Anadolu Efes S.K.
|Leagues||Turkish Basketball League
|Arena||Abdi İpekçi Arena
|Team colors||Navy Blue and white
|Head coach||Vangelis Angelou|
|Championships||13 Turkish Championships
9 Turkish Cups
9 President Cups
1 Korać Cup
Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü (English: Anadolu Efes Sports Club), formerly Efes Pilsen, is a Turkish professional basketball team based in the city of Istanbul. 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 club was founded 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 Anadolu Group. It won the 1978 second division championship undefeated, earning promotion to the Turkish first division, where it has continuously competed since. In its first top-flight season (1978–79), Efes Pilsen won the league title, immediately establishing itself as one of the country's top clubs.
Runner-up in the FIBA Saporta Cup of 1993, the club's main claim to fame was winning the FIBA Korać Cup in 1996, marking the first-ever European title in a team sport by a Turkish club. It has also become a fixture in the Euroleague, making it to the competition's Final Four in 2000 and 2001, finishing 3rd in both occasions.
In 2011, the club changed its name to Anadolu Efes S.K. after TAPDK (Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority) prohibited the advertisement of tobacco and alcohol products in sports organizations.
Anadolu Efes is notable for its youth program. Among its products are current NBA player Hidayet Türkoğlu, former NBA player and Euroleague greatest rebounder of all time Mirsad Türkcan as well as 2005 NBA draftee Cenk Akyol.
Anadolu Efes roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Semih Erden||Stanko Barać||Emircan Koşut|
|PF||Duško Savanović||Milko Bjelica||Kerem Gönlüm||Deniz Kılıçlı|
|SF||Scotty Hopson||Kostas Vasileiadis||Okben Ulubay|
|SG||Jamon Gordon||Birkan Batuk||Cedi Osman|
|PG||Zoran Planinić||Doğuş 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|
Matches against NBA teams
In 2006, Efes Pilsen became the first Turkish basketball club to be invited to play 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 13. In 2007, Efes Pilsen played against Minnesota Timberwolves in İstanbul, 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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