PBC CSKA Moscow

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CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow logo
Nickname Red Army
Horses
Red-Blue
Leagues VTB United League
EuroLeague
Founded April 23, 1923; 94 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
Championships 7 EuroLeague Championships
24 Soviet Championships
24 Russian Championships
4 Russian Cups
3 Soviet Cups
1 North European Championship
8 VTB United Leagues
Website cskabasket.com
Uniforms
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Team colours
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PBC CSKA Moscow[1] (Russian: ПБК ЦСКА Москва) is a Russian professional basketball team that is based in Moscow, Russia. The club is a member of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague, it is often referred to in the West as "Red Army" or "the Red Army team" for its past affiliation with the Armed Forces sports society, which was associated 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 15 times in the 21st century;[2] 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, Gennadi Volnov, Viktor Zubkov, Yuri Korneev, Vladimir Andreev, Anatoly Myshkin, 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, and Miloš Teodosić. Over many years, CSKA has the reputation for being one of the richest sports clubs in Europe, having been previously owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov,[3][4] and being currently owned by Norilsk Nickel.[2]

History[edit]

1923–1991[edit]

CSKA was founded on 29 April 1923,[5] then known as OPPV,[6] 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".[5]

The first success of the basketball department came at the 1924 Soviet Championship, which was played between cities, not clubs. Two more titles followed in 1928 and 1935; in 1938, the Soviet Championships were 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 BBC MBO, 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.[5]

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).[5]

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 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 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 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 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 (nine 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]

CSKA won the Russian League title, every year from 2009, through 2017, 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 7 of its first 8 seasons, as well as 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.[7] The star player of CSKA was Nando de Colo, who was named both the season EuroLeague MVP, and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP.[8][9]

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
F 11 Russia Antonov, Semyon 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 28 – (1989-07-18)18 July 1989
SF 21 United States Clyburn, Will 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 27 – (1990-05-17)17 May 1990
G 1 France de Colo, Nando 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 30 – (1987-06-23)23 June 1987
SG 7 Russia Fridzon, Vitaly 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 32 – (1985-10-14)14 October 1985
G/F 22 United States Higgins, Cory 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 28 – (1989-06-14)14 June 1989
F/C 42 United States Hines, Kyle 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 31 – (1986-09-02)2 September 1986
F/C 44 United States Hunter, Othello 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 31 – (1986-05-28)28 May 1986
PF 31 Russia Khryapa, Victor (C) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 35 – (1982-08-03)3 August 1982
F/C 12 Russia Korobkov, Pavel 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 27 – (1989-10-18)18 October 1989
G 30 Russia Kulagin, Mikhail 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 23 – (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 77 Russia Makiev, Alan 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 26 – (1991-03-20)20 March 1991
G 13 Spain Rodríguez, Sergio 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 31 – (1986-06-12)12 June 1986
PF 20 Russia Vorontsevich, Andrey 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 107 kg (236 lb) 30 – (1987-07-17)17 July 1987
PG 9 France Westermann, Léo 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 25 – (1992-07-24)24 July 1992
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Greece Kostas Chatzichristos
  • Russia Eugeniy Burin
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Russia Asker Barcho
  • Serbia Aleksandar Bata
  • Russia Aleksandr Selyavkin
Team manager
  • Russia Alexander Gugunishvili

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: August 14, 2017

On loan[edit]

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Kyle Hines Othello Hunter Alan Makiev
PF Andrey Vorontsevich Victor Khryapa Pavel Korobkov
SF Will Clyburn Nikita Kurbanov Semyon Antonov
SG Nando de Colo Cory Higgins Vitaly Fridzon
PG Sergio Rodríguez Léo Westermann Mikhail Kulagin

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 (20): 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
Winners (8): 2008, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
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 (6): 1982–83, 1984–85, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2013–14
Final Four (17): 1966, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Semifinalists (2): 1985–86, 1986–87
Semifinalists (1): 1989–90
3rd place (1): 1988

Unofficial[edit]

Winners (1): 2005–06

Regional competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 1999–00

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
BBC MBO
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
CSKA 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 Qualifying round 1 Euroleague 3rd
2015–16
1
United League
1
Champion Qualifying round 1 Euroleague C
2016–17
1
United League
1
Champion Eighthfinals 1 EuroLeague 3rd

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

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