Mens Sana 1871 Basket

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Basket Mens Sana 1871
Leagues Italian League III
Founded 1934
History Associazione Ginnastica Senese
"Mens Sana in Corpore Sano 1871"
(1934 – 2014)
Arena Palasport Mens Sana
Location Siena, Italy
Team colors Green and White
President Ferdinando Minucci
Head coach Marco Crespi
Championships 8 Italian Championships
7 Italian SuperCups
5 Italian Cups
1 Saporta Cup
Retired numbers 3 (5, 13, 20)
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Mens Sana 1871 Basket is an Italian professional basketball club from Siena, Italy. More precisely, it is the now-autonomous basketball section of the comprehensive sports club Polisportiva Mens Sana. The club was also widely previously known as Montepaschi Siena. "Montepaschi" was an internationalized short form for the name of the club's principal sponsor, the Siena banking company Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.


The Montepaschi name sponsor era logo.
Montepaschi Siena's main sponsorship logo.

The basketball club's parent multi-sports club, Polisportiva Mens Sana, founded in 1871, claims to have been the first sports club in Italy to play and organize basketball; asserting that it did so in 1907, just sixteen years after James Naismith invented the sport, in 1891. This began with the club's women's section, giving the first basketball demonstration in Italy, in 1907, led by Professor Ida Nomi Pesciolini. Nomi translated Naismith's basketball rules, but had not seen an actual demonstration of the sport before doing so. Nomi called the sport, Ball to the Rim.

The actual basketball department of the parent athletic club was founded in the year 1934. However, despite its long history, it was mostly a provincial side until the 1973-74 season, when it joined Italy's top division for the first time. The club moved into Palasport Mens Sana arena in 1976.

The club became increasingly competitive over the years, and started to play in European-wide competitions in the 1999-2000 season, when it competed in the Korać Cup. The team then played in the FIBA SuproLeague, in the 2000-01 season, before winning the Saporta Cup in the 2001-02 season. This was followed by their participation in the Euroleague, during the 2002-03 season.

They won their first Italian League championship and their first Italian Supercup title in 2004. They won their first Italian Cup title in the year 2009. Since the turn of the 21st century, Montepaschi has established itself as one of the strongest clubs in Europe, with a championship win in the Saporta Cup, eight Italian League championships, and regular Euroleague appearances, including four trips to the competition's Euroleague Final Four.

After winning a record 6th consecutive Italian League championship in 2012, the club went through a major rebuild. Out of the fifteen players that were on the team's roster in the 2011-12 season, only four of them returned for the 2012-13 season. Just three of the team's rotation players, and just one of the team's starters, remained with the team. In addition to that, the club's long-time head coach, Simone Pianigiani, also left the team. Despite the rebuild, the team managed to win the Italian League and Cup once again.

In June 2014, it was announced that Mens Sana would not play in neither the Serie A nor the Euroleague for the 2014–15 season, as the club was in financial trouble.[1] On July 9, 2014, Mens Sana Basket was officially declared bankrupt.[2] Later, it was revealed that the team will play 2014-15 season in the third-tier Italian league Serie B Basket.[3]


Mens Sana Basket uses the 7,050 seat Palasport Mens Sana in Siena, as the their home arena.


Total titles: 21

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]


Retired numbers[edit]

Mens Sana 1871 Basket retired numbers
Player Position Tenure
5 United States Terrell McIntyre PG 2006–2010
13 Lithuania Rimantas Kaukėnas SG 2005–2009, 2010–2012
20 United States Italy Shaun Stonerook PF 2005–2012

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Italian Cup European competitions
2006–07 1 Serie A 1 Champion Semifinalist 2 ULEB Cup – Quarterfinalist
2007–08 1 Serie A 1 Champion Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague – Third position
2008–09 1 Serie A 1 Champion Winner 1 Euroleague – Quarterfinalist
2009–10 1 Serie A 1 Champion Winner 1 Euroleague – Top 16
2010–11 1 Serie A 1 Champion Winner 1 Euroleague – Third position
2011–12 1 Serie A 1 Champion Winner 1 Euroleague – Quarterfinalist
2012–13 1 Serie A 5 Champion Winner 1 Euroleague – Top 16
2013–14 1 Serie A 2 Runner–up Runner–up 1 Euroleague – Regular season
2 Eurocup – Last 32

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.

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Notable coaches[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

Before Montepaschi's advent, the Sienese side was main-sponsored by:[4]

  • Sapori (1973–1978, 1981–1983)
  • Antonini (1978–1981)
  • Mister Day (1983–1986)
  • Ticino (1990–1993)
  • Olitalia (1993–1994)
  • Comerson (1994–1995)
  • Cx Orologi (1995–1996)
  • Fontanafredda (1996–1998)
  • Ducato (1998–2000)
  • Montepaschi Siena (2000–2014)


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