1936 Soviet Top League

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The 1936 season was the first season of the Soviet Top League. The season was split into two championships with a cup competition between them that took place in August 1936. The first part (considered spring) started in late May and finished by mid of July with a single match played by each participant against each other. The same format was resumed in the fall that started in September finishing before November. The main contenders for the title appeared to be the Moscow's Spartak and Dynamo.

Spring[edit]

Group A
Season 1936 spring
Champions FC Dynamo Moscow
Relegated none
Matches played 21
Goals scored 85 (4.05 per match)
Top goalscorer (6) Mikhail Semichastny (Dynamo M.)
Biggest home win Spartak 6–1 Dynamo L. (June 10)
Biggest away win Krasnaya Zarya 2–7 Dynamo K. (May 31)
CDKA 1–6 Dynamo K. (June 11)
Highest scoring Krasnaya Zarya 2–7 Dynamo K. (May 31)

Overview[edit]

The first championship started on May 22, 1936 with the game FC Dynamo Leningrad - FC Lokomotiv Moscow 3:1 on the Dynamo Stadium in Leningrad.[1] The spring half finished on July 17, 1936 with two games in Moscow and Leningrad. During the season each team played another team once. The points were awarded in the following manner: three for a win, two for a draw, one for a loss, and none for no appearance. No teams were relegated to the B Group, instead it was extended to eight teams in the autumn championship.

League Standings[edit]

No Club GP W D L GF-GA Pts Rpblc
1 Dynamo Moscow 6 6 0 0 22-5 18  Russian SFSR
2 Dynamo Kiev 6 4 0 2 18-11 14  Ukrainian SSR
3 Spartak Moscow 6 3 1 2 12-7 13  Russian SFSR
4 CDKA Moscow 6 2 1 3 13-18 11  Russian SFSR
5 Lokomotiv Moscow 6 2 0 4 7-11 10  Russian SFSR
6 Dynamo Leningrad 6 1 1 4 5-12 9  Russian SFSR
7 Krasnaya Zarya Leningrad 6 1 1 4 8-21 9  Russian SFSR

Note: Classification is done by points and then goal difference. Please, also note that FC Krasnaya Zaria won a match against their city-mates FC Dynamo 1:0 at Dynamo Stadium (Leningrad) on June 5, 1936. The decisive game that guaranteed the title for Dynamo Moscow took place on July 11, 1936 when they beat Spartak 1:0 at Dynamo Stadium (Moscow). The host team for that game was considered to be Spartak.[2]

Round by Round[edit]

The following table is a historic representation of the team's position in the standings after the completion of each round.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
CDKA Moscow 1 1 2 4 3 4 4
Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 3 2 4 2 2
Dynamo Leningrad 3 4 4 5 5 6 6
Dynamo Moscow 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Krasnaya Zaria 5 5 5 6 6 7 7
Lokomotiv Moscow 4 6 7 7 7 5 5
Spartak Moscow 7 7 6 3 2 3 3

Last updated: 24 April 2010
Source: helmsoccer.narod.ru (Russian)

Top scorers[edit]

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals

Medal squads[edit]

(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

1. FC Dynamo Moscow

Goalkeepers: Aleksandr Kvasnikov (5 / -2), Yevgeniy Fokin (2 / -3).
Defenders: Lev Korchebokov (5), Viktor Teterin (5).
Midfielders: Yevgeniy Yeliseyev (6), Aleksandr Riomin (6), Aleksey Lapshyn (5), Pavel Korotkov (4), Viktor Dubinin (1).
Forwards: Mikhail Semichastny (6 / 6), Vasiliy Smirnov (6 / 5), Vasiliy Pavlov (6 / 5), Sergey Ilyin (6 / 4), Mikhail Yakushyn (5 / 1), Aleksey Ponomariov (1), Nikolai Postavnin.

One own goal scored by Ivan Andreyev (FC Lokomotiv Moscow)

Manager: Konstantin Kvashnin.

Transferred in during the season: Nikalay Postavnin (from FC Krylya Sovetov Moscow).

2. FC Dynamo Kyiv

Goalkeepers: Mykola Trusevych (5 / -6), Anton Idzkovsky (2 / -5).
Defenders: Mykhailo Volin (6), Vasyl Pravovierov (4), Kostiantyn Fomin (3).
Midfielders: Volodymyr Greber (6 / 2), Ivan Kuzmenko (6 / 2), Iosif Livshyts (2), Oleksiy Klymenko (1), Mykhailo Pustinin (1).
Forwards: Kostiantyn Shchehodsky (6 / 4), Mykola Makhinia (6 / 3), Fedir Tiutchev (6), Viktor Shylovsky (6), Makar Honcharenko (5 / 4), Pavlo Komarov (5 / 3), Petro Parovyshnikov (3), Mykola Korotkykh (1).

Manager: Moisey Tovarovsky.

Transferred out during the season: .

3. FC Spartak Moscow

Goalkeepers: Anatoliy Akimov (4 / -5), Ivan Ryzhov (3 / -2).
Defenders: Stanislav Leuta (6 / 2), Aleksandr Mikhaylov (6), Gavriil Putilin (6), Aleksandr Starostin (4), Viktor Sokolov (2).
Midfielders: Andrey Starostin (6), Sergey Artemyev (3), Pyotr Starostin (2).
Forwards: Vladimir Stepanov (6 / 1), Georgiy Glazkov (5 / 4), Pyotr Nikiforov (5 / 3), Matvey Zaytsev (4 / 2), Nikolai Zhygalin (2), Leonid Rumiantsev (2), Vladimir Yegorov (1), Boris Stepanov (1), Nikolai Glazkov (1), Nikolai Starostin (1).

Manager: Mikhail Kozlov.

Transferred out during the season: .


Group A 1936 Winners

FC Dynamo Moscow
First title

Stadiums[edit]

Note: Balitsky was Narkom of NKVD, later was executed during the Great Purge.

Autumn[edit]

Group A
Season 1936 fall
Champions FC Spartak Moscow
Relegated CDKA Moscow
Matches played 28
Goals scored 117 (4.18 per match)
Top goalscorer (7) Georgi Glazkov (Spartak)
Biggest home win Lokomotiv 4–0 Dynamo L. (September 11)
Dynamo Tb. 4–0 CDKA (October 8)
Biggest away win CDKA 0–6 Dynamo M. (October 17)
Highest scoring Dynamo M. 6–4 Dynamo K. (September 14)
1937

Overview[edit]

This tournament was exact replica of the spring championship by the format of the competition, including the nomination of points. The Georgian FC Dynamo Tbilisi was admitted to the League expending it to eight teams. The defending champion was FC Dynamo Moscow.

It opened with two games in Leningrad and Moscow on September 5, 1936 soon after the Soviet Cup final that took place just week prior to that on August 28. The season concluded on October 30, 1936 with three games in Moscow, Leningrad, and Tbilisi. It was then when Spartak Moscow by beating CDKA at their home turf (CSKA Stadium)[3] passed Dinamo Moscow in rankings to obtain the first place and with it the first national title.

League Standings[edit]

No Club GP W D L GF-GA Pts Rpblc
1 Spartak Moscow 7 4 2 1 19-10 17  Russian SFSR
2 Dynamo Moscow 7 3 3 1 21-12 16  Russian SFSR
3 Dynamo Tbilisi 7 3 3 1 14-9 16  Transcaucasian SFSR
4 Lokomotiv Moscow 7 4 0 3 18-14 15  Russian SFSR
5 Krasnaya Zarya Leningrad 7 3 0 4 13-18 13  Russian SFSR
6 Dynamo Kiev 7 1 3 3 16-19 12  Ukrainian SSR
7 Dynamo Leningrad 7 1 3 3 7-15 12  Russian SFSR
8 CDKA Moscow 7 2 0 5 9-20 11  Russian SFSR
  • Lokomoyiv Moscow beat Dinamo Tbilisi in the Cup final 2:0. The first Soviet Cup edition took place exactly between the spring and the fall parts of 1936 seasons.

Round by Round[edit]

The following table is a historic representation of the team's position in the standings after the completion of each round.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
CDKA Moscow 3 3 1 2 4 5 5 7 7 8
Dynamo Kyiv 4 6 6 7 7 7 7 5 5 6
Dynamo Leningrad 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7
Dynamo Moscow 1 1 2 3 1 2 2 1 1 2
Dynamo Tbilisi 5 7 7 4 5 1 4 4 4 3
Krasnaya Zaria 7 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 5
Lokomotiv Moscow 6 2 3 1 2 4 3 2 2 4
Spartak Moscow 2 5 5 5 3 3 1 3 3 1

Last updated: 24 April 2010
Source: helmsoccer.narod.ru (Russian)

Top scorers[edit]

7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals

Medal squads[edit]

(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

1. FC Spartak Moscow

Goalkeepers: Anatoliy Akimov (6 / -6), Ivan Ryzhov (2 / -4).
Defenders: Stanislav Leuta (7), Aleksandr Mikhaylov (7), Aleksandr Starostin (7), Viktor Sokolov.
Midfielders: Andrey Starostin (7 / 2), Pyotr Starostin (7), Sergey Artemyev (1).
Forwards: Georgiy Glazkov (7 / 7), Vladimir Stepanov (7 / 6), Boris Shchibrov (7 / 2), Valentin Liventsev (4 / 1), Stepan Kustylkin (4), Leonid Rumiantsev (4), Pyotr Nikiforov (3 / 1), Aleksey Yeriomin (1), Nikolai Zhygalin, Boris Stepanov.

Manager: Mikhail Kozlov.

Transferred out during the season: .

2. FC Dynamo Moscow

Goalkeepers: Aleksandr Kvasnikov (6 / -11), Nikolai Sokolov (1 / -1), Yevgeniy Fokin.
Defenders: Lev Korchebokov (7), Viktor Teterin (2).
Midfielders: Yevgeniy Yeliseyev (7 / 2), Aleksey Lapshyn (7), Aleksandr Riomin (7), Pavel Korotkov (5), Gavriil Kachalin (2), Arkadiy Chernyshev (1).
Forwards: Sergey Ilyin (7 / 6), Vasiliy Smirnov (7 / 5), Mikhail Yakushyn (7 / 4), Mikhail Semichastny (7 / 1), Vasiliy Pavlov (4 / 2), Aleksey Ponomariov (3 / 1), Nikolai Postavnin.

Manager: Konstantin Kvashnin.

Transferred out during the season: .

3. FC Dynamo Tbilisi

Goalkeepers: Aleksandr Dorokhov (7 / -9).
Defenders: Shota Shavgulidze (7), Eduard Nikolayshvili (6).
Midfielders: Vladimir Dzhorbenadze (7), Nikolay Anikin (6), Mikhail Minayev (6), Grigoriy Gagua (3), Vladimir Berdzenishvili (1).
Forwards: Mikhail Berdzenishvili (7 / 6), Boris Paichadze (7 / 6), Nikolay Somov (7 / 1), Ilya Panin (6), Vladimir Berdzenishvili (5 / 1), Mikhail Aslamazov (2), Aleksandr Eliava (1).

Manager: Gyula Limbek (until October), Grigoriy Pachuliya (since October).

Transferred out during the season: .

Group A 1936 Winners

FC Spartak Moscow
First title

Stadiums[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Report of the first Soviet League game (Russian)
  2. ^ 1936 spring Calendar
  3. ^ Report on CDKA-Spartak Oct. 30, 1936 (Russian)