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2011-12 Draw Profile: Partizan mt:s Belgrade
A dominant team in the Serbian and Adriatic Leagues, Partizan mt:s comes off a yet another great season despite not matching its outstanding results from the previous season. Partizan won three domestic titles – the Adriatic League, Serbian Cup and Serbian League – and made it to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16, but the black-and-white powerhouse, which is always backed by an outstanding legion, will try to reach even higher in 2011-12. Its recent success has turned the team from contender to Euroleague giant. Partizan has made it to the Top 16 in each of the last five seasons and 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. Moreover 10 consecutive Serbian League titles and five straight Adriatic League championships are its main credentials in showing that Partizan has been among the very best in European basketball this decade. 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, 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, 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, such as Nikola Pekovic, Aleks Maric, Kosta Perovic, Jan Vesely, Novica Velickovic or before them, Dejan Tomasevic, Nenad Krstic and Predrag Drobnjak, played for Partizan. The club started to reach the Top 16 and the playoffs on a regular basis when everything clicked in 2009-10. Maric, Bo McCalebb and Vesely helped Partizan top Maccabi Electra to reach the Final Four. Once at the big event in Paris, Partizan became the first team to lose both its Final Four games in overtime, but showed that its winning formula is second to none. Partizan will be back fully reloaded and as competitive as ever this season, with thousands of fans that treat basketball - and the club - as their own religion.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
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