PBC CSKA Moscow
|Leagues||VTB United League
|History||PBC CSKA Moscow
|Arena||Universal Sports Hall CSKA
|Team colors||Red, Blue
|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
|Departments of CSKA Moscow|
PBC CSKA Moscow (Russian: ПБК ЦСКА) is a Russian professional basketball team that is based in Moscow, Russia. The club, currently owned by Norilsk Nickel, is a member of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. It is often referred to in the West as "Red Army" for its past affiliation 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. 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.
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. The star player of CSKA was Nando de Colo, who was named EuroLeague MVP and Final Four MVP.
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.
PBC CSKA Moscow roster
|1960–61||European Champions||defeated ASK Riga, 87–62 (W) in Moscow and 61–66 (L) in Riga in the double finals of European Champions Cup|
|1961–62||Semi-finals||eliminated by Dinamo Tbilisi, 71–75 (L) in Moscow and 66–77 (L) in Tbilisi|
|1962–63||European Champions||defeated Real Madrid, 69–86 (L) in Madrid, 91–74 (W) and 99–80 (W) in Moscow in the triple finals of European Champions Cup|
|1963–64||Quarter-finals||withdrew before the competition. The "official" explanation given by the Soviet Basketball Federation was to prepare the Olympic Games.|
|1964–65||Final||lost to Real Madrid, 88–81 (W) in Moscow and 62–76 (L) in Madrid in the double finals of European Champions Cup|
|1965–66||Final Four||3rd place in Bologna & Milan, lost to Simmenthal Milano 57–68 in the semi-final, defeated AEK 85–62 in the 3rd place game|
|1968–69||European Champions||defeated Real Madrid 103–99 in the final of European Champions Cup in Barcelona|
|1969–70||Final||lost to Ignis Varèse 74–79 in the final (Sarajevo)|
|1970–71||European Champions||defeated Ignis Varèse 67–53 in the final of European Champions Cup in Antwerp|
|1972–73||Final||lost to Ignis Varèse 66–71 in the final (Liège)|
|1974–75||Quarter-finals||withdrew before the group stage for political reasons.|
|1976–77||Semi-final group stage||3rd place in a group with Mobilgirgi Varèse, Maccabi Elite, Real Madrid, Maes Pils Mechelen and Zbrojovka Brno|
|1980–81||Semi-final group stage||6th place in a group with Sinudyne Bologna, Maccabi Elite, Nashua Den Bosch, Bosna and Real Madrid|
|1982–83||Semi-final group stage||4th place in a group with Ford Cantù, Billy Milano, Real Madrid, Maccabi Elite and Cibona|
|1984–85||Semi-final group stage||4th place in a group with Cibona, Real Madrid, Maccabi Elite, Banco di Roma Virtus and Granarolo Bologna|
|1988–89||Quarter-finals||7th place in a group with Maccabi Elite, FC Barcelona, Jugoplastika, Aris, Limoges, Scavolini Pesaro and Nashua Den Bosch|
|1994–95||Quarter-finals||eliminated 2–1 by Olympiacos, 95–65 (W) in Moscow, 77–86 (L) and 54–79 (L) in Piraeus|
|1995–96||Final Four||3rd place in Paris, lost to Panathinaikos 71–81 in the semi-final, defeated Real Madrid 74–73 in the 3rd place game|
|1997–98||Quarter-finals||eliminated 2–1 by Partizan, 72–87 (L) in Belgrade, 77–52 (W) in Moscow and 77–89 (L) in Belgrade|
|2000–01||Final Four||4th place in Paris, lost to Maccabi Elite 80–86 in the semi-final, lost to Efes Pilsen 85–91 in the 3rd place game|
|2002–03||Final Four||4th place in Barcelona, lost to FC Barcelona 71–76 in the semi-final, lost to Montepaschi Siena 78–79 in the 3rd place game|
|2003–04||Final Four||3rd place in Tel Aviv, lost to Maccabi Elite 85–93 in the semi-final, defeated Montepaschi Siena 97–94 in the 3rd place game|
|2004–05||Final Four||4th place in Moscow, lost to TAU Cerámica 78–85 in the semi-final, lost to Panathinaikos 91–94 in the 3rd place game|
|2005–06||European Champions||defeated Winterthur FC Barcelona 84–75 in the semi-final, defeated Maccabi Elite 73–69 in the final of the Final Four in Prague|
|2006–07||Final||defeated Unicaja Málaga 62–50 in the semi-final, lost to Panathinaikos 91–93 in the final (Athens)|
|2007–08||European Champions||defeated TAU Cerámica 83–79 in the semi-final, defeated Maccabi Elite 91–77 in the final of the Final Four in Madrid|
|2008–09||Final||defeated Regal FC Barcelona 82–78 in the semi-final, lost to Panathinaikos 71–73 in the final (Berlin)|
|2009–10||Final Four||3rd place in Paris, lost to Regal FC Barcelona 54–64 in the semi-final, defeated Partizan 90–88 in the 3rd place game|
|2011–12||Final||defeated Panathinaikos 66–64 in the semi-final, lost to Olympiacos 61–62 in the final (Istanbul)|
|2012–13||Final Four||3rd place in London, lost to Olympiacos 52–69 in the semi-final, defeated FC Barcelona 74–73 in the 3rd place game|
|2013–14||Final Four||4th place in Milan, lost to Maccabi Electra 67–68 in the semi-final, lost to FC Barcelona 78–93 in the 3rd place game|
|2014–15||Final Four||3rd place in Madrid, lost to Olympiacos 68–70 in the semi-final, defeated Fenerbahçe Ülker 86–80 in the 3rd place game|
|2015–16||European Champions||defeated Lokomotiv Kuban 88–81 in the semi-final, defeated Fenerbahçe 101–96 in the final of the Final Four in Berlin|
|1985–86||Semi-finals||eliminated by FC Barcelona, 81–100 (L) in Barcelona and 88–84 (W) in Moscow|
|1986–87||Semi-finals||eliminated by Scavolini Pesaro, 107–105 (W) in Moscow and 88–99 (L) in Pesaro|
|1992–93||Quarter-finals||4th place in a group with Efes Pilsen, NatWest Zaragoza, Smelt Olimpija, Hapoel Tel Aviv and ASK Brocēni|
|1989–90||Semi-finals||eliminated by Scavolini Pesaro, 90–89 (W) in Moscow and 94–107 (L) in Pesaro|
- 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
- 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
- Winners (7): 1972, 1973, 1982, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
- Winners (7): 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 2006, 2008, 2016
- Runners-up (6): 1965, 1970, 1973, 2007, 2009, 2012
Triple Crown (unofficial)
- Winners (1): 2006
- Winners (1): 2000
Matches against NBA teams
October 7th, 2006
|Los Angeles Clippers||75–94||CSKA Moscow|
Universal Sports Hall CSKA, Moscow
October 16th, 2010
|Cleveland Cavaliers||87–90||CSKA Moscow|
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