Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna

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Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna
Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna logo
Leagues Lega Serie A
Founded 1871
History 1871–present
Arena Unipol Arena
(11,000 seats)
Location Bologna, Italy
Team colors Black and White
President Italy Renato Villalta
Head coach Italy Giorgio Valli
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Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna is an Italian League professional basketball club, based in Bologna. Virtus is one of the most important and titled basketball teams in Europe.


Virtus was founded in 1871 as a gymnastics club, and fielded its first professional basketball team in the 1920s. The club has won 15 national league titles in Italy's top division and 8 Italian Cups. It has also been a frequent participant in the Euroleague, the basketball equivalent to football's Champions League. Virtus' best season, as measured by trophies won, was 2000-01, when it won the Italian League, Italian Cup, and Euroleague titles all in the same season, giving the club the coveted Triple Crown championship for the year (though the latter came against the field that did not include all of Europe's national champions as some of them competed in FIBA Suproleague that year). They also won the Euroleague in 1998, led by club hero and icon Predrag Danilović.

Several key members of Virtus' treble-winners left immediately after that accomplishment. After the 2001-02 season, Manu Ginóbili, the Final Four MVP of Euroleague 2000-01, left for the NBA, as did Marko Jarić. At the end of the 2002-03 season, Virtus suffered relegation from Italy's top division as a result of financial problems.

The local derby between Virtus and Fortitudo is one of the most intense in the entire world of sports. Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff devoted a chapter of his 2002 basketball book, Big Game, Small World (ISBN 0-446-52601-0), to this rivalry.

Virtus' home stadium is Unipol Arena (previously known as Palamalaguti).

In 2009, Virtus Bologna returned to European and club success by winning the EuroChallenge, defeating Cholet Basket in the final. MVP of the final-four was Keith Langford.

Sponsorship names[edit]

Virtus Bologna


Total titles: 28

Domestic competitions[edit]

Italian League

  • Winners (15): 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

Italian Cup

  • Winners (8): 1973-74, 1983–84, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001-02

Italian Supercup

  • Winners (1): 1995

European competitions[edit]


FIBA Saporta Cup

FIBA EuroChallenge

Triple Crown (unofficial)

  • Winners (1): 2000-01

Worldwide competitions[edit]

McDonald's Championship

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
1979-80 Semi-final group stage 4th place in a group with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Real Madrid, Bosna, Nashua Den Bosch and Partizan
1980-81 Final lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv 79-80 in the final (Strasbourg)
1984-85 Semi-final group stage 6th place in a group with Cibona, Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow and Banco di Roma Virtus
1991-92 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by Partizan, 65-78 (L) in Belgrade, 61-60 (W) and 65-69 (L) in Bologna
1992-93 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-0 by Real Madrid, 56-76 (L) in Bologna and 58-79 (L) in Madrid
1993-94 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by Olympiacos, 77-64 (W) in Bologna, 69-89 (L) and 62-65 (L) in Piraeus
1994-95 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by Panathinaikos, 85-68 (W) in Bologna, 55-63 (L) and 56-99 (L) in Athens
1997-98 European Champions defeated Partizan 83-61 in the semi-final, defeated AEK 58-44 in the final of the Final Four in Barcelona
1998-99 Final defeated Teamsystem Bologna 62-57 in the semi-final, lost to Žalgiris 74-82 in the final (Munich)
2000-01 European Champions defeated 3-2 Tau Cerámica, 65-78 (L) and 94-73 (W) in Bologna, 80-60 (W) and 79-96 (L) in Vitoria-Gasteiz, finally 82-74 (W) in Bologna
2001-02 Final defeated Benetton Treviso 90-82 in the semi-final, lost to Panathinaikos 83-89 in the final (Bologna)
Saporta Cup
1974-75 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Spartak Leningrad, Jugoplastika Split and Moderne
1977-78 Final lost to Gabetti Cantù 82-84 in the final (Milan)
1978-79 Semi-finals eliminated by EBBC Den Bosch, 85-73 (W) in Bologna and 92-105 (L) in Den Bosch after two overtimes
1981-82 Semi-finals eliminated by Real Madrid, 78-79 (L) in Bologna and 94-107 (L) in Madrid
1989-90 Cup Winner's Champions defeated Real Madrid 79-74 in the final of European Cup Winner's Cup in Florence
1990-91 Quarter-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Dynamo Moscow, Pitch Cholet and Ovarense
1999-00 Final lost to AEK 76-83 in the final (Lausanne)
Korać Cup
1975-76 Semi-finals eliminated by Jugoplastika Split, 83-74 (W) in Split and 79-92 (L) in Bologna
1987-88 Quarter-final group stage 2nd place in a group with Real Madrid, Elitzur Netanya and AS Monaco
2008-09 EuroChallenge Champions defeated Proteas EKA AEL 83-69 in the semi-final, defeated Cholet 77-75 in the final of the Eurochallenge Final Four in Bologna
McDonald's Championship
1993 Final defeated Limoges 101-85 in the semi-final, lost to Phoenix Suns 90-112 in the final (Munich)
1995 Final defeated Real Madrid 102-96 in the semi-final, lost to Houston Rockets 112-126 in the final (London)


Retired numbers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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

Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 6 Sweden Gaddefors, Viktor 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 22 – (1992-08-28)August 28, 1992
PG 7 United States Hardy, Dwight 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700189000000000000089 kg (196 lb) 27 – (1987-12-02)December 2, 1987
PG 12 Italy Imbrò, Matteo 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 700194000000000000094 kg (207 lb) 21 – (1994-02-12)February 12, 1994
SF 13 Italy Fontecchio, Simone 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) 19 – (1995-12-09)December 9, 1995
C 23 Jamaica Jordan, Jerome 70002130000000000002.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 7002115000000000000115 kg (254 lb) 28 – (1986-09-29)September 29, 1986
PG 32 United States Warren, Willie 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) 25 – (1989-10-22)October 22, 1989
C 33 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines King, Shawn 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) 32 – (1982-06-07)June 7, 1982
G/F 44 United States Walsh, Matt 70001990000000000001.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 32 – (1982-12-02)December 2, 1982
PF 53 Nigeria Ebi, Ndudi 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002109000000000000109 kg (240 lb) 30 – (1984-06-18)June 18, 1984
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: April 9, 2014

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