The regular season record for Real Madrid stood at 23-7 and CSKA Moscow’s stood at 22-8, but for both teams, the only important record is the Final Four one and this stands at 0-1 for both of them. These are the teams that sat at the top of the regular season table but that counts... Continue Reading »
Formed in 1924, CSKA Moscow are regarded as one of the richest and most successful teams in European basketball. Dubbed the “Red Army” in the West due to links with the Soviet Army, the club has maintained its position of strength and power long after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The club has two stadiums in Moscow, the CSKA Universal Sports Hall and the VTB Ice Palace. The Universal Sports Hall is the smaller of the two venues and is named after Alexander Gomelsky, a former coach of the club and the Honorary President. The seating capacity for this venue is 5,500 people and is commonly used for domestic matches.
For larger games, such as Euroleague games, the VTB Ice Palace is used, an arena that has a 13,000 capacity for basketball. This venue opened in April of 2015. This is a multi-purpose with two different capacity options for basketball in the overall arena, the 13,000 option and the 4,000 option. The VTB Ice Palace is part of the Park of Legends and is located close to the Avtozavodskaya metro station.
Given the fractured and complicated history of Russia and the USSR, it is no surprise to see that CSKA Moscow have competed in different domestic leagues. However, no matter what domestic league they played in, CSKA were the dominant team.
The USSR League ran between 1923 and 1992 with CSKA Moscow triumphing 24 times. The successful seasons for the Moscow club were 1945, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988 and 1990.
The switch to the Russian league occurred for the 1991/92 season and the following iterations have been played:
- 1991/92 to 2009/10 – Russian Super League
- 2010/11 to 2012/13 – PBL
- 2013/14 onwards – the VTB United League – a league for Eastern Europe
The VTB United League is regarded as the leading league for Russian teams but it has also contained teams from Estonia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia and Kazakhstan.
In total CSKA Moscow have triumphed on 22 occasions in these leagues with the successful years being; 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
With respect to domestic cups, CSKA Moscow won the USSR Cup in 1972, 1973 and in 1982 while they have won the Russian Cup in 2005, 2006, 2007 and in 2010.
The dominance of CSKA Moscow in their domestic league has been pleasing for fans but it is their success in the European arena that has marked CSKA Moscow out as being one the leading clubs in European basketball. The team has reached the final of the European Cup/Euroleague on 12 occasions, winning 6 titles.
The 6 European successes for CSKA Moscow are:
- 1960/61 – A 148-128 two legged win over ASK Riga from Latvia (former USSR) (87–62 / 66–61)
- 1962/63 – A 259–240 three-game win over Real Madrid from Spain (86–69 / 91–74 / 99–80)
- 1968/68 – A 103–99 win over Real Madrid (this game required 2 periods of OT to separate the sides)
- 1970/71 – A 67–53 win over Varese from Italy
- 2005/06 – A 73-69 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv from Israel
- 2007/08 – A 91-77 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv from Israel
CSKA Moscow lost out in 1965, 1970, 1973, 2007, 2009 and in 2012. The club reached 8 consecutive Final Fours between 2002/03 and 2009/10, a European record.
CSKA Moscow have also clinched the Triple Crown once, in 2006. This is when a team wins their domestic league, their domestic cup and the European Cup/Euroleague in the same season.
Games against NBA opponents
The first time CSKA Moscow played a team from the NBA was in October of 2006 when the home side won 94-75 against the Los Angeles Clippers in Moscow. This was followed up with a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in the same month, Moscow losing 71-85 in Cologne in Germany.
In October of 2008, CSKA Moscow played two games on North American soil, losing 94-66 to the Orlando Magic and then 86-78 to the Toronto Raptors. In 2010, the club played three games in the United States. CSKA lost 96-85 to the Miami Heat and 97-89 to the Oklahoma City Thunder but they ended the tour with an 87-90 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers for CSKA Moscow’s first win on American soil.
The club also played two games in the USA in October of 2013, winning 106-108 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and then losing 95-93 to the San Antonio Spurs.
The club has a string of well-known and popular players throughout their history with names like Sergei Belov, Stanislav Eremin, Rimas Kurtinaitis and Vladimir Tkachenko being regarded as some of the finest players that Moscow basketball fans have witnessed. There have also been excellent showings from players like Sergei Bazarevich, Andrei Kirilenko, Alexander Volkov, and Trajan Langdon.
With respect to the 2015/16 CSKA Moscow squad, Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic are the most highly regarded and the two players who are likely to turn a match in the Moscow team’s favour. De Colo has NBA experience with the San Antonio Spurs and in the 2014/15 Euroleague season, he averaged 14.4 points per game for CSKA Moscow. Milos Teodosic has been with CSKA Moscow since 2011 and in the 2014/15 Euroleague season, he averaged 14.8 points per game. At the end of the 2014/15 season, Teodosic had featured in 179 Euroleague games for Olympiacos and CSKA Moscow, averaging 10.5 points per game.
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