Anadolu Efes S.K.
|Anadolu Efes Istanbul|
|Leagues||Turkish Basketball League
|Arena||Abdi İpekçi Arena
|Team colors||Navy Blue and white
|Head coach||Dušan Ivković|
|Championships||13 Turkish Championships
10 Turkish Cups
9 Turkish President's Cups
1 FIBA Korać Cup
Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü (English: Anadolu Efes Sports Club), formerly Efes Pilsen, is a Turkish professional basketball team based in Istanbul, Turkey. As of 2013[update], it is the most successful club in the history of the Turkish Basketball League, having won the league's championship 13 times.
The home of Anadolu Efes S.K. is the Abdi İpekçi Arena in Istanbul, which has a seating capacity of 12,500 for basketball games. The club has it own practice facility in the district of Bahçelievler bulit in 1982. The team competes in the Turkish Basketball League and Euroleague.
The club was established in 1976 as Efes Pilsen S.K. by taking over the Turkish second-division club Kadıköyspor, which had failed due to financial problems. Its initial sponsor was its namesake Efes Pilsen, a subsidiary of the Anadolu Group. It won the 1978 second division championship undefeated, earning promotion to the Turkish first division, where it has continuously competed ever since. In its first top-flight season (1978–79), Efes Pilsen S.K. won the league title, immediately establishing itself as one of the country's top clubs.
After finishing 2nd in the 1992–93 FIBA European Cup (Saporta Cup), Efes Pilsen S.K. won the 1995–96 FIBA Korać Cup, which marked the first-ever European title won by a Turkish club in any team sport. Efes Pilsen S.K. (later renamed Anadolu Efes S.K.) has also become a fixture in the Euroleague, making it to the competition's Final Four in 2000 and 2001, finishing 3rd on both occasions.
In 2011, the club changed its name to Anadolu Efes S.K. after the TAPDK (Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority) in Turkey prohibited the advertisement of tobacco and alcohol products in sports organizations.
Anadolu Efes is notable for its youth program, which has trained renowned Turkish basketball players such as NBA player Hidayet Türkoğlu, former NBA player and Euroleague greatest rebounder of all time Mirsad Türkcan, and 2005 NBA draftee Cenk Akyol.
- Winners (13) (record): 1979, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
- Winners (10) (record): 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015
- Winners (9) (record): 1986, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2010
- 3rd Place (2): 2000, 2001
- Runners-up (1): 1993
- Winners (1): 1996
Anadolu Efes roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Stephane Lasme||Nenad Krstić||Emircan Koşut|
|PF||Dario Šarić||Milko Bjelica||Deniz Kılıçlı|
|SF||Stratos Perperoglou||Cedi Osman||Okben Ulubay||Cenk Akyol|
|SG||Matt Janning||Furkan Korkmaz||Birkan Batuk|
|PG||Thomas Heurtel||Dontaye Draper||Dogus Balbay|
- To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Played at least one season for the club.
- Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
- Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
- To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.
Season by season
|Season||Tier||Division||Pos.||Postseason||Cup Competitions||European Competitions|
|1980–81||1||TBL||3||Final Group||–||Played Cup Winners' Cup|
|1981–82||1||TBL||3||Final Group||–||Played Korać Cup|
|1982–83||1||TBL||1||Champion||–||Played Korać Cup|
|1986–87||1||TBL||3||Semifinalist||–||Played Cup Winners' Cup|
|1987–88||1||TBL||5||Quarterfinalist||–||Played Korać Cup|
|1988–89||1||TBL||3||Semifinalist||–||Played Korać Cup|
|1989–90||1||TBL||4||Semifinalist||–||Korać Cup Quarterfinalist|
|1990–91||1||TBL||5||Quarterfinalist||–||Played Korać Cup|
|1991–92||1||TBL||1||Champion||–||Played Korać Cup|
|1992–93||1||TBL||1||Champion||–||Saporta Cup Runner-up|
|1995–96||1||TBL||1||Champion||Champion||Korać Cup Champion|
|2001–02||1||TBL||1||Champion||Champion||Euroleague Top 16|
|2002–03||1||TBL||1||Champion||Semifinalist||Euroleague Top 16|
|2003–04||1||TBL||1||Champion||Runner-up||Euroleague Top 16|
|2006–07||1||TBL||2||Runner-up||Champion||Euroleague Top 16|
|2007–08||1||TBL||4||Semifinalist||Semifinalist||Euroleague Top 16|
|2008–09||1||TBL||1||Champion||Champion||Euroleague Regular Season|
|2009–10||1||TBL||2||Runner-up||Semifinalist||Euroleague Top 16|
|2010–11||1||TBL||4||Semifinalist||Quarterfinalist||Euroleague Top 16|
|2011–12||1||TBL||2||Runner-up||Semifinalist||Euroleague Top 16|
|2013–14||1||TBL||3||Quarterfinalist||Runner-up||Euroleague Top 16|
Matches against NBA teams
In 2006, Efes Pilsen became the first Turkish basketball club to be invited to play with NBA teams. They competed against the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Colorado on October 11, and against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California on October 12. In 2007, Efes Pilsen hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Abdi İpekçi Arena.
- History, efesbasket.org
- Our Successes, efesbasket.org
- Announcement, efesbasket.org
- ESPN - Turkish power Efes Pilsen no match for Warriors - NBA
- , haberler.com
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