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VTB United League (Russian: Единая Лига ВТБ) is an international professional men's club basketball league that was founded in 2008. It is made up of mostly Russian clubs, with some others from surrounding countries. Since 2013, it is the first tier of Russian professional club basketball. 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.[citation needed] The league is sponsored by VTB Bank.

VTB United League
VTB United League logo.png
Founded2008; 11 years ago (2008)
First season2008
Country Russia
Other club(s) from Belarus
 Estonia
 Kazakhstan
 Latvia
 Poland
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Russian Cup
International cup(s)EuroLeague
EuroCup
Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current championsRussia CSKA Moscow
(10th title)
Most championshipsRussia CSKA Moscow
(10 titles)
Websitevtb-league.com
2018–19 season

The current champions are CSKA Moscow, who secured their 10th title after defeating Khimki 3:0 in the 2019 Finals. The VTB United League also holds a youth competition, the VTB United Youth League.

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FormatsEdit

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 the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.[1] 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.

HistoryEdit

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.[2] 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.[3]

Unification with the Russian PBLEdit

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.[4][5][6]

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.[7] 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.[8][9] 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 rulesEdit

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.[10]

Current clubsEdit

Team appearancesEdit

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)
17–18
(13)
18–19
(14)
  Tsmoki-Minsk GS GS GS GS 14th 12th 12th 9th 14th
  Nymburk GS GS GS 15th QF
  Kalev/Cramo GS GS GS GS 9th 14th 11th 12th QF
  Bisons Loimaa 13th 13th
  Espoon Honka GS
  Torpan Pojat QR
  VITA Tbilisi 16th
  Astana 1/8 1/8 QF 15th QF 10th QF
  ASK Rīga 7th
  VEF Rīga GS GS QF GS GS 11th QF QF 10th
  Lietuvos rytas GS 3rd GS SF
  Neptūnas GS GS
  Šiauliai QR
  Žalgiris 5th 3rd 1/8 1/8 3rd
  Anwil QR
  Prokom 8th GS GS
  Turów GS GS
  Zielona Góra 12th
  Avtodor QF QF 10th QF 11th
  CSKA 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
  Dynamo 4th
  Enisey GS GS 1/8 11th 10th QF 13th 9th
  Khimki 2nd 4th 1st QF 4th QF 2nd SF 2nd 2nd 2nd
  Krasny Oktyabr 1/8 12th 9th
  Krasnye Krylia GS QF QF 16th
  Lokomotiv Kuban 4th 2nd QF SF QF SF QF QF
  Nizhny Novgorod 1/8 QF 2nd SF QF 9th QF QF
  Parma 13th 11th 13th
  Spartak QF 1/8 1/8
  Triumph 1/8 QF
  UNICS 2nd 3rd 2nd QF SF QF 2nd QF 4th SF
  Zenit QF SF SF 3rd SF
  Azovmash 6th GS 4th GS GS GS
  Budivelnik GS
  Dnipro GS QR
  Donetsk GS 1/8 GS
  Kyiv 3rd

TitlesEdit

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)
 
CSKA Moscow
70–66  
Khimki
 
Kyiv
86–73  
Dynamo Moscow
2009–10
Details
  Lithuania
(Sports Hall, Kaunas)
 
CSKA Moscow
66–55  
UNICS
 
Žalgiris
78–72  
Khimki
2010–11
Details
  Russia
(Basket Hall, Kazan)
 
Khimki
66–64  
CSKA Moscow
 
UNICS
95–75  
Azovmash
2011–12
Details
  Lithuania
(Siemens Arena, Vilnius)
 
CSKA Moscow
74–62  
UNICS
 
Lietuvos rytas
91–83  
Lokomotiv-Kuban
2012–13
Details
In home and away court  
CSKA Moscow
3–1
Series
 
Lokomotiv-Kuban
 
Žalgiris
Did not play  
Khimki
2013–14
Details
In home and away court  
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
 
Nizhny Novgorod
 
UNICS
Did not play  
Lietuvos rytas
2014–15
Details
In home and away court  
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
 
Khimki
 
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Did not play  
Nizhny Novgorod
2015–16
Details
In home and away court  
CSKA Moscow
3–1
Series
 
UNICS
 
Zenit
Did not play  
Khimki
2016–17
Details
In home and away court  
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
 
Khimki
 
Zenit
Did not play  
Lokomotiv-Kuban
2017–18
Details
  Russia
(VTB Ice Palace, Moscow)
 
CSKA Moscow
95–84  
Khimki
 
Zenit
93–79  
UNICS
2018–19
Details
In home and away court  
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
 
Khimki
 
UNICS
Did not play  
Zenit
^† The whole 2008 tournament was staged in Moscow, including the Final Four.

Russian basketball clubs in European and worldwide competitionsEdit

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New clubs in the VTB United League". VTB United League. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  2. ^ "About League". vtb-league.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  3. ^ "PROMO-CUP: CSKA WIN". Sport Express. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  4. ^ 20 clubs will play in VTB United League championship in seasone-2012/13 Archived 2012-06-09 at the Wayback Machine, vtb-league.com, May 20, 2012
  5. ^ "PBL looks to a better future". ULEB. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  6. ^ Triumph applied an application to participate in the new season of VTB United League Archived 2013-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, may 20, 2012, vtb-league.com
  7. ^ BEKO PBL Press service. "BEKO PBL Board suggests scheme of 2012/2013 season". pbleague.ru. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  8. ^ VTB League Officially Recognised.
  9. ^ "FIBA Europe officially recognizes VTB United League". Archived from the original on 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  10. ^ "Krasnye Krylia not to compete in VTB United League next season". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
  11. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Arena Velotrack Capacity: 9270 spectators
  12. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. DS Kristall Capacity: 5500
  13. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. USC CSKA named after Alexander Gomelskiy Capacity: 5000 spectators
  14. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Arena.Sever Capacity: 4000 spectators
  15. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Saku Suurhall» Capacity: 5500 spectators
  16. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Sportscomplex «BCMO» Capacity: 4000 spectators
  17. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Basket-hall» Capacity: 7500 spectators
  18. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Nizhniy Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace» Capacity: 5500 spectators
  19. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Minsk-Arena» Capacity: 15,000 spectators
  20. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. Basket-Hall Capacity: 7000 spectators
  21. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. «Arena Riga» Capacity: 12000 spectators
  22. ^ "VTB United League". www.vtb-league.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017. SK Yubileyniy Capacity: 6381 spectators

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