EA7 Emporio Armani Milan entered the 2015-16 campaign with high hopes before injuries ravished he squad. The club started things in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with a home win over eventual Final Four squad Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz, but five straight losses followed and put the team in dire straits. However Milan made the most of its situation after missing the Top 16 with a strong Eurocup run. With Krunoslav Simon among its leaders, Milan reeled off four straight wins to finish atop its Eurocup Last 32 group before sweeping Banvit Bandirma in the eighthfinals. Milan only ran out of steam in the quarterfinals against Italian foe Dolomiti Energia Trento. This new season gives Milan plenty of reasons for renewed optimism.
The reigning Italian champion and a three-time Euroleague champion, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan is a proud club that is always looking to add to its stuffed trophy case. Milan seemed destined for greatness from its beginnings. Founded in 1936, Milan immediately won four consecutive domestic titles. Thirty years later, the arrival of Bill Bradley helped turn Milan into a continental power as the club conquered the 1966 Euroleague title in front of its home fans. Milan added three Saporta Cup trophies between 1971 and 1976 led by Art Kenney, Renzo Bariviera, Giorgio Giomo and Coach Cesare Rubini. The team tacked on Korac Cup crowns in 1985 and 1993. Mike D'Antoni, Dino Meneghin and Joe Barry Carroll helped Milan beat Varese in the 1985 Korac Cup final, while Aleksandar Djordjevic, Antonello Riva and Riccardo Pittis led Milan past Roma in the 1993 Korac Cup title series. Milan achieved its best moments with a classic team of stars: Meneghin, Bob McAdoo and D'Antoni. They led Olimpia to back-to-back Euroleague titles in 1987 and 1988, both times against Maccabi Tel Aviv, under two different head coaches, Dan Peterson and Franco Casalini. Milan won both the Italian League and the Italian Cup in 1996 with Nando Gentile, Dejan Bodiroga and Gregor Fucka. A lengthy rough patch followed, but a new era arrived for Olimpia Milano when fashion mogul Giorgio Armani became the team’s main sponsor. Milan made it to the Italian League finals in 2005 before losing against Climamio Bologna, but earned the right to play again in the Euroleague. Armani Jeans Milano reached the Euroleague Top 16 in the 2008-09 season after winning five of its last six regular season games. The team also made it back to the Italian League finals, a feat it repeated in 2010. The club was back in the Euroleague Top 16 in 2011-12, and the rise continued for the next two seasons. In 2013-14 Milan returned to prominence at the highest levels of European basketball when it clinched home-court advantage for the Euroleague playoffs, but was ousted by eventual champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. However, it refocused its efforts at home and knocked off Montepaschi Siena to win the Italian League for the first time since 1996. Last season injuries got in the way in the Euroleague, however Milan recovered to reach the Eurocup quarterfinals and to sweep the domestic titles by beating Sidigas Avellino for the Italian Cup and Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in the Italian League finals with Rakim Sanders named MVP of both finals.