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Adidas trainers in honour of Split’s famous Jugoplastika basketball club

BSTN x Adidas Forum High has dedicated Adidas trainers to the famous Split basketball club Jugoplastika, now KK Split. 

Predominantly clad in white, the Lo and Hi propositions feature the club’s colours with each pair accompanied by a matching gym bag and water bottle. 

The trainers are made out of respect for the Jugosplastika basketball club, which was European champion three times in a row.

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The club recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.

The limited-edition trainers pay tribute to Adidas’s former “partner”, a company that no longer exists but that used to manufacture 4.5 million sports bags a year for Adidas.

BSTN and Adidas‘ “Ćevape & Fries” collaboration is only limited to 150 pairs and is exclusively available at the German retailer’s webstore via raffle. To enter, participants must donate €1-donation ($1.19 USD) to the Seebruecke.org charity. The raffle runs from November 17th to November 20th, with winners announced on November 21st.

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In 1990, Jugoplastika sold products worth 350 million dollars. As the company, in accordance with the regulations of that time, invested a lot of many in the local community, that also affected Split’s basketball club, which managed to win the title of the European champion three times thanks to the company’s sponsorship.

Dino Radja, one of Jugoplastika’s former basketball players, also agrees that Adidas made the right move, Jutarnji List reported.

Over the past 75 years, KK Split has been one of the most successful clubs in European basketball history, winning a number of European and domestic titles and producing NBA stars like Toni Kukoč and Rađa.

KK Split 75

Jugoplastika celebrate (Photo credit: Maršal Marmont / Public Domain)

The club was established on 6 November 1945 in Hajduk sports society’s basketball section. In 1948, the club established its own organisational structure known as KK Hajduk and the next year, 1949, the club changed its name to KK Split.

The club first made it to the Yugoslav top-tier level league in 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 clothing, accessories, and footwear factory, and kept it until the end of the 1989–90 season.)

In the 1990–91 season, the club participated in the worldwide, national domestic, and European competitions, under the sponsorship of POP 84 (an Italian clothes company from Ancona).

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 Rađa, Kukoč, Žan Tabak, Velimir Perasović and Zoran Savić, won the European top-tier level basketball trophy.

KK Split Jugosplastika

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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 FIBA Korać Cups in 1976, against Chinamartini Torino, and in 1977, against Alco Bologna.

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