Eurocup champion Valencia Basket comes off one of its best seasons ever and hopes to live up to its high standards in its Euroleague return. In each of its previous two Turkish Airlines Euroleague appearances – in 2003-04 and 2010-11 – the team was just one win away from the Final Four. Valencia battled injuries early in the 2013-14 season, but survived every critical situation. It downed Khimki Moscow Region – on a late shot by Pau Ribas, Alba Berlin and Nizhny Novgorod in the elimination rounds to storm into the Eurocup Finals against Unics Kazan. Valencia played its best basketball, led by Eurocup Finals MVP Justin Doellman, and swept the two-way series to become the first team to win three Eurocup titles. Valencia also reached the Copa del Rey and the Spanish League semifinals, but lost to FC Barcelona in each competition. It also posted a club-best 30-4 regular season record, too. 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 in epic fashion. Soon the then-called Pamesa Valencia became a regular in the Spanish playoffs. In Europe, Pamesa reached the Saporta Cup final twice, losing 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 title 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. Even though the club did not play the Euroleague again until 2010-11, it has had plenty of success in the Eurocup, reaching the semifinals in 2005 and making back-to-back trips to the Final Eight in 2007 and 2008. The 2009-10 season marked a new turning point. Coach Neven Spahija and his players Matt Nielsen, Nando De Colo and Victor Claver helped the then-called Power Electronics Valencia to its second Eurocup title over Alba Berlin 44-69 in the title game in Vitoria, Spain. The following season, Coach Svetislav Pesic arrived after a bad start in the Euroleague and led Valencia to a dream season that featured wins against Panathinaikos Athens, CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid, among others. Led by Dusko Savanovic, Omar Cook and De Colo, Valencia reached the Euroleague playoffs before losing to Madrid. Valencia followed that up by reaching the 2011-12 Eurocup title game, but BC Khimki stood in its way to the trophy. The club also reached the Spanish League semifinals for the second time in club history. Two years ago, Valencia reached the Eurocup semifinals, the Copa del Rey final and the Spanish League playoffs, setting the table for a historic 2013-14 season. Always ambitious and backed by a great crowd at Pabellon Fuente de San Luis, Valencia will be a tough opponent for every Euroleague foe.
Eurocup: 2002-03, 2009-10, 2013-14
Spanish National Cup: 1998