Valencia Basket

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Valencia Basket
Valencia Basket logo
Nickname Taronjas (Oranges)
Leagues Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Founded 27 September 1986; 31 years ago (1986-09-27)
History Valencia Basket
(1986–Present)
Arena Fuente de San Luis
Capacity 8,500
Location Valencia, Spain
Team colors Orange, Black, White
              
President Vicent J. Solá
Team captain Rafa Martínez
Ownership Juan Roig
Championships 1 Spanish League
1 Spanish Cup
1 Spanish Supercup
3 EuroCup
Retired numbers 2 (11, 15)
Website valenciabasket.com
Uniforms

Valencia Basket Club S.A.D.,[1] commonly known as Valencia Basket (pronounced [baˈlenθja basˈket]), is a professional basketball team that is based in Valencia, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague, with home games played at the Fuente de San Luis. The club is sponsored by the Spanish billionaire Juan Roig.[2]

History[edit]

1986–1997[edit]

Valencia Basket was founded on 27 September 1986, after Valencia CF decided to fold its basketball section.[3]

On 4 May 1988, while in its second season in the Primera División B, which was the second tier league of Spanish basketball at that time, the team won its first promotion to the Spanish top-tier level ACB,[4] where the team remained until the 1994–95 season. In 1995, Valencia was relegated to the Spanish 2nd-tier level EBA League, after falling in the league's relegation playoff against Somontano Huesca. In the next season, after being the runner-up in Liga EBA, in a non-promoting season, Valencia BC bought Amway Zaragoza's ACB place to join the top league, where it has remained until nowadays.

1998–2014[edit]

On 2 February 1998, Pamesa Valencia won its first Spanish national title, after beating Pinturas Bruguer Badalona, by a score of 89–75, in the final of the 1998 Copa del Rey, which was played in Valladolid. One year later, on 13 April 1999, the club played in the final of the 1998–99 FIBA Saporta Cup, but was defeated by Benetton Treviso, 64–60, in the final played in Zaragoza. Three years later, the club repeated the same success, but Montepaschi Siena won the final of the 2001–02 FIBA Saporta Cup, by a score of 81–71, in Lyon, France.

Continuing on with some of the club's best years, the 2001–02 ACB season was historic for the club, as it reached the Spanish ACB League finals, where they could not win any games in their series against FC Barcelona. Before this first success in reaching the finals of the Spanish league's playoffs, Pamesa Valencia won its first European-wide title, by defeating Krka Novo Mesto in the 2002–03 ULEB Cup, which would then also allow the club to make its debut in the European top-tier level EuroLeague.

In its first EuroLeague participation, Pamesa Valencia qualified for the Top 16, but was eliminated there, after not contesting its game at Nokia Arena against Maccabi Elite, adducing security issues in Israel.[5]

On 18 April 2010, Power Electronics Valencia won its second European title, by beating Alba Berlin, 67–44, in the 2010 EuroCup Finals, which was played in Vitoria-Gasteiz.[6] This allowed the club to come back to the top level EuroLeague, seven years after its first participation in the tournament. This time, Valencia reached the EuroLeague quarterfinals, where it was eliminated by Real Madrid, who won the playoff series by a 3–2 margin.

The club's third European-wide 2nd-tier level EuroCup title arrived on 7 May 2014, when Valencia beat UNICS Kazan, in the double-legged finals.

2015–present[edit]

On 5 June 2017, Valencia Basket qualified for its second Spanish Liga ACB Finals series, after defeating Baskonia in the semifinals of the 2017 national league playoffs. This time, the club won its first ever Spanish national domestic league championship, on 16 June 2017, by defeating Real Madrid with a 3–1 series score in the AC league's finals.[7] In the same season, the club also reached the finals of both the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup), and the EuroCup, but they lost those finals to Real Madrid, and fellow Spanish side, Unicaja, respectively. By winning the Spanish League championship, Valencia also sealed their return to the next season's top-tier level EuroLeague competition, for the 2017–18 season.

Arena[edit]

External and internal view of La Fonteta

Valencia Basket plays its home games at the 8,500 seat[8] Fuente de San Luis arena, however the arena is better known as La Fonteta.

Sponsorship naming[edit]

Valencia Basket has had several sponsorship names over the years:

  • Valencia-Hoja del Lunes: 1986–1987
  • Pamesa Valencia: 1987–2009
  • Power Electronics Valencia: 2009–2011

Logos[edit]

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Valencia Basket 2017-18 Euroleague season roster in pre-match
Valencia Basket retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure
11 Spain Nacho Rodilla PG 1994–2003
15 Spain Víctor Luengo SG/SF 1992–2007

Current roster[edit]

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

Valencia Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G/F 6 Spain Abalde, Alberto 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 22 – (1995-12-15)15 December 1995
F/C 25 Croatia Buva, Ivan 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 113 kg (249 lb) 27 – (1991-05-06)6 May 1991
G 8 France Diot, Antoine Injured 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 29 – (1989-01-17)17 January 1989
F 42 Canada Doornekamp, Aaron 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 32 – (1985-12-05)5 December 1985
F/C 14 Montenegro Dubljević, Bojan 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 26 – (1991-10-24)24 October 1991
PG 13 Spain Ferrando, Luis (EBA) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 22 – (1996-04-23)23 April 1996
PG 5 Spain García, Sergi (EBA) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 21 – (1997-02-17)17 February 1997
G 32 United States Green, Erick 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 26 – (1992-05-09)9 May 1992
C 51 Iceland Hlinason, Tryggvi (EBA) 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 20 – (1997-10-28)28 October 1997
SG 17 Spain Martínez, Rafa (C) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 36 – (1982-03-03)3 March 1982
C 21 Germany Pleiß, Tibor Injured 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) 116 kg (256 lb) 28 – (1989-11-02)2 November 1989
SG 3 Spain Puerto, Josep (EBA) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 19 – (1999-03-08)8 March 1999
G/F 19 Spain San Emeterio, Fernando Injured 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 34 – (1984-01-01)1 January 1984
G/F 30 Spain Sastre, Joan 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 26 – (1991-12-10)10 December 1991
PF 0 Georgia (country) Thomas, Will 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 31 – (1986-07-01)1 July 1986
PG 9 Belgium Van Rossom, Sam 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 32 – (1986-06-03)3 June 1986
C 4 Spain Vera, Alejandro (EBA) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 21 – (1997-04-28)28 April 1997
PG 16 Spain Vives, Guillem Injured 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 24 – (1993-09-16)16 September 1993
F/C 22 United States Williams, Latavious Injured 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 29 – (1989-03-29)29 March 1989
Head coach
  • Vacant
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Jaume Ponsarnau
  • Spain Juan Maroto

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (EBA) On assignment to Liga EBA affiliate
  • Injured Injured

Updated: June 8, 2018

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Liga EBA affiliate Inactive
C Bojan Dubljević Ivan Buva Tibor Pleiß Injured Tryggvi Hlinason Latavious Williams Injured
PF Aaron Doornekamp Will Thomas Alejandro Vera
SF Joan Sastre Fernando San Emeterio Injured Josep Puerto
SG Alberto Abalde Erick Green Rafa Martínez Injured Sergi García
PG Sam Van Rossom Guillem Vives Injured Luis Ferrando Antoine Diot Injured

Source: ACB
Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non-FIBA Europe player

Coaches[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1986–87 2 1ª División B 19th 14–20
1987–88 2 1ª División B 8th 24–19
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 16th 12–27 First round
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 10th 27–12 Round of 16
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 9th 18–22 Second round
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 9th 21–19 Second round
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 10th 19–15 Second round
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 12th 15–17 First round
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 19th 16–26 First round
1995–96 2 Liga EBA 2nd[a] 28–10
1996–97 1 Liga ACB 11th 17–17
1997–98 1 Liga ACB 7th 21–17 Champion
1998–99 1 Liga ACB 6th 20–19 Quarterfinalist 2 Saporta Cup RU 17–2
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 6th 20–17 Runner-up 2 Saporta Cup QF 13–3
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 5th 23–15 Semifinalist 2 Saporta Cup SF 11–5
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 6th 22–16 Quarterfinalist 2 Saporta Cup RU 13–4
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 2nd 32–13 Semifinalist 2 ULEB Cup C 14–4
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 5th 24–14 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16 13–7
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 9th 18–16 Semifinalist 2 ULEB Cup SF 11–1–4
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 9th 16–18 Runner-up
2006–07 1 Liga ACB 7th 20–18
2007–08 1 Liga ACB 5th 23–14 Quarterfinalist 2 ULEB Cup QF 10–5
2008–09 1 Liga ACB 7th 16–18 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup QF 10–3
2009–10 1 Liga ACB 5th 23–13 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup C 14–2
2010–11 1 Liga ACB 5th 24–12 Semifinalist Supercopa RU 1 Euroleague QF 10–11
2011–12 1 Liga ACB 4th 23–18 2 Eurocup RU 12–4
2012–13 1 Liga ACB 6th 23–14 Runner-up Supercopa SF 2 Eurocup SF 11–5
2013–14 1 Liga ACB 3rd 34–8 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup C 15–9
2014–15 1 Liga ACB 4th 23–18 Quarterfinalist Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague RS 3–7
2 Eurocup QF 5–5
2015–16 1 Liga ACB 3rd 31–9 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup L32 13–3
2016–17 1 Liga ACB 1st 31–12 Runner-up 2 EuroCup RU 18–5
2017–18 1 Liga ACB 5th 23–14 Quarterfinalist Supercopa C 1 EuroLeague 9th 12–18
  1. ^ Bought the ACB berth to Amway Zaragoza.

Trophies and awards[edit]

The Copa del Rey and the three EuroCups conquered by the club.

Trophies[edit]

2017
Runners-up (1): 2003
1998
Runners-up (4): 2000, 2006, 2013, 2017
2017
Runners-up (2): 1999, 2002
2003, 2010, 2014
Runners-up (2): 2012, 2017

Individual awards[edit]

Notable players[edit]

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

Women's team[edit]

Valencia Basket
Valencia Basket logo
Nickname Taronjas (Oranges)
Leagues Liga Femenina
Founded 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
Arena Fuente de San Luis
Capacity 8,500
Location Valencia, Spain
Team colors Orange, Black, White
              
President Vicent J. Solá
Head coach Rubén Burgos
Ownership Juan Roig
Website valenciabasket.com
Uniforms

Since 2014, Valencia Basket has also a women's team. It was created after integrating the youth system of Ros Casares Valencia, former EuroLeague Women champion club which dissolved its senior squad in 2012.[9]

In its first season, Valencia Basket played in Primera División, the third tier of Spanish women's basketball.[10]

The club promoted in 2016 to Liga Femenina 2, and two years later, it qualified for the promotion playoffs to the top tier as champions of the Group B and achieved promotion to Liga Femenina, the top tier of Spanish women's basketball, in front of 6,200 spectators.[11]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos.
2014–15 3 1ª División 2nd
2015–16 3 1ª División 1st
2016–17 2 Liga Femenina 2 10th
2017–18 2 Liga Femenina 2 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Relación de SAD — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Olvídese de la Masía de Messi: bienvenidos a L'Alqueria de Juan Roig (in Spanish).
  3. ^ "Valencia Basket cumple 30 años" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  4. ^ 23 years from the promotion of Valencia Basket ACB.com May 4, 2011
  5. ^ "El Pamesa no viaja a Tel Aviv y perderá (20-0) el partido" (in Spanish). El País. 25 March 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Power Electronic Valencia Champ!". Eurocup Basketball. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Valencia Basket reescribe su historia (87-76)" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  8. ^ MUNICIPAL COURT FUENTE DE SAN LUIS CAPACITY: 8.500 spectators
  9. ^ Ros Casares se integra en la Escuela del Valencia Basket; Superdeporte, 18 May 2014 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Valencia Basket Femenino, un club de cantera; enCancha, 11 October 2014 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Valencia Basket consigue la gloria en una noche para el recuerdo" (in Spanish). Valencia Basket. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018. 

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