Deutsche Bank Skyliners
|Team colors||Blue, White and Orange|
|Head coach||Gordon Herbert|
|Championships||1 FIBA Europe Cup|
1 German Championship
1 German Cup
The club has played in the Basketball Bundesliga since 1999. Its greatest accomplishments were the German Cup competition title in 2000, the German national championship in 2004 and the FIBA Europe Cup in 2016.
Its most famous player has been Pascal Roller, who was selected as Basketball Bundesliga All-Star seven times and played 122 games for the German national basketball team. Roller played ten seasons for the Frankfurt Skyliners until his retirement in 2011. Besides Roller, numerous other players of the German national team played multiple seasons for the Skyliners. A notable non-German basketball player is Mario Kasun, who played for the Skyliners when he was discovered and eventually drafted by the NBA team Orlando Magic in 2002.
- 1 History
- 2 Arena
- 3 Honours and titles
- 4 Team
- 5 Notable players
- 6 Head coach position
- 7 Season by season
- 8 Junior team
- 9 Kit
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In 1999, Dr. Gunnar Wöbke, then manager and former player of TV Tatami Rhöndorf moved his team from Bad Honnef to its current location. The declared goal was to place the team in a big arena in a large city to become a top team in the Basketball Bundesliga and in Europe in the near future. In Bad Honnef, this did not seem possible. After going through several options – including the idea to send the team to Cologne – Sylvia Schenk, the director of Frankfurt's sports department officially announced Frankfurt as the team's new location. Franz-Ludwig Solzbacher, a businessman from Bad Honnef helped organize the Skyliners' first steps but remained patron of the TV Rhöndorf and bought a second division license from EnBW Ludwigsburg to keep Rhöndorf from being relegated.
In its first season as a German elite team it managed to win the German Cup competition. In 2004, they won their first and only Bundesliga title, beating Baskets Bamberg in the finals by 3–2 victories. The following year, the Skyliners had a repeated appearance in the finals, but this time the Baskets Bamberg took the title by 3–2 victories. As in the year before, both teams were almost equally strong.
In 2004 and 2010, the Skyliners finished as runner-up in the German Cup competition, falling against the same opponent with identical victory splits again.
In 2015, the team reached the EuroChallenge Final Four, but the Germans lost both games to finish in fourth place. In the 2015–16 season, Fraport had once again an impressive European campaign, this time in the newly established FIBA Europe Cup. In the Final, Skyliners beat Pallacanestro Varese 66–62 to win its first European cup in history.
The Skyliners play their home games at the 5,002 seat Fraport Arena (until summer 2011, it was called Ballsporthalle Frankfurt).
Honours and titlesEdit
Total titles: 3
- Runners-up: 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|Fraport Skyliners roster|
Updated: 2 February 2020
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Aaron Kayser||Leon Kratzer|
|PF||Shaquille Hines||Niklas Kiel||Marco Voeller|
|SF||Quantez Robertson||Richard Freudenberg|
|SG||Matt McQuaid||Akeem Vargas||Bruno Vrcic|
|PG||Lamont Jones||Daniel Schmidt|
Out on loanEdit
- To appear in this section a player must have played at least two seasons for the club AND 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 at any time.
- Danilo Barthel 5 seasons: '11–'16
- Isaac Bonga 2 seasons: '16–'18
- Robert Garrett 3 seasons: '02–'05
- Stefano Garris 3 seasons: '05–'08
- Alex King 6 seasons: '03–'08
- Konstantin Klein 4 seasons: '12–'16
- Bernd Kruel 3 seasons: '03–'06
- Robert Maras 5 seasons: '00–'05
- Kai Nürnberger 4 seasons: '99–'03
- Pascal Roller 10 seasons: '99–'06, '07–'11
- Johannes Voigtmann 4 seasons: '12–'16
- Aaron Doornekamp 2 seasons: '14–'16
- Andrew Kwiatkowski 2 seasons: '01–'03
- Philip Scrubb 2 seasons: '16–'18
- Mario Kasun 2 seasons: '02–'04
- Jukka Matinen 4 seasons: '02–'06
- Tyrone Ellis 2 seasons: '03–'05
- Malick Badiane 3 seasons: '03–'06
- Rudy Mbemba 3 seasons: '05–'08
- Kavossy Franklin 2 seasons: '04–'06
- Tyron McCoy 2 seasons: '00–'02
- Antonio Meeking 2 seasons: '05–'06, '07–'08
- Chris Williams 2 seasons: '03–'05
Head coach positionEdit
Season by seasonEdit
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||German Cup||European competitions|
|1999–00||1||Bundesliga||3rd||Champion||2 Saporta Cup||R16|
|2000–01||1||Bundesliga||8th||Fourth position||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2001–02||1||Bundesliga||3rd||Third position||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2002–03||1||Bundesliga||7th||2 ULEB Cup||RS|
|2003–04||1||Bundesliga||1st||Runner-up||2 ULEB Cup||RS|
|2004–05||1||Bundesliga||2nd||Fourth position||1 Euroleague||RS|
|2005–06||1||Bundesliga||14th||2 ULEB Cup||RS|
|2007–08||1||Bundesliga||4th||2 ULEB Cup||RS|
|2008–09||1||Bundesliga||7th||Third position||3 EuroChallenge||RS|
|2010–11||1||Bundesliga||3rd||Fourth position||3 EuroChallenge||RS|
|2015–16||1||Bundesliga||3rd||Third position||3 FIBA Europe Cup|
|2016–17||1||Bundesliga||10th||3 Champions League||PO|
|2019–20||1||Bundesliga||Round of 16|
The second team of Skyliners plays in the ProB, the German third division. To develop its young players further, the Skyliners have merged some of their youth departments with Eintracht Frankfurt Basketball.
- "Frankfurt Skyliners". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Frankfurt Topple Varese For Maiden European Title". FIBA Europe. 1 May 2016.
- "Meister und Pokalsieger". Easycredit-bbl.de. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- Teams der NBBL Südwest – Eintracht Frankfurt / FRAPORT SKYLINERS Archived 12 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine, nbbl-basketball.de. Retrieved 29 March 2016. (in German)
- Home | FRAPORT SKYLINERS, fraport-skyliners.de. Retrieved 30 September 2015. (in German)