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French National Basketball League
Ligue Nationale de Basketball (LNB)
French Pro A Logo.gif
Ligue Nationale de Basketball
Sport Basketball
Founded 1987
No. of teams 16 (Pro A)
18 (Pro B)
Country(ies)  France
Most recent champion(s) ASVEL
Official website http://www.lnb.fr

The LNB (Ligue Nationale de Basketball) is the top men's French professional basketball league. There are two divisions: French Pro A League (first division) and French Pro B League (second division).

Contents

Pro A

All 18 Pro A division teams play each other twice during the regular season. At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The three teams with the worst regular season records are relegated to Pro B. Starting in 2006-07, all rounds except for the finals are best-of-three series[1] (previously, they had been two-legged); the final is a single game played at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris.

2009–10 Teams

Pro B

All 18 Pro B teams play each other twice during the regular season. The top eight regular season teams qualify for the Pro B playoffs. The regular season and playoff champions are promoted to Pro A while the bottom two regular season teams are relegated to the amateur Nationale 1 league. The quarterfinals and the semifinals are two-legged and the final is a single game.

2009-10 teams

LNB champions

Season Team
1987–88
Limoges
1988–89
Limoges
1989–90
Limoges
1990–91
Olympique Antibes
1991–92
Pau-Orthez
1992–93
Limoges
1993–94
Limoges
1994–95
Olympique Antibes
1995–96
Pau-Orthez
1996–97
Racing Paris
1997–98
Pau-Orthez
1998–99
Pau-Orthez
1999–00
Limoges
2000–01
Pau-Orthez
2001–02
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne
2002–03
Pau-Orthez
2003–04
Pau-Orthez
2004–05
Strasbourg
2005–06
Le Mans
2006–07
Roanne
2007–08
Nancy
2008–09
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne

Performance by club

Club Champions Winning years
Pau-Orthez
7
1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
Limoges
6
1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000
Olympique Antibes
2
1991, 1995
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne
2
2002, 2009
Racing Paris
1
1997
Strasbourg
1
2005
Le Mans
1
2006
Roanne
1
2007
Nancy
1
2008

See also

List of basketball clubs in France

Notes and references

External links








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