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CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow logo
Nickname Армейцы (Red Army)
Кони (Horses)
Красно-синие (Red-Blue)
Leagues VTB United League
EuroLeague
Founded April 23, 1923; 95 years ago (1923-04-23)
History PBC CSKA Moscow
(1923–present)
Arena Universal Sports Hall CSKA
(capacity: 5,500)
Megasport Arena
(capacity: 13,344)
Location Moscow, Russia
Team colors Red, Blue
         
Main sponsor Norilsk Nickel
President Andrey Vatutin
Head coach Dimitrios Itoudis
Team captain Victor Khryapa
Affiliation(s) CSKA Junior
Championships 7 EuroLeague
24 Soviet Championships
25 Russian Championships
4 Russian Cups
3 Soviet Cups
1 North European League
9 VTB United Leagues
Website cskabasket.com
Uniforms
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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 based in Moscow, Russia. The club is a member of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. 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 16 times in the 21st century.[2]

CSKA is dominating in VTB United League, winning all but one titles up-to-date. With 7 EuroLeague championships, one NEBL championship, 49 home league championships, 7 home cups and 9 VTB United League titles in total, CSKA is the most successful basketball team in Russia (former Soviet Union), and is also one of the most successful basketball teams in Europe.

In Euroleague in 2006 CSKA won its first title in a long time, defeating Maccabi 73-69 in the final in Prague. Next year the team 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. CSKA won its last up-to-date title in 2016, after beating Fenerbahçe in the final, by a score of 101–96, in overtime.[3]

Well-known players that have played for the club over the years include: Sergei Belov, Gennadi Volnov, Viktor Zubkov, Yuri Korneev, Vladimir Andreev, Anatoly Myshkin, Stanislav Yeryomin, Ivan Edeshko, Alzhan Zharmukhamedov, Sergei Tarakanov, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Vladimir Tkachenko, Sergei Bazarevich, Sasha Volkov, Andrei Kirilenko, Trajan Langdon, Darius Songaila, Gordan Giriček, Dragan Tarlać, Marcus Brown, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Theo Papaloukas, Nenad Krstić, Miloš Teodosić, and Nando de Colo. Also, Alexander Gomelsky, the legendary basketball coach, worked in CSKA for nearly 20 years, turning it into a powerhouse. Nowadays, CSKA has the reputation for being one of the richest sports clubs in Europe, having been previously owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov,[4][5] and being currently owned by Norilsk Nickel.[2]

History[edit]

1923–1991[edit]

CSKA was founded on 29 April 1923,[6] then known as OPPV,[7] 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".[6]

The first success of the basketball department came at the 1924 Soviet League championship, which was played between cities, not clubs. Two more titles followed in 1928 and 1935. In 1938, the Soviet League championship was 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 VVS MVO (Военно-Воздушные Силы Московского Военного Округа), 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.[6]

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).[6]

CSKA won the FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague) title, in 1961, 1963, 1969, and 1971. They also won the Soviet League championship 24 times (1945, 1960–1962, 1964–1966, 1969–1974, 1976–1984, 1988, and 1990).

1992–2008[edit]

CSKA won the Russian League title, every year from 1992, through 2000, and every year from 2003 to 2008. CSKA also made the 1996 EuroLeague Final Four. They also made the 2001 SuproLeague Final Four, the 2003 EuroLeague Final Four, the 2004 EuroLeague Final Four, and the 2005 EuroLeague Final Four, before finally winning the EuroLeague championship at the 2006 EuroLeague Final Four.

In the 2004–05 season, 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 2005 EuroLeague 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 2004–05 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 game. CSKA entered the 2006 EuroLeague Final Four on a roll, as the only club to sweep their best-of-three quarterfinal series, by defeating Turkish Super League power Efes Pilsen. They defeated Barça in the EuroLeague semis, before defeating the high-powered offense of Maccabi Tel Aviv, of the Israeli Super League, in the final, on April 30, even though the overall record of Maccabi's games with CSKA Moscow favored 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 championship win at the 2008 EuroLeague Final Four, put them in sole possession of second place for overall top-tier level European-wide titles. Only Real Madrid, with eight titles (ten now), had won more than CSKA's six titles at the time (and seven now). On October 14, 2008, the team played an NBA preseason game against the Toronto Raptors, at Air Canada Centre, in Toronto.

2009–present[edit]

Miloš Teodosić, club star.

CSKA won the Russian League title every year from 2009 through 2018, continuing to add to their streak of consecutive Russian League titles won every year since 2003 overall. Since the foundation of the VTB United League in 2008, CSKA has dominated the league, winning the title in 9 of its first 10 seasons, including the league's Promotional Cup in 2008.

In the 2015–16 season, CSKA won its 7th EuroLeague championship. At the Berlin Final Four, CSKA Moscow defeated Fenerbahçe, by a score of 101–96, after overtime.[8] The star player of CSKA was Nando de Colo, who was named both the season EuroLeague MVP, and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP.[9][10]

In 2017-18 season CSKA guaranteed its first place of the regular season, beating Olympiacos at home on March 22 with a score of 89:81. In VTB United League CSKA secured their 9th title after defeating Khimki 95:84 in the 2018 Final Four.

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 13,344 seat Megasport Arena, on January 23, 2008. Starting with the 2015–16 season, CSKA began regularly 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]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

CSKA Moscow roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1 France de Colo, Nando 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 31 – (1987-06-23)23 June 1987
F 5 United States Peters, Alec 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 23 – (1995-04-13)13 April 1995
G 7 Russia Ukhov, Ivan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 22 – (1995-09-11)11 September 1995
F 11 Russia Antonov, Semyon 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 29 – (1989-07-18)18 July 1989
PG 13 Spain Rodríguez, Sergio 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 32 – (1986-06-12)12 June 1986
PF 20 Russia Vorontsevich, Andrey 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 31 – (1987-07-17)17 July 1987
F 21 United States Clyburn, Will 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 28 – (1990-05-17)17 May 1990
G/F 22 United States Higgins, Cory 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 29 – (1989-06-14)14 June 1989
G 23 Italy Hackett, Daniel 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 30 – (1987-12-19)19 December 1987
G 30 Russia Kulagin, Mikhail 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 24 – (1994-08-04)4 August 1994
F 41 Russia Kurbanov, Nikita 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 31 – (1986-10-05)5 October 1986
C 42 United States Hines, Kyle 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 31 – (1986-09-02)2 September 1986
C 44 United States Hunter, Othello 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 32 – (1986-05-28)28 May 1986
F/C Ukraine Bolomboy, Joel 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 – (1994-01-28)28 January 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Greece Kostas Chatzichristos
  • Russia Eugeniy Burin
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Latvia Roberts Zirdzins
  • Serbia Aleksandar Bata
  • Russia Aleksandr Selyavkin
Team manager
  • Russia Alexander Gugunishvili

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: August 8, 2018

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kyle Hines Othello Hunter Joel Bolomboy
PF Alec Peters Andrey Vorontsevich Semyon Antonov
SF Will Clyburn Nikita Kurbanov
SG Nando de Colo Cory Higgins Ivan Ukhov
PG Sergio Rodríguez Daniel Hackett Mikhail Kulagin

Squad changes for the 2018-2019 season[edit]

In[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy G Daniel Hackett (from Germany Brose Bamberg)
United States F Alec Peters (from United States Phoenix Suns)
Russia G Ivan Ukhov (from Russia Parma Basket)
Ukraine C Joel Bolomboy (from United States Milwaukee Bucks)

Out[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
Russia PF Victor Khryapa (to free agent)
Russia SG Vitaly Fridzon (to Lokomotiv Kuban)
Russia PF Pavel Korobkov (to free agent)
Russia C Alan Makiev (to free agent)
United States PF Victor Rudd (to free agent)
France PG Léo Westermann (to free agent)

On loan[edit]

CSKA Moscow players out on loan
Nat. Player Position Team On loan until
Russia Alexander Gudumak PF Russia Enisey June 2018

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (24): 1944–45, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1989–90
Runners-up (11): 1945–46, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87
Winners (25): 1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Winners (9): 2008, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Runners-up (1): 2010–11
Winners (3): 1971–72, 1972–73, 1981–82
Winners (4): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10
Runners-up (3): 2002–03, 2003–04, 2007–08

European competitions[edit]

Winners (7): 1960–61, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1970–71, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2015–16
Runners-up (6): 1964–65, 1969–70, 1972–73, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12
Semifinalists (1): 1961–62
3rd place (8): 1965–66, 1976–77, 1995–96, 2003–04, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17
4th place (7): 1982–83, 1984–85, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2017–18
Final Four (18): 1966, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Semifinalists (2): 1985–86, 1986–87
Semifinalists (1): 1989–90
3rd place (1): 1988

Other competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 1998
Winners (7): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Runners-up (2): 2009, 2017

Regional competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 1999–00

Individual club awards[edit]

Winners (7): 1971–72, 1972–73, 1981–82, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10
Winners (1): 2005–06

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Cup Competitions
USSR / Russia
European Competitions
USSR / Russia
CDKA
1937–38
1
Premier
12
12th place
1938–39
1
Premier
9
9th place
1939–40
1
Premier
13
13th place
1944–45
1
Premier
1
Champion
1945–46
1
Premier
2
Runner-up
1946–47
1
Premier
3
3rd place
1947–48
1
Premier
7
7th place
1948–49
1
Premier
3
3rd place
VVS MVO
1949–50
1
Premier
3
3rd place
1950–51
1
Premier
2
Runner-up
1951–52
1
Premier
1952–53
1
Premier
2
Runner-up
CDSA
1953–54
1
Premier
2
Runner-up
1954–55
1
Premier
2
Runner-up
CSK MO
1955–56
1
Premier
1956–57
1
Premier
2
Runner-up
1957–58
1
Premier
2
Runner-up
1958–59
1
Premier
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 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
1967–68
1
Premier
3
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
2
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
2
Runner-up 1 Euroleague SF
1985–86
1
Premier
2
Runner-up 2 Saporta Cup SF
1986–87
1
Premier
2
Runner-up 2 Saporta Cup SF
1987–88
1
Premier
1
Champion
1988–89
1
Premier
3
3rd place 1 Euroleague EF
1989–90
1
Premier
1
Champion 3 Korać Cup SF
1990–91
1
Premier
4
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
4
4th place 1 SuproLeague SF
2001–02
1
Superliga A
4
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
2
Champion 1 Euroleague GS
2011–12
1
PBL
1
Champion 1 Euroleague RU
2012–13
1
PBL
2
Champion 1 Euroleague 3rd
2013–14
1
United League
2
Champion Quarterfinalist 1 Euroleague SF
2014–15
1
United League
1
Champion First round 1 Euroleague 3rd
2015–16
1
United League
1
Champion First round 1 Euroleague C
2016–17
1
United League
1
Champion Eighthfinals 1 EuroLeague 3rd
2017–18
1
United League
1
Champion First round 1 EuroLeague SF

Notable players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Head coaches[edit]

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. ^ "Championship Game: Fenerbahce Istanbul 96-101 CSKA Moscow". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  4. ^ A Russian owner in NBA: Tycoon buying NJ Nets.
  5. ^ Moscow Basketball Team Thrived Under Nets’ Prospective Owner.
  6. ^ a b c d History
  7. ^ History & Awards
  8. ^ "CSKA Moscow claims its seventh Euroleague crown after OT thriller". Euroleague. 15 May 2016. 
  9. ^ 2015-16 Euroleague MVP: Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow.
  10. ^ De Colo celebrates title as Final Four MVP.

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