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UNICS Kazan is a professional basketball club in Kazanmarker, Russiamarker playing in the Russian Super League. Their home arena is Basket Hall Arenamarker.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'smarker college team Burevestnik which participated in USSRmarker 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.

The Club

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. Kazanmarker 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

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Roster

Depth Chart

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Notable Russian Players

bold - FIBA World and FIBA Europe champions and medalists






Notable Foreign Players

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


USAmarker


Australia


Europe


 Milan Gurović (2004) and   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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Season
Division
Regular
Play-off
Cup
Europe
1997-1998
Superleague A
5th (West)
7th
n/a
Korac Cup Group stage
1998-1999
Superleague A
5th
5th
n/a
Saporta Cup 1/16 Finals
1999-2000
Superleague A
3rd
Bronze
n/a
Korac Cup 1/16 Finals
2000-2001
Superleague A
2nd
Silver
n/a
Saporta Cup 1/2 Finals
2001-2002
Superleague A
2nd
Silver
n/a
Saporta Cup 1/4 Finals
2002-2003
Superleague A
3rd
Bronze
Winner
FIBA Champions Cup 1/4 Finals
2003-2004
Superleague A
2nd
Silver
3rd
FIBA Europe League Winner
2004-2005
Superleague A
3rd
Bronze
Finalist
FIBA Europe League 1/4 Finals
2005-2006
Superleague A
4th
4th
3rd
ULEB Cup 1/8 Finals
2006-2007
Superleague A
2nd
Silver
Finalist
ULEB Cup 1/2 Finals
2007-2008
Superleague A
3rd
6th
1/2 Finals
ULEB Cup 1/4 Finals (Final Eight)
2008-2009
Superleague A
4th
Bronze
Winner
ULEB Eurocup Top-16 stage
Pos.
Starter
Bench
Bench
Reserve
C
Krešimir Lončar Fedor Likholitov Valentin Yurchik
PF
Vladimir Veremeenko Saulius Štombergas Igor Tkachenko
SF
Igor Zamansky Artem Kuzyakin Ruslan Nazmiev
SG
Terrell Lyday Victor Zvarykin
PG
Marko Popović Petr Samoylenko Amiran Amirkhanov

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