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Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna
Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna logo
Leagues EuroChallenge
Lega Serie A
Founded 1871
History 1871 - Present
Arena Futurshow Station
(11,000 seats)
Location Bologna, Italy
Team colors Black and White
         
President Romano Bertocchi
Head coach Italy Matteo Boniciolli
Championships Italian Championships (15):
1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001
Italian Cups (8):
1974, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002
Italian Supercups (1):
1995
Euroleague Championships (2):
1998, 2001
Triple Crowns (1):
2001
Saporta Cups (1):
1990
EuroChallenge (1):
2009
Website
Uniforms
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Home jersey
Kit shorts blacktop.png
Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna is a prominent Italian League professional basketball club that is based in Bologna. Virtus returned to Italy's top division for the Serie A 2005-06 season after two years in the second division.

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History

Virtus was founded in 1871 as a gymnastics club, and fielded its first professional basketball teams in the 1920s. The club has won 15 national league titles in Italy's top division and 8 Italian Cups. It has also been a frequent participant in the Euroleague, the basketball equivalent to football's Champions League. Virtus' best season, as measured by trophies won, was 2000-01, when it won the Italian League, Italian Cup, and Euroleague titles all in the same season, giving the club the coveted Triple Crown in Basketball championship for the year (though the latter came against the field that did not include all of Europe's national champions as some of them competed in Suproleague that year). It also won the Euroleague in 1998 led by club hero and icon Predrag Danilović.

However, several key members of Virtus' treble-winners left immediately after that accomplishment. After the 2001-02 season, Manu Ginóbili, the Final Four MVP of Euroleague 2000-01, left for the NBA, as did another important player Marko Jarić. At the end of the 2002-03 season, Virtus suffered relegation from Italy's top division as a result of financial problems.

The local derby between Virtus and Fortitudo Bologna is one of the most intense in the entire world of sports. Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff devoted a chapter of his 2002 basketball book, Big Game, Small World (ISBN 0-446-52601-0), to this rivalry.

Virtus' home stadium is Futurshow Station (previously known as Palamalaguti).

In 2009, Virtus Bologna returned to european and club success by winning the EuroChallenge, against Cholet Basket in the final. MVP of the final-four was Keith Langford.

2009-2010 roster

Name Position
United States Andre Collins Point guard
Finland Petteri Koponen Point guard
Italy United States Brett Blizzard Shooting Guard
Spain Diego Fajardo Forward/Center
Italy Michele Maggioli Forward/Center
Italy Alex Righetti Forward
United States David Moss Forward
Georgia (country) Viktor Sanikidze Forward
Italy Riccardo Malagoni Forward/Center
Greece/Serbia Dušan Vukčević Guard/Forward

Notable players

Coaches

  • 1948-50 Italy Renzo Poluzzi
  • 1950-51 Italy Dino Fontana
  • 1951-52 Italy Venzo Vannini
  • 1952-53 Italy Larry Strong
  • 1953-54 Italy Giancarlo Marinelli
  • 1954-55 Italy Larry Strong
  • 1955-60 Italy Vittorio Tracuzzi
  • 1960-63 Spain Eduard Kucharski
  • 1963-66 Italy Mario Alesini
  • 1966-68 Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Sip (incl. 4 games from the '68-'69 season)
  • 1968-69 Italy Renzo Ranuzzi (18 games)
  • 1969-70 Italy Nello Paratore
  • 1970-71 Italy Vittorio Tracuzzi (incl. 4 games from the '71-'72 season)
  • 1971-73 Italy Nico Messina (incl. 18 games from the '71-'72 season)
  • 1973-78 United States Dan Peterson
  • 1978-80 United States Terry Driscoll
  • 1980-81 Italy Ettore Zuccheri (23 games)
  • 1981 Italy Renzo Ranuzzi (18 games from the '80-'81 season)
  • 1981-82 Yugoslavia Aleksandar Nikolić
  • 1982 United States George Bisacca (11 games from the '82-'83 season)
  • 1982-83 Italy Mauro Di Vincenzo (24 games)
  • 1983-85 Italy Alberto Bucci
  • 1985-87 Italy Alessandro Gamba
  • 1987-88 Yugoslavia Krešimir Ćosić
  • 1988-89 United States Bob Hill
  • 1989-93 Italy Ettore Messina
  • 1993-97 Italy Alberto Bucci (incl. 23 games from the '96-'97 season)
  • 1997 Italy Lino Frattin (11 games from the '96-'97 season)
  • 1997-02 Italy Ettore Messina (replaced for two games in '01-'02 by Italy Giordano Consolini)
  • 2002 Serbia and Montenegro Bogdan Tanjević (14 games from the '02-'03 season)
  • 2002-03 Italy Valerio Bianchini (20 games)
  • 2003 Italy Giampiero Ticchi
  • 2003-04 Italy Alberto Bucci
  • 2004-05 Italy Giordano Consolini
  • 2005-07 Republic of Macedonia Zare Markovski
  • 2007 Italy Stefano Pillastrini
  • 2008 Italy Renato Pasquali
  • 2008-2009Italy Matteo Boniciolli
  • 2009-present Italy Lino Lardo

List of former sponsorship names

  • no name sponsorship 1945-1953
  • Minganti 1953-1958
  • Oransoda 1958-1960
  • Idrolitina 1960-1961
  • no name sponsorship 1961-1962
  • Knorr 1962-1965
  • Candy 1965-1969
  • no name sponsorship 1969-1970
  • Norda 1970-1974
  • Sinudyne 1974-1980
  • Granarolo 1983-1986
  • Dietor 1986-1988
  • Knorr 1988-1993
  • Buckler 1993-1996
  • Kinder 1996-2002
  • no name sponsorship 2002-2003
  • Carisbo Virtus 2003-2004
  • Caffè Maxim 2004-2005
  • VidiVici 2005-2007
  • La Fortezza (Serie A), VidiVici (EuroLeague) 2007-2008
  • La Fortezza (Serie A), Virtus BolognaFiere (EuroChallenge) 2008-2009
  • Canadian Solar 2009-2010

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