Club Profile: EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Aug 07, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Club Profile: EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan is looking to bounce back from an up and down season that saw the team eventually miss out on the trophies. Milan survived a tough Euroleague regular season group and reached the Top 16, but was eliminated from the playoff hunt with a game to spare. At home, it dominated throughout the season and reeled off a 20-game winning streak, but lost a seven-game Italian League semifinal series against eventual champion Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari, and the same team beat Milan in the Italian Cup final. Now, this proud club – a three-time Euroleague champion and among the winningest teams in European basketball history – is determined to get back to lifting trophies. 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. Milan 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. After missing out on the hardware last season, committed ownership and a growing fan base want to see EA7 Emporio Armani Milan back targeting greatness and hunting for trophies.

2014-15 Results - Euroleague: Top 16, Italian League: semifinals, Italian Cup: finals

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