History

Basketball appeared in the Republic of Tatarstan in the late 1920s. In 1923 Kazan hosted the Second District All-Russian Olympiad of the Volga Military District, where the men's team of the republic's capital took first place. It was the first major victory of Tatarstan basketball players at the All-Russian level.

Well-known historical events in the 40s suspended the development of basketball in Tatarstan. However, already in the first post-war year in Kazan there were about 58 teams, which united about 500 players. Basketball has developed in many sports communities and universities.

In the 60s, the best men's team in Tatarstan was the team of KSU, which successfully performed both in the championship of the RSFSR and in student competitions. However, it was far from UNICS that we know.

BC UNICS (abbreviation means UNIVERSITY - Culture - Sport) was established in 1991. The first leader was the honored worker of physical culture of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan Alexander Shcherbakov. 

In 1997, UNICS won the right to play in the Russian Championship Superleague. In 1998 and 1999, the team took 5th place in the Russian championship.

In December 1998, Evgeny Bogachev, Chairman of the National Bank of Tatarstan, became the president of the club on a voluntary basis, and he built the current structure of the club.


Today, BC UNICS is not only a successful basketball team that is in the TOP-5 of the best teams in Russia, but also participated in the Saporta Cup three times, twice in the Korac Cup, FIBA Champions Cup, twice in the FIBA-Europe League, three times in ULEB Cup, twelve times in the European Cup, four times in Euroleague.

It was under Bogachev that the club won all the trophies in modern history:

2000 - bronze medalist of the Russian championship, silver medalist of the Superleague championship

2001 - silver medalist of the championships of Russia and Superleague

2002 - silver medalist of the championships of Russia and Superleague

2003 - the winner of the Northern European Basketball League Cup, the Cup of Russia, the bronze medalist of the championships of Russia and the Super League

2004 - champion of the FIBA-Europe League, silver medalist of the championships of Russia and the Super League

2005 - finalist of the Cup of Russia, bronze medalist of the championships of Russia and Superleague

2006 - 4th place in the championships of Russia and Superleague

2007 - finalist of the Russian Cup, silver medalist of the championships of Russia and Superleague

2008 - bronze medalist of the Superleague Championship, 6th place in the Russian Championship

2009 - winner of the Russian Cup, bronze medalist of the Russian championship, 4th place in the Superleague championship

2010 - finalist of the Russian Cup, silver medalist of the VTB United League, bronze medalist of the championships of Russia and Superleague

2011 - winner of the European Cup, winner of the regular season, bronze medalist of the VTB United League, the championship of Russia

2012 - quarterfinalist of the Euroleague, silver medalist of the VTB United League, 5th place in the Russian Championship

2013 - 6th place in the Russian Championship

2014 - silver medalist of the European Cup, winner of the Russian Cup, bronze medalist of the VTB United League, Russian Championship

2015 - 6th place in the Russian Championship

2016 - silver medalist of the VTB United League, Russian Championship

2017 - 5th place in the Russian Championship

2018 - 4th place in the Russian Championship, VTB United League, quarter-finalist of Eurocup

2019 - bronze medalist of the Russian Championship, bronze medalist of the VTB United League and Eurocup

2020 season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of cancellation: Eurocup quarter-finalist, 4th place in the VTB United League regular season

2021 - silver medalist of the European Cup, VTB United League, Russian Championship

2022 - bronze medalist of the VTB United League, Russian Championship


Coaches:

1991 - 1993 - Leonid Arslanov (Honored Coach of the RSFSR)

1994 - 1996 - Alexander Zryadchikov (Honored Coach of the Russian Federation)

1996 - 1998 - Georgy Korolev (master of sports, RF)

1998 - Dragan Vishnevats (Yugoslavia)

1999 - 2000 - Evgeny Kovalenko (international master of sports, honored coach of the Russian Federation)

2000 - 2006 - Stanislav Eremin (Honored Master of Sports, Honored Coach of the Russian Federation)

2006 - 2007 - Antanas Sireika (Honored Coach of Lithuania)

2007 - 2009 - Aco Petrovic (Serbia)

2009 - 2010 - Valdemaras Chomicius (Olympic champion, honored coach of Lithuania)

2010 - 2012 - Evgeny Pashutin (Honored Master of Sports, Honored Coach of the Russian Federation)

2012 - 2013 - Aco Petrovic (Serbia)

2013 - Stanislav Eremin (Honored Master of Sports, Honored Coach of the Russian Federation)

2013 - 2014 - Andrea Trinchieri (Italy)

2014 - Argyris Pedoulakis (Greece)

2014 - 2017 - Evgeny Pashutin (Honored Master of Sports, Honored Coach of the Russian Federation)

2017 - 2021 - Dimitris Priftis (Greece)

2021 - 2022 - Velimir Perasovic (Croatia), Eurocup winner (2014), coach of the year in the Spanish Championship (2014), winner of the Spanish Cup (2006), Croatian Cup (2009), Turkish Cup (2010)