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Virtus Bologna

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.

History

Virtus was founded in 1879 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 Predrag Danilović.

However, several key members of Virtus' treble-winners left immediately after that accomplishment. After the 2001-02 season, Manu Ginobili, 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).

2008-2009 roster

Name Position
Earl Boykins Point Guard
Petteri Koponen Point Guard
Brett Blizzard Shooting Guard
Sharrod Ford Forward/Center
Jamie Arnold Forward/Center
Alex Righetti Forward
Keith Langford Guard
Guilherme Giovannoni Power forward
Roberto Chiacig Center
Riccardo Malagoni Forward/Center
/ Dusan Vukcevic Guard/Forward

2007-2008 roster

5 Delonte Holland

Small forward
7 Brett Blizzard Shooting guard
8 Will Conroy

Point guard
9 Alan Anderson

Small forward
11 Andrea Crosariol Center
12 Guilherme Giovannoni Power forward
13 Michele Novi Power forward
14 Roberto Chiacig Center
15 Andrea Michelori Power forward
16 Fabio Di Bella Point guard
18 Federico Lestini Small forward
19 Matteo Da Ros Small forward
20 Luca Garri Power forward/Center

Notable past players

  • Flavio Carera 6 seasons: '92-'97, '01-'02
  • Paolo Moretti 4 seasons: '92-'96
  • Giampiero Savio 1 season: '93-'94
  • Russ Schoene 1 season: '93-'94
  • Alessandro Abbio 8 seasons: '94-'02
  • Joe Binion 1 season: '94-'95
  • Arijan Komazec 2 seasons: '95-'97
  • Orlando Woolridge 1 season: '95-'96
  • Zoran Savić 2 seasons: '96-'98
  • Walter Magnifico 1 season: '96-'97
  • Branislav Prelević 1 season: '96-'97
  • Kostas Patavoukas 1 season: '96-'97
  • Antoine Rigaudeau 6 seasons: '97-'03
  • Alessandro Frosini 6 seasons: '97-'03
  • Hugo Sconochini 4 seasons: '97-'01
  • Radoslav Nesterovic 2 seasons: '97-'99
  • John Amaechi 1 season: '97-'98
  • Zarko Paspalj 1 seasons: '98-'99
  • David Andersen 4 seasons: '99-'03
  • Saulius Štombergas 1 season: '99-'00
  • Nikos Ekonomou 1 season: '99-'00
  • Matjaž Smodiš 3 seasons: '00-'03
  • Manu Ginóbili 2 seasons: '00-'02
  • Marko Jarić 2 seasons: '00-'02
  • Rashard Griffith 2 seasons: '00-'02
  • Derrick Dial 1 season: '02-'03
  • Charlie Bell 1 season: '02-'03
  • German Scarone 1 season: '02-'03
  • Dejan Koturović 1 season: '02-'03
  • Ruslan Avleev 1 season: '02-'03
  • Samuele Podestà 2 seasons: '03-'05
  • Anthony Williams 1 season: '03-'04
  • Vonteego Cummings 1 season: '03-'04
  • A. J. Guyton 1 season: '04-'05
  • Bennett Davison 1 season: '04-'05
  • Corey Brewer 1 season: '04-'05
  • Christian Drejer 2 seasons: '05-'07
  • Kris Lang 2 seasons: '05-'07
  • Dušan Vukčević 2 seasons: '05-'07
  • David Bluthenthal 1 season: '05-'06
  • Marko Milič 1 season: '05-'06
  • Carl English 1 season: '05-'06
  • Travis Best 1 season: '06-'07
  • Vlado Ilievski 1 season: '06-'07
  • Andreas Glyniadakis 1 season: '06-'07
  • Coaches

  • 1981-82 Aleksandar Nikolić
  • 1982 George Bisacca (11 games from the '82-'83 season)
  • 1982-83 Mauro Di Vincenzo (24 games)
  • 1983-85 Alberto Bucci
  • 1985-87 Alessandro Gamba
  • 1987-88 Krešimir Ćosić
  • 1988-89 Bob Hill
  • 1989-93 Ettore Messina
  • 1993-97 Alberto Bucci (incl. 23 games from the '96-'97 season)
  • 1997 Lino Frattin (11 games from the '96-'97 season)
  • 1997-02 Ettore Messina (replaced for two games in '01-'02 by Giordano Consolini)
  • 2002 Bogdan Tanjević (14 games from the '02-'03 season)
  • 2002-03 Valerio Bianchini (20 games)
  • 2003 Giampiero Ticchi
  • 2003-04 Alberto Bucci
  • 2004-05 Giordano Consolini
  • 2005-07 Zare Markovski
  • 2007-present Stefano Pillastrini
  • 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 2004-2006
    • VidiVici 2006-2007
    • La Fortezza (Serie A), VidiVici (EuroLeague) 2007-2008

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