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Lega Basket Serie A
Lega basket
Sport Basketball
Founded 1920
Number of teams 16
Country Italy
Current champions Montepaschi Siena
(6th title)
Official website LegaBasket.it Template:It icon

Lega Basket Serie A is the highest level club competition in Italian professional basketball where play determines the national champion. The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 30 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals and semifinals series are best-of-five, and the finals series is best-of-seven. The bottom two clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the eight-team playoff round winner of the second-level Legadue. The Italian League is one of the 3 "A" level ranked European domestic leagues in the ULEB League Rankings system.

History

The national basketball league was first organized for play in Italy in 1920. The first title was won by SEF Costanza Milano, and the team holding the record for title championships is Olimpia Milano, who have won 25 championships. Twenty different teams have won the championship since its inception. In recent years, the league has been dominated by a handful of teams:

  • Benetton Treviso, with five scudetti (league titles) since 1992.
  • Virtus Bologna, with five scudetti between 1993 and 2001.
  • Virtus' crosstown rivals Fortitudo (who dropped from the professional ranks in 2009); although only with two scudetti, they had an 11-year run from 1996 to 2006 in which they appeared in the championship series 10 times.
  • Montepaschi Siena, with five scudetti since 2004.

Until the 2000s, the Italian Championship was the most important national domestic league in Europe, but now the Spanish ACB League is considered to be stronger than Serie A. Nonetheless, the league is still considered to be one of the three premiere European pro national domestic basketball leagues, along with the Spanish ACB and the Greek A1 League.Template:Citation needed

Through the 2007–08 season, 18 teams competed; however, in September 2008, two clubs, Basket Napoli (not related to the current NSB Napoli, which moved from Rieti to Naples after the 2008–09 season) and Orlandina, were forcibly relegated from the professional ranks for financial irregularities and were not replaced for the 2008–09 season. Today, 16 teams compete in the highest level of play.

Arena standards

Currently, all clubs must play in arenas that seat at least 3,500 people. Starting with the 2011–12 season, clubs must play in arenas that seat at least 5,000 people.

2010–11 teams

Team City/Area Region Colours
Air Avellino Avellino Campania white/green
Angelico Biella Biella Piedmont white/blue
Armani Jeans Milano Milano Lombardy white/red
Bancatercas Teramo Teramo Abruzzo white/red
Banco di Sardegna Sassari Sassari Sardinia white/blue
Benetton Basket Bwin Treviso Treviso Veneto white/green
Bennet Cantù Cantù Lombardy white/blue
Canadian Solar Bologna Bologna Emilia-Romagna white/black
Cimberio Varese Varese Lombardy white/red
Enel Brindisi Brindisi Apulia white/blue
Fabi Shoes Montegranaro Montegranaro Marche yellow/blue
Lottomatica Roma Roma Lazio red/yellow/blue
Montepaschi Siena Siena Tuscany white/green
Pepsi Caserta Caserta Campania white/black
Scavolini Siviglia Style Pesaro Pesaro Marche white/red
Vanoli-Braga Cremona Cremona Lombardy blue/black

Champions

Season Champion Runner-up Champion's Coach
1948–49 Virtus Bologna Pallacanestro Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Renzo Poluzzi
1949–50 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1950–51 Borletti Milano Ginnastica Roma Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1951–52 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1952–53 Borletti Milano Virtus Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1953–54 Borletti Milano Gira Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1954–55 Minganti Bologna Ginnastica Triestina Template:Country Flag USA Larry Strong
1955–56 Minganti Bologna Borletti Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Vittorio Tracuzzi
1956–57 Simmenthal Milano Minganti Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1957–58 Simmenthal Milano Minganti Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1958–59 Simmenthal Milano Oransoda Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1959–60 Simmenthal Milano Oransoda Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1960–61 Ignis Varese Idrolitina Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Enrico Garbosi
1961–62 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1962–63 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1963–64 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Vittorio Tracuzzi
1964–65 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1965–66 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1966–67 Simmenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1967–68 Oransoda Cantù Ignis Sud Napoli Template:Country Flag YUG Borislav Stanković
1968–69 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Nico Messina
1969–70 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country Flag YUG Aza Nikolić
1970–71 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country Flag YUG Aza Nikolić
1971–72 Simenthal Milano Ignis Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Cesare Rubini
1972–73 Ignis Varese Simmenthal Milano Template:Country Flag YUG Aza Nikolić
1973–74 Ignis Varese Innocenti Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Alessandro Gamba
1974–75 Forst Cantù Ignis Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Arnaldo Taurisano
1975–76 Sinudyne Bologna Mobilgirgi Varese Template:Country Flag USA Dan Peterson
1976–77 Mobilgirgi Varese Sinudyne Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Alessandro Gamba
1977–78 Mobilgirgi Varese Sinudyne Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Nico Messina
1978–79 Sinudyne Bologna Billy Milano Template:Country Flag USA Terry Driscoll
1979–80 Sinudyne Bologna Gabetti Cantù Template:Country Flag USA Terry Driscoll
1980–81 Squibb Cantù Sinudyne Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Valerio Bianchini
1981–82 Billy Milano Scavolini Pesaro Template:Country Flag USA Dan Peterson
1982–83 Banco Roma Billy Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Valerio Bianchini
1983–84 Granarolo Bologna Simac Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Alberto Bucci
1984–85 Simac Milano Scavolini Pesaro Template:Country Flag USA Dan Peterson
1985–86 Simac Milano Mobilgirgi Caserta Template:Country Flag USA Dan Peterson
1986–87 Tracer Milano Mobilgirgi Caserta Template:Country Flag USA Dan Peterson
1987–88 Scavolini Pesaro Tracer Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Valerio Bianchini
1988–89 Philips Milano Enichem Livorno Template:Country Flag ITA Franco Casalini
1989–90 Scavolini Pesaro Ranger Varese Template:Country Flag ITA Sergio Scariolo
1990–91 Phonola Caserta Philips Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Franco Marcelletti
1991–92 Benetton Treviso Scavolini Pesaro Template:Country Flag YUG Petar Skansi
1992–93 Buckler Bologna Benetton Treviso Template:Country Flag ITA Ettore Messina
1993–94 Buckler Bologna Scavolini Pesaro Template:Country Flag ITA Alberto Bucci
1994–95 Buckler Bologna Benetton Treviso Template:Country Flag ITA Alberto Bucci
1995–96 Stefanel Milano Teamsystem Bologna Template:Country Flag FR Yugoslavia Bogdan Tanjević
1996–97 Benetton Treviso Teamsystem Bologna Template:Country Flag USA Mike D'Antoni
1997–98 Kinder Bologna Teamsystem Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Ettore Messina
1998–99 Pallacanestro Varese Benetton Treviso Template:Country Flag ITA Carlo Recalcati
1999-00 Paf Bologna Benetton Treviso Template:Country Flag ITA Carlo Recalcati
2000–01 Kinder Bologna Paf Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Ettore Messina
2001–02 Benetton Treviso Skipper Bologna Template:Country Flag USA Mike D'Antoni
2002–03 Benetton Treviso Skipper Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Ettore Messina
2003–04 Montepaschi Siena Skipper Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Carlo Recalcati
2004–05 Climamio Bologna Armani Jeans Milano Template:Country Flag CRO Jasmin Repeša
2005–06 Benetton Treviso Climamio Bologna Template:Country Flag ISR David Blatt
2006–07 Montepaschi Siena VidiVici Bologna Template:Country Flag ITA Simone Pianigiani
2007–08 Montepaschi Siena Lottomatica Roma Template:Country Flag ITA Simone Pianigiani
2008–09 Montepaschi Siena Armani Jeans Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Simone Pianigiani
2009–10 Montepaschi Siena Armani Jeans Milano Template:Country Flag ITA Simone Pianigiani
2010–11 Montepaschi Siena Bennet Cantù Template:Country Flag ITA Simone Pianigiani

Titles per club

Titles Club
25 Olimpia Milano
15 Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna
10 Pallacanestro Varese
6 ASSI Milano, Montepaschi Siena
5 Ginnastica Triestina, Pallacanestro Treviso
4 Ginnastica Roma
3 Pallacanestro Cantù
2 Reyer Venezia, Victoria Libertas Pesaro, Fortitudo Bologna
1 Costanza Milano, Internazionale Milano, Virtus Roma, Juvecaserta

Titles per city

City Titles Clubs
Milano 33 Olimpia Milano (25), ASSI Milano (6), Internazionale Milano (1),
SEF Costanza Milano (1)
Bologna 17 Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna (15), Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna (2)
Varese 10 Pallacanestro Varese (10)
Siena 6 Montepaschi Siena (6)
Trieste 5 Società Ginnastica Triestina (5)
Treviso 5 Benetton Pallacanestro Treviso (5)
Roma 5 Società Ginnastica Roma (4), Pallacanestro Virtus Roma (1)
Cantù 3 Pallacanestro Cantù (3)
Venezia 2 Reyer Venezia (2)
Pesaro 2 Victoria Libertas Pesaro (2)
Caserta 1 Juvecaserta Basket (1)


Finals appearances

NumTeamWL
34Olimpia Milano2014
24Virtus Bologna1212
20Pallacanestro Varese1010
10Fortitudo Bologna28
9Benetton Treviso54
6Scavolini Pesaro24
6Montepaschi Siena60
5Bennet Cantú32
3Juvecaserta Basket12
2Virtus Roma11
1Partenope Napoli01
1Libertas Livorno01

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