2017-18 Team Profile: Valencia Basket

Jul 27, 2017 by Euroleague.net Print
2017-18 Team Profile: Valencia Basket

Valencia Basket made sure its 30th birthday would be a memory for a lifetime. Valencia was highly competitive everywhere and reached three finals during the season. As always, Valencia was very strong in the 7DAYS EuroCup, in which it used a 13-game winning streak to win both its regular season and Top 16 groups. Valencia downed Khimki Moscow Region and Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem to reach its fifth EuroCup final and took a 1-0 lead against Unicaja Malaga. Unicaja, however, rallied to win the series after fighting back from a 13-point deficit in the final minutes of Game 3. For their strong campaign, Coach Pedro Martinez was named EuroCup Coach of the Year, Bojan Dubljevic was selected to the All-EuroCup First Team and Fernando San Emeterio to the Second Team. Valencia had previously lost the Spanish Copa del Rey against Real Madrid, but the team bounced back beautifully in the Spanish League. Valencia downed three Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams in the playoffs (FC Barcelona Lassa, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz and Madrid) to claim its first Spanish League title. Dubljevic was chosen as MVP for the Spanish finals as Valencia recorded a historic achievement that brought the team back to Europe's premier competition.


2014-15 Euroleague 3-7 Regular Season
2010-11 Euroleague 10-11 Playoffs
2003-04 Euroleague 13-7 Top 16
TOTAL: 26-25


2016-17 EuroCup 18-5 Final
2015-16 EuroCup 13-3 Last 32
2014-15 EuroCup 5-5 Quarterfinal
2013-14 EuroCup 15-9 Champion
2012-13 EuroCup 11-5 Semifinal
2011-12 EuroCup 12-4 Final
2009-10 EuroCup 14-2 Champion
2008-09 EuroCup 10-3 Quarterfinal
2007-08 ULEB Cup 10-5 Quarterfinal
2004-05 ULEB Cup 12-3-1 Semifinal
2002-03 ULEB Cup 14-4 Champion
TOTAL: 134-48-1


Founded in 1986, Valencia reached the top Spanish League in 1988, but did not stick for good until 1996. Two years later Valencia claimed its first trophy, the Copa del Rey, by downing DKV Joventut Badalona in epic fashion. Soon the then-named Pamesa Valencia became a regular in the Spanish playoffs. In Europe, Valencia reached the Saporta Cup final twice, but lost in 1999 to Benetton Treviso and in 2002 to Montepaschi Siena. Everything changed for Valencia in the 2002-03 season. First came the ULEB Cup title as it swept Krka Novo Mesto in the finals series led by Finals MVP Dejan Tomasevic, Nacho Rodilla and Fabricio Oberto. Valencia then climbed to the Spanish League finals before losing to Barcelona. In its debut EuroLeague season in 2003-04, Valencia reached the Top 16 and came within one win of the Final Four. Valencia had plenty of success in the EuroCup, but didn't lift the trophy again until 2010. Coach Neven Spahija and his players Matt Nielsen, Nando De Colo and Victor Claver helped the then-named Power Electronics Valencia to its second EuroCup title by beating ALBA Berlin in the championship game in Vitoria, Spain. A year later, Valencia went all the way to the EuroLeague playoffs before losing to Real Madrid. Valencia made it to another EuroCup final in 2012, but fell to Khimki Moscow Region. Valencia returned to the EuroCup Finals in 2014 and left no doubts by sweeping Unics Kazan behind an outstanding Justin Doellman. Valencia started the 2014-15 season in the EuroLeague and ended up reaching the EuroCup quarterfinals and the Spanish League semifinals. Last season, coached by Pedro Martinez and with signature stars Rafa Martinez and Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia reached three finals. It lost against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey title game and against Unicaja Malaga in the EuroCup Finals, but claimed its first-ever Spanish League title by defeating Madrid in the finals with Dubljevic getting MVP honors. That great success sent the team back to the EuroLeague for the 2017-18 season.

Trophy Case

EuroCup: 2002-03, 2009-10, 2013-14
Spanish National League: 2016-17
Spanish National Cup: 1998