VTB United League

Short History

     The VTB United League is the regional men's professional basketball league, made up of mostly Russian clubs, with some others from surrounding countries. The league is sponsored by VTB Bank. After several years of work behind the scenes, the VTB United League made the first step, when it organized a 3-day promotional Promo-Cup in 2008, in Moscow, Russia. Eight clubs from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland took part in the competition. The first-ever VTB United League season was held in 2009/10 with clubs from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. In the few next season teams from Belarus, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan were added to the league.
     In 2012, the VTB United League 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. 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. Therefore, the highest placed Russian team in the league is also named Russian national champions. For the 2014/15 season the teams from Lithuania and Ukraine dropped out of the league. The absolutely dominant team is CSKA Moscow, which has won 10 titles out of 12 editions, while the 2019/20 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tournaments

Editions

Edition Year Host Date Teams Matches
VTB United League Promo-Cup
1. 2008 Moscow
(Russia)
20 - 22 December 2008 8 teams 12 matches
VTB United League
2. 2009/10 Kaunas
(Lithuania)
14 Oct 2009 - 22 Jan 2010 8 teams 28 matches
3. 2010/11 Kazan
(Russia)
6 Oct 2010 - 23 Apr 2011 12 teams 64 matches
4. 2011/12 Vilnius
(Lithuania)
27 Sep 2011 - 3 May 2012 22 teams 167 matches
5. 2012/13 Home & Away basis 2 Oct 2012 - 7 Jun 2013 20 teams 218 matches
6. 2013/14 Home & Away basis 5 Oct 2013 - 13 Jun 2014 20 teams 213 matches
7. 2014/15 Home & Away basis 3 Oct 2014 - 8 Jun 2015 16 teams 265 matches
8. 2015/16 Home & Away basis 3 Oct 2015 - 8 Jun 2016 16 teams 264 matches
9. 2016/17 Home & Away basis 2 Oct 2016 - 13 Jun 2017 13 teams 178 matches
10. 2017/18 Moscow
(Russia)
5 Oct 2017 - 10 Jun 2018 13 teams 156 matches
11. 2018/19 Home & Away basis 5 Oct 2018 - 10 Jun 2019 14 teams 205 matches
12. 2019/20 Home & Away basis 25 Sep 2019 - 12 Mar 2020 13 teams 86 matches

Final positions

Edition Year Host Champions Runners-up Third place
VTB United League Promo-Cup
1. 2008 Moscow
(Russia)
CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
Khimki
(Russia)
Kyiv
(Ukraine)
VTB United League
2. 2009/10 Kaunas
(Lithuania)
CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
UNICS
(Russia)
Žalgiris
(Lithuania)
3. 2010/11 Kazan
(Russia)
KHIMKI
(Russia)
CSKA Moscow
(Russia)
UNICS
(Russia)
4. 2011/12 Vilnius
(Lithuania)
CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
UNICS
(Russia)
Lietuvos Rytas
(Lithuania)
5. 2012/13 Home & Away basis CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
Lokomotiv Kuban
(Russia)
6. 2013/14 Home & Away basis CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
Nizhny Novgorod
(Russia)
7. 2014/15 Home & Away basis CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
Khimki
(Russia)
8. 2015/16 Home & Away basis CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
UNICS
(Russia)
9. 2016/17 Home & Away basis CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
Khimki
(Russia)
10. 2017/18 Moscow
(Russia)
CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
Khimki
(Russia)
Zenit St. Petersburg
(Russia)
11. 2018/19 Home & Away basis CSKA MOSCOW
(Russia)
Khimki
(Russia)
12. 2019/20 Home & Away basis

Results

Edition Year Host Final 3. place play-off Semi-finals
VTB United League Promo-Cup
1. 2008 Moscow
(Russia)
CSKA Moscow - Khimki 70-66 Kyiv - Dynamo Moscow 86-73 CSKA Moscow - Kyiv 88-58
Khimki - Dynamo Moscow 67-61
VTB United League
2. 2009/10 Kaunas
(Lithuania)
CSKA Moscow - UNICS 66-55 Žalgiris - Khimki 78-72 CSKA Moscow - Khimki 71-66
UNICS - Žalgiris 75-65
3. 2010/11 Kazan
(Russia)
Khimki - CSKA Moscow 66-64 UNICS - Azovmash Mariupol 95-75 Khimki - UNICS 84-78
CSKA Moscow - Azovmash Mariupol 69-57
4. 2011/12 Vilnius
(Lithuania)
CSKA Moscow - UNICS 74-62 Lietuvos Rytas - Lokomotiv Kuban 91-83 CSKA Moscow - Lietuvos Rytas 79-72
UNICS - Lokomotiv Kuban 87-86
5. 2012/13 Home & Away basis CSKA Moscow - Lokomotiv Kuban 72-65, 64-54
Lokomotiv Kuban - CSKA Moscow 69-58, 54-59
No third place play-off matches Khimki - CSKA Moscow 2-3
Žalgiris - Lokomotiv Kuban 1-3
6. 2013/14 Home & Away basis CSKA Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod 65-54, 86-59
Nizhny Novgorod - CSKA Moscow 66-82
UNICS - CSKA Moscow 0-3
Lietuvos Rytas - Nizhny Novgorod 1-3
7. 2014/15 Home & Away basis CSKA Moscow - Khimki 89-62, 94-81
Khimki - CSKA Moscow 69-99
CSKA Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod 3-0
Khimki - Lokomotiv Kuban 3-2
8. 2015/16 Home & Away basis CSKA Moscow - UNICS 84-76, 90-77
UNICS - CSKA Moscow 79-74, 74-81
CSKA Moscow - Khimki 3-0
UNICS - Zenit St. Petersburg 3-2
9. 2016/17 Home & Away basis CSKA Moscow - Khimki 94-88, 99-79
Khimki - CSKA Moscow 72-95
CSKA Moscow - Lokomotiv Kuban 3-0
Zenit St. Petersburg - Khimki 2-3
10. 2017/18 Moscow
(Russia)
CSKA Moscow - Khimki 95-84 Zenit St. Petersburg - UNICS 93-79 CSKA Moscow - Zenit St. Petersburg 84-67
Khimki - UNICS 76-71
11. 2018/19 Home & Away basis CSKA Moscow - Khimki 106-85, 103-92
Khimki - CSKA Moscow 62-80
No third place play-off matches CSKA Moscow - Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0
UNICS - Khimki 1-3
12. 2019/20 Home & Away basis Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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