Club profile: Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

Aug 16, 2021 by Print
Club profile: Buducnost VOLI Podgorica

Buducnost VOLI Podgorica enters the 2021-22 7DAYS EuroCup for its 15th appearance in the competition. The Montenegrin champs come off an appearance in the EuroCup Quarterfinals though, despite winning the opening game of the series and having home-court advantage, they lost the next two duels to eventual champion, AS Monaco.

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 through 2001. Another Cup triumph made for a trophy 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. A quieter period followed before Buducnost became the face of the newborn Montenegrin League. The club won 11 consecutive titles starting from the inaugural 2006-07 campaign, while also leaving its mark in the EuroCup. Buducnost reached the EuroCup Quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013, but was ousted by Valencia Basket and eventual champ Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, respectively.

At home, Buducnost won the Montenegrin League and Cup double every years from 2007 to 2012. In 2014-15, the team lost a decisive fifth game of the Adriatic League semifinals against Cedevita Zagreb. Meanwhile, in Montenegro, the club continued to dominate. Buducnost captured its third and fourth consecutive trophy doubles by beating Mornar Bar in both finals in back-to-back seasons. Buducnost experienced a bittersweet 2017-18 season; it won its first Adriatic League title, but also saw its run of Montenegrin League titles snapped. The following campaign, Buducnost was back in the EuroLeague and had a 6-24 record as one of its main players, Goga Bitadze, was chosen as the competition's Rising Star.

The 2019-20 season saw Buducnost return to collecting trophies as it knocked off Mornar to claim its seventh straight Montenegrin Cup crown. Last season, the team reached the EuroCup Quarterfinals where it was eliminated by eventual champ AS Monaco. Now, the Montenegrin powerhouse will look to improve its results from last season and make history by reaching the EuroCup Semifinals for the first time.