The game is over
Astana, Kazakstan
23 September 2020 Wednesday / 16:30 MSK
Saryarka Velodrome
Sep 23 (Wed):
Start (YandexEfir): 16:20 (for Russia): LIVE
Our team went to Nur-Sultan to start the season…
Starting from afar
Starting from afar

Our team went to Nur-Sultan to start the season.

Pre-game breakdown

Kazakhstan borders were closed for a very long time, so the Army Men prepared to take the charter flight long ago.

All players with exception of Johannes Voigtmann (rest) went to Kazakhstan capitol. The coaches will decide on the roster tomorrow before the game.

Astana started its preparations pretty late because of COVID-19 restrictions. They played just one friendly game routing Tobol Kostanay (107-45).

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
We are very excited. We missed the action and now we start our official games. Let’s hope and pray that everything will go smoothly regarding the spread of the virus, I wish the players and staff of all teams, and obviously fans to stay healthy. We are pretty much in a good path in means of preparations, we have new additions but their adjustment is good. We always respect our opponents. Astana is a new team, they have new foreigners and players from Kazakhstan, it is not going to be easy, we will play serious over there. So we are thrilled and motivated to start the league.

“Relativity” connections

Valery Tikhonenko, Astana General Manager, is a legend of CSKA. He played for the Army Men for 5 seasons (1985-87, 1997-2000) and coached the team for 2 years (2000-02).

Martins Meiers played together with Janis Strelnieks at Ventspils during 2009-10 season.

Past matchups

Win-loss record: 20-0
Games of 2019-20 season:
15-Dec-2019. CSKA – Astana: 104-91 (+13)
10-Feb-2020. Astana – CSKA: 72-95 (+23)

Short dossier

BC Astana (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)
Founded: 2000
Colors: yellow, blue
Home court: SC Velotrack/Saryarka (9,270).
President: Valery Tikhonenko
Head coach: Emil Rajkovic
Trophy case: 7-time Kazakhstan champion (2012-15, 17-19), 7-time Kazakhstan Cup winner (2011-14,17-19), FIBA Asian Champions Cup bronze winner (2017).

Upcoming tournament games

06 December 2023, Wednesday

06 / Wed / 15:00 MSK
Arena-Sever, Krasnoyarsk
3.70 1.28
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06 / Wed / 19:00 MSK
06 / Wed / 20:00 MSK

07 December 2023, Thursday

07 / Thu / 18:30 MSK
07 / Thu / 19:30 MSK
07 / Thu / 20:00 MSK

09 December 2023, Saturday

10 December 2023, Sunday

10 / Sun / 13:30 MSK
Megasport Arena, Moscow
10 / Sun / 15:30 MSK