VTB United League
FIBA Europe Cup
|Team colors||Gold, Teal
|Head coach||Ilias Papatheodorou|
|Championships||4 Domestic Titles
4 Domestic Cups
Basketball Club "BC" Astana (Kazakh: Астана баскетбол клубы; Russian: Баскетбольный клуб "БК" Астана) is a Kazakhstani professional basketball club that is based in the capital city of Astana, in Kazakhstan.
BC Astana was created in March 2011, with the aim of competing in the VTB United League, Valery Tikhonenko was chosen as the general director. There were doubts expressed by other clubs in the league, 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 season, including against strong sides such as Žalgiris and holders Khimki, nearly reaching the playoffs. They had more success on the domestic front, winning the Kazakhstani championship and the Kazakhstani cup.
The team became a part of the Astana Presidential Sports Club multi-sports club, when it was formed in December 2012.
BC Astana plays its home basketball games at the Saryarka Velodrome.
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BC Astana roster
- 4x Champions: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- 4x Winners: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Season by season
|Season||Domestic competitions||Kazakhstani Cup||Regional competitions||Continental competitions|
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. 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. Retrieved 26 June 2015.