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VTB United League

VTB United League
Единая Лига ВТБ
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 VTB United League
Sport Basketball
Founded 2008 (Promo-Cup)
2009 (VTB United League)
CEO Andrey Shirokov
Motto One league. One language. Language of basketball.
No. of teams 16
Country  Russia (10 teams)
 Belarus (1 team)
 Czech Republic (1 team)
 Finland (1 team)
 Estonia (1 team)
 Latvia (1 team)
 Kazakhstan (1 team)
Most recent champion(s) CSKA Moscow
(5th title)
Most titles CSKA Moscow
(5 titles)
Level on pyramid 1st tier (Russia)
Official website vtb-league.com

VTB United League (Russian: Единая Лига ВТБ) is an international professional basketball league that was founded in 2008. Starting with the 2013–14 season, it is the 1st tier of Russian professional club basketball, as well as the national domestic league of Russia, with the highest placed Russian team in the league also being the Russian champions. Its goal is to unite the leading basketball clubs of Eastern Europe and Northern Europe together into one league. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank.

Contents

  • League formats 1
  • History 2
    • Unification with the Russian PBL 2.1
    • Current teams 2.2
  • Team appearances 3
  • Titles 4
  • Awards 5
  • Sponsors 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

League formats

In its inaugural 2009–10 season league format season, the VTB United League featured clubs from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. For the 2010–11 season, teams from Finland, Poland and Belarus were added to the league. The 2011–12 season featured a total of 18 teams, with new teams being added from 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 Ukraine and Lithuania dropped out of the competition.

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.[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 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 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.

Current teams

These are the teams that are participating in 2014–15 season:

Team appearances

Team 08–09
(8)
09–10
(8)
10–11
(12)
11–12
(18)
12–13
(20)
13–14
(20)
14–15
(16)
Tsmoki-Minsk GS GS GS GS
Nymburk GS GS GS
Kalev/Cramo GS GS GS GS GS
Bisons Loimaa
Espoon Honka GS
Torpan Pojat QR
Astana GS 1/8 1/8
ASK Rīga 7th
VEF Rīga GS GS GS 1/4 GS
Lietuvos rytas GS 3rd GS 1/2
Neptūnas GS GS
Šiauliai QR
Žalgiris 5th 3rd 1/8 1/8 3rd
Anwil QR
Prokom 8th GS GS
Turów GS GS
Avtodor
CSKA 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Dynamo 4th
Enisey GS GS 1/8
Khimki 2nd 4th 1st 1/4 4th 1/4
Krasny Oktyabr 1/8
Krasnye Krylia GS 1/4 1/4
Lokomotiv Kuban 4th 2nd 1/4
Nizhny Novgorod 1/8 1/4 2nd
Spartak 1/4 1/8 1/8
Triumph 1/8 1/4
UNICS 2nd 3rd 2nd 1/4 1/2
Zenit
Azovmash 6th GS 4th GS GS GS
Budivelnik GS
Dnipro GS QR
Donetsk GS 1/8 GS
Kyiv 3rd

Titles

Key to colors
     VTB United League Promo-Cup
Season Finals & Final Four host Finals Third and fourth place
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
2008–09
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
Lokomotiv-Kuban

Žalgiris
Did not play
Khimki
2013–14
Details
In home and away court
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Nizhny Novgorod

UNICS
Did not play
Lietuvos rytas

The whole tournament was staged in Moscow, including the Final Four.

Awards

MVP and Playoffs MVP
Season Season MVP Team Playoffs MVP Team
2008–09 N/A N/A Ramūnas Šiškauskas CSKA
2009–10 Victor Khryapa CSKA J. R. Holden CSKA
2010–11 Ramel Curry Azovmash Vitaly Fridzon Khimki
2011–12 Andrei Kirilenko CSKA Andrei Kirilenko CSKA
2012–13 E. J. Rowland VEF Victor Khryapa CSKA
2013–14 Andrew Goudelock Unics Kazan Miloš Teodosić CSKA
Other awards

Sponsors

See also

References

  1. ^ "New clubs in the VTB United League". VTB United League. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "About League". vtb-league.com. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  3. ^ "PROMO-CUP: CSKA WIN". Sport Express. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  4. ^ 20 clubs will play in VTB United League championship in seasone-2012/13, vtb-league.com, May 20, 2012
  5. ^ "PBL looks to a better future".  
  6. ^ Triumph applied an application to participate in the new season of VTB United League, 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.

External links

  • Official Website (Russian)
  • Official Website (English)
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