Valencia_Basket

Valencia Basket

Valencia Basket

Basketball team in Valencia, Spain


Valencia Basket Club S.A.D.,[1] commonly known as Valencia Basket (pronounced [baˈlenθja βasˈket]), is a professional basketball team based in Valencia, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague, with home games played at the Font de Sant Lluís. The club is owned by retail tycoon Juan Roig.[2]

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History

1986–1997

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

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 Tel Aviv, 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

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 ACB 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.

The club's fourth European-wide 2nd-tier level EuroCup title arrived on 16 April 2019, when Valencia beat Alba Berlin, in the double-legged finals.

Arena

External and internal view of La Fonteta

During its first season of existence, the team played its home games at the La Canaleta Sports Complex in the municipality of Mislata.[8]

Since 1987 Valencia Basket plays its home games at the 8,500 seat Font de Sant Lluís arena.[9] The arena is better known as La Fonteta.

The club is expected to move to a new 15,600 seat arena called Roig Arena (previously proposed as Casal España Arena),[10] with the inauguration scheduled for 2024.[11][12]

Sponsorship naming

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

Players

Retired numbers

Valencia Basket 2017-18 Euroleague season roster in pre-match
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Current roster

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Depth chart

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† indicates an overseas player.

* indicates a "cupo" player.

In compliance with ACB's homegrown player policy, only 2 overseas players can be in the roster for every given match, with the exception of those holding a European citizenship, or from any country with an association treaty, such as the Cotonou Agreement. In addition to that, at least 4 of the players in a 12 or more player roster must "cupo" players (i.e., they are Spanish, or must have been in the youth systems of a Spanish club for at least 3 years).[9][10] Euroleague Basketball does not have any policy in regards of players' origin, so it is possible for teams to call more than two overseas players for a match in Euroleague competitions.

FIBA Hall of Famers

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Head coaches

Season by season

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  1. Bought the ACB berth to Amway Zaragoza.

Honours

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

Trophies and awards

2017
Runners-up (1): 2003
1998
Runners-up (4): 2000, 2006, 2013, 2017
2017
Runners-up (2): 1999, 2002
2003, 2010, 2014, 2019
Runners-up (2): 2012, 2017

Friendly trophies

  • Torneo de Lleida Stagepro: (1)
2009
  • Valencia, Spain Invitational Game: (1)
2009
2014
  • Trofeo Feria de Albacete: (1)
2019
  • Castello, Spain Invitational Game: (1)
2019
  • Salou, Spain Invitational Game: (1)
2020

Individual awards

Notable players

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Women's team

The women's team of Valencia Basket was created in 2014 and promoted to Liga Femenina in 2018, winning the final game against Real Club Celta de Vigo in Valencia. This access to the first division and the relegation of CB Estudiantes made Valencia Basket the only club with masculine and feminine representation in the first division in the 2018-2019 season.

In the first season competing on the first division, Valencia Basket achieved a ticket to their first Copa de la Reina de baloncesto, celebrated in Vitoria between the 28th of February and the 3 of June. Also, they achieve a spot to participate in the playoffs, losing against Perfumerías Avenida on the semifinals, but achieving the opportunity to play his first European tournament the next season.


References

  1. "Relación de SAD — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  2. "Valencia Basket cumple 30 años" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  3. "El Pamesa no viaja a Tel Aviv y perderá (20-0) el partido" (in Spanish). El País. 25 March 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  4. "Power Electronic Valencia Champ!". Eurocup Basketball. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. "Valencia Basket reescribe su historia (87-76)" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  6. "Será el primer precedente en la ACB pero el Burgos jugó en Mislata en 1986". Las Provincias (in Spanish). 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2023-05-03.
  7. "The new home of Valencia Basket will be called Roig Arena". Eurohoops. 2022-11-02. Retrieved 2022-11-04.
  8. valència, jorge valero (2022-03-16). "El Casal España Arena de València se retrasa a 2024". Levante-EMV (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-04-06.
  9. "FIBA.basketball". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 20 August 2019.

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