CSK VVS Samara

The ZSK WWS Samara (Russian ЦСК ВВС - Самара, Central Sports Club of the Air Force ) is a former professional basketball club of the Super League Russia. The association comes from Samara, formerly Kuibyshev, Russia.


ZSK WWS Samara was formed in 2002 by order of the Governor of the Samara as the union of the two clubs ZSK WWS Samara and Samara BK. The club existed only a few years. The highest success was winning the FIBA EuroCup Challenge 2007. At the start of the 2009/2010 season announced at the Kub bankruptcy and ended his existence. The now existing in Samara club Krasnye Krylia Samara is not a legal successor of the ZSK WWS Samara.

Predecessor BK Samara

One of the predecessors of the ZSK WWS Samara, the BK Samara was founded in 1976 in Tolyatti as " AZOT ". 1977 saw the move to Samara and renamed " Stroitel " (Russian Строитель for construction workers ). 1981 succeeded in promotion to the top Russian league. The highest success was the second place in the Russian championship in 1992 behind CSKA. In 1994 it was renamed the " BK Samara "

Previous ZSK WWS

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992 the SKA Alma -Ata, two-time fourth -placed Soviet Championship, Alma -Ata moved to Kazakhstan to Samara. There, the club was renamed ZSK WWS and immediately got the start right to the highest Russian league. Thus Samara was represented with two clubs in this class. In the years 1994 and 1995, respectively ZSK WWS reached the third place in the Soviet Championship with Valeri Tikhonenko in its ranks. At the end of the 1996/97 season, the club had to declare bankruptcy because of financial difficulties.