Club Baloncesto Breogán, S.A.D.,[2] also known as Río Breogán for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Lugo, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB. The club was founded in 1966 by the Varela-Portas brothers. The team played for the first time in the Spanish top league in 1970. The name of the club is a reference to legendary Galician King Breogán. It is the most popular basketball club in Galicia, and it is also the Galician club with the most seasons and games in the top top tier of Spanish basketball[3] - Liga ACB - and European and Copa del Rey appearances in addition to that. Because of that, Breogán fans proudly nickname their team as ''O equipo de Galicia'' (in English: Galicia's team).

Río Breogán
NicknameBreo, O equipo de Galicia
LeaguesLiga ACB
Founded1966; 58 years ago (1966)
HistoryCB Breogán
ArenaPazo dos Deportes
LocationLugo, Spain
Team colorsSky blue and white
Main sponsorRío de Galicia, Estrella Galicia
PresidentJosé Antonio Caneda
Head coachVeljko Mršić
Championships3 LEB Oro championship
3 Copa Princesa
14 Copa Galicia
WebsiteOfficial website

Breogán jerseys have always been sky blue with details in details in white or dark blue. The shorts have been also traditionally sky blue, with the exception of some years that have been white too. Their home arena is the Pazo dos Deportes, an arena with a seating capacity of 5,310 people.[4] The Pazo has been one of the Top-10 European arenas in attendance and one of the first in relation to the city population.[citation needed] The current president of the team is José Antonio Caneda. Well-known players have included: Charlie Bell, Pete Mickeal, Velimir Perasović, José Miguel Antúnez, Alfonso Reyes, Tanoka Beard, Anthony Bonner, Claude Riley, James Donaldson, Greg Foster, James Feldeine, or, most recently, Džanan Musa, Ethan Happ and Justus Hollatz.

History edit

Breogán fans celebrating the promotion to Liga ACB in April 2018.

Founded in 1966, CB Breogán only needed five years to promote for the first time in its history to the Liga Nacional. It played in it from 1971 to 1977, except in the 1974–75 season, before dropping down again to lower divisions. Alfredo Pérez was the league's top scorer in both 1970-71 and 1972-73 seasons.[1] Breogán coexisted with another team from Lugo called La Casera for a while, and even though La Casera had more local players, Breogán was the whole city's preferred team because Lugo's population felt a lot more identified with the club. La Casera disappeared and a few of their players signed for Breogán afterwards.

Breogán had a bit of a rollercoaster journey between the top division and the lower leagues, and got promoted back to the now named Liga ACB in the 1983-84 season, and qualified for the Korać Cup after finishing in the sixth position in 1984-85, playing against Red Star Belgrade, Pallacanestro Varese and ASVEL Basket. Manel Sánchez, from Lugo, was the star of this team. The club got relegated in the 1986-87 season after the referees allowed Oximesa Granada to score the winning free throws despite the clock having run out of time before the foul. The incidents caused the closure of Breogán's arena and Breo had to play the remaining games in A Coruña, where it got relegated despite Lugo population's massive support filling up an arena 100 km away from home and Manel Sánchez being the league's top scorer. Season 1988-89 saw the club's return to Liga ACB once again, where they stayed until 1995, when it lost to against Valvi Girona and became relegated to Liga EBA. During this time, Manel Sánchez left the club for good, and Olympic medallist Velimir Perasović was brought as his substitute for the 1992-93 season, its first in the new arena, Pazo dos Deportes.

In 1999 the club returned once again to Liga ACB, an era which would last seven years. Great players like Anthony Bonner, former EuroLeague champion Nikola Lončar or Devin Davis played for the club during that time. They earned a European spot in the 2003-04 season, but ULEB Cup organisers decided to invite Real Madrid instead, even though they finished in a lower position than Breogán. 2004-05 season was defined by the arrival of one of Liga ACB's most talented players in the 21st century, Charlie Bell. His impressive performances for Breo earned him a move to the NBA for the following season. In the 2005-06 season, Breogán was the last qualified in the table despite having players such as Pete Mickeal or Alfonso Reyes and was relegated to LEB Oro in which would become the club's biggest absence from the top tier - 12 years -.

The club got in a very bad financial state, and was close to disappearing in the early 2010s. This became aggravated by the exit of former chairman Raúl López to become chairman at Obradoiro CAB, a move which kickstarted the rivalry between the two Galician sides. Obradoiro had only been at the Liga ACB for two season in their entire history when that happened. After failing to get promotion for many years, a playoff final loss against Club Ourense Baloncesto in 2015 the club went up by winning the LEB Oro in 2017-18.[5] Breogán signing Ray McCallum Jr. mid-season wasn't enough to secure safety and were relegated with only 9 games out of 34 games. In 2021, Breogán were promoted to the top tier of Spanish basketball once again after beating Granada in the final. Breogán lost away from home in the first game but managed to win the second one at home and the final one in the Andalusian city.

Breogán made a brilliant start to the 2021/22 season. After winning the Galician Cup against rivals Obradoiro CAB, they won their first two Liga ACB games and visited FC Barcelona Bàsquet as leaders. Although a defeat there would mean they were no longer at the top of the table, they completed a tremendous first half of the league, qualifying for the Copa del Rey de Baloncesto for the first time in over 30 years, in which they suffered a narrow defeat against finalists Real Madrid Baloncesto. In January, head coach Paco Olmos decided to leave the club following an offer from relegation-bound CB San Pablo Burgos and was substituted by Veljko Mršić. Breogán's push to make it to the play-offs was hampered by star-man Džanan Musa's injury against Bàsquet Manresa. Trae Bell-Haynes got injured one week later as well, which resulted in Breogán being out of Play-off contention, although they were always far from being involved in a relegation battle. Džanan Musa became one of Breogán's most legendary players in the 2021-22 season and won Liga ACB's MVP award for the season,[6] earning a move to Real Madrid.

Despite not being able to win the Basketball Champions League qualifiers at the beginning of the 2022-23 season, the Galicians managed to have another successful season, led by coach Veljko Mršić, despite maintaining only three players from the successful 2021-22 season, Erik Quintela, Sergi Quintela and Marko Luković. Key additions like Ethan Happ, Scott Bamforth, Toni Nakić and Justus Hollatz, who would later become a World Champion with Germany helped them to achieve a 10th place finish in the Liga ACB and direct qualification to the 2023-24 edition of the Basketball Champions League, including a sweep against Galician rivals Obradoiro CAB and a 96-72 win against Real Madrid, led by former Breogán player Džanan Musa.

Current season (2023-24). edit

Breogán has had to face a massive rebuild again for the 2023-24 season, even though this time it was the club who chose not to offer some players a new deal. Veljko Mršić extended his contract as head coach, and club captains and local players Erik Quintela and Sergi Quintela stayed, alongside Sergi García, Toni Nakić and Stefan Momirov. New signings included former Bayern players Zan Mark Sisko and Matej Rudan, former ASVEL player Anthony Polite, the Italian rising star Mouhamet Diouf, Lithuanians Matas Jogėla and Martynas Sajus, the Argentinian center Juan Fernández and former Joventut captain Albert Ventura, but a lot of setbacks quickly started to happen. Toni Nakić got seriously injured in pre-season, and his replacement Dimitrios Agravanis left the club injured having played just two games, Zan Mark Sisko decided to leave due to personal reasons after the first Liga ACB game against Baskonia and got replaced by Conner Frankamp and Anthony Polite suffered an adductor injury which also got him sidelined for a few weeks. Their ACB League struggles kept going for the rest of 2023 despite the improvement given by Justin Anderson's two-month stint in Lugo before leaving for Valencia Basket. On December 22, 2023, the club announced the signing of 9-year NBA veteran Ben McLemore, who had left Greek side AEK B.C. a few days before.

Bursaspor Basketbol, Hapoel Holon B.C. and current Champions Telekom Baskets Bonn were Breogán's rivals in Group F of the Basketball Champions League, in which the Galician club won all three home games and lost their three away games, finishing the group in 3rd place after all the teams finished with a 3-3 record, advancing to the play-in stage, in which they will face Turkish outfit Pinar Karsiyaka.

Sponsorship naming edit

Club Baloncesto Breogán has several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Breogán Lugo 1966-69
  • Breogán Fontecelta 1969–73
  • Breogán Lugo 1973-75
  • Breogán La Casera 1975–76
  • Breogán Lugo 1976-79
  • Breogán Deportes Bourio 1979-80
  • Breogán Stilton 1980-81
  • Breogán Internacional de Seguros 1981-82
  • Breogán Caixa Galicia 1982–86
  • Leche Río Breogán 1986-89
  • DYC Breogán 1989–94
  • DYC Lugo 1994-95
  • Leche Río Breogán 1995-98
  • Breogán Universidade 1998–2001
  • Leche Río Breogán 2001-12
  • CB Breogán Lugo 2011-13
  • Ribeira Sacra Breogán 2014–2015
  • Cafés Candelas Breogán 2015–2019
  • Leche Río Breogán 2019-21
  • Río Breogán 2021–present

Rivalries edit

Breogán has had different rivals throughout its history. Breogán's biggest rival during its first decades of existence was CB OAR Ferrol, which disappeared in 1996. Club Ourense Baloncesto was a rival as well, especially during the 2014-15 season in which they eliminated Breogán in the playoff finals to go back to the Liga ACB[7] - although they couldn't materialise their promotion due to - as well as Básquet Coruña, a team they faced quite a lot of times during Breogán's tenures in the 2nd tier during the 2010s.

That being said, Obradoiro CAB - based in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia's capital - have become Breogán's fiercest rivals since the beginning of the 2010s. They were brought from the bottom leagues to the Liga ACB after a long judicial process[8] in 2009, and Raúl López, former Breogán chairman, left the club in a very bad financial state to become Obradoiro's chairman in 2010, which Breogán fans saw as treason and started the rivalry, which had been non-existent before because Breogán had a much bigger and better history up until that point.[9] Nowadays, with Breogán fully up and running after overcoming a very difficult financial situation, both of them are in Liga ACB and face each other in the Galician Derby in what is considered one of the biggest - if not the biggest - rivalries in Spanish basketball.

Former Breogán's head coach Paco Olmos' departure to San Pablo Burgos in January 2022[10] also kicked off a bit of a rivalry between both fanbases, although it soon went away after San Pablo Burgos' relegation in May 2022 and Paco Olmos being sacked later that year.

Players edit

Current roster edit

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Río Breogán roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 2   Polite, Anthony 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 26 – (1997-06-21)21 June 1997
PF 6   Rudan, Matej 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 23 – (2001-03-21)21 March 2001
SG 7   McLemore, Ben 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 31 – (1993-02-11)11 February 1993
G/F 8   Jogėla, Matas 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 25 – (1998-07-10)10 July 1998
G 9   Momirov, Stefan 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 24 – (1999-12-18)18 December 1999
PG 10   García, Sergi 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 27 – (1997-02-17)17 February 1997
SG 14   Ventura, Albert 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 32 – (1992-04-07)7 April 1992
C 18   Sakho, Jordan 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 27 – (1997-04-04)4 April 1997
C 19   Sajus, Martynas 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 112 kg (247 lb) 28 – (1996-02-22)22 February 1996
F/C 21   Fernández, Juan 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 21 – (2002-11-21)21 November 2002
PG 23   Quintela, Erik 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 32 – (1991-08-17)17 August 1991
C 35   Diouf, Mouhamet 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 22 – (2001-09-10)10 September 2001
SG 42   Quintela, Sergi 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 27 – (1996-09-21)21 September 1996
SF 99   Nakić, Toni 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 24 – (1999-06-01)1 June 1999
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Fernán Varela
  •   Enrique Fernández

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: February 2, 2024

Depth chart edit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Martynas Sajus Mouhamet Diouf Juan Fernández
PF Toni Nakić Matej Rudan
SF Matas Jogėla Stefan Momirov Albert Ventura
SG Ben McLemore Sergi Quintela Anthony Polite
PG Sergi García Conner Frankamp Erik Quintela

Colours: Blue - homegrown player; Red - non–FIBA Europe player

Season by season edit

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
1966–67 4 3ª Provincial 1st
1967–68 3 3ª División 1st
1968–69 2 2ª División 1st 15–6
1969–70 2 2ª División 1st 17–3
1970–71 1 1ª División 9th 9–15
1971–72 1 1ª División 11th 5–1–18
1972–73 1 1ª División 13th 12–1–19 Round of 16
1973–74 1 1ª División 15th 6–22
1974–75 2 2ª División 1st 29–3
1975–76 1 1ª División 10th 14–18
1976–77 1 1ª División 12th 2–20 First round
1977–78 2 2ª División 9th 13–2–15
1978–79 3 2ª División
1979–80 4 3ª División 1st
1980–81 3 2ª División 6th 12–10
1981–82 3 2ª División
1982–83 2 1ª División B
1983–84 2 1ª División B 2nd 18–8
1984–85 1 Liga ACB 6th 12–20 Copa Príncipe R3
1985–86 1 Liga ACB 7th 11–21 Copa Príncipe QF 3 Korać Cup GS 0–6
1986–87 1 Liga ACB 15th 13–19 Copa Príncipe SF
1987–88 2 1ª División B 5th 29–15
1988–89 1 Liga ACB 21st 20–25 First round
1989–90 1 Liga ACB 17th 22–18 Quarterfinalist
1990–91 1 Liga ACB 16th 17–23 First round
1991–92 1 Liga ACB 20th 15–22 First round
1992–93 1 Liga ACB 17th 12–19 Third round
1993–94 1 Liga ACB 16th 10–20 Third round
1994–95 1 Liga ACB 20th 12–31 First round
1995–96 2 Liga EBA 1st 27–9
1996–97 2 LEB 3rd 22–13 Copa Príncipe 4th
1997–98 2 LEB 3rd 19–12 Copa Príncipe QF
1998–99 2 LEB 1st 26–10 Copa Príncipe QF
1999–00 1 Liga ACB 13th 15–19
2000–01 1 Liga ACB 11th 13–21
2001–02 1 Liga ACB 13th 13–21
2002–03 1 Liga ACB 9th 17–17
2003–04 1 Liga ACB 15th 14–20
2004–05 1 Liga ACB 11th 13–21
2005–06 1 Liga ACB 18th 11–23
2006–07 2 LEB 9th 17–17
2007–08 2 LEB Oro 4th 26–11 Copa Príncipe C
2008–09 2 LEB Oro 6th 23–13
2009–10 2 LEB Oro 8th 20–18
2010–11 2 LEB Oro 5th 21–20
2011–12 2 LEB Oro 8th 20–18
2012–13 2 LEB Oro 6th 16–15
2013–14 2 LEB Oro 4th 20–12
2014–15 2 LEB Oro 3rd 27–13 Copa Príncipe RU
2015–16 2 LEB Oro 7th 19–16
2016–17 2 LEB Oro 4th 27–15
2017–18 2 LEB Oro 1st 28–6 Copa Princesa C
2018–19 1 Liga ACB 18th 9–25
2019–20 2 LEB Oro 8th[a] 15–9
2020–21 2 LEB Oro 1st 25–10 Copa Princesa C
2021–22 1 Liga ACB 11th 16–18 Quarterfinalist
2022–23 1 Liga ACB 10th 14–20 3 Champions League QR 0–1
2023–24 1 Liga ACB 16th 11–23 3 Champions League PI 4–5
  1. ^ Season curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trophies and awards edit

Trophies edit

  • 2nd division championships: (4)
  • Copa Princesa: (3)
    • 2008, 2018, 2021
  • Copa Galicia: (14)
    • 1986, 1987, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2018, 2021, 2022

Records edit

  • 23 seasons in the top division
  • 1 participation in Korać Cup
    • 1985–86 season: eliminated in quarterfinals group stage
  • 2 participations in Basketball Champions League
    • 2022–23 season: eliminated in the qualifying rounds
    • 2023–24 season: group stages.

Individual awards edit


All-ACB Team

ACB Top Scorer

ACB Three Point Shootout Champion

All-LEB Oro Team

Notable players edit

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


To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

References edit

  1. ^ "El Pazo, el aliado más fiel del Breogán: La asistencia media ya supera los 5.000 espectadores". 12 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Relación de SAD — Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in European Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. Archived from the original on 2 April 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2023-10-17.
  4. ^ "El Pazo, el aliado más fiel del Breogán: La asistencia media ya supera los 5.000 espectadores". 12 December 2022.
  5. ^ "El Breogán asciende a la Liga ACB 12 años después" [Breogán promotes to Liga ACB 12 years after] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Musa, MVP Movistar de la 2021-22 | ACB.COM". (in Spanish). 2022-05-15. Retrieved 2023-10-17.
  7. ^ (2015-06-02). "Ourense gana al Breogán y vuelve a la ACB 14 años después". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2023-10-17.
  8. ^ AS, Diario (2007-11-28). "El Supremo sentencia que la ACB admita al Obradoiro". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2023-10-17.
  9. ^ Lugo, El Progreso de (2010-11-12). "Raúl López: Mi llegada al Obradoiro no es una traición a la afición del Breogán, más bien al contrario". El Progreso de Lugo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2023-10-17.
  10. ^ Burgos, Diario de (2022-01-10). "Paco Olmos firma por el Hereda San Pablo Burgos hasta 2024". Diario de Burgos (in Spanish). Retrieved 2023-10-17.

External links edit