2003–04 Vyshcha Liha

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Vyshcha Liha
Season 2003–04
Champions Dynamo Kyiv
Relegated Metalist Kharkiv
Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriia
Champions League Dynamo Kyiv
Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Cup Metalurh Donetsk
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Illychivets Mariupol
Matches played 240
Goals scored 557 (2.32 per match)
Top goalscorer (18) Georgi Demetradze (Metalurh Donetsk)
Biggest home win Dynamo - Kryvbas 6:0
Biggest away win Arsenal - Dynamo 1:6
Highest scoring Arsenal - Dynamo 1:6
Average attendance 7,725

The 2003–04 Vyshcha Liha season was the 13th since its establishment. The season began on 12 July 2003 with seven games of the first season round.[1] FC Dynamo Kyiv were the defending champions, having won their 11th league title in the 2002–03 season and they successfully defended their title by winning the championship in the last round of the competition.

A total of sixteen teams participated in the league, the best fourteen sides of the 2002–03 season and two promoted clubs from the 2002–03 Ukrainian First League.

The competition had a winter break which began on 11 November 2003 and the season resumed on 14 March 2004. The season concluded on 19 June 2004.[1]

Teams[edit]

The bankrupted Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya and last-placed Metalist Kharkiv of the 2002–03 Ukrainian Premier League were relegated to the 2003–04 Ukrainian First League. Metalist Kharkiv returned to the Ukrainian First League after five seasons and it is its second relegation since establishing of the league. Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya was announced bankrupt[2] and was relegated from the league after two seasons at the top level.

The two relegated teams were replaced by the champions and the runners-up of the 2002–03 Ukrainian First League. Zirka Kirovohrad gained promotion after defeating Polissya Zhytomyr in the 27th Round and Borysfen Boryspil gained promotion also after tying with CSKA Kyiv in the 30th Round of the 2002–03 Ukrainian First League season.

Final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Comments
1 Dynamo Kyiv (C) 30 23 4 3 68 20 +48 73 CL 3rd Qualifying Round
2 Shakhtar Donetsk 30 22 4 4 62 19 +43 70 CL 2nd Qualifying Round
3 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 30 16 9 5 44 23 +21 57 UC 2nd Qualifying Round
4 Metalurh Donetsk 30 14 10 6 51 34 +17 52 UC 2nd Qualifying Round
5 Chornomorets Odessa 30 11 12 7 38 33 +5 45
6 Obolon Kyiv 30 11 8 11 34 35 −1 41
7 Borysfen Boryspil 30 11 8 11 25 29 −4 41
8 Illychivets Mariupol 30 10 10 10 34 36 −2 40 UC 1st Qualifying Round
9 Arsenal Kyiv 30 10 7 13 38 44 −6 37
10 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 30 10 6 14 26 41 −15 36
11 Metalurh Zaporizhzhya 30 8 8 14 26 40 −14 32
12 Tavriya Simferopol 30 7 11 12 22 28 −6 32
13 Volyn Lutsk 30 7 8 15 25 44 −19 29
14 Vorskla Poltava 30 6 9 15 26 49 −23 27
15 Karpaty Lviv (R) 30 6 8 16 22 39 −17 26 Sub off.svg Persha Liha
16 Zirka Kirovohrad (R) 30 3 8 19 16 43 −27 14 Sub off.svg Druha Liha

Top goal scorers[edit]

Georgia (country) Georgi Demetradze Metalurh Donetsk 18 (5)
Ukraine Oleksandr Kosyrin Chornomorets Odessa 14 (3)
Uzbekistan Maksim Shatskikh Dynamo Kyiv 10
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zvonimir Vukic Shakhtar Donetsk 10
Ukraine Andriy Vorobei Shakhtar Donetsk 9
Belarus Valentin Belkevich Dynamo Kyiv 9(1)
Ukraine Oleh Venglinsky Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 9(1)
Ukraine Kostantyn Balabanov Chornomorets Odessa 8
Ukraine Serhiy Shyschenko Illychivets Mariupol 8
Ukraine Yuriy Tselykh Vorskla Poltava 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Сезон 2003-2004 (Season 2003-04)" (in Russian). Football from Dmitriy Troshchiy. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Information at liga zakon.

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