Despite being a small town with no more than 20,000 inhabitants, Ovar has established itself as a city of basketball over the last three decades. The one to blame is Joao Goncalves, general manager of Ovarense Aerosoles over the last three decades, the heart and soul of a team that returns to the ULEB Cup after a disappointing 2004-05 season in which the team lost all its 10 regular season games. The knowledge and passion of this pioneer of Portuguese basketball has turned Ovar into a basketball reference not only in Portugal, but in Europe. The team was totally unknown until 1979, when Ovarense made it to the top division in 1979. It took Ovarense some time to establish itself as one of the main teams in Portugal, but nine years after that, in the 1987-88, the whole city celebrated the team's first league title, confirming that Ovarense was a rising power that was there to stay. Back-to-back Portuguese Cup titles would follow in 1989 and 1990, as the team has placed Ovar squarely in the map for basketball fans around the country. Success has been a regular thing for the team, that won three League Cups (1992, 1997, 2001) and, above all, its second Portuguese League title in 2000. That helped Ovarense earn an Euroleague spot in the 2000-01 season, as the city of Ovar got European exposure at the maximum level. The team had to wait for four long years to lift another title despite being competitive in each and every domestic competition. A new golden era has started for Ovarense, that has won back-to-back Portuguese League title in 2006 and 2007, becoming the new team to beat in its country. Expect diehard support from its fans, as Ovarense will contend for every domestic title while entering its second ULEB Cup season ready to improve its overall perfomance!