2011–12 Ukrainian Premier League
|Champions League||Shakhtar Donetsk
|Europa League||Metalist Kharkiv
|Goals scored||609 (2.54 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||14 goals :
Yevhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar)
|Biggest home win||Dynamo Kyiv 6–1 Zorya (Round 14)
Shakhtar 5–0 Arsenal (Round 19)
|Biggest away win||Karpaty 0–5 Shakhtar (Round 18)|
|Highest scoring||Metalurh 6–3 Vorskla (Round 18)|
|Longest winning run||10 – Dynamo Kyiv (Round 16–25)|
|Longest unbeaten run||25 – Dynamo Kyiv (Round 1–25)|
|Longest losing run||7 – Zorya (Round 14–20)|
|Highest attendance||68,014 Dynamo Kyiv–Dnipro (Round 23)|
|Lowest attendance||200 Zorya–Obolon (Round 19)|
The 2011–12 Ukrainian Premier League season was the 21st since its establishment and fourth since its reorganisation. The season began on 8 July 2011 when newly promoted PFC Oleksandria visited FC Vorskla Poltava. FC Shakhtar Donetsk were the defending champions, having won their 6th league title in the 2010–11 season and they successfully defended their title by winning the championship in the last round of the competition.
A total of sixteen teams participated in the league, the best fourteen sides of the 2010–11 season and two promoted clubs from the 2010–11 Ukrainian First League.
The competition had a winter break which began on 11 December 2011 and the season resumed on 3 March 2012. The season concluded on 10 May 2012.
FC Sevastopol and last-placed Metalurh Zaporizhya of the 2010–11 Ukrainian Premier League were relegated to the 2011–12 Ukrainian First League. Being a founding member of the Premier League, Metalurh Zaporizhya will be playing in the second tier of the Ukrainian league pyramid for the first time since Ukrainian independence in 1991. FC Sevastopol returned to the Ukrainian First League after only a one-season absence.
The two relegated teams were replaced by the champions and the runners-up of the 2010–11 Ukrainian First League. PFC Oleksandria gained promotion after defeating FC Lviv in the 32nd Round and Chornomorets Odesa gained promotion also after defeating FC Lviv in the 33rd Round of the 2010–11 Ukrainian First League season.
The following stadiums were used during the season.
|1||NSC Olimpiysky||Dynamo Kyiv||70,050||68,014||Round 23 (Dnipro)||Dynamo's home ground from Round 21 onwards|
|2||Donbass Arena||Shakhtar Donetsk||52,518||52,207||Round 26 (Dynamo)|
|3||OSK Metalist||Metalist Kharkiv||38,656||38,656||Round 11 (Dnipro)|
|4||Arena Lviv||Karpaty Lviv||34,915||32,600||Round 20 (Dynamo)||First home game for FC Karpaty Lviv in the Stadium built for Euro 2012 on 10 December 2011 against Dynamo Kyiv|
|5||Chornomorets Stadium||Chornomorets Odessa||34,164||31,060||Round 17 (Karpaty)||The inaugural match played on 19 November 2011, against FC Karpaty Lviv.|
|6||Dnipro Arena||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||31,003||31,003||Round 6 (Shakhtar)|
|7||Metalurh Stadium||Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||29,783||25,000||Round 20 (Shakhtar)|
|8||Ukraina Stadium||Karpaty Lviv||28,051||13,000||Round 2 (Chornomorets)|
|9||RSK Olimpiyskiy||Zorya Luhansk||25,831||700||Round 17 (Metalist)||Used as home ground in Round 17 and 19 due to Stal Stadium having no underground heating.|
|10||Vorskla Stadium||Vorskla Poltava||25,000||13,500||Round 25 (Shakhtar)|
|11||Avanhard Stadium||Zorya Luhansk||22,288||20,000||Round 27 (Shakhtar)|
|12||Lokomotiv Stadium||Tavriya Simferopol||19,978||15,100||Round 13 (Shakhtar)|
|13||Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium||Dynamo Kyiv||16,873||17,000||Round 11 (Shakhtar)|
|Arsenal Kyiv||13,000||Round 10 (Oleksandria)||Used as home ground in first half of the season(Rounds 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 15)|
|14||Illichivets Stadium||Illichivets Mariupol||12,680||11,000||Round 24 (Dynamo)|
|15||Avanhard Stadium||Volyn Lutsk||12,080||11,000||Round 28 (Dynamo)|
|16||Dynamo Stadium (Kharkiv)||Metalist Kharkiv||9,000||8,450||Round 2 (Zorya)||Used as home ground in Round 2 due to main stadium turf resewn.|
|17||Stal Stadium, Alchevsk||Zorya Luhansk||8,632||6,000||Round 5 (Metalurh)||Used as home ground in the first half of the season (Rounds 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 & 16) due to main stadium turf resewn.|
|18||CSC Nika Stadium||PFC Oleksandria||7,000||7,000||Round 2 (Dynamo)
Round 15 (Shakhtar)
|19||Metalurh Stadium||Metalurh Donetsk||5,300||4,700||Round 2 (Shakhtar)|
|20||Obolon Arena||Obolon Kyiv||5,100||5,100||Round 11 (Arsenal)
Round 18 (Dynamo)
|21||Spartak Stadium||Chornomorets Odessa||4,610||4,610||Eight games||First eight home games were sold out|
Managers and captains
- ^(1) Mircea Lucescu was injured in a car accident in his native Bucharest on 6 January 2012. Two days later he was operated on because of blood in his chest and broken ribs.
|Team||Outgoing head coach||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Table||Incoming head coach||Date of appointment|
|FC Arsenal Kyiv||Yuriy Bakalov||End of contract||2 June||pre-season||Leonid Koutchouk||2 June|
|SC Tavriya Simferopol||Oleksandr Shudryk (interim)||End as interim||9 June||pre-season||Semen Altman||9 June|
|FC Illichivets Mariupol||Valeriy Yaremchenko||Resigns||6 October||15th||Ihor Leonov (interim)||6 October|
|FC Karpaty Lviv||Aleh Konanaw||Resigns||17 October||14th||Pavel Kucherov (interim)||19 October|
|FC Obolon Kyiv||Serhiy Kovalets||Sacked||31 October||16th||Vasyl Rats (interim)||31 October|
|FC Obolon Kyiv||Vasyl Rats (interim)||Dismissed due to health reasons||26 November||16th||Serhiy Konyushenko||26 November|
|FC Zorya Luhansk||Anatoly Chantsev||Sacked||27 November||15th||Yuriy Vernydub (interim)||27 November|
|PFC Oleksandria||Volodymyr Sharan||Resigns||22 December
|14th||Leonid Buriak||27 December
|FC Volyn Lutsk||Vitaliy Kvartsyanyi||Sacked||27 December
|12th||Anatoliy Demyanenko||8 January
|FC Karpaty Lviv||Pavel Kucherov (interim)||End as interim||21 January
|13th||Volodymyr Sharan||21 January
|FC Karpaty Lviv||Volodymyr Sharan||Sacked||25 March||14th||Yuriy Dyachuk-Stavytskyi (interim)||25 March|
|PFC Oleksandria||Leonid Buriak||Resigns||3 April||16th||Andriy Kuptsov (interim)||3 April|
Qualification to European competitions for 2012–13
- Since Ukraine finished in eighth place of the UEFA country ranking after the 2010–11 season, the league will have the same number of qualifiers for UEFA Europa League 2012–13. The Ukrainian Cup winner qualifies for the play-off round.
- After the 22nd Round, Dynamo Kyiv qualified for European football for the 2012–13 season.
- During the 23rd Round, Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for European football for the 2012–13 season.
- During the 25th Round, Metalist Kharkiv qualified for European football for the 2012–13 season.
- After the 27th Round, Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League.
- After the 27th Round Metalist Kharkiv qualified for the 2012–13 Europa League Play-off round.
- Before the 29th Round Metalurh Donetsk qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League after advancing to the 2012 Ukrainian Cup Final.
- After the 29th Round Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Arsenal Kyiv qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.
- Before the 30th Round Metalurh Donetsk qualified for the 2012–13 Europa League 2nd qualification round.
- After the 30th Round Arsenal Kyiv qualified for the 2012–13 Europa League 3rd qualification round.
- After the 30th Round Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk qualified for the 2012–13 Europa League Play-off round.
- After the 30th Round Dynamo Kyiv qualified for the 2012–13 Champions League 3rd qualification round.
- After the 30th Round Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for the 2012–13 Champions League Group stage.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Shakhtar Donetsk (C)||30||25||4||1||80||18||+62||79||2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|2||Dynamo Kyiv||30||23||6||1||56||12||+44||75||2012–13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|3||Metalist Kharkiv||30||16||11||3||54||32||+22||59||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1|
|5||Arsenal Kyiv||30||14||9||7||44||27||+17||51||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1|
|7||Metalurh Donetsk||30||12||6||12||35||34||+1||42||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1|
|10||Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||30||9||6||15||22||38||−16||33|
|15||Obolon Kyiv (R)||30||4||9||17||17||42||−25||21||Relegation to 2012–13 Ukrainian First League|
|16||PFC Oleksandriya (R)||30||4||8||18||24||58||−34||20|
Source: Premier League website (Ukrainian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th fair play
1 Metalurh Donetsk qualified for the Europa League as losing finalist of the 2011–12 Ukrainian Cup to Champions League-qualified Shakhtar Donetsk. Moreover, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Arsenal Kyiv were moved up a round as the cup winner spot was not used.
(C) = Champions; (R) = Relegated
- On 12 August 2010, the Football Federation of Ukraine punished Metalist Kharkiv and Karpaty Lviv for fixing a match in 2008; both teams were handed a fine and deducted nine points each. The FFU then released a statement on 19 October 2010 that the point deductions will be applied for the 2011–12 season. However, Karpaty Lviv have indicated that they will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) at Lausanne. No action had been taken through the season nor of any decision by the league. On August 2, 2013 CAS acknowledged the fact of game fixing between Karpaty and Metalist in 2008. The court did not approve points deduction for both of the clubs, yet suggested to have Metalist stripped of its bronze awards for the 2007–08 Ukrainian Premier League and number of players and staff from both clubs were posed penalties and fines for involvement in the game fixing. On August 6, 2013 UEFA suspended advancement of Metalist Kharkiv in the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League to the playoff round until its final decision on August 13, 2013.
- Between Round 26 and Round 28 Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk had accumulated the same amount of points. With the possibility that both teams could finish the competition on the same amount of points, the administration of the Premier League decided on 2 May 2012 before Round 29, that if a Golden Match was to be played to decide the championship winner, the encounter would have taken place on 13 May 2012 in Zaporizhia at Slavutych Arena.
Round by round
The following table represents the teams position after each round in the competition.
|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|
|Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||4||10||4||3||6||7||8||5||4||4||7||5||5||7||7||8||6||5||4||5||5||7||9||9||8||9||8||9||10||10|
Source: Dynamo Kyiv's Official Site (Ukrainian)
The following table displays match results between each team in the competition.
|Home ╲ Away||ARK||CHO||DNI||DYN||ILL||KAR||KRY||MET||MDO||OBO||OLK||SHA||TAV||VOL||VOR||ZOR|
|Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||0–2||1–0||0–2||0–3||2–0||1–1||0–1||1–2||1–0||1–2||0–4||0–3||1–0||0–0||2–1|
Source: Premier League website (Ukrainian)
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Originally the Round 21 fixture was cancelled due to condition of the pitch at Lokomotiv Stadium. Match was rescheduled and played on 24 April 2012.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
The competition's top ten goalscorers.
- As of 10 May 2012
|1||Yevhen Seleznyov||14||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Maicon||14 (2)||Volyn Lutsk|
|3||Brown Ideye||12||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Andriy Yarmolenko||12||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Luiz Adriano||12 (3)||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|6||Anton Shynder||11||Tavriya Simferopol|
|Marko Devich||11 (2)||Metalist Kharkiv|
|Henrikh Mkhitaryan||10||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Nikola Kalinić||10 (1)||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk|
|Cleiton Xavier||10 (1)||Metalist Kharkiv|
- Goalscorer section (Ukrainian)
- 2011–12 Ukrainian First League
- 2011–12 Ukrainian Premier League Reserves
- 2011–12 Ukrainian Second League
- 2011–12 Ukrainian Cup
- UEFA Europa League 2011–12
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"Динамо" ім. Валерія Лобановського, Київ (VVLobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv Arsenal vs. Dnipro
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"Динамо" ім. Валерія Лобановського, Київ (VVLobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv Arsenal vs. Shakhtar
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"Сталь", Алчевськ (Stal Stadium, Alchevsk Zorya vs. Oleksandria
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Round 22/30 Dinamo Kiev qualified for European football
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Round 23/30 Dinamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for European football
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Round 25/30 Dinamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Metalist Kharkiv qualified for European football
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