Instituto Viver Basquetebol

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Brasília logo
Leagues NBB
Founded 2000; 18 years ago (2000)
Arena Ginásio Nilson Nelson
(capacity: 16,000)
Ginásio da ASCEB
(capacity: 3,050)
Location Brasília, Brazil
Team colors White, Blue, Red
President Brazil Homero Neto
Head coach Brazil Bruno Savignani
Championships 4 Brazilian Basketball League
1 FIBA Americas League
3 Liga Sudamericana
Website UniCEUB/BRB

The Instituto Viver Basquetebol, known simply as Brasília, is a Brazilian professional basketball club, based in Brasília, Federal District. The team was founded in 2000, and renamed in 2009, been originally related to Salgado de Oliveira University (UNIVERSO). Between 2010 and 2017 was associated to Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB) and named UniCEUB/BRB/Brasília. Their gyms are Nilson Nelson and ASCEB (minor games).

The lack of soccer tradition in Brasília contributed to the basketball team of UniCEUB/BRB be adopted as a local passion. The results inside the basketball court also favored the club consolidation, in special the third consecutive championship of Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) won in 2011–2012 season, that led the team to reach the mark of four national titles in six consecutive finals.

In addition, UniCEUB/BRB was the first Brazilian team to have won the FIBA Americas League, the most important club tournament of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the continent. In 2008–09 season the team won the title by defeating the Mexican Halcones Xalapa in their home.


2000–06: Creation and consolidation[edit]

The history of Instituto Viver Basquetebol (Living Basketball Institute) began in 2000 when University Salgado de Oliveira created in Brasilia its basketball team. Since its first year the team came to dominate the local scene of the Federal District, with the conquest of Metropolitan Basketball Championships, but only in 2003, from the investment of a weight sponsor as the BRB Bank, the team appeared for the first time on the national scene. That season, the so called Universo/BRB/Brasília won the Brazilian Basketball Supercup with a team of athletes with experience in the Brazilian National Team, such as Ratto, Alexey Carvalho and Sandro Varejao.

From the entrance of a larger capital, the return came naturally. With the title of the 2003 Supercup, the team earned a place in the 2004 Brazilian Basketball Championship. Maintained the cast of the previous year, the team won again the 2004 Supercup, ensuring presence for the second consecutive year in the national main competition.

With the continuity of work, the team, led at the time by José Roberto Lux, reached the 4th position in the 2005 Brazilian Basketball Championship. The following year, the team was put together to finally win the national title, but the outcome of the season until today generates controversy. Officially, the Brazilian Championship 2006 had not even end because the team from Brasilia filed an injunction in court claiming that one player from the TelemarRio de Janeiro, would playing irregularly hexagonal which defined the finalists.

2007–12: National hegemony[edit]

The year of 2007 marked the beginning of the so called Golden Age of Brasilia team, which would reach six consecutive national finals to win four Brazilian Championships, in addition to the trophies of the South American Basketball League and the League of the Americas. The team greatest run was possible thanks to the arrival of a group of former players COC/Ribeirao Preto, such as Nezinho, Alex Garcia, Arthur, Márcio Cipriano and Alirio.

In 2007, after an unbeaten run of 20 games,[1] Brasilia obtained the national basketball attendance record in a match against Flamengo, with 24,286 people making noise in the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. And in the final of the Championship that year, the consecration to the commanded by José Carlos Vidal: the national title over the traditional team of Franca. After the title, Alex left for a new international adventure, this time to play in Israel. Nezinho also left the team, going to defend Limeira team. And the team felt the departure of the two.

In the 2008 season, to replace the outgoing Nezinho and Alex, they were hired Valtinho and the North American Maurice Spillers. The team was again led by Lula Ferreira and was runner-up Brazilian Championship, losing the final to Flamengo by 3–0.

Alex Garcia returned to Brasilia in 2009, but the team again was Brazilian runner-up, this time in the first edition of the Brazilian New Basketball (NBB), losing the final again to Flamengo by the score of 3–2. Still, climbed a step and won the first international title of the group, being champion of the League of the Americas, winning the Finals played in Xalapa, Mexico, against the home team, Halcones Xalapa.

Determined to recover the highest position of Brazilian basketball, Universo/Brasília rehired Nezinho and repatriated Guilherme Giovannoni in 2010. The team then took revenge of Flamengo, and returned to clinch the National Champion winning the "Carioca Club" by 3–2 in the final of NBB2.[2]

From next season, the team has to be sheltered by the University Center of Brasilia (UniCEUB). Political disagreements led the Universo to exchange Brasilia for the city of Uberlandia. With the change, they left Valtinho and Estevam, who were defending the colors of the new team, while the coach Lula Ferreira was replaced by Jose Carlos Vidal.

The group left over, changing the blue and white colors of Universo by the red and white of UniCEUB won the NBB3 again over Franca in the final, and the South American League on Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro.[3] In 2012 the team still reach its fourth national title in that generation in the final in single game against São José.

2013–16: Cycle end and renewal[edit]

After six seasons of linked successes, the 2012–13 season was the first without titles for the team. The team was eliminated in the quarter-finals of NBB5 by São José losing the series by 3–2 with a painful defeat in the fifth game in full Nilson Nelson. Vidal has ceased to be the coach and the project sought renewal with the signing of Sergio Hernandez, triple winner of the Argentinian Championship of the seasons 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2011–12 with Peñarol de Mar del Plata, to be the new coach.

With Hernandez at charge, the team was champion of his second South American League,[4] but it was not beyond the quarter-finals in NBB6, falling again facing São José, for 3–0. At the end of the season, Alex and Nezinho left the team, ending his victorious trajectories in the national capital. To reset the positions, the UniCEUB/ BRB/Brasilia announced the signing of experienced Fulvio for the 2014–15 season. Again under the instructions of Carlos Vidal, the team returned to be eliminated in the quarter-end of the NBB, this time losing to Limeira.

For the 2015–16 season, the Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia maintained the base of the previous year and invested in hiring young promises of Brazilian basketball, such as Deryk Ramos and Jefferson Campos. With a more balanced bench, allowing greater rotation during the games, the team won its third South American League,[5] becoming the biggest winner of the competition, alongside Atenas de Córdoba (ARG). At NBB, however, the team returned to stay out of the decision, to be eliminated by Bauru in the semi-finals.

Continuing the renewal of the cast, the Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia hired two promising young pivots for the season 2016–17: Lucas Mariano, with games for the Brazilian National Team, and Fab Melo, with experience in the NBA.

2017–: Financial troubles and debts[edit]

After the 2016–17 season, the team lost its main sponsor UniCEUB after finishing the NBB in 8th place (lost to Bauru in the quarterfinals play-offs). In financial debt with players and coaching staff, the team gave up participating in the 2017–18 season.[6]


FIBA Americas League

Liga Sudamericana

  • Winners (3): 2010, 2013, 2015
  • Runners-up (1): 2012

Brazilian National League

  • Winners (4): 2007, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Runners-up (2): 2008, 2008–09

Copa Brasil de Basquete

  • Winners (2): 2003, 2004

Campeonato Brasiliense de Basquete

  • Winners (11): 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016

Final roster[edit]

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

Brasília roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1 Brazil Ferreira da Silva, Pedro 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 23 – (1995-01-02)2 January 1995
G/F 3 Brazil Campos, Jefferson 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 26 – (1991-02-09)9 February 1991
F/C 5 Brazil Pilar, Henrique 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 33 – (1984-02-14)14 February 1984
F 7 Brazil Lourenço, Paulo 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 23 – (1994-10-13)13 October 1994
G 8 Brazil Silveira, Victor 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 22 – (1995-06-05)5 June 1995
G/F 9 Brazil Ramos, Deryk 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 23 – (1994-06-14)14 June 1994
F 10 Brazil Oliveira, Alex 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 34 – (1983-08-17)17 August 1983
G 11 Brazil de Assis, Fúlvio 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 36 – (1981-08-15)15 August 1981
F/C 12 Brazil Giovannoni, Guilherme (C) 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 37 – (1980-06-02)2 June 1980
F 14 Brazil Lima, Johnny 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 21 – (1996-02-18)18 February 1996
F/C 15 Brazil Bernardi, João 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 27 – (1990-06-08)8 June 1990
C 16 Brazil Alemão, Daniel 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 34 – (1983-12-14)14 December 1983
C 28 Brazil Mariano, Lucas 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1993-09-24)24 September 1993
C 32 Brazil Araújo, Iago 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (1995-03-16)16 March 1995
C 33 Brazil Costa, Rômulo 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (1995-10-01)1 October 1995
F 55 Brazil Santos, Kelvin 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 22 – (1995-12-10)10 December 1995
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Brazil Paulo Santiago
  • Brazil Brenno Blassioli

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2017-02-12

Former notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
  • Played at least one official international match for his senior national team or one NBA game at any time.

Franchise accomplishments and awards[edit]

Franchise leaders[edit]

Single Game Records (Regular Season)
Category Player Statistics Date
Points Nezinho dos Santos 40 February 26, 2013
Minutes Played
Rebounds Ronald Reis 20 January 18, 2014
Assists Nezinho dos Santos 18 February 7, 2010
Steals Válter da Silva

Nezinho dos Santos Jefferson Campos

6 January 15, 2010

December 10, 2010 December 22, 2015

Blocks Ronald Reis 5 March 21, 2015
Field Goals Made
3-Point Field Goals Nezinho dos Santos 8 February 26, 2013
Free Throws Válter da Silva 17 March 15, 2009
Single Game Records (Playoffs)
Category Player Statistics Date
Points Guilherme Giovannoni

Nezinho dos Santos

36 May 6, 2011

May 3, 2013

Minutes Played
Rebounds Paulão Prestes

Ronald Reis

14 May 1, 2013

May 10, 2016

Assists Fúlvio de Assis 13 May 10, 2016
Steals Nezinho dos Santos 6 May 6, 2011
Blocks Alex Garcia 4 May 7, 2010
Field Goals Made
3-Point Field Goals Nezinho dos Santos 8 May 3, 2013
Free Throws Alex Garcia 16 May 22, 2011


  1. ^ "BRA – Universo equal record". FIBA. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  2. ^ "BRA – Guilherme salutes Universo veterans". FIBA. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  3. ^ "LIGA SUDAMERICANA – Guilherme fires Uniceub/BRB to glory". FIBA. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Uniceub thrilled to reach FIBA Americas League". FIBA. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  5. ^ "UniCEUB is the 2015 DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana Champion". FIBA Americas. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Tricampeão, Brasília não consegue garantias financeiras e está fora do NBB 10" [Three time champion, Brasilia does not get financial guarantees and is out of NBB 10] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 

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