Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna

Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna
Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna logo
Leagues Lega Serie A
Founded 1871
History 1871–present
Arena Unipol Arena
(11,000 seats)
Location Bologna, Italy
Team colors Black and White
         
President Claudio Sabatini
Head coach Italy Alessandro Finelli
Championships Italian Championships (15):
1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001
Italian Cups (8):
1974, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002
Italian Supercups (1):
1995
Euroleague Championships (2):
1998, 2001
Triple Crowns (1):
2001
Saporta Cups (1):
1990
EuroChallenge (1):
2009
Website virtus.it
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna is an Italian League professional basketball club, based in Bologna. Virtus returned to Italy's top division for the Serie A 2005-06 season after two years in the second division. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

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History

Virtus was founded in 1871 as a gymnastics club, and fielded its first professional basketball teams in the 1920s. The club has won 15 national league titles in Italy's top division and 8 Italian Cups. It has also been a frequent participant in the Euroleague, the basketball equivalent to football's Champions League. Virtus' best season, as measured by trophies won, was 2000-01, when it won the Italian League, Italian Cup, and Euroleague titles all in the same season, giving the club the coveted Triple Crown in Basketball championship for the year (though the latter came against the field that did not include all of Europe's national champions as some of them competed in Suproleague that year). It also won the Euroleague in 1998 led by club hero and icon Predrag Danilović.

Several key members of Virtus' treble-winners left immediately after that accomplishment. After the 2001-02 season, Manu Ginóbili, the Final Four MVP of Euroleague 2000-01, left for the NBA, as did Marko Jarić. At the end of the 2002-03 season, Virtus suffered relegation from Italy's top division as a result of financial problems.

The local derby between Virtus and Fortitudo Bologna is one of the most intense in the entire world of sports. Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff devoted a chapter of his 2002 basketball book, Big Game, Small World (ISBN 0-446-52601-0), to this rivalry.

Virtus' home stadium is Unipol Arena (previously known as Palamalaguti).

In 2009, Virtus Bologna returned to European and club success by winning the EuroChallenge, defeating Cholet Basket in the final. MVP of the final-four was Keith Langford. The team has shown interest in signing Kobe Bryant during the NBA lockout. If he signs with the club he would be getting 3 million for a 10 game contract.

Roster

Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna rosterPG
5 United States McIntyre, Terrell 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) &1000000000000003400000034
G 7 Finland Koponen, Petteri 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) &1000000000000002300000023
PG 8 Italy Poeta, Giuseppe 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 81 kg (179 lb) &1000000000000002600000026
G/F 9 Italy Moraschini, Riccardo 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) &1000000000000002000000020
C 11 United States Homan, Jared 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 110 kg (243 lb) &1000000000000002800000028
C 12 Italy Gigli, Angelo 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 104 kg (229 lb) &1000000000000002800000028
F 13 Georgia (country) Sanikidze, Viktor 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 88 kg (194 lb) &1000000000000002500000025
F/C 14 Italy Martinoni, Niccolò 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 97 kg (214 lb) &1000000000000002200000022
G/F 15 Lithuania Gailius, Deividas 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 94 kg (207 lb) &1000000000000002300000023
SG 40 United States Douglas-Roberts, Chris 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) &1000000000000002400000024
Head coach
  • Italy Alessandro Finelli
Assistant coach(es)
  • Italy Marco Sodini
  • Italy Christian Fedrigo



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (*) Playing only in Euroleague
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2011-09-26


Notable players

|* Denmark-Australia David Andersen 4 seasons: '99-'03

Coaches

  • Italy Renzo Poluzzi - 1948-50
  • Italy Dino Fontana - 1950-51
  • Italy Venzo Vannini - 1951-52
  • Italy Larry Strong - 1952-53
  • Italy Giancarlo Marinelli - 1953-54
  • Italy Larry Strong - 1954-55
  • Italy Vittorio Tracuzzi - 1955-60
  • Spain Eduard Kucharski - 1960-63
  • Italy Mario Alesini - 1963-66
  • Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Sip - 1966-68
    (incl. 4 games from the '68-'69 season)
  • Italy Renzo Ranuzzi - 1968-69
    (18 games)
  • Italy Nello Paratore - 1969-70
  • Italy Vittorio Tracuzzi - 1970-71
    (incl. 4 games from the '71-'72 season)
  • Italy Nico Messina - 1971-73
    (incl. 18 games from the '71-'72 season)
  • United States Dan Peterson - 1973-78
  • United States Terry Driscoll - 1978-80
  • Italy Ettore Zuccheri - 1980-81
    (23 games)
  • Italy Renzo Ranuzzi - 1981
    (18 games from the '80-'81 season)
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Nikolić - 1981-82
  • United States George Bisacca - 1982
    (11 games from the '82-'83 season)
  • Italy Mauro Di Vincenzo - 1982-83
    (24 games)
  • Italy Alberto Bucci - 1983-85
  • Italy Alessandro Gamba - 1985-87
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Krešimir Ćosić - 1987-88
  • United States Bob Hill - 1988-89
  • Italy Ettore Messina - 1989-93
  • Italy Alberto Bucci - 1993-97
    (incl. 23 games from the '96-'97 season)
  • Italy Lino Frattin - 1997
    (11 games from the '96-'97 season)
  • Italy Ettore Messina - 1997-02
    (replaced for two games in '01-'02
    by Italy Giordano Consolini)
  • Serbia and Montenegro Bogdan Tanjević - 2002
    (14 games from the '02-'03 season)
  • Italy Valerio Bianchini - 2002-03
    (20 games)
  • Italy Giampiero Ticchi - 2003
  • Italy Alberto Bucci - 2003-04
  • Italy Giordano Consolini - 2004-05
  • Republic of Macedonia Zare Markovski - 2005-07
  • Italy Stefano Pillastrini - 2007
  • Italy Renato Pasquali - 2008
  • Italy Matteo Boniciolli - 2008-09
  • Italy Lino Lardo - 2009–11
  • Italy Alessandro Finelli - 2011-present

Sponsorship names

Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:[1]

  • No name sponsorship (1945–53)
  • Minganti (1953–58)
  • Oransoda (1958–60)
  • Idrolitina (1960–61)
  • No name sponsorship (1961–62)
  • Knorr (1962–65)
  • Candy (1965–69)
  • No name sponsorship (1969–70)
  • Norda (1970–74)
  • Sinudyne (1974–80)
  • Granarolo (1983–86)
  • Dietor (1986–88)
  • Knorr (1988–93)
  • Buckler (1993–96)
  • Kinder (1996-02)
  • No name sponsorship (2002–03)
  • Carisbo Virtus (2003–04)
  • Caffè Maxim (2004–05)
  • VidiVici (2005–07)
  • La Fortezza (Serie A), VidiVici (EuroLeague) (2007–08)
  • La Fortezza (Serie A), Virtus BolognaFiere (EuroChallenge) (2008–09)
  • Canadian Solar (2009–10)

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