VTB United League

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VTB United League
Единая Лига ВТБ
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2014–15 VTB United League
VTB United League logo.png
Sport Basketball
Founded 2008 (Promo-Cup)
2009 (VTB United League)
CEO Andrey Shirokov
Motto One league. One language. Language of basketball.
No. of teams 16
Country  Russia (10 teams)
 Belarus (1 team)
 Czech Republic (1 team)
 Finland (1 team)
 Estonia (1 team)
 Latvia (1 team)
 Kazakhstan (1 team)
Most recent champion(s) Russia CSKA Moscow
(5th title)
Most titles Russia CSKA Moscow
(5 titles)
Level on pyramid 1st tier (Russia)
Official website vtb-league.com

VTB United League (Russian: Единая Лига ВТБ) is an international professional basketball league that was founded in 2008. Starting with the 2013–14 season, it is the 1st tier of Russian professional club basketball, as well as the national domestic league of Russia, with the highest placed Russian team in the league also being the Russian champions. Its goal is to unite the leading basketball clubs of Eastern Europe and Northern Europe together into one league. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank.

League formats[edit]

In its inaugural 2009–10 season league format season, the VTB United League featured clubs from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. For the 2010–11 season, teams from Finland, Poland and Belarus were added to the league. The 2011–12 season featured a total of 18 teams, with new teams being added from Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.[1] In the 2012–13 season, the number of teams increased to 20. The number of teams was decreased to 16 for the 2014–15 season, and the teams from Ukraine and Lithuania dropped out of the competition.


The first step in the creation of the league was a competition named the VTB United League Promo-Cup held in Moscow in December, 2008.[2] The final of the Promo-Cup was played on December 22, 2008, and was won by CSKA Moscow, who defeated Khimki 70–66. Kyiv ended third.[3]

Unification with the Russian PBL[edit]

In May 2012, all the PBL clubs gathered to decide which format would be used for the next season, and some club's directors raised the possibility of uniting with the VTB United League, to produce greater competition between the Russian basketball clubs. They suggested that the new league would be named the Eastern European Professional Basketball League.[4][5][6]

In July 2012, the Council of VTB United League gave a definitive decision. It was decided that the PBL league would continue for one more year, with some of the games of the VTB United League that took place between two Russian clubs being counted as PBL games.[7] The first tier Russian clubs then replaced the PBL with the VTB United League as their new national domestic league, starting with the 2013-14 season.

The VTB United League was officially recognized by FIBA Europe in September 2013.[8][9] The league was then officially recognized by FIBA World in October 2014. The league needed to be recognized by both bodies, because it contains clubs that come from countries that are part of both the European and Asian FIBA zones.

Current teams[edit]

These are the teams that are participating in 2014–15 season:

Team appearances[edit]

Team 2008
Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk GS GS GS GS 15th
Czech Republic Nymburk GS GS GS 14th
Estonia Kalev/Cramo GS GS GS GS GS
Finland Bisons Loimaa 13th
Finland Espoon Honka GS
Finland Torpan Pojat QR
Kazakhstan Astana GS 1/8 1/8 8th
Latvia ASK Rīga 7th
Latvia VEF Rīga GS GS GS 1/4 GS 10th
Lithuania Lietuvos rytas GS 3rd GS 1/2
Lithuania Neptūnas GS GS
Lithuania Šiauliai QR
Lithuania Žalgiris 5th 3rd 1/8 1/8 3rd
Poland Anwil QR
Poland Prokom 8th GS GS
Poland Turów GS GS
Russia Avtodor 7th
Russia CSKA 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Russia Dynamo 4th
Russia Enisey GS GS 1/8 11th
Russia Khimki 2nd 4th 1st 1/4 4th 1/4
Russia Krasny Oktyabr 1/8 12th
Russia Krasnye Krylia GS 1/4 1/4 16th
Russia Lokomotiv Kuban 4th 2nd 1/4
Russia Nizhny Novgorod 1/8 1/4 2nd 4th
Russia Spartak 1/4 1/8 1/8
Russia Triumph 1/8 1/4
Russia UNICS 2nd 3rd 2nd 1/4 1/2 6th
Russia Zenit 5th
Ukraine Azovmash 6th GS 4th GS GS GS
Ukraine Budivelnik GS
Ukraine Dnipro GS QR
Ukraine Donetsk GS 1/8 GS
Ukraine Kyiv 3rd


Key to colors
     VTB United League Promo-Cup
Season Finals & Final Four host Finals Third and fourth place
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
(USK CSKA, Moscow)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
70–66 Flag of Russia.svg
Flag of Ukraine.svg
86–73 Flag of Russia.svg
Dynamo Moscow
(Sports Hall, Kaunas)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
66–55 Flag of Russia.svg
Flag of Lithuania.svg
78–72 Flag of Russia.svg
(Basket Hall, Kazan)
Flag of Russia.svg
66–64 Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
Flag of Russia.svg
95–75 Flag of Ukraine.svg
(Siemens Arena, Vilnius)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
74–62 Flag of Russia.svg
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Lietuvos rytas
91–83 Flag of Russia.svg
In home and away court Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
Flag of Russia.svg
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
In home and away court Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
Flag of Russia.svg
Nizhny Novgorod
Flag of Russia.svg
Did not play Flag of Lithuania.svg
Lietuvos rytas
^† The whole 2008 tournament was staged in Moscow, including the Final Four.


MVP and Playoffs MVP
Season Season MVP Team Playoffs MVP Team
2008 N/A N/A Lithuania Ramūnas Šiškauskas Russia CSKA
2009–10 Russia Victor Khryapa Russia CSKA Russia J. R. Holden Russia CSKA
2010–11 United States Ramel Curry Ukraine Azovmash Russia Vitaly Fridzon Russia Khimki
2011–12 Russia Andrei Kirilenko Russia CSKA Russia Andrei Kirilenko Russia CSKA
2012–13 United States E. J. Rowland Latvia VEF Russia Victor Khryapa Russia CSKA
2013–14 United States Andrew Goudelock Russia Unics Kazan Serbia Miloš Teodosić Russia CSKA
Other awards


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New clubs in the VTB United League". VTB United League. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "About League". vtb-league.com. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  3. ^ "PROMO-CUP: CSKA WIN". Sport Express. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  4. ^ 20 clubs will play in VTB United League championship in seasone-2012/13, vtb-league.com, May 20, 2012
  5. ^ "PBL looks to a better future". ULEB. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Triumph applied an application to participate in the new season of VTB United League, may 20, 2012, vtb-league.com
  7. ^ BEKO PBL Press service. "BEKO PBL Board suggests scheme of 2012/2013 season". pbleague.ru. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  8. ^ VTB League Officially Recognised.
  9. ^ FIBA Europe officially recognizes VTB United League.

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