Brose Baskets Bamberg is back for a third consecutive Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Such a feat is unprecedented for the club and shows just how competitive it has become over the years. Brose had a good Euroleague season, but back-to-back losses against Zalgiris and Panathinaikos denied the club a spot in the Top 16. However its home win against Panathinaikos – with a wild basketball atmosphere – and a road triumph against Unicaja proved that Brose is dangerous at all times. Back home, Brose won the German League and Cup double. Brose topped Telekom Bonn 73-82 in the German Cup final and swept its best-of-five finals series against ratiopharm Ulm; PJ Tucker earned German League MVP honors. With five German League crowns in the last seven years, the test now is to take another step forward in the Euroleague. Founded in 1955 as FC 01 Bamberg, the club is backed by four decades' worth of basketball tradition. Bamberg qualified for the German first division in 1971, but was in and out of the German League throughout the 1980s. Renamed TTL Bamberg in 1988, it reached the German Cup final in 1990 and won that title in 1992. The club had been playing European competitions since 1973, but did not survive the qualifying rounds until it directly qualified to the 1996-97 Korac Cup. The club, then called TSK uniVersa Bamberg, climbed several rungs higher at the turn of the new millennium. Bamberg moved to Jako Arena and Dirk Bauermann arrived as the head coach of an ambitious project. Bamberg soon became an perennial contender at home and reached the 2003 and 2004 German League finals. Bamberg returned to European competitions after a five-year absence and reached the 2004 FIBA Europe League eighthfinals. All that work paid off when Bamberg downed Frankfurt Skyliners in a thrilling five-game title series to lift the 2005 German League trophy. Another name change made the club Brose Baskets and it became the first German team to reach the Euroleague Top 16 in the 2005-06 season, with Demond Mallet, Spencer Nelson and Chris Ensminger as its main references. In 2007, Brose returned to the German League finals and downed Artland Dragons to conquer its second title. Brose earned the right to go back to the Euroleague in 2007-08, but did not reach the Top 16 and suffered an early exit in the German League playoffs. In 2009-10, Bamberg went from the Eurocup Qualifying Round to the Last 16 and then won its first German double to set the stage in "Freak City" for a return to the Euroleague. Now as a bit of a Euroleague regular, look for a fully reloaded Brose, always backed by thousands of faithful fans, to use its experience to return to the Top 16 for the first time since 2006 as it extends its dominance of German basketball.
German National League:
2004-05, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
German National Cup:
1992, 2010, 2011, 2012
DOMESTIC LEAGUE: Germany