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Kataja Basket Joensuu (Finland)

Kataja Basket – A World-Class Community

Kataja Basket is internationally well-known and very successful basketball team in the Finnish top league ”Korisliiga”.

The basketball section of the club ”Joensuun Kataja” was founded in 1949 (”Joensuun Kataja” was founded in 1900).

Kataja Community works together with local companies, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and fans to build feelings they can not have elsewhere. Our aim is to make the Joensuu area more and more international through our actions.

Contact info

  • Street address: Kataja Basket Club, Kirkkokatu 21, 80100 Joensuu, Finland
  • Phone: +358 13 224 063
  • Email: koripallo ( at ) joensuunkataja.fi
  • Chairman: Mr. Paavo Vatanen
  • Executive Manager: Mr. Johannes Lasaroff, email johannes.lasaroff ( at ) katajabasket.fi

Men´s basketball

  • Team manager: Mr. Jukka Törmälä, phone +358 50 366 1680, email jukka.tormala ( at ) katajabasket.fi
  • Achievements
    • 26 seasons in the Finnish top league (”Korisliiga”) (1969-70, 1976-80, 1982-83, 2001-21)
      • Champion (2): 2015, 2017
      • Finalist (6):  2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
      • Semi-finalist (4): 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013 (finished 3rd every time: 4 x bronze medal)
      • Regular season champion (7): 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016
      • 19 times in the playoffs* (1978, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
        • * Due to the COVID-19 pandemic no playoff games were played in the 2019-20 season
    • Finnish Cup
      • Champion (3): 2003, 2011, 2012
      • Finalist (1): 2006
      • Bronze medal (1): 1976
    • Division I (FIN-II)
      • Champion (2): 1976, 2001
    • International competitions (2012-20)
      • FIBA Champions League
        • 2017-18
          • Advanced to the Qualification Round 3 by winning Joventut Badalona (ESP) (79-75 away, 71-71 at home)
          • At QR 3 lost to Telekom Baskets Bonn (GER) (70-90 at home, 81-85 away), did not advance to regular season
        • 2016-17
          • Qualified for regular season (40 teams) by winning Södertälje Kings (SWE) (97-58 at home, 59-66 away) in the qualification phase
          • Finished the regular season 7th (6-8) in the group B and qualified for FIBA Europe Cup (Round of 16)
      • FIBA Europe Cup
        • 2019-20
          • Qualified for regular season (32 teams) by winning University of Tartu (EST) (72-78 away, 99-87 at home) in the Qualification Round 1
          • Finished the regular season 3rd (2-4) in the group H
        •  2018-19
          • Advanced to the Qualification Round 2 by winning Rosa Radom (POL) (86-65 at home, 75-69 away) in the Qualification Round 1
          • Qualified for regular season (32 teams) by winning Rilski Sportist (BUL) (106-84 at home, 61-79 away) in the Qualification Round 2
          • Qualified for Second Round by finishing the regular season 2nd (3-3) in the group G
          • Finished the season in the top 20: 4th place (2-4) in the group L
        • 2017-18
          • Qualified for Second Round by finishing the regular season 2nd (4-2) in the group C
          • Finished the season 22nd: 4th place (0-6) in the group I
        • 2016-17
          • Qualified for Round of 16 after finishing the FIBA Champions League regular season 7th in the group B
          • Finished the season in the top 16 after losing to Telekom Baskets Bonn (GER) in the Round of 16 Play-offs (72-91 away, 84-88 at home)
        • 2015-16
          • Qualified for Last 32 by finishing the regular season 2nd (4-2) in the group N
          • Finished the season in the top 32: 4th place (1-5) in the group O
      • FIBA EuroChallenge
        • 2014-15
          • Finished the regular season 4th (0-6) in the group E
        • 2013-14
          • Finished the regular season 3rd (2-4) in the group G
        • 2012-13
          • Qualified for regular season (32 teams) by winning Aliaga Petkim (TUR) (82-70 at home and 77-64 away) in the qualification phase
          • Qualified for Last 16 by finishing the regular season 2nd (3-3) in the group B
          • Qualified for the Quarter-Final Play-offs against BCM Gravelines Dunkerque (FRA) by finishing 2nd (3-3) in the Group I within Last 16
          • Finished the season in the top 8 after losing to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque in the Quarter-Final Play-offs (57-86 away and 98-102 (2OT) at home)

Women´s basketball

  • Achievements
    • 15 seasons in the Finnish Division I (FIN-II) (1990-93, 2004-08, 2013-21)
  • Online information: www.katajabasket.fi/naiset

Other information

  • Basket.fi – The official online service of the Finnish Basketball Association – Live scores, results, statistics etc.
  • Eurobasket.com – Unofficial information on Finnish basketball in general and Kataja Basket Club in English
  • Youth basketball @ Kataja Basket: www.katajabasket.fi/juniorit