VTB United League
FIBA Asia Champions Cup
|Arena||Saryarka Velodrome |
|Team colors||Black, blue |
|Head coach||Emil Rajković|
|Championships||8 Domestic Titles|
9 Domestic Cups
BC Astana was created in March 2011, with the aim of competing in the VTB United League. Valery Tikhonenko was chosen as the team's general director. There were doubts expressed by other clubs in the VTB United League, about whether or not the club would be a good addition to the competition, due to the lack of basketball tradition in Kazakhstan; but the side answered all the admission requirements, including their budget, stadium (a revamped Saryarka Velodrome) and the proximity of hotels, and an international airport. The side received the totality of its funding from the Samruk-Kazyna sovereign wealth fund.
In their first season in the VTB United regional league, the team from Kazakhstan won 7 games out of 16 during 2011–12 regular season, including games against strong sides, such as Žalgiris and the defending title holders, Khimki, nearly reaching the playoffs. They had more success on the domestic front, winning the Kazakhstani national domestic league championship, and the Kazakhstani Cup.
BC Astana plays its home basketball games at the Saryarka Velodrome, which has a seating capacity of 10,000 people for basketball games. There is also a possibility to play games at newly built (2019) martial arts palace Zhekpe-zhek with capacity of 5000 people in the stands.
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|BC Astana roster|
Updated: February 17, 2021
Squad changes for the 2020–21 season
Season by season
|Season||Domestic competitions||Kazakhstani Cup||Regional competitions||Continental competitions|
|2015–16||1||KBC||2||Runners-up||DNP||N/A||FIBA Europe Cup|
|2017–18||1||KBC||1||Champion||Winner||N/A||FIBA Asia Champions Cup|
|2020–21||1||KBC||Winner||FIBA Asia Champions Cup|
- 8x Champion: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- 9x Winner: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
- Bronze: 2017
- Matteo Boniciolli: (2011–13)
- Aleksandar Trifunović: (2013–15)
- Ramūnas Butautas: (2015–16)
- Ilias Papatheodorou: (2016–17)
- Kostas Flevarakis: (2017-2018)
- Mikhail Karpenko: (2018)
- Emil Rajković: (2018-)
- To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team.
References and notes
- "A brand of our country is well-known all around the world". BC Astana. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- "Report on the use of property, BC Astana for the year 2012". BC Astana. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- "Valery Tikhonenko: The goal of "Astana" - is return big basketball to Kazakhstan". VTB United League. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- Ibraev, Serik (6 April 2011). "Новые "Тигры"" Русский [New Tigers]. Sports.kz (in Russian). Np.kz. Retrieved 26 June 2015 – via Sports.kz.
- "Valeriy Tikhonenko: We are ready to bring multiple surprises in the upcoming season". VTB United League. 3 September 2012. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.