Khimki basketball club

Country Russian Federation Russian Federation
City Khimki, Moscow Oblast
Founded 1997

Khimki Basketball Club is a Russian professional basketball team. The club participates in the Russian Basketball Super League and also the ULEB Cup (Union League European Basketball). Blue and yellow are the official team colors. Alexei Boudounkov is the current owner of the club.

The club won its debut season championship in order to qualify for the Russian Super League on the 5th January 1997. In the next year Khimki was amongst the top ten clubs in the country. In this way it guaranteed a spot in the European Korac Cup where the team defeated leading champions of Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Turkey.

In the 2002/03 Russian super league season the club made a massive improvement and was seeded at the 4th position. This was one of the teams best performance.

Khimki occupied a position amongst the national Superleague leaders in the 2003-04 season and won the fifth place and took part in the semi finals of the National Cup as well as the FIBA-Euroleague quarterfinals.

During the mid-season draft players empowered the team. Some of these were Serguey Karaulov from San Antonio Spurs and young players like Vitaly Fridzon and Roman Levter. In the history of the team it occurred for the first time that legendary players from the far west were included. Some of these were Melvin Booker, Vladimir Vuksanovic, Ruben Wolkowisky and Oscar Torres.

The team plays all their home games at the Novator Arena in Khimki, Moscow. It has a maximum capacity of 3500.

BC Khimki was the first Russian team to play with the NBA team, The Los Angeles Clippers. In January 2008 Khimki won the first big trophy the Russian Cup. They have won the capital CSKA, the operating champion of the country and the owner of the Cup a solving match with the score 85:67.

Major achievements

Silver medalists of the Russian Championship in the year 2005/06

Second place in the FIBA Europe Cup 2006

Won the 2008 Russian Basketball Cup

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