Club Profile: Umana Reyer Venice

Aug 21, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club Profile: Umana Reyer Venice

Reyer Venice Mestre is set to make its first appearance in a European competition in more than three decades by playing in the 2015-16 Eurocup. Venice comes off a great season, in which it ranked second in the Italian League regular season with a 22-8 record. The club reached the semifinals in the playoffs, but fell to Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 3-4 in an exciting best-of-seven series. Venice is one of the oldest sports clubs in the world. It was founded in 1872 as a gymnastics club, Societa Sportiva Costantino Reyer, and opened its basketball section in 1925. Venice won its first Italian League title in 1942 and managed to defend it in 1943, led by Coach Carmelo Vidal. The club ranked second in 1946, but could not match its great results after World War II and by 1957 Venice went down to the Italian second division. The club returned to the first division in the 1960s and placed fourth in 1969, 1972 and 1974. It made its European competitions debut in the 1976-77 Korac Cup. By the 1980-81 season, Venice had a powerful roster led by an elite foreign duo: Drazen Dalipagic and Spencer Haywood. The club went all the way to the Korac Cup final before losing in overtime against Joventut Badalona, 105-104. Venice stayed competitive through the 1980s and the early 1990s, but the club went bankrupt in 1996 and had to start all the way from the Italian fifth division in 1997. By the end of the 2010-11 season, Venice was granted a spot in the Italian first division, thus completing a sensational return to elite basketball. Venice made it to the Italian League playoffs in 2012 and 2013 but it wasn't until last season when everything clicked and it came within one win of the finals. The future looks brighter than ever for Venice, as it gets ready for its Eurocup debut.

2014-15 Results - Italian League: semifinalist, Italian Cup: quarterfinals.