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|Arena||Maroussi Indoor Hall
|Location||Maroussi, Athens, Greece|
|Team colors||Yellow and Black
|Head coach||Vangelis Mageiras|
|Championships||Saporta Cup (1):
Maroussi B.C. (Greek: K.A.E. Μαρούσι), is a professional basketball club that is based in Maroussi, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. The club's full name is Gymnastikos Syllogos Amarousiou. The club competed in the Greek League. Its long-time owner was Armodios Vovos of the BVIC construction firm.
- 1 History
- 2 1950s–1970s era
- 3 1980s–1990s era
- 4 2000s decade "The little team that could"
- 5 2011–12 disaster
- 6 Arenas
- 7 Honors
- 8 The road to the 2001 Saporta Cup victory
- 9 Seasons
- 10 Notable players
- 11 Maroussi players who have played in the NBA
- 12 Notable coaches
- 13 Sponsorships
- 14 Notes
- 15 External links
Maroussi Basketball Club (BC) is the basketball department of one of the oldest sports clubs in Greece (third oldest, founded in 1896) with a strong tradition of excellence in what is described as the country's favorite sport.
The basketball club, founded in 1950, is also known as the Gymnastikos Syllogos Amarousiou K.A.E. (abbreviated as G.S. Amarousiou K.A.E.) and is located in Maroussi, a northern suburb of Athens. The emblem of Maroussi BC is identical with the crest of the former Anavryta School, a highly regarded lyceum of Athens, traditionally the school of the Greek royal family, that used to have strong connections with the club. The basketball team (Maroussi BC) has since its creation been the preeminent department of the club. It is one of the original members of the Greek Basketball Championship and had excellent results, both domestically, and representing Greece in Europe during the 1960s and 1970s.
The dark period for the club started in the 1980s and continued through the 1990s. During those years the club lost its standing in the Greek A1 League and participated (often with great success) in the Greek A2 League and Greek B League, but without being able to complete a comeback to the top division.
Maroussi regained its A1 Greek Basket League status in 1998, and made it clear that it was there to stay. The club was transformed and started to slowly built a reputation in European basketball as a model team and one of the best places to play basketball in Greece. At the same time, the professional staff, the support from the city of Maroussi in creating a new venue and the strong financial backing of a prominent Greek businessman Aris Vovos have created a very competitive club, that signed and developed young players creating teams that in the next years left no opponent undefeated.
2000s decade "The little team that could"
"The little team that could"
The year 2001 was the breakthrough year for Maroussi. Coming out of the blue, in its first modern European competition after decades, the club not only participated in the final-four of the European Saporta Cup, but also won a European trophy, an underdog triumph that made heads turn. The impressive win of a European Cup, made Maroussi a member of the historic "closed" club of the "five major" Greek sport clubs, the only ones until then to ever achieve that goal, and gives the club a unique place in the pantheon of Greek basketball to the day.
After that, the club never looked back. With the Greek National Team's head coach, Greek basketball legend Panagiotis Giannakis (coach of the 2005 FIBA European Champions and 2006 World Championship runner-ups) at the head of the bench, and with the young Greek national team star Vassilis Spanoulis at point guard, the team started dominating the Greek Championship, earning huge respect within Greek and European basketball.
The team made it to the championship final of the 2003-04 season in the Greek A1 League, losing to defending European Champions Panathinaikos Athens. Maroussi also finished in second place in the EuroCup Championship in 2004, losing to UNICS Kazan in the championship game. In those years, the team participated in two European Final Fours, of the EuroCup, and also made it to the finals game of the Greek Cup in 2002, losing the championship game to the Euroleague powerhouse Olympiacos Piraeus. In the 2004-05 season, Maroussi finished second in the Greek League in the regular season, behind only Panathinaikos Athens. In 2006, Maroussi again made it to the finals game of the Greek Cup. This time losing to Euroleague powerhouse Panathinaikos Athens in the championship game.
Maroussi, without its star coach Panagiotis Giannakis and its star young players, faced the new period that began in the 2006-07 season as a challenge, but despite economic struggles it continued its success. In the 2007-08 season, after a bad start, the new coach of the team, Soulis Markopoulos (hired after the firing of Russo), provided a fresh outlook in the team. Maroussi finished in 6th place in the Greek League in the regular season, but advanced to the semifinals of the playoffs. They then lost the 3rd place Euroleague qualification series 3 games 2 to Panionios, but the 4th place finish in the Greek playoffs secured Maroussi a return to the next season's Eurocup.
A glimpse of Euroleague glory
In the 2008-09 season, Maroussi finished in 3rd place in the Greek League, after beating Aris Thessaloniki 3 games to 2 (despite having a home court disadvantage), and thus secured a preliminary qualification spot in the next season's Euroleague 2009–10 competition (a tournament that didn't give a chance to teams that small when Maroussi reached those spots before). The club was then able to qualify to the Euroleague regular season for the first time, after defeating both Aris and ALBA Berlin in Euroleague qualification rounds. Upsetting continuously the "big boys" league the "little team that could" went on to defeat traditional powerhouses like Macabi Tel- Aviv and Panathinaikos Athens while qualifying to the Top 16 of the year.
At the end of the decade, Maroussi was considered to be one of the 3 most successful Greek clubs of the first ten years of the 21st century, along with the Euroleague champions Panathinaikos Athens and Olympiacos Piraeus and a much feared and respected opponent in Greece and all of Europe.
At the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, Maroussi facing huge economical difficulties, after the withdrawal of financial support of the Vovos family in 2010, was disqualified from European arenas, barely managing to gather the funds necessary for participation in the Greek Professional League and players to sign on a virtually nonexistent budget. However, little did that helped the historical club to rescue the hard earned respect of previous years. During the season a combination of financial problems and administrative mismanagement, the latter resulting in a less than graceful second half of the season with the club not being able to meet basic requirements on the administrative side, led the historical team to its worst record in history.
As a result, of the administrative collapse and the general inability to find sponsors and economic means of support (in the crisis stricken Greece of 2012), Maroussi was not able to participate in the A1 Greek Basket League or the A2 Professional League in season 2012–13 and will instead compete in the semi-professional "minor" National League category.
Despite the sad turn of recent events, the team will always be followed by a legacy of excellence created after one European Cup conquest, 10 years of playoff Semifinals battles, two Finals performances, one Euroleague Top-16 and a success story that involved and even produced some of the major players and coaches of modern professional Greek basketball.
The home stadium of Maroussi for Greek League matches is Agios Thomas Basketball Hall (Maroussi Indoor Hall), a small arena with a capacity of 2,500, located in Maroussi, Attica. The stadium always sports a nice family atmosphere for games, unlike many other Greek halls and stadiums. The club used to play its Euroleague home games at the Athens Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA), also located in Maroussi, Attica, which seats 19,250 fans.
|Maroussi BC 2013–2014 roster|
- Saporta Cup Winner
- FIBA Europe EuroCup League Runners-Up
- A1 Greek League Championship Runners-Up
- Greek Championship Cup Runners-Up:
- 2002, 2006
- A1 Greek League Championship Play Offs - Top 4:
- 2002,2003,2004,2005,2006, 2008,2009.
The road to the 2001 Saporta Cup victory
|Hapoel Galil Elyon||98–82||83–89|
|Quarter finals||Telekom Bonn||102–82||101–91|
Maroussi players who have played in the NBA
- Babis Vovos International Construction (1999–present)
- Telestet (2001–03)
- Telecom Italia Mobile (2003–04)
- Honda (2004–06)
- Costa Coffee (2007–09)
- Turkish Airlines (2010–2011)
- Official Website (Greek)
- Official Website (English)
- Maroussi Basket Website (Greek)
- Euroleague.net 2009-10 Team Profile
- Euroleague.net 2009-10 Team Focus
- Basketpedya.com Team Profile
- HEBA Team Profile (Greek)
- Greek Basketball Federation (Greek)
- Galanis Sports Data - Maroussi 2009-10