2004 Belarusian Premier League

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Belarusian Premier League
Season 2004
Champions Dinamo Minsk
Relegated Lokomotiv Vitebsk
Belshina
Champions League Dinamo Minsk
UEFA Cup MTZ-RIPO
BATE
Intertoto Cup Neman
Matches played 241
Goals scored 657 (2.73 per match)
Top goalscorer Belarus Valery Strypeykis (18)
Biggest home win MTZ-RIPO 6–0 Lokomotiv Vitebsk
Biggest away win Belshina 0–5 BATE;
MTZ-RIPO 0–5 Torpedo Zhodino
Highest scoring 5–2 – 3 games;
6–1 – 1 game
2003
2005

Belarusian Premier League 2004 was the 14th season of top-tier football in Belarus. It started on April 15 and ended on November 11, 2004. Gomel were the defending champions.

Team changes from 2003 season[edit]

Two lowest placed teams in 2003 (Lokomotiv Minsk and Molodechno-2000) relegated and were replaced by two best teams from 2003 First League: newcomers MTZ-RIPO Minsk and Lokomotiv Vitebsk, who previously competed in Premiere League as KIM, Dvina and Lokomotiv-96 and is a different team from Lokomotiv Vitebsk, who relegated to First League in 1995 and after a few seasons in First and Second Leagues was disbanded in late 2000.

Overview[edit]

Dinamo Minsk won their 7th champions title and qualified for the next season's Champions League. The championship runners-up BATE Borisov and 2004–05 Cup winners MTZ-RIPO Minsk qualified for UEFA Cup. 2001 champions Belshina Bobruisk finished on last place and directly relegated to the First League. Lokomotiv Vitebsk and MTZ-RIPO Minsk shared 14th and 15th places with equal number of points and had to play one-legged play-off on a neutral ground to determine who will relegate and who will stay. Lokomotiv Vitebsk lost the game and releagted to the First League. Torpedo-SKA Minsk, who finished 6th, lost financial support from their sponsor in early 2005 and, after losing almost all their main squad and not having funds to pay entrance fee for next season's Premiere League, had to relegate to Second League.

Teams and venues[edit]

Team Location Venue Capacity Position in 2003
Gomel Gomel Central, Gomel 11,800 1
BATE Borisov City Stadium, Borisov 5,500 2
Dinamo Minsk Minsk Dinamo, Minsk 41,040 3
Torpedo-SKA Minsk Torpedo, Minsk 5,200 4
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Stroitel 5,000 5
Torpedo Zhodino Torpedo, Zhodino 3,020 6
Neman Grodno Neman 6,300 7
Naftan Novopolotsk Atlant 6,500 8
Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev Spartak, Mogilev 11,200 9
Belshina Bobruisk Spartak, Bobruisk 3,550 10
Dinamo Brest Brest OSK Brestskiy 10,080 11
Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk Traktor 17,600 12
Darida Minsk Raion Darida 6,000 13
Slavia Mozyr Yunost 5,500 14
Lokomotiv Vitebsk Central, Vitebsk 8,300 First league, 1
MTZ-RIPO Minsk Traktor 17,600 First league, 2

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Minsk (C) 30 24 3 3 64 18 +46 75 2005–06 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 BATE Borisov 30 22 4 4 59 25 +34 70 2005–06 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Shakhtyor Soligorsk 30 19 8 3 55 21 +34 65
4 Torpedo Zhodino 30 19 2 9 57 28 +29 59
5 Gomel 30 13 7 10 42 41 +1 46
6 Torpedo-SKA Minsk (R) 30 13 7 10 37 31 +6 46 Relegation to Second League
7 Neman Grodno 30 11 7 12 37 33 +4 40 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
8 Dinamo Brest 30 10 9 11 39 41 −2 39
9 Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev 30 11 4 15 29 37 −8 37
10 Naftan Novopolotsk 30 10 5 15 45 50 −5 35
11 Darida Minsk Raion 30 9 8 13 38 48 −10 35
12 Slavia Mozyr 30 9 4 17 32 51 −19 31
13 Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk 30 7 8 15 31 56 −25 29
14 MTZ-RIPO Minsk (O) 30 6 9 15 32 56 −24 27 2005–06 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
15 Lokomotiv Vitebsk (R) 30 8 3 19 34 54 −20 27 Relegation to First League
16 Belshina Bobruisk (R) 30 2 6 22 21 62 −41 12

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.

Relegation play-off[edit]

Team #1 Result Team #2
Lokomotiv Vitebsk 1–4 MTZ-RIPO Minsk

Belarusian clubs in Euporean Cups[edit]

Round Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup
First round Odra Wodzisław Poland 1–2 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–0 0–2
Second round Dinamo Minsk Belarus 4–3 Serbia and Montenegro Smederevo 1–2 3–1 (aet)
Third round Lille France 4–3 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 2–1 2–2
2004–05 UEFA Cup
First qualifying round Nistru Otaci Moldova 3–2 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–1 2–1
BATE Borisov Belarus 2–4 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–3 0–1
2004–05 UEFA Champions League
First qualifying round Gomel Belarus 1–2 Albania Tirana 0–2 1–0

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Belarus Valery Strypeykis Naftan Novopolotsk 18
2 Belarus Raman Vasilyuk Dinamo Brest 17
3 Russia Aleksandr Sokolov Darida Minsk Raion 16
4 Belarus Yawhen Zuew Torpedo Zhodino 15
5 Ukraine Vitaliy Bondarev Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev 14
Belarus Artsyom Hancharyk Shakhtyor Soligorsk 14
7 Belarus Oleg Strakhanovich BATE Borisov 13
8 Brazil Edu Torpedo-SKA Minsk 12
Belarus Dzmitry Parfyonaw MTZ-RIPO Minsk 12
Belarus Andrey Razin Dinamo Minsk 12

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