Yuri Korneev (March 26, 1937 in Moscow, Soviet Union – June 17, 2002), was a Russian basketball player.[1] At a height of 1.98 m (6'6") tall, he played at the small forward position. He was among the 105 player nominees for the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors list.

Yuri Korneev
Personal information
Born(1937-03-26)March 26, 1937
Moscow, Soviet Union
DiedJune 17, 2002(2002-06-17) (aged 65)
Moscow, Russia
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
Playing career1954–1966
PositionSmall forward
Career history
1954–1961Dynamo Moscow
1962–1966CSKA Moscow
Career highlights and awards
Representing  Soviet Union
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome USSR
Silver medal – second place 1964 Tokyo USSR
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1963 Brazil USSR
Gold medal – first place 1959 Turkey USSR
Gold medal – first place 1961 Yugoslavia USSR

Club career


Korneev started his club career with Dynamo Moscow, but he eventually moved to CSKA Moscow, where he became one of the club's cornerstones in the 1960s. While a member of the Red Army club, Korneev won a EuroLeague championship in 1963. He scored 15 crucial points in the tie-breaking final game against Real Madrid, after first two games of the finals were not enough to crown a champion. He made it to the EuroLeague Final once again, two years later, when Real took their revenge for what had been a bitter loss 2 years earlier. In addition to that, Korneev helped CSKA to win five Soviet Union League championships.

Korneev left CSKA in the prime of his career, due to a Soviet rule at the time, that did not allow players above 25 years old to play for the Army-supported team.

National team career


Korneev was a regular member of the senior Soviet national basketball team. Korneev won two EuroBasket gold medals, in 1959 and 1961, two Summer Olympics silver medals, in 1960 and 1964, and a bronze medal at the 1963 FIBA World Championship.


  1. ^ sports reference retrieved 25 July 2011