Fresh off a strong 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, Khimki Moscow Region will try to get back to the continental elite through the qualifying rounds. Khimki advanced to the Euroleague Top 16 last season, but two late losses - at home against Caja Laboral Vitoria and on the road against Olympiacos Piraeus – prevented the team from reaching the playoffs despite a 7-7 record. Khimki also reached the VTB League semifinals, but lost a thrilling five-game series against CSKA Moscow, and finished second in the Russian League. Among the highlights, Zoran Planinic set a new Top 16 single-game assist record (13) and Paul Davis led the Euroleague in performance index rating per 40 minutes (32.9). Founded as recently as January 1997, Khimki Basketball Club consolidated its place in the Russian Superleague by the 1999-2000 season and took another step forwards in the 2002-03 campaign by reaching the Russian League and the Russian Cup semifinals in addition to the second stage of the FIBA Europe Champions Cup. Khimki remained strong over the coming years by finishing fifth and fourth, respectively, in the Russian League and returning to the Russian Cup semifinals in 2004 and 2005. The club advanced to the 2005 FIBA Europe League semifinals, though it lost against eventual champion Dynamo St. Petersburg. Khimki went one step higher in 2006, but lost against mighty CSKA Moscow in both the Russian League and Russian Cup finals. The club also made the FIBA EuroCup final, but lost to DKV Joventut. Khimki's hard work paid off when it downed CSKA in the 2007 Russian Cup final for the club's first crown of any kind. That season, it also reached the Russian League finals and the ULEB Cup Last 16. For the 2008-09 season, Khimki added Jorge Garbajosa, Carlos Delfino and Kelly McCarty to become a Eurocup superpower and made it all the way to the Eurocup title game against Lietuvos Rytas. Khimki returned to the Russian League finals, but once again lost to CSKA. In 2009-10, Khimki had little trouble in the Euroleague regular season and showed it was not an average newcomer, though a tough Top 16 group with Olympiacos and Caja Laboral prevented Khimki from reaching the playoffs. Khimki regrouped to earn a trip back to the Russian League Finals. In 2010-11, Khimki survived the Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, but could not get past the regular season. The club won the VTB League title by downing CSKA 66-64 in the title game behind an outstanding Kresimir Loncar. It all clicked in 2011-12, as Vitaly Fridzon, Planinic, Loncar and Sergey Monya led Khimki to its first-ever continental title, the Eurocup, which opened the door to a return to the Euroleague. Khimki downed Valencia Basket 77-68 in the title game and Planinic was chosen as the Eurocup Finals MVP. Khimki now hopes to make the most of its chance to make its fourth appearance in Europe's premier competition in five years.
Russian National Cup: 2008
DOMESTIC LEAGUE: Russia