Club Profile: Aris Thessaloniki

Sep 08, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club Profile: Aris Thessaloniki
Aris Thessaloniki is back in the Eurocup for the first time since 2012 after reaching the Greek League semifinals last season. A classic team in European basketball by all means, Aris Thessaloniki played a crucial role in the development of Greek basketball and making the sport what it is now in the country. Aris founded its basketball section in 1922 and by 1930 won its first league title. It took Aris nearly 50 years to repeat that success; it claimed its second league title in 1979. With Nikos Galis and Panagiotis Giannakis as its superstars, Aris established itself as a pillar of Greek basketball, won 81 consecutive domestic games between 1985 and 1988 and reached the 1985 Korac Cup semifinals. Aris won the Greek League and Cup doubles in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and also took Greek basketball another step forward by reaching three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours in those three years. After another Greek League championship in 1991 and a Greek Cup in 1992, Aris won its first European trophy – the Saporta Cup – in 1993. The club added the Korac Cup trophy in 1997 and another Greek Cup in 1998. Several quieter years followed, but Aris bounced back by winning the FIBA Champions Cup in 2003 and the Greek Cup in 2004. Aris was close to a fourth different European title in 2006, but lost the ULEB Cup final against Dynamo Moscow. The club returned to the Euroleague soon after and made two consecutive trips to the Euroleague Top 16 in 2007 and 2008. Aris went all the way to the Eurocup Quarterfinals in 2009-10, but was swept by soon-to-be champ Power Electronics Valencia. The club reached the Eurocup Last 16 in 2011 and 2012 - and now returns to the competition ready to live up to its tradition.