2012-13 Pre-Draw Profile: Real Madrid

Jun 19, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
Real Madrid
2011-12 Results
Euroleague: Top 16
Spanish League: Finalist
Spanish Cup: Champion
Nikola Mirotic - Real Madrid
Nikola Mirotic
PROVISIONAL ROSTER
2012-13
FERNANDEZ, RUDY
G
POCIUS, MARTYNAS
F
SUAREZ, CARLOS
F
REYES, FELIPE
C
MIROTIC, NIKOLA
F
RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO
G
BEGIC, MIRZA
C
CARROLL, JAYCEE
G
LLULL, SERGIO
G
Head Coach: LASO, PABLO
The winningest team in European basketball is back for another Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with high hopes and expectations. Although Real Madrid did not match its great results from the 2010-11 Euroleague – when it reached the Euroleague Final Four for the first time since 1996 – Los Blancos enjoyed an extraordinary domestic season with their first domestic trophy in more than four years - the Spanish King's Cup. Madrid also reached the Spanish League finals and played a thrilling five-game series against archrivals FC Barcelona Regal, but came up short. For more than half a century, Madrid has been a reference in European basketball as it has accumulated a record eight continental titles based on its dominance in the 1960s. Its untouchable cache of 30 domestic league and 23 cup trophies says plenty about its status in Spanish basketball. Moreover, almost every time that Madrid has not played in Europe's top competition, it won a different continental club trophy - four Saporta Cups, a Korac Cup and a ULEB Cup between 1984 and 2007 – all as a stepping-stone back to the big time. Players like Emiliano Rodriguez, Clifford Luyk, Wayne Brabender, Walter Szczerbiak, Juan Antonio Corbalan, Drazen Petrovic, Arvydas Sabonis and Dejan Bodiroga have turned Real Madrid into one of the most celebrated basketball clubs in the world. Madrid won four Euroleague titles between 1964 and 1968 to establish itself as a European basketball juggernaut, and added more titles in 1974, 1978 and 1980. Even though it took the club 15 years to win it again, Madrid found success in other European competitions, too. Madrid downed Milano in the 1984 Cup Winners' Cup on last-second free throws by Brian Jackson, then Petrovic had 62 points in the 1989 Cup Winners' Cup final against Snaidero Caserta. Madrid added a 1988 Korac Cup title against Cibona and lifted a 1992 Saporta Cup trophy against PAOK on a buzzer-beating jumper by Ricky Brown. With Sabonis aboard, Madrid won its last Euroleague title in 1995 by beating Olympiacos in the final. Madrid won the 1997 Saporta Cup title against Verona and continued to find success at home with Spanish League titles in 2000 and 2005. In 2007, Louis Bullock and Felipe Reyes helped Madrid to a new trophy, the ULEB Cup, and the Spanish League crown for the 30th time by besting archrivals FC Barcelona 3-1 in the finals. In 2010-11, Madrid won its Euroleague Top 16 group and then downed Power Electronics Valencia in the playoffs to get back to the Final Four, but Maccabi Electra stood in its way to the title game. Its great run-and-gun style and strong results have seen Madrid increase its fan base with sellout crowds in critical Euroleague and Spanish League showdowns. Madrid will carry on growing in the 2012-13 season, especially after the contract extension of boss Pablo Laso, as the team will challenge for each and every trophy available – including, of course, a ninth continental crown.