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Pallacanestro Varese

Pallacanestro Varese
Pallacanestro Varese logo
Leagues Serie A
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded 1945
History Pallacanestro Varese
Arena PalaWhirlpool
Arena Capacity 5,300
Location Varese, Italy
Team colors White, Red
President Stefano Coppa
Head coach Paolo Moretti
Championships 3 Intercontinental Cups
5 Euroleagues
2 Saporta Cups
10 Italian Leagues
4 Italian Cups
1 Italian Supercup
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours

Pallacanestro Varese is an Italian professional basketball club based in Varese, Lombardy. Founded in 1945, it plays in the first division Serie A as of the 2015-16 season.

For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names.


  • History 1
  • Current roster 2
  • Honours 3
    • Domestic competitions 3.1
    • European competitions 3.2
    • Worldwide competitions 3.3
    • Unofficial 3.4
  • International record 4
  • Notable players 5
  • Notable coaches 6
  • Sponsorship names 7
  • Shirt sponsors and manufacturers 8
  • Colors and badge 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Basketball was introduced in Varese in 1945 with the creation of the historical club, Pallacanestro Varese. The first sponsors were introduced 8 years later in 1954 including Storm and Ignis, followed by Emerson, Turisanda, Cagiva, Star, Ciaocrem, Divarese, Ranger, Metis, Whirlpool and the most recent, Cimberio. Varese is also famous due to the lack of main sponsor in the mid-1990s and the choice of franchise name, the Varese Roosters.

Since their creation, Pallancanestro Varese has won 10 Italian titles, 1961, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978 and the last title, won 21 years after the previous title, in 1999. With 10 titles, Varese is the third most winning team of the Italian League ever after Olimpia Milano and Virtus Bologna.

As it is shown by its roll of honors, Varese was extremely competitive in the 1970s, when the club played ten Euroleague finals in a row, winning 5 of them in 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976. Between 1970 and 1975 the club was named Ignis Varese. The golden age had begun some years before, as Varese conquered the Intercontinental Cup in 1966, repeating it 4 and 7 years later in its greatest decade in 1970 and 1973. Varese succeeded in doing the great enterprise, the Triple Crown, winning all the trophies available in 1973 with legendary Professor Aca Nikolić seating on the bench. Varese also won two Cups of the Cups, 1967 and 1980, and four Italian Cups, in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973.

Varese's great age ended in the early nineties, when the team dropped down to the second division. Soon, the club took its revenge coming up once again to the Italian top league, and after 5 years spent as the real team to watch in the Italian playoffs, it succeeded in winning its historical 10th title, the one that gives the star on the jersey in 1999, with Italian national team's coach Carlo Recalcati on bench. Varese has never repeated that triumph so far, but the great resound of that success is still echoing all over Italy. Varese is trying to return to the top Italian and European competition in the years to come.

Current roster

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


Total titles: 25

Domestic competitions

  • Italian League
    • Winners (10): 1960-61, 1963-64, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1998-99
  • Italian Cup
    • Winners (4): 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1972-73
  • Italian Supercup
    • Winners (1): 1999

European competitions

Worldwide competitions


International record

Notable players

Notable coaches

Sponsorship names

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

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacturer
1997–1999 Kappa
1999–2001 Reebok
2002–2003 (unspecified)
2003–2006 Macron[2]
2006-2008 Nike
2008-2010 Aries
2010–2014 Macron[2]

Colors and badge


  1. ^ (Italian)Lega A page on the history of Pallacanestro Varese.
  2. ^ a b "Varese, Macron nuovo sponsor tecnico ufficiale" [Varese, Macron new official technical sponsor] (in Italiano).  

External links

  • Official Website (Italian)
  • Team Page
  • Varese Basket Blog (Italian)
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