CSKA Moscow's Final Four facts

May 18, 2021 by Euroleague.net Print
CSKA Moscow's Final Four facts

...CSKA is in its 19th Final Four - an all-time record! Barcelona ranks second with 15 Final Four appearances.

...CSKA has made it to its ninth consecutive Final Four - a new all-time record since the format returned in 1988. CSKA has been in 17 of the last 18 Final Fours.

...CSKA looks for its ninth EuroLeague title, after previous wins in 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 2006, 2008, 2016 and 2019. Only Real Madrid (10) has more EuroLeague titles.

...CSKA has the chance to win consecutive EuroLeague titles for the first time ever? CSKA was the last EuroLeague champion in 2019, as the 2019-20 campaign was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coach Dimitris Itoudis

Dimitris Itoudis celebrates in the locker room - CSKA Moscow Champ - Final Four Vitoria-Gasteiz 2019 - EB18

...Dimitris Itoudis is in his sixth Final Four as head coach - all of them with CSKA? Itoudis also was in eight other Final Fours as Panathinaikos assistant coach, working for Zeljko Obradovic.

...Coach Itoudis has the chance to win his third EuroLeague title? He helped CSKA win the EuroLeague crown in 2016 and 2019.

...Coach Itoudis can win consecutive EuroLeague titles? Only seven coaches have been able to do it, and just one did it in the 21st century - Pini Gershon (2004, 2005 Maccabi).

CSKA's veterans

...Nikita Kurbanov heads to his eighth Final Four? Out of the players present in Cologne, only Kyle Hines of AX Armani Exchange Milan has been to more Final Fours (9).

...Kurbanov has the chance to win his fourth EuroLeague title? He helped CSKA win EuroLeague titles in 2006, 2016 and 2019. He has the chance to become the first Russian player to win four titles.

...Will Clyburn is the only Final Four MVP present in this year's event? Clyburn was chosen as the 2019 Final Four MVP, leading CSKA to the title.

...Clyburn has the chance to win multiple Final Four MVP trophies? Only four players won it more than once: Toni Kukoc (1990, 1991 Split; 1993 Benetton), Vassilis Spanoulis (2009 Panathinaikos; 2012, 2013 Olympiacos), Dejan Bodiroga (2002 Panathinaikos, 2003 Barcelona) and Dimitris Diamantidis (2007, 2011 Panathinaikos).

The first time...

...Janis Strelnieks can become the first Latvian player to win the EuroLeague in the Final Four era? ASK Riga won three EuroLeague titles from 1958 to 1960, but no Latvian player has lifted the trophy since the restoration of Latvian Independence in 1991.

...Iffe Lundberg can become the first Danish-born player to win the EuroLeague? Lundberg, born in Copenhagen, is in his first EuroLeague season. David Andersen won three EuroLeague titles in the past and even when he had a Danish passport, he was born in Melbourne, Australia.

...five other CSKA players have previous Final Four experience: Semen Antonov (2017, 2018, 2019 CSKA), Joel Bolomboy (2019 CSKA), Daniel Hackett (2019 CSKA) and Ivan Ukhov (2019 CSKA).

...Michael Eric can join a exclusive list of EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup winners? He won the EuroCup trophy with Darussafaka Istanbul in 2018. Only 17 players won both competition, and the list includes names like Rudy Fernandez, Ricky Rubio, Dejan Tomasevic, Nando De Colo, Nick Calathes or Felipe Reyes, among others.

...Eric can be the first Nigerian-born player to win the EuroLeague? Ekpe Udoh, born in the States with Nigerian roots, led Fenerbahce to the 2017 EuroLeague title, earning Final Four MVP honors.

...Johannes Voigtmann can become the first German player to win the EuroLeague in more than 20 years? Only three German players won the EuroLeague title - Christian Welp with Olympiacos in 1997, Michael Koch with Panathinaikos in 2000, and Patrick Femerling with Barcelona in 2003.

Joel Bolomboy - CSKA Moscow Media Day 2020 - EB20

...Toko Shengelia can become the second Georgian player to win the EuroLeague title? Gio Shermadini won the competition twice - with Panathinaikos in 2009 and Olympiacos in 2013.

...Milutinov is the 2020-21 EuroLeague leading rebounder at 8.6 per game? He set a new record for most offensive rebounds, 16, in a Regular Season game against another Final Four team, Milan.

...CSKA leads the 2020-21 EuroLeague in scoring and rebounds? It leads the standings at 84.4 points and 35.6 boards per night, respectively.