Club profile: Valencia Basket

Aug 13, 2019 by Print

Valencia Basket comes off one of the best seasons in club history in which it won its record fourth 7DAYS EuroCup title. Valencia finished atop its regular season group with an 8-2 record and was the only team to finish the six-game Top 16 undefeated, which allowed the Spanish powerhouse to have home-court advantage in all of its playoff series. Star center Bojan Dubljevic was chosen as the Top 16 MVP. Valencia swept its best-of-three playoff series against Rytas Vilnius and UNICS Kazan to reach the EuroCup Finals against ALBA Berlin. Valencia won Game 1 with great authority, 89-75, but ALBA not only won Game 2, but took a 0-11 lead in Game 3 at Pabellon Fuente de San Luis. Valencia kept its composure and ended up winning comfortably, 89-63, getting the party started in front of thousands of fans. Will Thomas was chosen as the EuroCup Finals MVP, Dubljevic earned All-EuroCup First team honors and Sam Van Rossom made it to the All-EuroCup Second team. Valencia also reached the Copa del Rey tournament and the Spanish League semifinals, but was eliminated by FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively - two of its opponents in the 2019-20 EuroLeague!


2017-18 Euroleague 12-18 Regular Season
2014-15 Euroleague 3-7 Regular Season
2010-11 Euroleague 10-11 Playoffs
2003-04 Euroleague 13-7 Top 16
TOTAL: 81 38-43


2018-19 EuroCup 20-3 Champion
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: 206 154-51-1

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 star 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-Gasteiz, 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. Valencia reached three finals in 2017; Coached by Pedro Martinez and with signature stars Rafa Martinez and Bojan Dubljevic, it lost against Real in the Copa del Rey title game and against Unicaja Malaga in the EuroCup Finals, but claimed its first Spanish League title by defeating Real in the finals with Dubljevic taking MVP honors. Back to the EuroLeague for 2017-18, the team failed to make the playoffs and also lost in the first round of the domestic playoffs. A comeback season was needed and that is what Valencia produced by winning its fourth EuroCup title. Valencia won 16 of its final 17 games and bested ALBA Berlin in the Finals to reclaim a EuroLeague spot. Will Thomas was chosen as the EuroCup Finals MVP while Dubljevic and Sam Van Rosson earned All-EuroCup honors. Valencia has all it takes to do well in the 2019-20 EuroLeague, as the club keeps growing behind its wonderful fan base.

Trophy Case

EuroCup: 2002-03, 2009-10, 2013-14, 2018-19
Spanish National League: 2016-17
Spanish National Cup: 1998
Spanish Supercup: 2017