49 Kuibyshev St., Perm, 614016, Russia
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|Ural Great - Club History
|Ural Great Games Support Fund was founded in
Perm on June 16, 1995. Its founders were the Perm basketball
players who took part in the regional championship Sergey Kushchenko,
Vladislav Isaev, Alexander Antonov and Vladimir Martynenko.
They were supported by the Basketball Federation of the Perm
Region and its President Leonid Likhachev.
In 1995/96 the Club was launched on the basis of the Technical
University team. In its first season the team led by Vladimir
Serebryakov ranked the 24th in the Russian Championship among
the teams of the High League.
New head coach Vyacheslav Borodin joined the team in 1996/97.
That season Ural Great took the second place in the Division
B of the Russian High League and qualified to Russian Super
In 1997/98 Pavel Googe came to be the head coach of Ural Great.
Alexander Chadov, Andrei Sheiko and Alexei Pegushin who once
started in Perm but then played basketball outside Perm region
came back to Ural Great. Coached by Googe the team became the
Champion of the East Division of Super League and finished the
10th in Russian Championship.
Ural Great Junior - the Children's Sports Support Fund was launched
in Perm in summer 1998. It was already in September that almost
6 thousand children started playing basketball there. The Fund
was the first in Russia to organize an interregional seminar
for coaches of junior basketball teams. The most famous basketball
professionals of Russia Eugene Gomelsky, Ivan Edeshko and Valentina
Bashkirova took part in the seminar. Ural Great Junior was the
first to organize big children's basketball tournament where
the Russian Passerelle team was among the participants. Since
then such seminars and tournaments became international. Ural
Great Junior team made its debut in the First League of the
1998/99 - for the first time in the history of Perm basketball
Ural Great qualified into play-offs of the Russian Championship,
it competed to get the bronze award but finally finished the
4th in the country. Ural Great was the first team from Perm
to get the right to represent Russia in the international tournament
- European Korac Cup. On April 11, 1999 Perm hosted the most
prestigious game of the season "All Stars of Russia - 99". It
was successfully carried out on the biggest and most modern
basketball court in Russia opened in autumn 1998. Molot Sports
Hall accommodates 7 thousand spectators. Thus, by 1999 Ural
Great managed to create an organizational infrastructure comprising
all the components from training young basketball players to
the team of professionals. It was recognized by the Russian
experts as the most effective basketball structure in the country.
According to the results of the 1998/99 season Russian Basketball
Federation called the General Director of Ural Great Basketball
Club Sergey Kushchenko "Man of the Year" in Russian basketball
and elected him to the Executive Committee of the Russian Basketball
Federation. 1999 was marked by further development of Ural Great.
Perm Regional Administration offered its support to the club
and Vice Governor Vladimir Morozov became the President of Ural
Great Games Support Fund.
August 28, 1999 - Non-commercial partnership Ural Great Berezniki
was founded. A new team was organized on its basis. In 2000/2001
this team became the bronze medallist of the High League of
1999/2000 - Two people world famous in basketball came to coach
Ural Great - Sergei Belov and Valdemaras Chomicius, both Olympic
Champions. Igor Kurashov, center of the Russian National Team
and silver medallist of the World Championship in Greece and
Tomas Pacesas, playmaker of the Lithuanian National Team and
bronze medallist of the Olympic Games in Atlanta joined the
team roster. Center from CSKA Alexander Bashminov also signed
the contract with Ural Great. American players - the best shooter
of the Dutch Championship Donnell Tomas, NBA player Sean Higgins
and NBA star of the 80es Roy Tarply strengthened the Perm team,
too. Four players of Ural Great - Alexander Bashminov, Vyacheslav
Shushakov, Alexei Pegushin and Andrei Sheiko participated in
the World Students' Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In May
2000 Ural Great won silver medals of the National Championship
and received an invitation to take part in the regular NEBL
Championship. Center Alexander Bashminov and guard Sergei Chikalkin
were in the starting lineup of Russian National Team at the
Olympic Games - 2000 in Sydney.
2000/2001 - Ural Great again strengthened the team with top
level players. The club signed Mikhail Mikhailov from Real Madrid;
Sergei Panov, Champion of Russia, from CSKA, Moscow; Rytis Vaisvila,
Olympic Games in Atlanta bronze medallist with Lithuanian National
Team and experienced NBA player Willie Burton. 2000/2001 appeared
to be the most successful season in the Perm history of sports
games clubs. In April 2001 Ural Great became the Champion of
the Northern European Basketball League (Perm hosted Final Four
of this tournament). In June the team became the Champion of
Russia having won the semi-finals of the National Championship
against CSKA, Moscow 2-0 and the finals against UNICS, Kazan
3-0. As the best team in the National Championship Ural Great
was invited to participate in the most prestigious club tournament
of the continent - ULEB Euroleague. The decision to host the
election conference of the Russian Basketball Federation in
December 2000 was a great honour for Perm. According to the
decision made by the delegates of the conference, General Director
of the Club Sergey Kushchenko was elected to be the Vice President
of the Russian Basketball Federation.
2001/2002 - Ural Great signed two players of the Russian NT:
Vassili Karasev and Ruslan Avleev, American forward Anthony
Bowie and Greek guard Panagiotis Liadellis. One of the best
national basketball players Valeri Daineko strengthened the
team's roster as well. In the NEBL competition the team became
the second after Lietuvos Ritas from Vilnius, Lithuania. Participation
in the Euroleague also proved to be successful as Ural Great
qualified to Top 16 of this main European basketball competition.
In the Russian championship playoffs Ural Great won Spartak
Saint Petersburg 2-0 in the quarter finals, Avtodor Saratov
2-0 in the semis and Unics Kazan 3-1 in the finals thus repeating
last season success and becoming Russian champion for the second
time in a row. According to the basketball experts, 2001/02
season Ural Great ranked the 14th among the best basketball
clubs of Europe. FIBA honoured the Club by a decision to organize
games of the Russian NT vs. national teams of Portugal and Slovenia
Autumn 2001 - Ural Great players Alexander Bashminov, Mikhail
Mikhailov, Vassili Karasev, Ruslan Avleev, Sergei Panov and
forward of the Italian Benetton Sergei Chikalkin, ex-player
of the Urals team till 2001, made up the roster of the Russian
national team. In summer 2002 Vassili Karasev, Sergei Panov,
Ruslan Avleev and Alexander Bashminov were called to the NT
to take part in the World Basketball Championship in Indianapolis,
The end of 2001/02 marked fundamental changes in Perm basketball.
The founder and President of Ural Great Sergey Kushchenko accepted
the offer to become the head of BC CSKA Moscow. Pavel Lyakh
became the chief executive officer of the Club.
Marketing and advertising policy being pursued by the Club's
management for six years has paid off. Ural Great is the only
Russian basketball team whose home games attract 7500 fans regularly.
The team's both international and domestic success develop public
interest to the Game on the whole. More than 10 000 people aged
from 11 to 60 years old apply to participate in the Street basket
being organized in summer and autumn.