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Limoges Cercle Saint-Pierre, commonly referred to as Limoges CSP or CSP, is a French professional basketball club based in the city of Limoges.

Limoges CSP
Limoges CSP logo
LeaguesPro A
EuroCup
Founded1929; 90 years ago (1929)
HistoryLimoges CSP
(1929–present)
ArenaBeaublanc
Capacity5,516
LocationLimoges, France
Team colorsGreen, white, gold
              
Head coachAlfred Julbe
Championships1 EuroLeague
1 Saporta Cup
3 Korać Cups
11 French Leagues
2 French Leagues (Pro B)
6 French Cups
2 Tournoi des As
1 Match des Champions
Retired numbers2 (7, 8)
Websitelimogescsp.com
Uniforms

Contents

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1929, but its peak was during the 1980s and 1990s, when they became the first French club to win a major European-wide title in a team sport, by winning the FIBA European League (EuroLeague) in 1993.

In the 1999–2000 season, Limoges won its 9th top-tier level French League title, but it was relegated to the French second division LNB Pro B, after winning it, because of financial problems. The club didn't get back to its old state for a long time, as it spent the next 3 years in the Pro A, but was relegated again in 2004. Starting with the 2004–05 season, Limoges played in the NM1, the French third division. It took the club six seasons to eventually return to the Pro A.

In the 2013–14 season, Limoges returned to its old glory, as the team captured its 10th French League national championship, by beating Strasbourg IG 0–3 in the French League Finals.[1] Alex Acker was named Finals MVP.

The club thus qualified for the 2014–15 EuroLeague by winning the French League championship, which would be their first appearance in the top European-wide league in 17 seasons. In the EuroLeague, Limoges lost 8 out of 10 games, managing to win against UNICS and Cedevita, before being relegated to the European-wide second tier level EuroCup. In the EuroCup Round of 32, Limoges was eliminated, after finishing 3rd in Group J. In the French Pro A, Limoges once again had a successful season. In the regular season, Limoges finished in 3rd place behind JSF Nanterre and Strasbourg IG, but in the French League playoffs, they made up for that. In the French League Finals, Limoges beat Strasbourg 1–3, to win back-to-back French League titles.[2] Ousmane Camara was named Finals MVP.[3]

ArenaEdit

 
Palais des Sports de Beaublanc, the home arena of Limgoes.

Limoges plays its home games at the Palais des Sports de Beaublanc, which has a seating capacity of 6,500 people.

RosterEdit

 
Dacoury's retired number 7 jersey

Retired numbersEdit

Limoges CSP retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure
7   Richard Dacoury SG/SF 1978–1996
8   Ed Murphy SG 1981–1985

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Limoges CSP roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PF   Carène, Maxime 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 18 – (2001-06-07)7 June 2001
PG   Christon, Semaj 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 26 – (1992-11-01)1 November 1992
PF   Conklin, Brian 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 29 – (1989-09-05)5 September 1989
G   Crusol, Timothé 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 18 – (2001-04-05)5 April 2001
C   Diagne, Atoumane 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 20 – (1998-12-31)31 December 1998
G/F   Ginyard, Marcus 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 97 kg (214 lb) 32 – (1987-05-08)8 May 1987
SF   Invernizzi, Hugo 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 26 – (1993-01-07)7 January 1993
G/F   Lang, Nicolas 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 29 – (1990-05-01)1 May 1990
C   Mbala, Benoit 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 24 – (1995-07-13)13 July 1995
G   Sanford, Vincent 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 28 – (1990-12-05)5 December 1990
PG   Varanauskas, Ovidijus 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 28 – (1991-02-23)23 February 1991
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: August 14, 2019

HonoursEdit

 
Limoges fans celebrating on their home floor, after winning the 2015 LNB Pro A championship[2]
 
The city hall of Limoges, decorated in the colours of the team

Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners (11): 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2013–14, 2014–15
Runners-up (4): 1986–87, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1997–98
Winners (1): 1999–00
Runners-up (2): 2010–11, 2011–12
Winners (2): 1988, 1990
Runners-up (2): 1991, 1992
Winners (1): 2012
Winners (3): 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85
Winners (2): 1993–94, 1994–95
Winners (2): 2000–01, 2011–12

European competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1992–93
3rd place (1): 1989–90
4th place (1): 1994–95
Final Four (3): 1990, 1993, 1995
Winners (1): 1987–88
Winners (3): 1981–82, 1982–83, 1999–00
Runners-up (1): 1986–87
Runners-up (1): 1985

Worldwide competitionsEdit

3rd place (1): 1991
4th place (1): 1993

Other competitionsEdit

4th place (1): 1990

Individual club awardsEdit

Winners (3): 1982–83, 1987–88, 1999–00

Successive shirtsEdit

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

The club has a large fan-base, with a dedicated ultras group called Ultras Green.

Their biggest rival is another legendary French club Pau-Orthez, and they have been trading blows with one another for national supremacy on the hardwood, both figuratively and literally, since the early 1980s. In the 22 seasons between 1983 and 2004, the two clubs combined for 18 French League championships, and multiple games between the two teams resulted in fights among the players, including one that ended in a brawl between Élan supporters and Limoges players, at the old Orthez venue, La Moutète.

Season by seasonEdit

Season by season results of the club in national league, national cup and European-wide competitions.

Season Tier League Pos. French Cup Leaders Cup European competitions
1997–98 1 Pro A 2nd 1 Euroleague GS
1998–99 1 Pro A 7th 2 Saporta Cup R32
1999–00 1 Pro A 1st[a] Champion 3 Korać Cup C
2000–01 2 Pro B 1st
2001–02 1 Pro A 11th
2002–03 1 Pro A 14th
2003–04 1 Pro A 18th[b]
2004–05 3 NM 1 3rd
2005–06 3 NM 1 2nd Round of 32
2006–07 2 Pro B 7th Round of 32
2007–08 2 Pro B 5th Round of 32
2008–09 2 Pro B 3rd Quarterfinalist
2009–10 2 Pro B 2nd Semifinalist
2010–11 1 Pro A 16th Runner-up
2011–12 2 Pro B 1st Runner-up
2012–13 1 Pro A 13th Quarterfinalist
2013–14 1 Pro A 1st Round of 32 Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 Pro A 1st Semifinalist Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS
2015–16 1 Pro A 10th Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague RS
2 Eurocup R16
2016–17 1 Pro A 10th Round of 16
2017–18 1 Pro A 4th Round of 64 Quarterfinalist 2 EuroCup T16
  1. ^ Relegated to Pro B due to financial problems.
  2. ^ Relegated one more league, until NM1, due to financial problems.

International recordEdit

Season Achievement Notes
EuroLeague
1983–84 Semi-final group stage 6th place in a group with FC Barcelona, Banco di Roma Virtus, Jollycolombani Cantù, Bosna and Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
1985–86 Semi-final group stage 6th place in a group with Cibona, Žalgiris, Simac Milano, Real Madrid and Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
1988–89 Quarter-finals 5th place in a group with Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, FC Barcelona, Jugoplastika, Aris, Scavolini Pesaro, CSKA Moscow and Nashua EBBC
1989–90 Final Four 3rd place in Zaragoza, lost to Jugoplastika 83–101 in the semi-final, defeated Aris 103–91 in the 3rd place game
1990–91 Quarter-finals 8th place in a group with FC Barcelona, Pop 84, Scavolini Pesaro, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, Aris, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Kingston Kings
1992–93 Champions defeated Real Madrid Teka 62–52 in the semi-final, defeated Benetton Treviso 59–55 in the final of the Final Four in Athens
1993–94 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by Panathinaikos, 75–68 (W) in Limoges, 48–59 (L) and 73–87 (L) in Athens
1994–95 Final Four 4th place in Zaragoza, lost to Real Madrid Teka 49–62 in the semi-final, lost to Panathinaikos 77–91 in the 3rd place game
FIBA Saporta Cup
1987–88 Champions defeated Ram Joventut 96–89 in the final of European Cup Winners' Cup in Grenoble
1991–92 Quarter-finals 3rd place in a group with PAOK, Glaxo Verona, Sunair Oostende, Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Alba Berlin
1995–96 Quarter-finals 3rd place in a group with Taugrés, Žalgiris, Partizan, Bnei Herzliya and Sunair Oostende
FIBA Korać Cup
1981–82 Champions defeated Šibenka, 90–84 in the final of Korać Cup in Padua
1982–83 Champions defeated Šibenka, 94–86 in the final of Korać Cup in West Berlin
1986–87 Final lost to FC Barcelona, 86–106 (L) in Barcelona and 86–97 (L) in Limoges
1999–00 Champions defeated Unicaja, 80–58 (W) in Limoges and 51–60 (L) in Málaga in the double finals of Korać Cup
McDonald's Championship
1991 3rd 3rd place in Paris, lost to Los Angeles Lakers 101–132 in the semi-final, defeated Slobodna Dalmacija 105–91 in the 3rd place game
1993 4th 4th place in Munich, lost to Buckler Beer Bologna 85–101 in the semi-final, lost to Real Madrid Teka 119–123 in the 3rd place game

In European and worldwide competitionsEdit

The road to the European Cup victoriesEdit

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Basket : Limoges, retour d'un historique". Metronews.fr. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Limoges CSP champion de France 2015 : le film de la soirée". www.lepopulaire.fr. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Ousmane Camara (Limoges) élu MVP de la finale de Pro A". Lequipe.fr. Retrieved 25 August 2016.

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