Preview: Khimki Moscow Region vs. CSKA Moscow 5 january 2020

On Monday, January 6, 2020 Khimki Moscow Region at home will face CSKA Moscow in a VTB United League regular season game. The game will be played at Arena Mytishchi. Tip-off at 15:00 msk.


Founded in 1923
Team colors: red and blue
Honors: Champion of Euroleague (2006, 2008, 2016, 2019), Champion of European Cup for men's champion clubs (1961, 1963, 1969, 1971), Champion of VTB United League (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), Champion of Russia (1992-2000, 2003-2019), Champion of USSR (1945, 1960-1962, 1964-1966, 1969-1974, 1976-1984, 1988, 1990), Russian Cup (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010), USSR Cup (1972, 1973, 1982), Champion of NEBL (2000)
Arena: Alexander Gomelskiy CSKA Universal Sport Hall (capacity – 5000)
Head coach: Dimitris Itoudis
President: Andrey Vatutin
Official website:


LIVE: Match TV (14:30), Match! Strana (replay at 18:55, 04:10),
Text online: VTB United League website


Sergey Monia, Egor Vialtsev and Alexey Shved played for CSKA Moscow earlier.

Petr Gubanov and Semen Antonov were teammates in Nizhny Novgorod in season 2013/2014.

Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos played for Denver Nuggets in season 2011/2013.

Janis Timma, Dairis Bertans and Janis Strelnieks play for Latvian national team.

Last season Timma and Strelnieks were teammates in Olympiacos Piraeus. In season 2017/2018 Timma and Voigtmann played for KIROLBET Baskonia Victoria-Gasteiz.

In season 2009/2010 Bertans and Strelnieks played for Latvian Ventspils.

Khimki head coach and a former playing great Rimas Kurtinaitis was the first Lithuanian player to wear a CSKA Moscow uniform, playing there in the 1981/1982 season.


Rimas Kurtinaitis, Khimki Moscow Region head coach:

“We don’t look at the standings, because every game is importanta. Currently we are more or less stable: got rid of the virus, Alexey Shved feels alright, Jonas Jerebko is back despite playing with fever last game. From this standpoint we are okay, no serious injuries, ready to play. Speaking of the rivals, CSKA is a great team. No matter what the roster is, they have this victorious spirit. And they always try to win because there’s a difference between ‘play basketball’ and ‘win’. CSKA has this feel and they prove it”.