Club profile: SLUC Nancy Basket

Jul 19, 2014 by Print
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SLUC Nancy BasketComing off a season in which it was contending for titles in France, SLUC Nancy Basket returns to the Eurocup after four years away. Nancy bowed out of the French League semifinals series against Strasbourg only after five games and lost the French Cup finals to Nanterre last season. Now, the club founded in 1967 sets its sights on the Eurocup. Stade Lorraine Universite Club (SLUC) Nancy Basket did not find real success until the early 1990s, when in a short period it climbed its way to the first division in 1995. Two years later Nancy reached the French Cup final and debuted in European competitions with a Korac Cup appearance. The club became a French playoff regular, while winning its first title - the Korac Cup – in 2002, by beating Lokomotiv Rostov in a two-game final series. Nancy thrashed Gravelines to take the 2005 Leaders Cup, but came up short in the three straight French playoff final appearances that followed. In 2006-07, Nancy made its ULEB Cup debut and reached the eighthfinals, before the 2007-08 season brought new reasons to celebrate as the club won its first ever French League title, routing Roanne 84-53 in the championship game. That victory catapulted the club into the 2008-09 Euroleague, where Nancy came within one win of making it to the Top 16. The club’s second French title arrived in 2011 when it beat Cholet in the finals, and its second Euroleague campaign ended after the regular season. The team battled hard to avoid relegation in 2013, but bounced back last season. Now, Nancy looks to continue its rise back towards Europe’s elite.
French League: Semifinalist
French Cup: Finalist