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Italian Basketball League A
Lega Basket A
Current season or competition:
Serie A (basketball) 2008–09
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Lega Basket A
Sport Basketball
Founded 1920
No. of teams 16
Country(ies) Italy Italy
Continent European Union Europe
Most recent champion(s) Montepaschi Siena
Official website LegaBasket.it

Lega Basket Serie A is the highest level club competition in Italian professional basketball where play determines the national champion. The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 30 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals and semifinals series are best-of-five, and the finals series is best-of-seven. The bottom two clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the eight-team playoff round winner of the second-level LegADue. The Italian League is one of the 3 "A" level ranked European domestic leagues in the ULEB League Rankings system.

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History

The national basketball league was first organized for play in Italy in 1920. The first title was won by SEF Costanza Milano, and the team holding the record for title championships is Olimpia Milano, who have won 25 championships. Twenty different teams have won the championship since its inception. In recent years, the league has been dominated by a handful of teams:

  • Benetton Treviso, with five scudetti (league titles) since 1992.
  • Virtus Bologna, with five scudetti between 1993 and 2001.
  • Virtus' crosstown rivals Fortitudo (who have since dropped completely from the professional ranks); although only with two scudetti, they had an 11-year run from 1996 to 2006 in which they appeared in the championship series 10 times.
  • Montepaschi Siena, with four scudetti since 2004, and the three-time defending champions.

Until the 2000s, the Italian Championship was the most important national domestic league in Europe, but now the Spanish ACB League is considered to be stronger than Serie A. Nonetheless, the league is still considered to be one of the three premiere European pro national domestic basketball leagues, along with the Spanish ACB and the Greek A1 League.

Through the 2007-08 season, 18 teams competed; however, in September 2008, two clubs, Basket Napoli (not related to the current NSB Napoli, which moved from Rieti to Naples after the 2008–09 season) and Orlandina, were forcibly relegated from the professional ranks for financial irregularities and were not replaced for the 2008-09 season. Today, 16 teams compete in the highest level of play.

2009-10 teams

Team City/Area Region Colours
Air Avellino Avellino Campania white/green
Angelico Biella Biella Piedmont white/blue
Armani Jeans Milano Milano Lombardy white/red
Bancatercas Teramo Teramo Abruzzo white/red
Benetton Basket Treviso Treviso Veneto white/green
Canadian Solar Bologna Bologna Emilia-Romagna white/black
Carife Ferrara Ferrara Emilia-Romagna white/black
Cimberio Varese Varese Lombardy white/red
Lottomatica Roma Roma Lazio red/yellow/blue
Martos Napoli Rieti (legal domicile)
Napoli (home arena)
Lazio
Campania
amaranth/sky-blue
Montepaschi Siena Siena Tuscany white/green
NGC Medical Cantù Cantù Lombardy white/blue
Pepsi Caserta Caserta Campania white/black
Scavolini-Gruppo Spar Pesaro Pesaro Marche white/red
Sigma Coatings Montegranaro Montegranaro Marche yellow/blue
Vanoli Soresina Soresina (legal domicile)
Cremona (home arena)
Lombardy blue/black

Champions

Season Champion Runner-up Champion's Coach
1948-49 Virtus Bologna Pallacanestro Varese Italy Renzo Poluzzi
1949-50 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Italy Cesare Rubini
1950-51 Borletti Milano Ginnastica Roma Italy Cesare Rubini
1951-52 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Italy Cesare Rubini
1952-53 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Italy Cesare Rubini
1953-54 Borletti Milano Gira Bologna Italy Cesare Rubini
1954-55 Minganti Bologna Ginnastica Triestina United States Larry Strong
1955-56 Minganti Bologna Borletti Milano Italy Vittorio Tracuzzi
1956-57 Simmenthal Milano Minganti Bologna Italy Cesare Rubini
1957-58 Simmenthal Milano Minganti Bologna Italy Cesare Rubini
1958-59 Simmenthal Milano Oransoda Bologna Italy Cesare Rubini
1959-60 Simmenthal Milano Oransoda Bologna Italy Cesare Rubini
1960-61 Ignis Varese Idrolitina Bologna Italy Enrico Garbosi
1961-62 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Italy Cesare Rubini
1962-63 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Italy Cesare Rubini
1963-64 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Italy Vittorio Tracuzzi
1964-65 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Italy Cesare Rubini
1965-66 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Italy Cesare Rubini
1966-67 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Italy Cesare Rubini
1967-68 Oransoda Cantù Ignis Sud Napoli Yugoslavia Borislav Stanković
1968-69 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Italy Nico Messina
1969-70 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Yugoslavia Aza Nikolić
1970-71 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Yugoslavia Aza Nikolić
1971-72 Simenthal Milano Ignis Varese Italy Cesare Rubini
1972-73 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Yugoslavia Aza Nikolić
1973-74 Ignis Varese Innocenti Milano Italy Alessandro Gamba
1974-75 Forst Cantù Ignis Varese Italy Arnaldo Taurisano
1975-76 Sinudyne Bologna Mobilgirgi Varese United States Dan Peterson
1976-77 Mobilgirgi Varese Sinudyne Bologna Italy Alessandro Gamba
1977-78 Mobilgirgi Varese Sinudyne Bologna Italy Nico Messina
1978-79 Sinudyne Bologna Billy Milano United States Terry Driscoll
1979-80 Sinudyne Bologna Gabetti Cantù United States Terry Driscoll
1980-81 Squibb Cantù Sinudyne Bologna Italy Valerio Bianchini
1981-82 Billy Milano Scavolini Pesaro United States Dan Peterson
1982-83 Banco Roma Billy Milano Italy Valerio Bianchini
1983-84 Granarolo Bologna Simac Milano Italy Alberto Bucci
1984-85 Simac Milano Scavolini Pesaro United States Dan Peterson
1985-86 Simac Milano Mobilgirgi Caserta United States Dan Peterson
1986-87 Tracer Milano Mobilgirgi Caserta United States Dan Peterson
1987-88 Scavolini Pesaro Tracer Milano Italy Valerio Bianchini
1988-89 Philips Milano Enichem Livorno Italy Franco Casalini
1989-90 Scavolini Pesaro Ranger Varese Italy Sergio Scariolo
1990-91 Phonola Caserta Philips Milano Italy Franco Marcelletti
1991-92 Benetton Treviso Scavolini Pesaro Yugoslavia Petar Skansi
1992-93 Buckler Bologna Benetton Treviso Italy Ettore Messina
1993-94 Buckler Bologna Scavolini Pesaro Italy Alberto Bucci
1994-95 Buckler Bologna Benetton Treviso Italy Alberto Bucci
1995-96 Stefanel Milano Teamsystem Bologna Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bogdan Tanjević
1996-97 Benetton Treviso Teamsystem Bologna United States Mike D'Antoni
1997-98 Kinder Bologna Teamsystem Bologna Italy Ettore Messina
1998-99 Pallacanestro Varese Benetton Treviso Italy Carlo Recalcati
1999-00 Paf Bologna Benetton Treviso Italy Carlo Recalcati
2000-01 Kinder Bologna Paf Bologna Italy Ettore Messina
2001-02 Benetton Treviso Skipper Bologna United States Mike D'Antoni
2002-03
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Benetton Treviso Skipper Bologna Italy Ettore Messina
2003-04
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Montepaschi Siena Skipper Bologna Italy Carlo Recalcati
2004-05
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Climamio Bologna Armani Jeans Milano Croatia Jasmin Repeša
2005-06
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Benetton Treviso Climamio Bologna United States David Blatt
2006-07
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Montepaschi Siena VidiVici Bologna Italy Simone Pianigiani
2007-08
details
Montepaschi Siena Lottomatica Roma Italy Simone Pianigiani
2008-09
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Montepaschi Siena Armani Jeans Milano Italy Simone Pianigiani

Final Appearances

Num Team W L
34 Olimpia Milano 20 14
24 Virtus Bologna 12 12
20 Pallacanestro Varese 10 10
10 Fortitudo Bologna 2 8
9 Benetton Treviso 5 4
6 Scavolini Pesaro 2 4
4 Montepaschi Siena 4 0
4 Pallacanestro Cantù 3 1
3 Juvecaserta Basket 1 2
2 Virtus Roma 1 1
1 Partenope Napoli 0 1
1 Libertas Livorno 0 1

Notable players

Well-known basketball players who play, or have played, in the league include: Phill Jones, Radivoj Korac, Bill Bradley, Aldo Ossola, Manuel Raga, Dino Meneghin, Bob Morse, Drazen Dalipagic, Pierluigi Marzorati, Bob McAdoo, Joe "Belly Bean" Bryant, Krešimir Ćosić, Renato Villalta, Dragan Kicanovic, Larry Wright, Roberto Brunamonti, Walter Szczerbiak, George Gervin, Aleksandar Petrovic, Clarence Kea, Antonello Riva, Joe Arlauckas, Roberto Premier, Corny Thompson, Mike D'Antoni, Oscar Schmidt, Joe Barry Carroll, Riccardo Pittis, Dino Radja, Micheal Ray Richardson, Toni Kukoč, Johnny Rogers, Jurij Zdovc, Sasha Djordjević, Vincenzo Esposito, Vinnie Del Negro, Anthony Bowie, Alexander Volkov, Petar Naumoski, Arijan Komazec, Ferdinando Gentile, Predrag Danilović, Stefano Rusconi, Dejan Bodiroga, Tanoka Beard, Zan Tabak, Carlton Myers, Zeljko Rebraca, Henry Williams, Gregor Fučka, Zoran Savic, Orlando Woolridge, Hugo Sconochini, Gianmarco Pozzecco, David Rivers, Antoine Rigaudeau, Dominique Wilkins, Radoslav Nesterovic, Marcelo Nicola, Artūras Karnišovas, Warren Kidd, Zarko Paspalj, Stojko Vrankovic, Christian Welp, Sasa Obradovic, Roberto Chiacig, Saulius Stombergas, Daniel Santiago, Manu Ginóbili, Melvin Booker, Denis Marconato, Eurelijus Zukauskas, Marko Jaric, Louis Bullock, Matjaz Smodis, Nikos Ekonomou, Marcus Brown, David Andersen, Tyus Edney, Mike Batiste, Sasha Vujačić, Anthony Parker, Mindaugas Zukauskas, Jorge Garbajosa, Milan Tomic, Maurice Evans, Carlos Delfino, Alphonso Ford, Bostjan Nachbar, Charles Smith, Vlado Scepanovic, Michalis Kakiouzis, Gianluca Basile, David Vanterpool, Vrbica Stefanov, Beno Udrih, Trajan Langdon, Nikolaos Zisis, Rimantas Kaukenas, Scoonie Penn, Erazem Lorbek, Lynn Greer, Mirsad Turkcan, Travis Best, Milos Vujanic, Bootsy Thornton, Ramunas Siskauskas, Andrew Nicholas, Sani Becirovic, Yakhouba Diawara, Roko Ukic, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Earl Boykins, Andrea Bargnani, Terrell McIntyre, Marco Belinelli, Primoz Brezec, Arriel McDonald, Kšyštof Lavrinovič, Brandon Jennings, Danilo Gallinari and many others.

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In Italian professional basketball, the Lega Basket Serie A is the highest level club competition where play determines the national champion. A national basketball league was first organized for play in 1920.

Today, 16 teams compete in the highest level of play. Through the 2007-08 season, 18 teams competed; however, in September 2008, two clubs, Napoli and Orlandina, were forcibly relegated from the professional ranks for financial irregularities and were not replaced for the 2008-09 season. The first title was won by SEF Costanza Milano, and the team holding the record for title championships is Olimpia Milano, who have won 25 championships. In recent years, the league has been dominated by a handful of teams:

  • Benetton Treviso, with five scudetti (league titles) since 1992.
  • Virtus Bologna, with five scudetti between 1993 and 2001.
  • Virtus' crosstown rivals Fortitudo; although only with two scudetti, they had an 11-year run from 1996 to 2006 in which they appeared in the championship series 10 times.
  • Montepaschi Siena, with four scudetti since 2004, and the three-time defending champions.

Twenty teams have won the championship since its inception.

The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 30 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarter-finals and semifinals series are best-of-five, final series is best-of-seven. The bottom two clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the eight-team playoff round winner of the second-level LegADue.

Famous basketball players who play, or have played, in the league include: Radivoj Korac, Bill Bradley, Aldo Ossola, Manuel Raga, Dino Meneghin, Bob Morse, Drazen Dalipagic, Pierluigi Marzorati, Bob McAdoo, Joe "Belly Bean" Bryant, Krešimir Ćosić, Renato Villalta, Dragan Kicanovic, Larry Wright, Roberto Brunamonti, Walter Szczerbiak, George Gervin, Aleksandar Petrovic, Clarence Kea, Antonello Riva, Joe Arlauckas, Roberto Premier, Corny Thompson, Mike D'Antoni, Oscar Schmidt, Joe Barry Carroll, Riccardo Pittis, Dino Radja, Micheal Ray Richardson, Toni Kukoč, Johnny Rogers, Jurij Zdovc, Sasha Djordjević, Vincenzo Esposito, Vinnie Del Negro, Anthony Bowie, Alexander Volkov, Petar Naumoski, Arijan Komazec, Ferdinando Gentile, Predrag Danilović, Stefano Rusconi, Dejan Bodiroga, Tanoka Beard, Zan Tabak, Carlton Myers, Zeljko Rebraca, Henry Williams, Gregor Fučka, Zoran Savic, Orlando Woolridge, Hugo Sconochini, Gianmarco Pozzecco, David Rivers, Antoine Rigaudeau, Dominique Wilkins, Radoslav Nesterovic, Marcelo Nicola, Artūras Karnišovas, Warren Kidd, Zarko Paspalj, Stojko Vrankovic, Christian Welp, Sasa Obradovic, Roberto Chiacig, Saulius Stombergas, Daniel Santiago, Manu Ginóbili, Melvin Booker, Denis Marconato, Eurelijus Zukauskas, Marko Jaric, Louis Bullock, Matjaz Smodis, Nikos Ekonomou, Marcus Brown, David Andersen, Tyus Edney, Mike Batiste, Sasha Vujačić, Anthony Parker, Mindaugas Zukauskas, Jorge Garbajosa, Milan Tomic, Maurice Evans, Carlos Delfino, Alphonso Ford, Bostjan Nachbar, Charles Smith, Vlado Scepanovic, Michalis Kakiouzis, Gianluca Basile, David Vanterpool, Vrbica Stefanov, Beno Udrih, Trajan Langdon, Nikolaos Zisis, Rimantas Kaukenas, Scoonie Penn, Erazem Lorbek, Lynn Greer, Mirsad Turkcan, Travis Best, Milos Vujanic, Bootsy Thornton, Ramunas Siskauskas, Andrew Nicholas, Sani Becirovic, Yakhouba Diawara, Roko Ukic, Lazaros Papadopoulos, Earl Boykins, Andrea Bargnani, Terrell McIntyre, Marco Belinelli, Primoz Brezec, Arriel McDonald, Kšyštof Lavrinovič, Danilo Gallinari and many others.

Until the 2000s the Italian Championship was the most important national domestic league in Europe, but now the Spanish ACB League is considered to be stronger than Serie A. Nonetheless, the league is still considered to be one of the three premiere European pro national domestic basketball leagues along with the Spanish ACB and the Greek A1 League. The Italian League is one of the 3 "A" level ranked European domestic leagues in the ULEB League Rankings system.

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2009-10 teams

Team City/Area Region Colours
Air Avellino Avellino Campania white/green
Angelico Biella Biella Piedmont white/blue
Armani Jeans Milano Milano Lombardy white/red
Bancatercas Teramo Teramo Abruzzo white/red
Benetton Basket Treviso Treviso Venetia white/green
Carife Ferrara Ferrara Emilia-Romagna white/black
Cimberio Varese Varese Lombardy white/red
Eldo Caserta Caserta Campania white/black
La Fortezza Bologna Bologna Emilia-Romagna white/black
Lottomatica Roma Roma Lazio red/yellow/blue
Montepaschi Siena Siena Tuscany white/green
NGC Cantù Cantù Lombardy white/blue
Premiata Montegranaro Montegranaro Marche white/black
Scavolini-Gruppo Spar Pesaro Pesaro Marche white/red
Solsonica Rieti Rieti Lazio amaranth/sky-blue
Vanoli Soresina Soresina (legal domicile)
Cremona (home arena)
Lombardy blue/black

History

Season Champion Runner-up Champion's Coach
1948-49 Virtus Bologna Pallacanestro Varese Template:Country data ITA Renzo Poluzzi
1949-50 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1950-51 Borletti Milano Ginnastica Roma Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1951-52 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1952-53 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1953-54 Borletti Milano Gira Bologna Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1954-55 Minganti Bologna Ginnastica Triestina Template:Country data USA Larry Strong
1955-56 Minganti Bologna Borletti Milano Template:Country data ITA Vittorio Tracuzzi
1956-57 Simmenthal Milano Minganti Bologna Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1957-58 Simmenthal Milano Minganti Bologna Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1958-59 Simmenthal Milano Oransoda Bologna Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1959-60 Simmenthal Milano Oransoda Bologna Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1960-61 Ignis Varese Idrolitina Bologna Template:Country data ITA Enrico Garbosi
1961-62 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1962-63 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1963-64 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country data ITA Vittorio Tracuzzi
1964-65 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1965-66 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1966-67 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1967-68 Oransoda Cantù Ignis Sud Napoli Template:Country data YUG Borislav Stanković
1968-69 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country data ITA Nico Messina
1969-70 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country data YUG Aza Nikolić
1970-71 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country data YUG Aza Nikolić
1971-72 Simenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country data ITA Cesare Rubini
1972-73 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country data YUG Aza Nikolić
1973-74 Ignis Varese Innocenti Milano Template:Country data ITA Alessandro Gamba
1974-75 Forst Cantù Ignis Varese Template:Country data ITA Arnaldo Taurisano
1975-76 Sinudyne Bologna Mobilgirgi Varese Template:Country data USA Dan Peterson
1976-77 Mobilgirgi Varese Sinudyne Bologna Template:Country data ITA Alessandro Gamba
1977-78 Mobilgirgi Varese Sinudyne Bologna Template:Country data ITA Nico Messina
1978-79 Sinudyne Bologna Billy Milano Template:Country data USA Terry Driscoll
1979-80 Sinudyne Bologna Gabetti Cantù Template:Country data USA Terry Driscoll
1980-81 Squibb Cantù Sinudyne Bologna Template:Country data ITA Valerio Bianchini
1981-82 Billy Milano Scavolini Pesaro Template:Country data USA Dan Peterson
1982-83 Banco Roma Billy Milano Template:Country data ITA Valerio Bianchini
1983-84 Granarolo Bologna Simac Milano Template:Country data ITA Alberto Bucci
1984-85 Simac Milano Scavolini Pesaro Template:Country data USA Dan Peterson
1985-86 Simac Milano Mobilgirgi Caserta Template:Country data USA Dan Peterson
1986-87 Tracer Milano Mobilgirgi Caserta Template:Country data USA Dan Peterson
1987-88 Scavolini Pesaro Tracer Milano Template:Country data ITA Valerio Bianchini
1988-89 Philips Milano Enichem Livorno Template:Country data ITA Franco Casalini
1989-90 Scavolini Pesaro Ranger Varese Template:Country data ITA Sergio Scariolo
1990-91 Phonola Caserta Philips Milano Template:Country data ITA Franco Marcelletti
1991-92 Benetton Treviso Scavolini Pesaro Template:Country data YUG Petar Skansi
1992-93 Buckler Bologna Benetton Treviso Template:Country data ITA Ettore Messina
1993-94 Buckler Bologna Scavolini Pesaro Template:Country data ITA Alberto Bucci
1994-95 Buckler Bologna Benetton Treviso Template:Country data ITA Alberto Bucci
1995-96 Stefanel Milano Teamsystem Bologna Bogdan Tanjević
1996-97 Benetton Treviso Teamsystem Bologna Template:Country data USA Mike D'Antoni
1997-98 Kinder Bologna Teamsystem Bologna Template:Country data ITA Ettore Messina
1998-99 Pallacanestro Varese Benetton Treviso Template:Country data ITA Carlo Recalcati
1999-00 Paf Bologna Benetton Treviso Template:Country data ITA Carlo Recalcati
2000-01 Kinder Bologna Paf Bologna Template:Country data ITA Ettore Messina
2001-02 Benetton Treviso Skipper Bologna Template:Country data USA Mike D'Antoni
2002-03
details
Benetton Treviso Skipper Bologna Template:Country data ITA Ettore Messina
2003-04
details
Montepaschi Siena Skipper Bologna Template:Country data ITA Carlo Recalcati
2004-05
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Climamio Bologna Armani Jeans Milano Template:Country data CRO Jasmin Repeša
2005-06
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Benetton Treviso Climamio Bologna Template:Country data USA David Blatt
2006-07
details
Montepaschi Siena VidiVici Bologna Template:Country data ITA Simone Pianigiani
2007-08
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Montepaschi Siena Lottomatica Roma Template:Country data ITA Simone Pianigiani
2008-09
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Montepaschi Siena Armani Jeans Milano Template:Country data ITA Simone Pianigiani

Final Appearances

NumTeamWL
34Olimpia Milano2014
24Virtus Bologna1212
20Pallacanestro Varese1010
10Fortitudo Bologna28
9Benetton Treviso54
6Scavolini Pesaro24
4Montepaschi Siena40
4Pallacanestro Cantù31
3Juvecaserta Basket12
2Virtus Roma11
1Partenope Napoli01
1Libertas Livorno01

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