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UNICS Kazan
UNICS Kazan logo
Leagues Russian Super League
ULEB Eurocup
VTB United League
Founded 1991
History 1991 - Present
Arena Basket Hall Arena
(capacity: 7,500)
Location Kazan, Russia
Team colors Green and White
         
President Yevgeny Bogachev
Head coach Valdemaras Chomičius
Championships 2 Russian Cups
(2003; 2009)
1 North European Basketball League
(2003)
1 FIBA Europe League
(2004)
Website
Uniforms
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Home jersey
Team colours
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Away jersey
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UNICS Kazan is a professional basketball club in Kazan, Russia playing in the Russian Super League. Their home arena is Basket Hall Arena. Though officially the professional club was founded in 1991 (when began its appearance at the lowest of pro leagues), UNICS traces its origin back to KSU's college team Burevestnik which participated in USSR student championships since 1957 winning all-Soviet college title twice - in 1968 and 1970. The name 'UNICS' is quite an abbreviation - UNI(versity), C(ulture), S(port).

In 1997 it was promoted to the Russian Basketball Super League 'A', the top Russian league. A year later Yevgeny Bogachev, the chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Tatarstan, became the President of the club.

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History

UNICS Kazan has gone a long way towards helping Russian basketball since the club was established in 1991. Between 1994 and 1997, UNICS secured a berth in Russia's first division, and then made a smashing debut, establishing itself among the top five teams in the country. UNICS already played European competitions in 1997, but the new millennium happened to be a turning point for the club. The team placed second to CSKA in the Russian Basketball Super League in 2001 and 2002, the year in which it also reached the Saporta Cup semifinals, losing against Maroussi in the semifinals. UNICS first title was the Russian Cup in March 2003, with an electrifying 81-82 overtime victory over CSKA. UNICS fans did not have to wait long to see their team win a European title, too. Kazan hosted the FIBA Europe League final four, named now FIBA EuroCup, in April 2004 and UNICS made sure of its opportunity. UNICS signed Saulius Stombergas, Eurelijus Zukauskas or Chris Anstey, won its regular season group and advanced to the final four on its own floor, where it was crowned the FIBA Europe League champion as MVP Martin Muursepp scored 22 points in an 87-63 win over Maroussi in the title game. By 2005-06, UNICS went one level up and made its ULEB Cup debut, tying the best regular season record in the competition’s history. Things turned south quickly, as it lost at home against Roma for the only time all season in the eighth finals’ second leg and crashed out earlier than expected. UNICS got stronger for last season, keeping the core group of the previous seasons side while adding Darjus Lavrinovic to reunite with twin brother Kšyštof Lavrinovič in a twin towers set full of talent. The team made it to the ULEB Cup semifinals before losing to eventual champs Real Madrid. It also returned to the Russian League finals, losing against perennial champion CSKA. UNICS is back in the ULEB Cup with the only goal to reach even higher and make the city of Kazan proud of its mighty basketball team.

Recent seasons

Season Division Regular Play-off Cup Europe
1997-98 Superleague A 5th (West) 7th n/a Korac Cup Group stage
1998-99 Superleague A 5th 5th n/a Saporta Cup 1/16 Finals
1999-00 Superleague A 3rd Bronze n/a Korac Cup 1/16 Finals
2000-01 Superleague A 2nd Silver n/a Saporta Cup 1/2 Finals
2001-02 Superleague A 2nd Silver n/a Saporta Cup 1/4 Finals
2002-03 Superleague A 3rd Bronze Winner FIBA Champions Cup 1/4 Finals
2003-04 Superleague A 2nd Silver 3rd FIBA Europe League Winner
2004-05 Superleague A 3rd Bronze Finalist FIBA Europe League 1/4 Finals
2005-06 Superleague A 4th 4th 3rd ULEB Cup 1/8 Finals
2006-07 Superleague A 2nd Silver Finalist ULEB Cup 1/2 Finals
2007-08 Superleague A 3rd 6th 1/2 Finals ULEB Cup 1/4 Finals (Final Eight)
2008-09 Superleague A 4th Bronze Winner ULEB Eurocup Top-16 stage

Roster

BC UNICS Kazan roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Age Height Weight
G 4 United States Lyday, Terrell &0000000000000030.00000030 - August 12, 1979(1979-08-12) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
G 6 Croatia Popović, Marko &0000000000000027.00000027 - June 12, 1982(1982-06-12) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb)
F 7 Russia Zamanski, Igor &0000000000000032.00000032 - November 16, 1977(1977-11-16) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
G 8 Russia Kuzyakin, Artem &0000000000000030.00000030 - March 10, 1980(1980-03-10) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
G 9 Russia Samoylenko, Petr &0000000000000033.00000033 - February 7, 1977(1977-02-07) 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
C 10 Croatia Lončar, Krešimir &0000000000000027.00000027 - February 12, 1983(1983-02-12) 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 111 kg (245 lb)
F 11 Lithuania Štombergas, Saulius &0000000000000036.00000036 - December 14, 1973(1973-12-14) 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb)
F 12 Belarus Russia Veremeenko, Vladimir &0000000000000025.00000025 - July 21, 1984(1984-07-21) 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 107 kg (236 lb)
G 13 Russia Amirkhanov, Amiran &0000000000000024.00000024 - February 27, 1986(1986-02-27) 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
G 20 Russia Nazmiev, Ruslan &0000000000000023.00000023 - March 4, 1987(1987-03-04) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
C 22 Russia Yurchik, Valentin &0000000000000022.00000022 - March 23, 1987(1987-03-23) 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 110 kg (243 lb)
F 23 Russia Tkachenko, Igor &0000000000000023.00000023 - May 23, 1986(1986-05-23) 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 94 kg (207 lb)
G 24 Russia Zvarykin, Viktor &0000000000000023.00000023 - June 5, 1986(1986-06-05) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 93 kg (205 lb)
C 30 Poland Lampe, Maciej &0000000000000025.00000025 - February 5, 1985(1985-02-05) 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 125 kg (276 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Russia Aleksandr Zryadchikov
  • Lithuania Mindaugas Lukošius

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (INJ) Injured

Roster • updated 2010-01-18

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Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve
C Maciej Lampe Krešimir Lončar Valentin Yurchik
PF Vladimir Veremeenko Saulius Štombergas Igor Tkachenko
SF Igor Zamansky Artem Kuzyakin Vitaliy Kuznetsov
SG Terrell Lyday Victor Zvarykin Ruslan Nazmiev
PG Marko Popović Petr Samoylenko Amiran Amirkhanov

Notable Russian players

bold - FIBA World and FIBA Europe champions and medalists
  • Russia Ruslan Avleev (1997-01, 2004-06) - 301 games, 19.2 ppg;
  • Russia Victor Kurilchuk (1997-00) - 201 games, 8.9 ppg;
  • Russia Eduard Soobtsokov (1997-00) - 204 games, 7 ppg;
  • Russia Petr Samoylenko (1998-07, 2008-09) - 557 games, 6.5 ppg;
  • Russia Andrey Sepelev (1998-99) - 53 games, 11 ppg;
  • Russia Anton Yudin (1999-03, 2004-06) - 243 games, 10.7 ppg;
  • Russia Alexander Petrenko (1999-00) - 58 games, 13.2 ppg;
  • Russia Andrey Kornev (1999-01) - 76 games, 6.1 ppg;
  • Russia Aleksandr Gutorov (1999-00) - 35 games, 8.4 ppg;
  • Russia Evgeniy Pashutin (2000-02) - 86 games, 8.5 ppg;
  • Russia Igor Grachev (2000-02) - 74 games, 8.6 ppg;
  • Russia Valentin Kubrakov (2000-02, 2003-04) - 121 games, 8.5 ppg;
  • Russia Igor Zamansky (2001-03; 2008-09) - 101 games, 7.1 ppg;
  • Russia Igor Kudelin (2002-03, 2006-07) - 35 games, 8.1 ppg;
  • Russia Sergei Chikalkin (2002-03, 2005-09) - 187 games, 10.6 ppg;
  • Russia Andrei Fetisov (2002-03) - 20 games, 6.2 ppg;
  • Russia Alexander Miloserdov (2003-05; 2006-07) - 125 games, 9.3 ppg;
  • Russia Viktor Keirou (2003-05; 2007-08) - 83 games, 5.4 ppg;
  • Russia Sergei Toporov (2004-06) - 93 games, 7.3 ppg;
  • Russia Vadim Panin (2006-07) - 35 games, 6.1 ppg;
  • Russia Dmitri Sokolov (2006-09) - 128 games, 6.8 ppg;
  • Russia Nikolay Padius (2007-08) - 42 games, 6.1 ppg;
  • Russia Fedor Likholitov (2009-10) - 10 games, 2.5 ppg;

Notable foreign players

bold - former NBA players; Olympics, FIBA World and FIBA Europe champions and medalists
USA
Australia
Europe

Serbia Milan Gurović (2004) and Turkey Hüseyin Beşok (2005) shortly were under contract with UNICS Kazan, but never played a single game for the team.

(*) former NBA champions

Coaches

bold - Olympics, FIBA World and FIBA Europe champions and medalists

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