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BC Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russian: БК Зенит Санкт Петербург), formerly known as BC Dynamo Moscow Region (2003–2007) and BC Triumph Lyubertsy (2007–2014), is a Russian professional basketball team that is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, since 2014. The club competes domestically in the VTB United League and in the EuroLeague. Their home court is Sibur Arena. The club is sponsored by Gazprom.

Zenit Saint Petersburg
2019–20 BC Zenit Saint Petersburg season
Zenit Saint Petersburg logo
LeaguesVTB United League
Founded2003; 16 years ago (2003)
(as Dynamo Moscow Region)
ArenaSibur Arena
Yubileyny Sports Palace
LocationSaint Petersburg, Russia
Main sponsorGazprom
PresidentAlexander Tserkovniy
Team managerOlga Antonova
Head coachJoan Plaza

Since the team moved to Saint Petersburg in 2014, the team is a part of the multi-sports club Zenit, of which the football club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, is also a part.[1]


Dynamo MoscowEdit

The club was originally established in 2003, under the name BC Dynamo Moscow Region, and registered into the Russian Superleague A. The original club was based in Lyubertsy, Moscow Oblast, Russia.

Triumph LyubertsyEdit

In June 2007, the basketball club of Dynamo Moscow Region disbanded and became the newly reformed club of BC Triumph Lyubertsy Moscow Region. Triumph Lyubertsy retained all of the history and records of the Dynamo Moscow Region club, through the acquisition of the club's history and rights. In the 2012–13 season, Triumph's Sergey Karasev won the Young Player of the Year Award.

In the 2013–14 season, Triumph reached the final of the EuroChallenge, in which it lost to Reggio Emilia by a score of 65–79.[2]


In July 2014, the club announced it was relocating from Lyubertsy to Saint Petersburg, and was changing its name to BC Zenit Saint Petersburg. The club retained the history and rights of BC Triumph Lyubertsy,[3] and also its place in both the VTB United League and the EuroCup.[4] Meanwhile the club tried to retain a second club in Lyubertsy, that would compete in the Russian Super League 1.[5] As a result the basketball club became a section of the Zenit sports club, which already contained Zenit FC, a successful football club.

The following five seasons in the VTB United League were successful for Zenit. The team finished fifth in the 2014–15 season, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In 2016, Zenit moved from the Sibur Arena to the Yubileyni Arena. In the following four seasons, Zenit qualified for the semi-finals every time but never reached the league finals. It also played in the EuroCup, Europe's second tier, and reached the quarterfinals in 2017 and 2018.

On 27 June 2019, EuroLeague Basketball announced it had awarded Zenit a wild card for the 2019–20 EuroLeague.[6] This would mark Zenit's debut in the highest European tier. To participate in the tournament, the roster of Zenit was mostly changed - not only foreign but also Russian experienced players left the team: Andrey Desyatnikov, Evgeny Valiev and Sergey Karasev moved to Khimki. They were changed by also experienced players from other Russian clubs: Andrey Zubkov (from Khimki), Anton Ponkrashov (from UNICS Kazan), Dmitry Khvostov and Mateusz Ponitka (both - from Lokomotiv Kuban) and some players from foreign leagues: Andrew Albicy (from Andorra), Alex Renfroe (from Partizan Belgrade), Austin Hollins (from Rasta Vechta), Gustavo Ayón (from Real Madrid), Will Thomas (from Valencia), Colton Iverson and Tim Abromaitis (both - from Iberostar Tenerife).


When the club moved to St. Petersburg, they first played their home games at the 7,044 seat Sibur Arena. They then moved to the newly renovated 7,000 seat[7] Yubileyni Arena.[8] When the club was previously based in Lyubertsy, they played their home games at the 4,000 seat[9][10] Triumph Sports Palace arena.

Arena City Capacity Tenure
Triumph Sports Palace Lyubertsy 4,000 2003–2014
Sibur Arena Saint Petersburg 7,000 2014–present
Yubileyny Sports Palace Saint Petersburg 7,044 2016–present


European competitionsEdit

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Russian Cup European competitions
Dynamo Moscow Region
2003–04 1 Superliga A 6th
2004–05 1 Superliga A 7th
2005–06 1 Superliga A 6th
2006–07 1 Superliga A 6th
Triumph Lyubertsy
2007–08 1 Superliga A 4th 2 ULEB Cup RS
2008–09 1 Superliga A 5th 3 EuroChallenge 3rd
2009–10 1 Superliga А 6th Quarterfinalist 2 Eurocup RS
2010–11 1 PBL 10th 3 EuroChallenge QR
2011–12 1 PBL 3rd Quarterfinalist 3 EuroChallenge 3rd
2012–13 1 PBL 5th 2 Eurocup EF
2013–14 1 United League 5th Quarterfinalist 3 EuroChallenge RU
Zenit Saint Petersburg
2014–15 1 United League 5th Second qualifying round 2 Eurocup EF
2015–16 1 United League 3rd Runner-up 2 Eurocup EF
2016–17 1 United League 3rd 2 EuroCup QF
2017–18 1 United League 3rd 2 EuroCup QF
2018–19 1 United League 4th First round 2 EuroCup T16
2019–20 1 United League 1 EuroLeague


Current rosterEdit

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

Zenit Saint Petersburg roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
C 4   Iverson, Colton 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 30 – (1989-06-29)29 June 1989
PG 6   Albicy, Andrew 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 29 – (1990-03-21)21 March 1990
G/F 7   Ponkrashov, Anton 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 33 – (1986-04-23)23 April 1986
SG 9   Hollins, Austin 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 27 – (1991-11-08)8 November 1991
PF 10   Thomas, Will 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 33 – (1986-07-01)1 July 1986
G 12   Renfroe, Alex 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 33 – (1986-05-23)23 May 1986
PG 13   Khvostov, Dmitry 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 29 – (1989-10-21)21 October 1989
C 14   Pushkov, Anton 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 30 – (1988-11-22)22 November 1988
F 16   Trushkin, Vladislav 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 26 – (1993-05-05)5 May 1993
SG 18   Voronov, Evgeny 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 33 – (1986-05-07)7 May 1986
F/C 20   Zubkov, Andrey 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 28 – (1991-06-29)29 June 1991
PF 21   Abromaitis, Tim 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 30 – (1989-09-17)17 September 1989
SF 25   Ponitka, Mateusz 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 25 – (1993-10-29)29 October 1993
C 34   Ayón, Gustavo 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 34 – (1985-04-01)1 April 1985
Head coach

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: September 26, 2019

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Gustavo Ayón Colton Iverson Anton Pushkov
PF Will Thomas Tim Abromaitis Andrey Zubkov
SF Mateusz Ponitka Anton Ponkrashov Vladislav Trushkin
SG Austin Hollins Evgeny Voronov
PG Alex Renfroe Andrew Albicy Dmitry Khvostov

Squad changes for the 2019-2020 seasonEdit


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
  PG Andrew Albicy (from   Andorra)
  F/C Andrey Zubkov (from   Khimki)
  G Alex Renfroe (from   Partizan Belgrade)
  C Colton Iverson (from   Iberostar Tenerife)
  SF Mateusz Ponitka (from   Lokomotiv Kuban)
  PF Tim Abromaitis (from   Iberostar Tenerife)
  SF Austin Hollins (from   Rasta Vechta)
  PG Dmitry Khvostov (from   Lokomotiv Kuban)
  G/F Anton Ponkrashov (from   UNICS Kazan)
  F/C Gustavo Ayón (from   Real Madrid)
  PF Will Thomas (from   Valencia)


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
1   SG Sean Armand (to   Bahçeşehir Koleji S.K.)
2   C Jalen Reynolds (to   Zhejiang Lions)
7   G/F Sergey Karasev (to   Khimki)
9   PG Gal Mekel (to   Reggio Emilia)
10   PF Andrey Desyatnikov (to   Khimki)
11   PG Codi Miller-McIntyre (to   Cedevita Olimpija)
19   SF Marko Simonović (to   Olimpija Ljubljana)
21   PF Jarrod Uthoff
23   G Philip Scrubb (to   Estudiantes)
31   PF Evgeny Valiev (to   Khimki)

Notable playersEdit

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

Head coachesEdit

Head coaches
Name Nationality Tenure Trophies
Vasily Karasev   2012–2018
Joan Plaza   2018–present


  1. ^ "What does Zenit's new basketball team mean for the football club?". 21 November 2014.
  2. ^ Triumph Lyubertsy - BC Emilia : 65:79 (Match report)
  3. ^ Club profile: Zenit St Petersburg. Archived 2014-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Triumph Lyubertsy becomes Zenit St Petersburg.
  5. ^ «Триумф» будет выступать под названием «Зенит» в Санкт-Петербурге;, 18 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014
  6. ^ "ECA Board approves proposed team lists for 2019-20, discusses future". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  7. ^ Общая информация (in Russian).
  8. ^ Официально: сезон-2016/17 баскетбольная команда «Зенит» проведет в «Юбилейном» (in Russian).
  9. ^ Capacity: 4 000.
  10. ^ Triumph Sports Palace Capacity: 4 000.

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