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Slovenia SKL 05/29 18:00 1 Helios Domzale v Cedevita Olimpija W 78-91
Slovenia SKL 05/26 15:30 1 Cedevita Olimpija v Helios Domzale W 80-73
Slovenia SKL 05/24 16:15 1 Helios Domzale v Cedevita Olimpija W 87-94
Slovenia SKL 05/19 18:00 2 Cedevita Olimpija v Sencur KK W 103-76
Slovenia SKL 05/15 18:00 2 Sencur KK v Cedevita Olimpija W 86-98
Slovenia SKL 05/07 18:30 3 Cedevita Olimpija v Sentjur W 93-54
Slovenia SKL 05/03 16:30 3 Sentjur v Cedevita Olimpija W 78-108
Adriatic League 04/21 18:00 3 [5] Cedevita Olimpija v Mega Basket [4] L 71-85
Adriatic League 04/15 18:00 3 [4] Mega Basket v Cedevita Olimpija [5] L 119-98
Adriatic League 04/05 16:00 26 [10] Cibona v Cedevita Olimpija [5] W 72-97
Adriatic League 03/30 16:00 25 [14] Krka v Cedevita Olimpija [4] L 92-78
Adriatic League 03/23 16:00 24 [5] Cedevita Olimpija v Mornar [13] W 105-89

Wikipedia - KK Cedevita Olimpija

Košarkarski klub Cedevita Olimpija (English: Cedevita Olimpija Basketball Club), commonly referred to as KK Cedevita Olimpija or simply Olimpija, is a men's professional basketball club based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The club competes in the ABA League and the Slovenian First League.

The club was established in 2019 after the merger of the most successful Slovenian club Olimpija and the Croatian powerhouse Cedevita. Cedevita Olimpija inherited 70 trophies of both predecessors and their competition licences for its inaugural season.

History

Background

KK Cedevita Olimpija is an outcome of a merger of two clubs from neighboring countries, the Slovenian club Petrol Olimpija from Ljubljana and the Croatian team Cedevita from Zagreb, which is the first such instance of two clubs from different countries merging.

Olimpija was the winner of 17 Slovenian Championships and 20 Slovenian Cups. It traces its history back to 1946 and adopted the name Olimpija in 1955. The club was an early power in the Yugoslav League with Ivo Daneu leading Olimpija to six domestic titles between 1957 and 1970. After Slovenia's independence in 1991, Olimpija won ten out of eleven championships between 1992 and 2002. Olimpija won the FIBA Saporta Cup in the 1993–94 season, and Arriel McDonald and Marko Milič helped it to the 1997 Euroleague Final Four. Over the years, Olimpija had a streak of 17 straight EuroLeague appearances and it won the inaugural Adriatic League in the 2001–02 season. Olimpija won the Slovenian League in 2009 and brought home its sixth straight Slovenian Cup in 2013 before going on a four-year trophy drought. During that span, Olimpija made its EuroCup debut in the 2013–14 season, but it wasn't until the 2016–17 season that it got back to its winning ways with the Slovenian League and Cup double. Olimpija won its last Slovenian League championship in the 2017–18 season.

Cedevita was the winner of five Croatian League Championships and seven Croatian Cup tournaments. It was founded in Zagreb in 1991 as KK Botinec. The club reached the first-tier league in 2002, but its ambitions rose when Atlantic Grupa took over in 2005 and the club changed its name to Cedevita. The club reached the 2011 EuroCup Final Four; Dontaye Draper was named EuroCup MVP, and Aleksandar Petrović EuroCup Coach of the Year. A year later, Cedevita won its first title, the Croatian Cup, led by veteran forward Matjaž Smodiš. Cedevita made its EuroLeague debut in the 2012–13 season, which it finished with a 2–8 record. That turned out to be a title-less season, but the last such for Cedevita, which celebrated a Croatian double in each of the next five years. In the 2015–16 EuroLeague, Cedevita reached the Top 16. The club also won the inaugural Adriatic Supercup in 2018. In 2019, Cedevita won the Croatian Cup for the sixth season in a row.[]

Establishment

On 4 June 2019, it was announced that Cedevita and Petrol Olimpija plan to merge and form Cedevita Olimpija, a new men's professional basketball club based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. On 13 June, the management boards of Cedevita and Olimpija have confirmed the appointment of Davor Užbinec as a general manager and Sani Bečirovič as a sports director. On 25 June, the EuroCup Board confirmed the club's participation in the 2019–20 EuroCup season. On 8 July, the club was officially established with Slaven Rimac being confirmed as the first team head coach, as well as Tomaž Berločnik named the president of the club.

KK Cedevita continued to compete under the name Cedevita Junior, and reached the top division of Croatian basketball in 2020–21.

Inaugural season and first titles

Slovenian forward Edo Murić became the first-ever player who signed for the club. Next to players added from Cedevita and Petrol Olimpija rosters, the club signed veterans Mirko Mulalić, Saša Zagorac, and Marko Simonović, as well as Martin Krampelj, Mikael Hopkins, Jaka Blažič, Codi Miller-McIntyre, and Ryan Boatright. On 11 September 2019, guard Jaka Blažič was named the first team captain. In September 2019, Cedevita Olimpija lost to Partizan in the 2019 ABA Supercup final. The team also finished as runners-up of the Slovenian Cup. In EuroCup, Olimpija participated in Group C and finished in sixth place, before the competition was cancelled in the playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Slovenian League and the ABA League were also cancelled. In mid-season, former Olimpija player Jurica Golemac replaced Rimac as head coach.

In the 2020–21 season, Cedevita Olimpija signed two Slovenian international players, Žiga Dimec and Luka Rupnik, and the top scorer of the 2019–20 ABA League season, Kendrick Perry. At the beginning of the season, the club won its first trophy since the merger as they beat Krka in the Slovenian Supercup. In the EuroCup and the ABA League, Cedevita Olimpija was only one win away from advancing to the playoffs. However, the team won the national league for the first time in three years after sweeping Krka 3–0 in the final. At the beginning of the 2021–22 season, Cedevita Olimpija won its tenth Supercup title after beating Krka, which was followed by their first Slovenian Cup title in five years after defeating Helios Suns in the final, their second trophy of the season.

Cedevita Olimpija is a professional basketball team based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The team was formed in 2019 as a result of a merger between two of Slovenia's most successful basketball clubs, KK Cedevita and KK Olimpija.

Cedevita Olimpija competes in the Slovenian League, the ABA League, and various European competitions. The team has a rich history of success, with multiple national championships and cup titles to their name. They are known for their fast-paced and aggressive style of play, as well as their passionate fan base that fills the arena for every home game.

The team's roster is filled with talented players from Slovenia and around the world, who are led by experienced coaches and staff. Cedevita Olimpija is a powerhouse in Slovenian basketball and continues to strive for excellence on the court.