2005 in Russian football

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2005 was marked by a greatest success in the Russian club football so far, as CSKA Moscow won the UEFA Cup. Later, CSKA completed the treble, winning the Russian Cup and the Russian Premier League title. Notable changes in the Russian Football Union also took place.

Changes in the Russian Football Union[edit]

On 2 April, Vitaliy Mutko was elected new president of the Russian Football Union to succeed Vyacheslav Koloskov.[1] Two days later, national team coach Georgi Yartsev resigned and was replaced by Yuri Semin.[2] However, Semin stepped down on 10 November, after Russia failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.[3]

National team[edit]

The Russia national team attempted to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup via European qualifying group 3. A scoreless draw in Bratislava against Slovakia on 12 October, the final group match for both teams, ended Russia's hopes of qualifying for Germany. Portugal won the group and automatically qualified for the finals. Russia and Slovakia finished level on points for second place and a place in the UEFA playoffs; Slovakia won the tiebreaker on overall goal difference in the group. A Russia win in the final match would have sent Russia to the playoffs at Slovakia's expense.[4]

Date Venue Opponents Score1 Competition Russia scorers Match Report
9 February 2005 Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari (A)  Italy 0–2 F Sport-Express
26 March 2005 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (A)  Liechtenstein 2–1 WCQ Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Andrey Karyaka FIFA
30 March 2005 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (A)  Estonia 1–1 WCQ Andrei Arshavin FIFA
4 June 2005 Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg (H)  Latvia 2–0 WCQ Andrei Arshavin, Dmitri Loskov FIFA
8 June 2005 Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach (A)  Germany 2–2 F Aleksandr Anyukov, Andrei Arshavin Sport-Express
17 August 2005 Skonto stadions, Riga (A)  Latvia 1–1 WCQ Andrei Arshavin FIFA
3 September 2005 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow (H)  Liechtenstein 2–0 WCQ Aleksandr Kerzhakov (2) FIFA
7 September 2005 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow (H)  Portugal 0–0 WCQ FIFA
8 October 2005 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow (H)  Luxembourg 5–1 WCQ Marat Izmailov, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Dmitri Kirichenko (2) FIFA
12 October 2005 Tehelné Pole, Bratislava (A)  Slovakia 0–0 WCQ FIFA
  1. Russia score given first
Key
  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • F = Friendly
  • WCQ = 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Group 3

U-21 team[edit]

The U-21 team contested the qualification for the 2006 U-21 Championship. They finished second in the group, overcoming Slovakia on head-to-head results, while Portugal were first. This allowed Russia to qualify for the play-off against Denmark.

Russia lost both play-off matches, 0–1 in Moscow on 12 November and 1–3 in Brøndby on 18 November. In the second-leg match, five Russia players were sent off.[5]

Women's U-19 team[edit]

The women's under-19 team won the European Championship in Hungary. They have finished second in the group stage after matches against France, England, and Scotland. In the semifinal they overcame Germany 3–1, thanks to the hat-trick by captain Elena Danilova, and the final match against France ended 2–2 after extra time and 6–5 on penalties.[6]

Leagues[edit]

Premier League[edit]

First Division[edit]

This is the final table of First Division 2005.[7]

P W D L F A GD Pts
P 1 Luch-Energia Vladivostok 42 27 11 4 81 32 +49 92
P 2 Spartak Nalchik 42 25 11 6 67 36 +31 86
3 KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny 42 26 6 10 80 32 +48 84
4 Khimki 42 23 13 6 75 36 +39 82
5 Kuban Krasnodar 42 23 12 7 55 25 +30 81
6 Dynamo Makhachkala 42 23 7 12 64 41 +23 76
7 Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast 42 21 10 11 51 34 +17 73
8 Oryol 42 17 12 13 55 48 +7 63
9 Spartak Chelyabinsk 42 16 13 13 60 53 +7 61
10 Chkalovets-1936 Novosibirsk 42 15 11 16 51 53 -2 56
11 Anzhi Makhachkala 42 14 13 15 47 48 -1 55
12 SKA-Energia Khabarovsk 42 15 9 18 40 43 -3 54
13 Dynamo Bryansk 42 13 13 16 44 49 -5 52
14 Volgar-Gazprom Astrakhan 42 14 9 19 50 56 -6 51
15 Lokomotiv Chita 42 14 8 20 57 67 -10 50
16 Avangard Kursk 42 11 15 16 36 45 -9 48
17 Fakel Voronezh 42 13 7 22 39 60 -21 46
R 18 Metallurg-Kuzbass Novokuznetsk 42 10 15 17 48 61 -13 45
R 19 Amur Blagoveshchensk 42 10 7 25 44 70 -26 37
R 20 Metallurg Lipetsk 42 7 5 30 40 78 -38 26
R 21 Petrotrest Saint Petersburg 42 7 5 30 37 107 -70 26
R 22 Sokol Saratov 42 7 10 25 37 84 -47 25*

* 6 points deducted for failing to pay transfer fee in time

Yevgeny Alkhimov of Lokomotiv became the top scorer with 24 goals.

Second Division[edit]

The following clubs have earned promotion by winning tournaments in their respective Second Division zones:[7]

Russian Cup[edit]

Defending Russian Cup holders Terek Grozny were knocked out by their first opponents, Amkar Perm. For the second year in a row, the First Division side was present in the final, this time FC Khimki. But unlike the 2004, the final match was won 1–0 by the Premier League club, CSKA Moscow. CSKA lost the first-leg match 2–0 to their first opponents, Sokol Saratov, and progressed thanks to an awarded 3–0 victory after Sokol failed to show for the second leg.[8]

UEFA club competitions[edit]

2004–05 UEFA Cup[edit]

Only CSKA Moscow qualified for the spring phase of the UEFA Cup 2004–05. They successively defeated Benfica, Partizan Belgrade, Auxerre, and Parma to reach the final. In the final match played in Lisbon, CSKA defeated Sporting Clube de Portugal 3–1 to become the first ever Russian club to win any major European competition.[9]

UEFA Super Cup[edit]

CSKA Moscow lost the European Super Cup match 3–1 to Liverpool F.C., the UEFA Champions League title holders.[10]

UEFA Champions League 2005–06[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow, the only Russian side to participate in the UEFA Champions League 2005–06, defeated FK Rabotnički in the second qualifying round, but were knocked out by Rapid Vienna in the third qualifying round. Along with the other losers in the third qualifying round, Lokomotiv entered the UEFA Cup at the first round proper.[11]

2005–06 UEFA Cup[edit]

CSKA Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, and Zenit Saint Petersburg have qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Cup 2005–06. Krylya Sovetov Samara have successfully passed the second qualifying round, but were knocked out in the first round proper by AZ Alkmaar.

Zenit and Lokomotiv qualified for the Round of 32. CSKA finished fourth in the group and thus failed to defend their title.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mutko takes top job in Russia. UEFA official website, 2 April 2005.
  2. ^ Yartsev resigns Russia role. UEFA official website, 4 April 2005.
  3. ^ Dinamo attract top target Semin. UEFA official website, 11 November 2005.
  4. ^ Russia national team in 2005. RussiaTeam.ru (Russian)
  5. ^ Huntelaar thrives in Dutch triumph. UEFA official website.
  6. ^ Russia rise to the top. UEFA official website.
  7. ^ a b Russia 2005. RSSSF.
  8. ^ Russia Cups 2004/05. RSSSF.
  9. ^ Carvalho inspires CSKA to 'landmark victory'. UEFA official website.
  10. ^ Cissé secures hat-trick of titles for Liverpool. UEFA official website.
  11. ^ Ronaldinho delivers for Barça. UEFA official website.
  12. ^ Sevilla end 58-year wait. UEFA official website.