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Bilbao Basket
RETAbet Bilbao Basket
RETAbet Bilbao Basket logo
NicknameHombres de negro
(Men in Black)
LeaguesLiga ACB
Basketball Champions League
Founded7 March 2000; 20 years ago (2000-03-07)
HistoryClub Basket Bilbao Berri
ArenaBilbao Arena
LocationBilbao, Spain
Team colorsBlack, Silver
Main sponsorRETAbet
PresidentKoldo Mauraza
Head coachÁlex Mumbrú
Retired numbers1 (14)
WebsiteOfficial website

Club Basket Bilbao Berri S.A.D.,[1] commonly known as Bilbao Basket (pronounced [bil'?ao bas'ket]) and as RETAbet Bilbao Basket for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Bilbao, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB. Their home arena is the Bilbao Arena.


The club was founded in 2000 replacing the former city clubs: Cajabilbao and SD Patronato. After four seasons between LEB and LEB 2, Bilbao promoted to Liga ACB in 2004 by winning by 3-1 to Baloncesto León in the LEB semifinals.

Bilbao spent ten seasons in the top tier of the Spanish basketball becoming finalist of the league in the 2010-11 season, where it lost in the finals to FC Barcelona by 3-0. In 2012, Bilbao played the EuroLeague and it was eliminated in the quarterfinals by CSKA Moscow, who won the series by 3-1.

The best era of the club finished in 2013, when it lost the 2013 Eurocup Final at Charleroi against Lokomotiv Kuban.

On 17 July 2014, the ACB excluded Bilbao Basket from the Liga ACB due to its financial trouble,[2] but on 8 August, the Association was forced to retire the exclusion and finally Bilbao Basket remained in the Spanish top league.[3]

The club played four more seasons in Liga ACB until their relegation on 13 May 2018, after losing against Baskonia the Basque derby by 74-78.

Sponsorship naming

Bilbao Basket has had several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship:

  • Lagun Aro Bilbao Basket: 2004-07
  • iurbentia Bilbao Basket: 2007-09
  • Bizkaia Bilbao Basket: 2009-11
  • Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket: 2011-2012[4]
  • Uxúe Bilbao Basket: 2012-2013[5]
  • Dominion Bilbao Basket: 2015-2016[6]
  • RETAbet Bilbao Basket: 2016-present[7]


Home arenas


Retired numbers

Bilbao Basket retired numbers
No. Nat. Player Position Tenure
14 Spain Javi Salgado PG 2001-2010, 2016-2019

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
C Ond?ej Balvín Aaron Jones Felipe dos Anjos
PF Arnoldas Kulboka Moses Kingsley
SF Jaros?aw Zyskowski Quentin Serron Álex Reyes
SG Jaylon Brown Tomeu Rigo
PG Ludvig Håkanson Jonathan Rousselle

Colours: Blue = homegrown player; Red = non-FIBA Europe player

Head coaches

Season by season

Season Tier Division Pos. W-L Copa del Rey Other cups European competitions
2000-01 3 LEB 2 13th 13-20
2001-02 3 LEB 2 1st 31-8 Copa LEB 2 C
2002-03 2 LEB 6th 21-14 Copa Príncipe RU
2003-04 2 LEB 1st 29-14 Copa Príncipe SF
2004-05 1 Liga ACB 14th 12-22
2005-06 1 Liga ACB 15th 13-21
2006-07 1 Liga ACB 10th 15-19
2007-08 1 Liga ACB 7th 21-15 Semifinalist Supercopa RU
2008-09 1 Liga ACB 8th 15-19 2 Eurocup SF 11-3
2009-10 1 Liga ACB 9th 16-18 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup 3rd 13-5
2010-11 1 Liga ACB 2nd 26-17 Quarterfinalist
2011-12 1 Liga ACB 6th 19-17 Supercopa SF 1 Euroleague QF 10-10
2012-13 1 Liga ACB 7th 20-17 Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RU 13-4
2013-14 1 Liga ACB 14th 12-22 Supercopa SF 2 Eurocup L32 8-8
2014-15 1 Liga ACB 5th 21-18 Quarterfinalist
2015-16 1 Liga ACB 10th 16-18 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup L32 11-5
2016-17 1 Liga ACB 10th 14-18 2 EuroCup RS 3-5
2017-18 1 Liga ACB 17th 8-26 2 EuroCup RS 2-8
2018-19 2 LEB Oro 2nd 29-12 Copa Princesa RU
2019-20 1 Liga ACB 8th 15-13 Quarterfinalist

Trophies and awards


Individual awards

All-ACB First Team

EuroCup MVP

All-EuroCup First Team

All-EuroCup Second Team

EuroCup Coach of the Year

Notable players

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

Matches against NBA teams

6 October 2013
Bilbao Basket 104–106 Philadelphia 76ers
Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo
Attendance: 13,538


Bilbao Basket has a strong rivalry with Saski Baskonia. Their games together are called the Basque basketball derby.

Fundación Bilbao Basket

Fundación Bilbao Basket is the reserve team of Bilbao Basket. It currently plays in Primera División, the fifth tier of Spanish basketball.

Season by season

Season Tier Division Pos. W-L
2019-20 5 1ª División 12th[a] 5-13
  1. ^ Season curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. ^ "Relación de SAD -- Portal del Consejo Superior de Deportes" (in Spanish). Consejo Superior de Deportes. Archived from the original on 2 April 2017. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Bilbao Basket no completa el proceso de inscripción para la Liga Endesa 14-15" (in Spanish). July 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Comunicado Oficial de la ACB" (in Spanish). 8 August 2014.
  4. ^ "El Gescrap Bizkaia ya es una realidad" (in Spanish). November 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Nace el Uxúe Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). December 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Dominion, nuevo patrocinador principal del Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). March 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Nace RETAbet Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). 27 October 2016.

External links

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