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The Russian Premier League ( ) is the top division of Russian football. There are 16 teams in the competition. At the end of the season, two teams are relegated to the Russian First Division and replaced with the two top First Division teams.

The Russian Premier League was organized in 2001 and succeeded the Top Division, the difference being that the Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Russia, and the creation of the Premier League gave the clubs a greater degree of independence.

Rubin Kazan are the current Russian Premier League champions.

History

After the break-up of the Soviet Unionmarker, starting in 1992, each former Soviet republic organized an independent national championship. In Russia, the six Russian teams who had played in the Soviet Top League in 1991 (CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Torpedo Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Spartak Vladikavkaz, and Lokomotiv Moscow) were supplemented with 14 teams from lower divisions to organize a 20-team Russian Top Division. The Top Division was further divided into two groups to reduce the total number of matches. The number of teams in the Top Division was gradually reduced to 18 in 1993 and 16 in 1994. Since then, the Russian Top Division (and subsequently the Premier League) has consisted of 16 teams, except for a short-lived experiment with having two more teams in 1996 and 1997.

Spartak Moscow was the dominant force in the Top Division, winning nine of the first ten titles. Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz was the only team which managed to break Spartak's dominance, winning the Top Division title in 1995.

Lokomotiv Moscow won the title twice, and CSKA Moscow three times.

In 2007, Zenit St. Petersburg climbed to the top, winning the title for the first time in their history in Russian professional football; they had also won a Soviet title in 1984. 2008 brought the pinnacle of the rise of Rubin Kazan, a club entirely new to the Russian top flight, as it had never even competed in the Soviet Top League.

Competition

Teams in the Russian Premier League play each other twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 30 matches. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. If teams are level on points, the tie-breakers are the number of wins, then the goal difference, followed by several other factors. If the teams are tied for the first position, the tie-breakers are the number of wins, then head-to-head results. If the teams tied for the first place cannot be separated by these tie-breakers, a championship play-off is ordered.

As of 2008, the champions and the runners-up qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage. The third-placed team qualifies for the Champions League second qualifying round. The fourth- and fifth-placed teams qualify for the newly named UEFA Europa League. The bottom two teams are relegated to the First Division.

Unlike other European football leagues, the league typically runs in summer, from March to November, to avoid playing games under the cold and snowy weather in winter.

2009 clubs

In the 2009 season, the following teams will compete in the Russian Premier League:


Champions and top scorers



Season Champion Runner-up 3rd position Top scorer
1992* Spartak Moscow Spartak Vladikavkaz Dynamo Moscow Veli Kasumov (Dynamo Moscow, 16 goals)
1993* Spartak Moscow (2) Rotor Volgograd Dynamo Moscow Victor Panchenko (KamAZ, 21 goals)
1994* Spartak Moscow (3) Dynamo Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow Igor Simutenkov (Dynamo Moscow, 21 goals)
1995* Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz Lokomotiv Moscow Spartak Moscow Oleg Veretennikov (Rotor Volgograd, 25 goals)
1996* Spartak Moscow (4) Alania Vladikavkaz Rotor Volgograd Aleksandr Maslov (Rostselmash, 23 goals)
1997* Spartak Moscow (5) Rotor Volgograd Dynamo Moscow Oleg Veretennikov (Rotor Volgograd, 22 goals)
1998** Spartak Moscow (6) CSKA Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow Oleg Veretennikov (Rotor Volgograd, 22 goals)
1999** Spartak Moscow (7) Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow Georgi Demetradze (Alania Vladikavkaz, 21 goals)
2000** Spartak Moscow (8) Lokomotiv Moscow Torpedo Moscow Dmitri Loskov (Lokomotiv Moscow, 15 goals)
2001** Spartak Moscow (9) Lokomotiv Moscow Zenit Saint Petersburg Dmitri Vyazmikin (Torpedo Moscow, 18 goals)
2002 Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow Spartak Moscow Rolan Gusev (CSKA Moscow, 15 goals)
Dmitri Kirichenko (CSKA Moscow, 15 goals)
2003 CSKA Moscow Zenit Saint Petersburg Rubin Kazan Dmitri Loskov (Lokomotiv Moscow, 14 goals)
2004 Lokomotiv Moscow (2) CSKA Moscow Krylya Sovetov Samara Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Zenit St. Petersburg, 18 goals)
2005 CSKA Moscow (2) Spartak Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow Dmitri Kirichenko (FC Moscow, 14 goals)
2006 CSKA Moscow (3) Spartak Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow, 18 goals)
2007 Zenit Saint Petersburg Spartak Moscow CSKA Moscow Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow, 14 goals)

Roman Adamov (FC Moscow, 14 goals)
2008 Rubin Kazan CSKA Moscow Dynamo Moscow Vágner Love (CSKA Moscow, 20 goals)
2009 Rubin Kazan (2) Spartak Moscow Zenit Saint Petersburg Welliton (Spartak Moscow, 21 goals)
* The league was named Top League

** The league was named Top Division
Club Winners Winning Years
Spartak Moscow
9
1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
CSKA Moscow
3
2003, 2005, 2006
Lokomotiv Moscow
2
2002, 2004
Rubin Kazan
2
2008, 2009
Zenit St. Petersburg
1
2007
Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz
1
1995


UEFA Ranking

National League Ranking at the beginning of the 2008 season (see UEFA coefficients full list for more information)

All-time table

As of end of 2009 season
Rank Club1 Seasons Spells Most
recent
season

Played2 Won Drawn Lost Goals Points3 Gold Silver Bronze
1 Spartak Moscow 18 1 549 315 136 98 1080-552 1081 9 4 2
2 Lokomotiv Moscow 18 1 549 280 152 117 835-497 992 2 4 4
3 CSKA Moscow 18 1 549 272 132 145 862-544 948 3 4 2
4 Dynamo Moscow 18 1 548 230 156 162 776-630 846 - 1 4
5 Zenit Saint Petersburg 15 2 458 198 132 128 654-494 726 1 1 2
6 Krylya Sovetov Samara 18 1 552 186 146 220 621-710 704 - - 1
7 Torpedo Moscow 15 1 2006 462 182 131 149 597-553 677 - - 1
8 Alania Vladikavkaz 14 1 2005 429 168 93 168 579-569 597 1 2 -
9 Rotor Volgograd 13 1 2004 402 151 109 142 562-506 562 - 2 1
10 Rostov 16 3 488 129 150 209 512-684 537 - - -
11 Saturn Moscow Oblast 11 1 330 112 111 107 369-341 447 - - -
12 Moscow 9 1 270 92 83 95 295-311 359 - - -
13 Rubin Kazan 7 1 210 96 53 61 301-214 341 2 - 1
14 Shinnik Yaroslavl 10 4 2008 304 85 86 133 294-403 341 - - -
15 Chernomorets Novorossiysk 8 2 2003 248 74 65 109 274-357 287 - - -
16 Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 8 2 2000 248 68 63 117 233-356 267 - - -
17 Zhemchuzhina Sochi 7 1 1999 222 61 57 104 263-390 240 - - -
18 Amkar Perm 6 1 180 53 64 63 163-201 223 - - -
19 Uralmash Yekaterinburg 5 1 1996 158 57 33 68 215-241 204 - - -
20 Energia-Tekstilshchik Kamyshin 5 1 1996 158 53 43 62 172-177 202 - - -
21 Tom Tomsk 5 1 150 46 45 59 154-179 183 - - -
22 KAMAZ-Chally Naberezhnye Chelny 5 1 1997 162 51 32 79 198-253 1794 - - -
23 Uralan Elista 5 2 2003 150 36 39 75 138-225 147 - - -
24 Spartak Nalchik 4 1 120 35 36 49 128-142 141 - - -
25 Luch-Energia Vladivostok 4 2 2008 124 34 32 58 116-187 134 - - -
26 Baltika Kaliningrad 3 1 1998 98 30 37 31 114-111 127 - - -
27 Fakel Voronezh 4 3 2001 124 31 29 64 101-175 122 - - -
28 Anzhi Makhachkala 3 2 90 27 28 35 94-108 109 - - -
29 Kuban Krasnodar 4 4 2009 120 23 40 57 100-184 109 - - -
30 Dynamo Stavropol 3 1 1994 94 27 23 44 94-125 104 - - -
31 Tyumen 5 3 1998 154 25 26 103 116-326 101 - - -
32 Terek Grozny 3 2 90 23 19 48 81-140 825 - - -
33 Okean Nakhodka 2 1 1993 64 22 14 28 65-83 80 - - -
34 Khimki 3 1 2009 90 17 23 50 86-151 74 - - -
35 Asmaral Moscow 2 1 1993 60 19 11 30 74-102 68 - - -
36 Sokol Saratov 2 1 2002 60 17 13 30 55-87 64 - - -
37 Lada Togliatti 2 2 1996 64 10 16 38 42-105 46 - - -
38 Sibir Novosibirsk 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 - - -
  1. For clubs that have been renamed, their name at the time of their most recent season in the Premier League is given. The current members are listed in bold.
  2. Includes championship play-offs.
  3. For the purposes of this table, each win is worth 3 points. The three-points system was adopted in 1995.
  4. KAMAZ-Chally were deducted 6 points in 1997.
  5. Terek were deducted 6 points in 2005.


Players with most appearances

As of 29 November 2009 [95343] [95344] [95345] [95346]
Rank Player Apps
1 Dmitri Loskov 403
2 Sergei Semak 400
3 Valery Yesipov 390
4 Andrey Tikhonov 345
5 Igor Semshov 337
6 Yegor Titov 336
7 Yury Drozdov 321
8 Igor Chugaynov 318
9 Dmitri Kirichenko 308
10 Mikhail Osinov 307


All-time top scorers

As of 29 November 2009 [95347]
Rank Player Goals
1 Oleg Veretennikov 143
2 Dmitri Loskov 116
3 Dmitri Kirichenko 111
4 Andrey Tikhonov 98
5 Sergei Semak 92
6 Egor Titov 88
6 Valery Yesipov 88
8 Oleg Teryokhin 84
9 Roman Pavlyuchenko 83
10 Aleksandr Kerzhakov 83


Champions (Players)

9-time


Media Coverage

In Australia, the Russian Premier League is broadcasted by Setanta Sports

In July 2009, ESPN announced that they will be screening up to two live games a week on their new channel set up in the United Kingdommarker and Republic of Irelandmarker.

See also



References

  1. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/broadcasting/a167937/espn-secures-more-football-tv-rights.html


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