2016-17 Team Profile: Unics Kazan

Jul 14, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
2016-17 Team Profile: Unics Kazan

Unics Kazan is already one of the most dominant teams the EuroCup has ever seen and now it turns its sights to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for the third time this century and second time in three seasons. To date Unics has a winning record in the Euroleague. The club comes off another standout season in the Eurocup, where it ranks second on the all-time list of games won. Last season, Keith Langford led the Eurocup in scoring and Quino Colom did the same in assists as Unics tied for the best record in its regular season group and completed a perfect Last 32. However an ill-timed hiccup in the second leg of its eighthfinals series against Stelmet Zielona Gora ended Unics’s season earlier than many expected, especially since Unics won Game 1 of the eighthfinals on the road and entered the deciding game on a nine-game winning streak and with a 7-1 home record. Knowing how one bad night can change a season, Unics returns to the Euroleague well prepared.


2014-15 Euroleague 5-5 Regular Season
2011-12 Euroleague 10-9 Playoffs
TOTAL: 15-14


2015-16 Eurocup 14-4 Eighthfinal
2014-15 Eurocup 7-5 Semifinal
2013-14 Eurocup 20-4 Final
2012-13 Eurocup 10-4 Quarterfinal
2010-11 Eurocup 13-3 Champion
2009-10 Eurocup 8-4 Last 16
2008-09 Eurocup 9-3 Last 16
2007-08 ULEB Cup 7-8 Quarterfinal
2006-07 ULEB Cup 12-4 Semifinal
2005-06 ULEB Cup 9-3 Eighthfinal
TOTAL: 109-42


In just a quarter-century of existence, Unics Kazan has firmly entrenched itself as a regional force and rising European power. Founded in 1991, Unics became the perfect ambassador for the sports-crazy Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation. The club already reached the Russian League finals in 2001 and 2002, the year in which it also made it to the Saporta Cup semifinals. Its hard work paid off in 2003, when Unics edged CSKA Moscow in overtime to lift the Russian Cup. In 2004, Kazan was home to the FIBA Europe League final four and Unics made the most of it by downing Maroussi to win its first continental title. Unics made its ULEB Cup debut in the 2005-06 season and already reached the semifinals the following year before losing against Real Madrid. Unics also reached the 2008 ULEB Cup Final Eight. Everything clicked in the 2010-11 Eurocup as Unics thrashed Cedevita Zagreb in the semifinals and bested Cajasol Sevilla in the championship game to take the crown. Marko Popovic amassed 18 points and 11 assists to earn Finals MVP honors. Unics made its Euroleague debut a successful one in the 2011-12 campaign by going all the way to the playoffs and returned to the Eurocup a year later, but lost to Valencia in the quarterfinals and finished that season with a 10-4 record. The team made up for that early exit the next season; Unics reached the Eurocup Finals sporting a 20-2 record, which helped Andrew Goudelock earn Eurocup MVP honors and Andrea Trinchieri to be chosen as the Eurocup Coach of the Year. However, Valencia again stopped Unics’s march to the title. Unics bounced back by lifting the Russian Cup trophy and reaching the VTB League semifinals. The 2014-15 saw Unics back in the Euroleague. After it narrowly missed reaching the Top 16 despite a historic win over eventual champ Real Madrid in the Spanish capital, Keith Langford and co. made another deep Eurocup run and reached the semifinals, though a Spanish side was again its kryptonite; Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas swept their two game series. Last season saw an unexpected early exit from the Eurocup, but Unics played into June by reaching the VTB United League finals before losing 3-1 to reigning Turkish airlines Euroleague champion CSKA. Now back in the Euroleague, Unics aims to prove that it belongs with the very best.

Trophy Case

Eurocup: 2011
FIBA Europe League: 2003-04
NEBL: 2002-03
Russian National Cup: 2003, 2009, 2014