2012-13 Club Profile: Partizan mt:s Belgrade

Jun 19, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
Partizan
2011-12 Results
Euroleague: Regular Season
Adriatic League: Semifinals
Serbian League: Champion
Serbian Cup: Champion
Dragan Milosavljevic - Partizan mt:s
Dragan Milosavljevic
PROVISIONAL ROSTER
2012-13
MUSLI, DEJAN
C
GAGIC, DJORDJE
C
WESTERMANN, LEO
G
BERTANS, DAVIS
F
LUCIC, VLADIMIR
F
MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN
F
BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN
G
BESOVIC, NEMANJA
C
CAKAREVIC, MARKO
F
DJEKIC, BRANISLAV
F
ANDJUSIC, DANILO
G
Head Coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan mt:s Belgrade, the long-standing king of Serbian basketball, welcomes back a coaching legend as it aims to go far again this season. The return of Coach Dusko Vujosevic to the sidelines instantly upgrades a team that already boasts great promise. For Partizan, the 2011-12 season featured ups and downs. On one hand, Partizan conquered its 11th consecutive Serbian League title after downing rival Crvena Zvezda 3-1 in the best-of-five title series. Partizan also lifted the Serbian Cup trophy and made it to the Adriatic League final four before losing against Cedevita Zagreb in the semifinals. Partizan, however, saw its run of five consecutive Euroleague Top 16 appearances come to an end after losing a do-or-die home game against EA7 - Emporio Armani Milano. The always ambitious and proud club with the brilliant fan base that turns every Euroleague game into a huge basketball celebration will try to renew that streak this season. 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 consecutive 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 trophy. 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 European basketball history. At home, Partizan remained a dominant force by winning cups and titles at a steady clip and the club returned to the Final Four in 1998. In recent years, Partizan has managed to develop players while staying fully competitive. Some of the best big men in European basketball, including Nikola Pekovic, Aleks Maric, Kosta Perovic, Jan Vesely, Novica Velickovic, Milan Macvan and before them, Dejan Tomasevic, Nenad Krstic and Predrag Drobnjak, played for Partizan. Success turned the team from contender to Euroleague giant. Partizan registered three consecutive playoff appearances between 2008 and 2010, the year in which the club reached the Final Four for the first time since 1998. Maric, Bo McCalebb and Vesely helped Partizan top Maccabi Electra to reach the Final Four. Once at the big event, Partizan became the first team to lose both its Final Four games in overtime, but its fans set a new standard for devotion with their support throughout the season and especially at the Final Four games in Paris. In 2010-11, Partizan used four regular season home wins to make it to the Top 16 before bowing out. The club later added another Serbian League title and a fifth straight Adriatic League crown to reaffirm that Partizan was among the very best in European basketball. Now on the heels of another successful season at home, Partizan comes back fully reloaded with Vujosevic again at the helm and eager to delight tens of thousands of fans that treat basketball – and the club – like a religion.