Olimpia Milano

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EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano logo
Nickname Scarpette Rosse
Little Red Shoes
Leagues Euroleague,
Lega Basket Serie A
Founded 1936
History Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano
Arena Mediolanum Forum
Arena Capacity 12,500[1]
Location Milan, Italy
Team colors White and Red
President Italy Flavio Portaluppi
Head coach Italy Luca Banchi
Ownership Italy Giorgio Armani
Championships 26 Italian Championships
1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2014
4 Italian Cups
1972, 1986, 1987, 1996
3 Euroleagues
1966, 1987, 1988
1 Intercontinental Cup
3 Saporta Cups
1971, 1972, 1976
2 Korać Cup
1985, 1993
1 Triple Crowns
Website [1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Euroleague jersey
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Team colours

Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano, also known as EA7 Emporio Armani Olimpia Milano after its title sponsor, is a Lega Basket Italian professional basketball team, based in Milan, Italy. Its colors are red and white, and the team is sometimes referred as "Scarpette Rosse" (Little Red Shoes) because team officials imported red Converse All-Star shoes for players from the United States. The tag line stuck, and the nickname is still used by many fans today.

As per custom in the Italian league, sponsorship has kept the team name changing frequently. From 1936 until 1955 it was called Borletti Milano. From 1956 to 1973 it was renamed Simmenthal. Other famous sponsorships were Billy, Simac, Tracer and Philips in the 1980s. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

Olimpia is the most titled basketball team in Italy, having won 26 Italian Championships, 3 European Champions Cups, 4 Italian National Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 3 Saporta Cups, 2 Korać Cups and many junior titles.


Olimpia was founded in 1936 by Milan businessman Adolfo Bogoncelli. The team regularly won the LEGA Basket Serie A championship of Italian basketball in the 1950s and the 1960s with players including Nane Vianello, Sandro Riminucci, Gianfranco Pieri, and Bill Bradley. In the 1970s three teams were fighting across Europe for supremacy: Olimpia Milano, Ignis Varese, and Real Madrid. Pallacanestro Varese and Olimpia Milano were arch-rivals, as the two cities are 25 miles (40 km) apart. While Milano was a frequent Italian League champion, they were unable to win the prestigious European Championship Cup.

Late in the 1970s, the quality of the game declined, but Olimpia Milano still managed to win a Cup Winners' Cup. In the second half of the 1970s the team signed several good players, including the Boselli twins (Franco and Dino), Mike Silvester, Dino Meneghin, Mike D'Antoni, John Gianelli, Roberto Premier. Bob McAdoo, Joe Barry Carroll, Russ Schoene, Antoine Carr, and Mike Brown. American head coach Dan Peterson led the team back to prominence.

In the 1980s the team was sold to the Gabetti family. During this time, they qualified for nine Serie A championships finals, winning five, with the 1987 team winning the Serie A title, the European Championship (won also in 1988: both finals were won against Maccabi Tel Aviv), the Italian Cup and the 1987 Intercontinental Cup. This gave the club the coveted Triple Crown in Basketball and the even rarer Quadruple Crown.

Led by point guard Sasha Djordjevic, the team won another Korać Cup in 1993. Bepi Stefanel purchased the team in 1994, and the team signed notable European players like Dejan Bodiroga, Gregor Fučka, Sandro De Pol, and Nando Gentile. In 1996, the team won the Italian Cup and its 25th Italian National Championship, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the club.

Team management has been inconsistent as ownership groups from 1998 to 2004; team have included Warren Kidd, Hugo Sconochini, Claudio Coldebella and Petar Naumoski. In 2005 owner Corbelli, which bought the club in 2002 from Sergio Tacchini, is flanked by Adriano Galliani (Managing Director of Italian Football club A.C. Milan), Massimo Moratti (President of rival club Internazionale), NBA star Kobe Bryant, and stylist Giorgio Armani as sponsor with Armani Jeans brand. After difficult years, led by coach Lino Lardo, Olimpia reaches the national championship Finals, finally beaten by Fortitudo Bologna.

On January 25, 2006, in the midst of a disappointing season in the Euroleague and domestically, Djordjevic was named as the team's new coach. He left as coach after the 2006–07 season, but not before securing Olimpia a berth in the 2007–08 Euroleague. In 2008 Giorgio Armani bought team from Giorgio Corbelli, standing as only owner, entirely changing the management structure, naming Livio Proli as President and Lucio Zanca as general manager. Piero Bucchi is chosen to coach new team, leading Olimpia twice in second place in LEGA Basket, defeated by Siena in both case. On January 2011, after 23 years, glorious coach Dan Peterson came back from retirement to replace Piero Bucchi as head coach. However, his stint at Olimpia Milano this time was quite short: after failing to reach the championship Finals, on June 9 Olimpia Milano announced Sergio Scariolo as new head coach for the 2011-12 season. The first player signed for the 2011-12 season was Omar Cook, American-born playmaker who had played the previous season with Power Electronics Valencia. Due to NBA lockout, Danilo Gallinari went back to his Alma Mater, playing 15 matches (8 in Italian championship, 7 in Euroleague): he left the team in December. Sergio Scariolo was replaced from Luca Banchi at the beginning of 2013-2014 season, and the team bought from Montepaschi Siena: David Moss, Kristian Kangur and Daniel Hackett. The team reached the quarter final of Euroleague after 16 years his last appearance, but the team lost against the future champions of Maccabi tel Aviv. The team close in the 1st position the LEGA Basket regular season, and at the game7 of the playoff's final Olimpia won his 26th Scudettos after 18 years. Alessandro Gentile the Olimpia's captain, was named MVP of the finals.


Domestic competitions[edit]

1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2014
1972, 1986, 1987, 1996

European competitions[edit]

1966, 1987, 1988
1971, 1972, 1976
1985, 1993

International competitions[edit]





Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Olimpia Milano roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1 Liberia Ragland, Joe 70001820000000000001.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (176 lb) 25 – (1989-11-11)11 November 1989
G/F 2 United States Brooks, MarShon 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) 26 – (1989-01-26)26 January 1989
G/F 5 Italy Gentile, Alessandro 70002000000000000002.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 7002104000000000000104 kg (229 lb) 22 – (1992-11-12)12 November 1992
F/C 6 Italy Gigli, Angelo 70002090000000000002.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002104000000000000104 kg (229 lb) 31 – (1983-06-04)4 June 1983
G 7 Italy Cerella, Bruno 70001940000000000001.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 28 – (1986-07-30)30 July 1986
PF 9 Italy Melli, Nicolò 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002106500000000000106.5 kg (235 lb) 24 – (1991-01-26)26 January 1991
F 11 Lithuania Kleiza, Linas 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002107000000000000107 kg (236 lb) 30 – (1985-01-03)3 January 1985
F 15 United States Virgin Islands Elegar, Frank 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002108000000000000108 kg (238 lb) 28 – (1986-12-03)3 December 1986
C 21 Guyana James, Shawn 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002102000000000000102 kg (225 lb) 31 – (1983-09-10)10 September 1983
G 23 Italy Hackett, Daniel 70001980000000000001.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 27 – (1987-12-19)19 December 1987
C 24 Jamaica Samuels, Samardo 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002118000000000000118 kg (260 lb) 26 – (1989-01-09)9 January 1989
G/F 34 United States Moss, David 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) 31 – (1983-09-09)9 September 1983
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Italy Mario Fioretti
  • Italy Massimo Cancellieri
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Italy Giustino Danesi

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: August 20, 2014

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Samardo Samuels Frank Elegar Shawn James Angelo Gigli
PF Linas Kleiza Nicolo Melli
SF Alessandro Gentile David Moss
SG MarShon Brooks Bruno Cerella
PG Daniel Hackett Joe Ragland

Season by season[edit]

Season Domestic competitions Cup European competitions
Tier League Pos. Postseason Tier League Result
2006–07 1 Serie A 2 Semifinalist Semifinalist N/A
2007–08 1 Serie A 7 Quarterfinalist
2008–09 1 Serie A 6 Runner-up
2009–10 1 Serie A 3 Runner-up Quarterfinalist
2010–11 1 Serie A 3 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
2011–12 1 Serie A 2 Runner-up Semifinalist
2012–13 1 Serie A 4 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist
2013–14 1 Serie A 1 Champion Quarterfinalist

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
1957-58 Quarter-finals eliminated by Honvéd, 80-72 (W) in Milan and 85-95 (L) in Budapest
1962-63 Quarter-finals eliminated by Dinamo Tbilisi, 70-65 (W) in Tbilisi and 68-74 (L) in Milan
1963-64 Semi-finals eliminated by Real Madrid, 82-77 (W) in Milan and 78-101 (L) in Madrid
1965-66 European Champions defeated CSKA Moscow 68–57 in the semi-final, defeated Slavia Prague 77–72 in the final of the Final Four in Bologna / Milan
1966-67 Final defeated Slavia Prague 103-97 in the semi-final, lost to Real Madrid 83-91 in the final (Madrid)
1967-68 Semi-finals eliminated by Spartak ZJŠ Brno, 64-63 (W) in Milan, 86-103 (L) in Brno
1972-73 Semi-finals eliminated by Ignis Varèse, 72-97 (L) in Milan, 100-115 (L) in Varese
1982-83 Final lost to Ford Cantù, 68-69 in the final (Grenoble)
1985-86 Semi-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Cibona, Žalgiris, Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Limoges CSP
1986-87 European Champions defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv, 71-69 in the final of European Champions Cup in Lausanne
1987-88 European Champions defeated Aris 87-82 in the semi-final, defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 90-84 in the final of the Final Four in Ghent
1989-90 Quarter-final group stage 5th place in a group with FC Barcelona, Jugoplastika Split, Limoges CSP, Aris, Maccabi Tel Aviv, BV Commodore Den Helder and Lech Poznań
1991-92 Final Four 3rd place in Istanbul, lost to Partizan 75–82 in the semi-final, defeated Estudiantes 99-81 in the 3rd place game
1996-97 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by Union Olimpija, 94–90 (W) in Milan, 69–73 (L) in Ljubljana, 61-77 (L) in Milan
2013–14 Quarter-finals eliminated 3-1 by Maccabi Tel Aviv, 99-101 (L) and 91-77 (W) in Milan, 63-75 (L) and 66-86 (L) in Tel Aviv
Saporta Cup
1970–71 Cup Winner's Cup Winners defeated Spartak Leningrad 56–66 (L) in Leningrad and 71-52 (W) in Milan in the double final of European Cup Winner's Cup
1971–72 Cup Winner's Cup Winners defeated Crvena Zvezda 74-70 in the final of European Cup Winner's Cup in Thessaloniki
1975–76 Cup Winner's Cup Winners defeated ASPO Tours 88-83 in the final of European Cup Winner's Cup in Turin
1976–77 Semi-finals eliminated by Forst Cantù, 78-101 (L) in Cantù and 98-95 (W) in Milan
1983-84 Final lost to Real Madrid 81–82 in the final (Ostend)
1997-98 Final lost to Žalgiris 67–82 in the final (Belgrade)
Korać Cup
1973–74 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with ASVEL and AŠK Olimpija
1974–75 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Partizan, ASPO Tours and Sunair Oostende
1977–78 Semi-finals eliminated by Bosna, 79-76 (W) in Milan, 81-101 (L) in Sarajevo
1984–85 Korać Cup Winners defeated Ciao Crem Varèse, 91–78 in the final of Korać Cup in Brussels
1988–89 Semi-finals eliminated by Wiwa Vismara Cantù, 81-95 (L) in Cantù, 70-65 (W) in Milan
1992–93 Korać Cup Winners defeated Virtus Roma, 95-90 (W) in Rome, 106-91 (W) in Milan in the double finals of Korać Cup
1993–94 Semi-finals eliminated by Stefanel Trieste, 79-96 (L) in Trieste, 103-96 (W) in Milan
1994-95 Final lost to Alba Berlin, 87-87 (D) in Milan, 79-85 (L) in Berlin
1995-96 Final lost to Efes Pilsen, 68-76 (L) in Istanbul, 77-70 (W) in Milan
Intercontinental Cup
1967 3rd place 3rd place in Rome, lost to Ignis Varèse 70–79 in the semi-final, defeated Corinthians 90-89 in the 3rd place game
1968 3rd place 3rd place in Philadelphia, lost to Real Madrid 84–93 in the semi-final, defeated Botafogo 82-54 in the 3rd place game
1983 5th place 5th place with a 2-3 record in a league tournament in Buenos Aires
1987 Intercontinental Champions defeated FC Barcelona 100-84 in the final of Intercontinental Cup in Milan
McDonald's Championship
1987 3rd place 3rd place in a three teams Tournament in Milwaukee with Milwaukee Bucks and Soviet Union
1989 3rd place 3rd place in Rome, lost to Jugoplastika Split 97-102 in the semi-final, defeated FC Barcelona 136-104 in the 3rd place game

Sponsorship names[edit]

Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:[2]

Notable players[edit]


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