Club profile: Alba Berlin

Jul 01, 2014 by Print
Levon Kendall - Alba Berlin - EC13 (photo Radnicki)
Alba BerlinAlba Berlin returns to the Euroleague for just the third time in 10 years ready to keep its good momentum going. Alba comes off a strong 2013-14 Eurocup season, in which the team won both its regular season and Last 32 groups and swept Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari to reach the quarterfinals with an outstanding 15-3 record behind strong play from David Logan, Levon Kendall and All-Eurocup Second Team selection Reggie Redding. Valencia Basket Club ultimately stopped Alba in the quarterfinals on points differential. Alba made it to the German League finals for the first time since 2011 and lost to FC Bayern Munich. Historically speaking, with eight titles, Alba Berlin has been one of the best teams in the German League over the past two decades and just like last season, the Albatross have shown flashes of Eurocup brilliance as well. Alba became the first German team to win a European trophy when it raised the 1995 Korac Cup, which started a string of success that continues to produce. Sasa Obradovic, Teo Alibegovic and Coach Svetislav Pesic led Alba to that first European title. What followed was dominance on the home front as Berlin reeled off seven consecutive German League titles. Those triumphs also earned Alba a regular spot in the Euroleague, with players like Wendell Alexis, Henrik Rodl and Marco Pesic playing major roles in the dynasty. Alba made it to the Euroleague eighthfinals in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and reached the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague quarterfinals. Alba continued to be a dangerous opponent in the years to come, though it never found the way through to the Top 16. Berlin then began a run of four straight seasons in the ULEB Cup. It made history by winning one of the most exciting ULEB Cup games ever and the longest game recorded in European club competition: a five-overtime 141-127 victory over KK Bosna in December 2007. Alba was the German League regular season champion in 2006 and 2007 and won the German Cup in 2006. With Julius Jenkins and Bobby Brown running the show, Alba won the 2008 German League championship and returned to the Euroleague. In the 2008-09 Euroleague season, Alba finally advanced to the Top 16 for the first time. Alba also lifted the German Cup and its home court, the magnificent o2 World, was home to the 2009 Euroleague Final Four. The following season, Alba advanced to the 2010 Eurocup final – cheered on by fans that traveled by car and bus all the way from Berlin due to air traffic problems – but Valencia ended their chances of seeing their team lift the trophy. Fully established as a top-class basketball organization and widely respected all around the continent, Alba is always competitive and known as a tough team to beat, especially in its outstanding arena, with a sea of yellow fans offering relentless support. Its return to the Euroleague in another step in the club’s long string of success and lends a hand to the rise of German basketball in European competitions.
Eurocup: Quarterfinals
German League: Finalist
German Cup: Champion