F.C. Porto (basketball)

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Dragon Force
Dragon Force logo
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
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Away jersey
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Dragon Force 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. They are the second most successful team in the LPB. The team was discontinued in 2012 after losing the League to Benfica at Dragão Caixa,[1] and restarted in the third division, the CNB. In the 2013–14 season they won the Proliga and were promoted to the first tier national championship, the LPB.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The introduction of the sport in Portugal took place in 1913, and thirteen years later in 1926 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.

Recent years[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.

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 and returning to the top flight of the sport.

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

  • Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol: 11
    • 1951–52, 1952–53, 1971–72, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2010–11
  • Taça de Portugal: 13
    • 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

Roster[edit]

This is the roster for 2013–14 season:

Name Nationality Position Birth date (age) Height
André Bessa  Portugal Guard (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 25) 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Pedro Bastos  Portugal Guard (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 19) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
João Alves  Portugal Guard (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 20) 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Eduardo Guimarães  Portugal Guard (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 21) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Ferrán Ventura  Spain Forward (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 18) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Pedro Figueiredo  Portugal Forward (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 19) 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
José Miranda  Portugal Forward (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 20) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
João Grosso  Portugal Forward (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 20) 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
João Gallina  Portugal Forward (1994-02-21) 21 February 1994 (age 20) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Agenor Bonito  Portugal Forward (1995-04-28) 28 April 1995 (age 19) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
João Torrié  Portugal Center (1991-03-20) 20 March 1991 (age 23) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
João Ribeiro  Portugal Center (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 (age 20) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Miguel Queiroz  Portugal Center (1991-07-04) 4 July 1991 (age 23) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
Marcelo Júnior  Portugal Center (1994-06-05) 5 June 1994 (age 20) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Hugo Sotta  Portugal Center (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 20) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Francisco Rothes  Portugal Center (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 20) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

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 Greg Stempim
  • Portugal Beto Vanzeller
  • Spain Rogelio Legasa
  • United States Scott Stewart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benfica vence FC Porto (56-53)" [Benfica beats FC Porto (56-53)] (in Portuguese). Record. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 

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