Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade is coming off one of the best seasons in club history and is ready for its third consecutive Turkish Airlines Euroleague appearance. The Serbian powerhouse reached the Top 16 for the first time ever and lifted trophies in three of the four competitions it entered last season. During its Euroleague campaign, Zvezda finished second in its regular season group and defeated the likes of Panathinaikos Athens and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv during the Top 16, with center Boban Marjanovic setting records along the way. Domestically, Zvezda won its first-ever Adriatic League title by beating Cedevita Zagreb 3-1 in the best-of-five finals and captured the Serbian League title at the expense of Partizan NIS Belgrade to end its 17-year drought without a national championship. Crvena Zvezda, which translates as Red Star, was among the most-crowned teams in the former Yugoslavia. The club was founded in 1945 and immediately dominated. For an entire decade, from 1946 to 1955, Zvezda won 10 straight titles and assured its place in the history books. With basketball's rise in popularity came plenty of challengers, and Zvezda had to wait until 1972 for its next domestic title, then 21 years for another. There was also a European title, the 1974 Saporta Cup, and three Yugoslavian Cups to boast. In the modern era, Zvezda has remained strong. It picked up its first trophy in six years by winning the 2004 Serbia and Montenegro Cup. In its ULEB Cup debut the next season, Zvezda was eliminated from the playoff hunt on the last day of the regular season, but in 2006 and 2007 Milan Gurovic led Zvezda to the ULEB Cup quarterfinals, where it lost against eventual champions Dynamo Moscow and Real Madrid, respectively. Zvezda also advanced to the Serbian League finals both years, but archrival Partizan stood in the way of success. Zvezda was among the Eurocup Last 16 in both 2009 and 2010, and after a pair of quiet seasons, Zvezda fought its way to both the Serbian Cup and the League finals under Coach Svetislav Pesic in 2011-12. The club built on that success, and the following season finally lifted the Serbian Cup – its first trophy in seven years. There was a lot more to come, as Zvezda made its Euroleague debut in 2013-14, but a 4-6 regular season record was not enough to advance from a tough group with eventual champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. However, Zvezda continued its journey in the Eurocup, and reached the semifinals, where it lost a two-game series against Unics Kazan. Another Serbian Cup trophy, Adriatic League semifinals and Serbian League finals appearances made that one of the most successful seasons ever for Zvezda, but all that was topped last season as the rise of Zvezda continued. Now, in a country that claims basketball as its main sport, Zvezda and its army of loyal fans are looking to build on the recent success, hungry for more victories among Europe’s elite, and to add more trophies to the club’s rich resume.
2014-15 Results - Euroleague: Top 16, ABA League: winner, Serbian Cup: winner, Serbian League: winner.