2002 Belarusian Premier League

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Belarusian Premier League
Season 2002
Champions BATE
Relegated Lokomotiv-96
Champions League BATE
UEFA Cup Dinamo Minsk
Neman
Intertoto Cup Shakhtyor
Matches played 183
Goals scored 514 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorer Belarus Valery Strypeykis (18)
Biggest home win BATE 6–0 Lokomotiv-96
Biggest away win Slavia 1–6 Belshina
Highest scoring Dinamo Minsk 6–3 Zvezda-VA-BGU;
Dinamo Minsk 6–3 Slavia
2001
2003

Belarusian Premier League 2002 was the 12th season of top-tier football in Belarus. It started on April 12 and ended on November 8, 2002. Belshina Bobruisk were the defending champions.

Team changes from 2001 season[edit]

Teams finished on the last two places in 2001 – Naftan Novopolotsk and Vedrich-97 Rechytsa relegated to the First League. They were replaced by 2001 First League winners Torpedo Zhodino and the newcomers, First League runners-up Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk. Neman-Belcard Grodno changed their name back to Neman Grodno.

Overview[edit]

BATE Borisov and Neman Grodno finished the season with equal number of points and advanced to the Championship Play-Off. BATE won the play-off game and became the champions for the 2nd time. They qualified for the next season's Champions League. Neman Grodno and 2002–03 Cup winners Dinamo Minsk qualified for UEFA Cup. Due to Premiere League expansion from 14 to 16 teams starting with next season, only one lowest placed team (Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk) have relegated.

Teams and venues[edit]

Team Location Venue Capacity Position in 2001
Belshina Bobruisk Spartak, Bobruisk 3,550 1
Dinamo Minsk Minsk Dinamo, Minsk 41,040 2
BATE Borisov City Stadium, Borisov 5,500 3
Neman Grodno Neman 6,300 4
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Stroitel 5,000 5
Gomel Gomel Central, Gomel 11,800 6
Slavia Mozyr Yunost 5,500 7
Torpedo-MAZ Minsk Torpedo, Minsk 5,200 8
Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev Spartak, Mogilev 11,200 9
Molodechno-2000 Molodechno City Stadium, Molodechno 5,500 10
Dinamo Brest Brest OSK Brestskiy 10,080 11
Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk Central, Vitebsk 8,300 12
Torpedo Zhodino Torpedo, Zhodino 3,020 First league, 1
Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk Traktor 17,600 First league, 2

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 BATE Borisov (C) 26 18 2 6 51 20 +31 56 Championship Play-off
2 Neman Grodno 26 17 5 4 47 20 +27 56
3 Shakhtyor Soligorsk 26 15 6 5 41 23 +18 51 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
4 Torpedo-MAZ Minsk 26 15 6 5 30 16 +14 51
5 Torpedo Zhodino 26 13 4 9 38 27 +11 43
6 Gomel 26 13 4 9 46 33 +13 43
7 Dinamo Minsk 26 12 6 8 44 28 +16 42 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
8 Belshina Bobruisk 26 12 4 10 44 38 +6 37
9 Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev 26 10 6 10 38 37 +1 36
10 Dinamo Brest 26 8 8 10 25 26 −1 32
11 Slavia Mozyr 26 6 6 14 38 61 −23 24
12 Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk 26 4 6 16 28 48 −20 18
13 Molodechno-2000 26 3 3 20 23 59 −36 12
14 Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk (R) 26 3 0 23 20 77 −57 9 Relegation to First League

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head
(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.

Championship play-off[edit]

Team #1 Result Team #1
2003–04 UEFA Champions League
First qualifying round
BATE Borisov 1–0 (aet) Neman Grodno 2003–04 UEFA Cup
Qualifying round

Belarusian clubs in Euporean Cups[edit]

Round Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup
First round BATE Borisov Belarus 3–0 Denmark Akademisk Boldklub 1–0 2–0
Second round 1860 München Germany 0–5 Belarus BATE Borisov 0–1 0–4
Third round Bologna Italy 2–0 Belarus BATE Borisov 2–0 0–0
2002–03 UEFA Cup
Qualifying round Dinamo Minsk Belarus 1–5 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1–4 0–1
Gomel Belarus 5–0 Finland HJK Helsinki 1–0 4–0
First round Gomel Belarus 1–8 Germany Schalke 04 1–4 0–4
2002–03 UEFA Champions League
First qualifying round Portadown Northern Ireland 2–3 Belarus Belshina Bobruisk 0–0 2–3
Second qualifying round Maccabi Haifa Israel 5–0 Belarus Belshina Bobruisk 4–0 1–0

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Belarus Valery Strypeykis Belshina Bobruisk 18
2 Belarus Yury Markhel Torpedo Zhodino 17
3 Belarus Sergey Nikiforenko Shakhtyor Soligorsk 12
4 Belarus Viktor Borel Gomel 11
Belarus Gennadi Bliznyuk Gomel 11
Belarus Vadzim Boyka Dinamo Brest 11
Belarus Ihor Chumachenko BATE Borisov 11
Belarus Denis Karolik Belshina Bobruisk 11
Belarus Dzmitry Kavalyonak Neman Grodno 11
Belarus Maksim Tsyhalka Dinamo Minsk 11

See also[edit]

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