Pallacanestro Treviso

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Benetton Basket
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Leagues Under 17 Eccellenza
Founded 1954
History Duomo Folgore
Associazione Pallacanestro Treviso
Pallacanestro Treviso
Arena La Ghirada
Location Treviso, Veneto, Italy
Team colors Green, White
President Italy Giorgio Buzzavo
Head coach Italy Marco Mian (U17)
Championships 5 Domestic Championships
1992, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2006
8 Domestic Cups
1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
2 Saporta Cups
1995, 1999
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Pallacanestro Treviso, named Benetton Basket due to a long running sponsorship by the Benetton Group and widely referred to as Benetton Treviso, is an Italian youth basketball club based in Treviso, Veneto.

The club was previously a successful professional club until 2012 when the Benetton Group decided to withdraw from professional basketball, though they retained the youth section at La Ghirada, the sports complex they own.

For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names.


Founded in 1954 as Duomo Folgore, it remained in obscurity for the first few decades of its existence though it did reach the first division Lega Basket Serie A in 1962. However the club only stayed there one season, finishing the league in last place, after which it was hampered by financial problems.[1]

Duomo Folfore was renamed Associazione Pallacanestro Treviso sometime during the 1970's, with new ownership. It then moved up the divisions, reaching the national Serie A2 in 1979.[2] In 1980-81 the team finished third in the league, earning a return to the Serie A.[3]

The Benetton Group started sponsoring the club during the 1981-82 season, which ended with a relegation to the A2. The following year, Benetton would become the majority owners of Pallacanestro Treviso, moving into the newly constructed PalaVerde, owned and financed by the family.[2] Promoted in 1985, it stayed in Serie A one season before going back down. Another promotion followed in 1987, this one would see the club start a permanent stay in the elite.[3]

In 1991, the club legally became Pallacanestro Treviso (it was commonly called Benetton Treviso at the time), with its status changing from an association to a limited liability company (s.r.l.).[2] That year would spark a new era for Benetton Basket, with the arrival of the legendary Toni Kukoč, but also of Stefano Rusconi and Nino Pellacani, the team would beat Scavolini Pesaro to win their first Serie A title in 1992.[1]

The next season, Benetton won the Italian Cup and reached the final of the Euroleague, Europe's elite continental competition, losing to Limoges.[1]

Though Kukoč left for the NBA in the summer, Riccardo Pittis joined the club that won another Italian Cup that year. They would win their first European title, the Saporta Cup, in 1995, thanks to players such as Orlando Woolridge and Petar Naumoski, a third successive Italian Cup also garnished the trophy cabinet.[1]

Benetton added another Serie A title in 1997, a second Saporta Cup in 1999, and an Italian cup in 2000. During the 2001-02 season they won the Italian Supercup and the league. The next year they did even better with a treble, winning the Supercup, Cup and league.[1]

Adding more league titles after that, Benetton Basket reached the Euroleague Final Four on a few occasions but never managed to win the title.

In February 2011, the Benetton family announced they would be withdrawing their support for professional basketball, effectively calling time on Treviso's top flight status if no other backer could be found.[4]

Well-wishers such as former players Paolo Vazzoler and Pittis tried to rouse support for a new club, Treviso Basket 2012. However their application to take Benetton Basket's place in the Serie A was rejected. [5]

Since then Benetton Basket has focused only on youth developpement, with the Under 17 squad their most senior.[2] Treviso is represented in professional basket by Universo Treviso Basket - the renamed Treviso Basket 2012 - who, as of June 2015, play in the second division.[6]


Total titles: 19

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
1992-93 Final defeated PAOK 79-77 in the semi-final, lost to Limoges 55-59 in the final (Athens)
1995-96 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by Panathinaikos, 67-70 (L) in Athens, 83-69 (W) and 64-65 (L) in Treviso
1997-98 Final Four 3rd place in Barcelona, lost to AEK 66–69 in the semi-final, defeated Partizan 96-89 for the 3rd place game
2000-01 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by AEK, 89-97 (L) in Athens, 90-74 (W) in Treviso and 56-71 (L) in Athens
2001-02 Final Four 3rd place in Bologna, lost to Kinder Bologna 82–90 in the semi-final, no game for 3rd place
2002-03 Final defeated Montepaschi Siena 65-62 in the semi-final, lost to FC Barcelona 65-76 in the final (Barcelona)
2004-05 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–0 by Tau Cerámica, 59-98 (L) in Treviso, 64-66 (L) in Vitoria-Gasteiz
Saporta Cup
1994–95 European Cup Winners defeated Taugrés 94-86 in the final of European Cup in Istanbul
1998–99 Saporta Cup Winners defeated Pamesa Valencia 64-60 in the final of Saporta Cup in Zaragoza
Korać Cup
1996-97 Semi-finals eliminated by Aris, 73-77 (L) in Thessaloniki, 87-86 (W) in Treviso
2008-09 Final Eight lost to Lietuvos Rytas 79-85 in the quarter-final of Final Eight in Turin
2010-11 Final Four 3rd place in Treviso, lost to Cajasol 63-75 in the semi-final, lost to Cedevita 57-59 in the 3rd place game

Notable players[edit]


Sponsorship names[edit]

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

  • Faram Treviso (1977–1979)
  • Liberti Treviso (1979–1981)
  • Benetton Basket (1981–present)


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