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Anadolu Efes S.K
Anadolu Efes
Anadolu Efes logo
LeaguesTurkish League
Turkish Cup
Founded1976; 44 years ago (1976)
HistoryEfes Pilsen
Anadolu Efes
ArenaSinan Erdem Dome
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Team colorsNavy, white, red, light blue
Main sponsorEfes Beverage Group
PresidentTuncay Özilhan
Head coachErgin Ataman
Team captainDo?u? Balbay
Championships14 Turkish Championships
11 Turkish Cups
12 Turkish President's Cups
1 FIBA Kora? Cup
Retired numbers1 (7)

Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü (English: Anadolu Efes Sports Club), formerly known as Efes Pilsen, is a Turkish professional basketball team that is based in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the most successful club in the history of the Turkish Super League (BSL), having won the league's championship 14 times. Efes won a total of 37 domestic trophies, more than any other Turkish basketball club.

The home arena of Anadolu Efes S.K. is the Sinan Erdem Dome, in Istanbul, which has a seating capacity of 16,000 for basketball games. The club has its own practice facility in the district of Bahçelievler, which was built in 1982. The team competes in the Turkish Super League and the EuroLeague. The team is owned by the Efes Beverage Group.

Anadolu Efes has developed a fierce rivalry with Fenerbahçe in recent years. The two clubs often meet in playoff series and cup finals.


The club was established in 1976, as Efes Pilsen S.K., by taking over the Turkish second-division club Kad?köyspor, which had failed due to financial problems.[1] Its initial sponsor was its former longtime namesake, Efes Pilsen, a subsidiary of the Anadolu Group. It won the 1978 Turkish second division national championship undefeated, earning promotion to the Turkish first division, where it has continuously competed ever since. In its first top-flight season (1978-79), Efes Pilsen S.K. won the Turkish national league title, immediately establishing itself as one of the country's top clubs.

After finishing 2nd in the 1992-93 FIBA European Cup, Efes Pilsen S.K. won the 1995-96 FIBA Kora? Cup, which marked the first-ever European-wide title won by a Turkish club, in any team sport. Efes Pilsen S.K. (later renamed Anadolu Efes S.K.) has also become a fixture in the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague, making it to the competition's EuroLeague Final Four in 2000, and also to the FIBA SuproLeague's 2001 Final Four, and finishing 3rd on both occasions.[2]

In 2011, the club changed its name to Anadolu Efes S.K., after the TAPDK (Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority) in Turkey, prohibited the advertisement of tobacco and alcohol products in sports organizations.[3]

In the 2017-18 season, Efes finished in the 16th and last place in the EuroLeague.

In the 2018-19 season, Efes had success in the EuroLeague as it managed to clinch the fourth-seed in the regular season. In the play-offs, the team beat FC Barcelona to advance to its first EuroLeague Final Four in 19 years.[4] In the semi-final, Efes beat Fenerbahçe 92-73 to reach its first EuroLeague Final in history.[5] In the championship game, Efes was defeated by CSKA Moscow, eventually finishing as runner-up. In the same season, Efes won its first BSL championship since 2009. In Game 7 of the Finals against Fenerbahçe, Efes won 89-74 after Shane Larkin scored 38 points. Larkin was later named BSL Finals MVP.[6]

Home arenas

For many years, Efes has used the Abdi ?pekçi Arena, with a seating capacity of 12,270, to host its home games. Currently, Efes uses the 16,000 seat Sinan Erdem Dome, to host its home games.[7]


Domestic competitions

Winners (14) (record): 1978-79, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2008-09, 2018-19
Runners-up (11): 1985-86, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16
Winners (11) (record): 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2014-15, 2018
Runners-up (3): 2003-04, 2013-14, 2017
Winners (12) (record): 1986, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018, 2019
Runners-up (11): 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2016

European competitions

Runners-up (1): 2018-19
3rd place (2): 1999-00, 2000-01
Final Four (3): 2000, 2001, 2019
Runners-up (1): 1992-93
Winners (1): 1995-96

Other competitions

3rd place (1): 1996
  • Gloria Cup
Runners-up (1): 2019


Current roster

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

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Bryant Dunston Tibor Pleiß Sertaç ?anl?
PF Chris Singleton Adrien Moerman Alec Peters Yi?itcan Saybir
SF Krunoslav Simon James Anderson Tolga Geçim
SG Shane Larkin Rodrigue Beaubois Mustafa Kurtuldum
PG Vasilije Mici? Do?u? Balbay Bu?rahan Tuncer Ömercan ?lyaso?lu

(colours: Turkish or homegrown players; foreign players)

Squad changes for the 2019-2020 season


Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
8 Turkey SF Tolga Geçim (from Turkey Banvit)
25 United States PF Alec Peters (from Russia CSKA Moscow)
2 United States PF Chris Singleton (from Spain FC Barcelona)


Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

Retired numbers

Anadolu Efes retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure Ceremony date
7 North Macedonia Petar Naumoski PG 1992-1994, 1995-1999 9 February 2017[8]

Notable players

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

Season by season

Season Tier Division Pos. Cup competitions European Competitions
1976-77 2 TB2L
1977-78 2 TB2L 1st
1978-79 1 TBL 1st
1979-80 1 TBL 2nd Played EuroLeague
1980-81 1 TBL 3rd Played Cup Winners' Cup
1981-82 1 TBL 3rd Played Kora? Cup
1982-83 1 TBL 1st Played Kora? Cup
1983-84 1 TBL 1st Played EuroLeague
1984-85 1 TBL 5th Played EuroLeague
1985-86 1 TBL 2nd
1986-87 1 TBL 3rd Played Cup Winners' Cup
1987-88 1 TBL 5th Played Kora? Cup
1988-89 1 TBL 3rd Played Kora? Cup
1989-90 1 TBL 4th Kora? Cup Quarterfinalist
1990-91 1 TBL 5th Played Kora? Cup
1991-92 1 TBL 1st Played Kora? Cup
1992-93 1 TBL 1st Saporta Cup Runner-up
1993-94 1 TBL 1st Champion EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
1994-95 1 TBL 3rd Played EuroLeague
1995-96 1 TBL 1st Champion Kora? Cup Champion
1996-97 1 TBL 1st Champion EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
1997-98 1 TBL 2nd Champion EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
1998-99 1 TBL 2nd EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
1999-00 1 TBL 2nd Semifinalist EuroLeague Semifinalist3rd
2000-01 1 TBL 2nd Champion SuproLeague Semifinalist3rd
2001-02 1 TBL 1st Champion EuroLeague Top 16
2002-03 1 TBL 1st Semifinalist EuroLeague Top 16
2003-04 1 TBL 1st Runner-up EuroLeague Top 16
2004-05 1 TBL 1st Quarterfinalist EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
2005-06 1 TBL 2nd Champion EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
2006-07 1 TBL 2nd Champion EuroLeague Top 16
2007-08 1 TBL 4th Semifinalist EuroLeague Top 16
2008-09 1 TBL 1st Champion EuroLeague Regular Season
2009-10 1 TBL 2nd Semifinalist EuroLeague Top 16
2010-11 1 TBL 4th Quarterfinalist EuroLeague Top 16
2011-12 1 TBL 2nd Semifinalist EuroLeague Top 16
2012-13 1 TBL 3rd Quarterfinalist EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
2013-14 1 TBL 5th Runner-up EuroLeague Top 16
2014-15 1 TBL 2nd Champion EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
2015-16 1 BSL 2nd Quarterfinalist EuroLeague Top 16
2016-17 1 BSL 3rd Runner-up EuroLeague Quarterfinalist
2017-18 1 BSL 3rd Champion EuroLeague Regular season
2018-19 1 BSL 1st Runner-up EuroLeague Runner-up

International record

Matches against NBA teams

In 2006, Efes Pilsen became the first Turkish basketball club to be invited to play with NBA teams. They competed against the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Colorado on October 11, and against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California on October 12.[9] In 2007, Efes Pilsen hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Abdi ?pekçi Arena.[10]

10 October 2006
Denver Nuggets United States 118–102 Turkey Efes Pilsen
12 October 2006
Golden State Warriors United States 120–66 Turkey Efes Pilsen
6 October 2007
Minnesota Timberwolves United States 84–81 Turkey Efes Pilsen

Head coaches


  1. ^ History Archived August 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ Our Successes Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine,
  3. ^ Announcement Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine,
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  8. ^ "Anadolu Efes retired the jersey of Naumoski". 9 February 2017.
  9. ^ ESPN - Turkish power Efes Pilsen no match for Warriors - NBA
  10. ^ Efes Pilsen: 81 - Minnesota Timberwolves: 84.

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