Russian Premier League

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Russian Premier League
Prem'er-Liga (2008).svg
Founded 2001; 17 years ago (2001)
Country  Russia
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Football National League
Domestic cup(s) Russian Cup
Russian Super Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Lokomotiv Moscow (3rd title)
(2017–18)
Most championships Spartak Moscow (10 titles)
Website www.RFPL.org
2018–19 Russian Premier League

The Russian Football Championship[1] (Russian: Чемпионат России по футболу, Chempionat Rossii po Futbolu), or Russian Football Premier League (Российская футбольная премьер-лига),[2] is the top division professional association football league in Russia. The competition is administered by the Russian Football Premier League (ru).[3] There are 16 teams in the competition, the league has three Champions League qualifying spots given to the top three teams at the end of the season and the two Europa League spots will be allocated to the fourth and fifth placed teams. The last two teams are relegated to the Russian National Football League at the end of the season.

The Russian Premier League was established in 2001 and rebranded in 2002, the Russian Premier League succeeded the Top Division including history and records. The Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Russia. Creation of the Premier League is considered to give the clubs a greater degree of independence, the league is currently called Rosgosstrakh Russian Football Championship[4] for sponsorship reasons.

Lokomotiv Moscow is the Russian Premier League champion.

History[edit]

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, 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 form 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 have won the title three times, and CSKA Moscow six 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.

In mid-2010s, some stadiums opened. CSKA Moscow got a new stadium named Arena CSKA, later VEB Arena. It holds a capacity of 30,000. FC Krasnodar got the most modern stadium in Europe named Krasnodar Stadium. It holds a capacity of 34,000.

In preparation for the 2018–19 season, it was decided to hold a rebranding in which a new logo will be presented, and the league will be called the Russian Premier League (RPL).[5][6][7][8][9]

Competition[edit]

Russian Premier League match between Zenit and Dynamo (the last Zenit match at the Kirov Stadium, stadium had been already partially demolished.)

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.

Russian Premier League match between Lokomotiv and Spartak at the Lokomotiv Stadium

As of 2010, 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-place teams qualify for the UEFA Europa League, the bottom two teams are relegated to the First Division (renamed the National Football League starting in 2011).

Unlike most other European football leagues, the league traditionally ran in summer, from March to November, to avoid playing games in the cold and snowy weather in winter, this was altered ahead of the 2012–13 season, with the league planning to run the season from autumn to spring. The transitional season of the competition began in early 2011 and continued until summer of 2012, after the 16 Premier League teams played each other twice over the course of the 2011 calendar year, they were split into two groups of eight, and the teams played other teams in their groups two more times for a total of 44 games (30 in 2011 and 14 in 2012). Those two groups were contested in spring 2012, with the top eight clubs playing for the title and European places, the other sides vied to avoid relegation: the bottom two went down while the next two played off against the sides third and fourth in the National Football League, with the two losers being relegated (or denied promotion).[10] Under the current autumn-spring calendar, the league takes a three-month winter break from mid-December until mid-March.

Youth championship[edit]

The Youth championship (Russian: Молодежное первенство), also known as Youth teams championship (Russian: Первенство молодёжных команд), Reserve team tournament (Russian: Турнир дублирующих составов) or Reserves tournament (Russian: Турнир дублёров), full name Youth football championship of Russia among teams of clubs of the Premier League (Russian: Молодёжное Первенство России по футболу среди команд клубов Премьер-Лиги), is a league that runs in parallel to the Russian Premier League and includes the youth or reserve teams of the Russian Premier League teams. The number of players a team can have on the pitch at a time that are over 21 years of age or without a Russian citizenship is limited. 16 teams participate in the league. Matches are commonly played a day before the match of the senior teams of the respective teams. All of the Russian Premier League teams are obliged to have a youth team that would participate in the Youth championship, the teams that are promoted from the National Football League and do not have a youth team must create one. The teams in the league are not relegated based on their final league position, but on the league position of their respective clubs' senior teams.

It has to be noted however that some Premier League clubs have three teams. Apart from the senior team and the team that plays in the Youth championship a team might have another senior team that plays in a lower division of Russian football and serves as the farm team for the main team, some examples include Spartak-2 and Zenit-2, playing in the Russian Football National League.

Youth champions (since 2001)[edit]

UEFA club rankings[edit]

Russia are currently sixth in the UEFA coefficient rankings. The best Russian teams in Europe as of December 2017:

No. Team Pts
17 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg 75.000
36 PFC CSKA Moscow 38.000
61 FC Krasnodar 23.500
75 FC Lokomotiv Moscow 18.500
83 FC Rubin Kazan 16.000
84 FC Dynamo Moscow 13.500
108 FC Rostov 13.500
112 FC Spartak Moscow 11.500
119 FC Anzhi Makhachkala 10.000
120 FC Kuban Krasnodar 5.000

Current clubs[edit]

The following teams are competing in the 2018–19 season:

Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Akhmat Grozny Grozny Akhmat-Arena 30,597
Anzhi Makhachkala Kaspiysk Anzhi-Arena 31,000
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk Tsentralny 22,500
Arsenal Tula Tula Arsenal Stadium 20,048
CSKA Moscow Moscow VEB Arena 30,000
Dynamo Moscow Moscow VTB Arena 27,000
Krasnodar Krasnodar Krasnodar Stadium 34,291
Lokomotiv Moscow Moscow Lokomotiv Stadium 28,800
Rostov Rostov-on-Don Rostov Arena 45,000
Rubin Kazan Kazan Kazan Arena 45,379
Orenburg Orenburg Orenburg Stadium 7,500
Spartak Moscow Moscow Otkrytiye Arena 45,360
Krylia Sovetov Samara Samara Cosmos Arena 44,918
Ufa Ufa Neftyanik Stadium 15,200
Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast Yekaterinburg Central Stadium 35,000
Zenit Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium 68,134

Champions and top scorers[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third place Top scorer
1992* Spartak Moscow Spartak Vladikavkaz Dynamo Moscow Azerbaijan Vali Gasimov (Dinamo Moscow, 16 goals – 1–8 place)
Russia Yuri Matveyev (Uralmash Yekaterinburg, 20 goals – 9–20 place)
1993* Spartak Moscow (2) Rotor Volgograd Dynamo Moscow (2) Russia Victor Panchenko (KamAZ Naberezhnye Chelny, 21 goals)
1994* Spartak Moscow (3) Dynamo Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow Russia Igor Simutenkov (Dinamo Moscow, 21 goals)
1995* Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz Lokomotiv Moscow Spartak Moscow Russia Oleg Veretennikov (Rotor Volgograd, 25 goals)
1996* Spartak Moscow (4) Alania Vladikavkaz (2) Rotor Volgograd Russia Aleksandr Maslov (Rostselmash, 23 goals)
1997* Spartak Moscow (5) Rotor Volgograd (2) Dynamo Moscow (3) Russia Oleg Veretennikov (Rotor Volgograd, 22 goals)
1998** Spartak Moscow (6) CSKA Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow (2) Russia Oleg Veretennikov (Rotor Volgograd, 22 goals)
1999** Spartak Moscow (7) Lokomotiv Moscow (2) CSKA Moscow Georgia (country) Georgi Demetradze (Alania Vladikavkaz, 21 goals)
2000** Spartak Moscow (8) Lokomotiv Moscow (3) Torpedo Moscow Russia Dmitri Loskov (Lokomotiv Moscow, 18 goals)
2001** Spartak Moscow (9) Lokomotiv Moscow (4) Zenit Saint Petersburg Russia Dmitri Vyazmikin (Torpedo Moscow, 18 goals)
2002 Lokomotiv Moscow CSKA Moscow (2) Spartak Moscow (2) Russia Rolan Gusev (CSKA Moscow, 15 goals)
Russia Dmitri Kirichenko (CSKA Moscow, 15 goals)
2003 CSKA Moscow Zenit Saint Petersburg Rubin Kazan Russia Dmitri Loskov (Lokomotiv Moscow, 14 goals)
2004 Lokomotiv Moscow (2) CSKA Moscow (2) Krylia Sovetov Samara Russia Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Zenit St. Petersburg, 18 goals)
2005 CSKA Moscow (2) Spartak Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow (3) Russia Dmitri Kirichenko (Moscow, 14 goals)
2006 CSKA Moscow (3) Spartak Moscow (2) Lokomotiv Moscow (4) Russia Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow, 18 goals)
2007 Zenit Saint Petersburg Spartak Moscow (3) CSKA Moscow (2) Russia Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow, 14 goals)
Russia Roman Adamov (Moscow, 14 goals)
2008 Rubin Kazan CSKA Moscow (4) Dynamo Moscow (4) Brazil Vágner Love (CSKA Moscow, 20 goals)
2009 Rubin Kazan (2) Spartak Moscow (4) Zenit Saint Petersburg (2) Brazil Welliton (Spartak Moscow, 21 goals)
2010 Zenit Saint Petersburg (2) CSKA Moscow (5) Rubin Kazan (2) Brazil Welliton (Spartak Moscow, 19 goals)
2011–12 Zenit Saint Petersburg (3) Spartak Moscow (5) CSKA Moscow (3) Ivory Coast Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow, 28 goals)
2012–13 CSKA Moscow (4) Zenit Saint Petersburg (2) Anzhi Makhachkala Armenia Yura Movsisyan (Krasnodar/Spartak Moscow, 13 goals)
Brazil Wánderson (Krasnodar, 13 goals)
2013–14 CSKA Moscow (5) Zenit Saint Petersburg (3) Lokomotiv Moscow (5) Ivory Coast Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow, 18 goals)
2014–15 Zenit Saint Petersburg (4) CSKA Moscow (6) Krasnodar Brazil Hulk (Zenit Saint Petersburg, 15 goals)
2015–16 CSKA Moscow (6) Rostov Zenit Saint Petersburg (3) Russia Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar, 20 goals)
2016–17 Spartak Moscow (10) CSKA Moscow (7) Zenit Saint Petersburg (4) Russia Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar, 18 goals)
2017–18 Lokomotiv Moscow (3) CSKA Moscow (8) Spartak Moscow (3) Netherlands Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow, 15 goals)

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Third place Years won
Spartak Moscow
10
5
3
1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2016–17
CSKA Moscow
6
8
3
2003, 2005, 2006, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
Zenit St. Petersburg
4
3
4
2007, 2010, 2011–12, 2014–15
Lokomotiv Moscow
3
4
5
2002, 2004, 2017–18
Rubin Kazan
2
0
2
2008, 2009
Spartak Vladikavkaz
1
2
0
1995
Rotor Volgograd
0
2
1
Dynamo Moscow
0
1
4
Rostov
0
1
0
Torpedo Moscow
0
0
1
Krylia Sovetov Samara
0
0
1
Anzhi Makhachkala
0
0
1
Krasnodar
0
0
1
Total 26 26 26

UEFA Ranking[edit]

All-time table[edit]

As of the end of the 2017–18 season. Teams in bold compete in 2018-19 Premier League.
Rank Club1 Seasons Spells Most
recent
season
Played2 Won Drawn Lost Goals Points3 Gold Silver Bronze Notes
1 Spartak Moscow 27 1 803 428 185 160 1424-816 1525 10 5 3
2 CSKA Moscow 27 1 803 406 180 187 1148-731 1456 6 8 3
3 Lokomotiv Moscow 27 1 803 375 218 180 1131-718 1403 3 4 5
4 Zenit Saint Petersburg 24 2 712 334 192 156 1085-680 1247 4 3 4
5 Dynamo Moscow 26 2 772 307 212 223 1053-865 1173 - 1 4
6 Krylya Sovetov Samara 25 3 746 233 207 306 793-971 906 - - 1
7 Rostov 25 3 742 207 206 299 758-959 864 - 1 -
8 Rubin Kazan 16 1 464 184 122 128 570-434 712 2 - 2
9 Torpedo Moscow 16 2 2014–15 492 188 142 162 625-598 706 - - 1
10 Spartak Vladikavkaz 16 3 2012–13 489 179 109 201 630-663 646 1 2 - Disbanded and reestablished 2014
11 Rotor Volgograd 13 1 2004 402 151 109 142 562-506 562 - 2 1
12 Amkar Perm 14 1 2017-18 434 114 131 159 368-478 508 - - - Disbanded 2018
13 Saturn Moscow Oblast 12 1 2010 360 120 121 119 396-378 481 - - -
14 Akhmat Grozny 12 2 344 102 77 135 322-404 422 4 - - -
15 Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast 11 2 308 93 58 127 337-421 374 - - -
16 Krasnodar 8 1 224 88 54 52 295-213 372 - - 1
17 Anzhi Makhachkala 11 3 314 86 83 115 299-353 365 - - 1
18 Moscow 9 1 2009 270 92 83 95 295-311 359 - - - Disbanded 2010
19 Shinnik Yaroslavl 10 4 2008 304 85 86 133 294-403 341 - - -
20 Kuban Krasnodar 9 5 2015-16 284 75 96 113 304-379 321 - - - Disbanded 2018
21 Tom Tomsk 9 2 2016-17 284 75 77 132 259-395 302 - - -
22 Chernomorets Novorossiysk 8 2 2003 248 74 65 109 274-357 287 - - -
23 Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 8 2 2000 248 68 63 117 233-356 267 - - - Disbanded 2006
24 Zhemchuzhina Sochi 7 1 1999 222 61 57 104 263-390 240 - - - Disbanded 2003 and 2013, reestablished 2007
25 Spartak Nalchik 6 1 2011–12 194 54 57 83 207-239 219 - - -
26 Energia-Tekstilshchik Kamyshin 5 1 1996 158 53 43 62 172-177 202 - - -
27 KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny 5 1 1997 162 51 32 79 198-253 179 5 - - -
28 Uralan Elista 5 2 2003 150 36 39 75 138-225 147 - - - Disbanded 2005, reestablished 2014
29 Ufa 4 1 90 25 26 39 73-108 144 - - -
30 Luch-Energia Vladivostok 4 2 2008 124 34 32 58 116-187 134 - - -
31 Baltika Kaliningrad 3 1 1998 98 30 37 31 114-111 127 - - -
32 Fakel Voronezh 4 3 2001 124 31 29 64 101-175 122 - - -
33 Dynamo Stavropol 3 1 1994 94 27 23 44 94-125 104 - - - Disbanded 2014, re-established 2015
34 Tyumen 5 3 1998 154 25 26 103 116-326 101 - - -
35 Arsenal Tula 3 2 60 14 11 35 38-86 95 - - -
36 Volga Nizhny Novgorod 3 1 2013–14 104 25 16 63 87-171 91 - - - Disbanded 2016
37 Mordovia Saransk 3 2 2015-16 90 20 22 48 82-150 82 - - -
38 Okean Nakhodka 2 1 1993 64 22 14 28 65-83 80 - - - Disbanded 2015
39 Khimki 3 1 2009 90 17 23 50 86-151 74 - - -
40 Asmaral Moscow 2 1 1993 60 19 11 30 74-102 68 - - - Disbanded 1999
41 Sokol Saratov 2 1 2002 60 17 13 30 55-87 64 - - -
42 Lada Togliatti 2 2 1996 64 10 16 38 42-105 46 - - -
43 Orenburg 2 2 30 7 9 14 25-36 30 - - -
44 Tosno 1 1 2017-18 30 6 6 18 23-54 24 - - - Disbanded 2018
45 Sibir Novosibirsk 1 1 2010 30 4 8 18 34-58 20 - - -
46 SKA-Khabarovsk 1 1 2017-18 30 2 7 21 16-55 13 - - -
47 Yenisey Krasnoyarsk 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - -
Competing in RFPL
Competing in FNL (2nd tier)
Competing in PFL (3rd tier)
Competing in amateur leagues (below 3rd tier)
Defunct (see notes)
Notes
  1. For clubs that have been renamed, their name at the time of their most recent season in the Russian League is given. The current members are listed in bold.
  2. Includes championship play-offs, does not include relegation play-offs.
  3. For the purposes of this table, each win is worth 3 points. The three-point system was adopted in 1995.
  4. Terek were deducted 6 points in 2005.
  5. KAMAZ-Chally were deducted 6 points in 1997.

Player records[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

As of 13 May 2018 [1] [2] [3] [4]
Rank Player Apps
1 Russia Sergei Ignashevich 487
2 Russia Sergei Semak 456
3 Russia Dmitri Loskov 453
4 Russia Igor Semshov 433
5 Russia Ruslan Adzhindzhal 397
= Russia Igor Akinfeev 397
7 Russia Valery Yesipov 390
8 Russia Vasili Berezutski 387
9 Russia Dmitri Kirichenko 377
10 Russia Igor Lebedenko 371

Most goals[edit]

As of 20 July 2017 [5]
Rank Player Goals Apps Avg/Game
1 Russia Oleg Veretennikov 143 274 0.52
2 Russia Aleksandr Kerzhakov 139 340 0.41
3 Russia Dmitri Kirichenko 129 377 0.34
4 Russia Dmitri Loskov 120 453 0.26
5 Russia Roman Pavlyuchenko 104 309 0.34
6 Russia Sergei Semak 102 456 0.22
7 Russia Andrey Tikhonov 98 346 0.28
8 Russia Igor Semshov 98 433 0.23
9 Russia Yegor Titov 88 336 0.26
10 Russia Valery Yesipov 88 390 0.23

Champions (players)[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

NTV Plus cameraman
Country Broadcaster
 CIS Our Football
 Russia NTV (till Nov. 1st), Match TV (since Nov. 1st), Sport Plus, Our Football
 Azerbaijan CBC Sport
 Ukraine Poverkhnost TV (Sport 1 Ukraine)
 United States beIN Sports
 Puerto Rico
 Canada
 Brazil Esporte Interativo
 Portugal Sport TV
 Germany Sportdigital.tv
 Austria
  Switzerland
 France L'Equipe 21
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 Lithuania Sport1
 Poland Polsat Sport
 Romania Digi Sport
Dolce Sport
 Serbia Sport Klub
 Croatia
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 Montenegro
 Skopje
 Slovenia
 Hungary
 Belgium Eurosport
 Denmark
 Finland
 Ireland
 Luxembourg
 Netherlands
 Norway
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 United Kingdom
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 Japan J Sports
 Indonesia TelkomVision Arena & Lejel Sport
 Argentina Gol TV
 Bolivia
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Asia Fox Sports Asia
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References[edit]

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