2008 Russian Premier League

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Russian Premier League 2008 team distribution

The Russian Premier League 2008 was the 17th edition of the Russian Football Championship, and the seventh under the current Russian Premier League name. The season started on Friday, 14 March 2008 with a match between Terek and Krylia Sovetov in Grozny. Krylia Sovetov won 3–0. The first goal of the season was scored by Krylia Sovetov's forward Yevgeny Savin.

Due to Russia's participation in UEFA Euro 2008, the season was interrupted from 16 May until 5 July.

The champions were determined on the 27th matchday, 2 November 2008. Rubin claimed their first championship title in Russian Premier League, defeating Saturn 2–1 away, with Savo Milošević scoring in the 89th minute to claim the title for his club. Rubin became the third (and second consecutive) non-Moscow club to become Russian champions.

The last round of matches was played on 22 November 2008.

Teams[edit]

14 clubs placed 1–14 in Russian Premier League 2007 and 2 top clubs from 2007 season of Russian First Division took part in the league:

Team Place Head Coach Team Captain Venue Capacity Avg. Attend. Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg Netherlands Dick Advocaat Ukraine Anatoliy Tymoschuk Petrovsky Stadium 21,725 20,825 Puma Gazprom
FC Spartak Moscow Moscow Denmark Michael Laudrup Brazil Mozart Luzhniki Stadium 76,000 23,380 Nike Lukoil
PFC CSKA Moscow Moscow Russia Valery Gazzaev Russia Igor Akinfeev Luzhniki Stadium 76,000 16,243 Reebok VTB
FC Moscow Moscow Ukraine Oleg Blokhin Russia Dmitri Godunok Eduard Streltsov Stadium 13,422 4,813 Umbro Norilsk Nickel
FC Saturn Moscow Oblast Ramenskoye Germany Jürgen Röber Russia Aleksei Igonin Saturn Stadium 16,726 9,480 Adidas
FC Dynamo Moscow Moscow Russia Andrey Kobelev Russia Dmitry Khokhlov Dynamo Stadium 36,540 13,067 Umbro Metalloinvest
FC Lokomotiv Moscow Moscow Tajikistan Rashid Rakhimov Russia Diniyar Bilyaletdinov Lokomotiv Stadium 28,800 14,108 Adidas Russian Railways
FC Amkar Perm Perm Montenegro Miodrag Božović Russia Aleksei Popov Zvezda Stadium 20,000 16,514 Adidas
FC Khimki Khimki Russia Sergey Yuran Armenia Roman Berezovsky Arena Khimki 18,000 8,347 Nike Mezhregionalnaya Developerskaya Kompania
FC Rubin Kazan Kazan Turkmenistan Gurban Berdiýew Russia Sergey Semak Central Stadium 30,133 18,641 Nike TAIF
FC Tom Tomsk Tomsk Russia Valeri Nepomniachi Russia Valeri Klimov Trud Stadium 14,950 12,820 Adidas
PFC Spartak Nalchik Nalchik Russia Yuri Krasnozhan Montenegro Miodrag Džudović Spartak Stadium 14,400 10,460 Nike
FC Krylia Sovetov Samara Samara Russia Leonid Slutsky South Africa Matthew Paul Booth Metallurg Stadium 33,220 22,400 Umbro RosTekhnologii
FC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok Vladivostok Ukraine Semen Altman[1] Russia Dmitri Smirnov Dinamo Stadium 10,200 8,413 Nike DalEnergo
FC Shinnik Yaroslavl Yaroslavl Russia Sergei Pavlov Russia Denis Boyarintsev Shinnik Stadium 19,000 10,387 Adidas
FC Terek Grozny Grozny Ukraine Vyacheslav Grozny Russia Timur Dzhabrailov Sultan Bilimkhanov Stadium 10,400 8,935 Umbro RAO UES

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Rubin Kazan (C) 30 18 6 6 44 26 +18 60 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 CSKA Moscow 30 16 8 6 53 24 +29 56
3 Dynamo Moscow 30 15 9 6 41 29 +12 54 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Amkar Perm 30 14 9 7 31 22 +9 51 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
5 Zenit St. Petersburg 30 12 12 6 59 37 +22 48 ZEN 1–1 KRY
KRY 0–3 ZEN
6 Krylia Sovetov Samara 30 12 12 6 46 28 +18 48 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
7 Lokomotiv Moscow 30 13 8 9 37 32 +5 47
8 Spartak Moscow 30 11 11 8 43 39 +4 44
9 FC Moscow 30 9 11 10 34 36 −2 38
10 Terek Grozny 30 9 8 13 28 42 −14 35
11 Saturn 30 7 12 11 26 30 −4 33
12 Spartak Nalchik 30 8 8 14 30 39 −9 32
13 Tom Tomsk 30 7 8 15 23 39 −16 29
14 Khimki 30 6 9 15 34 54 −20 27
15 Shinnik Yaroslavl (R) 30 5 7 18 25 48 −23 22 Relegation to Russian First Division 2009
16 Luch-Energiya Vladivostok (R) 30 3 12 15 24 53 −29 21

Source: RFPL (Russian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head (points, matches won, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored); 4th goal difference; 5th goals scored; 6th away goals scored; 7th position in previous season or decision game.
1Since both finalists of Russian Cup 2008–09 qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2009–10, Krylia Sovetov earned a spot in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League 2009–10.
(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.


Russian Premier League 2008 Winners
FC Rubin Kazan
First title

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ZEN SPA CSK MOS SAT DYN LOK AMK KHI RUB TOM SPN KRY LUE SHI TER
Zenit St. Petersburg 0–0 1–3 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–3 5–1 3–4 1–1 8–1 1–3 3–1
Spartak Moscow 1–3 1–5 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–0 4–2 3–1
CSKA Moscow 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 4–1 4–3 4–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 1–1 2–0
FC Moscow 0–2 2–1 1–4 0–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–0
Saturn 1–1 0–0 0–4 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 4–0 3–1
Dynamo Moscow 1–0 4–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 4–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–1
Lokomotiv Moscow 0–3 2–2 0–2 3–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–0
Amkar Perm 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0
Khimki 1–4 3–3 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–3 0–4 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1
Rubin Kazan 4–1 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–3
Tom Tomsk 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–4 1–1 2–1 2–0
Spartak Nalchik 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0
Krylia Sovetov Samara 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 3–3 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 4–3
Luch-Energiya Vladivostok 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–1
Shinnik Yaroslavl 2–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–1
Terek Grozny 1–4 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 2–1 0–3 2–1 0–0

Source: RFPL (Russian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Nat. Player Goals (pen.) Team
1 Brazil Vágner Love 20 (1) CSKA
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Marko Topić 10 Saturn
Nigeria Peter Odemwingie 10 Lokomotiv
Portugal Danny 10 Dynamo (5) / Zenit (5)
Russia Eldar Nizamutdinov 10 Khimki
6 Russia Diniyar Bilyaletdinov 9 (5) Lokomotiv
7 Russia Alan Dzagoev 8 CSKA
Turkey Fatih Tekke 8 Zenit
Russia Anton Bober 8 (1) Krylia Sovetov
Argentina Héctor Bracamonte 8 (1) Moscow
Bulgaria Martin Kushev 8 (2) Amkar

Awards[edit]

On 16 December 2008 Russian Football Union named its list of 33 top players:[2]

Goalkeepers
  1. Russia Igor Akinfeev (CSKA)
  2. Russia Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin)
  3. Russia Vyacheslav Malafeev (Zenit)
Defensive midfielders
  1. Ukraine Anatoliy Tymoschuk (Zenit)
  2. Russia Sergei Semak (Rubin)
  3. Russia Dmitri Khokhlov (Dynamo)

Medal squads[edit]

1. FC Rubin Kazan

Goalkeepers: Sergei Ryzhikov (26), Sergei Kozko (6).
Defenders: Cristian Ansaldi Argentina (27 / 1), Roman Sharonov (26 / 1), Dato Kvirkvelia Georgia (country) (24 / 3), Stjepan Tomas Croatia (19), Lasha Salukvadze Georgia (country) (15), Aleksandr Orekhov (10), Aleksei Popov (7), Jefthon Brazil (2), Andrei Fyodorov Uzbekistan (1), Gabriel Atz Brazil (1).
Midfielders: Gökdeniz Karadeniz Turkey (27 / 6), Sergei Semak (27 / 5), MacBeth Sibaya South Africa (25), Serhiy Rebrov Ukraine (24 / 5), Aleksandr Ryazantsev (22 / 1), Christian Noboa Ecuador (21 / 6), Andrei Kobenko (17 / 2), Yevgeni Balyaikin (10), Aleksei Rebko (3), Vagiz Galiullin Uzbekistan (1), Pyotr Gitselov Sweden (1).
Forwards: Hasan Kabze Turkey (23 / 2), Aleksandr Bukharov (20 / 6), Roman Adamov (13 / 1), Savo Milošević Serbia (16 / 3).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Kurban Berdyev.

Transferred out during the season: Gabriel Atz Brazil (on loan to FC Khimki), Pyotr Gitselov Sweden (on loan to FC Rostov), Aleksei Rebko (to FC Moscow).

2. PFC CSKA Moscow

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (30).
Defenders: Sergei Ignashevich (28 / 4), Vasili Berezutski (28), Aleksei Berezutski (24 / 2), Deividas Šemberas Lithuania (24), Chidi Odiah Nigeria (23), Anton Grigoryev (16).
Midfielders: Miloš Krasić Serbia (28 / 6), Yuri Zhirkov (28 / 3), Evgeni Aldonin (25 / 3), Elvir Rahimić Bosnia and Herzegovina (23), Alan Dzagoev (20 / 8), Caner Erkin Turkey (18 / 1), Pavel Mamayev (17 / 2), Dudu Brazil (10 / 1), Luboš Kalouda Czech Republic (1).
Forwards: Vágner Love Brazil (26 / 20), Ricardo Jesus Brazil (10), Brazil (8 / 3), Dmitri Ryzhov (8), Ramón Brazil (7), Daniel Carvalho Brazil (4), Dawid Janczyk Poland (4).
Manager: Valery Gazzaev.

Transferred out during the season: Dudu Brazil (to Greece Olympiacos), Brazil (to England Manchester City), Daniel Carvalho Brazil (on loan to Brazil Internacional).

3. FC Dynamo Moscow

Goalkeepers: Vladimir Gabulov (12), Žydrūnas Karčemarskas Lithuania (9), Anton Shunin (9).
Defenders: Leandro Fernández Argentina (28 / 4), Denis Kolodin (22 / 1), Jovan Tanasijević Montenegro (20 / 1), Marcin Kowalczyk Poland (20), Aleksandr Dimidko (12 / 2), Luke Wilkshire Australia (11 / 2), Vladimir Granat (11), Arūnas Klimavičius Lithuania (9 / 1), Nikita Chicherin (3), Aleksandr Tochilin (3).
Midfielders: Dmitri Kombarov (30 / 1), Igor Semshov (29 / 6), Dmitri Khokhlov (27 / 2), Kirill Kombarov (26 / 1), Danny Portugal (18 / 5), Andrei Karpovich Kazakhstan (12), Aleksandr Denisov (1).
Forwards: Aleksandr Kerzhakov (27 / 7), Tsvetan Genkov Bulgaria (23 / 4), Aleksandr Kokorin (7 / 2), Fyodor Smolov (7 / 1).

Manager: Andrey Kobelev.

Transferred out during the season: Danny Portugal (to FC Zenit St. Petersburg), Aleksandr Denisov (on loan to FC Salyut-Energia Belgorod).

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