2000 in Russian football

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2000 in Russian football saw the eighth title for FC Spartak Moscow and the third Cup for FC Lokomotiv Moscow. The national team began qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

National team[edit]

Russia national football team began qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Date Venue Opponents Score1 Competition Russia scorers Match Report
23 February 2000 Qiryat Eliezer Stadium, Haifa (A)  Israel 1–4 F Vladimir Beschastnykh Sport-Express
26 April 2000 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow (H)  United States 2–0 F Egor Titov, Valery Karpin Sport-Express
31 May 2000 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow (H)  Slovakia 1–1 F Vladimir Beschastnykh Sport-Express
4 June 2000 Stadionul Republican, Chişinău (A)  Moldova 1–0 F Maksim Buznikin Sport-Express
16 August 2000 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (H)  Israel 1–0 F Maksim Buznikin Sport-Express
2 September 2000 Hardturm, Zurich (A)  Switzerland 1–0 WCQ Vladimir Beschastnykh rsssf Sport-Express
11 October 2000 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow (H)  Luxembourg 3–0 WCQ Maksim Buznikin, Dmitri Khokhlov, Egor Titov rsssf Sport-Express
  1. Russia score given first
Key
  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • F = Friendly
  • WCQ = 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying, UEFA Group 1

Leagues[edit]

Top Division[edit]

First Division[edit]

Sokol and Torpedo-ZIL were promoted to the Top Division for the first time after occupying two top positions in the First Division.

P W D L F A GD Pts
P 1 Sokol 38 28 5 5 78 27 +51 89
P 2 Torpedo-ZIL 38 24 8 6 62 28 +34 80
3 Rubin 38 24 6 8 61 28 +33 78
4 Shinnik 38 20 11 7 58 33 +25 71
5 Kristall 38 19 4 15 63 49 +14 61
6 Amkar 38 17 9 12 53 38 +15 60
7 Gazovik-Gazprom 38 18 5 15 55 52 +3 59
8 Lokomotiv Chita 38 16 5 17 50 51 –1 53
9 Lada 38 14 10 14 58 49 +9 52
10 Tom 38 14 10 14 36 28 +8 52
11 Arsenal 38 13 13 12 45 39 +6 52
12 Baltika 38 15 6 17 40 46 –6 51
13 Volgar-Gazprom 38 13 12 13 46 39 +7 51
14 Metallurg Krasnoyarsk 38 15 5 18 40 49 –9 50
15 Spartak 38 13 9 16 37 44 –7 48
R 16 Nosta 38 12 10 16 44 51 –7 46
R 17 Zhemchuzhina 38 12 7 19 48 70 –22 43
R 18 Metallurg Lipetsk 38 10 9 19 43 53 –10 39
R 19 Spartak-Chukotka1 38 4 4 30 29 115 –86 16
R 20 Lokomotiv Saint Petersburg 38 3 4 31 30 87 –57 72

1 Spartak-Chukotka withdrew after 19 rounds. Their opponents were awarded 3–0 wins in the 19 remaining matches.
2 Lokomotiv Saint Petersburg were deducted 6 points for failing to pay a transfer fee.

Andrey Fedkov of Sokol became the top goalscorer with 26 goals.

Second Division[edit]

Of six clubs that finished first in their respective Second Division zones, three play-off winners were promoted to the First Division:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
FC Severstal Cherepovets (West) 3–3 FC Khimki (Centre) 1–0 2–3
FC Svetotekhnika Saransk (Povolzhye) 0–1 FC Kuban Krasnodar (South) 0–1 0–0
FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (Ural) 4–1 FC Metallurg Novokuznetsk (East) 2–0 2–1

However, later Severstal refused promotion, and their place was taken by Khimki.

Cup[edit]

The Russian Cup was won by Lokomotiv Moscow, who beat CSKA Moscow 3–2 after extra time.

UEFA club competitions[edit]

UEFA Cup 1999-2000[edit]

Spartak Moscow played in the third round of the UEFA Cup 1999-00, where they lost to Leeds United A.F.C. on away goals.

UEFA Intertoto Cup 2000[edit]

Zenit Saint Petersburg reached the final of the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2000 after eliminating NK Primorje, Tatabánya FC, and Bradford City A.F.C. In the final, Zenit lost 3–4 on aggregate to Celta de Vigo.

UEFA Champions League 2000-01[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow failed to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League 2000-01, losing 1–6 on aggregate to Beşiktaş J.K. in the third qualifying round.

Spartak Moscow, who qualified for the group stage automatically, finished in the second position, one point behind Real Madrid in Group A which also contained Bayer Leverkusen and Sporting Clube de Portugal.

UEFA Cup 2000-01[edit]

Of the four Russian clubs which played in the UEFA Cup 2000-01, only Lokomotiv Moscow qualified for the second round. Torpedo Moscow lost 2–5 on aggregate to Lausanne Sports, CSKA Moscow 0–1 to Viborg FF (after extra time), and Spartak Vladikavkaz 0–5 to Amica Wronki.

Lokomotiv overcome PFC Naftex Burgas in the first round and FK Inter Bratislava in the second round, qualifying for the spring phase of the UEFA Cup.

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