Bayer Giants Leverkusen
|Bayer Giants Leverkusen|
|History||TuS Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1961–1983|
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1983–2000
Bayer Giants Leverkusen
|Arena||Wilhelm Dopatka Halle|
|Location||Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia|
|Championships||14 German Championships |
10 German Cup
Based on the number of titles, Leverkusen is the most successful team in the history of German Basketball. In 2009, the Bayer company cut down sponsorship and the club went down to Germany's ProB (third division) to restructure. The license for the Basketball Bundesliga was transferred to the newly formed Giants Düsseldorf.
Founded as TuS Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 1961, the club moved up to first division Basketball Bundesliga in 1968. The club won 5 national championships and 4 German Cups as TuS 04 Leverkusen before it changed its name and continued its dominance as TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Until today, the club has won more national titles than any other German basketball team.
To the disdain of all of its supporters, in 2008 the Bayer company decided to make dramatic cuts in its sponsorship for the team and simply focus on its football operations and amateur athletics. This move forced the club's basketball team to cede its Basketball Bundesliga license to the newly formed Giants Düsseldorf and move down to Germany's 3rd Division Pro B to restructure.
In 2013, the club promoted to the ProA League.
Season by seasonEdit
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||German Cup||European competitions|
|1989–90||1||Bundesliga||1st||Champion||2 Cup Winners' Cup||R16|
|1990–91||1||Bundesliga||1st||Champion||1 Champions Cup||QF|
|1998–99||1||Bundesliga||4th||3 Korać Cup||GS|
|1999–00||1||Bundesliga||2nd||3 Korać Cup||GS|
|2000–01||1||Bundesliga||3rd||Third position||1 SuproLeague||RS|
|2001–02||1||Bundesliga||5th||3 Korać Cup||R16|
|2002–03||1||Bundesliga||8th||4 Regional Challenge Cup North||RU|
- Sold its place to Giants Düsseldorf.
- Winners (14): 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
- Winners (10): 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995
- Winners (1): 2013
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Bayer Giants Leverkusen roster|
Updated: 10 March 2020
- http://www.rp-online.de/bergischesland/leverkusen/nachrichten/leverkusen/Giants-Fants-buhen-Dezernenten-aus_aid_545344.html[permanent dead link]
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2010-03-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Team Homepage (in German)