A regular in Europe’s top two competitions, Belgacom Spirou Charleroi returns to the Eurocup for the third straight season. Despite coming off a title-free campaign, Charleroi remains a Belgian powerhouse and the most decorated Belgian club with 10 titles to its name in the past two decades. Born from the ashes of Spirou Monceau, which moved to Charleroi in 1989, the team reached the Belgian League playoffs in 1992 for the first time ever. Four years later, Spirou claimed the 1996 Belgian Cup and League titles, which led to its debut Euroleague appearance, while becoming the first club from the Wallone Region to win a trophy. Charleroi continued ruling Belgium from 1997 to 1999 and returned to the Euroleague from 2000 to 2002. The 2003-04 season was another special one for the club. Not only did Spirou win its second straight Belgian League title, but its home court, the Spiroudome, hosted the ULEB Cup Final for the first time. Club also reached the ULEB Cup eighthfinals, losing against Estudiantes. Charleroi made the 2005 ULEB Cup quarterfinals and returned to the elimination rounds in 2006. A four-year domestic dry-spell ended in 2008, with the first of four successive Belgian League crowns – including a double in 2009 – and club made back-to-back Euroleague appearances after advancing through the qualifying rounds both seasons. Its dominance at home ended in 2011-12 season with a loss in the Belgian finals to rival Telenet Ostend. Last season, team didn’t get past the Eurocup regular season and lost in the Belgian playoff quarterfinals, but Spirou comes into a new season poised to bounce back.
Belgian League: 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11
Belgian National Cup: 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2009
Belgian Supercup: 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010