After three years of flirting with a ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague through the qualifying rounds, CEZ Basketball Nymburk hopes to finally break through for the 2013-14 season. One year ago, the perennial Czech champs won their opener before falling to host Mapooro Cantu and eventual qualifying rounds winner in the second round. Nymburk bounced back by reaching the Eurocup Last 16 and claiming its 10th straight Czech crown after losing just one domestic contest all season. Now, with a new face on the sidelines in head coach Kestutis Kemzura, Nymburk aims to at last claim a Euroleague regular season berth. Founded in 1930, Nymburk is the oldest basketball club in the Czech Republic and has recently been enjoying its finest moments. The current management, featuring former coaches and players, provided the spark for the current golden era back in 1995. Nymburk climbed to the third division by 1997 and within three years had won the second division and advanced to the top Czech league. Nymburk quickly established itself there, too, by ranking third at the end of the 2001-02 season, in which the club also played the Northern European Basketball League. Nymburk made it to the 2003 Czech League finals, but lost against Opava 4-3. Its fans would not wait long to taste ultimate victory, however. Nymburk lifted the Czech League trophy the next year and has successfully defended it every season since. CEZ, the largest Czech utility company, soon became a general partner, which helped the club sign even better players and see increased success in European competitions. Nymburk made its ULEB Cup debut in the 2006-07 season and managed to battle its way to the elimination rounds. Soon, its efforts were rewarded even more. In 2009-10, Nymburk advanced to the Eurocup eighthfinals for the first time in club history. Looking for more challenges to satisfy a broad and dedicated fan base, the Czech champion added both the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds and the Adriatic League to its ambitions in 2010-11. Both ventures gave Nymburk valuable experience. With the trio of Tre Simmons, Afik Nissim and Pavel Pumprla leading the way, Nymburk won a tough Eurocup Regular Season group, before faltering in the Last 16. Two years ago Nymburk joined the VTB United League looking to be even more competitive and came close to the Eurocup Finals without losing its edge in the Czech League. With Kemzura and a veteran cast of stars, this could be the year that Nymburk takes the next big step forward.
Czech National League: 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
Czech National Cup: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013