Limoges CSP returns to the 7DAYS EuroCup looking to build on a very competitive season. Two of its youngest talents, William Howard and Axel Bouteille, became Limoges's leaders, giving the team a fresh, new identity. Limoges struggled early in the EuroCup regular season and won only two of its first eight games. Back-to-back wins against Tofas Bursa and Arka Gdynia sent Limoges to the Top 16 against all odds. Limoges went to a rough Top 16 group with three very experienced teams - Valencia Basket, Unicaja Malaga and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. It finished the Top 16 with a 1-5 record, but four of those losses came by 7 points or loss. Limoges then returned its attention to domestic competitions. It lost against AS Monaco in the French Cup eighthfinals, reached the Leaders Cup semifinals before losing to SIG Strasbourg and ranked seventh at the end of the French League regular season. Once again Monaco stood in its path of further success, stopping Limoges in the quarterfinals. Limoges will try to keep growing in the 2019-20 season.
Founded in 1929, Limoges Cercle Saint-Pierre spent half a century competing at the regional and local levels until it reached the French elite in 1978. By 1982, led by Richard Dacoury, Apollo Faye and Ed Murphy, the club conquered the French Cup and had a smashing debut in European competitions; Limoges won the 1982 Korac Cup by beating Drazen Petrovic and Sibenka. The next year, Limoges again prevailed against the same opponent in the Korac Cup final. Limoges won its first French championship in 1983 and successfully defended it in both 1984 and 1985. Its EuroLeague debut came in 1984 and Limoges won the Saporta Cup in 1988 after defeating Joventut Badalona in overtime. It went on to win three consecutive French titles between 1988 and 1990 and made it to the 1990 EuroLeague Final Four, but lost to Jugoplastika Split. Bozidar Maljkovic took over as head coach and with Michael Young, Jure Zdovc and Frederic Forte – who served as the club's president from 2004 until his untimely death in December 2017 – led Limoges to the 1993 Final Four, where it played the underdog role to perfection. Limoges defeated Real Madrid and Benetton Treviso to become the first – and to date only – French team to win the EuroLeague. Limoges won the French League that season and added the French League and Cup double in 1994 before getting back to the EuroLeague Final Four in 1995. Head coach Dusko Ivanovic led Limoges to another outstanding season with three titles – the French League and Cup and Korac Cup – in 2000 with Marcus Brown and Yann Bonato as its stars. The dynasty suffered a hit when financial and legal troubles took Limoges to the third division four years later. It climbed back to the second division in 2006 and returned to the elite in 2010 – for one year only. But Limoges came back to the French League for good in 2012 and quickly lived up to its old standards. Limoges ranked second after the French League regular season and downed ASVEL Basket, JDA Dijon and Strasbourg in the playoffs to conquer the title. That led to Limoges making its first EuroLeague appearance in 16 years, but it did not advance past the regular season and its EuroCup campaign that followed ended in the Last 32. However, Limoges did successfully defend its French League title by sweeping Le Havre and SLUC Nancy on the way to the finals, where it ousted Strasbourg to lift the French crown for the 11th time. Limoges's return to the EuroLeague in the 2015-16 season did not last past the regular season once again. Limoges has been held trophyless at home in the last four seasons, but this historic club will be looking for an upturn in fortunes in the 2019-20 campaign in what will be its fifth EuroCup experience in six years.