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Alba Berlin
2019–20 Alba Berlin season
Alba Berlin logo
NicknameBerlin Albatrosse
LeaguesBasketball Bundesliga
Founded1991; 28 years ago (1991)
HistoryAlba Berlin
ArenaMercedes-Benz Arena
LocationBerlin, Germany
Team colorsYellow, Navy, Blue
PresidentDieter Hauert
Team managerMarco Baldi
Head coachAíto García Reneses
Championships1 FIBA Korać Cup
8 German Championships
9 German Cups
3 German Champions Cups
Retired numbers2 (4, 12)

Alba Berlin, (also Berlin Albatrosse), is a prominent German professional basketball club that is based in Berlin, Germany. The club was founded in 1991, and is today the largest German national basketball club by membership figures. Alba Berlin hosts its home games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin and competes in the German League and the EuroLeague or the EuroCup.

After winning eight German Championships, nine German Cups, three German Supercups, and the FIBA Korać Cup in 1995, ALBA Berlin is considered to be the most successful German basketball team, both domestically and internationally. With an average attendance of more than 10,000 fans per game in a season, it is also one of the most popular basketball clubs in Europe. In 2013, ALBA was portrayed in the ESPN documentary series Basketball Capitals. In 2014, the club was the first German basketball team to beat a reigning NBA champion, the San Antonio Spurs.


1991–2000: Foundation and first championships[edit]

Alba Berlin traces its history back to the BG Charlottenburg, a basketball club in western Berlin which was founded in 1989. In 1991, when the global recycling company, Alba AG, agreed to a significant basketball sponsorship, BG Charlottenburg changed its name to Alba Berlin.

Shortly thereafter, under the direction of head coach Faruk Kulenović, Alba Berlin became runner-up at the German Championship. In 1993, the Serbian Svetislav Pešić took over as coach, and the club gained successes that no other German basketball team had previously accomplished. Winning the Korać Cup in 1995 was the first international title of a German club team in basketball.

In 1996, shortly after moving the club from the Sömmeringhalle to the Max-Schmeling-Halle, Alba Berlin finally beat series champion Bayer Leverkusen and won its long-awaited first German Championship. In addition to winning the Korać Cup and other successes at the European level, in his seven-year career as head coach, Pešić won four German championships and one German Cup.

2000–2008: Professionalization and national success[edit]

The Max-Schmeling-Halle was the team's home arena from 1996 until 2008

Under head coach Emir Mutapčić the team recorded three German championships and two German Cup victories, but particularly at the European level no significant progress could be made. As a reaction to the time without titles, the team was largely rebuilt for each new season. In 2004 and 2005, Berlin eventually was kicked out of the national playoffs semi-final series. Organizationally, the club created the new position of team manager, which was occupied by Henning Harnisch. Further, the professional section of the club was transformed into a GmbH on 1 September 2005.

In the season 2005–06, under new coach Henrik Rödl, Alba Berlin won another German Cup. As winner of the regular season, the team advanced to the finals series of the championship, in which they lost to RheinEnergie Köln. Köln was coached by Saša Obradović, who had helped Berlin win the FIBA Korać Cup in 1995. The following season, 2006–07, however, Berlin was once again winner of the regular season but was eliminated in the quarter finals by the Artland Dragons. This event triggered the dismissal of Rödl and the signing of a new head coach Luka Pavićević, followed by another major remodeling of the team. After injury problems in the preparation and the course of the season the season 2007–08, (including the loss of Goran Jeretin for the entire season and Aleksandar Rašić for the play-offs) in January 2008 Berlin took advantage of the insolvency of the Cologne 99ers and signed their major players Immanuel McElroy and Aleksandar Nađfeji. Led by the league MVP Julius Jenkins, the team was superior to all other competitors in the play-offs and won the championship again after five-year hiatus.

In the 2003–04 season, Berlin achieved its last master qualification to participate in the highest European League, the EuroLeague. Between the seasons 2004–05 and 2007–08, the team was able to present itself "only" in ULEB Cup, the second-highest European league. Here, only in the 2006–07 season the team made it beyond the first round and where it was eliminated in the second round.

2008–present: Current era[edit]

Alba logo used till 2015[2]

With the move into the new 14,500-seat O2 World Berlin, the then reigning champion Alba Berlin opened a new chapter in the club's history. Berlin was the first team in German history to ever average more than 7,000 fans in attendance per game. Thus, Alba's manager Marco Baldi and Supervisory Board chairman, Axel Schweitzer, decided to take the next step towards a permanent presence in international competition and appropriate presentation options. The Anschutz Group, owner of the O2 World Berlin, and Alba Berlin agreed to a 15-year contract until 2023, with an option for another ten years.

As the reigning German champion, Alba participated in the 2008–09 Euroleague. There, the team reached the Top 16, where it could not hold its ground against European elite clubs like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Yet, Alba had Europe's highest attendance at 11,264 spectators in the O2 World Berlin. In addition, the club gathered 14,800 spectators in the main round home game against Union Olimpija, a record crowd at a European Cup game in Germany. While at the national level in the cup final, Alba defeated Baskets Bonn. Later, Alba was beaten by the same team in the play-off semi-final series in five games.

In 2009 and 2015, the manager of Alba Berlin, Marco Baldi, was honored by Euroleague Basketball Company executives with the EuroLeague Executive of the Year Award.[3]

On 8 October 2014 Alba Berlin defeated the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, 94–93, on a buzzer beater by Jamel McLean.[4]

In the 2014–15 season, Alba returned to the EuroLeague and reached the Top 16. In the Bundesliga, the team had another disappointing season: the team finished in second place but was eliminated in the semifinals. In the 2015–16 season, Alba had one of its worst seasons in history as the team managed to finish only in 7th place in the regular season, though Alba managed to win the German Cup. In the playoffs, the team was eliminated in the quarterfinals. In the 2016–2017 season, the same thing repeated – a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Bundesliga. The 2017–2018 season, though, was the best in recent memory – Alba returned to the finals, losing only to FC Bayern Munich (basketball). Alba also had a one of the better Eurocup campaigns of the past years, being closest to the playoffs in years.

In the 2018–2019 season, Alba had some of its greatest success in more than a decade, as they not only played in the Bundesliga finals for the second year in a row, but also managed to reach the 2019 EuroCup Finals, where they ultimately lost the series 1–2 to Valencia Basket. Two of Alba's players, Rokas Giedraitis, and Luke Sikma (who was also named the league's MVP), were selected to the All-EuroCup First Team, while the team's coach, Aíto García Reneses, was named the Eurocup Coach of the Year. The club also set the season's record for highest attendance, with 12,945 spectators in a finals game against Valencia, which Alba won 95–92.


Retired numbers[edit]

Alba Berlin retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure
4 Germany Henrik Rödl SF 1993–2004
12 United States Wendell Alexis PF 1996–2002

Current roster[edit]

Alba Berlin roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 3 United States Siva, Peyton 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 28 – (1990-10-24)24 October 1990
SF 5 Germany Giffey, Niels 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 28 – (1991-06-08)8 June 1991
G 9 Germany Mattisseck, Jonas 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 19 – (2000-01-16)16 January 2000
PF 10 Germany Schneider, Tim 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 22 – (1997-09-01)1 September 1997
G 15 Iceland Hermannsson, Martin 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 25 – (1994-09-16)16 September 1994
G/F 25 Germany Ogbe, Kenneth 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 24 – (1994-11-16)16 November 1994
SF 31 Lithuania Giedraitis, Rokas 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 27 – (1992-08-16)16 August 1992
C 32 Germany Thiemann, Johannes Injured 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1994-02-09)9 February 1994
C 35 Cameroon Nnoko, Landry 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 25 – (1994-04-09)9 April 1994
PF 43 United States Sikma, Luke 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 30 – (1989-07-30)30 July 1989
PG 44 Serbia Peno, Stefan Injured 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 22 – (1997-08-03)3 August 1997
G 1 Germany Mason, Makai 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 24 – (1995-05-04)4 May 1995
SG 8 Sweden Eriksson, Marcus 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 25 – (1993-12-05)5 December 1993
PF 34 United States Cavanaugh, Tyler 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 25 – (1994-02-09)9 February 1994
Head coach
  • Spain Aíto García Reneses
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Israel González

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 10 August 2019

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Landry Nnoko Tyler Cavanaugh Johannes Thiemann Injured
PF Luke Sikma Tim Schneider
SF Rokas Giedraitis Niels Giffey Kenneth Ogbe
SG Marcus Eriksson Jonas Mattisseck
PG Peyton Siva Martin Hermannsson Makai Mason Stefan Peno Injured

Squad changes for the 2019-2020 season[edit]


Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
Germany G Makai Mason (from United States Baylor Bears)
Sweden G/F Marcus Eriksson (from Spain Gran Canaria)
United States F Tyler Cavanaugh (from United States Utah Jazz)


Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Germany PG Joshiko Saibou (to Germany Telekom Baskets Bonn)
7 United States PG Derrick Walton Jr.
22 Germany F Franz Wagner (to United States Michigan Wolverines)
33 United States C Dennis Clifford (to Bosnia and Herzegovina Igokea)

Season by season[edit]

The Merces-Benz Arena is the host venue for Alba Berlin
Alba Berlin vs the Dallas Mavericks in 2012
Season Tier League Pos. German Cup European competitions
1991–92 1 Bundesliga 2nd 2 European Cup RS
1992–93 1 Bundesliga 2nd 3 Korać Cup RS
1993–94 1 Bundesliga 3rd 3 Korać Cup RS
1994–95 1 Bundesliga 2nd 3 Korać Cup C
1995–96 1 Bundesliga 2nd Semi-finalist 3 Korać Cup QF
1996–97 1 Bundesliga 1st Champion 1 Euroleague RS
1997–98 1 Bundesliga 1st 1 Euroleague QF
1998–99 1 Bundesliga 1st Champion 1 Euroleague RS
1999–00 1 Bundesliga 1st Runner-up 1 Euroleague RS
2000–01 1 Bundesliga 1st 1 SuproLeague QF
2001–02 1 Bundesliga 1st Champion 1 Euroleague RS
2002–03 1 Bundesliga 1st Champion 1 Euroleague RS
2003–04 1 Bundesliga 3rd 1 Euroleague RS
2004–05 1 Bundesliga 3rd 2 ULEB Cup RS
2005–06 1 Bundesliga 2nd Champion 2 ULEB Cup RS
2006–07 1 Bundesliga 5th 2 ULEB Cup RS
2007–08 1 Bundesliga 1st Fourth place 2 ULEB Cup RS
2008–09 1 Bundesliga 3rd Champion 1 Euroleague T16
2009–10 1 Bundesliga 6th Quarter-finalist 1 Euroleague QR2
2 Eurocup RU
2010–11 1 Bundesliga 2nd Quarter-finalist 1 Euroleague QR3
2 Eurocup RS
2011–12 1 Bundesliga 5th Quarter-finalist 1 Euroleague QR2
2 Eurocup RS
2012–13 1 Bundesliga 5th Champion 1 Euroleague T16
2013–14 1 Bundesliga 2nd Champion 2 Eurocup QF
2014–15 1 Bundesliga 3rd Third place 1 Euroleague T16
2015–16 1 Bundesliga 7th Champion 2 Eurocup T16
2016–17 1 Bundesliga 6th Third place 2 EuroCup T16
2017–18 1 Bundesliga 2nd Runner-up 2 EuroCup T16
2018–19 1 Bundesliga 2nd Runner-up 2 EuroCup RU


Total Titles: 20

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2007–08
Winners: 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
Winners: 2008, 2013, 2014

European competitions[edit]

Winners: 1994–95
Runners-up: 2009–10, 2018–19 (finalist)

Games against NBA teams[edit]

6 October 2012
Alba Berlin Germany 84–89 United States Dallas Mavericks
8 October 2014
Alba Berlin Germany 94–93 United States San Antonio Spurs

The road to 1995 FIBA Korać Cup victory[edit]

Round Opponent club   Home     Away  
2nd Hungary ZTE 79–59 76–60
Top 32 France JDA Dijon 106–88 81–72
Top 16 France Pau-Orthez 82–101 80–78
Italy Birex Verona 76–66 74–87
Spain Estudiantes Argentaria 107–80 63–65
QF Italy Filodoro Bologna 77–73 80–80
SF Spain Cáceres 93–70 74–72
F Italy Stefanel Milano 85–79 87–87

Hall of Fame[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Alba Berlin's home games at Mercedes-Benz Arena (formerly O2 World) are among the most attended of any European basketball club.



North American:

Head coaches[edit]

Home arenas[edit]

Alba Dancers in 2013


Name sponsor Germany ALBA SE[5]
Shirt sponsor China ZhongDe Metal Group[5]
Sport clothing manufacturer Germany Adidas AG[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stadiums in Germany, Berlin Archived 6 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Club Executive of the Year: Marco Baldi, Alba Berlin
  4. ^ "VIDEO: Spurs lose to Alba Berlin at the buzzer". CBS Sports. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Partner-Übersicht Alba Berlin Basketballteam, Retrieved 30 September 2015. (in German)

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