1937 Soviet Top League

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Group A
Season 1937
Champions FC Dynamo Moscow
Relegated none
Matches played 72
Goals scored 224 (3.11 per match)
Top goalscorer (8) Vasili Smirnov (Dynamo M.)
Leonid Rumyantsev (Spartak)
Boris Paichadze (Dynamo Tb.)
Biggest home win Metallurg 5–0 CDKA (August 12)
Biggest away win Spartak 0–4 Metallurg (August 28)
Krasnaya Zarya 2–6 Dynamo K. (August 28)
Dynamo Tb. 0–4 Dynamo M. (September 18)
CDKA 1–5 Dynamo M. (October 24)
Highest scoring Krasnaya Zarya 2–6 Dynamo K. (August 28)
Dynamo Tb. 5–3 Dynamo K. (October 10)
1938

The 1937 Soviet Top League was the third season of the Soviet Top League.

Format[edit]

This year it was decided to have both season halves combined. After playing two games in the Group B it was decided to return CDKA Moscow back to the Group A. The Group A was extended once again to nine teams with a new team FC Metallurg Moscow joining the group that won the 1936 Group B fall championship. At the end of the season no teams were relegated as the group was planned to be extended for the next season. The season started in the summer after the cup competition that preceded it and was also won by Dynamo Moscow.

The defending champion for this edition was FC Spartak Moscow. The season started somewhat late on July 23, 1937 with the game in Kyiv where the League newcomer Metallurg surprisingly defeated the local Dynamo 2:0. The conclusion of the season came on October 30, 1937 with the games in Tbilisi and Moscow's Sokolniki.[1] That game on CSKA Stadium became a culminating as the Army team hold the defending champions to a draw that left Spartak without their title. Interesting is the fact that less than a week prior to that Dynamo Moscow was able to defeat CDKA 5:1 setting them three points ahead of Spartak.

Standings[edit]

No Club GP W D L GF-GA Pts Rpblc Notes
1 Dynamo Moscow 16 8 6 2 37-20 38  Russian SFSR
2 Spartak Moscow 16 8 5 3 24-16 37  Russian SFSR
3 Dynamo Kiev 16 7 6 3 33-24 36  Ukrainian SSR
4 Dynamo Tbilisi 16 7 4 5 30-24 34  Georgian SSR
5 Metallurg Moscow 16 7 2 7 26-21 32  Russian SFSR
6 Lokomotiv Moscow 16 5 5 6 18-20 31  Russian SFSR
7 Dynamo Leningrad 16 2 9 5 21-25 29  Russian SFSR
8 Krasnaya Zarya Leningrad 16 4 4 8 17-31 28  Russian SFSR
9 CDKA Moscow 16 3 1 12 18-43 23  Russian SFSR

Top scorers[edit]

8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals

Medal squads[edit]

(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

1. FC Dynamo Moscow

Goalkeepers: Yevgeniy Fokin (15 / -19), Aleksandr Kvasnikov (1 / -1).
Defenders: Lev Korchebokov (13), Viktor Teterin (9), Aleksandr Myshliayev (7).
Midfielders: Yevgeniy Yeliseyev (16), Arkadiy Chernyshev (15 / 1), Aleksey Lapshyn (12), Gavriil Kachalin (11), Pavel Korotkov (5), Aleksandr Riomin (1).
Forwards: Mikhail Yakushyn (16 / 6), Sergey Ilyin (16 / 4), Vasiliy Smirnov (14 / 8), Aleksey Ponomariov (13 /6), Mikhail Semichastny (11 / 7), Nikolai Belousov (3 / 1), Ivan Shcherbakov (2 / 2), Georgiy Diomin (1).

One own goal(s) scored by Mikhail Denisov (FC Dynamo Leningrad), Iosif Lifshyts (FC Dynamo Kyiv)

Manager: Viktor Dubinin.

Transferred out during the season: .

2. FC Spartak Moscow

Goalkeepers: Anatoliy Akimov (13 / -10), Ivan Ryzhov (3 / -6).
Defenders: Viktor Sokolov (15), Stanislav Leuta (10), Aleksandr Starostin (7), Sergey Plonsky (2).
Midfielders: Andrey Starostin (16 / 2), Sergey Artemyev (13), Pyotr Starostin (8), Nikolai Palyska (8), Grigoriy Tuchkov (8).
Forwards: Leonid Rumiantsev (16 / 8), Vladimir Stepanov (15 / 4), Nikolai Zhygalin (15 / 3), Boris Stepanov (12 / 2), Georgiy Glazkov (7 / 2), Viktor Semionov (7), Aleksandr Kasimov (6 / 1), Nikolai Guliayev (3), Nikolai Tarasov (2 / 1), Sergey Udaleyev (1 / 1).

Manager: Konstantin Kvashnin.

Transferred out during the season: .

3. FC Dynamo Kyiv

Goalkeepers: Anton Idzkovsky (13 / -20), Mykola Trusevych (3 / -4).
Defenders: Mykola Makhinia (16 / 3), Oleksiy Klymenko (15), Vasyl Pravovierov (10), Georgiy Timofeyev (1).
Midfielders: Ivan Kuzmenko (16 / 5), Volodymyr Greber (16 / 3), Iosif Livshyts (14 / 1).
Forwards: Pavlo Komarov (16 / 7), Petro Layko (15 / 4), Makar Honcharenko (14 / 3), Kostiantyn Kalach (10), Kostiantyn Shchehodsky (9 / 3), Viktor Shylovsky (9 / 3), Mykola Korotkykh (9 / 1), Fedir Tiutchev (2).

Manager: Moisey Tovarovsky.

Transferred out during the season: .


Group A 1937 Winners

FC Dynamo Moscow
Second title

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1937 season calendar