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Brose Baskets Bamberg
Brose Baskets Bamberg logo
Leagues BBL
Founded 1955
History See Names
Arena Brose Arena
Arena Capacity 6,800
Location Bamberg, Germany
Team colors Red, Silver, White
President Norbert Sieben
Head coach Andrea Trinchieri
Championships 7 German Champion
4 German Cups
5 Champions Cups
Retired numbers 2 (5, 23)
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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Alternate jersey
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Brose Baskets are a German basketball team from Bamberg, Franconia / North Bavaria. So far they have won the German Championship title six times and the German Cup four times. The club is playing in the Beko BBL and the Euroleague. The license holder of the club is Bamberger Basketball GmbH.


1955–2003: First Bundesliga years[edit]

The 1. FC 01 Bamberg basketball team was promoted to the Basketball Bundesliga, the German Basketball League, for the first time in 1970. In 1988, after being relegated and promoted twice (relegations in 1979 and 1983, promotions in 1982 and 1984), and with 1. FC 01 Bamberg facing bankruptcy, the basketball division split to form a new club: TTL Basketball Bamberg. TTL stands for Tapeten-Teppichboden-Land, which is a wallpaper and carpet company. It was the first time the team name had reflected the name of its main sponsor. From 1995, the team was called TTL uniVersa Bamberg after uniVersa Versicherungen, an insurance company. In 1992, the team won the German Cup, earning Bamberg its first basketball trophy.

In 2000, following financial difficulties, the team was rescued by the TSK company and changed its name to TSK uniVersa Bamberg.

Differences of opinion between the main sponsor and the club in 2003 jeopardized the team’s position in the Bundesliga and led to a new change of name.

2003–2006: First championship[edit]

During the 2003/04 to 2005/06 seasons, the team played in the Bundesliga under the name of its new sponsor, as GHP Bamberg. Having come second in the Championship twice in a row, in 2004/05 the team brought the German Championship title home to Bamberg for the first time. This meant that GHP Bamberg qualified for the ULEB Euroleague. In the following season (2005/06), the Bamberg team made it into the Euroleague Top 16. They also played in the BBL Cup Final and in the semi-finals of the BBL playoffs.

2006–2009: First years as Brose Baskets[edit]

At the start of the 2006/07 season, the club changed its name to Brose Baskets to reflect the fact that Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG had become the new primary sponsor. It was in this season that the team won its second Championship title. In 2007/2008, the team did not manage to consolidate the previous year’s success and was knocked out in the first round of the Euroleague, having won two games. In May 2008, Brose Baskets failed to defend their Championship title, losing to EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the quarter-finals. One week later, trainer Dirk Bauermann announced his resignation.

On June 2, 2008, Chris Fleming signed a three-year contract as head coach. He had previously coached the Artland Dragons, who played Brose Baskets in the finals in 2007. Fleming, an American, was 38 at the time.[1] His long-term assistant coach, Arne Woltmann, also came with him from Quakenbrück.“[2]

The first year under the new trainer was difficult, and the team only just qualified for the playoffs (top eight teams), with two points more than the team in ninth place. Nevertheless, they went on to beat the team in second place, MEG Göttingen, but did not stand a chance against the Oldenburg team, who eventually won the Championship. In the following year, the points round did not go very well, but the team still qualified for the playoffs in fifth place. In the Cup competition they made it into the Top 4 final in Frankfurt, where they beat Skyliners, the home team, by one point, bringing the Cup back to Bamberg after 18 years, for the second time in the club’s history. In the Championship playoffs, Bonn and Braunschweig, who had previously knocked Oldenburg, the winners of the first round, out of the competition, did not pose many problems and Bamberg went through to the finals. There they once again faced Skyliners Frankfurt. Brose Baskets lost the first home game but immediately fought back to achieve a 2:1 lead. Frankfurt won the next game in Bamberg, which was as close run as the Cup Final had been. Eventually, however, Brose Baskets won the Championship title 72:70, achieving their first double win.

2010–2011: First treble[edit]

For the 2010/11 season, Brose Baskets managed to hold onto most of their players from the year before and made a few strategic additions. The well-rounded team went on to dominate the points round, losing only two out of 34 matches. They also won the Cup competition, defending their title against Braunschweig in the final in Bamberg, where they won 69:66. In the Championship competition, Brose Baskets beat Eisbären Bremerhaven easily in the quarter-final. In the semi-final, they suffered two surprise defeats away against Artland Dragons, and only won in the fifth deciding game. In the final against ALBA Berlin, Brose Baskets once again displayed some weaknesses in their away performance. The Berlin team dominated most of the deciding game in the Stechert Arena, despite a good start from Brose Baskets. Nevertheless, Brose Baskets were able to turn the game around in the final quarter, finishing with a clear 72:65 victory. This earned them the German Championship title for the fourth time and meant they had achieved two double wins in succession. In this season, the team also won all their home Cup and Championship matches.

2011–2012: Second treble[edit]

The Brose Baskets squad remained largely unchanged in the 2011/12 season, and departures were more than compensated for by strong additions. At the end of the main round, Bamberg was top of the table with 30 wins and four defeats. The team won the Cup again during this season. In the Championship competition, Brose Baskets managed to beat Telekom Baskets Bonn 3:1 in the playoff quarter-final, despite suffering a surprise defeat in the first home game. This was their first defeat at home in 49 games. In the semi-final, Brose Baskets beat Artland Dragons, winning three out of a possible five games (best-of-five), and also won the final against ratiopharm Ulm 3:0. This was Brose Baskets’ third successive double win. Partly because of this success, several players signed bigger contracts with other teams at the end of the season, which meant it was not possible to keep the same squad intact the following season. Tibor Pleiß and Marcus Slaughter transferred to Spain, Brian Roberts and P.J. Tucker switched to the NBA, and Predrag Šuput moved to KK Cedevita in Croatia.

2012–2013: Sixth German championship[edit]

As in the previous season, it was possible to keep the core team together in 2012/13, but injuries during the season led to a number of changes, which weakened the team. Nevertheless, Brose Baskets finished the main round of the Beko BBL at the top of the table with 26 wins. In contrast with previous years, the team failed to get through the qualifying round of the Cup competition, losing 69:77 at home to FC Bayern München. In the Championship competition, Brose Baskets faced Phoenix Hagen, beating them 3:1 and making it through to the semi-final of the playoffs. Here they came up against FC Bayern München, who they managed to beat 3:2 after five games. This meant they were through to the final for the fourth time in a row. Here the champions of the previous three years faced EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Brose Baskets won 3:0 in three straight games, securing the Championship title for the fourth time in a row.

2013–2014: Disappointing season[edit]

In the regular season Brose Baskets wasn't the first seed for the first time in 5 years. As the 2nd seed Bamberg played 6th seeded Artland Dragons in the Playoff quarterfinals. The Dragons pulled off an upset and beat Brose with 3–1.[3] The team also failed to reach the BBL-Pokal Final and didn't accomplish much in its European campaign. After the season the club parted ways with head coach Chris Fleming.[4] Long time great players of the club John Goldsberry and Casey Jacobsen put an end to their careers, and had their jersey numbers retired by the club.[5]

2014–2015: Back on top[edit]

In the 2014–15 season, Brose Baskets came back on top of the German basketball world, after they beat the defending champions Bayern Munich 3–2 in the Finals. Bamberg also finished the regular season in the first place. Bamberg's Bradley Wanamaker was named Basketball Bundesliga Finals MVP.


Logo of the team as GHP Bamberg
  • 1.FC 01 Bamberg (1955–1988)
  • TTL Bamberg (1988–1995)
  • TTL uniVersa Bamberg (1995–2000)
  • TSK uniVersa Bamberg (2000–2003)
  • GHP Bamberg (2003–2006)
  • Brose Baskets Bamberg (2006–Present)


Winners (7): 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
Runners-up: 1992–93, 2002–03, 2003–04
Winners (4): 1992, 2010, 2011, 2012
Runners-up: 2006, 2015
Winners (5): 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
Runners-up: 2013

Team venue[edit]

Since 2001, Brose Baskets have played their home games at brose ARENA, a venue that has undergone a number of name changes since it was first built.

Following alterations to the building in 2006, it can now hold 6800 spectators for basketball games and has a big corporate zone and new corporate boxes. Thanks to the expansion, the arena is now also big enough for Turkish Airlines Euroleague matches (minimum capacity: 5000 seats). Previously, international home games had to take place at the Nürnberger Arena.

Before brose ARENA (previously called Forum Bamberg, Jako Arena and Stechert Arena) was built, the team played at the John F. Kennedy Hall on the US barracks site in Bamberg, and later at the Graf Stauffenberg Hall. The Bamberg fans are famous for their devotion and unstinting support. Noisy support with drums, chants and a brass band provide a great atmosphere at the stadium known affectionately as “Frankenhölle”. An audio clip can be found here.[6]

Other important club personalities[edit]

  • Norbert Sieben (President)
  • Michael Stoschek (Chairman of the Supervisory Board); other Supervisory Board members: Rolf Beyer (Vice Chairman), Stefan Adam, Sandro Scharlibbe, Carl Steiner, Maximilian Stoschek[7]
  • Wolfgang Heyder (Sports Director)
  • Marco Beens (Finance, Organization and Marketing Director)
  • Marcus Lindner (Athletics Trainer)


Current roster[edit]

Brose Baskets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF 4 Italy Melli, Nicolo 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 24 – (1991-01-26)26 January 1991
G 6 Greece Zisis, Nikos 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 32 – (1983-08-16)16 August 1983
PG 7 Slovenia Nikolić, Aleksej 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 20 – (1995-02-21)21 February 1995
SG 8 Germany Staiger, Lucca 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 27 – (1988-06-14)14 June 1988
SG 9 Germany Tadda, Karsten 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 26 – (1988-11-02)2 November 1988
F/C 10 Germany Theis, Daniel 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 23 – (1992-04-04)4 April 1992
G 11 United States Wanamaker, Bradley 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 – (1989-07-25)25 July 1989
G 12 Germany Müller, Malik 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 21 – (1994-01-24)24 January 1994
PG 13 Latvia Strēlnieks, Jānis 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 26 – (1989-09-01)1 September 1989
C 14 Germany Kratzer, Leon 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 18 – (1997-02-04)4 February 1997
SG 17 Germany Obst, Andreas 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 19 – (1996-07-13)13 July 1996
F 20 Germany Harris, Elias 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 26 – (1989-07-06)6 July 1989
SF 21 United States Miller, Darius 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 25 – (1990-03-21)21 March 1990
C 25 United Kingdom Olaseni, Gabriel 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 23 – (1991-12-29)29 December 1991
G 30 Germany Dizdarevic, Dino 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 20 – (1995-03-18)18 March 1995
F/C 32 Germany Thiemann, Johannes 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 21 – (1994-02-09)9 February 1994
G 33 Germany Heckmann, Patrick 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 23 – (1992-02-27)27 February 1992
C 34 Germany Idbihi, Yassin 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 118 kg (260 lb) 32 – (1983-07-24)24 July 1983
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: August 30, 2015

Retired numbers[edit]

Brose Baskets retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure Ref
5 United States John Goldsberry G 2008–2014 [5]
23 United States Casey Jacobsen SF 2006–2007, 2009–2014

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Daniel Theis Yassin Idbihi Gabriel Olaseni Leon Kratzer
PF Nicolo Melli Elias Harris Johannes Thiemann
SF Darius Miller Lucca Staiger Patrick Heckmann
SG Nikolaos Zisis Karsten Tadda Malik Müller Andreas Obst
PG Brad Wanamaker Jānis Strēlnieks Aleksej Nikolić Dino Didzarevic

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason German Cup European competitions
1991–92 1 Bundesliga 2 Semifinalist Champion
1992–93 1 Bundesliga 1 Finalist
1993–94 1 Bundesliga 1 Semifinalist Semifinalist
1994–95 1 Bundesliga 1 Semifinalist 3 Played Korać Cup
1995–96 1 Bundesliga 4 Semifinalist Semifinalist 3 Played Korać Cup
1996–97 1 Bundesliga 3 Semifinalist Semifinalist 3 Played Korać Cup
1997–98 1 Bundesliga 3 Semifinalist 3 Played Korać Cup
1998–99 1 Bundesliga 6 Quarterfinalist Third place 3 Played Korać Cup
1999–00 1 Bundesliga 10 Round of 16
2000–01 1 Bundesliga 10 Relegation playoffs
2001–02 1 Bundesliga 7 Quarterfinalist
2002–03 1 Bundesliga 2 Finalist
2003–04 1 Bundesliga 2 Finalist 3 Played FIBA Europe League
2004–05 1 Bundesliga 1 Champion 2 Played ULEB Cup
2005–06 1 Bundesliga 3 Semifinalist Finalist 1 Euroleague Top 16
2006–07 1 Bundesliga 1 Champion 2 Played ULEB Cup
2007–08 1 Bundesliga 7 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague Regular Season
2008–09 1 Bundesliga 4 Semifinalist 2 Played Eurocup
2009–10 1 Bundesliga 5 Champion Champion 2 Played Eurocup
2010–11 1 Bundesliga 1 Champion Champion 1 Euroleague Regular Season
2011–12 1 Bundesliga 1 Champion Champion 1 Euroleague Regular Season
2012–13 1 Bundesliga 1 Champion Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague Top 16
2013–14 1 Bundesliga 2 Quarterfinalist Third place 1 Euroleague Regular Season
2 Eurocup Last 32
2014–15 1 Bundesliga 1 Champion Finalist 2 Eurocup eighthfinalist

Notable players[edit]

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.

Head coaches[edit]

Coach From To Honours
Germany Dirk Bauermann
2 Bundesliga
United States Chris Fleming
4 Bundesliga, 4 BBL-Pokal, 3 Champions Cup
Italy Andrea Trinchieri
1 Bundesliga, 1 Champions Cup

Partnerships and youth development work[edit]

Brose Baskets and their partner clubs offer young players excellent development opportunities. The aim is to provide attractive, high-class basketball for sports fans and our industry parters, to broaden the sport’s grassroots base and to become even more successful and efficient at the top end of the game.

Brose Baskets and their registered association therefore run junior U9, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 teams and collaborate with Baunach, a team in the second Bundesliga (Pro B).[8] Since the 2009/2010 season, there is also a women’s U17 WNBL professional team: Team Oberfranken. And another women’s team, DJK Brose Bamberg, has been playing in the 1st German Bundesliga with support from Brose Baskets since 2012.

Partner teams at a glance:[9]

  • Bike-Cafe Messingschlager Baunach (ProB)
  • TSV Tröster Breitengüßbach (South-East Regional League, NBBL, JBBL)
  • Brose Baskets e. V. (WNBL)
  • Regnitztal Baskets (2nd Regional League)
  • TTL Bamberg (2nd Regional League, U14 professional team)
  • DJK Don Bosco Bamberg (U13 professional team)
  • BG Litzendorf
  • SpVgg Roth
  • SG Köln99ers e.V.
  • Paderborn Baskets

Brose Baskets also works with a large number of other clubs in the U12-U9 range as part of the Junior Franken project.

In addition, many young basketball players from Bamberg are in the squads for the German national and junior teams: The A squad for the national team benefits from the talents of Karsten Tadda and Maik Zirbes. Three Bamberg players are in the U20 squad: Johannes Thiemann, Alexander Engel and Alina Hartmann. Dino Dizdarevic, Andreas Obst and Robert Zinn are national U18 players. And five Bamberg U16 players compete at international level: Daniel Keppeler, Noah Kamdem, Leon Kratzer, Saskia Beringer and Anne-Katrin Landwehr.

As well as running professional sports activities, Brose Baskets and their partner clubs reach around 12,000 children and young people each year through numerous leisure sports projects. These include: AG Grundschule (a primary school program), basketball promotion days, a schools league, basketball camps, and the Kinder+Sport Basketball Academy.[10]

On October 1, 2013, Förderverein Basketball Bamberg e. V. was renamed Brose Baskets e.V. The aim of the association is to support youth development work in the area of basketball. There are currently around 300 members (February 2014).[11]


Because of the club’s amazing fans and broad support base within a relatively small town of Bamberg (70,000 inhabitants),[12] the town is often called “Freak City”[13] in basketball circles. The fan club Faszination Basketball Bamberg has nearly 1000 members, making it the biggest basketball fan club in the Beko BBL.[14] Brose Baskets also receive organized support from Freak City Frankenpower[15] and Sektion Südblock,[16] among others.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fleming, Chris" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Club-Trainer und Baskets-Coach im Gespräch" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Brose Baskets trennen sich von Chris Fleming". Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Goodbye, John & Casey!". (in German). Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  6. ^ "brose ARENA macht ein bisschen Lärm by @Teem72 on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds". 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Neuer Aufsichtsrat der Bamberger Basketball GmbH" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Brose Baskets gehen auf Mitgliedersuche" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  9. ^ "ProB, Regionalliga und der Unterbau." (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  10. ^ "Förderung von Anfang an" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  11. ^ "Verein" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  12. ^ "Zahlen der Stadt Bamberg 2011" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  13. ^ "Freak City, tied for first" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  14. ^ "Fanclub Faszination Basketball Bamberg e.V." (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  15. ^ "Fanclub Freakcity" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  16. ^ "Sektion Südblock" (in German). Retrieved 2014-03-19. 

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