Skyliners Frankfurt

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Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt logo
League Basketball Bundesliga
Founded 1999
History Skyliners
(1999–2000)
Opel Skyliners
(2000–2005)
Deutsche Bank Skyliners
(2005–2011)
Fraport Skyliners
(2011–)
Arena Fraport Arena Frankfurt
Location Frankfurt, Germany
Team colors Blue, White, and Orange
              
Head coach Gordon Herbert
Championships German Champion:
2004
German Cup Champion:
2000
Website fraport-skyliners.de
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
Former logo as Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2005 until 2011

Skyliners Frankfurt, currently known as Fraport Skyliners for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Frankfurt, Germany.[1] Their home arena is Ballsporthalle.

The club has played in the Basketball Bundesliga since 1999. Its greatest accomplishments were the German Cup competition title in 2000, and the German national championship in 2004.

Its most famous player has been Pascal Roller, who was selected as Basketball Bundesliga All-Star seven times and played 122 games for the German national basketball team. Roller played ten seasons for the Skyliners until his retirement in 2011.

History[edit]

The foundation[edit]

In 1999, Dr. Gunnar Wöbke, then manager and former player of TV Tatami Rhöndorf moved his team from Bad Honnef to its current location. The declared goal was to place the team in a big arena in a large city to become a top team in the Basketball Bundesliga and in Europe in the near future. In Bad Honnef, this did not seem possible. After going through several options - including the idea to send the team to Cologne - Sylvia Schenk, the director of Frankfurt's sports department officially announced Frankfurt as the team's new location. Franz-Ludwig Solzbacher, a businessman from Bad Honnef helped organize the Skyliners' first steps but remained patron of the TV Rhöndorf and bought a second division license from EnBW Ludwigsburg to keep Rhöndorf from being relegated.

Later years[edit]

In its first season as a German elite team it managed to win the German Cup competition. In 2004, they won their first and only Bundesliga title, beating Baskets Bamberg in the finals by 3-2 victories. The following year, the Skyliners had a repeated appearance in the finals, but this time the Baskets Bamberg took the title by 3-2 victories. As in the year before, both teams were almost equally strong.

In 2004 and 2010, the Skyliners finished as runner-up in the German Cup competition, falling against the same opponent with identical victory splits again.

Throughout the years, the Skyliners have been known for their numerous appearances at European competitions such as the EuroLeague, Saporta Cup and the Eurocup Basketball.

Currently, they compete at the 2014–15 EuroChallenge.

Current roster[edit]

Frankfurt's national team player Johannes Voigtmann helped the Skyliners to have a deep run into the playoffs of the 2014–15 EuroChallenge season.

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 4 Finland Koivisto, Mikko 70001940000000000001.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 28 – (1987-04-18)18 April 1987
PG 7 Germany Klein, Konstantin 70001870000000000001.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 24 – (1991-05-21)21 May 1991
C 8 Germany Oldenburg, Tim 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 22 – (1992-06-16)16 June 1992
PG 10 Germany Merz, Max Injured 70001840000000000001.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 21 – (1994-02-01)1 February 1994
F 12 Germany Ilzhoefer, Stefan 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 20 – (1995-03-22)22 March 1995
G/F 13 Germany Bright, Kevin 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 22 – (1992-09-07)7 September 1992
C 17 Germany Voigtmann, Johannes 70002110000000000002.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 22 – (1992-09-30)30 September 1992
G 20 United States Armand, Sean 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 23 – (1991-08-26)26 August 1991
F 21 Germany Barthel, Danilo 70002069999999999992.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 23 – (1991-10-24)24 October 1991
F 22 Germany Richter, Johannes 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 21 – (1993-12-06)6 December 1993
G 23 United States Robertson, Quantez 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 30 – (1984-12-16)16 December 1984
C 24 United States Morrison, Mike 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1989-10-31)31 October 1989
F 25 United States Burtschi, Jacob 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 31 – (1984-05-21)21 May 1984
G 30 United States Cobbs, Justin 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 24 – (1991-03-16)16 March 1991
C 42 Canada Doornekamp, Aaron 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 29 – (1985-12-05)5 December 1985
PG 55 Canada Fossman, Kyle 70001830000000000001.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 23 – (1991-11-21)21 November 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2 March 2015

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Johannes Voigtmann Mike Morrison Tim Oldenburg
PF Danilo Barthel Johannes Richter Jacob Burtschi
SF Justin Cobbs Aaron Doornekamp Stefan Ilzhöfer Kevin Bright
SG Quantez Robertson Mikko Koivisto Konstantin Klein
PG Sean Armand Kyle Vossmann



Head coach position[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

  • Played at least one season for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team or one NBA game at any time.

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason German Cup European competitions
1999–00 1 Bundesliga 3 Semifinalist Champion Played Saporta Cup
2000–01 1 Bundesliga 8 Quarterfinalist Fourth position Played Euroleague
2001–02 1 Bundesliga 3 Semifinalist Third position Played Euroleague
2002–03 1 Bundesliga 7 Quarterfinalist Played ULEB Cup
2003–04 1 Bundesliga 1 Champion Runner-up Played ULEB Cup
2004–05 1 Bundesliga 2 Runner-up Fourth position Played Euroleague
2005–06 1 Bundesliga 14 Played ULEB Cup
2006–07 1 Bundesliga 13
2007–08 1 Bundesliga 4 Semifinalist Played ULEB Cup
2008–09 1 Bundesliga 7 Quarterfinalist Third position Played EuroChallenge
2009–10 1 Bundesliga 2 Runner-up Runner-up
2010–11 1 Bundesliga 3 Semifinalist Fourth position Played EuroChallenge
2011–12 1 Bundesliga 9 Played Eurocup
2012–13 1 Bundesliga 15
2013–14 1 Bundesliga 11
2014–15 1 Bundesliga 6 Quarterfinalist

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frankfurt Skyliners" (in German). Frankfurter Rundschau. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 

External links[edit]