Coming off one of the best seasons in club history, Brose Baskets Bamberg is back for a fourth consecutive Turkish Airlines Euroleague campaign and ready to reach new heights. Last season, Bamberg qualified for the Top 16 for the first time since 2006 and did so in style, edging Partizan mt:s Belgrade 92-90 in a do-or-die overtime thriller at the end of the regular season. However, the team went winless during next stage, losing half of the 14 games by a margin of 3 points or less, and is still left waiting for its first ever Top 16 win. To cap its successful domestic season, though, Bamberg had another memorable overtime win. The club edged EWE Baskets Oldenburg 91-88 to sweep their best-of-five German League finals series. With five German League crowns in the last seven years, the goal 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 a 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 beat 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 topped 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 for a return to the Euroleague. German doubles followed in 2011 and 2012, as well, while on the Euroleague scene "Freak City" witnessed victories over the continental giants like Olympiacos, Real Madrid and Panathinaikos, establishing Bamberg as a dangerous team. Now, already a Euroleague regular and somewhat of a perennial German champion, look for a fully reloaded team, always backed by thousands of faithful fans, to use its experience to return to the Top 16 and attempt another run at history in both the Euroleague and at home.
German National League:
2004-05, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
German National Cup:
1992, 2010, 2011, 2012
DOMESTIC LEAGUE: Germany