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 few volunteers to play basketball during the first after-war years – not more than 150 people.Teenagers were 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 to many that changes needed to be made. The decision was hence 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 Andrey Vedishev, the world-class master of sports, bronze medallist of the European Championship and the Russian National Championship.
During the next six years the club played in the city of 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 the change of the team’s name to “Lokomotiv-Kuban”. The first season of “Lokomotiv” in Kuban started under the leadership of the Slovenian specialist Sašo Filipovski. The start of the season was rather successful for the railway’s team. The Krasnodar team nearly beat CSKA away from home, and then won three times in succession, which helped them to finish in second place in the final league table of the tournament.
Unfortunately, the team then entered a lean period. Following that, the team lost 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: Sašo Filipovski was replaced with the head coach of Lithuania – Kęstutis Kemzūra.
After losing all the chances of staying in Eurochallenge, the club concentrated on the National Championship. Kęstutis Kemzūra 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 Božidar Maljković. The team was successful and not only performed well in major international tournaments such as the European Cup and VTB United League, but also won bronze medals at the Russian Championship. At the end of this season the team also obtained the right to participate in the second most important European Championship, the European Cup, by reaching the final of the Challenge Cup.
The next season, even though Krasnodar’s team was new to 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 they met with the Lithuanian team “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 medallist in 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 for "Lokomotiv" Kuban. The team finally won the EuroCup 2012/13, beating Spanish "Bilbao" in Charleroi. They also became runners-up in the VTB United League.
As the winners of EuroCup 2012/13, "Lokomotiv" will participate in EuroLeague 2013/14, taking them one step closer towards fulfilling their long term ambitions.
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
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||Postseason||Russian Cup||VTB League||European competitions|
|2010–11||1||PBL||3||Semifinalist||Semifinalist||–||3 EuroChallenge – Finalist|
|2011–12||1||PBL||4||Semifinalist||–||Semifinalist||2 Eurocup – Quarterfinalist|
|2012–13||1||PBL||4||–||–||Finalist||2 Eurocup – Champion|
VTB United League Era
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||Postseason||Russian Cup||European competitions|
|2013–14||1||VTB League||1 Euroleague –|
PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Aleks Marić||Alexey Zhukanenko||Igor Kanygin|
|PF||Derrick Brown||Richard Hendrix||Andrey Zubkov|
|SF||Krunoslav Simon||Simas Jasaitis||Valery Likhodey|
|SG||Marcus Williams||Maksim Grigoryev||Maxim Kolyushkin|
|PG||Mantas Kalnietis||Anton Ponkrashov|
- 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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