2001 in Russian football

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2001 in Russian football saw the ninth title for FC Spartak Moscow and the fourth Cup for FC Lokomotiv Moscow. The national team qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

National team[edit]

Russia national football team qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup by finishing first in the UEFA group 1.

Date Venue Opponents Score1 Competition Russia scorers Match Report
28 February 2001 Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium, Heraklion (A)  Greece 3–3 F Sport-Express
24 March 2001 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (H)  Slovenia 1–1 WCQ Maksim Buznikin (2), Dmitri Khokhlov FIFA
28 March 2001 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (H)  Faroe Islands 1–0 WCQ Alexander Mostovoi FIFA
25 April 2001 Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade (A)  Yugoslavia 1–0 WCQ Vladimir Beschastnykh FIFA
2 June 2001 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (H)  Yugoslavia 1–1 WCQ Yury Kovtun FIFA
6 June 2001 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (A)  Luxembourg 2–1 WCQ Dmitri Alenichev, Sergei Semak FIFA
15 August 2001 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (H)  Greece 0–0 F Sport-Express
1 September 2001 Stadion Bezigrad, Ljubljana (A)  Slovenia 1–2 WCQ Egor Titov FIFA
5 September 2001 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn (A)  Faroe Islands 3–0 WCQ Vladimir Beschastnykh (2), Aleksandr Shirko FIFA
6 October 2001 Dynamo Stadium, Moscow (H)   Switzerland 4–0 WCQ Vladimir Beschastnykh (3), Egor Titov FIFA
14 November 2001 Skonto stadions, Riga (A)  Latvia 3–1 F Dmitri Khokhlov, Dmitri Alenichev, Aleksandr Panov 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]

Shinnik Yaroslavl and Uralan Elista returned to the Top Division after occupying two top positions First Division. Uralan were back immediately after relegation in 2000.

P W D L F A GD Pts
P 1 Shinnik 34 21 6 7 58 21 +37 69
P 2 Uralan 34 19 8 7 55 31 +24 65
3 Kuban 34 16 12 6 56 29 +27 60
4 Amkar 34 16 8 10 46 29 +17 56
5 Spartak 34 17 4 13 48 37 +11 55
6 Volgar-Gazprom 34 14 8 12 40 40 0 50
7 Tom 34 12 11 11 31 28 +3 47
8 Rubin 34 13 7 14 44 44 0 46
9 Metallurg 34 12 9 13 39 47 –8 45
10 Kristall 34 13 5 16 37 45 –8 44
11 Netfekhimik 34 13 4 17 49 56 –7 43
12 Khimki 34 13 4 17 42 54 –12 43
13 Gazovik-Gazprom 34 12 6 16 38 44 –6 42
14 Lada 34 12 5 17 40 50 –10 41
15 Lokomotiv Chita 34 12 4 18 38 50 –12 40
R 16 Arsenal 34 10 10 14 27 35 –8 40
R 17 Baltika 34 11 6 17 35 51 –16 39
R 18 Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 34 9 5 20 26 58 –32 32

Vitaliy Kakunin of Neftekhimik became the top goalscorer with 20 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 Dynamo Saint Petersburg (West) 2–1 FC Metallurg Lipetsk (Centre) 2–0 0–1
FC Svetotekhnika Saransk (Povolzhye) 1–2 FC SKA Rostov-on-Don (South) 1–1 0–1
FC Uralmash Yekaterinburg (Ural) 3–3 FC SKA-Energia Khabarovsk (East) 2–2 1–1

Cup[edit]

The Russian Cup was won by Lokomotiv Moscow, who beat Anzhi Makhachkala 4–3 on penalties after the final ended 1–1.

UEFA club competitions[edit]

UEFA Champions League 2001-02[edit]

Spartak Moscow qualified for the second group stage of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League. Spartak finished fourth in group C which also contained FC Bayern Munich, Arsenal F.C., and Olympique Lyonnais.

2001–02 UEFA Cup[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow lost to 0–2 on aggregate to Rayo Vallecano in the third round of the 2000–01 UEFA Cup.

UEFA Champions League 2001-02[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow qualified for the group stage of the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League after defeating FC Wacker Tirol 3–2 on aggregate. This meant that Russia had two teams in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time. Lokomotiv finished third in the group with Real Madrid, A.S. Roma, and R.S.C. Anderlecht.

Spartak Moscow, who qualifiers for the group stage automatically, finished last in a group which also contained FC Bayern Munich, AC Sparta Prague, and Feyenoord Rotterdam, scoring only two points.

2001–02 UEFA Cup[edit]

Four Russian clubs played in the 2001–02 UEFA Cup. Chernomorets Novorossiysk, who were struggling in the league, lost both first round matches to Valencia CF (0–6 on aggregate). Torpedo Moscow also failed to progress, losing 2–3 on aggregate to Ipswich Town F.C.

Anzhi Makhachkala's fixture against Rangers F.C. was ordered by UEFA to be played over one leg at a neutral site. The tie was played soon after September 11, 2001 attacks, and UEFA decided not to play matches in Makhachkala due to the situation in Chechnya.[1] Rangers won the match in Warsaw 1–0.

The only club to progress to the second round was Dynamo Moscow, who overcome Birkirkara F.C. 1–0 on aggregate. In the second round Dynamo were beaten 7–2 on aggregate by Rangers.

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