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Stories about Partizan - POP 41

by Ivan Toskov on March 29, 2021

From the abyss to the Final Four

After a series of seven defeats in the Euroleague in the 1997/98 season. and the resignation of coach Miroslav Nikolić, the team was taken over by the previous assistant Milovan-Kima Bogojević. Partizan returned to winning ways in the decisive games. Teamsistem from Bologna was defeated in "Pionir", and then AEK in Athens, and the black and whites went from fourth place in the group to the round of 16, where, with the advantage of their home field, they were awaited by the defending champions of Europe, Olympiakos of Athens.

Although the favorite, the team of Dusan Ivković had a problem with the injury of two important players - Arturas Karnišovas and Dragan Tarlać. Partizan shone in the first game in Athens and made a "break" (78:74) despite the fact that the scoreboard damaged the black and white by two points. The five Đokić, Brkić, Čubrilo, Tomašević, Drobnjak (Lukovski did not perform due to food poisoning) had their night in Piraeus, the whole team contributed to the triumph and Partizan awaited the second duel in Belgrade with a great advantage. The packed "Pionir" was a guarantee that the young black and white team (average age 23) could not lose. At the beginning of the second half, the Greeks took the lead with 39:33. Miroslav Radošević brought Partizan back with threes, and then Olimpiakos "disappeared" from the floor. What Radošević started, Čubrilo, Tomašević, Drobnjak, Đokić finished. Partizan eliminated the European champion (72:60) and gained the home field advantage in the quarter-final series with CSKA.

The magnificent triumph in the first match in Belgrade (87:72) hinted at a feat that seemed unattainable just a month earlier. The convincing defeat in Moscow (52:77) did not discourage Bogojević's team, and with the victory 89:77 (Drobnjak 21, Brkić 16, Lukovski 14, Radošević 13), on April 2, 1998, Partizan became a participant in the Final for the third time in the history of the club. cool However, at the final tournament in Barcelona, ​​the obstacle in the semi-finals was the mighty Kinder, led by Predrag Danilović, Zoran Savić and Raš Nesterović, who, after the first half in which his players only missed twice, secured the final and the victory (83: 61). The Italians won the trophy against AEK in the final, and Partizan finished fourth with a loss to Benetton (89:96).


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