2016-17 Team Profile: Valencia Basket

Sep 02, 2016 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2016-17 Team Profile: Valencia Basket

Valencia Basket paid a high price for some key losses on the road. Coached by Pedro Martinez, Valencia had an excellent start of the season; it went undefeated in both the Spanish League and the Eurocup for more than two months. Valencia recorded 28 consecutive wins, including 10 in Eurocup action, which allowed the team to finish the regular season undefeated. Limoges CSP stopped Valencia's unbelievable run with a shocking 72-92 road win in Last 32 Round 3. A rematch took place the following week and Limoges prevailed again, 82-67. These two losses forced Valencia to get one more win than Limoges in order to advance. Valencia went on to suffer a 75-72 road loss at PAOK Thessaloniki, which left the team with little chance to reach the elimination rounds. Despite a historic start, Valencia's Eurocup season ended sooner than everyone expected.


2014-15 Euroleague 3-7 Regular Season
2010-11 Euroleague 10-11 Playoffs
2003-04 Euroleague 13-7 Top 16
TOTAL: 26-25


2015-16 Eurocup 13-3 Last 32
2014-15 Eurocup 5-5 Quarterfinal
2013-14 Eurocup 15-9 Champion
2012-13 Eurocup 11-5 Semifinal
2011-12 Eurocup 12-4 Final
2009-10 Eurocup 14-2 Champion
2008-09 Eurocup 10-3 Quarterfinal
2007-08 ULEB Cup 10-5 Quarterfinal
2004-05 ULEB Cup 12-3-1 Semifinal
2002-03 ULEB Cup 14-4 Champion
TOTAL: 116-43-1


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.