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Club Atlético Peñarol (basketball)
Club Atlético Peñarol (basketball)

Club Atlético Peñarol Basketball is the senior men's basketball section of the multi-sport club Peñarol, which is located in Montevideo, Uruguay. The team played in the Uruguayan Primera División, which was organized by the Uruguayan Basketball Federation, until its dissolution in 1997. The club is currently playing in Uruguay's second tier league.

History


Peñarol's basketball section dates back to the late 1920s. When Club Piratas was formed; in 1931, it became Peñarol.[2] The club's first league game, which was in the fourth division of Uruguayan basketball, was played in 1940. By 1943, the team was playing in the Uruguayan top-tier level Federal Championship. The following year, Peñarol won the Federal Championship, a tournament including the best basketball teams in Montevideo. In 2003, the league changed its name to the LUB.

In 1945, Peñarol left the Uruguayan Basketball Federation, to play in a new league;[2] the club rejoined the federation in 1947, when the upstart league failed. In 1952, Peñarol again won the Uruguayan Federal Championship. After a down period for the team (with relegation in 1968), Peñarol won the Uruguayan Federal Championship in 1973, 1978, 1979, and 1982. In 1983, the club also won the South American Championship of Champions Clubs, and thus qualified to play at the 1983 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup. In 1985, the club was relegated, beginning a downward spiral, which ended with its expulsion from the Uruguayan Federal Championship in 1997. The club rejoined the Uruguayan Basketball Federation in 2018, competing in Uruguay's third-tier league, the DTA.[2]

Arenas


Peñarol's home games are played at the 4,700 seat "Palacio Peñarol".[1]

Honours and titles


  • Uruguayan Championship Champions (6): 1944, 1952, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1982
  • First Division Winter Tournament Champions (5): 1953, 1955, 1978, 1981, 1982
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