2016-17 Team Profile: ALBA Berlin

Aug 12, 2016 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2016-17 Team Profile: ALBA Berlin

ALBA Berlin comes off a streaky, up-and-down Eurocup campaign. Four consecutive regular season wins behind the play of Dragan Milosavljevic and Elmedin Kikanovic lifted ALBA to 4-1 record atop its regular season group, but the string of wins was followed by four straight losses. ALBA did reach the Last 32, where it used three big home wins - each by 14 points or more - against EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, Aris Thessaloniki and a do-or-die win over Neptunas Klaipeda to progress further. In the eighthfinals, ALBA played its archrival FC Bayern Munich to a rare 82-82 tie on its home floor in the opening leg of a two-game series. But a 9-point loss in the return leg finished ALBA’s Eurocup journey.


2014-15 Euroleague 11-13 Top 16
2012-13 Euroleague 8-16 Top 16
2008-09 Euroleague 4-12 Top 16
2003-04 Euroleague 3-11 Regular Season
2002-03 Euroleague 4-10 Regular Season
2001-02 Euroleague 3-11 Regular Season
TOTAL: 33-73


2015-16 Eurocup 8-9 Eighthfinal
2013-14 Eurocup 16-4 Quarterfinal
2011-12 Eurocup 6-6 Last 16
2010-11 Eurocup 7-5 Last 16
2009-10 Eurocup 11-5 Final
2007-08 ULEB Cup 4-5 Regular Season
2006-07 ULEB Cup 4-8 Eighthfinal
2005-06 ULEB Cup 3-7 Regular Season
2004-05 ULEB Cup 4-6 Regular Season
TOTAL: 63-55


Founded in 1989 as BG Charlottenburg, the club changed its name to ALBA two years later and soon started its string of success and its journey of becoming a top-class basketball organization widely respected around the continent. By raising the 1995 Korac Cup behind Sasa Obradovic, Teo Alibegovic and Coach Svetislav Pesic, ALBA became the first German team to win a European trophy. What followed was dominance on the home front as Berlin reeled off seven consecutive German League titles. Those triumphs also earned ALBA a regular spot in the Euroleague, with players like Wendell Alexis, Henrik Rodl and Marco Pesic playing major roles in the dynasty. ALBA made it to the Euroleague eighthfinals in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and reached the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague quarterfinals. In 2004, ALBA began a run of four straight seasons in the ULEB Cup, during which it made history by winning the longest game recorded in European club competition: a five-overtime 141-127 victory over KK Bosna in December 2007. The club won the German Cup in 2006, before winning the 2008 German League championship. In the 2008-09 Euroleague season, ALBA advanced to the Top 16 for the first time, and also lifted the German Cup that season. The following campaign, ALBA reached the 2010 Eurocup final – cheered on by fans that traveled by car and bus all the way from Berlin due to air traffic problems – but Valencia Basket ended their chances of seeing their team lift the trophy. Former player Obradovic took over as head coach in 2012 and guided ALBA to German Cup trophies in 2013 and 2014 and more success in the Eurocup. In the 2013-14 Eurocup, ALBA reached the quarterfinals with an outstanding 15-3 record as Reggie Redding was named to the All-Eurocup Second Team, but eventual champ Valencia stopped ALBA in the quarterfinals on point-difference. ALBA also made it back to the German League finals before losing to FC Bayern Munich. A year later, the team returned to Euroleague and registered Top 16 wins against FC Barcelona, Panathinaikos Athens and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv to finish the phase with a 7-7 record, but missed out on a Euroleague playoff berth on a tiebreaker. Last season ALBA won another German Cup by beating Bayern in Munich in a thrilling finale, but was eliminated in the German playoff quarterfinals. With new head coach Ahmet Caki on the sidelines, ALBA hopes for another big season.

Trophy Case

Korac Cup: 1995
German National League: 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08
German National Cup: 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016