FC Porto (basketball)
|Leagues||Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (domestic)
FIBA Europe Cup (international)
|History||FC Porto (1926–2012, 2015–)
Dragon Force (2013–2015)
|Team colors||Blue, white
|President||Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa|
|Head coach||Moncho López|
|Team captain||André Bessa|
|Championships||12 (1952, 1953, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2011, 2016)|
|Active sections of
Futebol Clube do Porto
|Football||Football B||Football Youth|
Futebol Clube do Porto (commonly referred to as FC Porto or simply Porto) is a Portuguese professional basketball team based in Porto, which represents the sport's section within parent club FC Porto. Founded in 1926, the team competes in the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB), the top-tier domestic league, and plays its home matches at the Dragão Caixa arena. The current head coach is Moncho López.
The senior team was discontinued after they lost the 2011–12 LPB season title to Benfica. It was restarted the following season, in the third division, under the name of Dragon Force, which fielded players from the section's youth ranks. The team secured promotion to the second-tier Proliga in 2013–14, winning that season's title in a playoff final against Illiabum; having earned the right to compete in the LPB, the club decided to remain in the Proliga for the 2014–15 season. The team defended their Proliga title without losing any match, and were promoted to the 2015–16 LPB. Competing again under the name of FC Porto, the team qualified for the championship playoffs and reached the final, where they beat the four-time defending champions Benfica to secure the club's 12th title.
Porto are the second most successful team in Portuguese basketball history, having won twelve championships, thirteen Portuguese Cups, five Portuguese Supercups, seven Portuguese League Cups, and one António Pratas Trophy.
The introduction of the sport in Portugal took place in 1913, and thirteen years later in 1926 a group of partners of the club decided to create a basketball team. António Sanches, António Marta and Daniel Barbosa drove the idea, having them joined by Gabriel Batista and A. Cabral to complete the team. The second place in the Cup António Cardoso guaranteed in the first season excites the community that forms immediately four other basketball teams. FC Porto basketball players trained in an outdoor field complex included in Campo da Constituição.
The decades of the thirties and forties were not very fertile in securities for the basketball section of FC Porto, but still the sport was up solidifying a club that showed increasingly eclectic. In the year 1933, the first Campeonato de Portugal was played, and Porto participated alongside Conimbricense, Académico, Fluvial, Guifões, Sp. Braga, Atlético de Braga and Sporting de Gouveia. In 1940, FC Porto have played in a covered, lighted, on Avenida dos Aliados enclosure. The fruit came in late because in 1947/48 and 1949/50 FC Porto was national champion of the second division and two seasons later was national champion in the First Division in 1951/52 and 1952/53.
The 1990s achievements
The year 1995 marks a crucial turning point in Portuguese basketball. It is in this year that the League Basketball Club, founded six years earlier, organized the first professional league. The FC Porto basketball section is associated with a sponsor at the time the UBP (going to be appointed FC Porto UBP), and enters with his right foot in the era of professional basketball, winning the first two editions of the league. Around the same time, the team moved to the Pavilhão Rosa Mota, which would provide better working conditions. In 1997 it is created the FC Porto, Basquetbol, SAD, alongside with FC Porto Futebol, SAD. The president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa accumulated the presidency of both SADs and the club, while Fernando Gomes became the primary administrator.
Although nationally FC Porto is among the best title contenders in all competitions, their performance at the international level is modest, reflecting the position of the Portuguese Basketball against the other European and world federations. Their best European performance succeeded in 1997 and 2000, years that reached the quarter-finals of the FIBA Saporta Cup (in 1997 still called FIBA EuroCup). In between, in 1999, Paulo Pinto, then Porto player, was elected by FIBA as one of the 50 best players in Europe and, as such, included in the list of candidates to join the western selection EURO ALL STAR.
At the end of the 2011/2012 season the responsible section informed the coaching staff, which was represented by head coach Moncho López, assistant coach Diogo Gomes, and players (captain Nuno Marçal, André Bessa and David Gomes attended) that the senior team would not compete in the major league championship after losing to Benfica in Dragão Caixa. A new project for the section was initiated, they started training under the designation Dragon Force who competed in the national championship CNB third division in season 2012/2013, participating in the final competition.
- Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol: 12
- Taça de Portugal: 13
- 1978–79, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12
- Taça da Liga / Hugo dos Santos: 7
- 1999–00, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2015–16
- Supertaça de Portugal: 6
- 1986, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2011, 2016
- Troféu António Pratas LPB: 1
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
FC Porto roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Sasa Borovnjak||Nick Washburn||Pedro Oliveira|
|PF||Miguel Miranda||Miguel Queiroz||Diogo Araújo|
|SF||Jose Silva||João Grosso||João Gallina|
|SG||Brad Tinsley||Jeff Xavier|
|PG||Ferrán Ventura||Pedro Bastos||André Bessa|
Former notable players
- Fernando Sá
- Tó Ferreira
- Júlio Matos
- Rui Santos
- João Rocha
- Nuno Marçal
- Paulo Pinto
- José Parente
- Alberto Babo
- Fernando Gomes
- Rui Pereira
- Jorge Quintela
- Beto Vanzeller
- Rogelio Legasa
- Greg Stempim
- Scott Stewart
- Matt Fish
- Charles Payton
- Dale Dover
- Ed Stokes
- Wayne Englestad
- Jared Miller
- Reggie Geary
- Kevin Nixon
- Justin Bailey
- Troy DeVries
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- "FC Porto campeão nacional de basquetebol em Ilhavo (1998/99)" (in Portuguese). bibó-porto-carago.blogspot.pt. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- "FC Porto vence Benfica e sagra-se campeão nacional de basquetebol" (in Portuguese). Jornal de Notícias. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2014.