Zakhar Pashutin

Sachar Jurjewitsch Paschutin (Russian Захар Юрьевич Пашутин; May 3, 1974 in Sochi, RSFSR ) is a retired Russian professional basketball player. With PBC CSKA from Moscow Paschutin twice won the highest ranking European club competition ULEB Euro League and five Russian championships and with UNICS from Kazan the second most important European club competition Eurocup 2010/11. With the Russian national team in 1998, he became Vice World Champion and 2007 European Champion.

Club career

From the season 1990/91 Sachar Paschutin had as a 16- year old has already played first appearances in the first team of Spartak from St. Petersburg, in his five- year older brother Yevgeny. While his brother played in 1991 at various other clubs in Russia, Sachar initially remained at Spartak won after the 1991 runner-up in 1992, the Championship of the Commonwealth of Independent States. In the played since the previous Russian championship was reached in 1993, the runner-up behind defending champion CSKA Moscow. In 1993, the brothers at Awtodor in Saratov reunited again in 1994 and won the runner-up behind series champion CSKA. Yevgeny then played in the season 1994/95 for MBK Dynamo Moscow, with which he was runner-up again. As of 1995, they played together again at Awtodor Saratov and won after a third place in 1996 three consecutive runner-up behind series champion CSKA. In the European club competitions is different from most prematurely. In 1998, to the semi-finals in what was then EuroCup, where they lost to the eventual champions Zalgiris Kaunas carrier. In the following season 1998/99 was allowed to start in the former FIBA Europe League, but resigned in the first group stage after three wins in sixteen games from. 1999 parted ways the two brothers when they changed both abroad.

In the season 1999/2000 Sachar Paschutin played in Izmir, Turkey for Pınar Karşıyaka. After a fourth place in the main round it was eliminated in the play-off quarter-final series for the championship. During the season, he won the French giants ASVEL Villeurbanne from the French Cup and the French vice-championship. The FIBA Europe League was divided into the season 2000 /01 organized by FIBA ​​Europe Suproleague and organized by ULEB ULEB Euro League. With ASVEL Sachar Paschutin eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Suproleague against CSKA Moscow. Then he returned to Russia and joined CSKA, which had not won the Russian Championship for the first time in 2001, but had failed in the semi-final on later masterpieces Ural Great Perm. In the season 2001/ 02, there was even more disappointing when you retire on the first play-off round against none Paschutins former club Awtodor. In the season 2002/ 03 also Yevgeny came to CSKA and the two brothers played together again, winning both their first Russian Championship after you could defeat defending champion Ural Great in the final series. While Yevgeny ended his playing career, Sachar was loaned for one season to the final loser Ural Great. With Ural Great would retire in the semifinals of the Russian Cup in 2004 but won the Cup final against CSKA.

2004 Sachar Paschutin returned to CSKA, where his brother Yevgeny now worked as assistant coach. While CSKA further won the Russian Championships in the sequence, was reached in the now reunified Europe League, which was now fully organized by ULEB, after 2003, in 2005 again a fourth place in the Final Four tournament. In the ULEB Euro League 2005 /06 the first time they won the title after a final victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv and reached the Triple after even the Russian Cup competition as in 2005 could win. In the ULEB Euro Cup 2006/ 07, they lost the final match against Panathinaikos Athens, while again won the double at the national level. In the ULEB Euro League 2007 /08 they again won the title in the final against Maccabi Tel Aviv, while they lost the Russian Cup final against BK Khimki. Subsequently, the two brothers CSKA Moscow left and went back to Spartak St. Petersburg, where they had begun their careers. Yevgeny Paschutin became head coach at Spartak Sachar and his players.

In the Russian Cup 2008/ 09 Sachar Paschutin retired with Spartak in the semifinal against runner- BK Khimki. The same was repeated in the first play-off round of the 2009/10, as it was the same opponent narrowly defeated in five games. Yevgeny Paschutin, who had been head coach of CSKA Moscow in the 2009 /10 was in the season 2010/11 coach of the third-placed UNICS Kazan. Also Sachar joined UNICS and together you won the Eurocup 2010/11. The Russian Championship was first played in the newly established Professional Well Basketbolnaja league. After the Main Round First, they lost the play-off semi-final series against almost runner- BK Khimki. Having won the Eurocup is played in the ULEB Euro League 2011/ 12, in which one immediately reached the quarter-final play-offs, in which one forgets eliminated against the Spanish champions FC Barcelona Regal in three games. While we successfully arrived in the Eastern European VTB United League 2011/12 according to the first place in Group A reached the final, which was lost against the other group winners CSKA Moscow, only reached the fifth place in the Russian national championship. Yevgeny then left the club as a coach and Sachar finally finished his playing career.


The European Basketball Championship 1997 Sachar Paschutin was first used in the final squad of the Russian national team. After being defeated in the semifinals Italy, they won the bronze medal in the match for third place against Greece, against which it had lost in the first round. Sachar was together with his brother Yevgeny only substitute players in led by Vasily Karasev and Sergei Babkow on the Backcourt positions team. In the following Basketball World Cup 1998 Evgeni was not represented in the squad, while the Russian team, led by later elected to the All- Tournament team Karasev, came to the final. Until the final one was only FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) inferior in the first round after extra time. After a narrow victory in the semi-final against being incurred without NBA pros national basketball team of the United States they met in the finals again to Yugoslavia, where they lost by a half-time lead with just two points.

At Euro 1999, the brothers were back Paschutin jointly represented in the final squad. After Babkow was no longer used after the preliminary round, Sachar was from the second round regulars. In the quarterfinals, they lost significantly and reached Italy after a victory in the placement round of Germany at the end of the sixth, which was also the last qualifying spot for the 2000 Olympics. Under the new national team coach Stanislav Jerjomin the brothers Paschutin were always represented in the following final cadres. Due to the poorer direct comparison was achieved in the preliminary round group B at the Olympic Games only in fourth place and was eliminated after a quarterfinal defeat by being beaten with NBA pros Americans who again won as defending the gold medal, from the medal award from. In the end they finished in eighth place after a defeat in renewable twice against Canada. Sachar was in this game yet fully motivated and achieved in 43 minutes, the respective internal team bests of 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, had his best tournament performance simultaneously.

At the European Championships in 2001 they lost after two convincing opening victories, only the last, rather meaningless group match against Italy as well as the quarter-finals to eventual bronze medalist Spain. After two more victories in the placement round you reached the fifth place and qualification for the 2002 World Cup. Sachar Paschutin formed on the shooting guard position, a duo with Sergei Schikalkin, who was with 17 points per game the second most important scorer behind Andrei Kirilenko at the European Championships. Sachar Paschutin other hand, was at the 2002 World Cup with 16 points per game scorer most important of the Russian national team. However, Kirilenko was injured from after the World Cup preliminary round and Russia had already lost the opening two games against the surprise team of the tournament and eventual semi-finalists New Zealand and against the eventual champions Argentina. In the second round was followed by two further defeats against hosts United States and later bronze medalist Germany and the early exit from the tournament. Coach Jerjomin was allowed to take his leave and brother Yevgeny ended his playing career after the following season.

At the European Championships in 2003 they lost the quarter-finals again, this time against the previously undefeated French, and then the remaining games in the placement round, so that the qualification for the Olympic Games was missed in 2004. In the following EM 2005, there was hardly any better. After two impressive opening victories and almost certain to qualify for the final round is made ​​in the final group game, a one-point defeat against the eventual silver medalist Germany and lost then again the quarter-finals to eventual champions Greece. In particular, on the shooting guard position Russia had problems, the younger and less experienced Sergei Monya and Vitaly Fridson met only one litter from the field, while Paschutin had not taken a single throw attempt in eleven minutes against the Greeks in this game. As signified the 27 points in 34 minutes in the placement round against Lithuania, which was Paschutin internal team top scorer in his personal Turnierbestleistung, not even a consolation for the experienced shooting guard. Two defeats in the placement round were synonymous with the eighth place and failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.

At the 2007 European Championships now David leaf had become national coach and nominated the now 33-year Paschutin again for the final squad. The Russian team won and lost on the way to the final only an intermediate round match relatively well with 12 points against hosts Spain. In the final they met again on the title favorites and won in the final minute with a point. So you secured the gold medal and the first title of the Russian national team after the success of the thirteen national basketball team of the USSR. In the following 2008 Olympic Games, however, the reigning European champions disappointed when they retired prematurely after only a preliminary round victory. The 2008 Olympic Games were the last national tournament for the at that time 34 -year-old Paschutin.