As one of the biggest and most successful sporting clubs in the world, Barca’s basketball section has been important to its legacy. The club began its haul of trophies in the 1940s, a decade that saw it lift the Copa del Rey five times. Barcelona's next era of greatness came in the 1980s, led by Nacho Solozabal, Chicho Sibilio and Juan Antonio San Epifanio. That stellar group reached the 1984 EuroLeague final before falling to Rome and then won the Saporta Cup in both 1985 and 1986, plus the Korac Cup the following season. Despite those successes, Barcelona still longed for EuroLeague glory. The club added Audie Norris and made it to three straight EuroLeague Final Fours from 1989 to 1991, but lost to eventual champion Split each time – including twice in the Championship Game. Another trio of Final Four trips in the 1990s also proved fruitless, before Barca won a second Korac Cup in 1999. EuroLeague glory finally arrived in 2003 when, with the city hosting the Final Four at Palau Sant Jordi, the great Dejan Bodiroga teamed up with Gregor Fucka, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Juan Carlos Navarro under Coach Svetislav Pesic to carry Barca past Benetton Treviso for its first continental crown. In the 2008-09 season, with Xavi Pascual as new head coach, Barcelona won yet another Spanish League title and returned to the Final Four, but lost to CSKA Moscow. The 2009-10 season was a memorable one as the likes of Navarro, Ricky Rubio, Erazem Lorbek and Pete Mickeal became one of the greatest EuroLeague champions ever with an incredible 20-2 record, overcoming Olympiacos Piraeus in the title game in Paris. Three more Final Four appearances in the next four years were followed by a rare barren run, before the appointment of Jasikevicius as Head Coach in 2020 sparked an immediate upturn. Powered by stars like Nikola Mirotic, Cory Higgins and Nick Calathes, Barca reached the 2021 Championship Game – losing to Anadolu Efes Istanbul – and won a domestic league and cup double, announcing this famous club’s return to the top tier of European basketball.