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2011-12 Team Profile: Brose Baskets Bamberg
Brose Baskets Bamberg provided plenty of excitement in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague last season and the German champion is back looking to capitalize on several seasons’ worth of good form to catapult itself to new heights. Despite a strong home record, two losses at the buzzer kept Bamberg from reaching the Euroleague Top 16, but the team marched on, dominated the German regular season and survived tough challenges in the playoffs to repeat as champion. With four German League crowns in the last seven years, the test 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, the club reached the German Cup final in 1990 and won that title in 1992. It had been playing European competitions since 1973, but did not survive the qualifying round 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 an annual contender at home, reaching the 2003 and 2004 German League finals behind players like Chris Ensminger, Jason Sasser and Steffen Hamann. Bamberg returned to European competitions after a five-year absence and reached the 2004 FIBA Europe League eighthfinals. All the work paid off when Bamberg downed Frankfurt Skyliners in a thrilling five-game title series to lift the 2005 German League trophy. The club changed its name to Brose Baskets and became the first German team to reach the Euroleague Top 16 in the 2005-06 season, with Demond Mallet, Spencer Nelson and Ensminger as its main references. In 2007, Brose returned to the German League finals and downed 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. A subpar 2008-09 season was followed by a strong campaign in which Bamberg reached the Eurocup through the qualifying round and went all the way to the Last 16 and then won its first German double - league and cup titles – setting the stage in "Freak City" to return to the Euroleague. Last season Bamberg was a force to be reckoned with and although that did not directly translate to Euroleague wins, it showed the potential locked up in the club, which the fans in Bamberg hope will be unleashed in its fourth Euroleague campaign.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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