VTB United League

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VTB United League
VTB United League logo.png
Founded2008;14 years ago (2008)
First season 2009–10
CountryRussia
Other club(s) fromBelarus
Kazakhstan
Confederation FIBA Europe
FIBA Asia
Number of teams12
Domestic cup(s) Russian Cup
Supercup VTB League Supercup
International cup(s) EuroLeague
EuroCup
Champions League
Europe Cup
Current champions Zenit Saint Petersburg
(1st title)
Most championships CSKA Moscow
(10 titles)
Website vtb-league.com
Basketball current event.svg 2022–23 season

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, along with one each from Belarus and Kazakhstan. 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.[ citation needed ] The league is sponsored by Russian state-owned VTB Bank. In 2008 CSKA Moscow won VTB United League Promo-Cup, but this competition does not count as official VTB title.

Contents

The current champions are Zenit Saint Petersburg, who secured their 1st ever title after defeating former champions CSKA Moscow 4–3 in the 2022 Finals. CSKA have dominated the league, having won all but two title in its existence. The VTB United League also holds a youth competition, the VTB United Youth League.

Formats

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 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 decreased to 16 for the 2014–15 season, and the teams from Lithuania and Ukraine dropped out of the league.

During the 2021–22 season, ten teams were left to compete after the Polish and Estonian clubs withdrew from the league in protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. [2]

History

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. [3] 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. [4]

Unification with the Russian PBL

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 be named the Eastern European Professional Basketball League. [5] [6] [7]

In July 2012, the Council of VTB United League decided that the PBL league would continue for one more year, with some games of the VTB United League that took place between two Russian clubs being counted as PBL games. [8] 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.[ citation needed ]

The VTB United League was recognized by FIBA Europe in September 2013. [9] [10] 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.[ citation needed ]

The honorary head of the league is Sergei Ivanov and its official sponsor is Pavel Vrublevsky of ChronoPay. [11] [12] [13]

Arena rules

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. [14]

Current clubs

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MBA
Locations of teams in the 2022–23 VTB United League
TeamHome cityArenaCapacity
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana Nur-Sultan Arena Velotrack 9,270 [15]
Flag of Russia.svg Avtodor Saratov DS Kristall 5,500 [16]
Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow Moscow Megasport Arena 13,344 [17]
Flag of Russia.svg Enisey Krasnoyarsk Arena.Sever 4,000 [18]
Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar Basket-Hall 7,500 [19]
Flag of Russia.svg MBA Moscow Moscow Krylatskoye Sports Palace 5,000
Flag of Russia.svg Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace 5,500 [20]
Flag of Russia.svg Parma-Paribet Perm UDS Molot 7,000
Flag of Russia.svg Samara Samara Ice Sports Palace5,000
Flag of Belarus.svg Tsmoki Minsk Minsk Minsk-Arena 15,000 [21]
Flag of Russia.svg UNICS Kazan Basket-Hall 7,000 [22]
Flag of Russia.svg Zenit Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg Sibur Arena 6,381 [23]

Team appearances

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)
19–20
(13)
20–21
(13)
21–22
(12)
Flag of Belarus.svg Tsmoki-Minsk GSGSGSGS14th12th12th9th14th(13th)13th9th
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Nymburk GSGSGS15thQF
Flag of Estonia.svg Kalev/Cramo GSGSGSGS9th14th11th12thQF(8th)10thRet
Flag of Finland.svg Bisons Loimaa 13th13th
Flag of Finland.svg Espoon Honka GS
Flag of Finland.svg Torpan Pojat QR
Flag of Georgia.svg VITA Tbilisi 16th
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana 1/81/8QF15thQF10thQF(9th)12th10th
Flag of Latvia.svg ASK Rīga 7th
Flag of Latvia.svg VEF Rīga GSGSQFGSGS11thQFQF10th
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lietuvos rytas GS3rdGSSF
Flag of Lithuania.svg Neptūnas GSGS
Flag of Lithuania.svg Šiauliai QR
Flag of Lithuania.svg Žalgiris 5th3rd1/81/83rd
Flag of Poland.svg Anwil QR
Flag of Poland.svg Prokom 8thGSGS
Flag of Poland.svg Turów GSGS
Flag of Poland.svg Zielona Góra 12th(7th)QFRet
Flag of Russia.svg Avtodor QFQF10thQF11th(12th)9thQF
Flag of Russia.svg CSKA 1st1st2nd1st1st1st1st1st1st1st1st(2nd)1st2nd
Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo 4th
Flag of Russia.svg Enisey GSGS1/811th10thQF13th9th(11th)11thQF
Flag of Russia.svg Khimki 2nd4th1stQF4thQF2ndSF2nd2nd2nd(1st)QF
Flag of Russia.svg Krasny Oktyabr 1/812th9th
Flag of Russia.svg Krasnye Krylia GSQFQF16th
Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Kuban 4th2ndQFSFQFSFQFQF(3rd)SF4th
Flag of Russia.svg Nizhny Novgorod 1/8QF2ndSFQF9thQFQF(10th)QFQF
Flag of Russia.svg Parma 13th11th13th(5th)QFQF
Flag of Russia.svg Spartak QF1/81/8
Flag of Russia.svg Triumph 1/8QF
Flag of Russia.svg UNICS 2nd3rd2ndQFSFQF2ndQF4thSF(4th)2nd3rd
Flag of Russia.svg Zenit QFSFSF3rdSF(6th)SF1st
Flag of Ukraine.svg Azovmash 6thGS4thGSGSGS
Flag of Ukraine.svg Budivelnyk GS
Flag of Ukraine.svg Dnipro GSQR
Flag of Ukraine.svg Donetsk GS1/8GS
Flag of Ukraine.svg Kyiv 3rd

Titles

Key to colors
    VTB United League Promo-Cup
SeasonFinals & Final Four HostsFinalsThird Place Playoff
GoldScoreSilverBronzeScoreFourth Place
2008
Details
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
(USK CSKA, Moscow)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
70–66 Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
Flag of Ukraine.svg
Kyiv
86–73 Flag of Russia.svg
Dynamo Moscow
2009–10
Details
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
(Sports Hall, Kaunas)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
66–55 Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Žalgiris
78–72 Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
2010–11
Details
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
(Basket Hall, Kazan)
Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
66–64 Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
95–75 Flag of Ukraine.svg
Azovmash
2011–12
Details
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
(Siemens Arena, Vilnius)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
74–62 Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Lietuvos rytas
91–83 Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv-Kuban
2012–13
Details
In home and away venues Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–1
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Flag of Lithuania.svg
Žalgiris
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
2013–14
Details
In home and away venues Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Nizhny Novgorod
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Did not play Flag of Lithuania.svg
Lietuvos rytas
2014–15
Details
In home and away venues Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv-Kuban
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Nizhny Novgorod
2015–16
Details
In home and away venues Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–1
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Flag of Russia.svg
Zenit
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
2016–17
Details
In home and away venues Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
Flag of Russia.svg
Zenit
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv-Kuban
2017–18
Details
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
(VTB Ice Palace, Moscow)
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
95–84 Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
Flag of Russia.svg
Zenit
93–79 Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
2018–19
Details
In home and away venues Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Khimki
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Zenit
2019–20
Details
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic - no champion announced.
2020–21
Details
In home and away venues Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv Kuban
Did not play Flag of Russia.svg
Zenit
2021–22
Details
In home and away venues Flag of Russia.svg
Zenit
4–3
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
CSKA Moscow
Flag of Russia.svg
UNICS
3–1
Series
Flag of Russia.svg
Lokomotiv Kuban
^† The whole 2008 tournament was staged in Moscow, including the Final Four.

2008 tournament does not count as official VTB title.

Russian basketball clubs in European and worldwide competitions

Awards

Major awards

Awards by nationality

Statistical Awards

Records

Although during 2014 Andrey Kostin's VTB Bank contributed 150 million rubles to VTB Union League which was third to its 4.5 billion rubles contributed to FC Dynamo Moscow and 750 million rubles contributed to support HC Dynamo Moscow, his VTB bank recorded very large losses of 5 billion rubles in March 2015 connected to its sponsorships and contributions to charities of over a total of 15.5 billion rubles that had 10 billion rubles given to undisclosed recipients. This led to the Bank of Moscow giving VTB Bank an 8 billion rubles loan at 0.51% per year with maturity in 2021. Of VTB Bank money given away during 2014, 80% of the total of 17.5 billion rubles were given away in the fourth quarter. [24]

See also

Notes

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