenik 1 3 1991 1988, 1989, 1990
Željezničar Sarajevo 1 1971
Split 5 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957
Proleter Zrenjanin 3 1948, 1949, 1951
Zadar 1 1947
Lokomotiva 1 1952
Ježica 1 1986

Yugoslav basketball clubs in European-wide competitions (1958-1992)Edit

European Champions CupEdit

Team Finish
Champion Finalist 3rd Place 4th Place
Crvena zvezda 1979 1981 1978, 1990 1959, 1960, 1964, 1980
Jedinstvo Tuzla 1989 1988
Monting Zagreb 1983
Radnički Belgrade 1962

Ronchetti CupEdit

Team Finish
Champion Finalist
Monting Zagreb 1980 1976, 1981
Voždovac 1972
Jedinstvo Tuzla 1990

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Playing under the name of "Trešnjevka", "Industromontaža" and "Monting" due to sponsorship reasons.

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