ASVEL Basket

ASVEL Basket

French professional basketball team

ASVEL Basket, currently known as LDLC ASVEL for sponsorship reasons,[1] is a French professional basketball team that is located in the city of Villeurbanne, which is a suburb of Lyon, France. The club, which is the basketball section of the ASVEL multi-sports club, competes in the top-tier level French Pro A League. The club's home games are played at L'Astroballe, which seats 5,556 people.[2]

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Founded in 1948, the team is the most successful in French basketball with 21 Pro A championships and 10 French Cup titles.

In 2014, Tony Parker became the president of the club. In 2017, Nicolas Batum became the club's director of basketball operations. In June 2019, football club Olympique Lyonnais's holding company OL Groupe purchased a 25% stake in the ASVEL men's team, plus a 10% stake in the ASVEL women's team, in a deal worth around €3.7 million.[3] The deal also included a plan for a new EuroLeague-standard arena.[4]


The parent club was founded in 1948, with the merger of two multi-sport clubs in Lyon and vicinity; ASVEL is an acronym combining the names of the predecessor clubs—Association Sportive Villeurbanne and Éveil Lyonnais. In its history, ASVEL has won 20 French Pro A League championships, 10 French Cups, two French Supercups, one French Federation Cup, and one Semaine des As Cup (French Pro A Leaders Cup), which makes it the most titled basketball club in France.

In 2014, former San Antonio Spurs star and France national team player, Tony Parker, became the club's president.

In the French Pro A League 2015–16 season, ASVEL won its 18th French League title, after beating Strasbourg IG 3 games to 2 in the French Pro A League Finals. ASVEL was down 2–0 in the series, but won three games in a row to take the championship.[5]

In March 2017, NBA player, Nicolas Batum, became a shareholder in Infinity Nine Sports, the main investment company behind the club, and took over the position as director of basketball operations. Tony Parker remained majority owner, and ASVEL President.[6] In 2018, the club signed a 10-year name sponsorship agreement with LDLC. The club also changed its main team colors from the original white and green to white and black, and changed its main logo design.[7]

In 2019, ASVEL returned to the EuroLeague after the organisation decided to give the team a wild card for two years.[8]

In the 2021–22 season, ASVEL won its third Pro A championship in a row, its first three-peat in 32 years after beating Monaco in the Finals.[9]


Interior view of L'Astroballe in 2017
LDLC Arena in December 2023

L'Astroballe, with a seating capacity of 5,556 has been used as the long-time home arena of ASVEL.

In July 2016, ASVEL announced that it would build a new multi-functional arena, with a projected seating capacity between 12,000 and 16,000 people, depending on the configuration.[10] The arena is projected to cost €60 million.[11] The new arena will be named the LDLC Arena, and its design and construction were given to architectural firm Populous and Citinea.[12] Construction began in January 2022 and was opened in November 2023.[13][14]

Logos and branding

On September 11, 2018, the club changed its name to LDLC ASVEL for sponsorship reasons. Along with this change, the club changed its main colors from green to black and white.[15] The decision was made with the explanation that, "when you are European, green is a colour that does not make you dream", and was followed by criticism from fans.[16] The new logo, used since 2018, consists of the number four, which refers to ASVEL legend Alain Gilles, while also keeping the V that was used in the previous logo.


Domestic competitions

Winners (21): 1948–49, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1980–81, 2001–02, 2008–09, 2015–16, 2018–19, 2020–21, 2021–22
Runners-up (7): 1953–54, 1958–59, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03
Winners (10): 1952–53, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2018-19, 2020–21
Runners-up (5): 1953–54, 1954–55, 1958–59, 2001–02, 2015–16
Winners (2): 2010, 2023
Runners-up (2): 2017, 2020
Winners (2): 2009, 2016
Runners-up (1): 2008
Winners (1): 1983–84
Runners-up (1): 1981–82

European competitions

Semifinalists (1): 1975–76
3rd place (1): 1977–78
4th place (1): 1996–97
Final Four (1): 1997
Runners-up (1): 1982–83
Semifinalists (2): 1984–85, 1986–87
Semifinalists (1): 1995–96
3rd place (2): 1953, 1966

Other competitions

  • Villeurbanne, France Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2020

Season by season

The ASVEL team during the 2008–09 season

Season by season results of the club in national, cup, and European competitions.

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^1 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

International record

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Current roster

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Depth chart

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Retired numbers

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Notable players

Alain Gilles played 21 years with the club, and coached the team for 9 years.

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

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Head coaches

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Club Presidents

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Individual club records

Individual club record holders, while players of ASVEL.

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ASVEL players with the most French League championships

ASVEL players with the most French League championships won, while members of the club.

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  3. "Lyon seal €3.7m Asvel investment deal". SportsPro. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. "Lyon invests in Euroleague club, reveals arena plans". SportBusiness. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. "New logo and record contract for the naming rights of LCDC ASVEL". Archived from the original on 12 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  6. "Le triplé pour Lyon-Villeurbanne !". Betclic ELITE (in French). 25 June 2022. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  7. "First seat put in place at ASVEL's new arena! | Euroleague Basketball". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  8. "New Lyon venue to be named LDLC Arena". The Stadium Business. 7 December 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  9. Chabas, Gwendal (13 January 2022). "OL - Asvel : les travaux pour l'Arena ont débuté". Olympique & Lyonnais (in French). Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  10. "First seat put in place at ASVEL's new arena! | Euroleague Basketball". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  11. "Un Naming unique et innovant". LDLC ASVEL. Archived from the original on 12 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  12. "Basket. LDLC Asvel : "Quand on est européen, le vert n'est pas une couleur qui fait rêver"" (in French). Ouest-France. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.

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