2008 Belarusian Premier League

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Belarusian Premier League
Season 2008
Champions BATE
Relegated Lokomotiv Minsk
Savit
Darida
Champions League BATE
Europa League Naftan
Dinamo Minsk
MTZ-RIPO
Matches played 240
Goals scored 621 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorer Belarus Gennadi Bliznyuk (16)
Belarus Vitali Rodionov (16)
Biggest home win BATE 5–0 Shakhtyor
Dnepr 5–0 Smorgon
Biggest away win 2–6 – 1 game;
0–4 – 4 games
Highest scoring Darida 3–6 MTZ-RIPO
2007
2009

Belarusian Premier League 2008 was the 18th season of top-tier football in Belarus. It started on April 6 and ended on November 16, 2008. BATE Borisov were the defending champions.

Team changes from 2007 season[edit]

Due to league expansion from 14 to 16 teams the only relegated team Minsk, who finished last in 2007, was replaced by three best teams of 2007 First League: Savit Mogilev, Granit Mikashevichi and Lokomotiv Minsk.

Overview[edit]

BATE Borisov won their 5th champions title and qualified for the next season's Champions League. The championship runners-up Dinamo Minsk, bronze medalists MTZ-RIPO Minsk and 2008–09 Cup winners Naftan Novopolotsk qualified for the inaugural tournament of Europa League. Due to decision to gradually reduce Premiere League to 12 clubs (14 in 2009, 12 in 2010) three lowest placed teams (Lokomotiv Minsk, Savit Mogilev and Darida Minsk Raion) relegated to the First League. The two latter teams disbanded prior to 2009 season.

Teams and venues[edit]

Team Location Venue Capacity Position in 2007
BATE Borisov City Stadium, Borisov 5,500 1
Gomel Gomel Central, Gomel 11,800 2
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Stroitel 5,000 3
Torpedo Zhodino Torpedo, Zhodino 3,020 4
MTZ-RIPO Minsk Traktor 17,600 5
Neman Grodno Neman 6,300 6
Naftan Novopolotsk Atlant 6,500 7
Vitebsk Vitebsk Central, Vitebsk 8,300 8
Dinamo Minsk Minsk Dinamo, Minsk 41,040 9
Smorgon Smorgon Yunost 3,500 10
Darida Minsk Raion Darida 6,000 11
Dinamo Brest Brest OSK Brestskiy 10,080 12
Dnepr Mogilev Spartak 11,200 13
Savit Mogilev Torpedo, Mogilev 3,500 First league, 1
Granit Mikashevichi OSK Brestskiy 3,130 First league, 2
Lokomotiv Minsk City Stadium, Molodechno 4,800 First league, 3

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 BATE Borisov (C) 30 19 10 1 54 20 +34 67 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Dinamo Minsk 30 19 5 6 49 29 +20 62 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 MTZ-RIPO Minsk 30 17 6 7 65 37 +28 57
4 Shakhtyor Soligorsk 30 15 6 9 50 35 +15 51
5 Vitebsk 30 14 9 7 39 26 +13 51
6 Dinamo Brest 30 13 8 9 40 34 +6 47
7 Naftan Novopolotsk 30 13 7 10 41 35 +6 46 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
8 Smorgon 30 10 9 11 26 39 −13 39
9 Dnepr Mogilev 30 9 11 10 45 42 +3 38
10 Granit Mikashevichi 30 8 12 10 35 34 +1 36
11 Gomel 30 9 6 15 35 47 −12 33
12 Neman Grodno 30 8 9 13 36 40 −4 33
13 Torpedo Zhodino 30 7 10 13 25 36 −11 31
14 Lokomotiv Minsk (R) 30 6 7 17 28 50 −22 25 Relegation to First League
15 Savit Mogilev (R) 30 5 6 19 28 61 −33 21
16 Darida Minsk Raion (R) 30 4 7 19 25 56 −31 19

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.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAT DAR DBR DMI DNE GOM GRA LMN MTZ NAF NEM SAV SHA SMO VIT TZH
BATE Borisov 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 4–3 2–1 0–0 3–0 5–0 2–2 1–1 2–1
Darida Minsk Raion 0–2 1–4 0–3 2–1 2–1 0–32 0–2 3–6 0–3 2–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
Dinamo Brest 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–0
Dinamo Minsk 2–1 2–2 1–4 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–1
Dnepr Mogilev 3–3 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 5–0 1–1 2–1
Gomel 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 4–3 2–4 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 2–6 0–1 1–2 0–1
Granit Mikashevichi 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–3 2–3 1–1 0–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–4 0–0
Lokomotiv Minsk 0–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 4–0 0–4 2–0 0–4 1–2 0–3 1–1
MTZ-RIPO Minsk 0–0 3–3 4–0 0–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 6–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 4–2
Naftan Novopolotsk 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–0
Neman Grodno 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–0
Savit Mogilev 0–1 1–1 1–4 1–4 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–4 3–5 0–4 2–0 1–2 0–2
Shakhtyor Soligorsk 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 3–4 0–1 2–1 1–0
Smorgon 0–0 3–1 2–3 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 0–4 0–3 0–0
Vitebsk 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–4 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 0–0
Torpedo Zhodino 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–3 0–2 6–2 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–3 1–3 1–1

Source: football.by (Belarusian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match of Round 27 was awarded to Granit with a score of 3–0 because Darida did not field a team for the match.[1]
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Belarusian clubs in Euporean Cups[edit]

Round Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup
First round Cracovia Poland 1–5 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–2 0–3
Second round Sturm Graz Austria 2–0 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2–0 0–0
2008–09 UEFA Cup
First qualifying round Legia Warszawa Poland 4–1 Belarus Gomel 0–0 4–1
MTZ-RIPO Minsk Belarus 2–3 Slovakia Žilina 2–2 0–1
2008–09 UEFA Champions League
First qualifying round BATE Borisov Belarus 3–0 Iceland Valur 2–0 1–0
Second qualifying round Anderlecht Belgium 3–4 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–2 2–2
Thind qualifying round Levski Sofia Bulgaria 1–2 Belarus BATE Borisov 0–1 1–1
Group stage Real Madrid Spain 3–0 Belarus BATE Borisov 2–0 1–0
BATE Borisov Belarus 2–2 Italy Juventus 2–2 0–0
Zenit St. Petersburg Russia 3–1 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–1 2–0

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Belarus Gennadi Bliznyuk BATE Borisov 16
Belarus Vitali Rodionov BATE Borisov 16
3 Belarus Artem Kontsevoy MTZ-RIPO Minsk 15
4 Belarus Alyaksandr Hawrushka Dnepr Mogilev 14
5 Belarus Dzmitry Mazalewski Dinamo Brest 13
Belarus Ruslan Usaw Vitebsk 13
7 Belarus Andrey Sherakow Torpedo Zhodino 12
8 Belarus Oleg Strakhanovich MTZ-RIPO Minsk 11
Belarus Andrey Tsevan Dinamo Brest 11
10 Russia Aleksandr Alumona Neman Grodno 10
Belarus Dzmitry Kavalyonak Neman Grodno 10
Slovakia Róbert Rák Dinamo Minsk 10

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