Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna

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Fortitudo Bologna
Fortitudo Bologna logo
LeaguesLBA
Founded1932 (original)
2013 (re-founded)
HistoryFortitudo Bologna
(1939–2012)
Fortitudo Bologna 103
(2013–present)
ArenaPalaDozza
Capacity5,721
LocationBologna, Italy
Team colorsWhite and blue
         
PresidentChristian Pavani
Team managerMarco Carraretto
Head coachAntimo Martino
Championships2 Italian Leagues
1 Italian Cup
2 Italian Supercups
1 Italian LNP Cup
Websitefortitudo103.it
Uniforms

Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna 103, currently known as Lavoropiù Fortitudo Bologna for sponsorship reasons,[1] is a basketball club based in Bologna, Italy. It plays in the first division Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).

History[edit]

Fortitudo has for much of its history played second fiddle in its own city to arch rivals Virtus Bologna. Fortitudo won its first major trophy in 1998, winning the Italian Cup.

Fortitudo made the Italian league finals ten consecutive years (1997 through 2006). After three straight finals losses, Fortitudo won the Serie A for the first time in 2000. Four consecutive finals losses were followed by Fortitudo's second league title in 2005, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Armani Jeans Milano in the finals series when instant replay upheld a Ruben Douglas buzzer beater in Game 4 of the championship series.

In recent years, Fortitudo had been a fixture in the European top-tier Euroleague. Fortitudo's first achievement in European competition was a FIBA Korać Cup final against Jugoplastika in 1977 in their maiden participation. It got to the Euroleague Final four in 1999 (losing in the semifinal against city rivals Kinder Bologna and in third place game against Olympiacos) and the semifinal of the Euroleague playoffs in 2001 (again eliminated by rivals Virtus); then the club lost in the Euroleague final in 2004 to Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv by 44 points. The 2006-07 season saw them change coaches thrice as they finished thirteenth (out of eighteen), though they still qualified for the ULEB Cup 2007-08.

Financial difficulties saw the club's affiliation to the Italian Federation revoked and Fortitudo was barred from playing in any competition. On 18 June 2013, a group of local entrepreneurs, professionals and fans joined to give life to Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna 103, the spiritual successor (with the same fan base such as the Fossa dei Leoni fan group) of the original entity. Starting from the fourth division DNB, Fortitudo climbed to the second division Serie A2 where it will play during the 2015-16 season.

After a successful campaign in 2018/19 the club qualified for promotion to Serie A for the first time since its 2009 dissolution.

Arena[edit]

Fortitudo's home arena is the Paladozza, known for sponsorship reasons as the Land Rover Arena (and sometimes nicknamed the Madison Square Garden of Bologna), which can host approximately 5,700 fans.

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (2): 1999–00, 2004–05
Runners-up (8): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06
Winners (1): 1997–98
Runners-up (1): 1967–68
Winners (2): 1998, 2005
Winners (1): 2018–19
Runners-up (1): 2015–16
Winners (1): 2010
Winners (1): 2014–15

European competitions[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2003–04
Semifinalists (1): 2000–01
4th place (1): 1998–99
Final Four (2): 1999, 2004
Runners-up (1): 1976–77
Semifinalists (1): 1995–96

Top performances in European & Worldwide competitions[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
EuroLeague
1996–97 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by FC Barcelona, 70-65 (W) in Bologna, 73-75 (L) in Barcelona and 62-87 (L) in Bologna
1997–98 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-0 by Kinder Bologna, 52-64 (L) in Bologna away, 56-58 (L) in Bologna home
1998–99 Final Four 4th place in Munich, lost to Kinder Bologna 57-62 in the semi-final, lost to Olympiacos 63-74 in the 3rd place game
1999–00 Quarter-finals eliminated 2-1 by Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, 65-62 (W) in Tel Aviv, 73-80 (L) in Bologna and 64-79 (L) in Tel Aviv
2000–01 Semi-finals eliminated 3-0 by Kinder Bologna, 76-103 (L) in Bologna away, 84-92 (L) in Bologna away and 70-74 (L) in Bologna home
2003–04 Final defeated Montepaschi Siena 103-102 in the semi-final, lost to Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 74-118 in the final (Tel Aviv)
FIBA Korać Cup
1976–77 Final lost to Jugoplastika 84-87 in the final (Genoa)
1994–95 Quarter-finals eliminated by Alba Berlin, 73-77 (L) in Berlin and 80-80 (D) in Bologna
1995–96 Semi-finals eliminated by Efes Pilsen, 78-102 (L) in Istanbul and 97-91 (W) in Bologna

Retired numbers[edit]

Fortitudo Bologna retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Date retired Ref.
13 United States Gary Schull C 1968–1973 2010 [2]

Players[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

Fortitudo Bologna roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SG 5 Italy Cinciarini, Daniele 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 36 – (1983-06-14)14 June 1983
PF 6 Italy Mancinelli, Stefano (C) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 36 – (1983-03-17)17 March 1983
F/C 10 United States Leunen, Maarty 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 33 – (1985-09-03)3 September 1985
PG 21 Italy Fantinelli, Matteo 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 25 – (1993-11-24)24 November 1993
F/C United States Daniel, Ed 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 29 – (1990-06-13)13 June 1990
PG Croatia Stipčević, Rok 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 33 – (1986-05-20)20 May 1986
SG Canada Robertson, Kassius 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 25 – (1994-04-20)20 April 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Italy Stefano Comuzzo
  • Italy Roberto Lopez
  • Italy Matteo Tasini
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Italy Raoul Parisi
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Italy Luca Turone
Team manager
  • Italy Franco Rizzardi

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: February 19, 2019

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

Squad changes for the 2019-2020 season[edit]

In[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States F/C Ed Daniel (from Greece Peristeri)
Croatia PG Rok Stipčević (from Lithuania Rytas Vilnius)
Canada SG Kassius Robertson (from Germany Medi Bayreuth)

Out[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
8 Italy C Matteo Franco
16 Italy PG Marco Venuto (to Italy Ravenna)
20 Italy SG Guido Rosselli (to Italy Scaligera Verona)
41 United States G Kenny Hasbrouck (to Italy Scaligera Verona)

Notable players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

Throughout the years, due to sponsorship, the club has been known as :

  • Cassera Bologna (1966–68)
  • Eldorado Bologna (1968–71)
  • Alco Bologna (1971–78)
  • Mercury Bologna (1978–80)
  • I&B Bologna (1980–81)
  • Lattesole Bologna (1981–83)
  • Yoga Bologna (1983–88)
  • Arimo Bologna (1988–90)
  • Aprimatic Bologna (1990–91)
  • Mangiaebevi Bologna (1991–93)
  • Filodoro Bologna (1993–95)
  • Teamsystem Bologna (1995–99)
  • Paf Wennington Bologna (1999–01)
  • Skipper Bologna (2001–04)
  • Climamio Bologna (2004–07)
  • UPIM Bologna [Domestically] (2007–08)
    • Beghelli Bologna [European competition] (2007–08)
  • GMAC Bologna [Domestically] (2008–09)
    • Fortitudo Bologna [European competition] (2008–09)
  • Amori Bologna (2009–10)
  • Tulipano Impianti Bologna (2013–14)
  • Eternedile Bologna (2014–2016)
  • Contatto Bologna (2016–2017)
  • Consultinvest Bologna (2017–2018)
  • Lavoropiù Fortitudo Bologna (2018–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Consultinvest new sponsor of Fortitudo Bologna". sportando.com (in Italian). 31 July 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ Forni, Francesco (25 April 2010). "La Effe aspetta Castelletto poi l' omaggio al Barone" [Fortitudo awaits Castelletto then will honour the Baron]. Repubblica.it (in Italian). Retrieved 5 November 2017.

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