UNICS Kazan, or commonly called BC UNICS, is a professional basketball club in Kazan, Russia. Their home court is located at the Basket-Hall Kazan, and they are participating in the EuroCup and VTB United League. In 1997, UNICS Kazan was promoted to the Russian Basketball Super League A and by the following year, they made Yevgeny Bogachev the chairman of the team.
Foundation of the UNICS Kazan
UNICS Kazan was officially founded in 1991 and made a smashing debut between 1994 and 1997, where they instantly became one of the Top 5 teams in the country. In 1997, UNICS competed in European competitions, however, this became a turning point for UNICS Kazan. During the Russian Basketball Super League in 2001 and 2002, UNICS landed second place in CSKA.
In 2003, Kazan held the FIBA Europe League, and UNICS ensure that they will seize the opportunity to be included in the FIBA EuroChallenge. Three of their players, Chris Anstey, Eurelijus Zukauskas, and Saulius Stombergas and they successfully made it to the Top 4 FIBA EuroChallenge.
ULEB Cup Debut
In 2005-06, UNICS set a record by progressing a level up and managed to compete in the semi-finals. However, they were defeated by the defending champions, Real Madrid. All of the home games were being held at the Basketball Arena, which has a maximum capacity of 7,500. Marteen Cleaves, Paul Shirley, and Sergei Chikalkin were a few of the players who were recognized to have made great improvements in the games.
In 2008, they decided to play again for the ULEB Cup only to achieve better results, so their city would be proud of them.
2002/03 Russian Cup Winner
2003/04 FIBA Europe League Winner