Limoges CSP

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Limoges CSP
Leagues Pro A
Founded1929;92 years ago (1929)
HistoryLimoges CSP
(1929–present)
Arena Beaublanc
Capacity6,506
Location Limoges, 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)
Website limogescsp.com

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

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History

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]

Arena

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

Roster

Dacoury's retired number 7 jersey RichardDacoury.jpg
Dacoury's retired number 7 jersey

Retired numbers

Limoges CSP retired numbers
NoNat.PlayerPositionTenure
7 Flag of France.svg Richard Dacoury SG/SF 1978–1996
8 Flag of the United States.svg Ed Murphy SG 1981–1985

Current roster

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

Limoges CSP roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.Nat.NameHt.Wt.Age
F/C 0 Flag of Cameroon.svg Mbala, Benoit 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)104 kg (229 lb)25 – (1995-07-13)13 July 1995
G/F 1 Flag of the United States.svg Ginyard, Marcus 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)97 kg (214 lb)34 – (1987-05-08)8 May 1987
PG 3 Flag of France.svg Beyhurst, Ludovic 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)76 kg (168 lb)22 – (1999-01-05)5 January 1999
PG 5 Flag of France.svg Crusol, Timothé 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)20 – (2001-04-05)5 April 2001
SF 10 Flag of France.svg Invernizzi, Hugo 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)90 kg (198 lb)28 – (1993-01-07)7 January 1993
F/C 14 Flag of Cuba.svg Paumier, Grismay 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)22 – (1998-07-12)12 July 1998
G/F 15 Flag of France.svg Lang, Nicolas 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)90 kg (198 lb)31 – (1990-05-01)1 May 1990
C 16 Flag of France.svg Boutsiele, Jerry 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)94 kg (207 lb)29 – (1992-04-20)20 April 1992
G 23 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Scrubb, Philip 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)84 kg (185 lb)28 – (1992-11-27)27 November 1992
PF 24 Flag of North Macedonia.svg Travis, Romeo 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)104 kg (229 lb)36 – (1984-12-10)10 December 1984
PG 44 Flag of the United States.svg Smith, Speedy 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)82 kg (181 lb)28 – (1993-01-28)28 January 1993
F 50 Flag of Brazil.svg Caboclo, Bruno 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)99 kg (218 lb)25 – (1995-09-21)21 September 1995
Head coach
  • Flag of France.svg Mehdy Mary
Assistant coach(es)
  • Flag of France.svg Romain Chenaud
  • Flag of France.svg Benjamin Villeger

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Updated: May 27, 2021

Depth chart

Pos.Starting 5Bench 1Bench 2
C Jerry Boutsiele Atoumane Diagne
PF Benoit Mbala Bruno Caboclo Maxime Carène
SF Marcus Ginyard Hugo Invernizzi
SG Philip Scrubb Nicolas Lang
PG Speedy Smith Timothé Crusol

Honours

Limoges fans celebrating on their home floor, after winning the 2015 LNB Pro A championship Le public de Beaublanc celebre sur le terrain le titre !.JPG
Limoges fans celebrating on their home floor, after winning the 2015 LNB Pro A championship
The city hall of Limoges, decorated in the colours of the team La Mairie de Limoges aux couleurs du Limoges CSP.JPG
The city hall of Limoges, decorated in the colours of the team

Domestic competitions

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 competitions

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 competitions

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

Other competitions

4th place (1): 1990
Winners (1): 2014
Winners (1): 2014
Winners (1): 2015
Winners (1): 2015

Individual club awards

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

Successive shirts

Supporters and rivalries

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 season

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

Season Tier LeaguePos. French Cup Leaders Cup European competitions
1997–981 Pro A 2nd1 Euroleague GS
1998–991 Pro A 7th2 Saporta Cup R32
1999–001 Pro A 1st [lower-alpha 1] Champion3 Korać Cup C
2000–012 Pro B 1st
2001–021 Pro A 11th
2002–031 Pro A 14th
2003–041 Pro A 18th [lower-alpha 2]
2004–053 NM 1 3rd
2005–063 NM 1 2ndRound of 32
2006–072 Pro B 7thRound of 32
2007–082 Pro B 5thRound of 32
2008–092 Pro B 3rdQuarterfinalist
2009–102 Pro B 2ndSemifinalist
2010–11 1 Pro A 16thRunner-up
2011–122 Pro B 1stRunner-up
2012–13 1 Pro A 13thQuarterfinalist
2013–14 1 Pro A 1stRound of 32Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 Pro A 1stSemifinalist 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
2018–19 1 Pro A 7th Round of 16 Semifinalist 2 EuroCup T16
  1. Relegated to Pro B due to financial problems.
  2. Relegated one more league, until NM1, due to financial problems.

International record

SeasonAchievementNotes
EuroLeague
1983–84 Semi-final group stage6th place in a group with FC Barcelona, Banco di Roma Virtus, Jollycolombani Cantù, Bosna and Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
1985–86 Semi-final group stage6th place in a group with Cibona, Žalgiris, Simac Milano, Real Madrid and Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
1988–89 Quarter-finals5th place in a group with Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, FC Barcelona, Jugoplastika, Aris, Scavolini Pesaro, CSKA Moscow and Nashua EBBC
1989–90 Final Four3rd place in Zaragoza, lost to Jugoplastika 83–101 in the semi-final, defeated Aris 103–91 in the 3rd place game
1990–91 Quarter-finals8th place in a group with FC Barcelona, Pop 84, Scavolini Pesaro, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, Aris, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Kingston Kings
1992–93 Championsdefeated 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-finalseliminated 2–1 by Panathinaikos, 75–68 (W) in Limoges, 48–59 (L) and 73–87 (L) in Athens
1994–95 Final Four4th 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 Championsdefeated Ram Joventut 96–89 in the final of European Cup Winners' Cup in Grenoble
1991–92 Quarter-finals3rd place in a group with PAOK, Glaxo Verona, Sunair Oostende, Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Alba Berlin
1995–96 Quarter-finals3rd place in a group with Taugrés, Žalgiris, Partizan, Bnei Herzliya and Sunair Oostende
FIBA Korać Cup
1981–82 Championsdefeated Šibenka, 90–84 in the final of Korać Cup in Padua
1982–83 Championsdefeated Šibenka, 94–86 in the final of Korać Cup in West Berlin
1986–87 Finallost to FC Barcelona, 86–106 (L) in Barcelona and 86–97 (L) in Limoges
1999–00 Championsdefeated Unicaja, 80–58 (W) in Limoges and 51–60 (L) in Málaga in the double finals of Korać Cup
McDonald's Championship
1991 3rd3rd 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 4th4th 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 competitions

The road to the European Cup victories

Notable players

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Head coaches

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References

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