Olimpia Milano

Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano, commonly known as Olimpia Milano or as EA7 Emporio Armani Milan after its title sponsor,[2] is an LBA Italian professional basketball team, based in Milan, Italy. Its colors are white and red, and the team is sometimes referred as "Scarpette Rosse" (Little Red Shoes) because team officials imported red Converse All-Star shoes for players from the United States. The tag line stuck, and the nickname is still used by many fans today.

Olimpia Milano
Olimpia Milano logo
NicknameLe Scarpette Rosse (The Little Red Shoes)
Founded1936; 87 years ago (1936)
HistoryDopolavoro Borletti
Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano
ArenaMediolanum Forum
LocationMilan, Italy
Team colorsWhite, red
Main sponsorEA7 Emporio Armani
PresidentPantaleo Dell'Orco
Head coachEttore Messina
Team captainNicolò Melli
OwnershipGiorgio Armani
Championships3 EuroLeague
1 Intercontinental Cup
3 Saporta Cups
2 Korać Cup
29 Italian Championships
8 Italian Cups
4 Italian Supercups
Retired numbers3 (8, 11, 18)
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Serie A Home jersey
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Team colours
Serie A
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Euroleague Home jersey
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Team colours
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Serie A Away jersey
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Serie A
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Euroleague Away jersey
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Team colours

As per custom in the Italian league, sponsorship has kept the team name changing frequently. From 1930 until 1955, it was called Borletti Milano. From 1956 to 1973, it was renamed Simmenthal. Other famous sponsorship names were Billy, Simac, Tracer, and Philips, in the 1980s. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

Olimpia is the most successful basketball club in Italy and one of the most successful in Europe, having won 29 Italian League Championships, 8 Italian National Cups, 4 Italian Super Cups, 3 EuroLeague, 1 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, 3 FIBA Saporta Cups, 2 FIBA Korać Cups and many junior titles.

In 2016, the club was included in the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame.


The birth and the Borletti era (1930-1955)Edit

The birth of Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano is traditionally dated 1936, year of the first Italian League Championship title. Actually it was founded 6 years earlier (in 1930) as "Dopolavoro Borletti" by Fratelli Borletti managers.[3] Borletti team won 4 consecutive Italian League Championships from 1936 to 1939.

In 1947, Milan businessman Adolfo Bogoncelli merged Pallacanestro Como and Borletti to form a new society,[4] commonly known as "Borolimpia". "Borletti" brand was the main sponsor of the team, becoming the first sponsor in the history of Italian sport.[5]

In 1955, after 9 Italian League Championships, Borletti brand leaves Olimpia Milano jersey.

The Simmenthal era (1956-1973)Edit

The team regularly won the Italian League Championship in the 1950s and the 1960s, with players including Gabriele Vianello, Sandro Riminucci, Gianfranco Pieri, and Bill Bradley. In 1966, Olimpia won its first FIBA European Champions Cup.

In the 1970s, three teams were fighting across Europe for supremacy: Olimpia Milano, Ignis Varese, and Real Madrid. Pallacanestro Varese and Olimpia Milano were arch-rivals, as the two cities are 25 miles (40 km) apart. While Milano was a frequent Italian League champion, they were unable to win again the prestigious FIBA European Champions Cup. Late in the 1970s, the quality of the club declined, but Olimpia Milano still managed to win a FIBA Cup Winners' Cup.

In 1973, Simmenthal brand leaves Olimpia jersey after 17 years and 10 Italian League Championships.


In the 1970s through the 1980s, the team acquired several notable players, including the Boselli twins (Franco and Dino), Mike Sylvester, Chas Menatti, Dino Meneghin, Mike D'Antoni, John Gianelli, Roberto Premier. Bob McAdoo, Joe Barry Carroll, Russ Schoene, Antoine Carr, and Mike Brown. American head coach Dan Peterson led the team back to prominence.

In the 1980s, the team was sold to the Gabetti family. After this, they qualified for nine Serie A championships finals, winning five, with the 1987 team winning the Serie A title, the 1986–87 FIBA European Champions Cup (won also in 1988: both finals were won against Maccabi Tel Aviv), the Italian Cup and the 1987 FIBA Club World Cup. This gave the club the coveted "Triple Crown" and the even rarer "Quadruple Crown".

Led by point guard Sasha Djordjević, the team won another FIBA Korać Cup in 1993. Bepi Stefanel purchased the team franchise in 1994, and signed-up notable European players like Dejan Bodiroga, Gregor Fučka, Sandro De Pol, and Nando Gentile. In 1996, the team won the Italian Cup and its 25th Italian National Championship, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the club.

Team management was inconsistent, as ownership groups from 1998 to 2004. Players of the team included Warren Kidd, Hugo Sconochini, Claudio Coldebella and Petar Naumoski. In 2005, owner Corbelli, which bought the club in 2002, from Sergio Tacchini, was flanked by Adriano Galliani (managing director of Italian Football club A.C. Milan), Massimo Moratti (President of rival club Internazionale), NBA star Kobe Bryant, and stylist Giorgio Armani, as sponsor with the Armani Jeans brand. After difficult years, led by coach Lino Lardo, Olimpia reached the national championship Finals, finally being beaten by Climamio Bologna.

On January 25, 2006, in the midst of a disappointing season in the EuroLeague and domestically, Djordjevic was named as the team's new coach. He left as coach after the 2006–07 season, but not before securing Olimpia a berth in the 2007–08 Euroleague.


In 2008, Giorgio Armani bought the team from Giorgio Corbelli, standing as the only owner, entirely changing the management structure, naming Livio Proli as president, and Lucio Zanca as general manager. Piero Bucchi was chosen to coach the new team, leading Olimpia twice to second place in LEGA Basket, being defeated by Montepaschi Siena in both cases.

In January 2011, after 23 years, coach Dan Peterson came back from retirement to replace Piero Bucchi as head coach. However, his stint at Olimpia Milano this time was quite short: after failing to reach the championship Finals, on June 9, Olimpia Milano announced Sergio Scariolo as new head coach for the 2011–12 season. The first player signed for the 2011–12 season was Omar Cook, an American-born play maker, who had played the previous season with Power Electronics Valencia. Owing to the NBA lockout, Danilo Gallinari went back to his alma mater, playing 15 games (8 in the Italian League, 7 in EuroLeague): he left the team in December. Sergio Scariolo was replaced by Luca Banchi at the beginning of the 2013–14 season, and the team brought from Montepaschi Siena: David Moss, Kristjan Kangur, and Daniel Hackett.

The team reached the quarterfinals of EuroLeague, 16 years after its last appearance, but the team lost against the eventual league champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv. The team finished in the 1st position the LEGA Basket regular season, and in the 7th game of the playoff's finals, Olimpia won its 26th Italian League championship title, its first after 18 years. Alessandro Gentile, the captain of Olimpia, was named MVP of the finals.

On June 29, 2017, Simone Pianigiani was hired as the new head coach and on June 15, 2018, Milano went to win his 28th title by beating Dolomiti Energia Trento in game 6 of the 2018 LBA Finals.[6]

On June 11, 2019, legend Ettore Messina signed a deal as the new head coach of the club and president of all basketball operations for the following three seasons.[7]

On May 4, 2021, the club reached the Euroleague Final Four after 29 years (1992 Final Four).[8]



Palasport di San Siro in 1983-84 final between Virtus Bologna and Olimpia Milano
Arena Photo Capacity Years Notes
Court of Via Costanza
Outdoor court of the OND Borletti factory
Palazzo dello Sport della Fiera  
c. 18,000
The first sports palace of Milan and the biggest in Europe at that time
c. 10,000 (3,500)*
1960–1980 (1985)*
Indoor arena specifically designed for basketball *(temporarily used in 1985-86 season)
Palasport di San Siro  
c. 15,000
On January 17, 1985, a large snowfall collapsed the roof and the arena was closed
Also known as "PalaVobis", "Mazda Palace" and "PalaSharp"
Mediolanum Forum   
Originally named "the Forum of Assago", it was previously known as "FilaForum" and "DatchForum".

Secondary ArenasEdit

Arena Photo Capacity Years Notes
Used when Mediolanum Forum was unavailable
In 2011, the old PalaLido was destroyed and rebuilt. PalaDesio was used as a secondary arena during the construction of the new arena
Allianz Cloud
Built in place of the old PalaLido, it is used when Mediolanum Forum is unavailable

Olimpia Milano used the OND Borletti outdoor court of Via Costanza for almost 20 years. In the mid-1940s, they moved to the Palazzo dello Sport della Fiera, which had a seating capacity of 18,000 people, and was then the largest indoor sports arena in Europe, and second only to the Madison Square Garden in New York City. In 1960, the Palazzo dello Sport della Fiera was abandoned, and Olimpia moved into the original structure of the PalaLido, which then had a smaller seating capacity of 3,500, but because of lack of security measures at the time, often was filled with up to 10,000 people.

At the end of the 1970s, Olimpia moved into the newly built Palasport di San Siro, a multi-purpose facility built next to the Meazza Stadium, that was able to hold about 15,000 spectators. In 1985, the roof of the Palasport di San Siro collapsed and Olimpia returned to PalaLido for a season, waiting for the construction of a provisional arena. In 1986, they moved into the recently built 10,045 seat PalaTrussardi, where they played through the early 1990s.

The club then moved into its current home arena, the Mediolanum Forum, which has a seating capacity of 12,700.[9] The club has also played some home games at the 6,700 seat PalaDesio. Recently, the club considered moving back to the newly rebuilt and modernized PalaLido (named Allianz Cloud), after it was remodeled, and had its seating capacity expanded. However, the club ultimately decided to continue using the Mediolanum Forum as its home arena, due to its much larger seating capacity, as compared to the new Allianz Cloud. However, the new arena is used when Mediolanum Forum is unavailable.


Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (29): 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1971–72, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1995–96, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2021–22
Runners-up (18): 1934, 1940–41, 1955–56, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1990–91, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
Winners (8): 1971–72, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1995–96, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2020–21, 2021–22
Runners-up (2): 1969–70, 2014–15
Winners (4): 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Runners-up (3): 1996, 2014, 2015, 2021

European competitionsEdit

Winners (3): 1965–66, 1986–87, 1987–88
Runners-up (2): 1966–67, 1982–83
Semifinalists (3): 1963–64, 1967–68, 1972–73, 1985–86
3rd place (2): 1991–92, 2020–21
Final Four (5): 1966, 1967, 1988, 1992, 2021
Winners (3): 1970–71, 1971–72, 1975–76
Runners-up (2): 1983–84, 1997–98
Semifinalists (1): 1976–77
Winners (2): 1984–85, 1992–93
Runners-up (2): 1994–95, 1995–96
Semifinalists (3): 1977–78, 1988–89, 1993–94
3rd place (2): 1985, 1989
4th place (2): 1986, 1987
Winners (1): 1966
Runners-up (1): 1953

Worldwide competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1987
3rd place (2): 1967, 1968
3rd place (2): 1987, 1989


Winners (1): 1986–87
Winners (1): 1971–72

Other CompetitionsEdit

  • Castellanza, Italy Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2007
  • Memoriale di Tulio Rochlitzer
Winners (1): 2007
  • Torneo Caorle
Winners (2): 2007, 2011
  • Reggio Emilia, Italy Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2008
  • Torneo Lombardia
Winners (2): 2009, 2016
  • Torneo Castelleto Ticino
Winners (3): 2009, 2018, 2019
  • Verona, Italy Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2011
  • Trofeo de Ejea de los Caballeros
Winners (1): 2011
  • Belgrade, Serbia Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2014
  • Torneo del Circuito della Valtellina
Winners (1): 2014
  • Trofeo Memorial Gianni Brusinelli
Winners (1): 2016
  • Torneo Lovari
Winners (1): 2017
  • Torneo Lucca
Winners (1): 2019
  • Milan, Italy Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2019


Current rosterEdit

Olimpia Milano roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
C 0     Davies, Brandon 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 31 – (1991-07-25)25 July 1991
F 1   Thomas, Deshaun 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 31 – (1991-08-29)29 August 1991
G 3     Mitrou-Long, Naz 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 29 – (1993-08-03)3 August 1993
PG 5     Pangos, Kevin 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 30 – (1993-01-26)26 January 1993
G 7   Tonut, Stefano 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 29 – (1993-11-07)7 November 1993
F/C 9     Melli, Nicolò 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (243 lb) 32 – (1991-01-26)26 January 1991
SG 12   Baron, Billy 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 32 – (1990-12-11)11 December 1990
PG 13     Napier, Shabazz 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 31 – (1991-07-14)14 July 1991
PF 17   Ricci, Giampaolo 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 31 – (1991-09-27)27 September 1991
C 19     Biligha, Paul 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 33 – (1990-05-31)31 May 1990
G/F 22   Hall, Devon 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 27 – (1995-07-07)7 July 1995
PG 25   Baldasso, Tommaso 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 25 – (1998-01-29)29 January 1998
G/F 31     Shields, Shavon 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 28 – (1994-06-05)5 June 1994
SF 40   Alviti, Davide 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 26 – (1996-11-05)5 November 1996
F/C 42   Hines, Kyle 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 36 – (1986-09-02)2 September 1986
F 70   Datome, Luigi 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 35 – (1987-11-27)27 November 1987
F/C 77   Voigtmann, Johannes 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 30 – (1992-09-30)30 September 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: June 2, 2023

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

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3 Inactive
C Johannes Voigtmann Kyle Hines Paul Biligha Brandon Davies
PF Nicolò Melli Giampaolo Ricci Deshaun Thomas
SF Shavon Shields Luigi Datome Davide Alviti
SG Billy Baron Devon Hall Naz Mitrou-Long
PG Shabazz Napier Stefano Tonut Tommaso Baldasso Kevin Pangos

6+6 format (colours: Italian or homegrown players; foreign players; young players; injured or inactive players)

Retired numbersEdit

Olimpia Milano retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Date retired Ref.
8    Mike D'Antoni PG 1977–1990 2015 [10]
11   Dino Meneghin C 1980–1990
2019 [11][12][13]
18   Art Kenney PF/C 1970–1973 2013 [14]

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Playoffs Cup European competitions Coach Main Sponsor
1935-36 1 Serie A 1st Giannino Valli Borletti
1936-37 1 Serie A 1st Giannino Valli Borletti
1937-38 1 Serie A 1st Giannino Valli Borletti
1938-39 1 Serie A 1st Giannino Valli Borletti
1939-40 1 Serie A 7th Giannino Valli Borletti
1940-41 1 Serie A 2nd Giannino Valli Borletti
1941-42 1 Serie A 5th Giannino Valli Borletti
1942-43 1 Serie A 5th Giannino Valli Borletti
1945-46 1 Serie A 2nd round Borletti
1946-47 1 Serie A 1st round Umberto Fedeli Borletti
1947-48 1 Serie A 2nd Umberto Fedeli Borletti
1948-49 1 Serie A 3rd Cesare Rubini Borletti
1949-50 1 Serie A 1st Cesare Rubini Borletti
1950-51 1 Serie A 1st Cesare Rubini Borletti
1951-52 1 Serie A 1st Cesare Rubini Borletti
1952-53 1 Serie A 1st Cesare Rubini Borletti
1953-54 1 Elette 1st Cesare Rubini Borletti
1954-55 1 Elette 3rd Cesare Rubini Borletti
1955-56 1 Elette 2nd Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1956-57 1 Elette 1st Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1957-58 1 Elette 1st 1 European Champions Cup Quarterfinalist Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1958-59 1 Elette 1st Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1959-60 1 Elette 1st Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1960-61 1 Elette 3rd Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1961-62 1 Elette 1st Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1962-63 1 Elette 1st 1 European Champions Cup Quarterfinalist Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1963-64 1 Elette 2nd 1 European Champions Cup Semifinalist Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1964-65 1 Elette 1st Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1965-66 1 Serie A 1st 1 European Champions Cup Champion Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1966-67 1 Serie A 1st 1 European Champions Cup Runner-up Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1967-68 1 Serie A 4th 1 European Champions Cup Semifinalist Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1968-69 1 Serie A 2nd Eight-finalist Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1969-70 1 Serie A 2nd Runner-up Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1970-71 1 Serie A 1st Runner-up 3rd 2 European Cup Winners' Cup Champion Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1971-72 1 Serie A 1st Champion 2 European Cup Winners' Cup Champion Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1972-73 1 Serie A 1st Runner-up Quarterfinalist 1 European Champions Cup Semifinalist Cesare Rubini Simmenthal
1973-74 1 Serie A 2nd Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup R12 Cesare Rubini Innocenti
1974-75 1 Serie A1 3rd 3rd (second phase) 3 Korać Cup R16 Filippo Faina Innocenti
1975-76 1 Serie A1 11th Relegated to Serie A2 2 European Cup Winners' Cup Champion Filippo Faina Cinzano
1976-77 2 Serie A2 1st 4th (second phase) 2 European Cup Winners' Cup Semifinalist Filippo Faina Cinzano
1977-78 1 Serie A1 6th 4th (second phase) 3 Korać Cup Semifinalist Filippo Faina Cinzano
1978-79 1 Serie A1 5th Runner-up Dan Peterson Billy
1979-80 1 Serie A1 1st Semifinalist Dan Peterson Billy
1980-81 1 Serie A1 2nd Semifinalist Dan Peterson Billy
1981-82 1 Serie A1 3rd Champion Dan Peterson Billy
1982-83 1 Serie A1 2nd Runner-up 1 European Champions Cup Runner-up Dan Peterson Billy
1983-84 1 Serie A1 1st Runner-up Semifinalist 2 Saporta Cup Runner-up Dan Peterson Simac
1984-85 1 Serie A1 2nd Champion Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup Champion Dan Peterson Simac
1985-86 1 Serie A1 1st Champion Champion 1 European Champions Cup Semifinalist Dan Peterson Simac
1986-87 1 Serie A1 4th Champion Champion 1 European Champions Cup Champion Dan Peterson Tracer
1987-88 1 Serie A1 2nd Runner-up Eighth-finalist 1 European Champions Cup Champion Franco Casalini Tracer
1988-89 1 Serie A1 5th Champion Semifinalist 3 Korać Cup Semifinalist Franco Casalini Philips
1989-90 1 Serie A1 10th Eighth-finalist RS 1 European Champions Cup R16 Franco Casalini Philips
1990-91 1 Serie A1 1st Runner-up Runner-up Mike D'Antoni Philips
1991-92 1 Serie A1 3rd Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist 1 European League 3rd Mike D'Antoni Philips
1992-93 1 Serie A1 2nd Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist 3 Korać Cup Champion Mike D'Antoni Philips
1993-94 1 Serie A1 5th Quarterfinalist Eighth-finalist 3 Korać Cup Semifinalist Mike D'Antoni Recoaro
1994-95 1 Serie A1 4th Semifinalist Semifinalist 3 Korać Cup Runner-up Bogdan Tanjević Stefanel
1995-96 1 Serie A1 5th Champion Champion 3 Korać Cup Runner-up Bogdan Tanjević Stefanel
1996-97 1 Serie A1 4th Semifinalist 3rd 1 EuroLeague Quarterfinalist Franco Marcelletti Stefanel
1997-98 1 Serie A1 6th Eighth-finalist Semifinalist 2 EuroCup Runner-up Franco Marcelletti Stefanel
1998-99 1 Serie A1 5th Quarterfinalist Eighth-finalist 2 Saporta Cup R32 Marco Crespi Sony
1999-00 1 Serie A1 13th Quarterfinalist 2 Saporta Cup R16 Marco Crespi Adecco
2000-01 1 Serie A1 15th Valerio Bianchini Adecco
2001–02 1 Serie A 17th Guido Saibene Adecco
2002–03 1 Serie A 5th Round of 16 Quarterfinalist Attilio Caja Pippo
2003–04 1 Serie A 10th 2 ULEB Cup T16 Attilio Caja Breil
2004–05 1 Serie A 4th Runner-up Quarterfinalist Lino Lardo Armani Jeans
2005–06 1 Serie A 7th Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS Lino Lardo Armani Jeans
2006–07 1 Serie A 2rd Semifinalist Semifinalist Aleksandar Đorđević Armani Jeans
2007–08 1 Serie A 5th Semifinalist 1 Euroleague RS Zare Markovski Armani Jeans
2008–09 1 Serie A 6th Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 Piero Bucchi Armani Jeans
2009–10 1 Serie A 3rd Runner-up Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS Piero Bucchi Armani Jeans
2010–11 1 Serie A 3rd Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS Piero Bucchi Armani Jeans
2011–12 1 Serie A 2nd Runner-up Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16 Sergio Scariolo EA7 Emporio Armani
2012–13 1 Serie A 4th Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS Sergio Scariolo EA7 Emporio Armani
2013–14 1 Serie A 1st Champion Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague QF Luca Banchi EA7 Emporio Armani
2014–15 1 Serie A 1st Semifinalist Runner-up 1 Euroleague T16 Luca Banchi EA7 Emporio Armani
2015–16 1 Serie A 1st Champion Champion 1 Euroleague RS Jasmin Repeša EA7 Emporio Armani
2016–17 1 Serie A 1st Semifinalist Champion 1 EuroLeague 16th Jasmin Repeša EA7 Emporio Armani
2017–18 1 Serie A 2nd Champion Quarterfinalist 1 EuroLeague 15th Simone Pianigiani EA7 Emporio Armani
2018–19 1 Serie A 1st Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 1 EuroLeague 12th Simone Pianigiani AX Armani Exchange
2019–20 1 Serie A 4th[a] Semifinalist 1 EuroLeague Ettore Messina AX Armani Exchange
2020–21 1 Serie A 1st Runner-up Champion 1 EuroLeague 3rd Ettore Messina AX Armani Exchange

Top performances in European & Worldwide competitionsEdit

Season Achievement Notes
1957–58 Quarter-finals eliminated by Honvéd, 80-72 (W) in Milan and 85-95 (L) in Budapest
1962–63 Quarter-finals eliminated by Dinamo Tbilisi, 70-65 (W) in Tbilisi and 68-74 (L) in Milan
1963–64 Semi-finals eliminated by Real Madrid, 82-77 (W) in Milan and 78-101 (L) in Madrid
1965–66 Champions defeated CSKA Moscow 68–57 in the semi-final, defeated Slavia VŠ Praha 77–72 in the final of the Final Four in Bologna / Milan
1966–67 Final defeated Slavia VŠ Praha 103–97 in the semi-final, lost to Real Madrid 83–91 in the final (Madrid)
1967–68 Semi-finals eliminated by Spartak ZJŠ Brno, 64-63 (W) in Milan, 86-103 (L) in Brno
1972–73 Semi-finals eliminated by Ignis Varese, 72-97 (L) in Milan, 100-115 (L) in Varese
1982–83 Final lost to Ford Cantù, 68–69 in the final (Grenoble)
1985–86 Semi-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Cibona, Žalgiris, Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Limoges CSP
1986–87 Champions defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv, 71–69 in the final of European Champions Cup in Lausanne
1987–88 Champions defeated Aris 87–82 in the semi-final, defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 90–84 in the final of the Final Four in Ghent
1989–90 Quarter-finals 5th place in a group with FC Barcelona, Jugoplastika, Limoges CSP, Aris, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Commodore Den Helder and Lech Poznań
1991–92 Final Four 3rd place in Istanbul, lost to Partizan 75–82 in the semi-final, defeated Estudiantes Caja Postal 99–81 in the 3rd place game
1996–97 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by Smelt Olimpija, 94–90 (W) in Milan, 69–73 (L) in Ljubljana, 61-77 (L) in Milan
2013–14 Quarter-finals eliminated 3-1 by Maccabi Tel Aviv, 99-101 (L) and 91-77 (W) in Milan, 63-75 (L) and 66-86 (L) in Tel Aviv
2020–21 Final Four 3rd place in Cologne, lost to FC Barcelona 82–84 in the semi-final, defeated CSKA Moscow 83–73 in the 3rd place game
FIBA Saporta Cup
1970–71 Champions defeated Spartak Leningrad 56–66 (L) in Leningrad and 71-52 (W) in Milan in the double final of FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
1971–72 Champions defeated Crvena zvezda 74–70 in the final of FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup in Thessaloniki
1975–76 Champions defeated ASPO Tours 88–83 in the final of FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup in Turin
1976–77 Semi-finals eliminated by Forst Cantù, 78-101 (L) in Cantù and 98-95 (W) in Milan
1983–84 Final lost to Real Madrid 81–82 in the final (Ostend)
1997–98 Final lost to Žalgiris 67–82 in the final (Belgrade)
FIBA Korać Cup
1977–78 Semi-finals eliminated by Bosna, 79-76 (W) in Milan and 81-101 (L) in Sarajevo
1984–85 Champions defeated Ciaocrem Varese, 91–78 in the final of FIBA Korać Cup in Brussels
1988–89 Semi-finals eliminated by Wiwa Vismara Cantù, 81-95 (L) in Cantù and 70-65 (W) in Milan
1992–93 Champions defeated Virtus Roma, 95-90 (W) in Rome and 106-91 (W) in Milan in the double finals of FIBA Korać Cup
1993–94 Semi-finals eliminated by Stefanel Trieste, 79-96 (L) in Trieste and 103-96 (W) in Milan
1994–95 Final lost to Alba Berlin, 87-87 (D) in Milan and 79-85 (L) in Berlin
1995–96 Final lost to Efes Pilsen, 68-76 (L) in Istanbul and 77-70 (W) in Milan
EuroCup Basketball
2015–16 Quarter-finals eliminated by Dolomiti Energia Trento, 73-83 (L) in Trento and 79-92 (L) in Milan
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
1967 3rd place 3rd place in Rome, lost to Ignis Varese 70–79 in the semi-final, defeated Corinthians 90–89 in the 3rd place game
1968 3rd place 3rd place in Philadelphia, lost to Real Madrid 84–93 in the semi-final, defeated Botafogo 82–54 in the 3rd place game
1983 5th place 5th place with a 2–3 record in a league tournament in Buenos Aires
1987 Champions defeated FC Barcelona 100–84 in the final of FIBA Club World Cup in Milan
McDonald's Championship
1987 3rd place 3rd place in a three teams Tournament in Milwaukee with Milwaukee Bucks and Soviet Union
1989 3rd place 3rd place in Rome, lost to Jugoplastika 97–102 in the semi-final, defeated FC Barcelona 136–104 in the 3rd place game

Matches against NBA teamsEdit

23 October 1987
  Milwaukee Bucks 123–111   Tracer Milano
3 October 2010
  New York Knicks 125–113   Armani Jeans Milano
7 October 2012
  Boston Celtics 105–75   EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
6 October 2015
  Boston Celtics 124–91   EA7 Emporio Armani Milano

Sponsorship namesEdit

Logo of Armani Jeans Milano (2004–2011)

Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:[15]

Notable playersEdit

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.


  1. ^ Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. ^ CHI SIAMO (in Italian).
  2. ^ "CI SIAMO: L'OLIMPIA TORNA EA7 E DOMANI SCATTA LA CAMPAGNA ABBONAMENTI "TUTTI #INSIEME"" [Here we go: Olimpia gets EA7 back and starts the season ticket campaign "All #together" tomorrow]. olimpiamilano.com (in Italian). 7 July 2022. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Le sedici squadre della Divisione Nazionale" [The sixteen teams of the National Division]. Il Littoriale (in Italian). 20 November 1936. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Olimpia, a star is born". www.olimpiamilano.com. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  5. ^ Giuseppe Liotta,Laura Santoro (2009). Giuffrè Editore (ed.). Lezioni di diritto sportivo [Sports law lessons]. p. 146. ISBN 978-88-14-14568-1.
  6. ^ "Domestic leagues roundup: June 15, 2018". euroleague.net. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Legend Messina takes reins in Milan". euroleague.net. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Final Four-bound: AX Armani Exchange Milan". euroleague.net. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  9. ^ CHI SIAMO (in Italian).
  10. ^ "Olimpia will officially retire Mike D'Antoni's 8". olimpiamilano.com. 3 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Eleven Forever: Dino Meneghin's number 11 will be retired by Olimpia". olimpiamilano.com. 28 October 2019.
  12. ^ "EEleven Forever: the legendary career of Dino Meneghin and why he wore number 11". olimpiamilano.com. 11 November 2019.
  13. ^ "#ElevenForever, perché certe notti lasciano il segno e sono indimenticabili" (in Italian). olimpiamilano.com. 20 November 2019.
  14. ^ "The Arthur Kenney first person-diary". olimpiamilano.com. 31 May 2013.
  15. ^ Lega A page on the history of Olimpia Milano. (in Italian) Archived 2010-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Milano cambia "volto", sarà AX Armani Exchange anche in campionato" [Milan changes his "face", it will be AX Armani Exchange also in the Italian League]. basketinside.com (in Italian). 21 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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