Anadolu Efes S.K.

Anadolu Efes S.K.

Basketball club in Istanbul

Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü, commonly referred to as Anadolu Efes or simply Efes, is a professional basketball team based in Istanbul, Turkey. Founded in 1976, the club was formerly known as Efes Pilsen until 2011. Efes is the 2021–22 Euroleague champion and on the first place of European Club Ranking after the Final Four 2020–21. Efes is also the most successful club in the history of the Turkish Super League (BSL), having won the league's championship 16 times. Efes has won a total of 41 domestic trophies, more than any other Turkish basketball club.

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The home arena of Anadolu Efes S.K. is the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, which has a seating capacity of 16,000 for basketball games. The club has its own practice facility in the district of Bahçelievler, which was built in 1982. The team competes in the Turkish Super League and the EuroLeague. The team is owned by the Efes Beverage Group.

Anadolu Efes has developed a fierce rivalry with Fenerbahçe in recent years. The two clubs often meet in playoff series and cup finals.


The club was established in 1976 as Efes Pilsen S.K., by taking over the Turkish second-division club Kadıköyspor, which had failed due to financial problems.[1] Its initial sponsor was its former longtime namesake, Efes Pilsen, a subsidiary of the Anadolu Group. It won the 1978 Turkish second division national championship undefeated, earning promotion to the Turkish first division, where it has continuously competed ever since. In its first top-flight season (1978–79), Efes Pilsen S.K. won the Turkish national league title, immediately establishing itself as one of the country's top clubs.

After finishing 2nd in the 1992–93 FIBA European Cup, Efes Pilsen S.K. won the 1995–96 FIBA Korać Cup, which marked the first-ever European-wide title won by a Turkish club in any team sport. Efes Pilsen S.K. (later renamed Anadolu Efes S.K.) has also become a fixture in the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague, making it to the competition's EuroLeague Final Four in 2000, and also to the FIBA SuproLeague's 2001 Final Four, and finishing 3rd on both occasions.[2]

In 2011, the club changed its name to Anadolu Efes S.K., after the TAPDK (Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority) in Turkey prohibited the advertisement of tobacco and alcohol products in sports organizations.[3]

In the 2017–18 season, Efes finished in the 16th and last place in the EuroLeague.

In the 2018–19 season, Efes had success in the EuroLeague as it managed to clinch the fourth-seed in the regular season. In the play-offs, the team beat FC Barcelona to advance to its first EuroLeague Final Four in 19 years.[4] In the semi-final, Efes beat Fenerbahçe 92–73 to reach its first EuroLeague Final in history.[5] In the championship game, Efes was defeated by CSKA Moscow, eventually finishing as the runner-up. In the same season, Efes won its first BSL championship since 2009. In Game 7 of the Finals against Fenerbahçe, Efes won 89–74 after Shane Larkin scored 38 points. Larkin was later named BSL Finals MVP.[6]

In the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons Anadolu Efes won back-to-back EuroLeague Championships.

Home arenas

For many years, Efes has used the Abdi İpekçi Arena, with a seating capacity of 12,270, to host its home games. Currently, Efes uses the 16,000 seat Sinan Erdem Dome for its home games.[7]


Current roster

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(colours: Turkish or homegrown players; foreign players)

Naumoski's retired #7 Efes jersey.

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Domestic competitions

Winners (16) (record): 1978–79, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2018–19, 2020–21, 2022–23
Runners-up (12): 1985–86, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2021–22
Winners (12) (record): 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2018, 2022
Runners-up (5): 2003–04, 2013–14, 2017, 2019, 2024
Winners (13) (record): 1986, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2022
Runners-up (11): 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2016

European competitions

Winners (2): 2020–21, 2021–22
Runners-up (1): 2018–19
3rd place (2): 1999–00, 2000–01
Final Four (5): 2000, 2001, 2019, 2021, 2022
Runners-up (1): 1992–93
Winners (1): 1995–96

Other competitions

3rd place (1): 1996
  • Sondrio, Italy Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2008
  • Bandirma Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2008
  • Sarajevo Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2010
  • Istanbul, Turkey Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2014
  • Crete Heraklion Basketball Tournament
Winners (1): 2016
Winners (1): 2018
Winners: 2019
  • Gloria Cup
Winners (2): 2020, 2021

Notable players

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Players at the NBA draft

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# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
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Season by season

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^1 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

International record

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Matches against NBA teams

In 2006, Efes Pilsen became the first Turkish basketball club to be invited to play with NBA teams. They competed against the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Colorado on October 11, and against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California on October 12.[10] In 2007, Efes Pilsen hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Abdi İpekçi Arena.[11]

10 October 2006
Denver Nuggets United States 118102 Turkey Efes Pilsen
12 October 2006
Golden State Warriors United States 12066 Turkey Efes Pilsen
6 October 2007
Minnesota Timberwolves United States 8481 Turkey Efes Pilsen

Head coaches


  1. History Archived August 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,
  2. Our Successes Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine,
  3. Announcement Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine,
  4. "Anadolu Efes becomes the fourth 2019 Final Four team". May 2019.
  5. "Anadolu Efes retired the jersey of Naumoski". 9 February 2017.

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