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 2008, as well as between 2016 and 2019, in Europe's principal club competition, the EuroLeague, making the final in all seasons these years, and in total has advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four 17 times in the 21st century.[2]

CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow logo
NicknameАрмейцы (Red Army)
Кони (Horses)
Красно-синие (Red-Blue)
LeaguesVTB United League
EuroLeague
Founded23 April 1923; 96 years ago (1923-04-23)
HistoryPBC CSKA Moscow
(1923–present)
ArenaUniversal Sports Hall CSKA
(capacity: 5,500)
Megasport Arena
(capacity: 13,344)
LocationMoscow, Russia
Team colorsRed, blue
         
Main sponsorNorilsk Nickel
PresidentAndrey Vatutin
Head coachDimitrios Itoudis
Team captainKyle Hines
Affiliation(s)CSKA Junior
Championships8 EuroLeague
24 Soviet Championships
26 Russian Championships
4 Russian Cups
3 Soviet Cups
1 North European League
10 VTB United Leagues
Websitecskabasket.com
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CSKA is dominating in VTB United League, winning all but one titles up-to-date. With 8 EuroLeague championships, one NEBL championship, 50 home league championships, 7 home cups and 10 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 then won its seventh title in 2016, after beating Fenerbahçe in the final, by a score of 101–96, in overtime.[3] The last European title up-to-date was won in 2019, when CSKA defeated Anadolu Efes in the final in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

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, Matjaž Smodiš, Sergei Panov, Aleksey Savrasenko, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Theo Papaloukas, Nenad Krstić, J. R. Holden, Miloš Teodosić, Victor Khryapa 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]

HistoryEdit

1923–1991Edit

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).

1992–2008Edit

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–presentEdit

 
Miloš Teodosić, club star in mid-2010s

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 10 of its first 11 seasons (2010, 2012–2019), including the league's Promotional Cup in 2008.

EuroLeague success, however, continued to elude the team. From 2009, CSKA had played in the Final Four every single year except 2011. However, CSKA suffered multiple heartbreaks. CSKA struggled, in particular playing Olympiacos, who beat CSKA in the EuroLeague finals in 2012, and eliminated CSKA in 2013 and 2015. In 2014, CSKA lost a shocker to Maccabi Tel Aviv. CSKA won 3rd place in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

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 2016-2017, CSKA reached the Final Four again, but once again lost to Olympiacos in the semifinals. CSKA beat Real Madrid to win 3rd place.

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, and finished with a 24-6 record. Qualifying to the Final Four once again, however, CSKA suffered a complete fiasco - losing to Real Madrid in the semifinals, and to BC Žalgiris in the 3rd place game. In the VTB United League, CSKA secured their 9th title after defeating Khimki 95:84 in the 2018 Final Four.

In the next season CSKA finished at the 2nd place of the regular season, securing its 17th Final Four appearance in the 21 century. In Vitoria-Gasteiz the club made a great comeback during the semifinals against Real Madrid and overpowered Anadolu Efes in the final, achieving 8th title in club's history.

Home arenasEdit

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.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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
F/C 3   Bolomboy, Joel 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 25 – (1994-01-28)28 January 1994
G 4   Khomenko, Aleksandr 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 20 – (1999-01-25)25 January 1999
G 5   James, Mike 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 29 – (1990-08-18)18 August 1990
G 7   Ukhov, Ivan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 76 kg (168 lb) 24 – (1995-09-11)11 September 1995
F 11   Antonov, Semyon 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 30 – (1989-07-18)18 July 1989
G 13   Strēlnieks, Jānis 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 30 – (1989-09-01)1 September 1989
F/C 17   Voigtmann, Johannes 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 27 – (1992-09-30)30 September 1992
PF 20   Vorontsevich, Andrey 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 32 – (1987-07-17)17 July 1987
F 21   Clyburn, Will 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 29 – (1990-05-17)17 May 1990
G 23   Hackett, Daniel 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 31 – (1987-12-19)19 December 1987
PF 28   Lopatin, Andrey 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 21 – (1998-08-27)27 August 1998
G 30   Kulagin, Mikhail 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 25 – (1994-08-04)4 August 1994
C 31   Koufos, Kosta 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 30 – (1989-02-24)24 February 1989
G/F 32   Hilliard, Darrun 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 26 – (1993-04-13)13 April 1993
F 41   Kurbanov, Nikita 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 99 kg (218 lb) 33 – (1986-10-05)5 October 1986
C 42   Hines, Kyle (C) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 33 – (1986-09-02)2 September 1986
G 84   Baker, Ron 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 26 – (1993-03-30)30 March 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  •   Kostas Chatzichristos
  •   Pavel Gerasimov
Physiotherapist(s)
  •   Asker Barcho
  •   Aleksandar Bata
  •   Aleksandr Selyavkin
Team manager
  •   Alexander Gugunishvili

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: October 6, 2019

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Kosta Koufos Kyle Hines Joel Bolomboy
PF Johannes Voigtmann Andrey Vorontsevich Andrey Lopatin
SF Nikita Kurbanov Will Clyburn Semyon Antonov
SG Darrun Hilliard Janis Strelnieks Ron Baker Ivan Ukhov
PG Mike James Daniel Hackett Mikhail Kulagin

Squad changes for the 2019-20 seasonEdit

InEdit

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No. Position Player
  SF Darrun Hilliard (from   Kirolbet Baskonia)
  C Johannes Voigtmann (from   Kirolbet Baskonia)
  SG Jānis Strēlnieks (from   Olympiacos)
  C Kosta Koufos (from   Sacramento Kings)
  SG Ron Baker (from   Washington Wizards)
  PG Mike James (from   Olimpia Milano)

OutEdit

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No. Position Player
22   SG Cory Higgins (to   FC Barcelona Lassa)
1   SG Nando de Colo (to   Fenerbahçe)
13   PG Sergio Rodríguez (to   Olimpia Milano)
5   PF Alec Peters (to   Anadolu Efes S.K)
44   C Othello Hunter (to   Maccabi Tel Aviv)

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

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 (26): 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, 2018–19
Winners (10): 2008, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
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 competitionsEdit

Winners (8): 1960–61, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1970–71, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2015–16, 2018–19
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 (19): 1966, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Semifinalists (2): 1985–86, 1986–87
Semifinalists (1): 1989–90
3rd place (1): 1988

Other competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1998
Winners (9): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Runners-up (2): 2009, 2017
  • Gloria Cup
Winners (1): 2019
Runners-up (1): 2018

Regional competitionsEdit

Winners (1): 1999–00

Individual club awardsEdit

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

Season by seasonEdit

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 Champions Cup C
1961–62
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Champions Cup SF
1962–63
1
Premier 1 Champions Cup C
1963–64
1
Premier
1
Champion Withdrew
1964–65
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Champions Cup RU
1965–66
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Champions Cup 3rd
1966–67
1
Premier
1967–68
1
Premier
3
3rd place
1968–69
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Champions Cup C
1969–70
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Champions Cup RU
1970–71
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Champions Cup C
1971–72
1
Premier
1
Champion Champion
1972–73
1
Premier
1
Champion Champion 1 Champions Cup 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 Champions Cup 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 Champions Cup SF
1981–82
1
Premier
1
Champion Champion 1 Champions Cup EF
1982–83
1
Premier
1
Champion 1 Champions Cup SF
1983–84
1
Premier
1
Champion
1984–85
1
Premier
2
Runner-up 1 Champions Cup SF
1985–86
1
Premier
2
Runner-up 2 Cup Winners' Cup SF
1986–87
1
Premier
2
Runner-up 2 Cup Winners' Cup SF
1987–88
1
Premier
1
Champion
1988–89
1
Premier
3
3rd place 1 Champions Cup EF
1989–90
1
Premier
1
Champion 3 Korać Cup SF
1990–91
1
Premier
4
Semifinalist 1 Champions Cup T16
1991–92
1
Premier
1
Champion
1992–93
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 2 European Cup QF
1993–94
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 European League GS
1994–95
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 European League EF
1995–96
1
Superliga A
1
Champion 1 European League 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
2018–19
1
United League
1
Champion Eighthfinals 1 EuroLeague C
2019–20
1
United League 1 EuroLeague

Notable playersEdit

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Head coachesEdit

Head Coach Years
  Victor Grigoriev
1937–1948
  Konstantin Travin
1948–1952
  Evgeny Alekseev
1953–1959, 1960–1966
  Vasily Kolpakov
1959–1960
  Armenak Alachachian
1967–1969
  Alexander Gomelsky
1969–1980, 1985–1986
  Yuri Selikhov
1980–1981, 1982–1985, 1986–1989
  Sergei Belov
1981–1982, 1989–1990
  Ivan Edeshko
1990–1992
    Stanislav Yeryomin
1992–2000
  Valeri Tikhonenko
2000–2002
  Dušan Ivković
2002–2005
  Ettore Messina
2005–2009, 2012–2014
  Evgeniy Pashutin
2009–2010
  Duško Vujošević
2010
  Dmitry Shakulin
2010–2011
  Jonas Kazlauskas
2011–2012
  Dimitrios Itoudis
2014–present

Matches against NBA teamsEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.

External linksEdit