Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade is set to make its Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut after one of its best season since the turn of the century. The Serbian powerhouse, which leans on its great fans and rich history to challenge for victories on every night, is ready to build on a season that saw it play in three finals and lift its first trophy in seven years. Zvezda also left a significant mark on the 2012-13 Eurocup season, bowing out in the Last 16, but not before it set a mark as the highest scoring team in the competition with 86.0 points per game. At home, Zvezda won the Serbian cup, beating archrival Partizan mt:s Belgrade in the final, but lost the Adriatic League and Serbian League title games against the same for. It was a sampling of what the team’s loyal fans hope is still to come for the club, which remains hungry for titles. One cannot discuss great teams in the cradle of European basketball without bringing up Crvena Zvezda, which translates as Red Star. It was among the most-crowned teams in the former Yugoslavia and always commanded attention wherever it played. The club was founded in 1945 and immediately dominated a country that would soon claim basketball as its main sport. For an entire decade, from 1946 to 1955, Zvezda won 10 straight titles and assured its place in the history books. With basketball's rise in popularity came plenty of challengers, and Zvezda waited until 1972 for the next domestic title, then 21 years again for another. There was also a European title, the 1974 Saporta Cup, and three Yugoslavian Cups to boast. In the modern era, Zvezda has remained strong. It picked up its first trophy in years by winning the 2004 Serbia and Montenegro Cup in stirring fashion, after a weekend full of overtime games. In its ULEB Cup debut, Zvezda was eliminated from the playoff hunt on the last day of the regular season. Once Milan Gurovic arrived in 2005-06, things got even better. The superstar forward led Zvezda to the ULEB Cup quarterfinals in 2006 and 2007, where it lost against eventual champions Dynamo Moscow and Real Madrid, respectively. Zvezda also advanced to the Serbian League finals both years, but archrival Partizan stood in the way to success. Zvezda was among the Eurocup Last 16 in 2009 and the following season only missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. After two relatively quiet seasons, in 2011-12, under Coach Svetislav Pesic, Zvezda fought its way to the finals of both the Serbian Cup and the League playoffs and despite losing both to mighty Partizan, proved it was again a force to be reckoned with. Now Zvezda opens another chapter in its rich history with its first-ever Euroleague appearance and with its sights set to lift more trophies.
Cup of Cups: 1974
Serbian National Cup: 2004, 2006, 2013
Yugoslav National League: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1968/69, 1971/72, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1997/98
Yugoslav National Cup: 1971, 1973, 1975