|Team colors||Yellow, Blue
|Team manager||Marco Baldi|
|Head coach||Saša Obradović|
|Championships||1 Korać Cup
8 German Championships
8 German Cups
2 Champions Cups
|Retired numbers||2 (4, 12)|
Alba Berlin (also Berlin Albatrosse) is a prominent professional basketball club based in Berlin, Germany. The club was founded in 1991 and is today the largest national basketball club by membership figures.
Winning eight German championships, eight German cups and the Korac Cup in 1995 Alba Berlin is considered to be the most successful German basketball team domestically and internationally.
Alba Berlin hosts its games at the O2 World arena and competes in the German League and the Euroleague. With an average attendance of more than 10.000 fans per game in a season the club is host to one of the most popular basketball events in Europe.
In 2012 Alba Berlin was the first German basketball club to compete against a former NBA champion, the Dallas Mavericks. In 2013 Alba Berlin was portrayed in the ESPN documentary series Basketball Capitals.
- 1 History
- 2 Players
- 3 Season by season
- 4 Honours
- 5 Hall of Fame
- 6 Home arenas
- 7 Sponsorships
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
1991–2000: Foundation and first championships
Alba Berlin traces its history back to the BG Charlottenburg, a basketball club in western Berlin which was founded in 1989. In 1991, when the global recycling company, ALBA AG, agreed to a significant basketball sponsorship, BG Charlottenburg changed its name to Alba Berlin.
Shortly thereafter, under the direction of head coach Faruk Kulenović, Alba Berlin became runner-up at the German Championship. In 1993, the Serbian Svetislav Pesic took over as coach, and the club gained successes that no other German basketball team had previously accomplished. Winning the Korać Cup in 1995 was the first international title of a German club team in basketball.
In 1996, shortly after moving the club from the Sömmeringhalle to the Max-Schmeling-Halle, Alba Berlin finally beat series champion Bayer Leverkusen and won its long-awaited first German Championship. In addition to winning the Korać Cup and other successes at the European level, in his seven-year career as head coach, Pesic won four German championships and one German Cup.
2000–2008: Professionalization and national success
Under head coach Emir Mutapcic the team recorded three German championships and two German Cup victories, but particularly at the European level no significant progress could be made. As a reaction to the time without titles, the team was largely rebuilt for each new season. In 2004 and 2005, Berlin eventually was kicked out of the national playoffs semi-final series. Organizationally, the club created the new position of team manager, which was occupied by Henning Harnisch. Further, the professional section of the club was transformed into a GmbH on September 1, 2005.
In the season 2005/2006, under new coach Henrik Rödl, ALBA Berlin won another German Cup. As winner of the regular season, the team advanced to the finals series of the championship, in which they lost to RheinEnergie Köln. Köln was coached by Sasa Obradovic, who had helped Berlin win the Korać Cup in 1995. The following season, 2006/2007, however, Berlin was once again winner of the regular season but was eliminated in the quarter finals by the Artland Dragons. This event triggered the dismissal of Rödl and the signing of a new head coach Luka Pavicevic, followed by another major remodeling of the team. After injury problems in the preparation and the course of the season the season 2007/2008, (including the loss of Goran Jeretin for the entire season and Aleksandar Rašić for the play-offs) in January 2008 Berlin took advantage of the insolvency of the Cologne 99ers and signed their major players Immanuel McElroy and Aleksandar Nadjfeji. Led by the league MVP Julius Jenkins, the team was superior to all other competitors in the play-offs and won the championship again after five year hiatus.
In the 2003/2004 season, Berlin achieved its last master qualification to participate in the highest European League ULEB Euro League. Between the seasons 2004/2005 and 2007/2008, the team was able to present itself "only" in the ULEB Cup, the second-highest European league. Here, only in the 2006/2007 season the team made it beyond the first round and where it was eliminated in the second round.
2008–2014: Current era
With the move into the new 14,500-seat O2 World Berlin, the then reigning champion ALBA Berlin opened a new chapter in the club's history. Berlin was the first team in German history to ever average more than 7,000 visitors per game. Thus, ALBA's manager Marco Baldi and Supervisory Board Chairman Axel Schweitzer decided to take the next step towards a permanent presence in international competition and appropriate presentation options. The Anschutz Group, owner of the O2 World Berlin, and ALBA Berlin agreed to a 15-year contract until 2023 with an option for another 10 years.
As the reigning German champion, ALBA participated in the 2008/2009 EuroLeague. There, the team reached the Top 16 where it could not hold its ground against European elite FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Yet, ALBA had Europe's highest attendance at 11,264 spectators in the O2 World Berlin. In addition, the club gathered 14,800 spectators in the main round home game against Olimpija Ljubljana a record crowd at a European Cup game in Germany. While at the national level in the cup final, ALBA defeated the Baskets Bonn. Later, ALBA was beaten by the same team in the play-off semi-final series in five games.
Alba Berlin roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Leon Radošević||Levon Kendall|
|PF||Jan Jagla||Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann|
|SF||Alex King||Reggie Redding||David Herwig|
|SG||Vojdan Stojanovski||Akeem Vargas|
|PG||Clifford Hammonds||Ismet Akpinar|
Season by season
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||Postseason||German Cup||European competitions|
|1991–92||1||Bundesliga||2||Finalist||–||2 Played European Cup|
|1992–93||1||Bundesliga||2||Quarterfinalist||–||3 Played Korac Cup|
|1993–94||1||Bundesliga||3||Semifinalist||–||3 Played Korac Cup|
|1994–95||1||Bundesliga||2||Finalist||–||3 Korac Cup champion|
|1995–96||1||Bundesliga||2||Finalist||Semifinalist||3 Korac Cup quarterfinalist|
|1996–97||1||Bundesliga||1||Champion||Champion||1 Played Euroleague|
|1997–98||1||Bundesliga||1||Champion||–||1 Euroleague quarterfinalist|
|1999–00||1||Bundesliga||1||Champion||Finalist||1 Played Euroleague|
|2000–01||1||Bundesliga||1||Champion||–||1 SuproLeague quarterfinalist|
|2001–02||1||Bundesliga||1||Champion||Champion||1 Euroleague Regular Season|
|2002–03||1||Bundesliga||1||Champion||Champion||1 Euroleague Regular Season|
|2003–04||1||Bundesliga||3||Semifinalist||–||1 Euroleague Regular Season|
|2004–05||1||Bundesliga||3||Semifinalist||–||2 Played ULEB Cup|
|2005–06||1||Bundesliga||2||Finalist||Champion||2 Played ULEB Cup|
|2006–07||1||Bundesliga||5||Quarterfinalist||–||2 Played ULEB Cup|
|2007–08||1||Bundesliga||1||Champion||Fourth place||2 Played ULEB Cup|
|2008–09||1||Bundesliga||3||Semifinalist||Champion||1 Euroleague Top 16|
|2009–10||1||Bundesliga||6||Quarterfinalist||Quarterfinalist||2 Eurocup Finalist|
|2010–11||1||Bundesliga||2||Finalist||Quarterfinalist||2 Played Eurocup|
|2011–12||1||Bundesliga||3||Quarterfinalist||Quarterfinalist||2 Played Eurocup|
|2012–13||1||Bundesliga||5||Quarterfinalist||Champion||1 Euroleague – Top 16|
|2013–14||1||Bundesliga||3||Finalist||Champion||2 Eurocup – Quarterfinalist|
Total Titles: 18
- German League
- Winners (8): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008
- German Cup
- Champions Cup
- Winners (2): 2008, 2013
Alba Berlin vs NBA teams
Hall of Fame
- Sömmeringhalle (1991–1996)
- Deutschlandhalle (1995), used only once for the Korac Cup Final
- Max-Schmeling-Halle (1996–2008)
- O2 World (Berlin) (2008–present)
|Official Name Sponsor||ALBA SE|
|Official Shirt Sponsor||Tin Tag AG|
|Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer||Adidas AG|
- Stadiums in Germany, Berlin Worldstadiums.com
- Club Executive of the Year: Marco Baldi, Alba Berlin Euroleague.net