Preview: Khimki Moscow Region vs. CSKA Moscow29 january 2020

On Thursday, January 30, 2020 Khimki Moscow Region at home will face CSKA Moscow in a EuroLeague round 22 game. The game will be played at Arena Mytishchi. Tip-off at 20:00 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 (19:30), Match! Igra (replay at 23:45), Match! Strana (replay at 23:50), EuroLeague TV,
Text online: EuroLeague 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.

Mike James of CSKA and Dairis Bertans of Khimki were teammates at AX Armani Exchange Milan last season.

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 have a lot of non-basketball problems related to injuries. CSKA’s situation is not better, as they also have a lot of injuries. We all understand the importance of this game, as this is a EuroLeague game, where CSKA plays its best. Every game against CSKA is played according to a new scenario and it doesn’t matter what happened before. Last time [in the VTB League] we played well, we gave good energy, and CSKA lost in terms of energy, because they had games in Kaliningrad earlier. The main thing has not changed: they have a very good team with a very good coach, as the reigning EuroLeague champion will come to us. Of course, we want to win, but it will not be easy, because as for CSKA, it does not matter where to play – at home or on the road, they are good everywhere”.

Devin Booker, Khimki Moscow Region center:

“We are preparing. We are getting ready. We know that ahead of us is a challenge but we faced them a couple of times before so we just have to come out and play our game for 40 minutes giving all we have. We expect pretty much the same thing that we faced before. They are a great team and their resume speaks for itself. We know they can do; they know we can do. It’s all about who is gonna give more effort”.