Bakken Bears

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Bakken Bears
Bakken Bears logo
Leagues Danish Basketball League
Basketball Champions League
Founded 1954
History Aarhus Basketball Forening
(1954–1962)
Skovbakken Basketball
(1962–2003)
SK Århus
(2003–2004)
Skovbakken Basketball
(2004–2007)
Bakken Bears
(2007–present)
Arena Vejlby-Risskov Hallen
Ceres Arena
Arena Capacity 1,950
5,000
Location Aarhus, Denmark
Team colors          
Head coach Steffen Wich
Championships 15 Danish Championships
10 Danish Cups
Website bakkenbears.com
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
Bears' alternate logo

Bakken Bears is a Danish professional basketball club based in Aarhus. It was founded in 1953, and has won the Danish League men's championship 15 times so far (1958, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017).

History[edit]

Bakken Bears was formed in 1953 under the name of Aarhus Basketball Forening (ABF), from 1962 Skovbakken Basketball. The club has been in the top league almost every year since then and won its first title in 1958. Since then, the club has won a number of domestic titles and is now the most winning sports team in the history of the city of Aarhus.

In the years 2005-2009 Bakken Bears was a part of Aarhus Elite A/S, an elite sports organization in Aarhus that includes ia. AGF Football (soccer). In the last months of 2009 a group of local businessmen, sponsors and fans bought the team.

When Bakken Bears hosted Næstved in Game 1 of the league semifinals in March 2009, 4,816 spectators watched the game in Aarhus Arena, which set a record for basketball in Denmark.

Arenas[edit]

For select national league games and European games, Bakken Bears moves to the Ceres Arena which has place for 5,000 people.

Current roster[edit]

Bakken Bears roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name
G 4 Denmark Petersen, Sebastian
PG 5 Spain Bivià, Carles
SG 6 Denmark Barakeh, Aladdin
PF 7 Denmark Nielsen, Jacob
SG 8 Denmark Laerke, Thomas
SG 9 Denmark Plannthin, Mikkel
F/C 10 Denmark Iversen, Nicolai
C 11 Senegal Diouf, Michel
PG 12 United States Gesell, Mike
F 13 Denmark Sahlertz, Morten
C 14 Denmark Christoffersen, Chris
C 15 United States Thomann, Keane
SF 21 Denmark Berg, Sylvester
SG 22 Denmark Nielsen, Mathias
PG 23 Denmark Lowenstein, Kristoffer
Head coach

Spain Israel Martin

Assistant coach(es)

Denmark Mads Sigersted


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 7 May 2017

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

Honours[edit]

Danish League

  • Winners (15) : 1957–58, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2016–17
  • Runners-up (8) : 1962–63, 1964–65, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2005–2006, 2009–10, 2014–15

Danish Cup

  • Winners (10): 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Runners-up (7) : 1980, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2013,[1] 2014

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:

Notable coaches[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Won an award or title as head coach of a professional team or national team.
  • Finland Ville Tuominen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basketball | Bakken Bears, Officielle Website. Retrieved 24 September 2015 (Danish)

External links[edit]