PBC CSKA Moscow

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CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow logo
Nickname Red Army
Horses
Red-Blue
Leagues VTB United League
EuroLeague
Founded April 23, 1923; 94 years ago (1923-04-23)
History PBC CSKA Moscow
(1923–present)
Arena Universal Sports Hall CSKA
Megasport Arena
Arena Capacity Universal Sports Hall CSKA
(capacity: 5,500)
Megasport Arena
(capacity: 13,126)
Location Moscow, Russia
Team colors Red, Blue
         
President Andrey Vatutin
Team manager Vasiliy Kozlovtsev
Head coach Dimitrios Itoudis
Championships 7 European Championships
24 Soviet Championships
23 Russian Championships
4 Russian Cups
3 Soviet Cups
1 North European Championship
7 VTB United Leagues
Website cskabasket.com
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Third jersey
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Team colours
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PBC CSKA Moscow[1] (Russian: ПБК ЦСКА Москва) is a Russian professional basketball team that is based in Moscow, Russia. The club, currently owned by Norilsk Nickel,[2] is a member of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. It is often referred to in the West as "Red Army" or "the Red Army team" for its past affiliation with the Armed Forces sports society, which was associated with the Soviet Army. CSKA won two titles between 2006 and 2009, in Europe's principal club competition, the EuroLeague, making the final in all four seasons, and has advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four 13 times in the 21st century.[2] In their second most recent EuroLeague championship in 2008, they defeated Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv, 77–91, in the final at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace in Madrid.

CSKA lost in the 2007 final 93–91 to Panathinaikos on the Greens' home floor, the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens. In 2008, they won a rematch of the 2006 final against Maccabi 91–77 in Madrid. In 2009, they lost a rematch of the 2007 final against Panathinaikos 73–71 in Berlin. The club competed in 8 consecutive EuroLeague Final Fours from 2003 to 2010, which is an all-time record.

Well-known players that have played with the club over the years include: Sergei Belov, Stanislav Eremin, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Vladimir Tkachenko, Sergei Bazarevich, Alexander Volkov, Andrei Kirilenko, Trajan Langdon, Darius Songaila, Gordan Giriček, Dragan Tarlać, Marcus Brown, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Theo Papaloukas, Nenad Krstić, Jamont Gordon, and Miloš Teodosić. Over many years, CSKA has the reputation for being one of the richest clubs in Europe.

History[edit]

CSKA was founded on 29 April 1923,[3] then known as OPPV,[4] when on that day soldiers and sportsmen fought in football against each other for the first place of Moscow. "OPPV", which means Опытно-показательная военно-спортивная площадка всевобуча, a department in the General military education service, was the first central sports department of the Red Army. It was based on the pre-revolutionary "Community of Amateur Skiers".[3]

The first success of the basketball department came at the 1924 Soviet Championship, which was played between cities, not clubs. Two more titles followed in 1928 and 1935. In 1938, the Soviet Championships were played between clubs, and CSKA under the name CDKA (Центральный дом Красной Армии, Central House of the Red Army) debuted there. Stalin's son Vasily then founded the club BBC MBO, with CDKA merging with it. By the end of the Great Patriotic War, CSKA established itself as one of the most respected Soviet basketball teams.[3]

In 1953 and 1954, the club was renamed CDSA (Центральный дом Советской Армии, Central House of the Soviet Army), between 1955–60 it was known as CSK MO, and finally in 1960 it received its current name CSKA (Центральный спортивный клуб Армии, Central Sports Club of the Army).[3]

CSKA has had a long history of success. They won the European Cup in 1961, 1963, 1969, and 1971; won the Soviet Championship 24 times; and won the Russian League title every year from 1992 through 2000, and 2003 through 2013. CSKA also made the Final Four of the EuroLeague in 1996, 2004, and 2005, before winning the EuroLeague in 2006.

The team became the first in the history of the EuroLeague to go through the regular-season phase undefeated during the 2004–05 Euroleague season, and before the final four it had only lost to one team: FC Barcelona. Though CSKA eventually lost in the semifinals on their home court to Spanish League club Tau Cerámica and to Panathinaikos of the Greek League in the third-place game. That sent them to the 2nd grade teams in the EuroLeague draw, although they finished the league with the best record. That same year they also lost a game in the finals series of the Russian League, but they eventually got the Russian League crown.

In 2006, CSKA qualified for the 2005–06 Euroleague Top 16 by finishing third in their group. They finished at the top of their Top 16 group, being denied a perfect record at Tau in their final match. CSKA entered the Final Four on a roll as the only club to sweep their best-of-three quarterfinal series defeating Turkish League power Efes Pilsen. They defeated Barça in the EuroLeague semis before defeating the high-powered offense of Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli League in the final on April 30, even though the overall record of Maccabi's games with CSKA Moscow favors the Israeli club.

The following year, they nearly repeated as EuroLeague champions, but wound up facing Panathinaikos in the final, on the Greek team's home floor, OAKA Indoor Hall, which had been designated more than a year earlier as the site for that year's Final Four. Panathinaikos won a closely fought battle.

In 2008, their EuroLeague win put them in sole possession of second place for overall European titles. Only Real Madrid, with nine titles, had won more than CSKA's six titles at the time (and seven now). On October 14, 2008, the team played a NBA preseason game with the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Since the foundation of the VTB United League, CSKA has dominated that league, winning 6 of its 7 seasons.

In the 2015–16 season, CSKA won its 7th EuroLeague championship. In Berlin, Moscow defeated Fenerbahçe 101–96 after overtime.[5] The star player of CSKA was Nando de Colo, who was named EuroLeague MVP and Final Four MVP.[6][7]

Home arenas[edit]

CSKA played all of its home games, both national domestic league games, and European league games, at the 5,500 seat Universal Sports Hall CSKA, from 1979 to 2015. They also played a home EuroLeague game at the 13,126 seat Megasport Arena, on January 23, 2008. Starting with the 2015–16 season, CSKA began playing its home EuroLeague games at Megasport Arena, while still playing at CSKA Universal Sports Hall for VTB United League games.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

PBC CSKA Moscow roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1 France de Colo, Nando 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 29 – (1987-06-23)23 June 1987
G/F 3 Russia Kulagin, Dmitry 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 24 – (1992-07-01)1 July 1992
PG 4 Serbia Teodosić, Miloš 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 30 – (1987-03-19)19 March 1987
F/C 5 United States Augustine, James 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 33 – (1984-02-27)27 February 1984
SG 7 Russia Fridzon, Vitaly 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 31 – (1985-10-14)14 October 1985
G 9 United States Jackson, Aaron 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 30 – (1986-05-06)6 May 1986
F 11 Russia Antonov, Semyon 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 27 – (1989-07-18)18 July 1989
F/C 12 Russia Korobkov, Pavel 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 27 – (1989-10-18)18 October 1989
C 13 Russia Lazarev, Ivan 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 26 – (1991-01-31)31 January 1991
C 19 United Kingdom Freeland, Joel 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 112 kg (247 lb) 30 – (1987-02-07)7 February 1987
PF 20 Russia Vorontsevich, Andrey 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 29 – (1987-07-17)17 July 1987
G/F 22 United States Higgins, Cory 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 27 – (1989-06-14)14 June 1989
G 30 Russia Kulagin, Mikhail 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 22 – (1994-08-04)4 August 1994
PF 31 Russia Khryapa, Victor (C) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 34 – (1982-08-03)3 August 1982
F 41 Russia Kurbanov, Nikita 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 30 – (1986-10-05)5 October 1986
F/C 42 United States Hines, Kyle 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 30 – (1986-09-02)2 September 1986
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Greece Kostas Chatzichristos
  • Russia Eugeniy Burin
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Russia Asker Barcho
  • Serbia Aleksandar Bata
Team manager
  • Russia Vasiliy Kozlovtsev

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 11 February 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kyle Hines James Augustine Joel Freeland Pavel Korobkov Injured
PF Andrey Vorontsevich Victor Khryapa Ivan Lazarev Artem Vostrikov
SF Nikita Kurbanov Cory Higgins Semyon Antonov Mikhail Maleiko
SG Nando de Colo Vitaly Fridzon Dmitry Kulagin Alexander Burov
PG Miloš Teodosić Aaron Jackson Mikhail Kulagin Maxim Kondakov

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Soviet/Russian Cup European competitions
CDKA
1937–38
1
Premier
1
12th place
1938–39
1
Premier
1
9th place
1939–40
1
Premier
1
13th place
1944–45
1
Premier
1
Champion
1945–46
1
Premier
1
Runner-up
1946–47
1
Premier
1
3rd place
1947–48
1
Premier
1
7th place
1948–49
1
Premier
1
3rd place
BBC MBO
1949–50
1
Premier
1
3rd place
1950–51
1
Premier
1
Runner-up
1951–52
1
Premier
1
1952–53
1
Premier
1
Runner-up
CDSA
1953–54
1
Premier
1
Runner-up
1954–55
1
Premier
1
Runner-up
CSKA MO
1955–56
1
Premier
1
1956–57
1
Premier
1
Runner-up
1957–58
1
Premier
1
Runner-up
1958–59
1
Premier
1
1959–60
1
Premier
1
Champion
CSKA Moscow
1960–61
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague C
1961–62
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague SF
1962–63
1
Premier
1
1 Euroleague C
1963–64
1
Premier
1
Champion Withdrew
1964–65
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague RU
1965–66
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague 3rd
1966–67
1
Premier
1
1967–68
1
Premier
1
3rd place
1968–69
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague C
1969–70
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague RU
1970–71
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague C
1971–72
1
Premier
1
Champion Champion
1972–73
1
Premier
1
Champion Champion 1 Euroleague RU
1973–74
1
Premier
1
Champion
1974–75
1
Premier
1
Runner-up
1975–76
1
Premier
1
Champion
1976–77
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague SF
1977–78
1
Premier
1
Champion
1978–79
1
Premier
1
Champion
1979–80
1
Premier
1
Champion
1980–81
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague SF
1981–82
1
Premier
1
Champion Champion 1 Euroleague EF
1982–83
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Euroleague SF
1983–84
1
Premier
1
Champion
1984–85
1
Premier
1
Runner-up 1 Euroleague SF
1985–86
1
Premier
1
Runner-up 2 Saporta Cup SF
1986–87
1
Premier
1
Runner-up 2 Saporta Cup SF
1987–88
1
Premier
1
Champion
1988–89
1
Premier
1
3rd place 1 Euroleague EF
1989–90
1
Premier
1
Champion 3 Korać Cup SF
1990–91
1
Premier
1
Semifinalist 1 Euroleague T16
1991–92
1
Premier
1
Champion
1992–93
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 2 Saporta Cup QF
1993–94
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 Euroleague GS
1994–95
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 Euroleague EF
1995–96
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 Euroleague 3rd
1996–97
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 Euroleague GS
1997–98
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 Euroleague EF
1998–99
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 Euroleague T16
1999–00
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 Euroleague T16
2000–01
1
Superliga A
1
4th place 1 Euroleague QF
2001–02
1
Superliga A
1
5th place 1 Euroleague EF
2002–03
1
Superliga A
1
Champion Runner-up 1 Euroleague SF
2003–04
1
Superliga A
1
Champion Runner-up 1 Euroleague 3rd
2004–05
1
Superliga A
1
Champion Champion 1 Euroleague SF
2005–06
1
Superliga A
1
Champion Champion 1 Euroleague C
2006–07
1
Superliga A
1
Champion Champion 1 Euroleague RU
2007–08
1
Superliga A
1
Champion Runner-up 1 Euroleague C
2008–09
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 3rd place 1 Euroleague RU
2009–10
1
Superliga A
1
Champion Champion 1 Euroleague 3rd
2010–11
1
PBL
1
Champion 1 Euroleague GS
2011–12
1
PBL
1
Champion 1 Euroleague RU
2012–13
1
PBL
1
Champion 1 Euroleague 3rd
2013–14
1
United League
1
Champion Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague SF
2014–15
1
United League
1
Champion Qualifying round 1 Euroleague 3rd
2015–16
1
United League
1
Champion Qualifying round 1 Euroleague C
2016–17
1
United League
1
Eightfinals 1 EuroLeague

Notable players[edit]

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.

Coaches by season[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

USSR League / Russian League (RSL, PBL & VTB)

  • Winners (47): 1945, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

USSR Cup / Russian Cup

  • Winners (7): 1972, 1973, 1982, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010

European competitions[edit]

EuroLeague

Triple Crown (unofficial)

  • Winners (1): 2006

Regional competitions[edit]

North European League

  • Winners (1): 2000

VTB United League

Matches against NBA teams[edit]

October 7, 2006
Los Angeles Clippers United States 75–94 Russia CSKA Moscow
October 11, 2006
Philadelphia 76ers United States 85–71 Russia CSKA Moscow
October 10, 2008
Orlando Magic United States 94–66 Russia CSKA Moscow
October 14, 2008
Toronto Raptors Canada 86–78 Russia CSKA Moscow
October 12, 2010
Miami Heat United States 96–85 Russia CSKA Moscow
October 14, 2010
Oklahoma City Thunder United States 97–89 Russia CSKA Moscow
October 16, 2010
Cleveland Cavaliers United States 87–90 Russia CSKA Moscow
7 October 2013
Minnesota Timberwolves United States 106–108 Russia CSKA Moscow
9 October 2013
San Antonio Spurs United States 95–93 Russia CSKA Moscow

References[edit]

  1. ^ The club's full name is Professional Basketball Club Central Sport Club (Klub) of the Army Moscow, which is abbreviated as PBC CSKA Moscow
  2. ^ a b Burks, Tosten; Woo, Jeremy (2015-08-04). "Follow the Bouncing Ball". Grantland. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d History
  4. ^ History & Awards
  5. ^ "CSKA Moscow claims its seventh Euroleague crown after OT thriller". Euroleague. 15 May 2016. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]

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