Basketball in Tuscany

 
[Photo Credits: Sutor Fabi Montegranaro]
[Photo Credits: Sutor Fabi Montegranaro]
There is a sport in Tuscany that gives a lot of satisfaction to its fans: this is basketball. The most famous team is from Siena and is called “Montepaschi”. After last season of records, Montepaschi team has started this year with the dual goal of trying to reconfirm itself at the top of the Italian league and to play a season of high profile at a European level. The most important achievements of Montepaschi Siena are the gold medal in 5 championships in a row and the first place in the Italian Final Eight. Montepaschi Siena is the only Italian team that is currently playing in the Eurolegue. For more info. Concerning the second level of the Italian championship, named Lega 2 (another professional championship with the A Series of Basket), Tuscany can rely on Pistoia. At the moment this team is at number one of the Italian rank of Lega 2. More info here.
[Photo Credits: Duccio Bartolozzi]
[Photo Credits: Duccio Bartolozzi]
There are other non-professional teams in Tuscany like Lucca , Florence, Empoli, Castel Fiorentino and Cecina, all involved in minor championships. Also women play basketball at a good level in Tuscany, the most important team being “Le Mura” of Lucca. In addition to the official championship, there are many events connected to basketball in Tuscany, like the DNA, DNB and DNC finals of the Italian Cup on March 15-17 and the Italian Cup for Female Basketball also in March.