Bologna won the first Serie A1 title in 1948 and has claimed titles since then in 1969, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1984, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2016. The club is based in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna. They have also won the European Cup in 1973, 1985, 2010, 2012 and 2013. After winning the 2013 European Cup, they became the first European team invited to the Asia Series, playing in the 2013 Asia Series. Major leaguers to appear for Bologna have included Eddy Rodriguez, Eddy Garabito, Chris Aguila, Guillermo Rodriguez, Ronny Cedeño and Julio Ramírez. Former NPB players have included G.G. Sato and Katsuhiro Maeda. Italian national team stars to appear for Bologna have included Roberto Bianchi, Davide Dallospedale, Gianmario Costa, David Sheldon, Daniele Frignani, Mark Talarico, Daniel Newman, Giovanni Pantaleoni, Ilo Bartolucci, Franco Tavoni, Gabriele Ermini, Claudio Liverziani, Paolino Ambrosino, Fabio Milano, Riccardo De Santis and Alex Sambucci.