Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade history
Crvena Zvezda, known worldwide by the translated name ‘Red Star’, was among the most-crowned teams in the former Yugoslavia. The club was founded in 1945 and already a year later started its domination by winning the first of 10 straight titles. Zvezda continued winning trophies in bunches in the early 1970s when it claimed a national championship, three domestic cups and the 1974 Saporta Cup – its lone European trophy to date – in the span of five years. The next two decades were not as fruitful. Zvezda had to wait until 1993 to win another Yugoslavian crown, but it repeated the success twice more in the 1990s. A return to prominence at the continental level came in 2006 and 2007 when Milan Gurovic led Zvezda to the ULEB Cup quarterfinals, where it lost against eventual champions Dynamo Moscow and Real Madrid. In 2013, Zvezda won its first of three consecutive Serbian Cups made its EuroLeague debut the next season, as well as advancing to the EuroCup semifinals. Then came one of the greatest seasons in club history with its first triple-crown, lifting trophies in the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup in 2015. The following season, 2015-16, saw Zvezda take another step forward by advancing to the EuroLeague playoffs, where it put up a great fight against eventual champion CSKA Moscow. More domestic silverware has continued to be grabbed at a rapid rate, including two more triple crowns in 2021 and 2022 under Head Coach Dejan Radonjic in his second stint with the club, further strengthening the status of a proud and powerful club. Over the years Zvezda had the privilege of being guided by some of Europe's coaching greats – including Aleksandar Nikolic, Ranko Zeravica and Svetislav Pesic – as well as developing some of Europe’s finest talents such as Zoran Slavnic, Dejan Tomasevic, Igor Rakocevic, Nemanja Bjelica and Predrag Stojakovic. That pedigree, not to mention the passionate support of a devoted fanbase, ensures that Zvezda will always present a challenge to any opponent.