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Pallacanestro Varese
Pallacanestro Varese logo
Leagues Serie A
Founded 1946
History Pallacanestro Varese
(1946-present)
Arena PalaWhirlpool
(capacity: 5,300 seats)
Location Varese, Italy
Team colors White and Red
         
President Claudio Maria Castiglioni
Head coach Italy Stefano Pillastrini
Championships Italian Championships (10):
1961, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1999
Euroleague Championships (5):
1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976
Intercontinental Cups (3):
1966, 1970, 1973
Saporta Cups (2):
1967, 1980
Triple Crowns (2):
1970, 1973
Italian Supercups (1):
1999
Italian Cups (4):
1969, 1970, 1971, 1973
Website
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
Ignis Varese in 1973.

Pallacanestro Varese is a professional basketball club that plays to Lega Basket Serie A, the top level of Italian basketball, for the 2009–10 season after winning the 2009 title of the second-level LegADue. The club had been relegated from Lega A after finishing second-from-bottom the previous season.

The club was founded in 1946. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

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History

Basketball was introduced in Varese in 1946 with the creation of the historical club, Pallacanestro Varese. The first sponsors were introduced 8 years later in 1954 including Storm and Ignis, followed by Emerson, Turisanda, Cagiva, Star, Ciaocrem, Divarese, Ranger, Metis, Whirlpool and the most recent, Cimberio. Varese is also famous due to the lack of main sponsor in the mid-1990s and the choice of franchise name, the Varese Roosters.

Since their creation, Pallancanestro Varese has won 10 Italian titles, -1961, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978 and the last title, won 21 years after the previous title, in 1999. With 10 titles, Varese is the third most winning team of the Italian League ever after Olimpia Milano and Virtus Bologna.

As it is shown by its roll of honors, Varese was extremely competitive in the 1970s, when the club played ten Euroleague finals in a row, winning 5 of them in 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976. Between 1970 and 1975 the club was named Ignis Varese. The golden age had begun some years before, as Varese conquered the Intercontinental Cup in 1966, repeating it 4 and 7 years later in its greatest decade in 1970 and 1973. Varese succeeded in doing the great enterprise, the Grande Slam, winning all the trophies available in 1973 with famous Professor Aca Nikolić seating on the bench. Varese also won two Cups of the Cups, 1967 and 1980, and four Italian Cups, in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973.

Varese's great age ended in the early nineties, when the team dropped down to the second division. Soon, the club took its revenge coming up once again to the Italian top league, and after 5 years spent as the real team to watch in the Italian playoffs, it succeeded in winning its historical 10th title, the one that gives the star on the jersey in 1999, with Italian national team's coach Carlo Recalcati on bench. Varese has never repeated that triumph so far, but the great resound of that success is still echoing all over Italy. Varese is trying to return to the top Italian and European competition in the years to come.

2009-2010 Roster

4 Italy Marco Passera Point Guard
7 France Michel Morandais Small forward
8 Italy Riccardo Antonelli Center
9 Italy Fabio Mian Small forward
10 Italy Giacomo Galanda Power Forward
11 United States Jobey Thomas Shooting Guard
12 Bulgaria Hristo Zahariev Small forward
14 Italy Niccolò Martinoni Power Forward
17 Italy Simone Cotani Small forward/Power Forward
19 Slovenia Marko Tušek Power Forward
22 United States Randy Childress Point Guard
31 Italy Lorenzo Gergati Shooting Guard
35 United States Ronald Slay Power Forward

Notable players

Notable coaches

Sponsorship names

Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:[1]

  • Storm (1954-56)
  • Ignis (1956-75)
  • Mobilgirgi (1975-78)
  • Emerson (1978-80)
  • Turisanda (1980-81)
  • Cagiva (1981-83)
  • Star (1983-84)
  • Ciao Crem (1984-85)
  • Divarese (1985-89)
  • Ranger (1989-92)
  • Cagiva (1992-97)
  • No name sponsorship (1997-99)
  • Varese Roosters (1999-01)
  • Metis (2001-04)
  • Casti Group (2004-05)
  • Whirlpool (2005-07)
  • Cimberio (2007-present)

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