History

Basketball in the Republic of Tatarstan appeared in the late 20-ies of the XX century. In 1923 the Second All-Russian Olympiad of the Privolzhsky Military District was held in Kazan, where the men's team of the capital of the republic took the first place. Perhaps, this was the first major victory of Tatarstan basketball players at the All-Russian level.

The famous historical events in the 40's stopped the development of not only basketball in Tatarstan, however, already in the first post-war year in Kazan there were about 58 teams that united about 500 players. Basketball developed in many sports communities, universities.

And in the 60th the best men's team of Tatarstan became the team of Kazan Federal University, which successfully performed both at the championship of the RSFSR and student competitions. However, it was not yet  the UNICS that we know.


BC UNICS (abbreviation means University - Culture - Sport) was established in 1991. The first head was the honored worker of physical culture of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Russian Federation Alexander Shcherbakov. Several years have needed to form the team.

In 1997,  the team got the right to play in the Super League (the highest division) of the Russian championship.

In 1998 and 1999 the team took the 5th place in the Russian championship. In December 1998, the president of the club on a voluntary basis became the chairman of the National Bank of Tatarstan Evgeny Bogachev, who also built the current structure of the club. It was with him that the club won all its trophies in modern history.

2000 - bronze medalist of the Russian championship, silver medalist of the Super League championship

2001 - silver prizewinner of the championships of Russia and the Super League

2002 - silver prizewinner of the championships of Russia and the Super League

2003 - won the Cup of the North European Basketball League, the Cup of Russia, the bronze medalist of the championships of Russia and the Super League

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

2005 - finalist of the Russian Cup, bronze medalist of the Russian and Super League championships

2006 - the fourth place of the championships of Russia and the Super League

2007 - finalist of the Russian Cup, silver prizewinner of the Russian and Super League championships

2008 - bronze medalist of the Super League championship, the sixth place in the Russian championship

2009 - won the Cup of Russia, the bronze medalist of the Russian championship, the fourth place of the Super League championship

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

2011 - winner of the European Cup, won the regular championship, the bronze medalist of the VTB United League, the Russian championship

2012 - participant of the Euroleague ¼ finals, silver medalist of the VTB United League, fifth place in the Russian Championship

2013 - the sixth place of the championship of Russia

2014 - vice-champion of the European Cup, won the Cup of Russia, bronze medalist of the VTB United League, the Russian championship

2015 - the sixth place of the championship of Russia

2016 - silver medalist of VTB United League, Russian Championship

2017 - the fifth place of the championship of Russia

2018 - the fourth place of the championship of Russia and United league VTB, 1/4 of Eurocup

2019 - the bronze medal of the championship of Russia, the third place of United league VTB and Eurocup

2020-season suspended due to the COVID - 19 pandemic. At the time of suspension: participant of the 1/4 European Cup, 4th place in the regular round of the VTB United League

Coaches:

1991 - 1993 - Merited Coach of the RSFSR Leonid Arslanov

1994 - 1997 - Honored coach of Russia Alexander Zryadchikov. He brought UNICS to the Superleague

1997 - 1998 - Master of Sports Georgy Korolev

1998 - Dragan Vishnevac

1999-2000 - Master of Sports of the International Level, Honored Coach of Russia Evgeny Kovalenko

2000 - 2006 - Honored Master of Sports, Honored Coach of Russia Stanislav Eremin

2006 - 2007 - Honored trainer of Lithuania Antanas Sireika

2007 - 2009 - Aco Petrovic

2009 - 2010 - Olympic champion, Honored coach of Lithuania Valdemaras Homicius

2010 - 2012 - Honored Master of Sports, Honored Coach of Russia Evgeny Pashutin

2012 - 2013 - Aco Petrovic

2013 - Honored Master of Sports, Honored Coach of Russia Stanislav Eremin

2013 - 2014 - Andrea Trinchieri

2014 - Argyris Pedulakis

2014 - 2017 - Evgeny Pashutin

2017 – present moment - Dimitrios Priftis 


Representation in national teams

UNICS players Ruslan Avleev and Alexander Petrenko took part in the final stage of the 1999 European Championship. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Ruslan Avleev, Evgeni Pashutin, Valentin Kubrakov played. In the final stage of the European Championship-2001, Evgeny Pashutin, Piotr Samoilenko, Anton Yudin acted. At the World Championships - 2002 - Igor Kudelin. In the final stage of the European Championship-2003, Piotr Samoilenko, Valentin Kubrakov played. Basketball player UNICS Zukauskas won the title of European champion-2003 in the national team of Lithuania. In the final stage of the European Championship-2005 Piotr Samoilenko (Russia), Krzysztof Lavrinovic (Lithuania) played. At the World Cup - 2006, the basketball team of the UNICS Lavrynovic brothers played in the national team of Lithuania. At the European Championships in 2007, basketball player UNICS Nikolai Padius became the champion of the continent in the Russian national team, Darius Lavrinovic won a bronze medal in the national team of Lithuania. This championship was played by another basketball player of our club - Tarique Kirksey (France). At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, UNICS players Marco Popovic and Kreshimir Loncar (Croatian national team) took part. They also played in the final stage of the European Championship - 2009 Marco Popovic (Croatia) and Hassan Rizvich (Slovenia) performed at the 2010 World Cup in Turkey. In the European Championship 2011, Henry Domercant (Bosnia) participated. In the European Championships - 2013 Dmitry Sokolov (Russia), Kostas Kaimakoglou, Nikos Zisis (both of Greece) took part. Kostas Kaimakoglou, Nikos Zisis took part in the 2014 World Cup in Spain. In the European Championship - 2015, UNICS players participated: Anton Ponkrashov (Russia), Kostas Kaimakoglou (Greece), Arturas Milaknis (Lithuania). Milaknis in the national team of Lithuania won the silver medal of the European Championship. In the European Championship 2017, the player of our team Martins Meiers took part in the Latvian national team.

To date,  BC UNICS is not only a successful basketball team, which is included in the Top 5 of the best teams in Russia, but also three times participating in the Saporta Cup, twice in the Korach Cup, the FIBA ​​Champions Cup, twice in the FIBA ​​Europe League, three times in the ULEB Cup , eight times in the European Cup, three times in the Euroleague

This is also the youth composition. UNICS - 2 in 2009 won the Russian Championship among the youth teams. In 2013 and 2015 UNICS - 2 won the second place in the Russian championship among the youth teams. In 2014, UNICS-2 was the third in the Russian championship among the youth teams.

 BC UNICS`s  system includes its own children's and youth team, as well as the Basket Hall, which opened its doors to viewers on August 29, 2003. The capacity of the main arena of the complex is 7,500 spectators, small - 1,500. In 2005, a UNICS country sports base was built in the village of Vasilyevo, 30 km. from Kazan.