Montecatini Sporting Club

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Montecatini Sporting Club was an Italian basketball based in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany. The club ceased operations after the 2013-14 season.

History[edit]

Established in 1979, the first incarnation of the club, Montecatini Sporting Club, played in the first division Serie A from 1989 to 2001 (with spells in the second division Serie A2) before declaring bankruptcy in 2001.[1]

The club was reestablished in 2002 when a new ownership brought the sporting rights of neighbours Massa e Cozzile to play in the third division Serie B1. Promoted after one season, the side stayed in the second division LegaDue until 2008, before folding two years later.[1]

Montecatini Sporting Club 1949, formed by former player Andrea Niccolai, was formed to succeed the side in 2010, buying the sporting rights of Certaldo to play in the Serie C Dilettanti. The club would earn promotion and win the league's cup during its initial season.[1] Faced with problems raising a budget in order to play in the Serie C, Niccolai decided to withdraw the club (that did not have large debts) from the league on 9 July 2014.[2]

Notable players[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

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

  • Sharp Montecatini (1987-1989)
  • Panapesca Montecatini (1989-1990)
  • Lotus Montecatini (1990-1992)
  • Bialetti Montecatini (1992-1994)
  • Panapesca Montecatini (1994-1996)
  • Chc Montecatini (1996-1997)
  • Snai Montecatini (1997-1999)
  • Zucchetti Montecatini (1999-2000)
  • BingoSNAI Montecatini (2000-2001)
  • Gloria Due Montecatini (2003-2004)

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