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Pallacanestro Virtus Roma

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma logo
Leagues Italian League
Eurocup
Founded 1960
History Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
(1960–present)
Arena Palazzetto dello Sport
(capacity: 3,500)
PalaLottomatica
(capacity: 11,200)
Location Rome
Team colors Red, Yellow, Blue
              
President Claudio Toti
Head coach 23x15px Marco Calvani
Website virtusroma.it
Uniforms

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma, also known for sponsorship reasons as Acea Virtus Roma, is a prominent Italian League professional basketball club. The club was founded in 1960. It was one of 13 European clubs that held Euroleague Basketball Company A Licenses, which provide their holders with a guaranteed place in the Euroleague, but they lost their license in 2012. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

Well-known players who have played with the club have included: George Gervin, Michael Cooper, Anthony Parker, Dino Rađa, Carlton Myers, Brian Shaw, Rick Mahorn, Danny Ferry, Gregor Fučka, Larry Wright, Luigi Datome, Brandon Jennings, and Dejan Bodiroga, who became the team's GM after his retirement from playing.

History

The club was originally founded only a few hundred yards from St. Peter's Square, as the result of the merger of two existing Roman sides in the lower divisions; San Saba and Gruppo Borgo Cavalleggeri, taking the name Virtus Aurelia. Only a short while after its foundation, the name was changed into the final and current Pallacanestro Virtus Roma.

The four founders were Rino Saba, Paolo Ragni, Pileri, Franco Polidori and Armando Polidori, who was elected first president.

The immediately following years saw the military-style training in small groups, practicing outside under the arches of Porta Cavalry. The situation changed in the early seventies when in 1972 Polidori entered into negotiations between the president and some officials of the Banco di Roma, sponsor of the training works committee, which took part in sports sponsorship. Being involved with sponsorship of the team, which at that time still hobbled in series C, ambitious bank executives who were seeking greater visibility, then aimed at the direct acquisition of Virtus Roma basketball operations. The colors were set as blue, yellow and red.

Arenas

Today, the team can play its home games in the Italian League at the Palatiziano, which seats 3,500 spectators or at the PalaLottomatica, which seats 11,200. For Euroleague games, the team must play at the PalaLottomatica.

Roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

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Pallacanestro Virtus Roma roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1 23x15px Freeman, Austin Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 26 – (1989-05-06)6 May 1989
SF 3 23x15px Ejim, Melvin Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 25 – (1991-03-04)4 March 1991
G 5 23x15px Triche, Brandon Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 25 – (1991-02-21)21 February 1991
G/F 6 23x15px Jones, Bobby Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 32 – (1984-01-09)9 January 1984
G 10 23x15px D'Ercole, Lorenzo Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 28 – (1988-02-11)11 February 1988
SF 12 23x15px Sandri, Daniele Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 25 – (1990-11-19)19 November 1990
PF 14 23x15px De Zeeuw, Maxime Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 28 – (1987-04-27)27 April 1987
F 15 23x15px Kushchev, Oleksandr Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 25 – (1990-03-14)14 March 1990
G 22 23x15px Gibson, Kyle Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 28 – (1987-05-22)22 May 1987
PG 24 23x15px Stipčević, Rok Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 29 – (1986-05-20)20 May 1986
C 25 23x15px Morgan, Jordan Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 24 – (1991-09-15)15 September 1991
F 53 23x15px Ebi, Ndudi Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". 31 – (1984-06-18)18 June 1984
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend

Roster
Updated: March 9, 2015


Honors

Total titles: 6

Domestic competitions

European competitions

Worldwide competitions

Results

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Italian Cup European competitions
2006–07 1 Lega Basket Serie A 4 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2007–08 1 Lega Basket Serie A 2 Finalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2008–09 1 Lega Basket Serie A 2 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague T16
2009–10 1 Lega Basket Serie A 7 Semifinalist 1 Euroleague RS
2010–11 1 Lega Basket Serie A 9 1 Euroleague T16
2011–12 1 Lega Basket Serie A 13
2012–13 1 Lega Basket Serie A 3 Finalist Semifinalist
2013–14 1 Lega Basket Serie A 6 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RS

Notable players

Coaching history

File:Pallacanestro Virtus Roma bench.jpg
Coach Jasmin Repeša and his players during a timeout during the 2005-06 season.
  • Maurizio Polidori – 1972–73
  • Francesco Della Penna – 1973–74
  • Alessandro Lisotti – 1974–76
  • Nello Paratore – 1976–81
  • Giancarlo Asteo – 1981–82
  • Paolo Di Fonzo – 1982
  • Valerio Bianchini – 1982–85
  • Mario De Sisti – 1985–86
  • Giuseppe Guerrieri – 1986–88
  • Giancarlo Primo – 1988–89
  • Petar Skansi – 1989
  • Valerio Bianchini – 1989–91
  • Paolo Di Fonzo – 1991–92
  • Franco Casalini – 1992–94
  • Nevio Ciaralli – 1994

Sponsorship names

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

  • Banco Roma (1971–88)
  • Phonola Roma (1988–89)
  • Il Messaggero Roma (1989–92)
  • Burghy Roma (1993–94)
  • Teorematour Roma (1994–95)
  • Nuova Tirrena Roma (1995–96)
  • Telemarket Roma (1996–97)
  • Calze Pompea Roma (1996–99)
  • Adr Roma (1999–01)
  • Würth Roma (2001–02)
  • Lottomatica Roma (2002–2011)
  • Acea Roma (2011–present)

References

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