MBC Dynamo Moscow is a Russian basketball club that takes part in the Russian Basketball Super League in Moscow in Russia. The team also plays in the ULEB Cup. White and Blue are the official colors of the team.
This club was formed in 1923 and at this time Russia was a section of the Soviet Union. This club is one of the oldest clubs in the nation. The name ‘dynamo’ refers to ‘power in motion.’ Throughout history the club has been supported by the State Political Directorate, a police union in the USSR. Due to this fact the team is consistently regarded as a police club. The club soon after establishment made its presence felt in the USSR championship by winning it in 1937 and 1948.
In the Soviet Union League standings Dynamo occupied the third spot in the years 1946, 1957 and 1958. Also it reached the USSR Cup final in the years 1950 and 1952. It also reached the finals of the European Cup Tournament but eventually lost to the Slavia Prague.
In the mid 1990s the team saw a complete makeover. In 1991 in the Winners Cup semi final Dynamo was defeated by the PAOK Thessaloniki who became the eventual champions. The Dynamo could also qualify in the years 1992, 1994 and 1995 for the Korac Cup. However in 1996 the conditions altered and Dynamo performed well in the Saporta Cup in 1996. The club included players like Valeri Daineko, Igor Gratchev, Vitaly Nosov and Bazarevich. With new players in the team, they went on to win the title defeating the PAOK Thessaloniki.
In the year 2001 Dynamo made a comeback in the Russian Basketball League. In the 2001-02 season the Russian League second division was occupied by Dynamo and in the same year it won the title.
In the 2004/05 season Dynamo saw a complete makeover to its team and players like the late Kenyon Jones, Damir Mrsic, Nikolay Padius, Jimmy Oliver and Nikos Ekonomou assisted to carry the team to the semi finals of the Russian League.
In 2006, with the help of new players and a great experienced coach Sergei Bazarevich the young team went on to win the ULEB Cup. In the year 2008 the team did not make it to the final four group stages of the Euroleague.
ULEB Cup Champion: 2006
USSR League Champion: 1937, 1948
European Cup Semi-finalist: 1996