Falco KC Szombathely

Falco Kosárlabda Club, for sponsorship reasons named Falco-Vulcano Energia KC Szombathely, is a Hungarian professional basketball club based in Szombathely. The team play their home games at Arena Savaria, a multi-use complex, which was opened in 2006.

Falco Vulcano
Falco Vulcano logo
LeaguesNemzeti Bajnokság I/A
Champions League
Founded1980; 41 years ago (1980)
HistoryFalco KC Szombathely
1980–Present
ArenaArena Savaria
Capacity3,500
LocationSzombathely, Hungary
PresidentGyörgy Gráczer
Head coachGasper Okorn
Championships2 Nemzeti Bajnokság I/A
NB I/A titles3 (2008, 2019, 2021)
Websitefalcokc.com

HistoryEdit

Beginning and uprisingEdit

The club was created in 1980, when basketball fanatics György Gráczer and István Németh with the support of the local wood industry Falco started to organize meetings and trainings. In that year the club entered the county level championship. In 1987, Falco decided to invest more money into the club and the success was immediate. By winning the championship in the 1987/88 season they won promotion to the second division. In the next year they did surprisingly well, finishing on the top in the regular season with only two losses, but failed in the play-offs final. A season later there was nothing what could prevent the yellow-blacks to lift the trophy in the final, and with that, after 27 years Szombathely got a top-flight basketball team again.

Successful yearsEdit

The goal in the inaugural season couldn't be more than to stay in the NBI, which they clearly managed. In the following years Falco turned into a good mid-table team with a good reputation. In the 1995/96 and 1996/97 season Falco have been only a step away from the semifinals, fallen in decisive fifth match. In the next year the team finished only 7th in the league but won silver medal in the Hungarian National Basketball Cup. The team reached its top performance next year, finishing second in the National Championship and beating teams like Rimini and Beşiktaş in the Korać Cup.

Financial crisis and revivalEdit

 
The Arena Savaria, home venue of Falco since 2006

In the next few years Falco continued with high-level results, but a slow decreasing had been noticed. For 2002 the team went into a financial crisis, and produced the worst final place of the past years. A long-term, step by step financial consolidation plan have been accepted in that year, which saved the club from bankruptcy, but prevented the club to make quality signings. Still, the team had won a valuable bronze medal in the Hungarian Cup. After the financials have been cleared a quick improvement have started. In 2006 Falco moved to the newly built Arena Savaria and Srećko Sekulović arrived to coach the guys. In his first year in charge, after beating the reigning champion Atomerőmű, the team finished fourth in the playoff. In the 2007/2008 season Falco played unstoppable, the hard-work of Sekulović fructified and won the Championship title, first time in the club's history by beating arch-rival Körmend 3–1. In the Cup they marched till the final, where they lost to Atomerőmű in an epic battle. Nowadays Falco considered one of the top clubs in the country in a highly competitive league and have one of the best youth base in the country.

In 2015, Falco played in the 2015–16 FIBA Europe Cup, the third-tier continental level. Finishing with a 2–4 record in Group C, Falco was eliminated in the regular season.

In the following 2016–17 season, Falco had a successful year in the NB I/A. The club reached the playoff finals for the first time, where its lost 3–2 to Alba Fehérvár.

In the 2017–18 FIBA Europe Cup season, Falco played better as it had a 3–3 record but the club did not advance past the regular season.

In the 2018–19 season, Falco won its second national championship completing a total sweep in the playoffs. In the quarter-finals they eliminated KTE. Then they made it to the finals with sweeping Szolnoki Olaj KK. In the finals they upset their local rival BC Körmend 3–0, celebrating the Championship Title[1] away.

In the 2019–20 season, Falco managed to qualify for the Basketball Champions League (BCL). Since the league was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Falco gained the rights to join again for the 2020–21 season.[2]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Falco KC Szombathely roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
C 6   Keller, Ákos 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 32 – (1989-03-28)28 March 1989
G/F 9   Perl, Zoltán 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 26 – (1995-07-28)28 July 1995
G 10   Váradi, Benedek (C) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 – (1995-05-05)5 May 1995
G/F 11   Benke, Szilard 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 26 – (1995-05-22)22 May 1995
SF 14   Sövegjártó, Ábel 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 18 – (2002-11-13)13 November 2002
PF 21   Kovács, Benedek 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 19 – (2001-11-13)13 November 2001
SG 22   Doktor, Péter 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 23 – (1998-03-23)23 March 1998
C 23   Lake, De'Quon 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 24 – (1997-03-22)22 March 1997
PF 24   Barać, Boris 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 29 – (1992-02-21)21 February 1992
SG 27   Dancsecs, Andrács 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 72 kg (159 lb) 21 – (2000-02-14)14 February 2000
PF 33   Bruinsma, Evan 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 28 – (1992-09-09)9 September 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Milos Konakov

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 11, 2021

Retired numbersEdit

Falco KC Szombathely retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure
8   László Kálmán G 1992–2013
18   Zoltán Horváth F 2008–2009

Other notable playersEdit

To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team.

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

Nemzeti Bajnokság I/A (National Championship of Hungary)

Magyar Kupa (National Cup of Hungary)

  •   Champions (1): 2021
  •   Runners-up (6): 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2018, 2019

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Magyar kupa European competitions
1999–00 1 NB I/A 3rd
2000–01 1 NB I/A 5th
2001–02 1 NB I/A 3rd
2002–03 1 NB I/A 7th
2003–04 1 NB I/A 3rd
2004–05 1 NB I/A 6th
2005–06 1 NB I/A 11th
2006–07 1 NB I/A 4th
2007–08 1 NB I/A 1st Runner-up
2008–09 1 NB I/A 4th Runner-up
2009–10 1 NB I/A 6th Runner-up
2010–11 1 NB I/A 7th
2011–12 1 NB I/A 2nd
2012–13 1 NB I/A 7th
2013–14 1 NB I/A 11th
2014–15 1 NB I/A 6th Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 NB I/A 9th Quarterfinalist 3 FIBA Europe Cup RS
2016–17 1 NB I/A 2nd Quarterfinalist
2017–18 1 NB I/A 2nd Runner-up 4 FIBA Europe Cup RS
2018–19 1 NB I/A 1st Runner-up 4 FIBA Europe Cup RS
2019–20 1 NB I/A abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic 3 Champions League RS
2020–21 1 NB I/A 1st Champion 3 Champions League RS

In European competitionEdit

Source: basketball.eurobasket.com

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vereséget szenvedett a Kaposvári KK SONLINE, 18 January 2020. Accessed 6 May 2020. (in Hungarian)
  2. ^ Újra a Falco KC indulhat a BL-ben SZTV.hu, 6 March 2020. Accessed 12 May 2020. (in Hungarian)

External linksEdit