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  • Writer's pictureMāris Noviks

Amazing fan base and winning traditions: welcome, Donar Groningen!

Donar Groningen is the second team from the Netherlands which will play in the European North basketball league.

It`s also the third team from the BNXT league after Liege Basket and Landstede Hammers.

Donar Groningen was founded in 1951 as a student basketball club GSSV Donar.

Team became professional in 1973.

It had numerous sponsors in its name but from 2014 plays under the non-sponsored name Donar.

The team has played in various European competitions from 1974.

Groningen participated at the Euroleague qualifiers in the autumn of 2010.

Donar Groningen reached the 2018 FIBA Europe Cup semifinals and played the eventual winner – Umana Reyer Venezia.

Donar Groningen have seven Dutch Basketball league titles – 1982, 2004, 2010, 2014, 2016-2018.

Trophy case includes seven Dutch Cups (2005, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2022) and three Supercups (2014, 2016, 2018).

The team plays at the amazing Martini Plaza.

An indoor arena was built in 1969 and expanded in 2000 – Martini Plaza has a 4300 capacity.

This season the team averaged 2900 spectators – the most spectators among all indoor sports in the Netherlands.

Donar Groningen has a mascot – Thunder.

Club logo features two eagles, inspired by the coat of arms of the city of Groningen.

The team plays in the BNXT league – a combined league with teams from the Netherlands and Belgium.

This season Donar Groningen reached the second round of competition – featuring five teams from the Netherlands and five from Belgium.

The regular season ended on May 3 and Groningen entered the Dutch playoffs.

Donar won the quarterfinal series against BAL Weert, 2-1.

Season ended on May 24 after a 2-3 semifinal loss against Heroes Den Bosch.

Andrej Štimac is the head coach from 2022.

A Croatian coach worked in Switzerland until 2022.

Donar roster included a former Marquette (2017-2021) and Duke (2021-2022) power forward Theo John.

Groningen team had players from the Netherlands, USA, Slovenia, Croatia and Lithuania.

Donar has a new core as most players joined team in 2022 and especially in 2023.

1 comentário

Bas Kammenga
Bas Kammenga
30 de mai.

Martiniplaza was not expanded but rebuilt in 2000 ;-)

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