2018-19 Team Profile: Zenit St Petersburg

Aug 17, 2018 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2018-19 Team Profile: Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit St. Petersburg comes off another solid season in which a few key losses prevented the team from reaching bigger heights. Zenit had to battle injuries all seaso; just four players took part in all 19 games. Still, the team got off to a strong start in the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season by winning four of its first six games. Then came key triumphs over ratiopharm Ulm and Tofas Bursa to secure third place in Group D with a 6-4 record. Zenit kept going behind an outstanding Kyle Kuric, who was chosen as the EuroCup Top 16 MVP. Kuric led Zenit to a 4-2 Top 16 record and a spot in the playoffs. Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia had the home-court advantage in their best-of-three quarterfinals series. After the teams traded home wins, it all came down to Game 3 in Reggio Emilia, in which the hosts prevailed 105-99. Zenit was also very competitive in the VTB League, where it finished the regular season in fourth place with a 16-8 record and swept Avtodor Saratov in the quarterfinals to reach the competition's final four. CSKA Moscow stopped Zenit in the semifinals, but Zenit proved to be very competitive in all fronts. Expect more of the same this season, as Zenit now has the experience required to target bigger goals.


2017-18 EuroCup 11-8 Quarterfinal
2016-17 EuroCup 9-7 Quarterfinal
2015-16 EuroCup 13-5 Eighthfinal
2014-15 EuroCup 8-10 Eighthfinal
2012-13 EuroCup 8-4 Last 16
2009-10 EuroCup 3-3 Regular Season
2007-08 ULEB Cup 9-3 Last 32
TOTAL: 61-40


Zenit St. Petersburg became Triumph Lyubertsy's legal successor in the summer of 2014, but was originally known as Dynamo Moscow Region. A relatively young club, Triumph put itself on the map by reaching back-to-back FIBA Europe Cup final fours in 2004 and 2005 and soon became a regular in the Russian playoffs. Triumph won its 2007-08 ULEB Cup regular season group, but was upset by Artland Dragons in the Last 32 round. Triumph reloaded before the start of the 2008-09 season with big-name signings such as Nenad Krstic, Marcus Goree and Alan Anderson, however, the team did not survive the EuroCup Qualifying Rounds. Triumph, managed to return to the Russian League playoffs and reached the Russian Cup title game and the EuroChallenge final four. The club was back in the EuroCup in 2009-10, but did not get past the regular season. Triumph reached the Russian League semifinals in 2012 and made it to the 2012-13 EuroCup Last 16 led by Tywain McKee and Sergey Karasev. In its last season as Triumph, the club made it to the EuroChallenge title game and the VTB League quarterfinals. Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia stopped Triumph in the EuroChallenge final and prevented it from winning its first title. In 2014-15, its first in St. Petersburg, Zenit made it to the EuroCup Eighthfinals before losing against soon-to-be-champion Khimki Moscow Region. A year later, along with success in the EuroCup, Zenit had a great domestic run in the VTB League. It finished the regular season in third place and swept Avtodor Saratov in the quarterfinals to make the semifinals for the first time ever. Zenit came within one win of the finals, but lost the series against UNICS Kazan in the maximum five games. Zenit had a 2-0 lead in the 2016-17 VTB League semifinals, but ended up losing to Khimki. It also reached the 7DAYS EuroCup playoffs, where it fell to Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in the quarterfinals. Zenit comes off a similar season, in which is reached the EuroCup playoffs and the VTB League semifinals, but lost to Reggio Emilia and CSKA Moscow, respectively. Kyle Kuric was the EuroCup Top 16 MVP, but he couldn't get Zenit past the quarterfinals. Zenit is back to the EuroCup for the eighth time and hoping to use its previous experiences to reach higher than ever in all competitions.