Club Profile: Umana Reyer Venice

Jul 27, 2020 by Print
Club Profile: Umana Reyer Venice

Umana Reyer Venice is back in the 7DAYS EuroCup for the second straight season - and third overall. Over the past few years, Venice has emerged as one of Italy's strongest teams. After having won the 2019 Italian League crown, Reyer started the EuroCup campaign with a home loss in a defensive battle against Partizan NIS Belgrade. Round 2 was a 14-point road loss against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. It was the last time Reyer would lose in the competition for a while. The club took advantage of its home court and beat Tofas Bursa by 11 points in Round 3 and knocked off Limoges CSP 93-85 to start a winning streak. Reyer followed with road wins against Rytas Vilnius and Partizan to improve to 4-2. The streak continued with a home win over Lokomotiv and back-to-back road victories over Tofas and Limoges before a 76-74 home triumph against Rytas for an 8-2 mark and first place in Group B. The Top 16 started with a 98-87 loss at EWE Baskets Oldenburg to end the winning streak. Reyer then notched back-to-back wins versus Germani Brescia Leonessa and at Promitheas Patras but then had its worst game of the competition in Round 4, losing at home 52-70 versus Promitheas. Reyer bounced back nicely to beat Oldenburg at home and Brescia away to grab second place in Group F with a 4-2 mark. Reyer was due to face Unicaja Malaga in the quarterfinals before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the end of the season. Reyer edged top-seeded Segafredo Virtus Bologna in overtime 82-81 in the Italian Cup quarterfinals and then AX Armani Exchange Milan 67-63 to reach the final. There, a 73-67 victory over Happy Casa Brindisi secured the club its first Italian Cup crown. Reyer grabbed the title after having lost the Italian SuperCup final 83-80 in overtime to Banco di Sardegna Sassari. In the Italian League, Reyer was a force at home with a 9-2 mark at the Palasport Talierocio, but the team slumped to a 2-8 record away for an 11-10 record and seventh place in the standings when the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reyer will attempt to build on its success this season.


2019-20 EuroCup 12-4 Quarterfinals (canceled)
2015-16 EuroCup 6-10 Last 32

TOTAL: 32 18-14

Founded in 1872 as a gymnastics club, Societa Sportiva Costantino Reyer 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 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 and in 2015-16 its growing trend was confirmed with a berth in the 7DAYS EuroCup. Little by little, Reyer became a perennial title contender in Italy and finally won the 2016-17 domestic league, followed by a 2017-18 FIBA Europe Cup crown. In 2018-19, the team had a strong domestic season and qualified for the playoffs, where it played all of the possible 17 games in the quarterfinals, semifinals and final to finally lift another Italian League trophy. The 2019-20 campaign saw Reyer reach the EuroCup Quarterfinals, which were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The club added another highlight by defeating Brindisi 73-67 in the Italian Cup final to win the trophy for the first time. Reyer was bound for the Italian League playoffs too before the season was called off. This season, with a rich cast of characters who have led Reyer to its current golden era returning, the club will look to continue making history.

Trophy Case

FIBA Europe Cup: 2018
Italian National League: (4) 1942, 1943, 2017, 2019
Italian National Cup: 2020