After six seasons away, Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt is back in the EuroCup and ready to make some noise. Born from the ashes of the Tatami Rhondorf Basketball club in 1999, the club's growth improved thanks also to the arrival of a major sponsor, Opel. The Skyliners won the German Cup in 2000 and took part in the first two seasons of the modern EuroLeague in 2000-01 and 2001-02. The Skyliners were the 2002 German League regular season champion, but were knocked out by ALBA Berlin in the playoff semifinals. The Skyliners started to compete in the newborn ULEB Cup and won their first-ever German League in 2004 by downing GHP Bamberg 3-2 in the finals to secure a ticket to the EuroLeague for the third time. The next season, the team finished the EuroLeague regular season with a 4-10 record despite its many injuries and later managed to return to the German League finals, but Bamberg got its revenge and celebrated the title. The Skyliners missed the German League playoffs in the next two seasons, but bounced back in the 2007-08 campaign to reach the German League semifinals. The club was back to the playoffs in 2008-09 too, but did even better the following season. Despite a seventh-place regular season finish, the Skyliners heated up when it mattered most and knocked off Gottingen and Bremerhaven to reach the finals. The deciding series came down to the wire – the Skyliners played all possible 15 playoffs games in 2009-10 – and Brose took the German crown. After reaching the 2011 German semifinals, Skyliners earned a berth in the 2011-12 EuroCup, but failed to win a game or advance. Two more quiet seasons followed in which the club did not compete in Europe nor reach the German playoffs, but the return to relevance began in 2014-15 when it reached the semifinals of the FIBA EuroChallenge led by Justin Cobbs and a young Johannes Voigtmann. A year later Skyliners soared to new heights in the FIBA Europe Cup. Jordan Theodore and Quantez Robertson starred as Skyliners reached the competition's final four in France where it bested Enisey in the semifinals and Varese in the championship game to capture the club's first European trophy. Skyliners also placed third in the German League regular season and reached the playoff semifinals that year. Two seasons ago Shavon Shields and Kwame Vaughn were the main weapons as Skyliners reached the Basketball Champions League playoffs, but also missed the German playoffs. This past season Skyliners took a break from European play and, behind league-leading scorer Philip Scrubb, pushed eventual champion FC Bayern Munich to the distance in the German quarterfinals. Now the club from Frankfurt is taking aim at the 7DAYS EuroCup once again.
|FIBA Europe Cup: 2015-16
|German National League: 2003-04
|German National Cup: 2000