Alba Berlin

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Alba Berlin
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Nickname Berlin Albatrosse
Leagues German League
Founded 1991
History ALBA Berlin
Arena O2 World
Arena Capacity 14,500[1]
Location Berlin, Germany
Team colors Yellow, Blue
President Dieter Hauert
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)
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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.


1991–2000: Foundation and first championships[edit]

Alba Berlin was founded in 1991

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

In 2009, the management of Alba Berlin was honored by ULEB executives with the highest accolades for professional achievements.[2]


Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Alba Berlin roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 7 Germany King, Alex 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 29 – (1985-02-20)February 20, 1985
PG 8 Germany Akpinar, Ismet 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 19 – (1995-05-22)May 22, 1995
G 11 Germany Vargas, Akeem 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 24 – (1990-04-29)April 29, 1990
F/C 14 Canada Kendall, Levon 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 30 – (1984-07-04)July 4, 1984
SF 15 United States Redding, Reggie 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 25 – (1988-07-18)July 18, 1988
C 18 Germany Wohlfarth-Bottermann, Jonas 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 24 – (1990-02-20)February 20, 1990
G 19 Republic of Macedonia Stojanovski, Vojdan 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 26 – (1987-12-09)December 9, 1987
PF 22 Germany Jagla, Jan 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 33 – (1981-06-25)June 25, 1981
PG 25 United States Hammonds, Clifford 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 28 – (1985-12-18)December 18, 1985
C 43 Croatia Radošević, Leon 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1990-02-26)February 26, 1990
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Serbia Milenko Bogićević
  • Germany Mauricio Parra

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: July 10, 2014

Depth chart[edit]

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[edit]

The O2 World in Berlin opened in 2008 and is the host arena for Alba Berlin
Alba Berlin vs Dallas Mavericks in 2012.
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
1998–99 1 Bundesliga 1 Champion Champion Played Euroleague
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
2014–15 1 Bundesliga


Total Titles: 18

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

Alba Berlin vs NBA teams[edit]

6 October 2012
Alba Berlin Germany 84–89 United States Dallas Mavericks

Hall of Fame[edit]

Notable players[edit]

ALBA Berlin is one of the most visited basketball clubs in Europe.

Notable coaches[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Home arenas[edit]

ALBA Dancers in 2013


Official Name Sponsor ALBA SE
Official Shirt Sponsor Tin Tag AG
Official Sport Clothing Manufacturer Adidas AG

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