One of the signature sports clubs in Ankara, the Turkish capital, Turk Telekom has also become a standard-bearer in Europe for its country's great level of basketball. The club was founded in 1954, backed by the national telephone company PTT, though its basketball section did not open until 1980. PTT Ankara played in several regional leagues throughout the 1980s, before joining the second division in 1990 and immediately earning promotion to the Turkish first division. Turk Telekom has been on a constant rise since then, winning the Turkish League regular season in 1994, though it fell in the playoff semifinals. Around that time, Turk Telekom also began making waves in Europe, even playing in the 1996-97 Euroleague, the same season in which the team also reached the Turkish League finals and won the Turkish President's Cup, the club's first title. A few trips to the playoff semifinals and appearances in the Turkish Cup final in 2001 and 2003 cemented Turk Telekom's status among the best clubs in Turkey. Turk Telekom made its ULEB Cup debut in the 2004-05 season and played the competition for just the second time last season. The two experiences couldn't have been more distinct. Winless in its debut season, Turk Telekom returned last season to dominate thanks to an incredibly deep frontcourt where Michael Wright starred as the ULEB Cup’s top scorer until he was injured. In the regular season, Turk Telekom’s only loss came to eventual champ DKV Joventut, but injuries weakened the team as it lost in the first elimination round. Winning the Turkish Cup in February would have been enough to put a positive note on the whole season. However, a playoff run in which Telekom ousted regular season champion Besiktas in the semifinals and challenged defending champs Fenerbahce Ulker for the title before losing in five games turned the 2007-08 campaign into one of the best in club history. Last season, Telekom did not find much trouble to win its regular season group and opened the Last 16 with a prestigious home win against Zadar. A five-game losing streak, however, prevented the team from advancing to the Final Eight. Telekom lifted the Turkish President's Cup trophy early in the season but was swept by Fenerbahce Ulker in the Turkish League semifinals. Always ready to compete, Telekom hopes to go at least one step higher in its fourth Eurocup appearance.
Turkish National Cup
Turkish President Cup