2008 Kazakhstan Premier League

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Kazakhstan Premier League 2008 was the 17th season of Kazakhstan Premier League, starting on 8 March 2008 and finishing on 5 November 2008.[1]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Two teams from the Kazakhstan First Division were promoted at the end of the 2007 season:

Two relegated teams were:

Participating teams[edit]

Pos. in
2007
Club City Best Position Worst Position Seasons
in league
Cup wins Doubles Notes
1 Aktobe Aktobe Champions, twice (2005, 2007) 13th (1995) 14 Participated in Champions League
2 Tobol Kostanay 2nd (2003, 2005, 2007) 13th (1992) 15 1 Participated in UEFA Cup
3 Shakhter Karagandy 3rd (1995, 2007) 10th (1999) 17 Participated in UEFA Cup
4 Irtysh Pavlodar Champions, 5 times (1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003) 7th (1995) 17 1 1 (1997)
5 Zhetysu Taldykorgan 5th (2007) 25th (1993) 12 Participated in Intertoto Cup1
6 Almaty Almaty 5th (2006) 18th (2004) 5 1
7 Vostok Oskemen 5th (1997, 1998) 14th (2003, 2005) 17 1
8 Astana Astana Champions, 3 times (2000, 2001, 2006) 14th (1994) 17 3 1 (2000)
9 Ordabasy Shymkent 6th (1999, 2003, 2005) 16th (2001) 9
10 Kaisar Kyzylorda 4th (1998) 21st (1993) 14 1
11 Esil Bogatyr Petropavl 2nd (1999, 2000) 19th (1992) 11
13 Kairat Almaty Champions, twice (1992, 2004) 13th (2007) 17 5 1 (1992)
14 Atyrau Atyrau 2nd (2001, 2002) 14th (2006, 2007) 8
15 Okzhetpes Kokshetau 9th (2005) 20th (1992) 14 Spared relegation
2 in FD Megasport Almaty Debut - 1 Promoted
3 in FD Energetik-2 Ekibastuz (formerly Pavlodar) 16th (2006) 16th (2006) 2 Promoted instead of Kazakhmys

1Irtysh could not comply with UEFA licensing regulations and therefore were replaced by Zhetysu in UEFA Intertoto Cup 2008.[3]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Aktobe (C) 30 20 7 3 61 18 +43 067DG 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Tobol 30 20 7 3 58 21 +37 067DG 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Irtysh 30 18 8 4 58 28 +30 62 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Kaisar 30 13 10 7 29 22 +7 49
5 Megasport 30 12 6 12 33 38 −5 0421
6 Zhetysu 30 11 8 11 28 27 +1 41
7 Shakhter 29 11 13 5 41 26 +15 0372
8 Almaty 30 10 7 13 33 39 −6 0371
9 Okzhetpes 30 10 5 15 32 48 −16 35 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
10 Kairat (R) 30 9 10 11 25 28 −3 0343 Relegation to Kazakhstan First Division 4
11 Astana (R) 30 8 11 11 37 33 +4 0325 Relegation to Kazakhstan First Division 5
12 Ordabasy 30 7 9 14 25 44 −19 30
13 Esil Bogatyr 30 4 12 14 21 42 −21 0246
14 Energetik-2 (R) 30 5 8 17 21 43 −22 23 Relegation to Kazakhstan First Division
15 Atyrau 30 3 10 17 22 54 −32 0191
Vostok 29 10 5 14 35 48 −13 0352, 6

Source: kff.kz (Russian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd overall wins; 3rd goal difference; 4th goals scored
DGChampionship was decided in a decision game.
1Alma-Ata declared their withdrawal from the league in December 2008. As a consequence, Atyrau were spared from relegation.[4] Subsequently, Alma-Ata and Megasport officials announced that the two clubs have merged to a new team called "Lokomotiv" and expressed their will to move to Astana.[5] Lokomotiv also inherited Alma-Ata's UEFA Europa League 2009–10 spot earned through Kazakhstan Cup 2008.[6] However, Lokomotiv were eventually denied the UEFA License for competing in Europa League due to legal difficulties when creating the new club. Thereby, the potential candidates for one spot left in Europa League were Kaisar, Zhetysu, Shakhter and Okzhetpes. Kaisar and Shakhter were, however, denied a license and Zhetysu eventually withdrew from Europe due to financial difficulties. That left Okzhetpes as the third Europa League participant from Kazakhstan.[7]
2On 2 October 2008, the FFK revisited their decisions upon Shakhter and Vostok for playing a fixed match from 16 September 2008.[8] Shakhter were deducted nine points while Vostok were immediately expelled from the competition. The result of the game in question has been cancelled and all remaining Vostok games were counted as won by 3–0 for their opponents. The expulsion of Vostok from Kazakhstan Cup 2008 has been revoken.[9]
3Kairat were deducted three points for not paying back existing debts in a timely manner.[10]
4On 20 January 2009, Kairat handed a letter to the FFK citing they will voluntarily withdraw from the Kazakhstan Premier League due to financial reasons. They are eligible for competing in the First Division.[11]
5Astana were deducted three points[12] for not paying transfer money to Okzhetpes and Alma-Ata, and for not paying salary to former manager Aleksandr Irkhin. On 20 January 2009, Astana withdrew from 2009 season due to unpaid debts. They do not compete on a professional level, but keep their youth academy.[13]
6On 16 November 2008 FFK board decided not to change the competition format for the 2009 season, what meant that it would feature the same number of teams (16). Since there were four teams originally scheduled to be relegated at the end of the season, the board decided to save from relegation Esil Bogatyr (due to higher amount of points) and Vostok (due to importance of the team for the development of football in the East region of Kazakhstan).[14] However, after two withdrawals the 2009 season features 14 teams.
(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.

Golden match[edit]

Because Aktobe and Tobol were tied on points and number of wins after the regular season, they played out the championship in a decision game.

20 November 2008
19:00 GMT+6
Aktobe 1 – 1 (aet) Tobol
Smakov Goal 69' (pen.) Report
(Russian)
Golban Goal 49'
  Penalties  
4 – 2
Central Stadium, Almaty
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Khisamutdinov (Pavlodar)

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AKT ALM AST ATY ENE ESB IRT KRT KSR MEG OKZ ORD SHA TOB VOS ZHE
Aktobe 3–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 3–3 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 5–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 3–0
Almaty 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 4–1 1–2 3–3 1–3 0–1 2–2
Astana 1–0 3–0 7–1 3–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–3 0–1 0–0 0–0
Atyrau 2–4 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–3 0–0 0–2 2–2 0–5 1–4 1–0
Energetik-2 2–4 1–3 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–0
Esil Bogatyr 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–1 0–1
Irtysh 0–0 1–0 5–2 3–0 3–0 3–0 3–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–3 1–0
Kairat 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–03 3–1
Kaisar 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–1
Megasport 0–3 0–1 0–35 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 5–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 3–03 0–35
Okzhetpes 0–32 0–2 2–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–32 2–0
Ordabasy 1–4 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–0
Shakhter 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 5–0 2–2 3–02 2–1 1–0 CCLD4 1–0
Tobol 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 6–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–03 2–0
Vostok 0–33 2–0 0–33 0–0 1–0 8–2 0–33 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–33 3–3 1–1 0–2 0–33
Zhetysu 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0

Source: kff.kz (Russian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The games Okzhetpes vs. Vostok (Round 1, 1–1), Okzhetpes vs. Aktobe (Round 2, 2–2) and Shakhter vs. Okzhetpes (Round 3, 2–1) were awarded against Okzhetpes because of unknown reasons.[15]
3The games have been counted as lost with a score of 3–0 for Vostok because of their participation in a fixed game with Shakhter.[9]
4The result of the game (Shakhter 2–1 Vostok) has been discarded.[9]
5The games Megasport vs. Zhetysu (Round 1, 2–1) and Megasport vs. Astana (Round 2, 0–0) were awarded against Megasport because they fielded two ineligible players.[15]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Managers[edit]

The season recorded nine managerial changes, mostly because of failing to meet club objectives. Managers of eight different nationalities led their teams.

Club Starting coach Managerial changes Replaced by
Aktobe Russia Vladimir Mukhanov
Tobol Kazakhstan Dmitriy Ogai
Shakhter Georgia (country) Revaz Dzodzuashvili Mutual consent Kazakhstan Ivan Azovskiy (caretaker)
Irtysh Kazakhstan Oirat Saduov
Zhetysu Kazakhstan Eduard Glazunov Mutual consent Moldova Ilie Karp
Alma-Ata Netherlands Marco Bragonje Sacked Germany Bernd Storck
Vostok Ukraine Aleksandr Golokolosov
Astana Russia Aleksandr Irkhin Sacked Kazakhstan Vyacheslav Ledovskih
Ordabasy Kazakhstan Baurzhan Baimukhammedov Mutual consent Serbia Jovica Nikolić
Kaisar Kazakhstan Vladimir Nikitenko
Esil Bogatyr Kazakhstan Evgeni Jarovenko
Kairat Kazakhstan Vakhid Masudov
Atyrau Kazakhstan Sergei Volgin Sacked Russia Sergey Andreyev
Okzhetpes Kazakhstan Vyacheslav Ledovskih Astana purchased rights Kazakhstan Viktor Rymar (caretaker)
Megasport Kazakhstan Ravil Ramazanov Mutual consent Kazakhstan Vladimir Gulyamkhaidarov
Energetik-2 Kazakhstan Valeriy Zhuravlev Mutual consent Kazakhstan Vladimir Linchevskiy

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