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Victoria Libertas Pesaro

Consultinvest Pesaro
Consultinvest Pesaro logo
Nickname VL
Vuelle
Leagues Serie A
Founded 1946
History Victoria Libertas Pesaro
(1946–present)
Arena Adriatic Arena
Arena Capacity 10,323
Location Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Team colors Red and White          
President Ario Costa
Head coach Riccardo Paolini
Website Official Site
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Away

Victoria Libertas (also known as "VL" or in Italian Vuelle), full name Unione Sportiva Victoria Libertas Pallacanestro, is a professional basketball team that is based in Pesaro, Italy. The club competes in the top level Italian professional basketball league, the Lega Basket Serie A. It was commonly known across Europe as Scavolini Pesaro, from the name of its historical main sponsor Scavolini (from 1975 to 2014), an Italian kitchen designer and manufacturer, whose co-founder Valter Scavolini was formerly club president. Now, it is known as Consultinvest Pesaro, from the name of the new sponsor. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Recent history 1.1
  • Titles 2
    • Domestic competitions 2.1
    • European competitions 2.2
  • International record 3
  • Logos 4
  • Arena and supporters 5
  • 2014-15 Roster 6
  • Notable players 7
  • Notable coaches 8
  • Sponsorship names 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

History

Victoria Libertas was officially founded in 1946 and had its best seasons during the 1980s. After being among the top teams in Italy for decades, Victoria Libertas won its first important trophy in 1983 (European Cup Winners' Cup). Since then, Italian League was won twice (in 1988 and 1990), and the Italian Cup was also won twice (in 1985 and 1992).
In recent years, Victoria Libertas was among the best European teams, having played the Euroleague in 2001-02 and 2004-05 seasons. In 2004-05 it unexpectedly got to the Euroleague Top-8, being defeated in the quarter finals by eventual champion Maccabi Tel Aviv. Furthermore, Victoria Libertas shooting guard, Charles Smith, was honored with the first-ever Euroleague's Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy,[1] named after the late Euroleague scoring champ who died in 2004 and who was replaced in Victoria Libertas by Smith himself.

Recent history

In July 2005, as a consequence of the poor administration of the previous two seasons, Victoria Libertas failed to remain within the parameters required to join the Italian Basketball League and wound up. Pesaro's second team, Falco Spar, agreed with former Victoria Libertas president Valter Scavolini to join forces to invest in a team to bring back Victoria Libertas to Italian First Division (Lega Basket Serie A).

The new team, named Scavolini Gruppo Spar (or simply Scavolini-Spar), played the 2005-06 season in the Italian Third Division (B1). Owners' target resulted in Scavolini-Spar having large amounts of money at its disposal compared with the other teams of the league. Players from the upper divisions were enrolled, star Carlton Myers among them, which lead the team to win the league and gain promotion to the Second Division (LegaDue).

In 2006-07 Scavolini-Spar won the LegaDue playoff series, lining up players such as Carlton Myers, Rodney White (9th overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft), Mindaugas Žukauskas (captain of the Lithuanian national basketball team) and Michael Hicks (Panamian national team star). The team was therefore promoted, for the second straight year, to play the Lega Basket Serie A 2007-08 league.

Following the 2009–10 season, Spar's secondary sponsorship contract expired. The club picked up a new secondary sponsor in Italian clothing company Siviglia, theriby changing its full sponsored name to Scavolini Siviglia Style Pesaro (more simply Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro). The club changed its secondary sponsorship again with the expiration of Siviglia's contract at the end of the 2011–12 season, becoming Scavolini Banca Marche Pesaro.

From the 2014-15 season the historical sponsor Scavolini was replaced (for the first time since 1975) by the new main sponsor Consultinvest, whereby the name of the team became Consultinvest Pesaro.

Titles

Total titles: 5

Domestic competitions

Italian Championship

  • Winners (2): 1987-88, 1989-90

Italian Cup

  • Winners (2): 1984-85, 1991-92

European competitions

FIBA Saporta Cup

FIBA Korać Cup

International record

Logos

Arena and supporters

In 1996 Victoria Libertas moved from the historic "hangar" arena into the new BPA Palas arena (today: ADRIATIC Arena) which now hosts its home games. Drawing large audiences from nearby towns and the whole Marche region, in mid 2000s Victoria Libertas was among the top ten basketball teams in Europe for average attendance.

2014-15 Roster

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

Notable players

Notable coaches

Sponsorship names

In the past, due to sponsorship deals, it has also been known as:[2]

  • Benelli Pesaro (1952–58)
  • Lanco Pesaro (1958–61)
  • Algor Pesaro (1961–63)
  • Butangas Pesaro (1966–69)
  • Frizz Pelmo Pesaro (1969–70)
  • Tropicali Pesaro (1970–71)
  • Maxmobili Pesaro (1971–75)
  • Scavolini Pesaro (1975–2014)
  • Consultinvest Pesaro (2014–present)

References

  1. ^ Euroleague.net
  2. ^ (Italian)Lega A Basket page on history of Victoria Libertas.

External links

  • Official Site (Italian)
  • Eurobasket.com Team Page
  • Previous Season Stats (LegaBasket 2007-08) (Italian)
  • Latest Stats (LegaBasket 2008-09) (Italian)
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