F.C. Porto (basketball)

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Dragon Force
Leagues Proliga
Founded 1926
History FC Porto
(1926–2012)
Dragon Force
(2013–present)
Arena Dragão Caixa
(2,200 seats)
Location Porto, Portugal
Team colors Blue & white
         
President Pinto da Costa
Head coach Moncho López
Championships 11
Website Official site
Uniforms
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Dragon Force[1] is a basketball team, based in Porto, Portugal. It is the senior representative of the basketball section of Futebol Clube do Porto, a sports club best known for its football team. They play their home matches at the Dragão Caixa arena. The team was discontinued in 2012 after losing the League to Benfica at Dragão Caixa,[2] and restarted in the third division, the CNB. In the 2013–14 season they won the Proliga.

They are the second most successful team in the LPB having won eleven Portuguese championships, thirteen Portuguese cups, five Portuguese supercups, six league cups and one António Pratas trophy.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The introduction of the sport in Portugal took place in 1913, and thirteen years later in 1926[3] a group of partners of the club decided to create a basketball team. António Sanches, António Marta and Daniel Barbosa drove the idea, having them joined by Gabriel Batista and A. Cabral to complete the team. The second place in the Cup António Cardoso guaranteed in the first season excites the community that forms immediately four other basketball teams. FC Porto basketball players trained in an outdoor field complex included in Campo da Constituição.

Early years[edit]

The decades of the thirties and forties were not very fertile in securities for the basketball section of FC Porto, but still the sport was up solidifying a club that showed increasingly eclectic. In the year 1933, the first Campeonato de Portugal was played, and Porto participated alongside Conimbricense, Académico, Fluvial, Guifões, Sp. Braga, Atlético de Braga and Sporting de Gouveia. In 1940, FC Porto have played in a covered, lighted, on Avenida dos Aliados enclosure. The fruit came in late because in 1947/48 and 1949/50 FC Porto was national champion of the second division and two seasons later was national champion in the First Division in 1951/52 and 1952/53.

The 1990s achievements[edit]

The year 1995 marks a crucial turning point in Portuguese basketball. It is in this year that the League Basketball Club, founded six years earlier, organized the first professional league. The FC Porto basketball section is associated with a sponsor at the time the UBP (going to be appointed FC Porto UBP), and enters with his right foot in the era of professional basketball, winning the first two editions of the league. Around the same time, the team moved to the Pavilhão Rosa Mota, which would provide better working conditions. In 1997 it is created the FC Porto, Basquetbol, SAD, alongside with FC Porto Futebol, SAD. The president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa accumulated the presidency of both SADs and the club, while Fernando Gomes became the primary administrator.

Although nationally FC Porto is among the best title contenders in all competitions, their performance at the international level is modest, reflecting the position of the Portuguese Basketball against the other European and world federations. Their best European performance succeeded in 1997 and 2000, years that reached the quarter-finals of the FIBA Saporta Cup (in 1997 still called FIBA EuroCup). In between, in 1999, Paulo Pinto, then Porto player, was elected by FIBA as one of the 50 best players in Europe and, as such, included in the list of candidates to join the western selection EURO ALL STAR.

Recent years[edit]

At the end of the 2011/2012 season the responsible section informed the coaching staff, which was represented by head coach Moncho López, assistant coach Diogo Gomes, and players (captain Nuno Marçal, André Bessa and David Gomes attended) that the senior team would not compete in the major league championship after losing to Benfica in Dragão Caixa. A new project for the section was initiated, they started training under the designation Dragon Force who competed in the national championship CNB third division in season 2012/2013, participating in the final competition.

In the season 2013/2014 the project Dragon Force participated at a senior level, in the second tier of National Basketball designated Proliga, becoming champion.[4]

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

F.C. Porto[edit]

  • Taça de Portugal: 13[5]
    • 1978–79, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2005–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12

Dragon Force[edit]

Roster[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Dragon Force roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 6 Portugal Brito, Diogo 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700181000000000000081 kg (179 lb) 17 – (1997-04-24)April 24, 1997
PF 8 Portugal Ribeiro, João 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700197000000000000097 kg (214 lb) 21 – (1993-07-30)July 30, 1993
PG 9 Portugal Bessa, André 70001820000000000001.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 700178000000000000078 kg (172 lb) 25 – (1989-01-13)January 13, 1989
F 10 Portugal Grosso, João 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700197000000000000097 kg (214 lb) 20 – (1994-02-11)February 11, 1994
PF 11 Portugal Queiroz, Miguel 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002104000000000000104 kg (229 lb) 23 – (1991-07-04)July 4, 1991
F 12 Portugal Figueiredo, Pedro 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700184000000000000084 kg (185 lb) 20 – (1994-08-06)August 6, 1994
SF 13 Portugal Gallina, João 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) 20 – (1994-02-21)February 21, 1994
G 14 Spain Ventura, Ferrán 70001860000000000001.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 700181000000000000081 kg (179 lb) 19 – (1995-12-04)December 4, 1995
PG 15 Portugal Bastos, Pedro 70001860000000000001.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 700175000000000000075 kg (165 lb) 20 – (1994-10-24)October 24, 1994
F 17 Angola Fernandes, João 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 22 – (1992-12-01)December 1, 1992
F/C 20 Portugal Torrie, João 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 23 – (1991-03-20)March 20, 1991
F/C 23 Angola Monteiro, António 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 25 – (1989-04-02)April 2, 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Portugal Rui Gomes

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 2014-11-14


Former notable players[edit]

  • Portugal Fernando Sá
  • Portugal Tó Ferreira
  • Portugal Júlio Matos
  • Portugal Rui Santos
  • Portugal João Rocha
  • Portugal Nuno Marçal
  • Portugal Paulo Pinto
  • Portugal José Parente
  • Portugal Alberto Babo
  • Portugal Fernando Gomes
  • Portugal Rui Pereira
  • Portugal Jorge Quintela
  • Portugal Beto Vanzeller
  • Spain Rogelio Legasa
  • United States Greg Stempim
  • United States Scott Stewart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Information on F.C. Porto/Dragon Force team". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Benfica vence FC Porto (56-53)" (in Portuguese). Record. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Historial do Basquetebol do F.C. Porto". longada.blogspot.pt. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dragon Force campeão da Proliga" (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Honours". fcporto.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "F.C. Porto campeão nacional de basquetebol em Ilhavo (1998/99)" (in Portuguese). bibó-porto-carago.blogspot.pt. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "F.C. Porto vence Benfica e sagra-se campeão nacional de basquetebol" (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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