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LNB Pro A
Current season, competition or edition:
2013–14 LNB Pro A season
LNB Pro A Logo.jpg
Sport Basketball
Founded 1921
No. of teams 16
Country  France
Continent European Union FIBA Europe
Most recent champion(s) JSF Nanterre (1st title)
Most titles ASVEL (17 titles)
Limoges CSP (9 titles)
Pau-Lacq-Orthez (9 titles)
Related competitions French Cup
Semaine des As Cup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier (France)
Relegation to LNB Pro B (2nd Tier)
Official website www.LNB.fr

The LNB Pro A (full name: Ligue Nationale de Basket Pro A; English: Pro National Basketball League A) is the first-tier men's professional basketball league in France. The competition has existed since the year 1921. Since 1987, the Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB) has organized the league. The bottom two placed teams from each season are relegated to the second-tier LNB Pro B.

Format[edit]

All 16 Pro A League teams play each other twice during the regular season. At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The two teams with the worst regular season records are relegated to Pro B.

Through the 1985–86 season, the league championship was determined by a one-off final, or solely by league play. Since then, the format for the league finals has changed many times:[1]

  • 1987–1992: Best-of-3 series
  • 1993: Best-of-5
  • 1994: Best-of-3
  • 1995–1996: Best-of-5
  • 1997–2004: Best-of-3
  • 2005–2012: Single match (at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris)
  • 2013–present: Best-of-5

From the 2003–04 season, through the 2006–07 season, the Pro A League had 18 teams.

Match des champions[edit]

Prize list[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Score Place
2005 Gravelines-Dunkerque Strasbourg 88-71 Gravelines
2006 Dijon Le Mans 70-69 Le Mans
2007 Pau Lacq Orthez Roanne 79-74 Pau
2008 Nancy ASVEL 76-73 Nancy
2009[2] ASVEL Le Mans 76-54 Angers
2010[3] Cholet Orléans 85-79 Cholet
2011[4] Nancy Chalon-sur-Saône 89-83 Nancy
2012[5] Limoges Chalon-sur-Saône 78-76 Paris

Current clubs[edit]

Historical players[edit]

All the French League champions since 1921[edit]

Year Champion Finalist 1st Game 2nd Game 3rd Game 4th Game 5th Game Series
1921 Stade français[6] École polytechnique 23-17
1922 ICAM Lille (1) JA Evreux 14-12
1923 EN Arras (1) Olympique de Paris 34-17
1924 FA Mulhouse (1) Arras 39-37
1925 FA Mulhouse (2) Dinard ASC 44-10
1926 FA Mulhouse (3) SC Tourcoing 39-37
1927 Stade français (2) AS Bon Conseil 45-26
1928 FA Mulhouse (4) FC Roubaix 39-26
1929 FA Mulhouse (5) CS Plaisance 28-26
1930 FA Mulhouse (6) CS Plaisance 28-23
1931 FA Mulhouse (7) CS Plaisance 30-23
1932 CAUFA Reims (1) Cercle des Nageurs de Lyon 50-25
1933 CAUFA Reims (2) Olympique lillois 36-28
1934 Olympique lillois (1) FA Mulhouse 51-28
1935 CA Mulhouse (1) Olympique lillois 40-32
1936 SCPO Paris (1) US Métro 33-23
1937 CA Mulhouse (2) US Métro 19-17
1938 SCPO Paris (2) US Métro 33-23
1939 US Métro (1) BBC Russes 30-27
1942 US Métro (2) Toulouse Université Club 36-14
1943 Grenoble (1) US Métro 23-22
1944 Grenoble (2) US Métro 23-12
1945 Championnet (1) Avia Club 33-23
1946 ESSMG Lyon (1) Championnet 34-28
1947 Paris UC (1) ESSMG Lyon 29-23
1948 Union athlétique de Marseille (1) Championnet 40-29
1949 ASVEL (1) Union athlétique de Marseille 30-29
The championship Excellence was renamed to Nationale
1950 ASVEL (2) AS Monaco 52-40 1-0
1951 Racing CF (1) Paris UC 64-53 1-0
1952 ASVEL (3) Montferrand 48-43 1-0
1953 Racing CF (2) Fougères 57-42 1-0
1954 Racing CF (3) ASVEL 66-57 1-0
1955 ASVEL (4) No finalist -
1956 ASVEL (5) Racing CF 61-41 1-0
1957 ASVEL (6) Paris UC 55-52 1-0
1958 Charleville-Mézières (1) Paris UC 48-44 1-0
1959 Roanne (1) ASVEL 67-52 1-0
1960 Charleville-Mézières (2) SA Lyon 61-57 1-0
1961 Bagnolet (1) No finalist -
1962 Bagnolet (2) Paris UC 66-57 1-0
1963 Paris UC (2) Bagnolet 66-57 1-0
Nationale was renamed to Première Division
1964 ASVEL (7) No finalist -
1965 Denain (1) No finalist -
Première Division was renamed to Nationale 1
1966 ASVEL (8) No finalist -
1967 Bagnolet (3) No finalist -
1968 ASVEL (9) No finalist -
1969 ASVEL (10) No finalist -
1970 Olympique Antibes (1) No finalist -
1971 ASVEL (11) No finalist -
1972 ASVEL (12) No finalist -
1973 AS Berck (1) No finalist -
1974 AS Berck (2) No finalist -
1975 ASVEL (13) No finalist -
1976 Tours (1) No finalist -
1977 ASVEL (14) No finalist -
1978 Le Mans (1) No finalist -
1979 Le Mans (2) No finalist -
1980 Tours (2) Le Mans 72-66 1-0
1981 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (15) Le Mans 85-70 1-0
1982 Le Mans (3) No finalist -
1983 CSP Limoges (1) No finalist -
1984 CSP Limoges (2) No finalist -
1985 CSP Limoges (3) No finalist -
1986 Pau-Orthez (1) No finalist -
1987 Pau-Orthez (2) CSP Limoges 88-*108 *93-76 *82-81 2-1
Nationale 1 was renamed to Nationale 1A
1988 CSP Limoges (4) Cholet 92-*78 *86-79 2-0
1989 CSP Limoges (5) Pau-Orthez 108-*97 *102-96 2-0
1990 CSP Limoges (6) Olympique Antibes 111-*96 *96-100 *103-89 2-1
1991 Olympique Antibes (2) CSP Limoges 102-*108 *102-99 *88-76 2-1
1992 Pau-Orthez (3) CSP Limoges 76-*74 *63-50 2-0
Nationale 1A was renamed to Nationale A1
1993 CSP Limoges (7) Pau-Orthez *65-53 *84-79 69-*73 68-*64 3-1
Nationale A1 was renamed to Pro A
1994 CSP Limoges (8) Olympique Antibes *92-73 87-*81 2-0
1995 Olympique Antibes (3) Pau-Orthez *87-91 *100-96 (ap) 85-*71 81-*80 3-1
1996 Pau-Orthez (4) ASVEL *93-82 *100-77 67-*89 76-*84 *78-72 3-2
1997 PSG Racing (4)[7] ASVEL 72-64* 74-65* 2-0
1998 Pau-Orthez (5) CSP Limoges *84-62 73-*67 2-0
1999 Pau-Orthez (6) ASVEL 74-*64 *73-67 2-0
2000 CSP Limoges (9) ASVEL 87-74 58-69 78-66 2-1
2001 Pau-Orthez (7) ASVEL 90-*78 *64-73 81-*70 2-1
2002 ASVEL (16) Pau-Orthez 77-68 65-64 2-0
2003 Pau-Orthez (8) ASVEL *95-73 78-*102 *74-66 2-1
2004 Pau-Orthez (9) BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque 81-*77 *89-58 2-0
2005 Strasbourg IG (1) SLUC Nancy 72-68 1-0
2006 Le Mans (4) SLUC Nancy 93-88 1-0
2007 Chorale Roanne (2) SLUC Nancy 81-74 1-0
2008 SLUC Nancy (1) Chorale Roanne 84-53 1-0
2009 ASVEL (17) Entente Orléanaise 55-41 1-0
2010 Cholet (1) Le Mans 81-65 1-0
2011 SLUC Nancy (2) Cholet 76-74 1-0
2012 Chalon (1) Le Mans 95-76 1-0
2013 JSF Nanterre (1) Strasbourg IG 55-*89 84-*79 *70-60 *83-77 3-1

In the case of playing finals in the two finalists, the * above the score of the home team. () Indicates the number of titles won by the team cited.

Honor roll[edit]

  • Clubs that have won at least two championships since 1921:
Club Championships Years
ASVEL 17 1949, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 2002, 2009
Limoges CSP 9 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000
Pau-Orthez 9 1986, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
FA Mulhouse 7 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931
Le Mans 4 1978, 1979, 1982, 2006
Paris Basket Racing 4 1951, 1953, 1954, 1997
Olympique Antibes 3 1970, 1991, 1995
Alsace de Bagnolet 3 1961, 1962, 1967
Paris UC 2 1947, 1963
Chorale Roanne 2 1959, 2007
Stade français 2 1921, 1927
CAUFA Reims 2 1932, 1933
CA Mulhouse 2 1935, 1937
SCPO Paris 2 1936, 1938
FC Grenoble 2 1943, 1944
Étoile de Charleville-Mézières 2 1958, 1960
AS Berck 2 1973, 1974
ASPO Tours 2 1976, 1980
SLUC Nancy 2 2008, 2011

LNB champions (since the 1987-88 season)[edit]

Season Champion
1987–88
Limoges
1988–89
Limoges
1989–90
Limoges
1990–91
Antibes
1991–92
Pau-Orthez
1992–93
Limoges
1993–94
Limoges
1994–95
Antibes
1995–96
Pau-Orthez
1996–97
Paris
1997–98
Pau-Orthez
1998–99
Pau-Orthez
1999–00
Limoges
2000–01
Pau-Orthez
2001–02
Lyon-Villeurbanne
2002–03
Pau-Orthez
2003–04
Pau-Orthez
2004–05
Strasbourg
2005–06
Le Mans
2006–07
Roanne
2007–08
Nancy
2008–09
Lyon-Villeurbanne
2009–10
Cholet
2010–11
Nancy
2011–12
Chalon
2012–13
Nanterre

Performance by club[edit]

Club Championships Winning Years
Pau-Orthez
7
1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
Limoges
6
1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000
Antibes
2
1991, 1995
Lyon-Villeurbanne
2
2002, 2009
Nancy
2
2008, 2011
Paris
1
1997
Strasbourg
1
2005
Le Mans
1
2006
Roanne
1
2007
Cholet
1
2010
Chalon
1
2012
Nanterre
1
2013

LNB Pro A awards[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2006–07 French League". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  2. ^ "L'ASVEL surclasse Le Mans". www.lequipe.fr. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cholet au finish". L'equipe. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nancy, avec un grand Batum, dispose de Chalon (89-83)". opl.fr. 2 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Gabriel Pantel-Jouve (20 September 2012). "Le Limoges CSP remporte le Match des Champions". catch-and-shoot.com. 
  6. ^ The French stage wins a championship four teams down early in 1921, defeating in the final the École Polytechnique. Almost thirty years later, as he is challenged by AC Evreux, tournament winner of the Alcazar, which took place on 1 January 1922. In 2002, during a ceremony in honor of a veteran French stage, Robert Cohu, the title of 1921 is officially attributed to the French stage. Gerard Bosc Great History of French basketball, Team Edition 2007, p.51
  7. ^ PSG Racing is the new name of Racing CF

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