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Pallacanestro Treviso

Benetton Basket
Benetton Basket logo
Leagues Under 17 Eccellenza
Founded 1954
History Duomo Folgore
(1954–1970)
Associazione Pallacanestro Treviso
(1970–1991)
Pallacanestro Treviso
(1991–present)
Arena La Ghirada
Location Treviso, Veneto, Italy
Team colors Green, White
         
President Giorgio Buzzavo
Head coach Marco Mian (U17)
Championships 5 Domestic Championships
1992, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2006
8 Domestic Cups
1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
2 Saporta Cups
1995, 1999
Website benettonbasket.it
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Away

Pallacanestro Treviso, named Benetton Basket due to a long running sponsorship by the Benetton Group and widely referred to as Benetton Treviso, is an Italian youth basketball club based in Treviso, Veneto.

The club was previously a successful professional club until 2012 when the Benetton Group decided to withdraw from professional basketball, though they retained the youth section at La Ghirada, the sports complex they own.

For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Titles 2
    • Domestic competitions 2.1
    • European competitions 2.2
  • International record 3
  • Notable players 4
  • Coaches 5
  • Sponsorship names 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Founded in 1954 as Duomo Folgore, it remained in obscurity for the first few decades of its existence though it did reach the first division Lega Basket Serie A in 1962. However the club only stayed there one season, finishing the league in last place, after which it was hampered by financial problems.[1]

Duomo Folfore was renamed Associazione Pallacanestro Treviso sometime during the 1970s, with new ownership. It then moved up the divisions, reaching the national Serie A2 in 1979.[2] In 1980-81 the team finished third in the league, earning a return to the Serie A.[3]

The Benetton Group started sponsoring the club during the 1981-82 season, which ended with a relegation to the A2. The following year, Benetton would become the majority owners of Pallacanestro Treviso, moving into the newly constructed PalaVerde, owned and financed by the family.[2] Promoted in 1985, it stayed in Serie A one season before going back down. Another promotion followed in 1987, this one would see the club start a permanent stay in the elite.[3]

In 1991, the club legally became Pallacanestro Treviso (it was commonly called Benetton Treviso at the time), with its status changing from an association to a limited liability company (s.r.l.).[2] That year would spark a new era for Benetton Basket, with the arrival of the legendary Toni Kukoč, but also of Stefano Rusconi and Nino Pellacani, the team would beat Scavolini Pesaro to win their first Serie A title in 1992.[1]

The next season, Benetton won the Italian Cup and reached the final of the Euroleague, Europe's elite continental competition, losing to Limoges.[1]

Though Kukoč left for the NBA in the summer, Riccardo Pittis joined the club that won another Italian Cup that year. They would win their first European title, the Saporta Cup, in 1995, thanks to players such as Orlando Woolridge and Petar Naumoski, a third successive Italian Cup also garnished the trophy cabinet.[1]

Benetton added another Serie A title in 1997, a second Saporta Cup in 1999, and an Italian cup in 2000. During the 2001-02 season they won the Italian Supercup and the league. The next year they did even better with a treble, winning the Supercup, Cup and league.[1]

Adding more league titles after that, Benetton Basket reached the Euroleague Final Four on a few occasions but never managed to win the title.

In February 2011, the Benetton family announced they would be withdrawing their support for professional basketball, effectively calling time on Treviso's top flight status if no other backer could be found.[4]

Well-wishers such as former players Paolo Vazzoler and Pittis tried to rouse support for a new club, Treviso Basket 2012. However their application to take Benetton Basket's place in the Serie A was rejected. [5]

Since then Benetton Basket has focused only on youth developpement, with the Under 17 squad their most senior.[2] Treviso is represented in professional basket by Universo Treviso Basket - the renamed Treviso Basket 2012 - who, as of June 2015, play in the second division.[6]

Titles

Total titles: 19

Domestic competitions

European competitions

International record

Notable players

Coaches

Sponsorship names

Throughout the years, due to sponsorship, the club has been known as:

  • Faram Treviso (1977–1979)
  • Liberti Treviso (1979–1981)
  • Benetton Basket (1981–present)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Sachs, Frankie (23 February 2012). "The club scene: Benetton Basket".  
  2. ^ a b c d "La storia / 70 anni di basket a Treviso" [The History / 70 years of basketball in Treviso]. Pallacanestro Treviso (in Italian). Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Pall. Treviso - storia" [Pall. Treviso - history].  
  4. ^ "Benetton fa un passo indietro. Dal 2012 basta basket e volley" [Benetton takes a step back. From 2012 it will withdraw from basketball and volleyball].  
  5. ^ "Basket, Treviso: Societa' pronta a ricorso per eclusione da A" [Basketball, Treviso:The society is ready to appeal against its exclusion for the [Serie] A].  
  6. ^ "Ufficiale: il basket italiano ha ritrovato Treviso" [Official: Italian basketball has found Treviso again].  

External links

  • Official Website Retrieved 17 June 2015 (Italian)
  • 2011-12 Eurocup profile
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