KK Virtus Bologna

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May 20, 2022

Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna is an Italian basketball club from Bologna. In the 2021/22 season. competes in Serie A of Italy and in the Eurocup. He is known for his great rivalry with another Bologna club, Fortitudo. By the way, this club is better known by the names that have changed frequently. These were mostly big sponsors like Kinder. The champions of the Euroleague in 1998 and 2001 were also under that name.

History

Virtus was founded in 1871 as a gymnastics club. The club won 16 Italian championship titles and eight Italian Cup trophies, and was often a participant in the strongest European club basketball competition, the Euroleague. The club played its best season in 2000/01. when he won the triple crown, the Italian championship, the cup and the Euroleague. The club also won the Euroleague in 1998, when the team was led by one of the best back shooters in the history of European basketball, Predrag Danilović. However, several key players left the club immediately after that season. After the 2001/02 season. Manu Ginobili, the most useful final four player of that season, and Marko Jarić left the club. After the 2003/03 season, the club was relegated to the 2nd Italian league due to financial problems. However, the club recovered and after two seasons spent in a lower rank, they managed to win first league status. They made a great return to the European scene in the FIBA ​​EuroChallenge 2009, when they defeated French Chalet 77:85 in the final. This is their first trophy since returning to Serie A.

Successes

National

Italian Championship: Champion (16): 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2021. Runner-up (16): 1936, 1938, 1940, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1977, 1978, 1981, 2007. Italian Cup: Winner (8): 1974, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002. Finalist (6): 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. Italian Super Cup: Winner (2): 1995, 2021. Finalist (8): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2020.

International

Euroleague: Winner (2): 1998, 2001. Finalist (3): 1981, 1999, 2002. Eurocup: Winner (1): 2022. Cup Winners 'Cup / Saporta Cup Winners' Cup: Winner (1): 1990. Finalist (2): 1978, 2000.FIBA Champions League: Winner (1): 2019.FIBA EuroChallenge: Winner (1): 2009. Intercontinental Cup: Finalist (1): 2020.

Performance in previous seasons

External links

Official site of the club