“Katyusha” is wrong. “Katusha” is correct.

January 31, 2009 at 15:49 5 comments

Katusha Team cycling jersey

Katusha Team cycling jersey

As many already know, the new Katusha Cycling Team is a successor to the existing Tinkoff Credit Systems squad. Tinkoff currently operates with a UCI Professional Continental team license. The original Tinkoff team was established in 2006, as the Tinkoff Restaurants team and has operated as Tinkoff Credit Systems since 2007.

Many people on Internet call it Katyusha. It is wrong. The correct  name is TEAM KATUSHA.

“Why?” “What about Katyusha?” – Read the article to learn why.

Katusha – Cycling team name

The official registration name of the new russian team into the registry of the UCI is :  TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) – RUS. The organizators of the team didn’t want to give it the name of the sponsors as the rest of the teams did. Actually, the Katusha Team is the only team which has an original name, an not the sponsors’ one.

What does Katyusha mean?

Red Army troops gave this name to a new weapon the affectionate nickname “Katyusha,” which was the title of a popular wartime song about a young Russian woman waiting for her true love to return from the battle front. The woman’s name was Yekaterina (Catherine), the affectionate diminutive of which is “Katyusha.”

In the original Cyrillic alphabet Katusha(Katyusha) is “Катюша,” which explains why those of us who use the Latin alphabet can never quite figure out how to spell it. You can expect to see it as “Katusha,” “Katyusha,” “Katjuscha” or any other of a number of variations.


Katyusha multiple rocket launchers (Russian: Катюша) are a type of rocket artillery originally built and fielded by the Soviet Union in the Second World War. Compared to other types of artillery, such multiple rocket launchers are able to deliver a devastating amount of explosives to an area target more quickly but with lower accuracy and requiring a longer time to reload. These vehicles are fragile compared to conventional artillery guns, but relatively inexpensive and easy to produce. Katyushas of World War II, the first self-propelled artillery mass-produced by the Soviet Union,[1] were usually mounted on trucks. This mobility gives Katyushas (and other self-propelled artillery) another advantage: they are able to deliver a blow all at once, and then move before the other side is able to locate their position and attack it with counter-battery fire.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brian Smith  |  February 16, 2009 at 22:40

    Where can I buy the Katusha team bibs and jersey, made by SMS/Santini?

  • 2. Jenny  |  February 26, 2009 at 01:54

    I too would like to buy a Katusha cycling jersey and bib. Is there somewhere online we can do this?

  • 3. David  |  March 15, 2009 at 20:39


    Same as above, can you tell me where I can purchase the team katusha cycling jersey and bib knicks.


    Coffs Harbour

  • 4. Morisse Johan  |  May 18, 2009 at 09:04

    Should it be possible to send me the pictures from the riders composing your cycling team please?
    Many thanks for your cooperation and best regards.

    Johan Morisse
    18 rue d’Houthem
    7780 Comines

  • 5. Robert  |  January 10, 2010 at 21:37

    Actually, the correct pronunciation in English is /katyusha/. If the team name in Russian were “Катуша” then you would be correct in pronouncing it /katusha/ in English, however the letter ю in the Cyrillic alphabet is pronounced as /yu/, not just /u/.


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