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|History||S.C. Juventus Caserta
|Team colors||White and Black
|Head coach||Stefano Sacripanti|
|Championships||Italian Championships (1):
Italian Cups (1):
JuveCaserta Basket (also spelled Juve Caserta Basket), also known for sponsorship reasons as Pepsi Caserta, is an Italian League professional basketball team from the town of Caserta. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.
The Juvecaserta club was founded in Caserta by a group of local enthusiasts following the war in 1952. The name Sporting Club Juventus was the work of Santino Piccolo who gave this name because he was a big fan of the football team in Turin. At first, the team played on clay courts of the Liceo Classico Pietro Giannone of Caserta.
Later, Juvecaserta won the Italian Championship in the 1990-91 season, played in the Italian finals in the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons, won the Italian Cup (1987–88), played in the Italian Cup finals (1983–84 and 1988–89) and played in the Korać Cup final in the 1985-86 season. The club also played in the European Cup Winners' Cup final in the 1988-89 season.
The only record still unbroken is that of the Italian Championship victory in 1991: the team is still the only one from the south of Italy having conquired the title of Italian Champion at least once. This confirms a long tradition of the city Caserta as "basketball-city" more than a "soccer-city", that is an absolute rarity in that area of the country. Statistics show that the Palamaggiò, the 6387-seat arena where the team plays (home of the team (since 1982), is one of the fullest in Italy. The enthusiasm of the supporters, most of them part of the organization "Inferno Bianconero" (Black/White Hell), has been showed by them in every match played away from Caserta. A demonstration of this feeling of the city towards the team was shown in the finals in which Juvecaserta won the season 1990-91. In Milan, for the final match, there were many thousands of supporters from Caserta, whose coming back as winners became a legend in the town.
Following the 1997-98 season, the club went bankrupt. In 2004, two lower-level Caserta-based teams merged under the name of JuveCaserta. Again, due to sponsorship deals, the new club was also known as Pepsi Caserta. The best results of this new club have come in the last two seasons, a third-place finish in LegADue in 2006-07, followed by a second-place finish and playoff victory in 2007-08. The club was then promoted to the Serie A for the 2008-09 season, after winning the 2007-08 promotion playoffs in the second-level LegADue.
In the 2009-2010 season, Pepsi Caserta reached the play-off semi-finals one more time against the Olimpia Milano, after a second place in the regular season. In the 5 match-challenge, Caserta and Milano were on 2-2 draw with the last and final match remained to play in Caserta. Milano reached the finals against Siena, but Caserta and its supporters celebrated together a wonderful season, seen as the "Coming back" of the Juvecaserta to the former glory.
In August 2010, Caserta was defeated in the first qualifying round for the access to the Euroleague season by the Russian team Khimki and played the Eurocup 2010-2011. In that competition, the first one since the sunset of the 90's, Juvecaserta was able to reach surprisingly the quarter-finals, in which the Italian team faced again a Russian team, the UNICS Kazan (23-30/03/2011). At Palamaggiò, in the first leg, Caserta was defeated by 6 points (final score 84-90). On the second leg, at Kazan, Caserta lost again in an amazing match by 2 points (final score 79-77). The first adventure in European championships after almost 2 decades was then completed by Caserta honouredly.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
- - Bogdan Tanjević 4 seasons: '82-'86
- Ranko Žeravica 1 season: '93-'94
- Andrea Trinchieri 1 season: '07-'08
Due to sponsorship deals, it has also been known as:
- Juventus Caserta (1975–76, 1978–79)
- Il Diario Caserta (1979–80)
- Latte Matese Caserta (1980–82)
- Indesit Caserta (1982–85)
- Mobilgirgi Caserta (1985–87)
- Snaidero Caserta (1987–89)
- Phonola Caserta (1989–93)
- Onyx Caserta (1993–94)
- Pepsi Caserta (2000–01)
- Centro Energia Caserta (2001)
- Ellebielle Caserta (2001–02)
- Centro Energia Caserta (2002–03)
- Pepsi Caserta (2003–08)
- Eldo Caserta (2008–09)
- Pepsi Caserta (2009–10)