Club Profile: Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

Jul 14, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club Profile: Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

Returning to the Eurocup for the eighth time in nine seasons, perennial Montenegrin champion Buducnost Voli Podgorica aims big as it hopes to build on a strong 2014-15 campaign. Buducnost advanced through the Eurocup regular season and into the Last 32 last season, while doing well domestically and reaching Adriatic League semifinals before losing a decisive fifth game of the series against Cedevita Zagreb. However, the team bounced back by winning the Montenegrin double - overcoming Sutjeska for its ninth league title and routing Zeta 2011 to lift the Cup. Founded in 1949, it took four decades for Buducnost to cement its place in the first division of the Yugoslav League. By the end of the century, however, it was the team to beat. After Yugoslav Cup titles in 1996 and 1998, Dejan Tomasevic, Milenko Topic and Vlado Scepanovic helped Buducnost to a record-setting domestic winning streak of 51 games and three straight Yugoslav League titles from 1999 to 2001. Another cup trophy made for a double in 2001, and Buducnost proved to be a force in the 2000-01 Euroleague by reaching the playoffs. The club returned to the Euroleague for the next two years, but failed to reach the Top 16, and a quieter period followed before Buducnost became the new team to beat in the newborn Montenegrin League. The club has won every league title from 2007, while also leaving its mark on the Eurocup. Over the past four seasons, Buducnost has reached the Eurocup quarterfinals twice - in 2011-12 and 2012-13 – and was ousted only by Valencia Basket and eventual champ Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, respectively. Buducnost has also played in the Adriatic League semis three times in the last four years. Now, clearly on another rise, Buducnost is eager to compete for more silverware in 2015-16.

2014-15 Results: Eurocup: Last 32, Adriatic League: Semifinalist, Montenegrin League: Winner, Montenegrin Cup: Winner

Nikola Ivanovic - Buducnost Voli (photo: Adriatica Basket)