Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, which will compete in the 7DAYS EuroCup for the first time since 2014 and after five consecutive Turkish Airlines EuroLeague campaigns, comes off an up-and-down campaign that the team finished by winning its fourth straight Serbian League crown. Zvezda got off to a slow start in the EuroLeague last season, winning just two of its first nine games. However, the team made a club-record 17 three-pointers in a memorable 83-87 road win over eventual champion Real Madrid as it found its form and improved to 7-9. Home wins over Olympiacos Piraeus, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan and Unicaja Malaga between Rounds 20 and 24 kept Zvezda's slim playoff hopes alive. However, the team lost five of its last six games and finished its EuroLeague season with an 11-19 record. Domestically, Zvezda lost in the Serbian Cup final against archrival Partizan NIS Belgrade. In the Adriatic League, Zvezda secured home-court advantage in the playoffs and ousted Mornar Bar 2-1 in the best-of-three playoff semifinals, but lost the best-of-five finals 1-3 against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica. Zvezda completed its season by winning its fourth straight Serbian League title, sweeping its way through the playoffs by beating Partizan 2-0 in the semis and FMP Zeleznik 3-0 in the finals.
Crvena Zvezda, which translates as Red Star, was among the most-crowned teams in the former Yugoslavia. The club was founded in 1945 and already a year later had started its domination by winning the first of its 10 straight titles. Zvezda continued winning trophies in bunches in the early 1970s when it claimed a national championship, three domestic cups and the 1974 Saporta Cup – its lone European trophy to date – all in a span of five years. The next two decades were not as fruitful. Zvezda had to wait until 1993 to win another Yugoslav crown, but it repeated the success twice more in the 1990s. Over the years Zvezda had the privilege of being guided by some of Europe's coaching greats – including Aleksandar Nikolic, Ranko Zeravica and Svetislav Pesic, and developed some of Europe's finest talents, such as Zoran Slavnic, Dejan Tomasevic, Igor Rakocevic, Nemanja Bjelica and Predrag Stojakovic. A return to winning at the continental level came in 2006 and 2007 when Milan Gurovic led Zvezda to the ULEB Cup quarterfinals, where it lost against eventual champions Dynamo Moscow and Real Madrid. In 2013, Zvezda won its first of three consecutive Serbian Cups, and in the 2013-14 season made its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague debut. Even though a 4-6 regular season record was not enough to advance from a tough group with eventual champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Zvezda continued its journey in the EuroCup and reached the semifinals, where it lost a two-game series against UNICS Kazan. The club returned to compete against Europe's elite and lived through some of the proudest moments in its 70-year old history. Led by big man Boban Marjanovic, in 2014-15 Zvezda reached the Euroleague Top 16 for the first time ever and won its first triple-crown, lifting trophies in all three other competitions it entered that season – the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup. The following season, Zvezda went a step further in the EuroLeague, reaching the playoffs, and putting up a great fight despite being ousted in three games by eventual champion CSKA Moscow. Zvezda went on to win two of three domestic trophies, sweeping Mega Leks in the Adriatic League finals before taking its second straight Serbian League title by beating archrival Partizan Belgrade 3-1 in the best-of-five finals. In the 2016-17 season, Zvezda came just short of another EuroLeague playoff appearance, losing a do-or-die Round 30 game against Darussafaka Istanbul, but won another domestic triple crown. Now, with another Serbian title in its pocket, Zvezda and its army of faithful fans make their return to the EuroCup with big expectations and a bar raised mighty high.