A book about big basketball “Comet” Ural Great “has been published – Rossiyskaya Gazeta


A presentation of a richly illustrated and voluminous book “Comet Ural Great” written by sports journalist Alexander Fedotov about the history of creation, rapid formation and two unforgettable “golden” seasons (2000/01, 2001/02) of the team from Perm, which interrupted the victorious CSKA series.

The release of the 362-page (plus inlays with photos) edition was timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the club’s first championship from the banks of the Kama.

The presentation was attended by one of the main creators of the “Perm miracle”, the founder and leader of the team during its heyday, now the president of the United League Sergei Kushchenko, the key player of the “golden” squad, twice silver medalist of the world championship Sergei Panov, general director of the United League Ilona Korstin, many other famous basketball people.

“If it weren’t for us, there wouldn’t be your finest hour,” joked the 2007 European champion Nikita Morgunov, who played in the ranks of the “red-blue” at the moments of the most acute confrontation between Ural Great and CSKA. Another participant in those unforgettable matches that were invariably held with a full house both in Moscow and even more so in Perm, ex-soldier Andrei Kirilenko, now president of the Russian Basketball Federation (RFB), recorded a warm video greeting for the Ural Greytovites.

In addition to the presentation of the book, a very touching documentary film about Ural-Greyte was shown with various interviews, cuts from matches 20 years ago and the voiceover of the commentator of the Match TV channel Roman Skvortsov.

The author of the book, Alexander Fedotov, at that time a very young correspondent for a daily sports publication, does not hide at all that he continues to feel nostalgic for the reckless and emotional “basketball of the 1990s” saturated with personal impressions. It was in this decade that a professional team was created in Perm. Well, the “comet” flashed brightest of all already at the beginning of the next century and millennium.

It is also quite symbolic that the presentation took place at the central office of the Student Basketball Association (ACB). After all, the Olympic champion of Munich-1972 Sergey Aleksandrovich Belov stood at the origins of its creation. It was he who decided to take a risky step in the late 1990s, moving from Moscow to Perm and heading the Ural Great team as a coach, from which, together with Kushchenko, made not only the Russian champion, but also the storm of all authorities in Europe.


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