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VTB United League

VTB United League
Единая Лига ВТБ
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2014–15 VTB United League
200px
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 23x15px Russia (10 teams)
23x15px Belarus (1 team)
23x15px Czech Republic (1 team)
23x15px Finland (1 team)
23x15px Estonia (1 team)
23x15px Latvia (1 team)
Template:Country data Kazakhstan (1 team)
Most recent champion(s) 23x15px CSKA Moscow
(5th title)
Most titles 23x15px 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.

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 2008
(8)
09–10
(8)
10–11
(12)
11–12
(18)
12–13
(20)
13–14
(20)
14–15
(16)
23x15px Tsmoki-Minsk GS GS GS GS 15th
23x15px Nymburk GS GS GS 14th
23x15px Kalev/Cramo GS GS GS GS GS
23x15px Bisons Loimaa 13th
23x15px Espoon Honka GS
23x15px Torpan Pojat QR
Template:Country data KAZ Astana GS 1/8 1/8 8th
23x15px ASK Rīga 7th
23x15px VEF Rīga GS GS GS 1/4 GS 10th
23x15px Lietuvos rytas GS 3rd GS 1/2
23x15px Neptūnas GS GS
23x15px Šiauliai QR
23x15px Žalgiris 5th 3rd 1/8 1/8 3rd
23x15px Anwil QR
23x15px Prokom 8th GS GS
23x15px Turów GS GS
23x15px Avtodor 7th
23x15px CSKA 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
23x15px Dynamo 4th
23x15px Enisey GS GS 1/8 11th
23x15px Khimki 2nd 4th 1st 1/4 4th 1/4
23x15px Krasny Oktyabr 1/8 12th
23x15px Krasnye Krylia GS 1/4 1/4 16th
23x15px Lokomotiv Kuban 4th 2nd 1/4
23x15px Nizhny Novgorod 1/8 1/4 2nd 4th
23x15px Spartak 1/4 1/8 1/8
23x15px Triumph 1/8 1/4
23x15px UNICS 2nd 3rd 2nd 1/4 1/2 6th
23x15px Zenit 5th
23x15px Azovmash 6th GS 4th GS GS GS
23x15px Budivelnik GS
23x15px Dnipro GS QR
23x15px Donetsk GS 1/8 GS
23x15px 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
Details
23x15px Russia
(USK CSKA, Moscow)
30px
CSKA Moscow
70–66 30px
Khimki
30px
Kyiv
86–73 30px
Dynamo Moscow
2009–10
Details
23x15px Lithuania
(Sports Hall, Kaunas)
30px
CSKA Moscow
66–55 30px
UNICS
30px
Žalgiris
78–72 30px
Khimki
2010–11
Details
23x15px Russia
(Basket Hall, Kazan)
30px
Khimki
66–64 30px
CSKA Moscow
30px
UNICS
95–75 30px
Azovmash
2011–12
Details
23x15px Lithuania
(Siemens Arena, Vilnius)
30px
CSKA Moscow
74–62 30px
UNICS
30px
Lietuvos rytas
91–83 30px
Lokomotiv-Kuban
2012–13
Details
In home and away court 30px
CSKA Moscow
3–1
Series
30px
Lokomotiv-Kuban
30px
Žalgiris
Did not play 30px
Khimki
2013–14
Details
In home and away court 30px
CSKA Moscow
3–0
Series
30px
Nizhny Novgorod
30px
UNICS
Did not play 30px
Lietuvos rytas
^† The whole 2008 tournament was staged in Moscow, including the Final Four.
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Awards

MVP and Playoffs MVP
Season Season MVP Team Playoffs MVP Team
2008 N/A N/A 23x15px Ramūnas Šiškauskas 23x15px CSKA
2009–10 23x15px Victor Khryapa 23x15px CSKA 23x15px J. R. Holden 23x15px CSKA
2010–11 23x15px Ramel Curry 23x15px Azovmash 23x15px Vitaly Fridzon 23x15px Khimki
2011–12 23x15px Andrei Kirilenko 23x15px CSKA 23x15px Andrei Kirilenko 23x15px CSKA
2012–13 23x15px E. J. Rowland 23x15px VEF 23x15px Victor Khryapa 23x15px CSKA
2013–14 23x15px Andrew Goudelock 23x15px Unics Kazan 23x15px Miloš Teodosić 23x15px 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". ULEB. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  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

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