Central German basketball club

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Central German basketball club
Nickname Wolves
Founded 1958 (as SSV unit Weißenfels)
Hall Weißenfels town hall
(3000 seats)
Homepage www.mitteldeutscherbc.de
Manager Elke Simon-Kuch
Manager Martin Geissler
Trainer Silvano Poropat
league BBL Men
2018/19 : 15th place
Colours Orange / blue
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FIBA Europe Cup Men Champion : 2004
Champion 2. BBL ProA : 2009, 2012, 2017

The Mitteldeutsche Basketball Club (MBC) is a German basketball club from Weißenfels . Since May 2019, following the sale of the naming rights, the team has been participating in the game as Syntainics MBC (original spelling in capital letters SYNTAINICS MBC). With 24th place in the Eternal Table of the Basketball Bundesliga (as of 2017), it is the most successful basketball club in the new federal states .


Founded in the GDR (1952–1991)

The predecessor of the Central German Basketball Club, the SSV Einheit Weißenfels , was founded in 1952. In 1958 the basketball department was founded. The first success of the basketball players was promotion to the second-rate GDR league in 1962, from which they were relegated in 1965. After one rose again in 1972, the relay victory followed in 1979, with which the Weißenfelser obtained the right to participate in the league . The greatest success before the German reunification was the third place in the last league season in 1991, which entitled to participate in the Korać Cup .

Sporting success and financial defeat (1991-2004)

After the turnaround you entered the third-class regional league, in the Korać Cup you were eliminated in the first round. In 1997 the regional league championship followed and with it promotion to the 2nd basketball league . As early as 1999 , he was promoted to the top division, the basketball league . In the first season , SSV Hagebau Weißenfels achieved sixth place and thus the right to participate in the play-offs. There they were only eliminated in the quarter-finals against the Skyliners Frankfurt . Before the 2000/01 season , the team changed its name to Mitteldeutscher Basketball Clu b. With the name Weißenfels one had no chance of attracting new donors in Central Germany, the necessary money for top basketball was only no longer available in and around Weißenfels, said the then managing director Joachim Stumpf (as an entrepreneur in the hardware store also one of the most important donors) in 2000. He associated the new name with the expectation that fans from cities such as Leipzig , Halle or Merseburg would find themselves in this more easily than in the name Weissenfels. In Weißenfels there were also isolated rejection of the name change. At the same time, the team played their home game in the Centennial Hall (3000 seats) in Spergau . In 2002 the town hall in Weißenfels became the permanent home ground of the MBC. Until the end of April 2003, Ingo Wolf was sports manager at Weißenfels for four years.

During the 2003/04 season , the operating company of the Bundesliga team, WSF-Marketing GmbH, filed for insolvency. The management of the basketball league accused MBC of managing director Matthias Hund of “management errors” and “wrong decisions”. According to media reports from March 2004, the team was missing around 400,000 euros of the 1.7 million euros budget. The squad had been strengthened before the start of the season with well-known players such as Wendell Alexis , Stephen Arigbabu and Misan Nikagbatse . The Bundesliga withdrew the team's permission to start because of the bankruptcy. However, the MBC was able to legally enforce its starting right until the end of the season. In terms of sport, the league was managed and internationally, the MBC won a European cup competition, the FIBA EuroCup Challenge, in 2004 as one of the few German clubs (alongside Alba Berlin (1995), BG 74 Göttingen (2010) and Frankfurt Skyliners (2016)) . Due to the license withdrawal, the team was rated as relegated, and since the MBC also did not even receive a license for the second Bundesliga, the MBC was downgraded to the 1st Regionalliga Nord. In May 2004 the Mitteldeutsche Basketball Marketing GmbH (MBM) was founded and became the license holder of the Mitteldeutsche Basketball Club. Jörg Hexel became managing director.

Renewed athletic promotion (since 2004)

The club rose again a year later to the 2nd Bundesliga North, where it was runner-up twice in succession in the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons. From the 2007/08 season , the so-called "wolves" played in the newly founded ProA . In April 2008, at the age of 23 , Martin Geissler took over the position of managing director of the operating company MBM. He also kept his position as team manager, which he took up in 2004. Before that, Geissler was press spokesman from 2002 to 2004. His predecessor Hexel in the office of managing director remained managing partner.

In the 2008/09 season , the ProA championship was celebrated one game day before the end of the season and the athletic promotion to the upper house of German basketball was achieved. There, the MBC was able to ensure relegation early in the 2009/10 season and was at times even within reach of a play-off place. The following season 2010/11 1 the MBC was only able to finish in 17th place in the table after a weak second half. The MBC thus descended again into the ProA.

The following season the MBC spent completely in the top group of the ProA and at the end of the main round moved into the play-offs as first in the table with 23 wins and five losses . There they made it to the finals and thus immediately returned to the basketball league . In the final, the MBC defeated the Kirchheim Knights and thus secured the championship of the 2nd basketball division ProA. The MBC finished the 2012/13 season with the 16th place in the table in the BBL and was able to secure relegation. The 2013/14 season ended with ninth place, the best position in 13 years. On matchday 28, they even moved up to eighth place, which entitles them to participate in the final round. Eighth place could not be kept. Nevertheless, the season was one of the most successful in club history. In the 2014/15 season , the MBC was on a play-off spot in the first quarter and ended the game year in twelfth place.

In September 2015, there was a change at the top of the operating company MBM: Jörg Hexel, who had previously been managing partner, switched to the post of spokesman for the advisory board. Elke Simon-Kuch took over the commercial tasks as the new managing partner, Martin Geissler remained responsible for the sporting and public relations, league and association issues as before. The “Wolves” ended the 2015/16 Bundesliga season with a record of nine wins and 25 defeats on the penultimate place in the table and were relegated to the ProA. In June 2016, in addition to his activities as managing director and team manager, Geissler became fourth partner of Mitteldeutsche Basketball Marketing GmbH (MBM) alongside Simon-Kuch, Hexel and Hans-Michael Schnur.

The MBC started the 2016/17 season under the motto “Mission Recovery”. The young Montenegrin coach Igor Jovović should manage the return to the Bundesliga . The Wolves went first in the table (27 wins and three defeats) in the championship round and were unbeaten in the quarter and semi-finals against Cologne and Kirchheim. Thus the MBC reached the final series, which already meant promotion to the Bundesliga. Here, too, the Jovović squad were harmed, won the first and second leg against Gotha (87:80, 84:62) and became champions. Jovović led the team to relegation in the first year after relegation, at the beginning of June 2018 he used a release clause in his contract to leave the MBC and accept an offer from the Polish first division club Stelmet Zielona Góra . The successor took over the previous assistant coach Aleksandar Šćepanović . At the end of January 2019, Šćepanović returned to the post of assistant coach, and Poropat returned as head coach and was entrusted with the task of leading the relegation-threatened team to stay in the Bundesliga. In May 2019, the MBC signed a contract with the US oil company Puraglobe, under which, for the time being, a change in the team name to Syntainics MBC (original spelling in capital letters SYNTAINICS MBC) was agreed until 2024. In the course of the name change, a new team crest was also presented. The group had already contributed financially to the Mitteldeutscher BC.

Poropat left the MBC after the end of the 2018/19 season, no agreement had been found with the MBC on further cooperation. In return, Wojciech Kamiński was signed by the Polish first division club Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski as a new coach. At the beginning of November 2019, the club announced that Kamiński would take a break of several weeks to recharge his batteries and that assistant coach Šćepanović would therefore temporarily take over the post of head coach again. Shortly afterwards, Managing Director Geissler stated that the break for Kamiński was “a clear decision” by the club's management, and that it was triggered by “mainly sporting reasons”. Whether the Pole would return to the position of coach was initially open. He did not, because on November 14, 2019, Björn Harmsen, an old friend, was signed as the new coach, Šćepanović remained as assistant coach. In mid-February 2020 Harmsen was fired after publicly criticizing players after the first home win of the season, accusing them of lack of commitment in defense and training. Harmsen demanded consequences from the team management, the club in turn accused the trainer of "provocation" and "medial solo effort". According to the association, an "unbridgeable hardening of the fronts" and a "breach of trust" occurred. Under Harmsen's leadership, the MBC had won two out of 13 games. The new coach became a household name: Silvano Poropat signed a contract until the end of the 2019/20 season. The collaboration was then extended.

Home ground

Stadthalle in Weißenfels: home ground of the MBC

The home games are played by the Central German Basketball Club in the Weißenfels town hall. The town hall has a capacity of 2300 seats and 700 standing places. At home games of the Central German BC, it is often referred to as "Wolfsbau" by fans.

Current squad

Squad of the Central German Basketball Club in the 2018/2019 season
Attention: The squad information is out of date!
(current season: 2020/2021)
No. Nat. Surname birth size info Last club
Guards ( PG , SG )
4th LithuaniaLithuania Eimantas Stankevičius 04/01/1998 1.90 m DL LithuaniaLithuania Sabonis basketball center
8th ItalyItaly/GermanyGermany Kenneth Viglianisi 05/16/1992 1.93 m ItalyItaly Lighthouse Conad Trapani
10 GermanyGermany Ferdinand Zylka 04/11/1998 1.90 m DL Rockets
12 United StatesUnited States Trevor Releford December 23, 1991 1.83 m GreeceGreece Promitheas Patras
21st CanadaCanada Adika Peter-McNeilly 04/17/1993 1.91 m MHP giant Ludwigsburg
Forwards ( SF , PF )
6th GermanyGermany David Brembly 02/10/1993 1.97 m Polar bears Bremerhaven
7th GermanyGermany/United StatesUnited States Sergio Kerusch 01/06/1989 1.95 m Polar bears Bremerhaven
9 GermanyGermany Jonas Niedermanner 12/12/1996 2.03 m DL University giant Leipzig
11 GermanyGermany Ferenc Gille 08/10/1998 2.06 m DL VfL Kalbe / Milde
22nd United StatesUnited States Alex Ruoff 08/29/1986 1.98 m SpainSpain Joventut de Badalona
30th GermanyGermany Hans Brase 09/15/1993 2.06 m United StatesUnited States Iowa State University
Center ( C )
31 SerbiaSerbia Aleksandar Marelja 12/06/1992 2.07 m PolandPoland AZS Koszalin
44 GermanyGermany/CroatiaCroatia Benedikt Turudić 01/27/1997 2.07 m DL ALBA BERLIN
Nat. Surname position
CroatiaCroatia Silvano Poropat Head coach
CroatiaCroatia Aleksandar Šćepanović assistant
Abbr. meaning
(C)Captain of the crew Team captain
DL Double license with BSW Sixers
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As of July 19, 2018

Additions: Hans Brase (Iowa State University), Kenneth Viglianisi (Lighthouse Conrad Trapani, Italy), Aleksandar Marelja ( AZS Koszalin , Poland), David Brembly ( Eisbären Bremerhaven ), Ferdinand Zylka ( Rockets ), Trevor Releford ( Promitheas Patras , Greece) , Alex Ruoff ( Joventut de Badalona , Spain), Adika Peter-McNeilly ( MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg )

Departures: Till Gloger ( Gladiators Trier ), Lamont Jones ( MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg ), Djordje Drenovac (destination unknown), Djordje Pantelic (destination unknown), Marcus Hatten (end of career), Malte Schwarz ( Iserlohn Kangaroos ), Kruize Pinkins (Junior Casale, Italy), Andrew Warren (Pallacenestro Montavana, Italy)

Well-known former players

No longer assigned jersey number

  • 14 Tomáš Grepl, 2004–2008, 123 competitive gamesCzech RepublicCzech Republic
  • 16 Sascha Leutloff , 2007–2014, 224 competitive games, 4361 minutesGermanyGermany


Term of office Trainer
12 /1996–03 / 2001 GermanyGermany Frank Menz
03/2001–05/2001 GermanyGermany Jan Rathjen
05/2001–12/2001 United StatesUnited States Tom Snowman
12/2001 CroatiaCroatia Toni Radić
12 / 2001-200312 / Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Sabit Hadžić
2003-2004 FinlandFinland Henrik Dettmann
2004-2007 FinlandFinland Ari Tammivaara
12 /2007-04 / 2008 GermanyGermany Uwe Sauer
04/2008 - 06/2008 GermanyGermany Dirk Dittrich
12 /2008-02 / 2011 GermanyGermany Bjorn Harmsen
02/2011-04/2011 FinlandFinland Anton Mirolybov
12 /2011–12 / 2015 CroatiaCroatia Silvano Poropat
12/2015–05/2016 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Predrag Krunić
2016-2018 MontenegroMontenegro Igor Jovović
2018–01 / 2019 CroatiaCroatia Aleksandar Šćepanović
01/2019–06/2019 CroatiaCroatia Silvano Poropat
2019–11 / 2019 PolandPoland Wojciech Kamiński
11/2019 CroatiaCroatia Aleksandar Šćepanović
11/2019–02/2020 GermanyGermany Bjorn Harmsen
since 02/2020 CroatiaCroatia Silvano Poropat

Past seasons (since 1999)

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ SSV unit Weißenfels eV - club information. In: ssv-basketball.com. Retrieved August 2, 2018 .
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  9. "You lied to us". Retrieved August 5, 2020 .
  10. Mitteldeutsche Basketball Marketing GmbH • Credit rating • Commercial register • Evaluation | HRB 214900. Retrieved March 26, 2017 .
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  13. Birger Zentner: Central German Basketball Club: Simon-Kuch is the new MBC managing director . In: Mitteldeutsche Zeitung . ( mz-web.de [accessed on March 26, 2017]).
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  15. mdr.de: MBC mission with great expectations | MDR.DE . ( mdr.de [accessed on January 27, 2017]). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.mdr.de
  16. Central German Basketball Club: Central German Basketball Club - The wolves are coming! - Igor Jovovic takes over Central German BC. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on January 27, 2017 ; accessed on January 27, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.mitteldeutscherbc.de
  17. mdr.de: Basketball: 33 victories: The way of the MBC back into the Bundesliga | MDR.DE . ( mdr.de [accessed on April 27, 2017]). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.mdr.de
  18. 2. Basketball Bundesliga | In front of an orange wall: MBC is crowned ProA champion! Retrieved May 7, 2017 .
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