Club Profile: Boulogne Metropolitans 92

Aug 25, 2020 by Print
Club Profile: Boulogne Metropolitans 92

After two seasons away from the international stage, Boulogne Metropolitans 92 makes its return to the 7DAYS EuroCup, a competition in which it reached the quarterfinals in 2015. Last season, the club's first with Boris Diaw installed as club president, Metropolitans lost in the quarterfinals of the French Leaders Cup and advanced to the quarters of the French Cup before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the French League, Metropolitans started the season with eight straight wins and was 10-1 before a four-game losing streak. The team then went 8-2 for an 18-7 record and fourth place when the season was called off. Now back on the European landscape, Metropolitans is ready to build its name.


2017-18 EuroCup 2-8 Regular Season
2014-15 EuroCup 11-9 Quarterfinal
2013-14 EuroCup 4-6 Regular Season

TOTAL: 17-23

Levallois Metropolitans was formed in 2007 when Racing Paris and Levallois Sporting Club Basket merged. The former can trace its roots back to 1882, though 40 years passed before it opened its basketball section. Racing Paris was the dominant force in French basketball in the early 1950s, when it won three French League crowns, and also shined in the 1980s and the 1990s as a regular in European competition. Another French League title was conquered in 1997, which led to its EuroLeague debut in the 1997-98 season. Levallois opened its doors in 1941 and played lower-level competitions until 1969 when it secured a spot in the second division. It soon reached the top level, but did not last. Its next try came in 1992 when the club won the second-division crown. Its best season was in 1996, in which Levallois placed sixth and secured a berth in the 1996-97 Korac Cup. The two clubs' merger took time to produce results, but in 2009, Paris Levallois was promoted to become a mainstay in the French first division. In the 2012-13 season, Paris reached the EuroChallenge quarterfinals and won the French Cup. In its EuroCup debut, the team did not get out of its regular season group after finishing the campaign with a 4-6 record. The club reached the Leaders Cup semifinals and the French League playoffs that season, too, before returning to make another EuroCup appearance. This time it made some serious noise. Led by Blake Schilb and rebounding ace Sharrod Ford, Paris Levallois was one of the clutch teams in the competition. The team ended the 2014-15 EuroCup Regular Season with a pair of wins to move on to the Last 32, where it won two must-win games again, including a do-or-die contest on the road at Besiktas Istanbul to get into the elimination rounds. Paris swept PGE Turow Zgorzelec in the eighthfinals before bowing out in a thrilling two-game, total-points quarterfinals series against Banvit Bandirma. The team was not as successful at home and missed the French playoffs that season and again in 2015-16. But Paris bounced back the next season with a run to the French semifinals before losing to eventual champion Chalon. The team was rebranded in 2017 as Levallois Metropolitans 92. Metropolitans missed out on the playoffs the next two seasons, but started the 2019-20 campaign, its first with Boris Diaw installed as club president, with eight wins and a 10-1 record before amassing an 18-7 record for fourth place in the seasons when the remainder of the season was called due to COVID-19. Metropolitans was bounced in the French Leaders Cup quarterfinals and reached the French Cup quarters before the pandemic struck. Now, Metropolitans is ready to make its presence felt in the EuroCup.