2011–12 Moldovan National Division

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Moldovan National Division
Season 2011–12
Champions Sheriff Tiraspol
Relegated Sfîntul Gheorghe
Champions League Sheriff Tiraspol
Europa League Dacia Chişinău
Zimbru Chişinău
Milsami Orhei
Matches played 198
Goals scored 453 (2.29 per match)
Top goalscorer Benjamin Balima (18 goals)
Biggest home win Sheriff 6–0 Olimpia
Biggest away win Sfîntul Gheorghe 0–6 Dacia
Highest scoring Academia 2–5 Milsami

The 2011–12 Moldovan National Division (Moldovan: Divizia Naţională) was the 21st season of top-tier football in Moldova. The competition began on 23 July 2011 and ended on 23 May 2012.[1]

The league was competed by 12 teams and won by Sheriff Tiraspol. Dacia Chişinău, Zimbru Chişinău and, as winners of the 2011–12 Moldovan Cup, Milsami Orhei gained places in the qualification rounds of 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. CSCA–Rapid Chişinău and FC Costuleni were originally relegated on competitive grounds, but were both spared later after Sfintul Gheorghe Suruceni did not obtain a National Division licence for 2012–13 and only one team could be promoted from the 2011–12 A Division on the same grounds.[citation needed]

Teams[edit]

The number of teams in the league was decreased from 14 to 12.[2] Placed last in the previous season, Găgăuzia Comrat and Dinamo Bender haven't complete their licensing to compete in the Moldovan National Division and were relegated.[3] Neither could the first four placed teams in the 2010–11 Moldovan "A" Division: Locomotiv Bălţi,[3] Ursidos Chişinău, Dinamo-Auto and Intersport-Aroma,[4] therefore no teams were promoted.[5]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in National Division 2011–12
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Academia UTM Chişinău Chişinău CST UTM 2,888
Costuleni Costuleni CSR Orhei 2,539
CSCA–Rapid Chişinău Ghidighici Ghidighici Stadium 1,500
Dacia Chişinău Chişinău Zimbru Stadium 10,600
Iskra-Stal Rîbniţa Rîbniţa Orăşenesc Stadium 4,500
Milsami Orhei Orhei CSR Orhei 2,539
Nistru Otaci Otaci Călărăşăuca Stadium 2,000
Olimpia Bălţi Bălţi Olimpia Bălţi Stadium 5,953
Sfîntul Gheorghe Suruceni Suruceni Suruceni Stadium 2,000
Sheriff Tiraspol Tiraspol Sheriff Stadium 13,460
FC Tiraspol Tiraspol Sheriff Stadium 13,460
Zimbru Chişinău Chişinău Zimbru Stadium 10,600

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sheriff Tiraspol (C) 33 25 6 2 75 18 +57 81 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Dacia Chişinău 33 24 5 4 63 17 +46 77 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Zimbru Chişinău 33 17 10 6 47 24 +23 61
4 Milsami Orhei 33 14 5 14 41 37 +4 47 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
5 Olimpia Bălţi 33 10 15 8 26 27 −1 45
6 Tiraspol 33 10 12 11 36 32 +4 42
7 Iskra - Stal Rîbniţa 33 11 7 15 41 48 −7 40
8 Nistru Otaci 33 10 9 14 30 41 −11 39
9 Academia UTM Chişinău 33 6 13 14 32 48 −16 31
10 Sfîntul Gheorghe Suruceni (R) 33 7 9 17 23 55 −32 30 Relegation to the 2012–13 Moldovan "A" Division 2
11 CSCA – Rapid Chişinău 33 6 8 19 20 52 −32 26
12 Costuleni 33 3 11 19 19 54 −35 20

Updated to games played on 23 May 2012.
Source: Moldovan Football Federation
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair Play competition[6].
1Milsami Orhei won the 2011–12 Moldovan Cup and therefore qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.
2CSCA–Rapid Chişinău and FC Costuleni were originally relegated on competitive grounds, but were both spared later after Sfintul Gheorghe Suruceni did not obtain a National Division licence for 2012–13 and only one team could be promoted from the 2011–12 A Division on the same grounds.[citation needed]
(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.

Round by round[edit]

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Sheriff Tiraspol 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Dacia Chişinău 5 3 3 5 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2
Zimbru Chişinău 1 1 4 2 2 3 3 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Milsami Orhei 3 7 5 4 4 4 5 4 5 6 5 4 5 5 3 4 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4
Olimpia Bălţi 5 6 8 8 8 9 10 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 8 8 8 9 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5
Tiraspol 9 11 10 11 7 5 4 3 3 4 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 6
Iskra - Stal Rîbniţa 12 10 6 6 9 10 8 8 6 5 4 5 4 4 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 7
Nistru Otaci 9 5 7 7 5 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8
Academia UTM Chişinău 7 8 9 10 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 11 9 9 9 9 10 8 9 9 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 11 10 9 9 9 9
Sfîntul Gheorghe Suruceni 4 4 2 3 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 9 11 11 10 10 10
CSCA – Rapid Chişinău 11 12 12 9 11 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 9 10 11 11 11
Costuleni 8 9 11 12 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Leader 2nd place 3rd place Relegation

Last updated: 23 May 2012
Source: kicker (German)

Results[edit]

The schedule consists of three rounds. During the first two rounds, each team plays each other once home and away for a total of 22 matches. The pairings of the third round will then be set according to the standings after the first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 33 games per team.

First and second round[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ACA CRC COS DAC ISK MIL NIS OLI SFG SHE TIR ZIM
Academia UTM Chişinău 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–3 2–5 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–2
CSCA – Rapid Chişinău 3–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–2
Costuleni 1–1 1–2 0–1 3–3 1–3 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 0–4 0–0
Dacia Chişinău 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–0
Iskra - Stal Rîbniţa 1–1 4–0 3–0 1–4 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–1 0–3
Milsami Orhei 3–2 3–1 5–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–1
Nistru Otaci 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 2–2
Olimpia Bălţi 1–0 4–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0
Sfîntul Gheorghe Suruceni 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–6 2–2 0–1 2–2 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–3
Sheriff Tiraspol 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–0 5–1 2–1 4–0 0–0 5–0 3–1 2–1
Tiraspol 0–0 0–1 3–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–3 0–0
Zimbru Chişinău 1–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–2

Updated to games played on 25 March 2012.
Source: Moldovan Football Federation
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 22 games):

23rd round 24th round 25th round 26th round 27th round 28th round
  1 – 12    12 – 7      2 – 12    12 – 8      3 – 12    12 – 9
  2 – 11     8 – 6      3 – 1      9 – 7      4 – 2     10 – 8
  3 – 10     9 – 5      4 – 11    10 – 6      5 – 1     11 – 7
  4 – 9     10 – 4      5 – 10    11 – 5      6 – 11     1 – 6
  5 – 8     11 – 3      6 – 9      1 – 4      7 – 10     2 – 5
  6 – 7      1 – 2      7 – 8      2 – 3      8 – 9      3 – 4

29th round 30th round 31st round 32nd round 33rd round
  4 – 12    12 – 10     5 – 12    12 – 11     6 – 12
  5 – 3     11 – 9      6 – 4      1 – 10     7 – 5
  6 – 2      1 – 8      7 – 3      2 – 9      8 – 4
  7 – 1      2 – 7      8 – 2      3 – 8      9 – 3
  8 – 11     3 – 6      9 – 1      4 – 7     10 – 2
  9 – 10     4 – 5     10 – 11     5 – 6     11 – 1
Home \ Away[1] ACA CRC COS DAC ISK MIL NIS OLI SFG SHE TIR ZIM
Academia UTM Chişinău 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–2
CSCA – Rapid Chişinău 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–3
Costuleni 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–2
Dacia Chişinău 3–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 0–0 4–0
Iskra - Stal Rîbniţa 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2
Milsami Orhei 2–1 0–2 2–2 3–0 0–1 1–0
Nistru Otaci 0–0 3–0 1–3 1–0 1–1
Olimpia Bălţi 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Sfîntul Gheorghe Suruceni 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–0
Sheriff Tiraspol 4–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 6–0 5–0
Tiraspol 4–1 2–3 1–1 0–3 1–0
Zimbru Chişinău 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 23 May 2012.
Source: Moldovan Football Federation
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Updated to matches played on 21 April 2013.[7]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Burkina Faso Benjamin Balima Sheriff Tiraspol 18
2 Serbia Aleksandar Pešić Sheriff Tiraspol 14
Moldova Oleg Molla Zimbru Chişinău 14
4 Russia Vasili Pavlov FC Dacia Chişinău 12
5 Moldova Maxim Mihaliov FC Dacia Chişinău 11
Moldova Ghenadie Orbu FC Dacia Chişinău 11
7 Brazil Henrique Luvannor Sheriff Tiraspol 9
Moldova Konstantin Yavorskiy FC Iskra-Stal 9
Ghana Eric Sackey Zimbru Chişinău 9
10 Montenegro Miloš Krkotić FC Dacia Chişinău 8
Moldova Radu Catan Zimbru Chişinău 8


Hat-tricks[edit]

Key
4 Player scored four goals
5 Player scored five goals
Player Home Away Result Date
Burkina Faso Balima, Wilfried BenjaminWilfried Benjamin Balima FC Sheriff Tiraspol FC Costuleni 4–0 10 September 2014
Serbia Pešić, AleksandarAleksandar Pešić FC Sheriff Tiraspol FC Olimpia 6–0 7 April 2012

Clean sheets[edit]

As of 5 May 2013
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Moldova Serghei Pașcenco FC Olimpia 17
2 Bulgaria Georgi Georgiev FC Tiraspol 12
Moldova Eugen Matiughin FC Dacia Chișinău 12
4 Moldova Artiom Gaiduchevici FC Dacia Chișinău 11
5 Moldova Alexandru Zveaghințev FC Sheriff Tiraspol 10
Moldova Nicolae Calancea FC Zimbru Chișinău 10
7 Bulgaria Vladislav Stoyanov FC Sheriff Tiraspol 8
8 Moldova Maxim Copeliciuc FC Academia Chișinău 7
Moldova Mihail Păiuş FC Zimbru Chișinău 7
Moldova Ghenadie Moşneaga FC Sfîntul Gheorghe 7
Moldova Andrian Negai FC Milsami Orhei 7

Disciplinary[edit]

Final classification.

Rank Player Club Yellow Card's Red Card's Point's
1 Guinea Ibrahima Camara FC Olimpia 11 2 17
2 Ukraine Oleksandr Feshchenko FC Tiraspol 7 2 13
2 Moldova Ştefan Caraulan FC Sfîntul Gheorghe 7 2 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summary - Divizia Națională 2011/2012". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "A fost întocmit calendarul DN 2011/2012" (in Romanian). Moldfootball.com. 6 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b ""Gagauzia" va începe sezonul în Divizia A" (in Romanian). Moldfootball.com. 2011-06-15. 
  4. ^ "FC Ursidos, FC Dinamo-Auto, CF Intersport-Aroma nu au primit licența națională" (in Romanian). Moldfootball.com. 2011-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Astazi se decide calendarul" (in Romanian). DiviziaNationala.com. 6 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Regulamentul Campionatului R. Moldova la fotbal ediţia 2011-2012" (in Romanian). FMF.md. 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Players - Divizia Națională - Moldova". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 

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