Pallacanestro Varese

Openjobmetis Varese
Leagues LBA
Champions League
Founded 1945
History Pallacanestro Varese
Arena Palasport Lino Oldrini
Arena Capacity 5,300
Location Varese, Italy
Team colors White, Red
President Stefano Coppa
Head coach Paolo Moretti
Championships 10 Italian Leagues
4 Italian Cups
1 Italian Supercup
3 Intercontinental Cups
5 EuroLeagues
2 Saporta Cups

Pallacanestro Varese, also called by its current sponsor's name, the Openjobmetis Varese, is an Italian professional basketball club based in Varese, Lombardy. Founded in 1945, the team plays in the Italian first division LBA.

For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names.


Basketball was introduced in Varese in 1945, with the creation of the historical club, Pallacanestro Varese. The first sponsors were introduced 8 years later in 1954, including Storm and Ignis, followed by Emerson, Turisanda, Cagiva, Star, Ciaocrem, Divarese, Ranger, Metis, Whirlpool, and the most recent, Cimberio. Varese is also famous due to the lack of its having a main sponsor in the mid-1990s (something unusual in the Italian basketball league), and the choice of its franchise name, the Varese Roosters.

Since their creation, Pallancanestro Varese has won 10 Italian first-tier level LBA titles, in the years 1961, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, and their last Italian League title, won 21 years after the previous title, in 1999. With 10 titles, Varese is the third most winning team ever in the Italian League, after Olimpia Milano and Virtus Bologna.

As it is shown by its roll of honors, Varese was extremely competitive in the 1970s, when the club played in the European-wide first-tier level FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague), and played in ten finals in a row, winning 5 of them, in the years 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1976. Between 1970 and 1975, the club was named Ignis Varese. What was the club's golden age had begun some years before, as Varese conquered the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 1966, and repeated the same title 4 and 7 years later, in the middle of the club's greatest decade in 1970 and 1973. Varese accomplished the great feat of winning the Triple Crown, winning all the trophies available in 1973, with the legendary Professor Aca Nikolić as the team's head coach. Varese also won two championships of the European-wide first-tier level FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup, in 1967 and 1980, and four Italian Cups, in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1973.

Varese's great age ended in the early nineties, when the team dropped down to the Italian second division. Soon, the club took its revenge, coming up once again to the Italian top-tier level league, and after 5 years time became the real team to watch in the Italian League's playoffs, as it succeeded in winning its historical 10th Italian League title in 1999, with Carlo Recalcati (who later coached the Italian national team), leading the way as the club's head coach. Varese has never repeated that triumph so far, but that success is still remembered to this day. Varese has been trying to return to the top of the Italian League and European-wide competitions in the years since.

Current roster

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

Openjobmetis Varese roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Age
PF 0 United States Davies, Brandon 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 25 – (1991-07-25)25 July 1991
F/C 1 Senegal Faye, Mouhammad 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 31 – (1985-09-14)14 September 1985
PG 2 United States Wayns, Maalik 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 25 – (1991-05-02)2 May 1991
PG 6 Lithuania Varanauskas, Ovidijus 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 25 – (1991-02-23)23 February 1991
F/C 8 Italy Molinaro, Lorenzo 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 24 – (1992-09-16)16 September 1992
G 9 Serbia Avramović, Aleksa 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 22 – (1994-10-25)25 October 1994
PG 10 Italy Cavaliero, Daniele 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 32 – (1984-01-10)10 January 1984
SF 11 Canada Shepherd, Jevohn 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 30 – (1986-04-08)8 April 1986
F/C 12 Italy Campani, Luca 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 26 – (1990-02-18)18 February 1990
F 21 Italy Ferrero, Giancarlo 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 28 – (1988-08-29)29 August 1988
G/F 43 United States Thompson, Mychel 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 28 – (1988-06-01)1 June 1988
G 55 United States Galloway, Ramon 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 25 – (1991-02-10)10 February 1991
F 14 Estonia Kangur, Kristjan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 34 – (1982-10-23)23 October 1982
Head coach
  • Italy Attilio Caja
Assistant coach(es)
  • Italy Ugo Ducarello
  • Italy Matteo Jemoli

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured

Updated: September 14, 2015


Total titles: 26

Domestic competitions

Italian League

Italian Cup

Italian Supercup

European competitions

FIBA European Champions Cup

FIBA Saporta Cup

FIBA Korać Cup

Worldwide competitions

FIBA Intercontinental Cup


Triple Crown

International record

Season Achievement Notes
1964–65 Semi-finals eliminated by CSKA Moscow, 57-58 (L) in Varese and 67-69 (L) in Moscow
1969–70 Champions defeated CSKA Moscow, 79-74 in the final of European Champions Cup in Sarajevo
1970–71 Final lost to CSKA Moscow, 53-67 in the final (Antwerp)
1971–72 Champions defeated Jugoplastika, 70-69 in the final of European Champions Cup in Tel Aviv
1972–73 Champions defeated CSKA Moscow, 71-66 in the final of European Champions Cup in Liège
1973–74 Final lost to Real Madrid, 82-84 in the final (Nantes)
1974–75 Champions defeated Real Madrid, 79-66 in the final of European Champions Cup in Antwerp
1975–76 Champions defeated Real Madrid, 81-74 in the final of European Champions Cup in Geneva
1976–77 Final lost to Maccabi Elite, 77-78 in the final (Belgrade)
1977–78 Final lost to Real Madrid, 67-75 in the final (Munich)
1978–79 Final lost to Bosna, 93-96 in the final (Grenoble)
Saporta Cup
1966–67 Champions defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv, 77-67 (W) in Varese and 67-68 (L) in Tel Aviv in the double final of European Cup Winner's Cup
1967–68 Semi-finals eliminated by AEK, 78-60 (W) in Varese and 52-72 (L) in Athens
1979–80 Champions defeated Gabetti Cantù, 90-88 in the final of European Cup Winner's Cup in Milan
1980–81 Semi-finals eliminated by Squibb Cantù, 84-94 (L) in Varese and 65-78 (L) in Cantù
Korać Cup
1984–85 Final lost to Simac Milano, 78–91 in the final (Brussels)
1985–86 Semi-finals eliminated by Mobilgirgi Caserta, 84-71 (W) in Varese and 75-91 (L) in Caserta
1995–96 Quarter-finals eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 72-81 (L) in Varese and 89-90 (L) in Milan
2002–03 Quarter-finals eliminated by Adecco Estudiantes, 59-77 (L) in Madrid and 88-101 (L) in Varese
2003–04 Quarter-finals eliminated by Real Madrid, 67-68 (L) in Madrid and 57-62 (L) in Varese
Intercontinental Cup
1966 Champions defeated Corinthians 66-59 in the final of Intercontinental Cup in Madrid
1967 Final lost to Akron Wingfoots, 72–78 in the final (Rome)
1970 Champions Intercontinental Cup Champions with a 4-0 record in a league tournament in Varese
1973 Champions Intercontinental Cup Champions with a 3-1 record in a league tournament in São Paulo
1974 Runners-up Runners-up with a 4-1 record in a league tournament in Mexico City
1975 5th place 5th place with a 2-3 record in a league tournament in Varese
1976 Runners-up Runners-up with a 4-1 record in a league tournament in Buenos Aires
1977 Runners-up Runners-up with a 3-2 record in a league tournament in Madrid
1978 4th place 4th place with a 1-3 record in a league tournament in Buenos Aires
1979 3rd place 3rd place with a 2-2 record in a league tournament in São Paulo
McDonald's Championship
1999 4th place 4th place in Milan, lost to San Antonio Spurs 86-96 in the semi-final, lost to Žalgiris 78-97 in the 3rd place game

Notable players

Notable coaches

Sponsorship names

Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:[1]

  • Storm (1954–56)
  • Ignis (1956–75)
  • Mobilgirgi (1975–78)
  • Emerson (1978–80)
  • Turisanda (1980–81)
  • Cagiva (1981–83)
  • Star (1983–84)
  • Ciao Crem (1984–85)
  • Divarese (1985–89)
  • Ranger (1989–92)

  • Cagiva (1992–97)
  • No name sponsorship (1997–99)
  • Varese Roosters (1999–01)
  • Metis (2001–04)
  • Casti Group (2004–05)
  • Whirlpool (2005–07)
  • Cimberio (2007–2014)
  • OpenjobMetis (2014–present)

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacturer
1997–1999 Kappa
1999–2001 Reebok
2002–2003 (unspecified)
2003–2006 Macron[2]
2006-2008 Nike
2008–2010 Aries
2010–2014 Macron[2]
2014–2015 Adidas
2015–2016 Spalding

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