VTB United League
|History||Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody
|Team colors||Green and Red
|Head coach||Evgeniy Pashutin|
1 Russian Cup
The history of the“Lokomotiv” starts back in 1946 in Mineralnye Vody. There were not many of those volunteering to play basketball during the first after-war years – not more than 150 people.Teenagers were being trained by experienced and patient mentors – railways workers Grigory Abugov and Nikolai Kharchenko. Grigory Abugov later became a famous coach, who raised a number of high-class professionals. Some of them are still in basketball as coaches.
“Lokomotiv” played in the first league championship for a number of years, until in 1994 it finally got into the elite of the national basketball. In 1999 “Lokomotiv” got the right to represent Russia in the European tournaments and won the Cup of the International Railways Sports Union.
The season 2002/2003 became the final for the team from Mineralnye Vody. “Lokomotiv” hardly reached the play-off,taking the 8th place out of 10, where it lost to the champion CSKA in all three matches. It became obvious, that the changes had to be made. The decision was made to move the club to a more developed and economically growing area – Rostov region.
The basketball club“Lokomotiv – Rostov” was established in 2003 in Rostov-on-Don. The project was organised by AndreyVedishev, the world-class master of sports, bronze medalist of the European Championship and the Russian National Championship.
During the next six years the club was splaying in the city on Don. During these years the “railways’ “ team was one of the strongest in Russia: regularly entering the play-off of the national championship and in the European cups. The best achievement of the “Lokomotiv” during these years was the 5th place in the Russian National Championship (2006/07 season) and the final of the FIBA Cup (2004/05season). In the summer of 2009 the president of the “Russian Railways”, Vladimir Yakunin, made the decision to move the club from Rostov-on-Don to Krasnodar. The main reason for that was that the arenas in Rostov were not satisfying the requirements of the Russian National Championship and the European club’s tournaments.
The relocation of the club caused thechange of the team’s name to “Lokomotiv-Kuban”. The first season of “Lokomotiv” in Kuban started under the leadership of the Slovenian specialist Sasho Filipovski. The start of the season was rather successful for the railway’s team. The Krasnodar team nearly won the CSKA in the away match, and then won three times in a raw, which helped them to settle on the second place of the league table of the tournament.
Unfortunately, soon the team got caught up with the series of failures. Following that, the team lost the confidence and started losing its position in the Russian National Championship, where by the end of the 2009 “Lokomotiv” got down to the middle of the league table.
The management of the club took immediate actions to rectify the situation: Sasho Filipovski was replaced with the head coach of Lithuania – Kestutis Kemzura.
After losing all the chances of staying in Eurochallenge, the club concentrated on the National Championship. Kestutis Kemzura improved the team-game and put every player on his own position on the court. The new coach helped to reveal many talented players: Gerald Green – became the best scorer in the second half of the season; Grigory Shukhovtsov – was invited to the Russian national team at the end of the tournament.
The season 2011/2012 was incredibly intense and productive for the “Lokomotiv-Kuban”. The strong team was formed by the well-known coach Bozidar Maljkovic. The team was successful and not only performed well in major international tournaments like the European Cup and VTB United League, but also won bronze medals of the Russian Championship. The right to take part in the second most important European championship, the European Cup, “Lokomotiv” got last season, when managed to get to the final of the Challenge Cup.
The next season, even though the Krasnodar’s team was a fresher in the European Cup, it still looked confident. Passing the group selection with the second result in the group – 4 wins in 6 matches, “Lokomotiv” went through to the last 16, where it had to meet with the Lithuanian “Lietuvos Rytas”, Italian “Benneton” and German “Alba”. In the quarterfinal “Lokomotiv” met with “Khimki”, which at the end became the champion.
Apart from the debut in the elite European tournament, Eurocup, the club from Krasnodar also played in the VTB United League (eastern-Europe championship) for the first time. Lokomotiv demonstrated a high level basketball in the regular season, and got to the play-off, finally taking the 4th place.
In the season 2009/10 Lokomotiv took the 5th place, 4th place in the next season, and then finally became the bronze medalist of the championship. Evgeny Pashutin took the post of the head coach of “Loko”. In addition to that the new players strengthened the team. The aims and objectives of the team also got more complicated and ambitious – first places in the Russian National Championship and the VTB United League, and winning the Euroleague.
2012/13 season was a memorable season of "Lokomotiv" Kuban. The team finally won the EuroCup 2012/13, beating Spanish "Bilbao" in Charleroi. They also became runners-up in VTB United League.
As the winners of EuroCup 2012/13, "Lokomotiv" will participate in EuroLeague 2013/14. Now they are near to complete their goals.
Honours and achievement
- Russian Cup
- Winners (1): 2000
- Winners (1): 2013
- FIBA EuroChallenge
- Runners-up (1): 2010–11
- Korac Cup
- Runners-up (1): 2001–02
PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Aleks Marić||Alexey Zhukanenko|
|PF||Derrick Brown||Richard Hendrix||Andrey Zubkov|
|SF||Simas Jasaitis||Krunoslav Simon||Valery Likhodey|
|SG||Marcus Williams||Maksim Grigoryev|
|PG||Mantas Kalnietis||Sergei Bykov|
- To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Played at least one season for the club.
- Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
- Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
- To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.
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