Pallacanestro Virtus Roma

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma, commonly known as Virtus Roma, is an Italian professional basketball club based in Rome, Lazio. It plays in the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA), since the 2019–20 season.

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
2019-20 Virtus Roma season
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma logo
LeaguesLBA
Founded1960; 59 years ago (1960)
HistoryVirtus Aurelia
(1960–1972)
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
(1972–present)
ArenaPalaLottomatica
Capacity11,200
LocationRome, Lazio, Italy
Team colorsRed, Yellow, Blue
              
PresidentClaudio Toti
Head coachPiero Bucchi
Championships1 FIBA Intercontinental Cup
1 EuroLeague
2 FIBA Korać Cups
1 Italian League
1 Italian Supercup
Websitevirtusroma.it

It was formerly a major side in Europe, winning the 1983–84 FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague), and at one time being one of only 13 clubs to hold a EuroLeague A license. However, its standing later waned, and Virtus became less competitive in both Europe and the domestic LBA - which it had won in 1983 – before being voluntarily relegated to the Italian second division in July 2015.

For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names.

HistoryEdit

The club was formed by the merger of two Roman sides, San Saba and Gruppo Borgo Cavalleggeri, under the name Virtus Aurelia in the late 1960s, the founding date of San Saba, 1960, was kept as Virtus'. In 1972, Virtus Aurelia merged with GS Banco di Roma, the sporting wing of Banco di Roma, forming Pallacanestro Banco di Roma Virtus. The side reached the Italian second division in 1978, staying two years before moving up to the Italian top level LBA, in 1980.

This was the start of an extended stay in the first division, and success followed soon after, with the side winning the 1983 championship. Earning a place in the 1983–84 FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague), Virtus went on to win the competition at its first try, with a Larry Wright led squad, that also had Clarence Kea, Renzo Tombolato, and Fulvio Polesello. Wright was decisive in the EuroLeague Final against FC Barcelona, scoring 27 points, as Roma overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to win the decider.[1] The next season, the Italian club won the 1984 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, after topping a group of international clubs in Brazil.[2] Roma also won the 1985–86 FIBA Korać Cup final against Mobilgirgi Caserta.

The club's next title was the 1991–92 FIBA Korać Cup, by which time Banco di Roma had been replaced as the club's sponsor by Il Messaggero. A squad comprising Dino Rađa, Rick Mahorn, Roberto Premier, and Andrea Niccolai downed Scavolini Pesaro in the two-legged final.[1] The next year, Virtus managed to reach the FIBA Korać Cup final again, but lost the game against Philips Milano. During the 2002–03 season, Carlton Myers led the team to a 25–9 record in the Serie A (LBA), as Roma reached the playoff's semifinals.[1] After adding Dejan Bodiroga as a player, and head coach Svetislav Pešić, in the 2005 off-season, Virtus reached the ULEB Cup (EuroCup) quarterfinals, the Serie A semifinals, and the Italian Cup final, that it lost in overtime.[1]

In the summer of 2011, the Italian club's EuroLeague A-license was suspended, after it finished in the bottom half of the Serie A.[3] The next year, it lost the license completely, after having the worst record among A license clubs. It lost its license to EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.[4]

 
Virtus Roma supporters in 2008

In a strange twist, Virtus Roma then went on to have an excellent season, unexpectedly, by their own admission, reaching the Serie A finals, which would earn it the right to return to the EuroLeague. However, the club relinquished their rights, as they did not agree to some of the competition's requirements. In particular, paying rent for an arena with the minimum arena capacity. They thus earned a place in the second tier EuroCup instead.[5]

In July 2015, despite having satisfied the economic conditions to participate in the Italian top level LBA, the club's management asked to participate instead in the Italian second division Serie A2. The permission to do so was granted by the Italian Basketball Federation. The cited motive for the move to the lower division, was an insufficient budget to be competitive at the higher level, and the desire to restructure the club based on a youth policy.[6][7][8]

On April 23, 2019, after beating Legnano Knights by 83-88, Virtus Roma is proclaimed champion of the Serie A2, getting the direct promotion to the Serie A.[9] Virtu returns to the highest tier after an absence of four years.

ArenasEdit

 
Fans of Roma at PalaLottomatica, in 2006.

Virtus played at the 3,500 seating capacity Palazzetto dello Sport arena, until 1983. The club then played at the 11,200 seat PalaLottomatica arena, from 1983 to 2011, except between 2000 and 2003, when the arena was undergoing extensive renovation work.[10]

After the club down scaled its operations costs, due to reduced funds, Virtus found the operating costs of the PalaLottomatica to be prohibitive, and decided to avoid playing in the larger arena. So from 2011 to 2018, it returned to the Palazzetto dello Sport, even playing games their during the 2013 Italian LBA Finals.[11]

In June 9, 2018, Virtus Roma reached a new deal with All Events SpA, the operator of PalaLottomatica, to play at the arena during the Serie A2 2018–19 season.[12]

PlayersEdit

Current RosterEdit

Pallacanestro Virtus Roma roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F/C 2   Cusenza, Kevin 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 – (1993-01-31)31 January 1993
F 3   Moore, Michael 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 25 – (1994-05-30)30 May 1994
PF 7   Alibegović, Amar 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 24 – (1995-03-31)31 March 1995
SG 10   Rullo, Roberto 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 29 – (1990-02-05)5 February 1990
G 11   Dyson, Jerome (C) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 32 – (1987-05-01)1 May 1987
PG 13   Baldasso, Tommaso 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 21 – (1998-01-29)29 January 1998
F/C 22   Pini, Giovanni 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 27 – (1992-07-25)25 July 1992
G/F 25   Farley, Liam 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 25 – (1994-09-20)20 September 1994
SG 34   Spinosa, Giovanni 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 21 – (1997-12-30)30 December 1997
F/C 41   Jefferson, Davon 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 33 – (1986-11-03)3 November 1986
SG 44   Buford, William 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 29 – (1990-01-10)10 January 1990
SG 77   Kyzlink, Tomáš 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 26 – (1993-06-18)18 June 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Daniele Michelutti
Athletic trainer(s)
  •   Fabrizio Santolamazza
Physiotherapist(s)
  •   Lucio de Fazi

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: October 7, 2019

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

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Davon Jefferson Kevin Cusenza
PF Amar Alibegović Giovanni Pini
SF Michael Moore Tomáš Kyzlink Liam Farley
SG William Buford Roberto Rullo Giovanni Spinosa
PG Jerome Dyson Tommaso Baldasso

6+6 formula (colours: Italian or homegrown players; foreign players; young players)

HonoursEdit

 
Banners of Virtus Roma

Total titles: 6

Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1982–83
Runners-up (2): 2007–08, 2012–13
Runners-up (2): 1989–90, 2005–06
Winners (1): 2000

European competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1983–84
Winners (2): 1985–86, 1991–92
Runners-up (1): 1992–93
Semifinalists (1): 1997–98
Runners-up (1): 1983

Worldwide competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1984

The road to the European victoriesEdit

Season by season recordEdit

The following table shows the records from the season 1977–78 in all competitions:

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Italian Cup Supercup Europe Worldwide
1977–78 3 Serie B 4   Promoted
1978–79 2 Serie A2 5
1979–80 2 Serie A2 3   Promoted
1980–81 1 Serie A 10
1981–82 1 Serie A 10
1982–83 1 Serie A 1 Champions Korać Cup Top 16
1983–84 1 Serie A 9 Quarterfinalist Euroleague Champions
1984–85 1 Serie A 1 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Euroleague Top 6 Intercontinental Cup Champions
1985–86 1 Serie A 10 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Korać Cup Champions Intercontinental Cup 8
1986–87 1 Serie A 8 Top 12 Top 32
1987–88 1 Serie A 10 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist
1988–89 1 Serie A 12 Top 32
1989–90 1 Serie A 8 Quarterfinalist Finalist
1990–91 1 Serie A 4 Semifinalist Top 16
1991–92 1 Serie A 6 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist Korać Cup Champions
1992–93 1 Serie A 12 Top 16 Korać Cup Finalist
1993–94 1 Serie A 15 Top 32
1994–95 1 Serie A 8 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist
1995–96 1 Serie A 6 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist
1996–97 1 Serie A 6 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Korać Cup Quarterfinalist
1997–98 1 Serie A 8 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Korać Cup Semifinalist
1998–99 1 Serie A 6 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Korać Cup Top 16
1999–00 1 Serie A 6 Top 14 Quarterfinalist Korać Cup Quarterfinalist
2000–01 1 Serie A 5 Quarterfinalist Semifinalist Champions
2001–02 1 Serie A 8 Quarterfinalist
2002–03 1 Serie A 2 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
2003–04 1 Serie A 7 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Euroleague Regular season
2004–05 1 Serie A 6 Semifinalist Semifinalist
2005–06 1 Serie A 6 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist Eurocup Quarterfinalist
2006–07 1 Serie A 4 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist Euroleague Top 16
2007–08 1 Serie A 2 Finalist Quarterfinalist Euroleague Top 16
2008–09 1 Serie A 2 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Euroleague Top 16
2009–10 1 Serie A 7 Semifinalist Euroleague Regular season
2010–11 1 Serie A 9 Euroleague Top 16
2011–12 1 Serie A 13
2012–13 1 Serie A 3 Finalist Semifinalist
2013–14 1 Serie A 6 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist Eurocup Regular season
2014–15 1 Serie A 10   Demoted Eurocup Top 16
2015–16 2 Serie A2

Notable playersEdit

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

2010sEdit

2000sEdit

1990sEdit

1980sEdit

1970sEdit

Head coachesEdit

 
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 namesEdit

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

  • Virtus Aurelia (no sponsorship, 1960–61 until 1971–72)
  • Banco di Roma Virtus (1972–73 until 1987–88)
  • Phonola Roma (1988–89)
  • Il Messaggero Roma (1989–90 until 1991–92)
  • Virtus Roma (no sponsorship, 1992–93)
  • Burghy Roma (1993–94)
  • Teorematour Roma (1994–95)
  • Nuova Tirrena Roma (1995–96)
  • Telemarket Roma (1996–97)
  • Calze Pompea Roma (1997–98 until 1998–99)
  • Aeroporti di Roma Virtus (1999–00 until 2000–01)
  • Würth Roma (2001–02)
  • Lottomatica Roma (2002–03 until 2010–11)
  • Acea Roma (2011–12 until 2015–16)
  • UniCusano Roma (2016–17 until 2017–18)
  • Virtus Roma (no sponsorship, 2018–19 to present)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Club profile: Virtus Rome". EuroCup Basketball. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ Stankovic, Vladimir (2 December 2013). "Larry Wright, the man with two rings". EuroLeague. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  3. ^ "New teams proposed as 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague participants". EuroLeague. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Euroleague board awards two-year Turkish Airlines Euroleague license to EA7 Emporio Armani Milan". EuroLeague. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Rome announces it will not play in Turkish Airlines Euroleague". EuroLeague. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  6. ^ Canfora, Mario (16 July 2015). "Basket, Serie A: Roma si retrocede in A-2. Caserta ripescata" [Basketball, Serie A: Roma relegates itself to A-2. Caserta retaken]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Rome. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Consiglio federale a Roma. Barilla sponsor della maglia Azzurra, Ammissioni ai Campionati 2015-16, Prandi presidente CIA" [Federal council in Rome. Barilla sponsor of the blue shirt, 2015-16 championship admissions, Prandi CIA president]. Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (in Italian). 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Basket: l'Acea Virtus riparte dai giovani e dal territorio" [Basketball: Acea Virtus starts again from youth and territory]. Pallacanestro Virtus Roma (in Italian). 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  9. ^ https://virtusroma.it/2019/04/20/virtus-roma-seriea-campione-legnano/
  10. ^ "Il Palazzetto dello Sport" [The Palazzetto dello Sport]. Pallacanestro Virtus Roma (in Italian). Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  11. ^ Corio, Paolo (14 June 2013). "Finali basket: perché Roma non vuole il PalaEUR" [Basketball finals: why doesn't Rome want the PalaEUR]. Panorama (in Italian). Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Virtus Roma: accordo raggiunto, si torna al PalaLottomatica" [Virtus Roma: new agreement reached and will play at PalaLottomatica]. sportando.basketball (in Italian). 9 June 2018.

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