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Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna

Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna
Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna logo
Leagues Serie A
Founded 1871
History 1871–present
Arena Unipol Arena
Arena Capacity 11,000
Location Bologna, Italy
Team colors Black and White
President Renato Villalta
Head coach Giorgio Valli
Championships 15 Italian Championships
8 Italian Cups
2 Euroleagues
1 Saporta Cup
1 EuroChallenge
1 Italian Supercup
Retired numbers 3 (4, 5, 10)
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours

Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna, known for sponsorship reasons as Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna,[1] is an Italian professional basketball club based in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna. It plays in the first division Serie A as of the 2015-16 season.

For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.


  • History 1
  • Arena 2
  • Titles 3
    • Domestic 3.1
    • European 3.2
    • Unofficial 3.3
    • International 3.4
  • International record 4
  • Players 5
    • Current roster 5.1
  • Notable players 6
    • Retired numbers 6.1
    • Other notable players 6.2
  • Coaches 7
  • Sponsorship names 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Virtus was founded in 1871 as a gymnastics club, forming its first professional basketball team in 1929. It won its first national Serie A title in 1945, adding the next three editions as well. They would add two back to back titles in 1955 and 1956. A 20-year national title drought ended with another championship in 1976, the first of four up to 1984, completing a domestic double the latter year by adding a Cup.[2]

In 1990 they achieved a different double with the domestic cup completemented by the European Cup Winner's Cup, their first European title, beating Real Madrid in the final thanks to an outstanding Micheal Ray Richardson. After nearly a decade, Virtus added the 1993 Serie A, also winning the next two. Led by players such as Predrag Danilović, Zoran Savić and Antoine Rigaudeau the Italians won the 1997–98 FIBA Euroleague, Europe's premier competition, with another domestic title as a bonus.[2]

In 2001 the side went one better, winning the 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague (played in competition with a new Euroleague), the Serie A and the Italian Cup to complete a Triple Crown. At the time Virtus had one of the best rosters ever in European basketball with Marko Jarić, Manu Ginóbili, Rigaudeau, Matjaž Smodiš and Rashard Griffith.[2]

They would win the Italian cup again in 2002, but lost in the Euroleague final and the Serie A semifinals. Suffering from serious financial problems Virtus was excluded from the Serie A in Auguste 2003 after missing payments to players.[2][3][4] The club even had to merge with FuturVirtus Castelmaggiore in the second division to avoid disappearing.

Virtus returned to the top division in 2004. In 2006-07 they qualified for the playoffs after a five-year absence, reaching the championship finals but losing to Montepaschi Siena. They also reached the EuroCup semifinals.[2]

In 2009 they added another trophy to their cabinet, with the European third tier EuroChallenge, with 21 points from Finals MVP Keith Langford in the final against Cholet Basket.[5]


Virtus' home arena is the Unipol Arena (previously known as the PalaMalaguti).


Total titles: 28


Serie A

  • Winners (15): 1945-46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2000–01

Italian Cup

  • Winners (8): 1973-74, 1983–84, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001-02

Italian Supercup

  • Winners (1): 1995



FIBA Saporta Cup

FIBA EuroChallenge


Triple Crown

  • Winners (1): 2000-01


McDonald's Championship

International record


Current roster

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

Notable players

Retired numbers

Other notable players


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