| Red, Blue|
| Andrey Vatutin|
| Red Army
PBC CSKA Moscow
Universal Sports Hall CSKA
Andrey Vatutin (Sep 2007–)
Megasport Arena, Alexander Gomelsky Universal Sports Hall CSKA
VTB United League, EuroLeague
PBC CSKA Moscow (Russian: ПБК ЦСКА Москва) is a Russian professional basketball team that is based in Moscow, Russia. The club, currently owned by Norilsk Nickel, is a member of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. It is often referred to in the West as "Red Army" or "the Red Army team" for its past affiliation with the Armed Forces sports society, which was associated with the Soviet Army. CSKA won two titles between 2006 and 2009, in Europe's principal club competition, the EuroLeague, making the final in all four seasons, and has advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four 13 times in the 21st century. In their second most recent EuroLeague championship in 2008, they defeated Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv, 77–91, in the final at the Community of Madrid Sports Palace in Madrid.
CSKA 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.
Well-known players that have played with the club over the years include: Sergei Belov, Stanislav Eremin, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Vladimir Tkachenko, Sergei Bazarevich, Alexander Volkov, Andrei Kirilenko, Trajan Langdon, Darius Songaila, Gordan Giriček, Dragan Tarlać, Marcus Brown, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Theo Papaloukas, Nenad Krstić, Jamont Gordon, and Miloš Teodosić. Over many years, CSKA has the reputation for being one of the richest clubs in Europe.
PBC CSKA Moscow Wikipedia
CSKA was founded on 29 April 2013, 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 deparment 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 Championship, which was played between cities, not clubs. Two more titles followed in 1928 and 1935. In 1938, the Soviet Championships were played between clubs, and CSKA under the name CDKA (Центральный дом Красной Армии, Central House of the Red Army) debuted there. 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 has had a long history of success. They won the European Cup in 1961, 1963, 1969, and 1971; won the Soviet Championship 24 times; and won the Russian League title every year from 1992 through 2000, and 2003 through 2013. CSKA also made the Final Four of the EuroLeague in 1996, 2004, and 2005, before winning the EuroLeague in 2006.
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 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 2005–06 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 match. CSKA entered the Final Four on a roll as the only club to sweep their best-of-three quarterfinal series defeating Turkish League power Efes Pilsen. They defeated Barça in the EuroLeague semis before defeating the high-powered offense of Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli League in the final on April 30, even though the overall record of Maccabi's games with CSKA Moscow favors 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 win put them in sole possession of second place for overall European titles. Only Real Madrid, with nine titles, had won more than CSKA's six titles at the time (and seven now). On October 14, 2008, the team played a NBA preseason game with the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Since the foundation of the VTB United League, CSKA has dominated that league, winning 6 of its 7 seasons.
In the 2015–16 season, CSKA won its 7th EuroLeague championship. In Berlin, Moscow defeated Fenerbahçe 101–96 after overtime. The star player of CSKA was Nando de Colo, who was named EuroLeague MVP and Final Four MVP.
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 13,126 seat Megasport Arena, on January 23, 2008. Starting with the 2015–16 season, CSKA began playing its home EuroLeague games at Megasport Arena, while still playing at CSKA Universal Sports Hall for VTB United League games.To appear in this section a player must have either:
Played at least one season for the club.
Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.
USSR League / Russian League (RSL, PBL & VTB)Winners (47): 1945, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
USSR Cup / Russian CupWinners (7): 1972, 1973, 1982, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
EuroLeagueWinners (7): 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 2006, 2008, 2016
Runners-up (6): 1965, 1970, 1973, 2007, 2009, 2012
Triple Crown (unofficial)Winners (1): 2006
North European LeagueWinners (1): 2000
VTB United LeagueWinners (7): 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016