Victoria Libertas Pesaro

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Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro
Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro logo
Nickname VL
Vuelle
Leagues Lega Basket Serie A
Founded 1946
History Victoria Libertas Pesaro
(1946-present)
Arena ADRIATIC Arena
(capacity: 10,323)
Location Pesaro, Italy
Team colors Red and White
         
President Stefano Vellucci
Head coach Luca Dal Monte
Website Official Site
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Victoria Libertas (also known as "VL" or in Italian Vuelle), full name Unione Sportiva Victoria Libertas Pallacanestro, is a professional basketball team that is based in Pesaro, Italy. The club competes in the top level Italian professional basketball league, the Lega Basket Serie A. It is commonly known across Europe as Scavolini Pesaro, from the name of its main sponsor Scavolini, an Italian kitchen designer and manufacturer, whose co-founder Valter Scavolini was formerly club president. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

History[edit]

Victoria Libertas was officially founded in 1946 and had its best seasons during the 1980s. After being among the top teams in Italy for decades, Victoria Libertas won its first important trophy in 1983 (European Cup Winners' Cup). Since then, Italian League was won twice (in 1988 and 1990), and the Italian Cup was also won twice (in 1985 and 1992).
In recent years, Victoria Libertas was among the best European teams, having played the Euroleague in 2001-02 and 2004-05 seasons. In 2004-05 it unexpectedly got to the Euroleague Top-8, being defeated in the quarter finals by eventual champion Maccabi Tel Aviv. Furthermore, Victoria Libertas shooting guard, Charles Smith, was honored with the first-ever Euroleague's Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy,[1] named after the late Euroleague scoring champ who died in 2004 and who was replaced in Victoria Libertas by Smith himself.

Recent history[edit]

In July 2005, as a consequence of the poor administration of the previous two seasons, Victoria Libertas failed to remain within the parameters required to join the Italian Basketball League and wound up. Pesaro's second team, Falco Spar, agreed with former Victoria Libertas president Valter Scavolini to join forces to invest in a team to bring back Victoria Libertas to Italian First Division (Lega Basket Serie A).

The new team, named Scavolini Gruppo Spar (or simply Scavolini-Spar), played the 2005-06 season in the Italian Third Division (B1). Owners' target resulted in Scavolini-Spar having large amounts of money at its disposal compared with the other teams of the league. Players from the upper divisions were enrolled, star Carlton Myers among them, which lead the team to win the league and gain promotion to the Second Division (LegaDue).

In 2006-07 Scavolini-Spar won the LegaDue playoff series, lining up players such as Carlton Myers, Rodney White (9th overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft), Mindaugas Žukauskas (captain of the Lithuanian national basketball team) and Michael Hicks (Panamian national team star). The team was therefore promoted, for the second straight year, to play the Lega Basket Serie A 2007-08 league.

Following the 2009–10 season, Spar's secondary sponsorship contract expired. The club picked up a new secondary sponsor in Italian clothing company Siviglia, theriby changing its full sponsored name to Scavolini Siviglia Style Pesaro (more simply Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro). The club changed its secondary sponsorship again with the expiration of Siviglia's contract at the end of the 2011–12 season, becoming Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro.

Titles[edit]

Total titles: 5

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]


International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
Euroleague
1988-89 Quarter-final group stage 6th place in a group with Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Barcelona, Jugoplastika Split, Aris, Limoges CSP, CSKA Moscow and Nashua Den Bosch
1990-91 Final Four 4th place in Paris, lost to Pop 84 Split 87–93 in the semi-final, lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv 81–83 in the 3rd place game
1992-93 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by Benetton Treviso, 94-92 (W) in Pesaro, 94-101 (L) and 58-77 (L) in Treviso
1994-95 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by Limoges CSP, 68-55 (W) in Pesaro, 66-79 (L) and 72-82 (L) in Limoges
2000-01 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-0 by Maccabi Tel Aviv, 69-80 (L) in Tel Aviv and 77-84 (L) in Pesaro
2004-05 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-0 by Maccabi Tel Aviv, 60-88 (L) in Tel Aviv and 100-103 (L) in Pesaro
Saporta Cup
1982–83 Cup Winner's Cup Winners defeated ASVEL 111–99 in the final of European Cup Winner's Cup in Palma de Mallorca
1983–84 Semi-finals eliminated by Simac Milano, 76–78 (L) in Pesaro and 80-90 (L) in Milan
1985–86 Final lost to FC Barcelona 86–101 in the final (Caserta)
1986–87 Final lost to KK Cibona 74–89 in the final (Novi Sad)
1987–88 Semi-finals eliminated by Limoges CSP, 86–102 (L) in Limoges and 93-91 (W) in Pesaro
Korać Cup
1977–78 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with KK Bosna, AS Berck and Inter Bratislava
1989–90 Final lost to Joventut Badalona, 98–99 (L) in Pesaro and 86-96 (L) in Badalona in the double finals of Korać Cup
1991–92 Final lost to il Messaggero Roma, 94–94 (D) in Rome and 86-99 (L) in Pesaro in the double finals of Korać Cup
1993–94 Quarter-finals eliminated by PAOK, 82-66 (W) in Pesaro and 58-96 (L) in Thessaloniki
1995–96 Quarter-finals eliminated by Teamsystem Bologna, 81-84 (L) in Pesaro and 89-100 (L) in Bologna
EuroChallenge
2009-10 Final Four 4th place in Göttingen, lost to Krasnye Krylya Samara 70–73 in the semi-final, lost to Chorale Roanne 80–86 in the 3rd place game
McDonald's Championship
1988 4th 4th place in Madrid, lost to Real Madrid 96–108 in the semi-final, lost to Yugoslavia 91–100 in the 3rd place game
1990 4th 4th place in Barcelona, lost to New York Knicks 115–119 in the semi-final, lost to FC Barcelona 105–106 in the 3rd place game


Arena and supporters[edit]

In 1996 Victoria Libertas moved from the historic "hangar" arena into the new BPA Palas arena (today: ADRIATIC Arena) which now hosts its home games. Drawing large audiences from nearby towns and the whole Marche region, in mid 2000s Victoria Libertas was among the top ten basketball teams in Europe for average attendance.

Roster 2011-12[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

14 Italy Simone Flamini Power forward
33 United States Jumaine Jones Power forward

Notable players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

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

  • Benelli Pesaro (1952–58)
  • Lanco Pesaro (1958–61)
  • Algor Pesaro (1961–63)
  • Butangas Pesaro (1966–69)
  • Frizz Pelmo Pesaro (1969–70)
  • Tropicali Pesaro (1970–71)
  • Maxmobili Pesaro (1971–75)
  • Scavolini Pesaro (1975–present)

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