PBC Lokomotiv-Kuban

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Lokomotiv Kuban)
Jump to: navigation, search
PBC Lokomotiv Kuban
PBC Lokomotiv Kuban logo
Nickname loko
Leagues VTB United League
Founded 1946
History Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody
Lokomotiv Rostov
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Arena Basket-Hall Krasnodar
Arena Capacity 7,500
Location Krasnodar, Russia
Team colors Red and Green
President Andrey Vedischev
Head coach Fotis Katsikaris
Championships 1 Eurocup
1 Russian Cup
Website lokobasket.com
Kit body thingreensides.png
Home jersey
Kit shorts.png
Team colours
Kit body thingreensides.png
Away jersey
Kit shorts.png
Team colours
Kit body thinredsides.png
Alternate jersey
Kit shorts.png
Team colours

PBC Lokomotiv Kuban (Russian: ПБК «Локомотив-Кубань») is a Russian professional basketball team that is based in Krasnodar. The club participates in the VTB United League, and Euroleague.[1][2] The team is one of the top tier basketball teams in Russia.

The team's honour list includes a Eurocup championship in the 2012–13 season and a Russian Cup victory in 2000.


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 2002–03 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 Moscow 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 Vedischev, 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.

First year in Krasnodar (2009–2010)[edit]

Relocation was followed by the name change to Lokomotiv Kuban. Lokomotiv's first season in Krasnodar was under Sašo Filipovski. The season started successfully for the railways' team. Krasnodar got close to away win against CSKA in first round, then won four times in a row and settled on the second place in standings. Second half of the season was not that successful, Loko went through a few defeats and lost its position in Russian League, by the end of 2009 moved down to the middle of the standings.

Saso Filipovski was replaced by the Lithuanian national team head coach – Kestutis Kemzura.

After losing all chance of staying in EuroChallenge, railways' team concentrated on the Russian League. Under Kestutis Kemzura the team started showing stable results. Gerald Green was the most efficient player in the team after second half of the season, center Grigory Shukhovtsov got an invitation to Russian national team at the end of the season.

2010–11 season[edit]

The direction Kestutis Kemzura chose for the team improved its position during this season, which allowed to raise up to the fourth place in the PBL and get to the finals in the EuroChallenge, where Loko lost to Krka – 77:83.

2011–12 season[edit]

Lokomotiv-Kuban have played at the 7,500 capacity Basket-Hall Krasnodar since 2011

Season 2011/2012 Lokomotiv Kuban spent under legendary coach Bozidar Maljkovic and got through to Eurocup Top-8, took bronze medals in Russian League. The right to play in second most important European clubs' tournament, the Eurocup, Lokomotiv got during the previous season, when it managed to get through to the finals of another European clubs' tournament – Eurochallenge.

The next season, the team from Krasnodar looked confident despite the fact that it was a fresher in the European Cup. Passing the group selection with the second result in the group – 4 wins in 6 matches, Lokomotiv went through to the Last 16, where it had to meet with Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas, Italian Benneton and German Alba. In quarterfinals 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 for the first time played in the VTB United League (eastern-European championship). Lokomotiv demonstrated top-level basketball in the regular season, got to the play-offs, and ended up on the fourth place.

2012–13 season[edit]

Evgeny Pashutin takes the position of the Loko's head coach for season 2012/13 – the specialist that had been working on similar posts in Spartak, CSKA and UNICS. According to the aims and objectives set for the club, roster was improved significantly. Nick Calathes, Mantas Kalnietis, Alex Maric, Derrick Brown, Alexey Savrasenko, Simas Jasaitis, Valery Likhodey joined the team. During the season Richard Hendrix was called to strengthen the roster. In Eurocup final, in Charleroi, on 13 April 2013, the club from Krasnodar won Spanish Bilbao – 75:64, and thus not only earned the most prestigious trophy in its history, but also the ticket to Euroleague for the next season.

2013–14 season[edit]

In season 2013/14 the team debuted in Euroleague, got thorugh to the Top 16, fighting against the strongest European teams. Derrick Brown was announced the Euroleague MVP of November. VTB United League playoffs stayed in our minds as the series with CSKA, which Loko started with two wins. However, the Moscow club took the final three games, and Lokomotiv left the championship at quarterfinals. At the end of the season club's management decided not to sign a new contract with the head coach Evgeny Pashutin.

2014–15 season[edit]

The new coach Sergei Bazarevich joined the team during the off-season, together with the club's management he started forming the new roster.[3] Marcus Williams, Alex Maric, Valery Likhodey and Simas Jasaitis left the team. At the same time, Anthony Randolph, Malcolm Delaney, Aaron Miles, Nikita Kurbanov, Evgeny Voronov and Nikita Balashov were called to strengthen the team. One of the main priorities mentioned by the president of the club was getting back to Euroleague by winning the Eurocup or going through to VTB United League finals. Both goals weren't accomplished.

Spectacular rise to the Final Four (2015–2016)[edit]

Malcolm Delaney and Anthony Randolph were named All-Euroleague Team members following Kuban's historic season

Lokomotiv Kuban hired Georgios Bartzokas as a new head coach. They also received a wild card for the 2015–16 Euroleague,[4] which had since achieved the qualification to the 2016 Euroleague Final Four by beating FC Barcelona 3–2 in the playoffs. Star players for Kuban were Malcolm Delaney and Anthony Randolph, who got places in the All-Euroleague Teams.[5] Their opponent during the Final Four would be fellow Russian team CSKA Moscow.


Lokomotiv-Kuban played its home games at the 3,500-seat Olympus Arena, prior to moving to the newer and larger 7,500-seat Basket-Hall Krasnodar.

Honours and achievement[edit]


  • Russian Cup
    • Winners (1): 2000
    • Runners-up (1): 2013–14



Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Russian Cup European competitions
2010–11 1 PBL 3 Fourth place Semi-finalist 3 EuroChallenge – Runner-up
2011–12 1 PBL 4 Third place 2 Eurocup – Quarterfinalist
2012–13 1 PBL 4 2 Eurocup – Champion
1 VTB United 3 Runner-up
2013–14 1 VTB United 3 Quarterfinalist Runner-up 1 Euroleague – Top 16
2014–15 1 VTB United 3 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup – Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 VTB United 5 Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague - Third Place


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kevin Jones Ian Vougioukas Grigori Shukhovtsov
PF Kenny Gabriel Andrey Zubkov Vladimir Ivlev
SF Ryan Broekhoff Mardy Collins Alexey Zherdev
SG Matt Janning Evgeny Baburin Denis Levshin
PG Dmitry Khvostov Denis Zakharov


  • President – Andrey Vedischev
  • Management Board chairman – Anatoly Mescheryakov
  • Vice-President for Development – Boris Tikhonenko
  • Executive Director – Novikov Nikolay
  • Sports Director of Junior and Youth – Vasiliy Siver
  • Marketing Director – Vasiliy Korshkov
  • Manager of Children and Youth Sports Projects – Andrey Pakhutko

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Head Coach – Fotios Katsikaris
  • Assisting Coach – Christos Pappas
  • Assisting Coach – Aleksandar "Saša" Grujić
  • Athletic Coach – George Vavetsis
  • Athletic Coach – Oleg Krasnoruzhenko
  • Physician – Konstantin Shubin
  • Youth Loko-2 Head Coach – Maksim Sharaphan
  • Youth Assisting Coach – Ilshat Melyaev
  • DYUBL Junior Head Coach – Arseniy
  • DYUBL Junior Assisting Coach – Artur Uruzmanov

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:

Notable coaches[edit]


External links[edit]