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Brose Bamberg
2017–18 Brose Bamberg season
Brose Bamberg logo
Leagues BBL
Founded 1955; 63 years ago (1955)
History 1.FC 01 Bamberg
TTL Bamberg
TTL uniVersa Bamberg
TSK uniVersa Bamberg
GHP Bamberg
Brose Baskets
Brose Bamberg
Arena Brose Arena (2001–present)
Arena Capacity 6,150[1][2]
Location Bamberg, Germany
Team colors Red, silver, white
Main sponsor Brose Fahrzeugteile
President Norbert Sieben
Head coach Luca Banchi
Team captain Elias Harris
Championships 9 German Championships
5 German Cups
5 German Super Cups
Retired numbers 2 (5, 23)
The GHP Bamberg era logo of the club, 2003–2006.

Brose Bamberg is a German professional basketball team from Bamberg, Franconia / North Bavaria. The club has won the German Championship title nine times and the German Cup five times. The club is playing in the German top-tier level Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and the EuroLeague. The license holder of the club is Bamberger Basketball GmbH.

The club is sponsored by the German automotive supplier Brose Fahrzeugteile.


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.[3] 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.[4] This meant that GHP Bamberg qualified for the EuroLeague. In the following season (2005–06), the Bamberg team made it into the EuroLeague Top 16. It 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 2007–08, 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.[5] His long-term assistant coach, Arne Woltmann, also came with him from Quakenbrück.[6]

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 fourth game in their own arena, which was as close run as the cup final had been. Eventually, however, Brose Baskets won the Championship title with a 72:70 in front of its own fans, achieving its 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. The team also won the Cup competition,[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

2013–2014: disappointing season[edit]

In the regular season Brose Baskets could not defend its top seed position from the three previous years finishing second behind Bayern Munich and thus facing the 7th seeded Artland Dragons in the playoff quarterfinals. The Dragons pulled off an upset and beat Brose with 3–1.[10] The team also failed to reach the BBL-Pokal Final and did not accomplish much in its European campaign. After the season the club parted ways with head coach Chris Fleming.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] Bamberg also finished the regular season in the first place. Bamberg's Bradley Wanamaker was named Basketball Bundesliga Finals MVP.

2015–2016: eighth German championship[edit]

In the 2015–16 season, Brose Baskets had an impressive EuroLeague campaign, in which the team survived the Regular Season and advanced to the Top 16. In the Bundesliga, Brose had an even more impressive season. The team finished first in the regular season by a wide margin, and eventually won the championship after sweeping all opponents in the playoffs.[14]

In August 2016, the Brose Baskets changed the name to Brose Bamberg.[15]

2016–17 EuroLeague and more domination in Germany[edit]

Through its championship in the 2015–16 season, Bamberg qualified for the 2016–17 EuroLeague, the first true European basketball league. Bamberg finished in the 10th place, with All-EuroLeague Second Team member Nicolò Melli leading the team.

In Germany, the team once again dominated. The BBL-Pokal was won after beating Bayern Munich in the Final. The ninth Basketball Bundesliga title of the club was won after sweeping EWE Baskets Oldenburg 3–0 in the BBL Finals.[16]

Club identity[edit]



Winners (9): 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Runners-up (3): 1992–93, 2002–03, 2003–04
Winners (5): 1992, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017
Runners-up (2): 2006, 2015
Winners (5): 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
Runners-up (1): 2013

Team venues[edit]

Nuremberg Arena, which has been used as home arena of the club.
Brose Arena, which has been the regular home arena of the club, since 2001.

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

Following alterations to the building in 2006, it could hold up to 6,820, after originally having a seating capacity of 4,750 spectators for basketball games. In 2006, a large corporate zone and new corporate luxury boxes were also added to the arena. Thanks to the 2006 expansion, the arena also became big enough for Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games (EuroLeague minimum capacity arena rules - 5,000 seats). In 2016, the arena removed the fan's standing room section, in order to meet minimum EuroLeague arena regulations (no standing room only areas are allowed in EuroLeague arenas), which reduced the arena's seating capacity to 6,150.[1][2] Before brose ARENA met EuroLeague capacity requirements, European-wide home games of Brose had to take place at the 8,200 seat Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, which is located in Nuremberg, which is about 63 km (39 miles) in driving distance from Brose's home city of Bamberg.

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 U.S. barracks site (Ausländische Militärbasen), in Bamberg, and later at the Graf Stauffenberg Hall.

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 arena, known affectionately as "Frankenhölle”". An audio clip of the fans at the arena can be found here.[17]


Retired numbers[edit]

Brose Bamberg retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Date retired Ref
5 United States John Goldsberry PG 2008–2014 2014 [12]
23 United States Casey Jacobsen SF 2006–2007, 2009–2014 2014

Current roster[edit]

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

Brose Bamberg roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 0 Italy Hackett, Daniel 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 30 – (1987-12-19)19 December 1987
G 2 Georgia (country) Hickman, Ricky 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 32 – (1985-09-01)1 September 1985
SF 3 United States Wright, Dorell 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 32 – (1985-12-02)2 December 1985
G 6 Greece Zisis, Nikos 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 34 – (1983-08-16)16 August 1983
PG 7 Slovenia Nikolić, Aleksej 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 23 – (1995-02-21)21 February 1995
SG 8 Germany Staiger, Lucca 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 29 – (1988-06-14)14 June 1988
PF 9 Serbia Mitrović, Luka 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1993-03-21)21 March 1993
PG 12 Germany Lô, Maodo 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 26 – (1992-03-12)12 March 1992
G/F 16 Germany Olinde, Louis 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 20 – (1998-03-19)19 March 1998
F 20 Germany Harris, Elias (C) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 28 – (1989-07-06)6 July 1989
PF 21 United States Rubit, Augustine 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 28 – (1989-08-14)14 August 1989
SF 33 Germany Heckmann, Patrick 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 26 – (1992-02-27)27 February 1992
C 42 Serbia Musli, Dejan 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 119 kg (262 lb) 27 – (1991-01-03)3 January 1991
F/C 43 Croatia Radošević, Leon 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 114 kg (251 lb) 28 – (1990-02-26)26 February 1990
SG 44 United States Taylor, Bryce 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 31 – (1986-09-27)27 September 1986
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: March 3, 2018

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Leon Radošević Augustine Rubit Dejan Musli
PF Luka Mitrović Elias Harris
SF Dorell Wright Lucca Staiger Patrick Heckmann Injured
SG Ricky Hickman Bryce Taylor Louis Olinde
PG Nikos Zisis Daniel Hackett Maodo Lô Aleksej Nikolić

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. German Cup European competitions
1991–92 1 Bundesliga 2nd Champion
1992–93 1 Bundesliga 2nd
1993–94 1 Bundesliga 1st Semifinalist
1994–95 1 Bundesliga 1st 3 FIBA Korać Cup R1
1995–96 1 Bundesliga 4th Semifinalist 3 FIBA Korać Cup R1
1996–97 1 Bundesliga 3rd Semifinalist 3 FIBA Korać Cup R1
1997–98 1 Bundesliga 3rd 3 FIBA Korać Cup R3
1998–99 1 Bundesliga 6th Third place 3 FIBA Korać Cup R1
1999–00 1 Bundesliga 10th
2000–01 1 Bundesliga 10th
2001–02 1 Bundesliga 7th
2002–03 1 Bundesliga 2nd
2003–04 1 Bundesliga 2nd 3 FIBA Europe League EF
2004–05 1 Bundesliga 1st 2 ULEB Cup RS
2005–06 1 Bundesliga 3rd Finalist 1 Euroleague T16
2006–07 1 Bundesliga 1st 2 ULEB Cup RS
2007–08 1 Bundesliga 7th 1 Euroleague RS
2008–09 1 Bundesliga 4th 2 Eurocup RS
2009–10 1 Bundesliga 1st Champion 2 Eurocup T16
2010–11 1 Bundesliga 1st Champion 1 Euroleague RS
2011–12 1 Bundesliga 1st Champion 1 Euroleague RS
2012–13 1 Bundesliga 1st Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2013–14 1 Bundesliga 5th Third place 1 Euroleague RS
2 Eurocup L32
2014–15 1 Bundesliga 1st Finalist 2 Eurocup EF
2015–16 1 Bundesliga 1st Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2016–17 1 Bundesliga 1st Champion 1 EuroLeague 13th
2017–18 1 Bundesliga Quarterfinalist 1 EuroLeague

Notable players[edit]

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

Head coaches[edit]

1988–1994 Germany Terence Schofield
1994–1999 United States Ken Scalabroni
1999–2001 Germany Armin Andres
2001 Serbia Zoran Slavnić
2001–2008 Germany Dirk Bauermann
2008–2014 United States Chris Fleming
2014–2018 Italy Andrea Trinchieri
2018 Greece Ilias Kantzouris
(interim head coach)
2018–present Italy Luca Banchi

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[18]
  • Wolfgang Heyder (sports director)
  • Marco Beens (finance, organization and marketing director)
  • Marcus Lindner (athletics trainer)

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 partners, 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 Under-9, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, and Under-19 teams, and collaborate with Baunach, a team in the German third-tier level Bundesliga (ProB).[19] Since the 2009–10 season, there is also a women’s Under-17 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:[20]

  • 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, Under-14 professional team)
  • DJK Don Bosco Bamberg (Under-13 professional team)
  • BG Litzendorf
  • SpVgg Roth
  • SG Köln99ers e.V.
  • Paderborn Baskets

Brose Baskets also work with a large number of other clubs, in the Under-12 to Under-19 range, as part of the Junior Franken project.

In addition, many of the players from Bamberg's youth program have been in the squads for the senior German national team and the German junior national teams. The senior German national men's A squad has included Brose players Karsten Tadda and Maik Zirbes. Bamberg has also had numerous players in the German Under-20, German Under-18, and German Under-16 squads, such as: Johannes Thiemann, Alexander Engel, Alina Hartmann, Dino Dizdarevic, Andreas Obst, Robert Zinn, 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 school's league, basketball camps, and the Kinder+Sport Basketball Academy.[21]

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. As of February 2014, it had around 300 members.[22]


The club’s broad fan support base within, a relatively small town of Bamberg (with around 76,000 inhabitants),[23] has led to the town receiving the nickname, "Freak City",[24] in basketball circles. The team's fan club, Faszination Basketball Bamberg, has nearly 1,000 members, making it the biggest basketball fan club in the German Beko BBL.[25] Brose Baskets also receives organized support from fan clubs Freak City Frankenpower[26] and Sektion Südblock,[27] among others.

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