Alba Berlin is back in the Eurocup looking to extend its five-year streak during which the club has made at least the Euroleague Top 16 or the Eurocup Last 16. The 2012-13 season was both a successful and historic one for Berlin, as it lifted the German Cup for its first title of any kind since 2009. Alba also made a lot of noise in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, making its second Top 16 appearance. Historically speaking, with eight titles, Alba Berlin has been one of the best teams in the German League over the past two decades and more recently the Albatross have shown flashes of Eurocup brilliance as well. Alba became the first German team to win a European trophy when it raised the 1995 Korac Cup, which started a string of brilliance that continues to produce. Sasa Obradovic, who has become the team's head coach, Teo Alibegovic and Coach Svetislav Pesic led Alba to that first European title. What followed was dominance on the home front as Berlin reeled off seven consecutive German League titles. Those triumphs also earned Alba a regular spot in the Euroleague, with players like Wendell Alexis, Henrik Rodl and Marco Pesic playing major roles in the dynasty. Alba made it to the Euroleague eighthfinals in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and reached the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague quarterfinals. Alba continued to be a dangerous opponent in years to come, though it never found the way through to the Top 16. Berlin then began a run of four straight seasons in the ULEB Cup. It made history by winning one of the most exciting ULEB Cup games ever and the longest game recorded in European club competition: a five-overtime 141-127 victory over KK Bosna in December 2007. Alba became the German League regular season champion in 2006 and 2007 and won the German Cup in 2006. With Julius Jenkins and Bobby Brown running the show, Alba managed to win the 2008 German League title and return to the Euroleague. In the 2008-09 Euroleague season, Alba finally advanced to the Top 16 for the first time. Alba also lifted the German Cup title and its home court, the magnificent o2 World, was home to the 2009 Euroleague Final Four. Three years ago, Berlin made noise in the Eurocup by storming through to the title game in Vitoria, Spain – cheered on by fans that traveled by car and bus all the way from Berlin due to air traffic problems – but Valencia ended their chances of seeing their team lift the trophy. Alba has lived up to its reputation and was a threat at every turn in the past two seasons, but until last year no more trophies were added to its roll of honors. With its model basketball organization, competitive squad and an outstanding arena, Alba Berlin looks to continue its run of European success and give its diehard fans more big things to cheer about.
German National League:
1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08
German National Cup:
1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009
DOMESTIC LEAGUE: Germany