Former continental champion Limoges CSP looks to continue its meteoric rise as it returns to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the second consecutive year. Last season Limoges made its first Euroleague appearance in 16 years, but did not advance past the regular season and its Eurocup campaign that followed ended in the Last 32. But Limoges did great at home, where it reached the French Cup semifinals and eventually defended its French League title. Limoges swept Le Havre and SLUC Nancy on the way to the finals, where it ousted Strasbourg to lift the French crown for the 11th time. 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 his Sibenka 90-84. The next year Limoges prevailed against the same opponent in the Korac Cup final again, 94-86. 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 94-86 in overtime. Limoges 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 has been the club's president for over a decade – 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 – 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. The club 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. Coached by Jean-Marc Dupraz, Limoges simply did everything right in 2013-14. It ranked second after the French League regular season and downed ASVEL Basket, JDA Dijon and Strasbourg in the playoffs to conquer the title. Now, as a repeat French champion and with a Euroleague season under its belt, Limoges has big plans this season.
2014-15 Results: Euroleague: regular season, Eurocup: Last 32, French League: Winner, French Cup: Semifinalist,