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Home - Passion plus Talent equals NLB League

  Passion plus Talent equals NLB League

The Adriatic basketball league known as the NLB Liga is a premier basketball competition for the best teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
The League began in 2001 and has since become a spectacle for fans and much more. There has been excellent matches and amazing passion that is not seen in everyday basketball.
Serbia’s KK Partizan has won the last three NLB titles making it the most successful club. Belgrade side Zeleznik has won the league on two occasions and fellow Serbian club Hemofarm has won it on one occasion as have Croatian side KK Zadar and Slovenian side Olimpia who won the league in its inaugural season. In the first few seasons Israeli Champions Maccabi also took part in the competition.
It’s more than a game in the NLB league.
The 2009/2010 season will consist of 14 teams.

Five from Serbia, four from Croatia, two from Slovenia, two from Bosnia, one from Montenegro.

  B.C. Bosna Asa BH Telecom

One of the most successful clubs in former Yugoslavia, Bosna has won four Bosnian League Championships and is the defending Bosnian Cup winner.
The team is coached by former NLB League winner with Zeleznik, Serbian Vlada Vukoicic who took over the Coaching reign half way through last season.
The key to the team’s success this year will be team play along with great support from the Sarajevo crowd, Bosna should finish in the top eight this season.

  B.C. Buducnost

The best team in Montenegrin history is always ambitious and has a team full of talent. They should have no trouble making the top eight but the top four would be a big ask and anything more would mean a success for the Blues of Podgorica.
Six domestic trophies in the last three years is only proof of the dominance of Buducnost, the NLB is a great opportunity for them to prove they have what it takes to be ranked amongst one of the best teams in the region.
Coached by the young Dejan Radonjic who has already won allot with the club, Buducnost lead by Montenegro star Goran Jeretin and new addition to the club former Red Star and Partizan player Cedomir Vitkovac should have a great season.

  B.C. Cedevita

The club from Zagreb is playing its first season in the NLB Liga and it should be a valuable experience for the club who had a great season in the Croatian Basketball League.
Coached by the experienced Slobodan Subotic Cedevita is club that has a mix of youth and experience.
Will find it tough on the road but there isn’t much to expect for a club on the rise.

  B.C. Cibona

One of the best European clubs of all time, a club with a rich history the former Euroleague winners from 1985 and 1986 and the best Croatian team of all time with 15 league titles since the countries independence. The side will be helped by the arrival of former Real Madrid player Marko Tomas will have the available experience to be a serious contender this season. Coach Velemir Perasovic will be an influential figure for the Zagreb team.
Key Player - Marko Tomas
Only 24 the Croatian international has become a valuable member of the national squad and played in the recent major tournaments for his country. He was a member of the Croatian Junior Basketball team that won the gold medal in European Championships in 2002. Marko has won the ULEB Cup with Real Madrid and the Spanish League in the 2007 season. He will be a valuable addition for Cibona this season and is set to be one of the stars of the league. He is one to look out for.

  B.C. Crvena Zvezda

Red Star is the most popular club in Serbia although it hasn’t won as much trophies as rivals Partizan they are one of the countries and regions most feared teams.
Every season the club has ambitions to be the countries and regions best team. They have come close on several occasions and maybe this year they can go all the way.
Svetislav Pesic left the club at the beginning of the season and its now all down to Aco Petrovic who has an excellent basketball CV to build the club and turn it into a winning team. It is going to be hard but with the give talent and motivation, Red Star will be at the top of the league throughout the season.
Key Player - Nemanja Bjelica
The twenty year old is coming off a high from the European Championships in Poland wear he was one of Serbia’s key contributors and is destined to be a world class player. This could be a vital season for the youngster after his excellent break through season last year thanks to Svetislav Pesic having faith in his abilities and the added boost of the legendary Dusan Ivkovic being his national coach wear Aco Petrovic was the assistant, Bjelica has already learnt a lot in his very young basketball career.

  B.C. FMP Zeleznik

The club has one of the best youth systems in Europe and an emphasis on letting their youth players come into the first team at a young age has seen the club achieve great results and won a lot of admirers over the years.
They look strong even though their side has an every age of 21. The depth in the Centre Position will see great talents such as Raduljica, Musli and the Macedonian Samardziski all vying for the starting centre role. They will be the team to watch this season and be aware to remember the names as you will be hearing them for the next ten years in Europe’s best clubs and even the NBA.

  B.C. Helios Domzale

The Slovenian club which won the domestic double in 2007 has struggled in the NLB liga failing to show any signs of a team that can compete amongst the best in the region.
It will be the same story this season, a mixture of youth and experience the team led by Rado Trifunovic can only hope to achieve their personal best and hope to play some respectable basketball.

  B.C. Hemofarm

Champions of the 2005 Goodyear league. Hemofarm is one of the leagues best teams and have always been in the top four since their inclusion into the league. Many may ask why they haven’t won more then one title. Coached by the well respected Montenegrin Stevan Karadzic, Hemofarm boosts a squad with great talent, players such as Milan Macvan who was part of the Serbian squad at the European Championships in Poland can be a valuable asset to the team. Macvan has showed he has what it takes to be Serbia’s next great centre filling in the shoes of the legendary Vlade Divac. Macvan has everything a club wants and is only 19! Hope to see another great season by Hemofarm and possibly that second title is not to far away.

  B.C. Partizan

Partizan is one of Europe’s most known clubs and Serbia’s greatest basketball team of all team. The former European champion has had plenty of stars wearing the black and white singlet in its rich history. Vlade Divac and Aleksandar Djordjevic just to name a few, the latter scored a remarkable and historic three pointer in the dying seconds of the Euroleague final in 1991to gift Partizan their only European Champions trophy. The cub has also won 3 Korac Cups and a remarkable 8 consecutive Serbian titles. A regular in the Euroleague the club has made the Quarter Finals in the last two editions and broken all crowd records. They have also won the last three NLB competitions which just goes to show what a club this is. Can anyone stop them will be the question on everyone’s lips.

  B.C. Radnicki

Newcomers to the NLB, Radnicki had a breakthrough season in the domestic league. The achievement of qualifying for their first Adriatic basketball season is something many thought was to much for the club, but the team from Kragujevac has already shown they have talent in their ranks and will cause a few suprises this season. This is a club which will become a constant participant in the league.
Former Partizan player Marko Brkic will be the team’s best player this season, with a relatively good mix of players and age, Radnicki will have a great debut season in the NLB.

  B.C. Siroki

Twelve domestic trophys in the last eleven years is a clear example that Siroki is Bosnias premier basketball club. The defending Bosnian League champions have flatterd to deceive in the NLB League with a few good scalps each season, the club has to grow and take it to the next step if they wish to reach their goals and add to their domestic success.
This season it will be the same story for the club although they have had a mixed start winning the same amount of games as they have lost. A top eight spot is not out of their reaches but the main question is can they stay consistent.

  B.C. Union Olimpija

An amazing 30 trophies won in Slovenian basketball and an extra 6 in the Former Yugoslavia, Olimpia is the most successful and most popular basketball team in Slovenia.
What more can you say about its domestic riches and offcourse the excellent talent the club has produced over the years. Olimpia is also a Euroleague contestant and a club that is always a tough ask no matter how good the opponent is. Their Coach former Yugoslavian basketball legend Jure Zdovc is also the national team manager and his modern tactics have put an injection of life to Slovenian basketball. This season a lot will be expected of the Dragons from Ljubljana.

  B.C. Zadar

Zadar is the city of basketball. The residents are crazy for the sport and their team has over the years had some of the biggest names in Yugoslav and Croatian basketball history be apart of the club. Domestically the club has achived their biggest success in the cup winning it six times and adding two Croatian league titles. They have won the Adriatic League on one occasion in their excellent 2003 season. Coached by Zmagoslav Sagadin the former Olimpia and Red Star coach, the team is taking a fresh start this season and hopes to make the top eight which wont be a hard task for a team that always produces great basketball talent.

  B.C. Zagreb

The Croatian Cup in 2008 is the only trophy the club has won. After Finishing second from bottom last season a year to forget for the ‘Mravi’ they can only hope to play some respected basketball this season and improve their tarnished reputation. Zagreb will yet again find it tough in this competition and it’s a matter of time before the club fails to qualify for the NLB League. A poor season is predicted.

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