VTB United League

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VTB United League
VTB United League logo.png
Country  Russia
Other club(s) from  Belarus
 Estonia
 Kazakhstan
 Latvia
Founded 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
First season 2008
Number of teams 13
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Russian Cup
International cup(s) EuroLeague
EuroCup
Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current champions Russia CSKA Moscow
(8th title)
Most championships Russia CSKA Moscow
(8 titles)
Website vtb-league.com
2017–18 season

VTB United League (Russian: Единая Лига ВТБ) is an international professional men's basketball league that was founded in 2008. Since 2013, it is the first tier of Russian professional club basketball, as well as the national domestic league of Russia. Therefore, the highest placed Russian team in the league is also named Russian national champions. Its goal is to unite the leading basketball clubs of Eastern Europe and Northern Europe together into one league. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank.

VTB United League averaged 1,662 spectators in the 2015–16 season, down from 2,036 in the 2014–15 season.[1]

Formats[edit]

In its inaugural 2009–10 season, the VTB United League featured clubs from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. For the 2010–11 season, teams from Belarus, Finland and Poland were added to the league. The 2011–12 season featured a total of 18 teams, with new teams being added from Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.[2] In the 2012–13 season, the number of teams increased to 20. The number of teams was decreased to 16 for the 2014–15 season, and the teams from Lithuania and Ukraine dropped out of the league.

History[edit]

The first step in the creation of the league was a competition named the VTB United League Promo-Cup held in Moscow in December, 2008.[3] The final of the Promo-Cup was played on December 22, 2008, and was won by CSKA Moscow, who defeated Khimki 70–66. Kyiv ended third.[4]

Unification with the Russian PBL[edit]

In May 2012, all the PBL clubs gathered to decide which format would be used for the next season, and some club's directors raised the possibility of uniting with the VTB United League, to produce greater competition between the Russian basketball clubs. They suggested that the new league would be named the Eastern European Professional Basketball League.[5][6][7]

In July 2012, the Council of VTB United League gave a definitive decision. It was decided that the PBL league would continue for one more year, with some of the games of the VTB United League that took place between two Russian clubs being counted as PBL games.[8] The first tier Russian clubs then replaced the PBL with the VTB United League as their new national domestic league, starting with the 2013-14 season.

The VTB United League was officially recognized by FIBA Europe in September 2013.[9][10] The league was then officially recognized by FIBA World in October 2014. The league needed to be recognized by both bodies, because it contains clubs that come from countries that are part of both the European and Asian FIBA zones.

Arena rules[edit]

In order for clubs to play in the VTB United League, they must have a home arena that has a seating capacity of at least 3,000 seats.[11]

Current clubs[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2017–18 VTB United League
Team Home city Arena Capacity
Kazakhstan Astana Astana Arena Velotrack 9,270[12]
Russia Avtodor Saratov Saratov DS Kristall 5,500[13]
Russia CSKA Moscow Moscow USC CSKA 5,000[14]
Russia Enisey Krasnoyarsk Arena.Sever 4,000[15]
Estonia Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Saku Suurhall 5,500[16]
Russia Khimki Khimki BCMO 4,000[17]
Russia Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar Basket-Hall 7,500[18]
Russia Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace 5,500[19]
Russia Parma Perm UDS Molot 7,000
Belarus Tsmoki Minsk Minsk Minsk-Arena 15,000[20]
Russia UNICS Kazan Basket-Hall 7,000[21]
Latvia VEF Rīga Riga Arēna Rīga 12,000[22]
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg SK Yubileyniy 6,381[23]

Team appearances[edit]

Team 2008
(8)
09–10
(8)
10–11
(12)
11–12
(18)
12–13
(20)
13–14
(20)
14–15
(16)
15–16
(16)
16–17
(13)
Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk GS GS GS GS 14th 12th 12th
Czech Republic Nymburk GS GS GS 15th QF
Estonia Kalev/Cramo GS GS GS GS 9th 14th 11th
Finland Bisons Loimaa 13th 13th
Finland Espoon Honka GS
Finland Torpan Pojat QR
Georgia (country) VITA Tbilisi 16th
Kazakhstan Astana 1/8 1/8 QF 15th QF
Latvia ASK Rīga 7th
Latvia VEF Rīga GS GS QF GS GS 11th QF
Lithuania Lietuvos rytas GS 3rd GS SF
Lithuania Neptūnas GS GS
Lithuania Šiauliai QR
Lithuania Žalgiris 5th 3rd 1/8 1/8 3rd
Poland Anwil QR
Poland Prokom 8th GS GS
Poland Turów GS GS
Russia Avtodor QF QF 10th
Russia CSKA 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Russia Dynamo 4th
Russia Enisey GS GS 1/8 11th 10th QF
Russia Khimki 2nd 4th 1st QF 4th QF 2nd SF 2nd
Russia Krasny Oktyabr 1/8 12th 9th
Russia Krasnye Krylia GS QF QF 16th
Russia Lokomotiv Kuban 4th 2nd QF SF QF SF
Russia Nizhny Novgorod 1/8 QF 2nd SF QF 9th
Russia Parma 13th
Russia Spartak QF 1/8 1/8
Russia Triumph 1/8 QF
Russia UNICS 2nd 3rd 2nd QF SF QF 2nd QF
Russia Zenit 1/8 QF SF SF
Ukraine Azovmash 6th GS 4th GS GS GS
Ukraine Budivelnik GS
Ukraine Dnipro GS QR
Ukraine Donetsk GS 1/8 GS
Ukraine Kyiv 3rd

Titles[edit]

Key to colors
     VTB United League Promo-Cup
Season Finals & Final Four Hosts Finals Third Place Playoff
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
2008
Details
 Russia
(USK CSKA, Moscow)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
70–66 Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Kyiv
86–73 Flag of Russia.svg
Dynamo Moscow
2009–10
Details
 Lithuania
(Sports Hall, Kaunas)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
66–55 Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Žalgiris
78–72 Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
2010–11
Details
 Russia
(Basket Hall, Kazan)
Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
66–64 Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
95–75 Flag of Ukraine.svg
Azovmash
2011–12
Details
 Lithuania
(Siemens Arena, Vilnius)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
74–62 Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Lietuvos rytas
91–83 Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv-Kuban
2012–13
Details
In home and away court Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–1
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Žalgiris
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
2013–14
Details
In home and away court Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Nizhny Novgorod
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Did not play Flag of Lithuania.svg
Lietuvos rytas
2014–15
Details
In home and away court Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Nizhny Novgorod
2015–16
Details
In home and away court Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–1
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Flag of Russia.svg
Zenit
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
2016–17
Details
In home and away court Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
Flag of Russia.svg
Zenit
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv-Kuban
^† The whole 2008 tournament was staged in Moscow, including the Final Four.

Russian basketball clubs in European and worldwide competitions[edit]

Awards[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Awards by nationality[edit]

Records[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Отличный от обычного сезон. Посещаемость Лиги ВТБ в цифрах и графиках". sports.ru. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "New clubs in the VTB United League". VTB United League. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "About League". vtb-league.com. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  4. ^ "PROMO-CUP: CSKA WIN". Sport Express. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  5. ^ 20 clubs will play in VTB United League championship in seasone-2012/13, vtb-league.com, May 20, 2012
  6. ^ "PBL looks to a better future". ULEB. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Triumph applied an application to participate in the new season of VTB United League, may 20, 2012, vtb-league.com
  8. ^ BEKO PBL Press service. "BEKO PBL Board suggests scheme of 2012/2013 season". pbleague.ru. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  9. ^ VTB League Officially Recognised.
  10. ^ FIBA Europe officially recognizes VTB United League.
  11. ^ Krasnye Krylia not to compete in VTB United League next season.
  12. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Arena Velotrack Capacity: 9270 spectators 
  13. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. DS Kristall Capacity: 5500 
  14. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. USC CSKA named after Alexander Gomelskiy Capacity: 5000 spectators 
  15. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Arena.Sever Capacity: 4000 spectators 
  16. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Saku Suurhall» Capacity: 5500 spectators 
  17. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Sportscomplex «BCMO» Capacity: 4000 spectators 
  18. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Basket-hall» Capacity: 7500 spectators 
  19. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Nizhniy Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace» Capacity: 5500 spectators 
  20. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Minsk-Arena» Capacity: 15,000 spectators 
  21. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Basket-Hall Capacity: 7000 spectators 
  22. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Arena Riga» Capacity: 12000 spectators 
  23. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. SK Yubileyniy Capacity: 6381 spectators 

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