Club profile: Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd

Jul 27, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club profile: Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd looks to make another step in its quick rise through the basketball ranks when it returns to the Eurocup for the second consecutive season. Oktyabr is the youngest club among the top European competitions; it was founded in the summer of 2012! Last season it debuted in the Eurocup by reaching the Last 32 and impressed with five road wins, including a pair against former champions Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius as well as a home victory against semifinalist-to-be Banvit Bandirma. Oktyabr missed the VTB League playoffs, but proudly represented Volgograd, a city and region of steelworkers, which developed its love for basketball many decades ago, but somehow historically struggled to have its clubs at the elite basketball level. However, in 2012, Dmitry Gerasimenko took on the initiative to found a new club. It was the start of Krasny Oktyabr, in which Gerasimenko took a unique role as president and player, while star center Fedor Likholitov served as a player/general manager. The club was immediately granted a place in the Russian Superleague, the country’s second division. In its first ever season, the team of veterans led by big man Likholitov took 11th place. The club’s big ambitions, however, did not go unnoticed, and earned it a wild card for the 2013-14 VTB United League. The team from Volgograd made the most of it. In its first season in one of the strongest domestic competitions on the continent, Krasny Oktyabr compiled an 8-10 record in Group B to claim sixth place and a playoff berth, where it lost against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Oktyabr also reached the Russian Cup semifinals that season, making its second year of existence a huge success. After building on that last season, Krasny Oktyabr is now ready for more challenges, including leaving an even deeper mark in the Eurocup.

2014-15 Results: Eurocup: Last 32;VTB United League League: 12th place.

players Krasny Oktyabr - EC14 (photo Krasny Oktyabr)