Lega Basket Serie A

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Italian Basket League A Series
Lega Basket Serie A
Current season, competition or edition:
Lega Basket Serie A 2013–14
Lega basket.jpeg
Lega Basket A
Sport Basketball
Founded 1920
No. of teams 16
Country Italy Italy
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Most recent champion(s) EA7 Milano
(26th title)
Most titles Olimpia Milano (26 titles)
Related competitions Italian Basketball Cup
Italian Basketball Supercup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier (Italy)
Relegation to Serie A2 Gold Basket
Official website LegaBasket.it (Italian)

Lega Basket Serie A (English: Basket League A Series) is the first-tier level club competition in Italian professional basketball where play determines the national champion. It is organized by Lega Basket. The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 30 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals and semifinals series are best-of-five, and the finals series is best-of-seven (in the 2012-13 season, all series are best-of-seven). The last placed club is relegated, and is replaced by the winner of the playoffs of the second-level Serie A2 Gold Basket.

2013–14 teams[edit]

Team City/Area Colours
Acea Virtus Roma Roma red/yellow/blue
Banco di Sardegna Sassari Sassari white/blue
Acqua Vitasnella Cantu Cantù white/blue
Cimberio Varese Varese white/red
EA7 Armani Milan white/red
Enel Brindisi Brindisi white/blue
Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia Pistoia white/red
Juve Caserta Caserta white/black
Montepaschi Siena Siena white/green
Granarolo Bologna Bologna white/black
Scavolini Pesaro Pesaro white/red
Sidigas Avellino Avellino white/green
Sutor Montegranaro Montegranaro yellow/blue
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia white/maroon
Umana Venezia Venezia/Mestre (home arena in Villorba) gold/maroon
Vanoli Cremona Cremona blue/black

Source for team names:[1]

Arena standards[edit]

Currently, all clubs must play in arenas that seat at least 5,000 people.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The national basketball league was first organized for play in Italy in 1920. The first title was won by SEF Costanza Milano, and the team holding the record for title championships is Olimpia Milano, who have won 26 championships. Twenty different teams have won the championship since its inception. In recent years, the league has been dominated by a handful of teams:

  • Virtus Bologna, with five scudetti between 1993 and 2001.
  • Benetton Treviso, with five scudetti (league titles) since 1992.
  • Virtus' crosstown rivals Fortitudo (who dropped from the professional ranks in 2009); although only with two scudetti, they had an 11-year run from 1996 to 2006 in which they appeared in the championship series 10 times.
  • Montepaschi Siena, with eight scudetti since 2004.

Until the 2000s, the Italian Championship was the most important national domestic league in Europe, but now the Spanish ACB League and Greek Basket League are considered to be stronger than Serie A (European national basketball league rankings).

Through the 2007–08 season, 18 teams competed; however, in September 2008, two clubs, Basket Napoli (not related to the current NSB Napoli, which moved from Rieti to Naples after the 2008–09 season) and Orlandina, were forcibly relegated from the professional ranks for financial irregularities and were not replaced for the 2008–09 season. Today, 16 teams compete in the highest level of play.

Title holders[edit]

Scudetto.svg

Titles by club[edit]

Club Champions Winning years
Olimpia Milano
Star*.svgStar*.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1935-36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1971–72, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1995–96, 2013–14
Virtus Bologna
Star*.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1945-46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2000–01
Varèse
Star*.svg
1960-61, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1998–99
Mens Sana
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svg
2003-04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012-13
Assi Milano
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927
Ginnastica Triestina
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1930, 1932, 1934, 1939–40, 1940-41
Treviso
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1991-92, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06
Ginnastica Roma
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1928, 1931, 1933, 1935
Cantù
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1967-68, 1974–75, 1980–81
Reyer Venezia
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1941-42, 1942–43
VL Pesaro
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1987-88, 1989–90
Fortitudo Bologna
Scudetto.svgScudetto.svg
1999-00, 2004–05
Costanza Milano
Scudetto.svg
1920
Internazionale Milano
Scudetto.svg
1923
Virtus Roma
Scudetto.svg
1982-83
Juvecaserta
Scudetto.svg
1990-91

A1 Finals[edit]

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage 1st of Regular Season Record
1976–77
Sinudyne Bologna
0–2
Scudetto.svg Mobilgirgi Varèse Sinudyne Bologna
19–3
1977–78
Scudetto.svg Mobilgirgi Varèse
2–1
Sinudyne Bologna Mobilgirgi Varèse
18–4
1978–79
Scudetto.svg Sinudyne Bologna
2–0
Billy Milano Emerson Varèse
18–8
1979–80
Scudetto.svg Sinudyne Bologna
2–0
Gabetti Cantù Billy Milano
22–4
1980–81
Scudetto.svg Squibb Cantù
2–1
Sinudyne Bologna Turisanda Varèse
27–5
1981–82
Scavolini Pesaro
0–2
Scudetto.svg Billy Milano Scavolini Pesaro
25–7
1982–83
Scudetto.svg Banco di Roma Virtus
2–1
Billy Milano Banco di Roma Virtus
22–8
1983–84
Simac Milano
1–2
Scudetto.svg Granarolo Bologna Simac Milano
25–5
1984–85
Scudetto.svg Simac Milano
2–0
Scavolini Pesaro Banco di Roma Virtus
23–4
1985–86
Scudetto.svg Simac Milano
2–1
Mobilgirgi Caserta Simac Milano
26–4
1986–87
Scudetto.svg Tracer Milano
3–0
Mobilgirgi Caserta Divarese Varèse
22–8
1987–88
Tracer Milano
1–3
Scudetto.svg Scavolini Pesaro Divarese Varèse
23–7
1988–89
Enichem Livorno
2–3
Scudetto.svg Philips Milano Scavolini Pesaro
21–9
1989–90
Scudetto.svg Scavolini Pesaro
3–1
Ranger Varèse Scavolini Pesaro
22–8
1990–91
Philips Milano
2–3
Scudetto.svg Phonola Caserta Philips Milano
21–9
1991–92
Scavolini Pesaro
1–3
Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso Scavolini Pesaro
22–8
1992–93
Scudetto.svg Knorr Bologna
3–0
Benetton Treviso Knorr Bologna
24–6
1993–94
Scudetto.svg Buckler Bologna
3–2
Scavolini Pesaro Buckler Bologna
24–6
1994–95
Scudetto.svg Buckler Bologna
3–0
Benetton Treviso Buckler Bologna
25–7
1995–96
Teamsystem Bologna
1–3
Scudetto.svg Stefanel Milano Buckler Bologna
23–9
1996–97
Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso
3–2
Teamsystem Bologna Benetton Treviso
22–4
1997–98
Scudetto.svg Kinder Bologna
3–2
Teamsystem Bologna Kinder Bologna
23–3
1998–99
Scudetto.svg Varèse Roosters
3–0
Benetton Treviso Teamsystem Bologna
22–4
1999–00
Scudetto.svg Paf Bologna
3–1
Benetton Treviso Paf Bologna
27–3
2000–01
Scudetto.svg Kinder Bologna
3–0
Paf Bologna Kinder Bologna
29–5
2001–02
Skipper Bologna
0–3
Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso Skipper Bologna
29–7
2002–03
Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso
3–1
Skipper Bologna Benetton Treviso
30–4
2003–04
Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena
3–0
Skipper Bologna Montepaschi Siena
26–8
2004–05
Scudetto.svg Climamio Bologna
3–1
Armani Jeans Milano Benetton Treviso
28–6
2005–06
Climamio Bologna
1–3
Scudetto.svg Benetton Treviso Climamio Bologna
27–7
2006–07
Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena
3–0
VidiVici Bologna Montepaschi Siena
30–4
2007–08
Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena
4–1
Lottomatica Roma Montepaschi Siena
31–3
2008–09
Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena
4–0
Armani Jeans Milano Montepaschi Siena
29–1
2009–10
Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena
4–0
Armani Jeans Milano Montepaschi Siena
26–2
2010–11
Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena
4–1
Bennet Cantù Montepaschi Siena
26–4
2011–12
Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena
4–1
EA7 Milano Montepaschi Siena
24–8
2012–13
Acea Roma
1–4
Scudetto.svg Montepaschi Siena Cimberio Varèse
23–7
2013–14
Scudetto.svg EA7 Milano
4–3
Montepaschi Siena EA7 Milano
25–5

A1 Final Performances by Club[edit]

Club W L Total
Virtus Bologna
8
4
12
Mens Sana
8
1
9
Olimpia Milano
7
9
16
Treviso
5
4
9
Fortitudo Bologna
2
8
10
Vuelle Pesaro
2
4
6
Varèse
2
2
4
Juvecaserta
1
2
3
Cantù
1
2
3
Virtus Roma
1
2
3
Libertas Livorno
0
1
1

Titles per city[edit]

City Titles Clubs
CoA Città di Milano.svg Milan 34 Olimpia Milano (26), Assi Milano (6), Internazionale Milano (1),
Costanza Milano (1)
Bologna-Stemma.png Bologna 17 Virtus Bologna (15), Fortitudo Bologna (2)
Varese-Stemma.png Varese 10 Varèse (10)
Siena-Stemma.png Siena 8 Siena (8)
Free Territory of Trieste coat of arms.svg Trieste 5 Ginnastica Triestina (5)
Treviso-Stemma.png Treviso 5 Treviso (5)
Coat of arms of Rome.svg Rome 5 Ginnastica Roma (4), Virtus Roma (1)
Cantù-Stemma.png Cantù 3 Cantù (3)
Coat of Arms of the Republic of Venice.svg Venice 2 Reyer Venezia (2)
Pesaro-Stemma.png Pesaro 2 Vuelle Pesaro (2)
Caserta 1 Juvecaserta (1)

Individual awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Games / Schedule (2012-2013 - Italian Men Italy)". EuroBasket. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 

External links[edit]