Created on 2015-07-16 at 10:30 AM
Long time German international and FCBB player Jan Jagla has ended his career. The 34-year-old Power Forward shared his decision with the club just this week. Jagla played for 16 years and made 116 Bundesliga appearances averaging 5.6 PPG. Only two players have made more appearances, Robin Benzing (159) and Steffen Hamann (118).
“It was a good time to stop playing. I am in my mid thirties and I am looking for a new challenge in life,” said Jan Jagla. “I had my longest stint in Munich. The tremendous atmosphere and the fact that I have family connections will mean that I am connected to Bayern. I would have liked to have ended my career as German Champion but I can happily look back upon my career.”
Jagla will remain in Munich as he is close to receiving his degree in Marketing.
The family man played his final match in the fifth playoff game in an 88-84 loss against Bamberg. He also played in the 83-73 game four victory over Bamberg despite his father being very ill. Two days before game five, Jagla’s father tragically passed away. “What Jan has done not only for the club has been incredible,” said FCBB Chief Executive Marco Pesic. “Jan helped in laying down the blueprint for German Basketball for that we want to thank him and he is always welcome in Munich.
From 2003-2012 Jan Jagla played 141 games for the Germany national team while averaging 6.3 Points per Game. He was selected for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups as well as the 2007, 2009 and 2011 European Championship. He was also selected for the Olympic Games in Beijing back in 2008. In the BEKO BBL Jagla made 188 appearances for three different teams. Meanwhile in the Euroleague Jagla played 48 games while averaging 6.3 Points per Game and 4.0 Rebounds per Game. In the Eurocup Jagla played an additional 50 games averaging 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Jagla’s professional career started back in Berlin in 1999 after winning the German Youth Championship with then second league team TuS Lichterfelde. In 2001 Jagla tried his luck in America and switched to Penn State where he averaged 13.4 points per game during the 2003-2004 season. In 2004, Jagla returned back to Germany and signed with Quakenbrück. Jagla enjoyed success at Spanish team Badalona from 2007-2009. In 2008, the team won the Copa del Rey and the ULEB-Cup (now known as the Eurocup). Jagla won the title with Gdynia in 2010.
After a stopover in Ankara, Jagla joined BEKO BBL new boys FC Bayern Basketball. After playing a season for Alba Berlin and winning the 2014 Cup, the 7 foot giant returned back to FCBB. In his final season Jagla played in 39 games and averaged 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the runners-up.
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.