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Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
Leagues Pro B
Founded 1908
History 1908 - Present
Arena Palais des Sports de Pau
(capacity: 7,856)
Location Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Team colors White and Green
President France Didier Gadou
Head coach France Laurent Mopsus
Championships French Championships: (9)
1986, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
French Cups: (6)
1991, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2007
Korać Cup: (1)
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The Élan Béarnais Pau Orthez is a French professional basketball club that is based in Pau. They play their home games at the Palais des Sports de Pau.



The Élan Béarnais was founded in 1931 in the town of Orthez. Till that date, the basketball club was only a section of the Orthez sports club founded in 1908. It was not a club in the modern meaning, but a sponsorship created by clerics to enable young people to practice sport.

The club reached the top French professional basketball league during the season 1972-1973. The club was immediately retrogaded to second division, but won the title's division and went back to first division in 1976. The club was qualified for the Korać Cup by finishing in the first places of the 1977-1978 season.

During thirty years, the club will participate every year to European competitions (1978-2008 : European longevity record). In 1984, the Élan Béarnais won the Korać Cup by defeating Red Star Belgrade in finals.

With the transition to professionalism, the club had to move to a most populated city. The club changed its name in 1989 becoming Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez and moved to the city of Pau, after the inauguration of the Palais des Sports in 1991.

This move to the department's prefecture is an idea of two men, Pierre Seillant and André Labarrère. Pierre Seillant was a municipal elected of Orthez, André Labarrère was mayor of Pau. The two men were in the opposite political camp but wanted to keep the club in Bearn. Pierre Seillant, president of the club, decided the relocation to Pau, rather than Bordeaux (which was once considered). As for André Labarrère, he decided to build the Palais des Sports de Pau.

In 2008, with Didier Gadou and Claude Bergeaud at its head, the club became Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez and strengthened its Bearn identity. Indeed the city of Lacq located next to Pau, by providing funds, entered the director's board.


2008-2009 season
Jersey Name Birth year Height (meter) Nationality Position
4 Digbeu Alain 1975 1,96 France Shooting Guard
5 Thomas Heurtel 1989 1,86 France Point Guard
6 Lamine Sambe 1989 1,86 France Shooting Guard
7 Josh Duncan 1986 2,03 United States Power Forward
8 Antoine Mendy 1983 1,98 France Small Forward
9 Frédéric Moncade 1978 1,85 France Point Guard
11 Slaven Rimac 1974 1,95 Croatia Small Forward
12 William Molas 1988 2,04 France Center
13 Fernando Raposo 1989 2,02 Portugal Power Forward
14 Ludovic Vaty 1988 2,05 France Center
15 Dylan Page 1982 2,04 United States Power Forward
16 Jean-Fred Morency 1989 1,99 France Small Forward


  • France Laurent Mopsus - Head Coach
  • France Paco Laulhé - Assistant Coach
  • United States Paul Henderson - Assistant Coach

U21 Team

France Thomas Heurtel 1989 Point guard
France Adrien Daube 1989 Point guard
France Rémi Lesca 1990 Point guard
France Lamine Sambé 1989 Shooting guard
France Jean-Frédéric Morency 1989 Shooting guard
France Florian Lesca 1989 Small Forward
France Pierre Bonnelalbay 1990 Small Forward
France Jonathan Léria 1990 Small Forward
Portugal Fernando Raposo 1989 Power Forward
France Miguel Buval 1990 Power Forward
France William Molas 1988 Center
France Michel Vantrimpont 1988 Center


  • French Championships: (9) 1986, 1987, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
  • French Cups: (6) 1991, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2007
  • Korać Cup: (1) 1984

Notable players

All-Time Roster

Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez All-Time Roster

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