Strasbourg targets its second trip to Europe’s premier competition in as many years when it steps up to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. Last season the club returned to the Euroleague after a seven-year absence, but bowed out after finishing the regular season with 2-8 record, and then did not advance past the Eurocup Last 32. Strasbourg played well in domestic action and made it to the French League finals for the second year in a row only to get swept by Limoges in the best-of-five series. SIG Basketball Strasbourg was founded back in 1928, and played mostly in the French first, second and even third divisions for decades. After it reached the French elite in 1994, Strasbourg made it all the way to the French Cup final and sealed its ticket to the 1995 Saporta Cup, which was its first-ever appearance in European competitions. After another brief fall to the second division, Strasbourg returned to the top level before the 1999-00 season, and has been competitive ever since. Strasbourg returned to the French Cup final in 1999, but needed to wait until 2005 for its first title when it became the French champion with 72-68 win over Nancy in Paris-Bercy with more than 13,000 fans in attendance. It earned Strasbourg a Euroleague debut in the 2005-06 season; it won three games and came close in most others. The following year Strasbourg reached the ULEB Cup quarterfinals, however, during the next six seasons it made only one more ULEB Cup, and had one more domestic playoff appearance, while facing several relegation battles. But in 2012-13 the club roared back to its winning ways, making it to the finals of both the French League and French Cup. Now, looking to build on the success of the past two seasons, Strasbourg wants to establish its place among the elite of continental basketball, while contending for trophies in France.
French National League