One of German basketball’s proudest clubs, Telekom Baskets Bonn, is back in the Eurocup for just the second time since 2005and eager to make its return a memorable one. Last season, Bonn reached the German League playoffs for the second consecutive season and made it to the FIBA EuroChallenge quarterfinals before losing against eventual champion Krasnye Krylia Samara. Telekom Baskets Bonn was founded in 1992 as a fusion of two traditional basketball clubs in Bonn, Godesberger TV and Fortuna Bonn, which had been active since the 1970s. It was founded as BG Bonn 92, later switched its name to Post SV Bonn and then to the current Telekom Baskets Bonn when German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom became its main sponsor in 1995. Since climbing to the top division in Germany in 1996, Bonn has made the playoffs 15 times in 17 years and has reached the finals five times. It took Telekom Baskets little time to establish itself among the premier clubs in Germany. Part of its success is thanks to a passionate public, as the majority of its home games in the former West Germany Republic capital are sold out. In fact, Telekom Baskets holds part of the German attendance record for a domestic basketball game. On April 7, 2000, the fixture between Telekom Baskets Bonn and Alba Berlin in the Cologne Arena drew an amazing 18,518 spectators. Despite the young age of the club, its European tradition is impressive. Bonn played in the Korac Cup twice in the early years and then reached the Saporta Cup quarterfinals three times between 1999 and 2002. While Bonn has had unquestionable success domestically, it failed to get into the ULEB Cup elimination rounds in any of its first three seasons in the competition – 2003, 2004 and 2005 – though it did finish just a basket short in the last of those seasons. The next few seasons saw the club regroup and that paid off in 2009 when the likes of Winsome Frazier, E.J. Rowland, Brandon Bowman and John Bowler helped the team to the EuroChallenge quarterfinals and to upset defending champion Alba Berlin in the German League semifinals. A classic finals series against EWE Oldenburg went the distance before Bonn lost by a single point in the final seconds. In 2009-10, Bonn did not go past the Eurocup regular season and had an early exit in the German playoffs. Bonn bounced back from an underwhelming 2010-11 season by reaching the German Cup final in 2011-12. Last season Bonn took another step forward and comes into a new year with great ambition. With its trademark pink jerseys, a strong fan base and enthusiasm to be back in the competition, Bonn hopes to have a strong Eurocup comeback.