Serbia is well known as the country of young talents who emerge slowly and show their skills in Europe but also around the world. We are all aware that Serbia is a great sports nation when it comes to sports generally, but basketball is one of their favorite ones. Ever since the days of former Yugoslavia, basketball has had a special place in the hearts of Serbian boys and girls, and numerous great players have developed on the dusty playgrounds in this country. However, the capital city, Belgrade, is the place where the magic happens, and two eternal rivals – Partizan and Red Star (Crvena Zvezda) are always battling for “supremacy” and bragging rights. Their results are similar, and minor nuances separate the teams, but our story will focus on Crvena Zvezda, predominantly because they are currently going through a revival phase and they are having a couple of very successful and fruitful seasons. Few years ago, they were in the pretty much same situation as Partizan is now.
– Basic Facts About The Club
Basketball club Crvena Zvezda Belgrade has a long-lasting history and tradition, and this organization was formed all the way back in 1945. With seven decades of tradition, it is no wonder that millions of people are in love with this club, and the basketball team is, in fact, just one of many segments of the sporting association of Crvena Zvezda.
The first basketball games in Belgrade were played on an open-air court at the famous Kalemegdan fortress, and those were the pioneer days of the Yugoslavian basketball. Nowadays, Crvena Zvezda awaits their opponents in a spectacular Kombank Arena, and many Euroleague teams dread coming here and facing the army of extremely noisy fans. The fans are called “Delije” and their choreographies and performances are incredible, to say the least. The president of the club is Nebojsa Covic, and the current coach comes from Montenegro, and his name is Dejan Radonjic. Many football experts consider Delije as one of the most dangerous fans in the whole Europe.
– Recent Years And “Giant Reborn”
Crvena Zvezda has had its ups and downs over the years, and its most successful years have been those in between 1945 and 1968. After that came the years of sporadic success, and at the start of the new millennium, while the club found itself in a grave financial situation. However, the current president Covic came to the club in 2011, and under his management – Crvena Zvezda is on the rise again. They successfully managed financial problems and started going up, beating almost everyone who steps on their way.
The club has won 71 national championships, 8 National Cups, 2 ABA league titles, and one Saporta Cub title. In the season 2014/15 they won the triple crown, and in the least two seasons, Crvena Zvezda has managed to go to the playoffs of the Euroleague. Currently, they are much better than their rivals Partizan, although every match between them is like the last one in the history of Serbian basketball.