2012-13 Club Profile: EA7 Emporio Armani Milano

Jun 19, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
EA7 - Emporio Armani Milano
2011-12 Results
Euroleague: Top 16
Italian League: Finalist
Italian Cup: Semifinals
Malik Hairston - EA7 Emporio Armani
Malik Hairston
PROVISIONAL ROSTER
2012-13
STIPCEVIC, ROK
G
BASILE, GIANLUCA
G
CHIOTTI, DAVID
F
HENDRIX, RICHARD
F
LANGFORD, KEITH
G
FERNANDEZ, JUAN
G
GIACHETTI, JACOPO
G
HAIRSTON, MALIK
F
FOTSIS, ANTONIS
F
COOK, OMAR
G
BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS
C
MELLI, NICOLO
F
GENTILE, ALESSANDRO
G
Head Coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Three-time Euroleague champion and eight-time European titlist EA7 – Emporio Armani Milano faces new challenges in the 2012-13 season; to become the new team to beat in Italy and to remain competitive in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. After all, with 25 Italian League crowns to go with its continental success, the top is clearly where this club belongs. Last season Milan reached the Euroleague Top 16 with a big road win in a make-or-break showdown against Partizan mt:s. A 0-3 start in the Top 16 prevented Milan from making it to the playoffs despite three consecutive wins. However Milan reached the Italian League finals and the Italian Cup semifinals, where it lost both times against perennial champion Montepaschi Siena. Milan seemed destined from 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 lifted the 1966 Euroleague title in front of its home fans. Milan added three Saporta Cup titles between 1971 and 1976 led by the likes of Art Kenney, Renzo Bariviera, Giorgio Giomo and head 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 91-78 in the 1985 Korac Cup final, while Aleksandar Djordjevic, Antonello Riva and Riccardo Pittis led Milan past Roma in the 1993 Korac title series. Milan reached its best moments with a classic team of stars like 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's last titles came as the team 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 it 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 to clinch that spot. The team also made it back to the Italian League finals, a feat it repeated again in 2010. The club went back to the Euroleague Top 16 last season, the first with Coach Sergio Scariolo leading the team. Milan invested heavily in experienced players who have now been together for one season already. Expect Milan to be an even tougher opponent looking for bigger challenges from here onward.