2018-19 Team Profile: Partizan NIS Belgrade

Aug 16, 2018 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2018-19 Team Profile: Partizan NIS Belgrade

Less than a decade removed from its latest EuroLeague Final Four appearance, Partizan NIS Belgrade looks to continue its way back to the days of glory as it returns to the 7DAYS EuroCup. Last season Partizan ended its three-year title drought by winning the Serbian Cup, but did not meet all of its goals. Sporting the youngest roster in the EuroCup and hoping to use it as a building block for the future, Partizan struggled in its regular season group. It opened the campaign with losses at ALBA Berlin and against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius before knocking off RETAbet Bilbao Basket on the road in Round 3. That ended up being Partizan's lone EuroCup win for the season. Partizan did keep its chances to advance until Round 8, but a defeat against RETAbet ended those hopes and brought coaching change as Nenad Canak took over for Miroslav Nikolic. Under Canak, Partizan went on to win its first title since 2014 by beating archrival Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 81-75 in the Serbian Cup final. However, the team did not make Adriatic League playoffs and bowed out 0-2 in the Serbian League semifinal series against Zvezda. Now the club looks to continue its climb towards contending among the European elite again.


2013-14 Euroleague 7-17 Top 16
2012-13 Euroleague 2-8 Regular Season
2011-12 Euroleague 4-6 Regular Season
2010-11 Euroleague 6-10 Top 16
2009-10 Euroleague 11-11 Final Four
2008-09 Euroleague 9-10 Playoffs
2007-08 Euroleague 11-12 Playoffs
2006-07 Euroleague 8-12 Top 16
2005-06 Euroleague 2-12 Regular Season
2004-05 Euroleague 2-12 Regular Season
2003-04 Euroleague 6-8 Regular Season
2002-03 Euroleague 4-10 Regular Season
2001-02 Euroleague 6-8 Regular Season
TOTAL: 78-134


2017-18 EuroCup 1-9 Regular Season
2014-15 EuroCup 3-7 Regular Season
TOTAL: 4-16


Founded in 1945, Partizan started to make noise in European competitions in the late 1970s, when Dragan Kicanovic and Drazen Dalipagic led the club to Korac Cup titles in 1978 and 1979. Vlade Divac and Zarko Paspalj helped the club reach the 1988 EuroLeague Final Four and lift the 1989 Korac Cup. In 1992, Partizan won the club's first – and to date only – EuroLeague title by downing DKV Joventut 70-71 on a miraculous buzzer-beater by Sasha Djordjevic, which ranks among the most amazing shots in basketball history. At home, Partizan remained a dominant force by winning cups and titles at a steady clip, and it returned to the EuroLeague Final Four in 1998, but lost in the semifinals against eventual champion Kinder Bologna. From the turn of the century, Partizan managed to remain fully competitive while developing players, including some of the best big men in European basketball, such as Nikola Pekovic, Aleks Maric, Kosta Perovic, Jan Vesely, Novica Velickovic and Milan Macvan. Before them, Dejan Tomasevic, Nenad Krstic and Predrag Drobnjak all played for Partizan, too. With a fans base that treats the club and basketball like a religion, success turned the club from contender to EuroLeague giant. To the fans' delight, Partizan registered three consecutive EuroLeague Playoff appearances between 2008 and 2010, with the latter being the year in which the club once again reached the EuroLeague Final Four. Maric, Bo McCalebb and Vesely helped Partizan top Maccabi Tel Aviv in the playoffs, and once at the big event, Partizan became the first team to lose both its Final Four games in overtime. Domestically, from the turn of the century, Partizan dominated with a run of 13 consecutive Serbian League crowns, five consecutive Serbian Cups from 2008 through 2012, and ruling the Adriatic League with five trophies from 2007 through 2011 and another one in 2013. After it topped archrival Crvena Zvezda 3-1 in the 2014 Serbian League final to win the title, Partizan hit a dry spell. It made its EuroCup debut in 2014-15, but failed to leave a mark and suffered its first title-free season in 14 years. As it underwent a rebuild, Partizan did not win any silverware the following two seasons either, before ending that rare drought by lifting Serbian Cup last season. Now, with its young, but talented core a year older and experienced, Partizan with its army of basketball die-hards hopes to get a few steps closer to getting back to the path of not-so-old glory.

Trophy Case

Euroleague: 1992
Korac Cup: 1978, 1979, 1989
ABA Liga: 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13
Serbian National League: 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14
Serbian National Cup: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018
Serbia and Montenegro National League: 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06
Serbia and Montenegro National Cup: 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002
Yugoslav National League: 1975-76, 1978-79, 1980-81, 1986-87, 1991-92
Yugoslav National Cup: 1979, 1989, 1992