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ZZ Leiden
ZZ Leiden logo
Leagues Dutch Basketball League
Founded 1958; 59 years ago (1958)
History BS Leiden
(1958–1967)
Mercasol Leiden
(1967-1977)
Parker Leiden
(1977–1983)
Elmex Leiden
(1983–1986)
Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden
(2006–present)
Arena Vijf Meihal
Arena Capacity 2,000
Location Leiden, Netherlands
Team colors Blue, Navy, White
              
Main sponsor Zorg en Zekerheid
President Marcel Verburg
Team manager Rob van Hooven
Championships 3 Dutch Championships
2 Dutch Cups
2 Dutch Supercups
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

Bona Stars Leiden, known for sponsorship reason as Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden or ZZ Leiden, is a basketball club based in Leiden, Netherlands that plays in the Dutch first division Dutch Basketball League (DBL). Their home games are played at Vijf Meihal, which has 2,000 seats.[1]

ZZ Leiden has won the national championship three times, the NBB Cup twice, the Dutch Basketball Supercup twice as well.

History[edit]

The old Leiden team (1958–1988)[edit]

Tony Parker, Sr. (right) going up against Lace Strong (left), while playing for Parker Leiden in 1980.

On September 23, 1958 the club was founded as Bona Stars by Ton Kallenberg, a physical education professor at a school in Leiden. In 1967 the club entered the eredivisie, the highest professional basketball league in the Netherlands under the name BS Leiden. When Parker became the main sponsor of the club in 1977 Leiden won its first national championship. In 1983, Leiden was forced to leave the eredivisie, due to the absence of a main sponsor. The team played five years in the Promotiedivisie, the highest non-professional league, before pulling out of the Dutch basketball pyramid.

The Rise of ZZ (2006–2010)[edit]

On February 16, 2006 it was announced that Leiden would return at the highest stage in the Netherlands.[2] The team got a new main sponsor in Zorg en Zekerheid and would play its games in the Vijf Meihal.

After being quarter- and semifinalist in a few seasons, Leiden returned to the top of the Netherlands in 2010. Leading players of the ZZ team were Danny Gibson, who was named the DBL Most Valuable Player Award in 2009–10, and Seamus Boxley. The club won its first NBB Cup, by beating ABC Amsterdam in the championship game. In the Semi-final, heavy favorites Groningen were defeated. In the Playoffs Semi-finals, ZZ once again faced Groningen. The team put up an impressive fight against the top seed, but eventually fell short 3–2.

Back on top (2010–present)[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, ZZ Leiden came back on top of the Dutch basketball world as best club. In the regular season, the team finished first. The second DBL title was eventually won, after beating Groningen 4–3 in the Finals. The deciding game 7 turned out to be historic, including three overtimes, which ended in 96-95.[3]

The following year the team its second NBB Cup, but was defeated in the Finals of the DBL. ZZ Leiden also reached the Round of 16 in the EuroChallenge 2011-12 after their second place in the first group stage this season. In 2013 the team got its third national championship, by going undefeated in the play-offs and beating Aris Leeuwarden in the Finals.

The 2013–14 was a struggling one for Leiden. The team ended on the 4th place in the regular season and lost in the Semifinals to Groningen. After the end of the season, Leiden decided to part ways with head coach Toon van Helfteren.[4] Van Helfteren eventually won six trophies with Leiden.

Main sponsor Zorg en Zekerheid extended their contract with 3 years in the 2014 offseason,[5] and a new head coach was signed in Eddy Casteels.[6] In the 2014–15 season, Leiden finished 2nd in the regular season, but once again was eliminated by Groningen in the Semi-finals.

Logos and names[edit]

  • Parker Leiden (1977–1983)
  • Elmex Leiden (1983–1986)
  • Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden (2006–present)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name
G 4 Netherlands Jansen, Rogier
G 5 Netherlands Averink, Kasper
SG 6 Netherlands de Jong, Worthy
PG 12 United States Wright, Cashmere (I)
C 14 Netherlands Koenis, Thomas
F 10 Netherlands van der List, Jeroen
PF 11 Netherlands Kherrazi, Mohamed (C)
F/C 13 Netherlands Versteeg, Floris
F 14 Netherlands Driessen, Jan
C 20 Netherlands Nelemans, Bas
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Updated: December 21, 2015

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

Notable players[edit]

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

Trophies[edit]

1978, 2011, 2013
Runner-up: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 2012
2010, 2012
Runner-up: 2014
2011, 2012
Runner-up: 2013, 2014

Season by season[edit]

Note: Scroll down to see more seasons.
Season Domestic competitions Cup competitions European competitions
Tier League Pos. Postseason Cup Supercup Tier League Result
1967–68 1 Eredivisie 6 N/A N/A
1968–69 1 Eredivisie 8 N/A N/A
1969–70 1 Eredivisie 5 N/A N/A
1970–71 1 Eredivisie 3 N/A N/A
1971–72 1 Eredivisie 8 N/A N/A
1972–73 1 Eredivisie 6 N/A N/A
1973–74 1 Eredivisie 7 N/A N/A
1974–75 1 Eredivisie 5 N/A N/A
1975–76 1 Eredivisie 10 N/A N/A
1976–77 1 Eredivisie 10 N/A N/A
1977–78 1 Eredivisie 3 Champion N/A N/A
1978–79 1 Eredivisie 2 Finalist N/A
1
Champions Cup
RS
1979–80 1 Eredivisie 1 Finalist N/A N/A
1980–81 1 Eredivisie 1 Finalist N/A N/A
1981–82 1 Eredivisie 3 Semifinalist N/A N/A
1982–83 1 Eredivisie 3 Semifinalist N/A N/A
1983–84 1 Eredivisie 2 Finalist N/A N/A
1984–85 1 Eredivisie
2
Finalist N/A N/A
1985–86 1 Eredivisie 4 Semifinalist N/A N/A
1986–06
Lower divisions & non-excistent
2006–07 1 Eredivisie 8 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist N/A N/A
2007–08 1 Eredivisie 9 N/A N/A
2008–09 1 Eredivisie 8 Quarterfinalist N/A N/A
2009–10 1 Eredivisie 5 Champion Semifinalist N/A N/A
2010–11 1 DBL 1 Champion Champion N/A
3
EuroChallenge
QR
2011–12 1 DBL 1 Finalist Fourth round Champion
3
EuroChallenge
T16
2012–13 1 DBL
2
Champion Semifinalist Champion N/A
2013–14 1 DBL
4
Semifinalist Finalist Finalist
3
EuroChallenge
RS
2014–15 1 DBL
2
Semifinalist Semifinalist Runner–up N/A
2015–16 1 DBL
2
Semifinalist Runner-up N/A
3
FIBA Europe Cup
RS
2016–17 1 DBL
3
Quarterfinalist N/A N/A

Coaches[edit]

Club symbol Toon van Helfteren played for and coached the team
Coach From To Honours
Netherlands Toon van Helfteren 2008 2014 2 Dutch Basketball Leagues, 2 NBB Cups, 2 Dutch Supercups
Belgium Eddy Casteels 2014 2016
Belgium Paul Vervaeck 2016 present

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dutch Basketball League - Teams, basketballleague.nl, accessed 10 July 2011. (Dutch)
  2. ^ "BS Leiden terug in Eredivisie" (in Dutch). Sleutelstad. 2006-02-14. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  3. ^ "ZZ Leiden kampioen" (in Dutch). NOS. May 29, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  4. ^ "ZZ Leiden niet verder met coach Toon van Helfteren". Omroepwest.nl. 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Zorg en Zekerheid nog drie jaar basketbalsponsor Leiden". Omroep West (in Dutch). 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Eddy Casteels wordt ook coach van Nederlandse Leiden". HLN.be (in Dutch). 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 

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