Pallacanestro Varese

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Pallacanestro Varese
Pallacanestro Varese logo
Leagues Serie A
Founded 1945
History Pallacanestro Varese
(1946–present)
Arena PalaWhirlpool
(capacity: 5,300 seats)
Location Varese, Italy
Team colors White, Red
         
President Italy Stefano Coppa
Head coach Italy Attilio Caja
Website pallacanestrovarese.it
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Pallacanestro Varese is a professional basketball club that plays to Lega Basket Serie A, the top level of Italian basketball. The club was founded in 1945. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

History[edit]

Basketball was introduced in Varese in 1945 with the creation of the historical club, Pallacanestro Varese. The first sponsors were introduced 8 years later in 1954 including Storm and Ignis, followed by Emerson, Turisanda, Cagiva, Star, Ciaocrem, Divarese, Ranger, Metis, Whirlpool and the most recent, Cimberio. Varese is also famous due to the lack of main sponsor in the mid-1990s and the choice of franchise name, the Varese Roosters.

Since their creation, Pallancanestro Varese has won 10 Italian titles, 1961, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978 and the last title, won 21 years after the previous title, in 1999. With 10 titles, Varese is the third most winning team of the Italian League ever after Olimpia Milano and Virtus Bologna.

As it is shown by its roll of honors, Varese was extremely competitive in the 1970s, when the club played ten Euroleague finals in a row, winning 5 of them in 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976. Between 1970 and 1975 the club was named Ignis Varese. The golden age had begun some years before, as Varese conquered the Intercontinental Cup in 1966, repeating it 4 and 7 years later in its greatest decade in 1970 and 1973. Varese succeeded in doing the great enterprise, the Triple Crown, winning all the trophies available in 1973 with famous Professor Aca Nikolić seating on the bench. Varese also won two Cups of the Cups, 1967 and 1980, and four Italian Cups, in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973.

Varese's great age ended in the early nineties, when the team dropped down to the second division. Soon, the club took its revenge coming up once again to the Italian top league, and after 5 years spent as the real team to watch in the Italian playoffs, it succeeded in winning its historical 10th title, the one that gives the star on the jersey in 1999, with Italian national team's coach Carlo Recalcati on bench. Varese has never repeated that triumph so far, but the great resound of that success is still echoing all over Italy. Varese is trying to return to the top Italian and European competition in the years to come.

Current roster[edit]

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

Pallacanestro Varese roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G 1 Canada Rautins, Andy 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 28 – (1986-11-02)2 November 1986
PG 2 Finland Lehto, Antero 70001850000000000001.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 31 – (1984-04-02)2 April 1984
PG 3 United States Maynor, Eric 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700177000000000000077 kg (170 lb) 27 – (1987-06-11)11 June 1987
G 4 Italy Casella, Andrea 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) 24 – (1990-09-22)22 September 1990
PG 5 United States Jefferson, Johndre 70002069999999999992.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002102000000000000102 kg (225 lb) 26 – (1988-11-30)30 November 1988
PG 6 Italy Lepri, Jacopo 70001800000000000001.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 700175000000000000075 kg (165 lb) 19 – (1995-12-21)21 December 1995
G/F 9 France Diawara, Yakhouba 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 7002102000000000000102 kg (225 lb) 32 – (1982-08-29)29 August 1982
PF 11 Nigeria Okoye, Stan 70001980000000000001.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 24 – (1991-04-10)10 April 1991
PF 13 United States Callahan, Craig 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002105000000000000105 kg (231 lb) 34 – (1981-03-26)26 March 1981
F 14 Estonia Kangur, Kristjan 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) 32 – (1982-10-23)23 October 1982
C 18 Italy Balanzoni, Jacopo 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 21 – (1993-10-01)1 October 1993
F 31 Democratic Republic of the Congo Eyenga, Christian 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 25 – (1989-06-22)22 June 1989
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: March 4, 2015

Honours[edit]

Total titles: 25

Domestic[edit]

Italian League

  • Winners (10): 1960-61, 1963-64, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1998-99

Italian Cup

  • Winners (4): 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1972-73

Italian Supercup

  • Winners (1): 1999

European[edit]

Euroleague

FIBA Saporta Cup

FIBA Korać Cup

Worldwide[edit]

FIBA Intercontinental Cup

Unofficial[edit]

Triple Crown

  • Winners (2): 1969-70, 1970-73

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
Euroleague
1964-65 Semi-finals eliminated by CSKA Moscow, 57-58 (L) in Varese and 67-69 (L) in Moscow
1969-70 European Champions defeated CSKA Moscow, 79-74 in the final of European Champions Cup in Sarajevo
1970-71 Final lost to CSKA Moscow, 53-67 in the final (Antwerp)
1971-72 European Champions defeated Jugoplastika Split, 70-69 in the final of European Champions Cup in Tel Aviv
1972-73 European Champions defeated CSKA Moscow, 71-66 in the final of European Champions Cup in Liège
1973-74 Final lost to Real Madrid, 82-84 in the final (Nantes)
1974-75 European Champions defeated Real Madrid, 79-66 in the final of European Champions Cup in Antwerp
1975-76 European Champions defeated Real Madrid, 81-74 in the final of European Champions Cup in Geneva
1976-77 Final lost to Maccabi Elite, 77-78 in the final (Belgrade)
1977-78 Final lost to Real Madrid, 67-75 in the final (Munich)
1978-79 Final lost to Bosna, 93-96 in the final (Grenoble)
Saporta Cup
1966–67 Saporta Cup Champions defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv, 77-67 (W) in Varese and 67-68 (L) in Tel Aviv in the double final of European Cup Winner's Cup
1967–68 Semi-finals eliminated by AEK, 78-60 (W) in Varese and 52-72 (L) in Athens
1979–80 Saporta Cup Champions defeated Gabetti Cantù, 90-88 in the final of European Cup Winner's Cup in Milan
1980–81 Semi-finals eliminated by Squibb Cantù, 84-94 (L) in Varese and 65-78 (L) in Cantù
Korać Cup
1984–85 Final lost to Simac Milano, 78–91 in the final (Brussels)
1985–86 Semi-finals eliminated by Mobilgirgi Caserta, 84-71 (W) in Varese and 75-91 (L) in Caserta
1995–96 Quarter-finals eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 72-81 (L) in Varese and 89-90 (L) in Milan
Eurocup
2002-03 Quarter-finals eliminated by Adecco Estudiantes, 59-77 (L) in Madrid and 88-101 (L) in Varese
2003-04 Quarter-finals eliminated by Real Madrid, 67-68 (L) in Madrid and 57-62 (L) in Varese
Intercontinental Cup
1966 Intercontinental Champions defeated Corinthians 66-59 in the final of Intercontinental Cup in Madrid
1967 Final lost to Akron Wingfoots, 72–78 in the final (Rome)
1970 Intercontinental Champions Intercontinental Cup Champions with a 4-0 record in a league tournament in Varese
1973 Intercontinental Champions Intercontinental Cup Champions with a 3-1 record in a league tournament in São Paulo
1974 Runners-up Runners-up with a 4-1 record in a league tournament in Mexico City
1975 5th place 5th place with a 2-3 record in a league tournament in Varese
1976 Runners-up Runners-up with a 4-1 record in a league tournament in Buenos Aires
1977 Runners-up Runners-up with a 3-2 record in a league tournament in Madrid
1978 4th place 4th place with a 1-3 record in a league tournament in Buenos Aires
1979 3rd place 3rd place with a 2-2 record in a league tournament in São Paulo
McDonald's Championship
1999 4th place 4th place in Milan, lost to San Antonio Spurs 86-96 in the semi-final, lost to Žalgiris 78-97 in the 3rd place game

Notable players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:[1]

  • Storm (1954–56)
  • Ignis (1956–75)
  • Mobilgirgi (1975–78)
  • Emerson (1978–80)
  • Turisanda (1980–81)
  • Cagiva (1981–83)
  • Star (1983–84)
  • Ciao Crem (1984–85)
  • Divarese (1985–89)
  • Ranger (1989–92)
  • Cagiva (1992–97)
  • No name sponsorship (1997–99)
  • Varese Roosters (1999-01)
  • Metis (2001–04)
  • Casti Group (2004–05)
  • Whirlpool (2005–07)
  • Cimberio (2007–present)

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer
1997–1999 Kappa
1999–2001 Reebok
2002–2003 (unspecified)
2003–2006 Macron[2]
2006-2008 Nike
2008-2010 Aries
2010–2014 Macron[2]

Colors and badge[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]