ASVEL Basket

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LDLC ASVEL
LDLC ASVEL logo
LeaguesJeep ELITE
EuroCup
Founded1948; 70 years ago (1948)
ArenaL'Astroballe
Capacity5,556
LocationVilleurbanne, Lyon, France
Team colorsWhite, black
         
Main sponsorInfinity Nine Sports
PresidentTony Parker
Head coachZvezdan Mitrović
OwnershipTony Parker
Championships18 French Championships
8 French Cups
2 French Supercups
1 French Federation Cup
1 French Leaders Cup
Retired numbers2 (4, 4)
Websiteldlcasvel.com
Uniforms

ASVEL Basket, commonly known as ASVEL or sometimes as ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, and also known as LDLC ASVEL for sponsorship reasons,[1] is a French professional basketball team that is located in the city of Villeurbanne, which is a suburb of Lyon, France. The club, which is the basketball section of the ASVEL multi-sports club, competes in the top-tier level French Pro A League. The club's home games are played at L'Astroballe, which seats 5,556 people.[2]

In 2014, Tony Parker became the president of the club. In 2017, Nicolas Batum became the club's director of basketball operations.

Logos and branding[edit]

On September 11, 2018, the club changed its name to LDLC ASVEL for sponsorship reasons. Along with this change, the club changed its main colors from green to black and white.[3] The decision was made with the explanation that, "when you are European, green is a colour that does not make you dream", and was followed by criticism from fans.[4] The new logo, used since 2018, consists of the number four, which refers to ASVEL legend Alain Gilles, while also keeping the V that was used in the previous logo.

History[edit]

The parent club was founded in 1948, with the merger of two multi-sport clubs in Lyon and vicinity; ASVEL is an acronym combining the names of the predecessor clubs—Association Sportive Villeurbanne and Éveil Lyonnais. In its history, ASVEL has won 18 French Pro A League championships, 8 French Cups, two French Supercups, one French Federation Cup, and one Semaine des As Cup (French Pro A Leaders Cup), which makes it the most titled basketball club in France.

In 2014, former San Antonio Spurs star, and former senior French national team player, Tony Parker, became the club's president. In the French Pro A League 2015–16 season, ASVEL won its 18th French League title, after beating Strasbourg IG 3 games to 2 in the French Pro A League Finals. ASVEL was down 2–0 in the series, but won three games in a row to take the championship.[5]

In March 2017, NBA player, Nicolas Batum, became a shareholder in Infinity Nine Sports, the main investment company behind the club, and took over the position as director of basketball operations. Tony Parker remained majority owner, and ASVEL President.[6] In 2018, the club signed a 10 year name sponsorship agreement with LDLC. The club also changed its main team colors from the original white and green to white and black, and changed its main logo design.[7]

Arenas[edit]

Interior view of the L'Astroballe in 2017

L'Astroballe, with a seating capacity of 5,556 has been used as the long-time home arena of ASVEL. In July 2016, ASVEL announced that it would build a new multi-functional arena, with a seating capacity of 10,500 spectators.[8] The arena is projected to cost €60 million euros.[9]

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (18): 1948–49, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1980–81, 2001–02, 2008–09, 2015–16
Runners-up (7): 1953–54, 1958–59, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03
Winners (8): 1952–53, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08
Runners-up (5): 1953–54, 1954–55, 1958–59, 2001–02, 2015–16
Winners (1): 2010
Runners-up (1): 2017
Winners (2): 2009, 2016
Runners-up (1): 2008
Winners (1): 1983–84
Runners-up (1): 1981–82

European competitions[edit]

Semifinalists (2): 1975–76, 1977–78
4th place (1): 1996–97
Final Four (1): 1997
Runners-up (1): 1982–83
Semifinalists (2): 1984–85, 1986–87
Semifinalists (1): 1995–96
3rd place (2): 1953, 1966

Season by season[edit]

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

Season Tier League Pos. French Cup A Leaders Cup European competitions
2008–09 1 Pro A 1st Quarterfinalist Semifinalist 2 Eurocup RS
2009–10 1 Pro A 9th Round of 16 Champion 1 Euroleague RS
2010–11 1 Pro A 11th Semifinalist Semifinalist 1 Euroleague QR2
2 Eurocup RS
2011–12 1 Pro A 12th Round of 16 1 Euroleague QR2
2 Eurocup L16
2012–13 1 Pro A 3rd Semifinalist Quarterfinalist
2013–14 1 Pro A 7th Round of 32 2 Eurocup RS
2014–15 1 Pro A 6th Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague QR3
2 Eurocup RS
2015–16 1 Pro A 1st Runner-up Semifinalist 3 FIBA Europe Cup L16
2016–17 1 Pro A 4th Round of 32 Runner-up 3 Champions League QF
2017–18 1 Pro A 6th Quarterfinals Semifinalist 2 EuroCup T16

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
EuroLeague
1964–65 Quarter-finals eliminated by Real Madrid, 65-83 (L) in Villeurbanne and 65-84 (L) in Madrid
1966–67 Quarter-finals 4th place in a group with Simmenthal Milano, AŠK Olimpija and Racing Mechelen
1969–70 Quarter-finals 3rd place in a group with CSKA Moscow, Ignis Varese and Crvena zvezda
1975–76 Semi-finals eliminated by Real Madrid, 77-113 (L) in Madrid and 101-99 (W) in Villeurbanne
1977–78 Semi-final group stage 3rd place in a group with Real Madrid, Mobilgirgi Varese, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, Jugoplastika and Alvik
1996–97 Final Four 4th place in Rome, lost to FC Barcelona 70–77 in the semi-final, lost to Smelt Olimpija 79-86 in the 3rd place game
1998–99 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–0 by Olympiacos, 57–70 (L) in Piraeus and 77–81 (L) in Villeurbanne
1999–00 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by Efes Pilsen, 85–93 (L) in Istanbul, 77–60 (W) in Villeurbanne and 66-68 (L) in Istanbul
2000–01 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–0 by CSKA Moscow, 63–78 (L) in Moscow and 76–82 (L) in Villeurbanne
FIBA Saporta Cup
1967–68 Quarter-finals eliminated by Ignis Varese, 88-73 (W) in Villeurbanne and 51-70 (L) in Varese
1976–77 Quarter-finals 4th place in a group with Forst Cantù, Juventud Schweppes and Steaua București
1978–79 Quarter-finals 3rd place in a group with EBBC, Gabetti Cantù and Śląsk Wrocław
1982–83 Final lost to Scavolini Pesaro 99–111 in the final (Palma de Mallorca)
1984–85 Semi-finals eliminated by Žalgiris, 78-84 (L) in Kaunas and 93-88 (W) in Villeurbanne
1986–87 Semi-finals eliminated by Cibona, 82-98 (L) in Villeurbanne and 93-109 (L) in Zagreb
1997–98 Quarter-finals eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 58-67 (L) in Villeurbanne and 70-62 (W) in Milan
FIBA Korać Cup
1973–74 Semi-finals eliminated by Forst Cantù, 68-99 (L) in Cantù and 94-76 (W) in Villeurbanne
1995–96 Semi-finals eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 69-73 (L) in Milan and 72-81 (L) in Villeurbanne
EuroCup
2005–06 Quarter-finals eliminated by Aris TT Bank, 60-67 (L) in Villeurbanne and 67-77 (L) in Thessaloniki

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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

LDLC ASVEL roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 6 France Maledon, Théo 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 17 – (2001-06-12)12 June 2001
F/C 7 France Kaba, Alpha 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 22 – (1996-01-29)29 January 1996
SG 8 Poland Slaughter, A. J. 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 31 – (1987-08-03)3 August 1987
G 9 Lithuania Kalnietis, Mantas 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 32 – (1986-09-06)6 September 1986
SF 11 France Galliou, Charles 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 22 – (1995-12-26)26 December 1995
PF 12 France Noua, Amine 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 21 – (1997-02-07)7 February 1997
C 14 Senegal Sow, Khadim 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 19 – (1999-09-13)13 September 1999
C 15 Croatia Bilan, Miro 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 122 kg (269 lb) 29 – (1989-07-21)21 July 1989
PF 17 France Jean-Charles, Livio 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 25 – (1993-11-08)8 November 1993
G 20 Serbia Nelson, DeMarcus 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 33 – (1985-11-02)2 November 1985
C 21 United States Buckner, Eric 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 28 – (1990-04-26)26 April 1990
SG 23 United States Lighty, David 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 30 – (1988-05-27)27 May 1988
SG 24 France Briki, Sofiane 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 19 – (1999-04-15)15 April 1999
G/F 55 France Lombahe-Kahudi, Charles 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 32 – (1986-07-19)19 July 1986
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 11 September 2018

Retired numbers[edit]

ASVEL retired numbers
No Nat. Player Position Tenure
4 France Alain Gilles SG 1965–1986
United States Delaney Rudd PG 1993–1999

Notable players[edit]

Alain Gilles played 21 years with the club, and coached the team for 9 years.

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

Head coaches[edit]

Tenure Head Coach
1948–1955 France André Buffière
1955–1956 France Raymond Sahy
1956–1959 France Georges Darcy
1959–1960 France Raymond Sahy
1960–1963 France Gérard Sturla
1963 France Raymond Sahy
1963–1964 France Henri Rey
1964–1967 Spain Jesus Mercader
1967–1970 France Maurice Buffière
1970 France Michel Le Ray
1970–1972 France Jacques Caballé
Tenure Head Coach
1972–1973 Spain Jesus Mercader
1973–1980 France André Buffière
1980–1989 France Alain Gilles
1989–1990 France Pierre Galle
1990–1991 France Dominique Richard
1991–1992 France Jean-Paul Rebatet
1992–2001 France Grégor Beugnot
2001–2002 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bogdan Tanjević
2002–2004 France Philippe Hervé
2004–2005 Turkey Erman Kunter
2005–2006 France Claude Bergeaud
Tenure Head Coach
2006–2008 France Yves Baratet
2008–2010 France Vincent Collet
2010–2011 France Nordine Ghrib
2011–2014 France Pierre Vincent
2014 France Nordine Ghrib
(interim head coach)
2014–2018 Canada France J. D. Jackson
2018 France T. J. Parker
2018–present Montenegro Zvezdan Mitrović

Club Presidents[edit]

Tenure Club President
1948–1963 France Pierre Millet
1963–1988 France Raphaël de Barros
1988–1990 France Charles Hernu
January 1990–
February 1990
France Philippe Charvieux
1990–1992 France Gaston Charvieux
1992–2001 France Marc Lefebvre
2001–2014 France Gilles Moretton
2014–present France Tony Parker

Individual club records[edit]

Individual club record holders, while players of ASVEL.

Category Player Club Tenure Record
Total Points Scored France Alain Gilles 1965–86 6,141
Points Per Game United States Norris Bell 1984–88 21.8
Total Assists United States Delaney Rudd 1993–99 1,208
Assists Per Game United States Delaney Rudd 1993–99 7.3
Total Rebounds United States France Willie Redden 1983–92 1,472
Rebounds Per Game United States France Willie Redden 1983–92 8.5
Games Played France Alain Gilles 1965–86 372

ASVEL players with the most French League championships[edit]

ASVEL players with the most French League championships won, while members of the club.

Player French Championships Club Tenure
France Alain Gilles 8 1965–86
France Henri Grange 7 1955–69
France Raymond Sahy 6 1948–57
France Alain Durand 5 1963–72
France Henri Rey 1949–60
France Michel Duprez 1968–77
France Gilbert Lamothe 1959–71
France Bruno Recoura 1967–75
France André Buffière 4 1948–55
France Michel Le Ray 1967–73
France Gérard Sturla 1951–60
France Jean-Pierre Castellier 1963–69
France Gérard Moroze 1967–75

Sponsors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New logo and record contract for the naming rights of LCDC ASVEL.
  2. ^ "0 ME,Astroballe (5556 places)" (in French). Archived from the original on 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  3. ^ "Un Naming unique et innovant". LDLC ASVEL. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Basket. LDLC Asvel : "Quand on est européen, le vert n'est pas une couleur qui fait rêver"" (in French). Ouest-France. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  5. ^ Villeurbanne completes extraordinary series comeback to win the championship.
  6. ^ "Nicolas Batum becomes shareholder of Tony Parker's ASVEL and director of basketball operations". Sportando. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  7. ^ New logo and record contract for the naming rights of LCDC ASVEL.
  8. ^ "La future ARENA dévoilée !". Asvel Basket. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  9. ^ "Villeurbanne: la future Arena de l'Asvel sera réalisée par le groupe Floriot et DCB International". Lemoniteur.fr. Retrieved 2017-02-23.

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