PBC CSKA Moscow
PBC CSKA Moscow (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.
|Nickname||Армейцы (Red Army)|
|Leagues||VTB United League|
|Founded||23 April 1923|
|History||PBC CSKA Moscow|
|Arena||Universal Sports Hall CSKA|
|Team colors||Red, blue|
|Main sponsor||Norilsk Nickel|
|Head coach||Dimitrios Itoudis|
|Team captain||Kyle Hines|
24 Soviet Championships
26 Russian Championships
4 Russian Cups
3 Soviet Cups
1 North European League
10 VTB United Leagues
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. 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, and being currently owned by Norilsk Nickel.
CSKA was founded on 29 April 1923, then known as OPPV, 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".
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.
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).
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).
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.
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. The star player of CSKA was Nando de Colo, who was named both the season EuroLeague MVP, and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP.
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.
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.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|CSKA Moscow roster|
Updated: August 9, 2019
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Kosta Koufos||Joel Bolomboy|
|PF||Kyle Hines||Johannes Voigtmann||Andrey Vorontsevich||Andrey Lopatin|
|SF||Will Clyburn||Nikita Kurbanov||Semyon Antonov|
|SG||Ron Baker||Janis Strelnieks||Darrun Hilliard||Mikhail Kulagin|
|PG||Mike James||Daniel Hackett||Ivan Ukhov|
Squad changes for the 2019-20 seasonEdit
- USSR Premier League (defunct)
- 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
- USSR Cup (defunct)
- 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
- 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
- FIBA Saporta Cup (defunct)
- FIBA Korać Cup (defunct)
- Semifinalists (1): 1989–90
- European Super Cup (semi-official, defunct)
- 3rd place (1): 1988
- FIBA International Christmas Tournament (defunct)
- Winners (1): 1998
- North European League (defunct)
- 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
USSR / Russia
|European Competitions |
USSR / Russia
|1985–86||Premier||Runner-up||2 Saporta Cup||SF|
|1986–87||Premier||Runner-up||2 Saporta Cup||SF|
|1988–89||Premier||3rd place||1 Euroleague||EF|
|1989–90||Premier||Champion||3 Korać Cup||SF|
|1992–93||Superliga A||Champion||2 Saporta Cup||QF|
|1993–94||Superliga A||Champion||1 EuroLeague||GS|
|1994–95||Superliga A||Champion||1 EuroLeague||EF|
|1995–96||Superliga A||Champion||1 EuroLeague||3rd|
|1996–97||Superliga A||Champion||1 EuroLeague||GS|
|1997–98||Superliga A||Champion||1 EuroLeague||EF|
|1998–99||Superliga A||Champion||1 EuroLeague||T16|
|1999–00||Superliga A||Champion||1 EuroLeague||T16|
|2000–01||Superliga A||4th place||1 SuproLeague||SF|
|2001–02||Superliga A||5th place||1 Euroleague||EF|
|2002–03||Superliga A||Champion||Runner-up||1 Euroleague||SF|
|2003–04||Superliga A||Champion||Runner-up||1 Euroleague||3rd|
|2004–05||Superliga A||Champion||Champion||1 Euroleague||SF|
|2005–06||Superliga A||Champion||Champion||1 Euroleague||C|
|2006–07||Superliga A||Champion||Champion||1 Euroleague||RU|
|2007–08||Superliga A||Champion||Runner-up||1 Euroleague||C|
|2008–09||Superliga A||Champion||3rd place||1 Euroleague||RU|
|2009–10||Superliga A||Champion||Champion||1 Euroleague||3rd|
|2013–14||United League||Champion||Quarterfinalist||1 Euroleague||SF|
|2014–15||United League||Champion||First round||1 Euroleague||3rd|
|2015–16||United League||Champion||First round||1 Euroleague||C|
|2016–17||United League||Champion||Eighthfinals||1 EuroLeague||3rd|
|2017–18||United League||Champion||First round||1 EuroLeague||SF|
|2018–19||United League||Champion||Eighthfinals||1 EuroLeague||C|
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Evgeny Alekseev
- Vladimir Andreev
- Sergei Bazarevich
- Sergei Belov
- Ivan Edeshko
- Gennadi Volnov
- Viktor Zubkov
- Yuri Korneev
- Anatoly Myshkin
- Sergei Tarakanov
- Armenak Alachachian
- Heino Enden
- Jaak Lipso
- Tiit Sokk
- Gundars Vētra
- Rimas Kurtinaitis
- Vladimir Tkachenko
- Sasha Volkov
- Alzhan Zharmukhamedov
- Ruslan Avleev
- Alexandre Bachminov
- Vasily Karasev
- Sasha Kaun
- Victor Khryapa
- Andrei Kirilenko
- Dmitri Domani
- Nikita Kurbanov
- Sergei Monia
- Nikita Morgunov
- Sergei Panov
- Zakhar Pashutin
- Alexey Savrasenko
- Alexey Shved
- Dmitri Sokolov
- J. R. Holden
- Vitaly Nosov
- Victor Keyru
- Aleksei Zozulin
- Rubén Wolkowyski
- David Andersen
- Tomas Van Den Spiegel
- Vladan Alanović
- Gordan Giriček
- Zoran Planinić
- Joško Poljak
- Mate Skelin
- Martin Müürsepp
- Julius Nwosu
- Pops Mensah-Bonsu
- Joel Freeland
- Dimos Dikoudis
- Nikos Chatzivrettas
- Theo Papaloukas
- Nikos Zisis
- Gintaras Einikis
- Darjuš Lavrinovič
- Ramūnas Šiškauskas
- Darius Songaila
- Zoran Erceg
- Boban Marjanović
- Nenad Krstić
- Dragan Tarlać
- Miloš Teodosić
- Viacheslav Kravtsov
- Erazem Lorbek
- Matjaž Smodiš
- Mirsad Türkcan
- Victor Alexander
- Marcus Brown
- Patrick Eddie
- Chuck Evans
- Jamont Gordon
- Marcus Goree
- Antonio Granger
- Michael Jennings
- Trajan Langdon
- Rusty LaRue
- Curtis McCants
- Sammy Mejia
- Terence Morris
- Marcus Webb
- Sonny Weems
- Edmond Wilson
- David Vanterpool
- Aaron Jackson
- Óscar Torres
Matches against NBA teamsEdit
- The club's full name is Professional Basketball Club Central Sport Club (Klub) of the Army Moscow, which is abbreviated as PBC CSKA Moscow
- Burks, Tosten; Woo, Jeremy (2015-08-04). "Follow the Bouncing Ball". Grantland. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
- "Championship Game: Fenerbahce Istanbul 96-101 CSKA Moscow". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
- A Russian owner in NBA: Tycoon buying NJ Nets.
- Moscow Basketball Team Thrived Under Nets’ Prospective Owner.
- History & Awards
- "CSKA Moscow claims its seventh Euroleague crown after OT thriller". Euroleague. 15 May 2016.
- 2015-16 Euroleague MVP: Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow.
- De Colo celebrates title as Final Four MVP.