Pallacanestro Virtus Roma

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Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma logo
Leagues Serie A2
Founded 1960
History Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
(1960–present)
Arena Palazzetto dello Sport
(capacity: 3,500)
Location Rome
Team colors Red, Yellow, Blue
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President Claudio Toti
Head coach Italy Marco Calvani
Championships 1 Domestic Championship
1983
1 European Champions Cup
1984
2 Korać Cups
1986, 1992
1 Intercontinental Cup
1984
Website virtusroma.it
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma, also known for sponsorship reasons as Acea Virtus Roma, is an Italian professional basketball club. Founded in 1960, it will play in the Italian second division from the 2015-16 season.

It was formerly a major side in Europe, winning the 1984 European Champions Cup and being one of only 13 clubs to hold a Euroleague A license. However its standing later waned and was less competitive in both Europe and the domestic Serie A - which it had won in 1983 - before voluntaraily relegating to the second division in July 2015.

For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

History[edit]

The club was formed by the merger of two Roman sides, San Saba and Gruppo Borgo Cavalleggeri, under the name Virtus Aurelia in the late 1960's, the founding date of San Saba, 1960, was kept as Virtus'.

In 1972, Virtus Aurelia merged with GS Banco di Roma, the sporting wing of the similarly named bank, forming Pallacanestro Virtus Banco di Roma. The side reached the second division in 1978, staying two years before moving up to the Serie A in 1980.

This was the start of an extended stay in the first division, and success followed soon after, with the side winning the 1983 championship. Earning a place in the 1983–84 FIBA European Champions Cup, Virtus went on to win the competition at its first try, with a Larry Wright led squad, that also had Clarence Kea, Renzo Tombolato and Fulvio Polesello. Wright was decisive in the final against Barcelona, scoring 27 points as Roma overturned a halftime 10-point deficit to win the decider.[1] The next season, the Italians added the 1984 FIBA Intercontinental Cup after topping a group of international clubs in Brazil.[2] Roma also won the 1985–86 FIBA Korać Cup.

The club's next title was the 1991–92 FIBA Korać Cup, by which time Banco di Roma had been replaced as a sponsor by Il Messaggero. A squad comprising Dino Rađa, Rick Mahorn, Roberto Premier and Andrea Niccolai downed Scavolini Pesaro in the two-legged final.[1]

During the 2002-03 season, Carlton Myers led the team to a 25-9 record in Serie A as Roma reached the playoff semifinals.[1] After adding Dejan Bodiroga and head coach Svetislav Pešić in the 2005 off-season, Virtus reached the ULEB Cup quarterfinals, the Serie A semifinals and the Italian Cup final, that it lost in overtime.[1]

In the summer of 2011, the Italian club's Euroleague A-license was suspended after it finished in the bottom half of the Serie A.[3] The next year it lost the license completely after having the worst record among A license clubs, it was replaced by EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.[4]

In a strange twist, Virtus Roma then went on to have an excellent season, unexpectedly, by their own admission, reaching the Serie A finals, which would earn it the right to return to the Euroleague. However the club relinquished their rights as they did not answer some of the competition's requirements (in particular minimum arena capacity), earning a place in the second tier Eurocup instead.[5]

In July 2015, despite having satisfied the economic conditions to participate in Serie A, the management asked to participate in the second division Serie A2 instead, the permission was granted by the Federation. The cited motives for the move was an unsufficient budget to be competitive at the higher level and the desire to structure the club on a youth policy.[6][7][8]

Arena[edit]

Virtus plays at the Palazzetto dello Sport (capacity:3,500) since the 2011-12 season. It had previously played there until 1983, moving into the PalaLottomatica (capacity:11,200), where it stayed until 2011, except between 2000 and 2003 for renovation work.[9] Since downscaling operations due to reduced funds, Virtus has found the operating costs of the PalaLottomatica prohibitive and has avoided playing in the larger arena, even during the 2013 finals.[10]

Roster[edit]

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

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1 United States Freeman, Austin 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 7002103000000000000103 kg (227 lb) 26 – (1989-05-06)6 May 1989
SF 3 Canada Ejim, Melvin 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700199000000000000099 kg (218 lb) 24 – (1991-03-04)4 March 1991
G 5 United States Triche, Brandon 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 24 – (1991-02-21)21 February 1991
G/F 6 United States Jones, Bobby 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 31 – (1984-01-09)9 January 1984
G 10 Italy D'Ercole, Lorenzo 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 27 – (1988-02-11)11 February 1988
SF 12 Italy Sandri, Daniele 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb) 24 – (1990-11-19)19 November 1990
PF 14 Belgium De Zeeuw, Maxime 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002108000000000000108 kg (238 lb) 28 – (1987-04-27)27 April 1987
F 15 Ukraine Kushchev, Oleksandr 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) 25 – (1990-03-14)14 March 1990
G 22 United States Gibson, Kyle 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 28 – (1987-05-22)22 May 1987
PG 24 Croatia Stipčević, Rok 70001860000000000001.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 29 – (1986-05-20)20 May 1986
C 25 United States Morgan, Jordan 70002040000000000002.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002113000000000000113 kg (249 lb) 23 – (1991-09-15)15 September 1991
F 53 Nigeria Ebi, Ndudi 70002069999999999992.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) 31 – (1984-06-18)18 June 1984
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: March 9, 2015


Honors[edit]

Total titles: 6

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

Global competitions[edit]

Results[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Italian Cup European competitions
2006–07 1 Lega Basket Serie A 4 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2007–08 1 Lega Basket Serie A 2 Finalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2008–09 1 Lega Basket Serie A 2 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2009–10 1 Lega Basket Serie A 7 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague RS
2010–11 1 Lega Basket Serie A 9 1 Euroleague T16
2011–12 1 Lega Basket Serie A 13
2012–13 1 Lega Basket Serie A 3 Finalist Semifinalist
2013–14 1 Lega Basket Serie A 6 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RS
2014–15 1 Lega Basket Serie A 10 2 Eurocup 8F

Notable players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Coach Jasmin Repeša and his players during a timeout during the 2005-06 season.
  • Maurizio Polidori – 1972–73
  • Francesco Della Penna – 1973–74
  • Alessandro Lisotti – 1974–76
  • Nello Paratore – 1976–81
  • Giancarlo Asteo – 1981–82
  • Paolo Di Fonzo – 1982
  • Valerio Bianchini – 1982–85
  • Mario De Sisti – 1985–86
  • Giuseppe Guerrieri – 1986–88
  • Giancarlo Primo – 1988–89
  • Petar Skansi – 1989
  • Valerio Bianchini – 1989–91
  • Paolo Di Fonzo – 1991–92
  • Franco Casalini – 1992–94
  • Nevio Ciaralli – 1994

Sponsorship names[edit]

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

  • Banco Roma (1971–1988)
  • Phonola Roma (1988–89)
  • Il Messaggero Roma (1989–92)
  • Virtus Roma (1992–93)
  • Burghy Roma (1993–94)
  • Teorematour Roma (1994–95)
  • Nuova Tirrena Roma (1995–96)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Club profile: Virtus Rome". Eurocup Basketball. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Stankovic, Vladimir (2 December 2013). "Larry Wright, the man with two rings". Euroleague. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "New teams proposed as 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague participants". Euroleague. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Euroleague board awards two-year Turkish Airlines Euroleague license to EA7 Emporio Armani Milan". Euroleague. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rome announces it will not play in Turkish Airlines Euroleague". Euroleague. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Canfora, Mario (16 July 2015). "Basket, Serie A: Roma si retrocede in A-2. Caserta ripescata" [Basketball, Serie A: Roma relegates itself to A-2. Caserta retaken]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Rome. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Consiglio federale a Roma. Barilla sponsor della maglia Azzurra, Ammissioni ai Campionati 2015-16, Prandi presidente CIA" [Federal council in Rome. Barilla sponsor of the blue shirt, 2015-16 championship admissions, Prandi CIA president]. Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (in Italian). 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Basket: l’Acea Virtus riparte dai giovani e dal territorio" [Basketball: Acea Virtus starts again from youth and territory]. Pallacanestro Virtus Roma (in Italian). 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Il Palazzetto dello Sport" [The Palazzetto dello Sport]. Pallacanestro Virtus Roma (in Italian). Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Corio, Paolo (14 June 2013). "Finali basket: perché Roma non vuole il PalaEUR" [Basketball finals: why doesn't Rome want the PalaEUR]. Panorama (magazine) (in Italian). Retrieved 18 July 2015. 

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