KK Split

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KK Split logo.jpg
NicknameŽuti (The Yellows)
Leagues ABA League
Croatian League
Founded1945; 75 years ago
HistoryKK Hajduk
KK Split
KK Jugoplastika
KK Slobodna Dalmacija
KK Croatia Osiguranje
KK Split
Arena Arena Gripe
Location Split, Croatia
Team colors Yellow and Black
PresidentDomagoj Maroević
General managerEdo Blažević
Head coachMile Karakaš
Team captainMateo Kedžo
Championships3 EuroLeague
2 Korać Cup
3 Triple Crown
1 Croatian Championship
5 Croatian Cups
6 Yugoslav Championships
5 Yugoslav Cups
Website www.kk-split.com

Košarkaški klub Split (English: Split Basketball Club), commonly referred to as KK Split or simply Split, is a men's professional basketball club based in Split, Croatia. The club competes in the ABA League and the Croatian League.



The club's roots are found in Hajduk sports society's basketball section, which was established in 1945. After three years of mostly sporadic activity, in 1948, the club established its own organizational structure known as KK Hajduk, which was independent of sports society. In the next year, 1949, the club changed its name to KK Split.

After competing in the Yugoslav lower divisions for more than a decade, the club finally made it to the Yugoslav top-tier level Yugoslav First Federal League, for the 1963–64 season, and it stayed there until the breakup of Yugoslavia.

In 1967, the club adopted–for sponsorship reasons–the name Jugoplastika (Jugoplastika was a factory of clothing, accessories, and footwear products, made from thermoplastic materials and fiberglass; the original predecessor of AD Plastik), [1] and kept it until the end of the 1989–90 season. In the next season, the club participated in the worldwide, national domestic, and European competitions, under the sponsorship of POP 84 (an Italian clothes company from Ancona). [2]

KK Split is among the most successful clubs in European basketball history. They are, together with the first champions of the competition, Rīgas ASK, the only team to win the EuroLeague trophy three times in a row. In the years 1989, 1990, and 1991, the team, which was known back then as Jugoplastika and POP 84, with players like Dino Rađa, Toni Kukoč, Žan Tabak, Velimir Perasović and Zoran Savić, won the European top-tier level basketball trophy.

Apart from these successes, the club also reached the FIBA European Champions Cup final in 1972, and the FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup final in 1973. It lost both finals against the 1970s Italian League superpower Ignis Varese, and the Soviet Union League club Spartak Leningrad. KK Split also won back-to-back Korać Cup titles in 1976, against Chinamartini Torino, and in 1977, against Alco Bologna.


Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

KK Split roster
PG 0 Flag of Serbia.svg Đoković, Ilija 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)25 – (1996-01-05)5 January 1996
G 1 Flag of Croatia.svg Perković, Toni 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)23 – (1998-04-10)10 April 1998
PG 4 Flag of Croatia.svg Rebić, Bruno 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)21 – (1999-11-02)2 November 1999
SG 5 Flag of Croatia.svg Gizdavčić, Roko 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)20 – (2001-03-12)12 March 2001
F 6 Flag of Croatia.svg Perasović, Ivan 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)19 – (2002-04-23)23 April 2002
C 7 Flag of Croatia.svg Kedžo, Mateo 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)36 – (1984-06-09)9 June 1984
PG 10 Flag of Croatia.svg Ukić, Roko Leni 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)36 – (1984-12-05)5 December 1984
SF 11 Flag of Croatia.svg Runjić, Lovre 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)20 – (2000-09-09)9 September 2000
F 12 Flag of Croatia.svg Marčinković, Pavle 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)31 – (1989-05-06)6 May 1989
PF 15 Flag of Croatia.svg Šarić, Viktor 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)20 – (2001-02-12)12 February 2001
F 17 Flag of Croatia.svg Bajo, Darko 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)22 – (1999-03-14)14 March 1999
PG 23 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Čampara, Sani 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)22 – (1999-03-03)3 March 1999
SF 26 Flag of Croatia.svg Babić, Luka 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)29 – (1991-09-29)29 September 1991
C 30 Flag of Croatia.svg Vranković, Antonio 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)24 – (1996-10-28)28 October 1996
PF 33 Flag of Serbia.svg Luković, Marko 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)28 – (1992-05-26)26 May 1992
C 34 Flag of Croatia.svg Marić, Marin 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)27 – (1994-02-21)21 February 1994
Head coach
  • Flag of Croatia.svg Mile Karakaš
Assistant coach(es)
  • Flag of Croatia.svg Ante Marović
  • Flag of Croatia.svg Srđan Subotić

  • (C) Team captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: February 21, 2021

Depth chart

Pos.Starting 5Bench 1Bench 2Bench 3Inactive
C Antonio Vranković Marin Marić Mateo Kedžo
PF Marko Luković Viktor Šarić
SF Darko Bajo Luka Babić Ivan Perasović Pavle Marčinković Lovre Runjić
SG Roko Leni Ukić Toni Perković Roko Gizdavčić
PG Sani Čampara Ilija Đoković Bruno Rebić

FIBA Hall of Famers

KK Split Hall of Famers
7 Flag of Croatia.svg Toni Kukoč F 1985–19912017 [3]


Arena Gripe Gripe sports hall.jpg
Arena Gripe

Total titles: 24

Domestic competitions

Winners (1): 2002–03
Runners-up (6): 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08
Winners (5): 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1996–97, 2003–04
Runners-up (3): 1995–96, 1998–99, 2020–21
Winners (6): 1970–71, 1976–77, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91
Runners-up (6): 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80
Winners (5): 1971–72, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1989–90, 1990–91
Runners-up (5): 1969–70, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89
Winners (1): 1981–82

European competitions

Winners (3): 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91
Runners-up (1): 1971–72
Final Four (3): 1989, 1990, 1991
Runners-up (1): 1972–73
Semifinalists (1): 1974–75
Winners (2): 1975–76, 1976–77
Semifinalists (3): 1973–74, 1978–79, 1979–80
Winners (1): 1990
Runners-up (2): 1988, 1989
4th place (1): 1991

Worldwide competitions

4th place (1): 1973
Runners-up (2): 1989, 1990
4th place (1): 1991

Other competitions

Winners (1): 1989
Runners-up (1): 1990

Individual club awards

Winners (2): 1989–90, 1990–91
Winners (1): 1976–77

Top performances in European competitions

1971–72 Finallost to Ignis Varese, 69-70 in the final (Tel Aviv)
1977–78 Semi-final group stage5th place in a group with Real Madrid, Mobilgirgi Varese, ASVEL, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv and Alvik
1988–89 Championsdefeated FC Barcelona 87–77 in the semi-final, defeated Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 75–69 in the final of the Final Four in Munich
1989–90 Championsdefeated Limoges CSP 101–83 in the semi-final, defeated FC Barcelona Banca Catalana 72–67 in the final of the Final Four in Zaragoza
1990–91 Championsdefeated Scavolini Pesaro 93–87 in the semi-final, defeated FC Barcelona Banca Catalana 70–65 in the final of the Final Four in Paris
2000–01 Quarter-finalseliminated by Efes Pilsen, 69–95 (L) in Istanbul, 72–64 (W) in Split and 59–82 (L) in Istanbul
FIBA Saporta Cup
1972–73 Finallost to Spartak Leningrad, 62–77 in the final (Thessaloniki)
1974–75 Semi-finalseliminated by Crvena zvezda, 88–76 (W) in Split and 63-81 (L) in Belgrade
1985–86 Quarter-finals3rd place in a group with FC Barcelona, Scavolini Pesaro and Landis&Gyr Wien
1992–93 Quarter-finals3rd place in a group with Sato Aris, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Benfica, Pitch Cholet and Budivelnyk
1993–94 Quarter-finals3rd place in a group with Smelt Olimpija, Taugrés, Fidefinanz Bellinzona, Tofaş and Rabotnički
1994–95 Quarter-finals3rd place in a group with Olympique Antibes, Iraklis Aspis Pronoia, Maes Flandria, Kyiv and Fidefinanz Bellinzona
FIBA Korać Cup
1973–74 Semi-finalseliminated by Partizan, 97–108 (L) in Belgrade and 85–75 (W) in Split
1975–76 Championsdefeated Chinamartini Torino, 97–84 (W) in Split and 82–82 (D) in Turin in the double finals of Korać Cup
1976–77 Championsdefeated Alco Bologna, 87–84 in the final of Korać Cup in Genoa
1978–79 Semi-finalseliminated by Partizan, 96–97 (L) in Split and 96–98 (L) in Belgrade
1979–80 Semi-finalseliminated by Arrigoni Rieti, 75–86 (L) in Rieti and 104–97 (W) in Split
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
1973 4th4th place in a group with Ignis Varese, Sírio, Vaqueros de Bayamón and Lexington Marathon Oilers
McDonald's Championship
1989 Finaldefeated Philips Milano 102–97 in the semi-final, lost to Denver Nuggets 129–139 in the final (Rome)
1990 Finaldefeated FC Barcelona Banca Catalana 102–97 in the semi-final, lost to New York Knicks 101–117 in the final (Barcelona)
1991 4th4th place in Paris, lost to Montigalà Joventut 86–117 in the semi-final, lost to Limoges CSP 91–105 in the 3rd place game

The road to the European Cup victories

One of the greatest dynasties in European-wide basketball club competition history, came between 1989 and 1991, when Split simply dominated the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) like no other team had in decades. Head coach Božidar Maljković, put together arguably one of the most talented young teams ever seen anywhere: featuring Toni Kukoč, Dino Rađa, Žan Tabak, Velimir Perasović, Zoran Sretenović, and Luka Pavićević, who joined forces with veterans like Duško Ivanović. In 1989, Jugoplastika reached the Final Four, along with heavy favorites FC Barcelona, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, and the very competitive Aris. Kukoč had 24 points and Ivanović had 21, to lead Split past FC Barcelona, by a score of 89–77, in the semifinals. Once in the final, Jugoplastika edged Maccabi 75–69, behind 20 points from Rađa, and 18 from an unstoppable Kukoč, whose combination of size, speed, and incredible court vision, turned him into a one-of-a-kind player.

Toni Kukoc with Dino Rada, after the victorious 1990 Champions Cup final against FC Barcelona, in Zaragoza. Toni Kukoc-Dino Rada-Jugoplastika.jpg
Toni Kukoč with Dino Rađa, after the victorious 1990 Champions Cup final against FC Barcelona, in Zaragoza.

Jugoplastika met FC Barcelona again, in the 1990 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four, in Zaragoza, Spain. FC Barcelona was backed by thousands of fans, and managed to get a brief 61–59 lead, late in the second half, but Kukoč buried a couple of critical three-pointers, that sent Jugoplastika on its way to its second straight title. Kukoč finished the game with 20 points, and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP award, in his magic hands.

In most places, one can find that the European champions in 1991, were called POP 84, but that was just the name of the sponsor under which the talented players of KK Split were playing that season. Despite being without Dino Rađa and Duško Ivanović, the team from Split was led by a great Toni Kukoč, and a genius-like Zoran Savić, to their third consecutive title. Since the time when Rīgas ASK of the USSR League, won three straight European titles, in 1958, 1959, and 1960, no other team had won three in a row. And in the Final Four era, only two other teams besides Jugoplastika have been able to win even two consecutively (Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv in 2004 and 2005, and Olympiacos in 2012, and 2013).

In 1991, the competition provided some big surprises, leading up to the Final Four at Paris. English club Kingston Kings of the British Basketball League, eliminated CSKA Moscow, and what is more, with a double victory, 93–77 at home and 72–74 in Moscow. German club Bayer 04 Leverkusen of the Basketball Bundesliga, made its debut in the third round, but the other faces were well-known to everyone: FC Barcelona Banca Catalana ended first in that phase (11–3), POP 84 was second (9–5), and the other two Final Four teams would be Scavolini Pesaro and Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, tied at 8–6. Once again, the first team of the previous round did not get the title. In a rematch of the previous year's final – an occurrence that has not been repeated since – the team from Split won 70–65, almost identical to the 1990 score (72–67). Thanks to a great performance by Savić, who scored 27 points, Jugoplastika had an historic three–peat.

Seasons in Yugoslavia

Split participated in the Yugoslav First Basketball League from the 1964 season, until the breakup of Yugoslavia, in summer of 1991 (except for 1981–82 season, when the club was relegated to the 2nd-tier level Yugoslav 1. B Federal Basketball League).

Pos. 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91
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Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.


To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Players at the NBA draft

^Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
PositionPlayerYearRoundPickDrafted by
PF/C Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Dino Rađa ^ 1989 2nd round40th Boston Celtics
SF/PF Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Toni Kukoč 1990 2nd round29th Chicago Bulls
C Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Žan Tabak 1991 2nd round51st Houston Rockets
C Flag of Croatia.svg Bruno Šundov 1998 2nd round35th Dallas Mavericks
PG/SG Flag of Croatia.svg Roko Ukić 2005 2nd round41st Toronto Raptors

Head coaches

KK Split: Odyssey in Yellow (2015 Documentary)

There are nostalgic moments when you look closely in the past and liked it that you look left in times of success as long as possible. Such moments usually occur when the present knows no success, when the bleak and when it is difficult to find prospects. Again, anniversaries are there for those moments. The documentary film 70 years of KK Split: Odyssey in yellow, [4] which was broadcast 1 December 2015 on HRT in the appropriate project in which this, a number of reasons stumbled, basketball giant revives glorious past. Jugoplastika, by FIBA, was declared the best basketball collective in the 20th century, which is deeply woven into the history of Croatian basketball, and the movie The Odyssey in yellow in just over eighty minutes evokes important moments in the history of Split, Croatian and Yugoslav basketball.

It is impossible to talk about any sport in Split, and not to mention Hajduk. Odyssey in yellow mentions that in infected football, basketball began. The beginning of basketball in Split bind for women's basketball, men's section began a little later. Elvira Čulić Carbonini, at the beginning of the film, is about establishing women's basketball team which was the first game played in 1945 against the Zadar team. This game, in addition to the defeat, caused the perception that the "basketball is sport for women." Vinko Bajrović spoke on the playground at Spinut, where he began the tradition of men's basketball in Split. People who have passed the courses did not understand how men can practice basketball. The perception started to change after the arrival of Branko Radović. Radović has laid the foundation of modern work that later led to the first great success of the Split basketball.

The first phase of a documentary film speaks about the first great, legendary generation of Split basketball. These players were the key part of the Yugoslav team that won the 1970 World Championship in Ljubljana, and referred to in the movie We will be world champions. The name under which the club achieved the greatest success bringing the first signed a sponsorship deal the club and the company. Club after moving to Arena Gripe, a signature sponsorship speech and arrival Damir Šolman city known shaft Skansi–Šolman–Rato Tvrdić bringing the first championship of Yugoslavia, 1970–71. The story of this generation continues and the first European Cup Final of Europe, Jugoplastika unfortunate loses 70–69 of the Italian Ignis in 1972. This generation that is with Krešo Ćosić represented the backbone of the Yugoslav national team and winning the World Cup, dropped the chance to become European champions for one last ball. The work of Petar Skansi worth mentioning in the coaching segment and the construction of a new, successful generation of the club. Generation led by Jerkov and Krstulović, the hoarder departing won 2 FIBA Korać Cups.

"You know when you will certainly give the basket," said Jerkov, "when you stop and think when you're doing everything by instinct." Most emotional moment of the film and milestone between two geniuses generation forgiveness is a hoarder Rate of active play. Mladen Delić in his distinctive style, comments that forgiveness and thus creates the atmosphere of which is, frankly, a man stands on end.

The second phase of the documentary film speaks about the most famous period - trophies during the 80s. Skansi, Slavnić, Trninić and Krešo Ćosić laid the foundations of inserting "yellow chickens" in the first team, and their work has been upgraded to the professional and meticulous work of Božidar Maljković. Trninić talk about how "every success there are more fathers". You have to respect those who were before you, who have set certain foundations". After Maljković's arrival, the Split team where they played Kukoč, Rađa, Ivanović, Sretenović, Perasović and other eighties dominated Europe, a team player and Maljković is explained through statements that could be considered on the basis of sports psychology and creating a healthy atmosphere and attitude in team sport. Maljković expertise and ingenuity of players has led to the domination of the European Cup which became legendary. The last European title, but called POP 84, led by Željko Pavličević was a special surprise. But equally, the swan song of a great generation. Odyssey in yellow speaks about the period after the collapse of Yugoslavia. The existence of the club in the nineties, while Cibona's dominance is also touched upon in the film. Rađa's back and winning Croatian league title, with Zdovc and Sesar, made Split last championship title, and just under Zdovc's leadership team wins the Croatian Cup as their last trophy.

Odyssey in yellow is a film that is as archival compilation followed statements by participants agreed screenwriter Mladen Capin, a director Tomislav Mršić all gave a touch nostalgic patina that usually last successes contain. "Odyssey in yellow" is a journey into some better days when the club from Gripe travelled across Europe and caused respect in European and global scale. Today, when the yellow submarine ship more than anything else we can not sing the song popular Beatles to feel better. It is a pity. If it is true that the development of society can be measured attitude to the legends. "Jugoplastika", "POP 84" or "KK Split" certainly is one of those legends. Although today is far from glorious days, do not play no regional division and is located before shutting down, I hope you will find in a good mood that would help the aged seventy avoid the fate of the company under whose name the greatest success.

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