After competing for the last two seasons in the Basketball Champions League, AS Monaco is stepping up to appear in the 7DAYS EuroCup for the very first time. The club from the French principality came agonizingly close to securing continental silverware in the 2017-18 campaign by advancing to the BCL title game with an outstanding 17-3 record, before falling 94-100 to AEK Athens in the Final. It was a similar story in France's Pro A League, with Monaco topping the regular season standings with a 25-9 record and easily overcoming Pau-Lacq-Orthez and then Limoges to reach the finals, but suffering agony in the best-of-five series against Le Mans with a heart-breaking 74-76 loss in the decisive fifth game. The club had better luck in domestic cups, claiming the Leaders Cup for the third consecutive season by overcoming Le Mans 83-78 to take the title. The French Cup, with a quarterfinal exit, brought less joy. Monaco is now looking forward to its EuroCup debut with a new coach, Saso Filipovski, and with high hopes of mounting a strong challenge.
With the basketball section of the club dating back to 1928, AS Monaco boasts a long tradition in the sport. The team's first success came in 1950 with a second-place finish in the French top flight and, after a few fallow years, it returned to the country's highest level by winning the second division in 1973. That decade also saw Monaco's first forays into international competition with a couple of outings in the Korac Cup and a first chance of major silverware with a loss to Limoges in the French Federation Cup Final in 1983. But Monaco then suffered a dramatic slide in fortunes, dropping as far as the fourth tier until a remarkable revival in the last few years. The comeback was kicked off with a fourth tier title in 2012 and the third and second divisions were also soon conquered to deliver the club back into the Pro A League for the 2015-16 season. That campaign finally saw the red-and-white side claim its first serious title with a triumph in the Leaders Cup. The 2017-18 season was Monaco's strongest yet, with a third consecutive Leaders Cup trophy complemented by runner-up finishes in both the Pro A League and the Basketball Champions League. And with the momentum gathered in the last few years showing no sign of abating, there's every chance that this ambitious club will continue to compete for major honors over the next few years.