2008–09 Moldovan National Division

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Moldovan National Division
Season 2008–09
Champions FC Sheriff Tiraspol
Relegated Politehnica Chişinău
Champions League FC Sheriff Tiraspol
Europa League FC Zimbru Chişinău, FC Iskra-Stal Rîbniţa, FC Dacia Chişinău
Matches played 165
Goals scored 389 (2.36 per match)
Top goalscorer Oleg Andronic, FC Zimbru Chisinau (14)

The Moldovan National Division 2008-09 (Moldovan: Divizia Naţională) was the 18th season of top-tier football in Moldova. The season started on 2 July 2008 and ended on 17 May 2009.

Just prior to the start of the season, FC Politehnica Chişinău withdrew from the competition, causing the league to play with 11 teams this year. Further, CSCA-Steaua Chişinău merged with FC Rapid Ghidighici. The new club play under the name CSCA-Rapid Chişinău.

Clubs[edit]

Location of teams in Moldovan National Division 2008–09
Club Location Stadium Capacity
FC Academia UTM Chişinău Dinamo Stadium (Chişinău) 2,692
CSCA-Rapid Chişinău Ghidighici Stadionul Ghidighici 2,000
FC Dacia Chişinău Stadionul Republican 8,100
FC Dinamo Bender Dinamo Stadium (Bender) 1,000
FC Iskra-Stali Rîbniţa Orăşenesc Stadium 2,000
FC Nistru Otaci Călărăseuca Stadium 3,000
FC Olimpia Bălţi Olimpia Bălţi Stadium 5,000
Politehnica Chişinău Chişinău Dinamo Stadium (Chişinău) 2,692
FC Sheriff Tiraspol Sheriff Stadium 14,300
CS Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol Stadionul Municipal 3,525
FC Tiraspol Tiraspol Sheriff Stadium 14,300
FC Zimbru Chişinău Zimbru Stadium 10,500

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Due to the withdrawal of FC Rapid Ghidighici in mid-November 2007, no teams were relegated to Moldovan "A" Division. Promoted to Moldova's top-tier football were FC Academia UTM Chişinău.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sheriff Tiraspol (C) 30 25 3 2 61 15 +46 78 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Dacia Chişinău 30 20 3 7 47 17 +30 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 Iskra - Stal Rîbniţa 30 14 10 6 28 15 +13 52 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Zimbru Chişinău 30 13 7 10 42 30 +12 46 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 2
5 Dinamo Bendery 30 11 9 10 42 45 −3 42
6 Olimpia Bălţi 30 11 7 12 30 32 −2 40
7 Tiraspol 30 9 5 16 30 36 −6 32
8 Nistru Otaci 30 8 6 16 30 43 −13 30
9 CSCA – Rapid Chişinău 30 7 8 15 28 47 −19 29
10 Tiligul-Tiras 30 7 4 19 24 60 −36 25 Folded 3
11 Academia UTM Chişinău 30 6 6 18 27 49 −22 24
Politehnica Chişinău (R) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to Moldovan "A" Division 4

Source: Moldovan Football Federation (Romanian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th goal difference; 5th goals scored; 6th number of wins; 7th Fair play competition
1Dacia have qualified for the second qualifying round of Europa League through league performance and their being a finalist in the domestic cup competition.
2Zimbru were at first denied a license for competing in Europa League next year, so their spot should have been taken by 5th placed team Dinamo Bender.[1] However, Zimbru appealed successfully and eventually were allowed to enter the Europa League.[2]
3Tiligul-Tiras folded on 6 June 2009 due to financial problems.[3] As a consequence, Academia Chişinău were spared from relegation.4Withdrew from league prior to 1st round, reason unknown.
(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.

Results[edit]

The schedule consists of three rounds. During the first two rounds, each team played each other once home and away for a total of 20 matches. The pairings of the third round were then set according to the standings after the first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 30 games per team.

First and second round[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ACA CRC DAC DIN ISK NIS OLI SHE TIL TIR ZIM
Academia UTM Chişinău 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–3 1–5
CSCA – Rapid Chişinău 0–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 1–0 4–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 0–2
Dacia Chişinău 1–0 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 4–1 2–0 1–1
Dinamo Bendery 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 4–2 2–1
Iskra - Stal Rîbniţa 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 0–0
Nistru Otaci 3–2 4–1 2–1 3–3 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–3 3–2 0–1
Olimpia Bălţi 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–0
Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 6–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–1
Tiligul-Tiras 1–0 3–2 0–4 0–0 0–2 1–3 1–2 1–4 1–0 0–4
Tiraspol 3–0 3–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–1
Zimbru Chişinău 2–3 4–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 1–1

Source: Moldovan Football Federation (Romanian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination:

23rd round  24th round 25th round  26th round 27th round  28th round
   1 - bye     1 -  2     2 - bye     1 -  4     3 - bye     1 - 6
   2 - 11      8 -  6     3 -  1      2 -  3     4 -  2      2 - 5
   3 - 10      9 -  5     4 - 11      9 -  7     5 -  1      3 - 4
   4 - 9      10 -  4     5 - 10     10 -  6     6 - 11     10 - 8
   5 - 8      11 -  3     6 -  9     11 -  5     7 - 10     11 - 7
   6 - 7     bye -  7     7 -  8    bye -  8     8 -  9    bye - 9
29th round  30th round 31st round  32nd round 33rd round
   4 - bye     1 -  8     5 - bye     1 - 10     6 - bye
   5 -  3      2 -  7     6 -  4      2 -  9     7 -  5
   6 -  2      3 -  6     7 -  3      3 -  8     8 -  4
   7 -  1      4 -  5     8 -  2      4 -  7     9 -  3
   8 - 11     11 -  9     9 -  1      5 -  6    10 -  2
   9 - 10    bye - 10    10 - 11    bye - 11    11 -  1
Home ╲ Away[1] ACA CRC DAC DIN ISK NIS OLI SHE TIL TIR ZIM
Academia UTM Chişinău 0–0 0–4 3–3 0–1 3–0
CSCA – Rapid Chişinău 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0
Dacia Chişinău 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 3–0
Dinamo Bendery 2–2 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–0
Iskra - Stal Rîbniţa 0–3 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
Nistru Otaci 1–2 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–0
Olimpia Bălţi 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0
Sheriff Tiraspol 4–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0
Tiligul-Tiras 1–0 0–1 0–5 1–2 0–1
Tiraspol 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–1
Zimbru Chişinău 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–2 3–2

Source: Moldovan Football Federation (Romanian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Scored for Goals
1 Moldova Oleg Andronic FC Zimbru Chisinau 14
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References[edit]

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