1997 Russian Top League

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Spartak Moscow successfully defended the championship, winning their fifth Russian title.

Overview[edit]

Team Head coach
FC Spartak Moscow Oleg Romantsev
FC Rotor Volgograd Ukraine Viktor Prokopenko
FC Dynamo Moscow Adamas Golodets
FC Shinnik Yaroslavl Anatoli Polosin (until August)
Pyotr Shubin (from August)
FC Lokomotiv Moscow Yuri Syomin
FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk Oleg Dolmatov
FC Krylia Sovetov Samara Aleksandr Averyanov
FC Zenit St. Petersburg Ukraine Anatoliy Byshovets
FC Baltika Kaliningrad Leonid Tkachenko
FC Alania Vladikavkaz Valery Gazzaev
FC Torpedo-Luzhniki Moscow Aleksandr Tarkhanov
PFC CSKA Moscow Pavel Sadyrin
FC Rostselmash Rostov-on-Don Sergey Andreyev
FC Zhemchuzhina Sochi Arsen Naydyonov
FC Tyumen Aleksandr Irkhin (until April)
Aleksandr Ignatenko (from April)
FC Fakel Voronezh Sergei Savchenkov
FC Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod Valeri Ovchinnikov
FC KAMAZ-Chally Naberezhnye Chelny Lithuania Benjaminas Zelkevičius

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Spartak Moscow (C) 34 22 7 5 67 30 +37 73 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Rotor Volgograd 34 20 8 6 54 27 +27 68 1998–99 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
3 Dynamo Moscow 34 19 11 4 50 20 +30 68
4 Shinnik Yaroslavl 34 15 10 9 38 35 +3 55
5 Lokomotiv Moscow 34 15 9 10 47 37 +10 54 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round
6 Chernomorets Novorossiysk 34 13 14 7 40 26 +14 53
7 Krylia Sovetov Samara 34 14 7 13 32 30 +2 49
8 Zenit St. Petersburg 34 13 10 11 28 29 −1 49
9 Baltika Kaliningrad 34 11 16 7 38 33 +5 49
10 Alania Vladikavkaz 34 14 4 16 52 42 +10 46
11 Torpedo Moscow 34 13 6 15 50 46 +4 45
12 CSKA Moscow 34 11 9 14 31 42 −11 42
13 Rostselmash 34 9 14 11 34 38 −4 41
14 Zhemchuzhina Sochi 34 11 7 16 38 51 −13 40
15 Tyumen 34 9 7 18 28 46 −18 34
16 Fakel Voronezh (R) 34 7 5 22 25 49 −24 26 Relegation to Russian First Division 1998
17 Lokomotiv N.N. (R) 34 6 5 23 26 60 −34 23
18 KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny (R) 34 8 3 23 38 75 −37 21

Source: rsssf.com {{{2}}}
Rules for classification:
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1KAMAZ-Chally were deducted 6 points for failing to pay a transfer fee

Spartak qualified for the UEFA Champions League 1998-99. Rotor and Dynamo qualified for the UEFA Cup 1998-99.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Goals Team
1 Oleg Veretennikov 22 Rotor
2 Oleg Teryokhin 17 Dynamo
3 Igor Yanovskiy 13 Alania
4 Lev Berezner 11 Chernomorets
Aleksandr Zernov 11 Rotor
Valery Kechinov 11 Spartak
7 Andrey Tikhonov 10 Spartak
Edgaras Jankauskas Lithuania 10 Torpedo-Luzhniki
9 Aleksandr Gerasimov 9 Shinnik
Aleksei Kosolapov 9 Lokomotiv M
Vladimir Kulik 9 CSKA
Dmitry Khokhlov 9 Torpedo-Luzhniki

Medal squads[edit]

1. FC Spartak Moscow

Goalkeepers: Aleksandr Filimonov (33), Ruslan Nigmatullin (2).
Defenders: Sergei Gorlukovich (31 / 2), Dmitri Khlestov (27 / 1), Dmitri Ananko (25), Miroslav Romaschenko Belarus (24 / 4), Ramiz Mamedov (19 / 1), Vadim Evseev (18), Konstantin Golovskoy (14), Vasili Kulkov (6).
Midfielders: Dmitri Alenichev (33 / 2), Yegor Titov (31 / 8), Aleksei Bakharev (30 / 2), Aleksei Melyoshin (26 / 2), Andrey Tikhonov (24 / 10), Valery Kechinov (22 / 11), Ilya Tsymbalar (11 / 4), Andrei Konovalov (11 / 1), Robert Yevdokimov (4 / 1).
Forwards: Aleksandr Shirko (26 / 7), Maksim Buznikin (20 / 8), Luis Robson Brazil (10 / 1), Sergey Dmitriev (6 / 1), Sergei Lutovinov (6).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

One own goal scored by Vladimir Klontsak (FC KAMAZ-Chally Naberezhnye Chelny).

Manager: Oleg Romantsev.

Transferred out during the season: Vasili Kulkov (to FC Zenit St. Petersburg), Robert Yevdokimov (to FC KAMAZ-Chally Naberezhnye Chelny).

2. FC Rotor Volgograd

Goalkeepers: Platon Zakharchuk (34).
Defenders: Aleksandr Shmarko (33), Volodymyr Gerashchenko Ukraine (27), Sergei Zhunenko Kazakhstan (23), Valeri Burlachenko (22 / 1), Nikolai Olenikov (19), Albert Borzenkov (15).
Midfielders: Oleg Veretennikov (34 / 22), Aleksandr Berketov (33 / 3), Valery Yesipov (32 / 3), Vitali Abramov Kazakhstan (30 / 1), Andrei Krivov (25), Maksim Tishchenko (20), Ihor Korniyets Ukraine (12), Vladimir Smirnov (4), Mikhail Mysin (1), Hennadiy Orbu Ukraine (1).
Forwards: Denis Zubko (34 / 4), Vladimir Niederhaus Kazakhstan (33 / 8), Aleksandr Zernov (31 / 11), Sergei Ilyushin (1).

One own goal scored by Denis Koberskiy (FC Zhemchuzhina Sochi).

Manager: Viktor Prokopenko Ukraine.

Transferred out during the season: Ihor Korniyets Ukraine, Sergei Ilyushin (both to FC Arsenal Tula), Hennadiy Orbu Ukraine (to Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk).

3. FC Dynamo Moscow

Goalkeepers: Dmytro Tyapushkin Ukraine (23), Andrei Smetanin (14).
Defenders: Sergei Shtanyuk Belarus (33 / 2), Andrei Ostrovskiy Belarus (32 / 4), Yuri Kovtun (28), Erik Yakhimovich Belarus (16), Mikhail Zharinov (9), Yevgeni Korablyov (9), Vyacheslav Tsaryov (4), Maksim Povorov (1).
Midfielders: Andrey Kobelev (33 / 7), Vladimir Skokov (32 / 5), Sergei Nekrasov (32 / 1), Sergey Grishin (28 / 1), Aliaksandr Kulchiy Belarus (26 / 3), Aleksandr Tochilin (23), Andrei Gordeyev (7 / 1), Rolan Gusev (7), Vitali Kulyov (6), Maksim Romaschenko Belarus (4 / 4), Yuri Kuznetsov (4).
Forwards: Oleg Teryokhin (33 / 17), Aleksei Kutsenko (19 / 4), Eduard Kosolapov (8 / 1), Yuri Tishkov (4), Sergei Artyomov (2), Andrei Dyomkin (1), Oleg Sergeyev (1).

Manager: Adamas Golodets.

Transferred out during the season: Erik Yakhimovich Belarus (on loan to Turkey Vanspor), Andrei Dyomkin (to Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht).

See also[edit]

1997 in Russian football

External links[edit]