It is impossible to talk about Eurocup history without mentioning its signature club, Valencia Basket. Entering the 2016-17 season, Valencia leads the all-time Eurocup standings in games played (159), wins (116), points (12,867), rebounds (5,246), assists (2,594), finals played (4) and of course with three titles (2003, 2010 and 2014). Founded in 1986, Valencia reached the top Spanish League in 1988, but did not stick for good until 1996. Two years later the team claimed its first success, 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, Pamesa 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 Pamesa 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, Pamesa 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 his 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 title game in Vitoria, 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 Khimki Moscow Region denied it another title. 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 Turkish Airlines Euroleague and ended up reaching the Eurocup quarterfinals and the Spanish League semifinals. Last season, Valencia had an early exit in the Eurocup but won 31 of its 40 Spanish League games in returning to the semifinals. Now Valencia enters the 2016-17 Eurocup as one of the top candidates to lift the trophy - just as always.
|Eurocup: 2002-03, 2009-10, 2013-14
|Spanish National Cup: 1998