Gianluca Basile announces his retirement

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Antigoni Zachari

13/Feb/17 13:50

After a long and prosperous career, Gianluca Basile decided to retire at 42.

By Eurohoops team /

2010 EuroLeague champion and Eurobasket 1999 gold medalist Gianluca Basile spoke to former teammate Matteo Soragna on La Giornata Tipo and announced his retirement.

“So you stop?”, was Soragna’s question to 1975-born Basile, with the latter answering “I think the time has come”.

Basile began his professional career in 1995 with Pallacanestro Reggiana (currently Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia), where he stayed until late in the past century.

He moved to Bologna and played there until 2005, when he got signed by FC Barcelona. The Italian guard spent 6 seasons in the Spanish team and reached the pinnacle of European basketball in 2010.

He returned to Italy in 2011 to join Cantu, then in 2012 he played for Olimpia Milano. He’d been in Orlandina Basket since 2013 until his retirement.

Basile was the leader of the Italian NT  that won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the best result ever for Italy after 1980, while he also counts 3 Eurobasket medals: Gold (France 1999), Silver (Italy 1997) and Bronze (Sweden 2003).