2008–09 Ukrainian Premier League

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Ukrainian Premier League
Season 2008–09
Champions Dynamo Kyiv
Relegated FC Lviv
FC Kharkiv
Champions League Dynamo Kyiv
Shakhtar Donetsk
Europa League Metalist Kharkiv
Metalurh Donetsk
Vorskla Poltava (via Ukrainian Cup)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 551 (2.3 per match)
Top goalscorer Oleksandr Kovpak (17)
Longest winning run Dynamo Kyiv (10)
Longest unbeaten run Shakhtar Donetsk (15)
Longest losing run FC Kharkiv (8)

The 2008–09 Ukrainian Premier League season was the eighteenth since its establishment. The league was restructured and split off from the Professional Football League of Ukraine. It was officially named as the EpiCentre Championship of Ukraine in football.

Shakhtar Donetsk were the defending champions of the past season, having won their fourth league title. The season began on 16 July 2008 with a scoreless draw between Tavriya and Dnipro. The last round of matches were played on 26 May 2009. A total of sixteen teams participated in the league; fourteen of them had contested in the 2007–08 season while the remaining two were promoted from the Persha Liha.

Vorskla Poltava's Ahmed Yanuzi scored the first goal of the tournament on 18 July 2008 in the 72nd minute of an away match against FC Kharkiv. Dynamo Kyiv won their title several games before the end of the season after a home win against Tavriya Simferopol. Dynamo finished with a fifteen point lead over the defending champions and current runners-up Shakhtar Donetsk.

Team changes from previous season[edit]

FC Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka and Zakarpattya Uzhhorod were demoted to Ukrainian First League after the 2007–08 season for finishing in 15th and 16th place respectively. They were replaced by First League champions FC Illichivets Mariupol and runners-up FC Lviv.

Qualification to European competitions for 2009–10[edit]

  • After the 23rd Round, Dynamo Kyiv qualified for European football for the 2009–10 season.
  • After the 27th Round, Metalist Kharkiv qualified for European football for the 2009–10 season, while Dynamo Kyiv won the League's title with 3-2 home win over Tavriya Simferopol.

Timeline of qualification

Vorskla Poltava Metalurh Donetsk Metalist Kharkiv Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dynamo Kyiv (C) 30 26 1 3 71 19 +52 79 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Shakhtar Donetsk 30 19 7 4 47 16 +31 64 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Metalist Kharkiv 30 17 8 5 44 25 +19 59 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 Metalurh Donetsk 30 14 7 9 36 27 +9 49 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
5 Vorskla Poltava 30 14 7 9 32 26 +6 49 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 30 13 9 8 34 25 +9 48
7 Metalurh Zaporizhya 30 12 9 9 29 30 −1 45
8 Tavriya Simferopol 30 10 7 13 41 45 −4 37
9 Karpaty Lviv 30 8 10 12 33 39 −6 34
10 Chornomorets Odesa 30 12 2 16 34 42 −8 0321
11 Arsenal Kyiv 30 8 8 14 26 33 −7 32
12 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 30 8 8 14 21 36 −15 32
13 Zorya Luhansk 30 8 7 15 29 45 −16 31
14 Illichivets Mariupol 30 7 5 18 31 54 −23 26
15 FC Lviv (R) 30 6 8 16 24 39 −15 26 Relegation to Ukrainian First League
16 FC Kharkiv (R) 30 2 9 19 19 50 −31 0122

Source: Premier League website (Ukrainian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd overall wins; 3rd goal difference; 4th goals scored
1Chornomorets were deducted 6 points for failing to satisfy contractual obligations with the Bosnian player Đorđe Inđić.[1]
2On 6 May 2009 FC Kharkiv were deducted 3 points by the Disciplinary Committee of the FPL.[2]
(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.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ARK CHO DNI DYN ILL KAR KHA KRY LVI MET MDO MZA SHA TAV VOR ZOR
Arsenal Kyiv 1–0 0–1 0–2 4–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
Chornomorets Odesa 0–1 1–1 0–3 3–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–2 0–1 1–3
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–1 4–1 1–3 0–0 1–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1
Dynamo Kyiv 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 4–1 5–0
Illichivets Mariupol 2–1 1–0 1–2 3–4 1–5 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 3–3 1–3 1–0
Karpaty Lviv 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–4 1–0 0–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1
FC Kharkiv 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–3 0–1 2–3
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 1–0 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1
FC Lviv 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–4 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1(2) 1–2(1) 2–0 2–4 0–0 3–1
Metalist Kharkiv 3–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 3–1 2–1
Metalurh Donetsk 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 3–0
Metalurh Zaporizhya 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1
Shakhtar Donetsk 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–1
Tavriya Simferopol 3–1 1–3 0–0 1–3 3–2 1–4 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 4–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–1
Vorskla Poltava 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
Zorya Luhansk 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–2

Source: Premier League website (Ukrainian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Additional Notes

  • (1) The game was played in Lutsk as the Lviv's home ground was temporarily suspended due to its poor pitch conditions (see Stadiums).
  • (2) The game was played in Kiev.

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 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Arsenal Kyiv 3 4 5 6 8 11 10 10 9 11 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 11 10 11 13 12 12 12 12 13 14 12 10 11
Chornomorets Odesa 11 16 10 5 6 8 6 8 7 8 9 9 9 10 10 10 9 12 12 10 11 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 12 10
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 9 13 9 10 5 6 5 7 8 7 6 6 6 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 7 7 7 7 6 7 6 5 5 6
Dynamo Kyiv 1 1 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Illichivets Mariupol 15 7 12 14 15 16 16 16 13 14 13 13 12 12 12 14 14 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 14 14
Karpaty Lviv 11 10 15 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 9 9 9 10 8 7 7 8 8 8 9 10 10 10 10 11 9
FC Kharkiv 11 11 13 15 16 15 14 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 3 4 8 12 11 10 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 10 11 12 10 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 9 12
FC Lviv 1 7 11 11 10 13 13 13 16 16 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 14 14 13 14 15 15
Metalist Kharkiv 7 3 2 2 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Metalurh Donetsk 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Metalurh Zaporizhya 11 11 14 9 12 7 9 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 5 7 7 7 7
Shakhtar Donetsk 15 13 7 8 7 9 11 11 11 10 8 8 7 7 5 5 5 5 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Tavriya Simferopol 9 15 16 16 14 14 15 14 14 13 15 15 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 11 11 9 8 8 8 8 8
Vorskla Poltava 3 9 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 6 6 5
Zorya Luhansk 7 4 6 7 9 5 7 5 5 6 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 11 13 13 13

Source: kicker.de (German)

Top scorers[edit]

# Scorer Goals (Pen.) Team
1 Ukraine Oleksandr Kovpak 17 (6) Tavriya Simferopol
2 Guinea Ismaël Bangoura 13 (1) Dynamo Kyiv
Ukraine Oleksandr Aliev 13 (3) Dynamo Kyiv
4 Brazil Jackson Coelho 11 (1) Metalist Kharkiv
5 Ukraine Serhiy Kuznetsov 10 Karpaty Lviv
Albania Parid Xhihani 10 Zorya Luhansk
Ukraine Artem Milevsky 10 (1) Dynamo Kyiv
8 Romania Tiberiu Ghioane 9 Dynamo Kyiv
9 Ukraine Oleksandr Kosyrin 8 Chornomorets Odessa
Ukraine Marko Dević 8 (2) Metalist Kharkiv
Portugal Ricardo Fernandes 8 (6) Metalurh Donetsk

Stadiums[edit]

Locations of teams home grounds in Ukrainian Premier League 2008–09

FC Kharkiv played in Sumy, because Dynamo Stadium in Kharkiv which was recently bought by the club requires major renovations. The club returned to their home ground in April for their 24th Round game against Tavriya. FC Arsenal Kyiv, who also has a chronic problem with obtaining its own home ground, shared three stadiums in the first half of the season. Initially allowed to play at Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Arsenal was forced to seek another home venue during its times financial hardship. Arsenal was spotted by FC Obolon Kyiv that let the club utilize the Obolon Stadium. As the problem continues to be unresolved with Arsenal's home field, they could possibly relocate from Kiev, with some speculations of moving to Sumy Oblast.

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk has moved this season to the newly built Dnipro Stadium, but still played some of its games at Meteor time to time. Also FC Shakhtar Donetsk plans to move to the newly built Donbass Arena once it is completely built. FC Chornomorets Odessa, due to renovations at Chornomorets Stadium played its games in the second half of the season at Spartak Stadium.

Newly promoted FC Lviv decided to use Ukraina Stadium expecting to attract extra fans in Lviv. However, economic factors as well as poor performances and lack of support in the area the club decided after the winter break to return to their original home ground Kniazha Arena in Dobromyl. After one home game in atrocious conditions in early spring which damaged the pitch the club was forced to look to other venues (including Avanhard Stadium in Lutsk and Bannikov Stadium in Kiev).[3] Late in April FC Lviv returned for home fixtures at Kniazha Arena.

List of home stadiums[edit]

Rank Stadium Capacity Club Notes
1 Dnipro Stadium 31,003 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Moved from Stadium Meteor (12 games)[4]
2 Metalurh Stadium 29,783 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih
3 Ukraina Stadium 28,051 Karpaty Lviv Stadium under renovations
4 RSK Olimpiyskiy 25,831 Shakhtar Donetsk
5 Vorskla Stadium 25,000 Vorskla Poltava
6 OSK Metalist 22,757 Metalist Kharkiv Stadium under renovations
7 Avanhard Stadium 22,320 Zorya Luhansk
8 Lokomotiv Stadium 19,978 Tavriya Simferopol
9 Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium 16,873 Dynamo Kyiv
Arsenal Kyiv
Temporarily leased to FC Arsenal
10 Illichivets Stadium 12,680 Illichivets Mariupol
11 Slavutych Arena 11,983 Metalurh Zaporizhya
12 Dynamo Stadium (Kharkiv)[5] 9,000 FC Kharkiv FC Kharkiv played only its last four games (all lost)[6]
13 Metalurh Stadium 5,300 Metalurh Donetsk
14 Spartak Stadium[7] 5,000 Chornomorets Odessa Chornomorets secondary home ground.
15 Kniazha Arena 3,220 FC Lviv FC Lviv's home ground in Dobromyl

Auxiliary or former home stadiums[edit]

Rank Stadium Capacity Club Notes
1 Chornomorets Stadium 34,362 Chornomorets Odessa Home ground for the first half (9 games)[8]
2 Yuvileiny Stadium (Sumy) 29,300 FC Kharkiv FC Kharkiv lease until April 2009 (11 games)
3 Ukraina Stadium 28,051 FC Lviv Lent to FC Lviv in the first half.
4 Stadium Meteor 24,381 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Played only first three games
5 Avanhard Stadium[9] 11,574 FC Lviv Lent to FC Lviv for a single game
6 Dynamo Stadium (Kharkiv) 9,000 Metalist Kharkiv Played the last game of season against Kryvbas[10]
7 Obolon Stadium[11] 4,300 Arsenal Kyiv Lent to FC Arsenal by Obolon Kyiv
8 Bannikov Stadium 1,678 Arsenal Kyiv,[12] FC Lviv[13] Lent to Arsenal and FC Lviv by FFU
9 Dynamo Club Stadium[14] 750 Arsenal Kyiv Lent to Arsenal by Dynamo Kyiv

Managers and captains[edit]

Club Coach Captain Replaced coach
FC Arsenal Kyiv Ukraine Oleksandr Zavarov Ukraine Vitaliy Reva
FC Chornomorets Odessa Ukraine Viktor Hryshko Ukraine Vitaliy Rudenko Russia Vitaliy Shevchenko
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine Volodymyr Bezsonov Ukraine Andriy Rusol Ukraine Oleh Protasov
FC Dynamo Kyiv Russia Yuri Semin Morocco Badr El Kaddouri
FC Illichivets Mariupol Russia Ilya Bliznyuk Ukraine Ihor Shukhovtsev Ukraine Oleksandr Ischenko
FC Karpaty Lviv Belarus Oleg Kononov Ukraine Serhiy Pshenychnykh
FC Kharkiv Ukraine Mykhailo Stelmakh Ukraine Vitaliy Komarnitskyy Ukraine Volodymyr Bezsonov
FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih Ukraine Oleh Taran Albania Dorian Bylykbashi
FC Lviv Ukraine Serhiy Kovalets Ukraine Maryan Marushchak Ukraine Stepan Yurchyshyn
FC Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine Myron Markevych Ukraine Oleksandr Goryainov
FC Metalurh Donetsk Bulgaria Nikolay Kostov Ukraine Vyacheslav Checher
FC Metalurh Zaporizhya Ukraine Oleh Lutkov Ukraine Oleksiy Hodin Ukraine Anatoly Chantsev
FC Shakhtar Donetsk Romania Mircea Lucescu Croatia Darijo Srna
SC Tavriya Simferopol Ukraine Serhiy Puchkov Ukraine Oleksandr Kovpak Ukraine Mykhailo Fomenko
FC Vorskla Poltava Ukraine Mykola Pavlov Ukraine Gennadiy Medvediev
FC Zorya Luhansk Ukraine Yuri Dudnyk Ukraine Oleksiy Khramtsov Ukraine Anatoliy Volobuev

Medal squads[edit]

(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

1. FC Dynamo Kyiv

Goalkeepers: Stanislav Bohush (20), Oleksandr Shovkovsky (10).
Defenders: Betao (24), Badr El Kaddouri (23 / 1), Andriy Nesmachny (22 / 2), Taras Mykhalyk (18 / 2), Pape Diakhaté (13 / 1), Goran Sablic (7), Vitaliy Mandziuk (6), Oleksandr Romanchuk (5), Oleh Dopilka (1).
Midfielders: Ognen Vukojevic (27 / 2), Oleksandr Aliyev (25 / 13), Tiberiu Ghioane (21 / 9), Milos Ninkovic (20 / 5), Roman Eremenko (19 / 1), Carlos Correa (11 / 1), Malkhaz Asatiani (11), Atanda Yussuf (11), Serhiy Kravchenko (9 / 1), Oleh Husiev (9), Mykola Moroziuk (5), Florin Cernat (3 / 1), Frank Temile (1).
Forwards: Ismael Bangoura (26 / 13), Artem Milevsky (24 / 10), Artem Kravets (12 / 4), Roman Zozulya (11 / 1), Andriy Yarmolenko (10), Maksim Shatskikh (6), Guilherme Gusmão (2 / 3).

Manager: Yuriy Semin.

Transferred out during the season: ?.

2. FC Shakhtar Donetsk

Goalkeepers: Andriy Piatov (24), Rustam Khudzhamov (6).
Defenders: Dario Srna (25 / 4), Dmytro Chyhrynsky (23 / 1), Razvan Rat (17), Oleksandr Kucher (15), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (14), Mykola Ishchenko (13), Oleksandr Chyzhov (9), Volodymyr Yezersky (8).
Midfielders: Willian (29 / 5), Jadson Rodrigues (26 / 1), Tomáš Hübschman (22 / 1), Fernando Rosa (20 / 5), Oleksiy Hay (16 / 2), Mariusz Lewandowski (16 / 1), Ilson Pereira (13 / 1), Igor Duljaj (13 / 1), Kostiantyn Kravchenko (6), Artem Fedetsky (5 / 1), Oleksiy Poliansky (3).
Forwards: Yevhen Selezniov (26 / 7), Oleksandr Hladky (26 / 4), Marcelo Moreno (14 / 2), Luiz Adriano (12 / 4), Nery Castillo (4 / 1), Ruslan Fomin (2).

Manager: Mircea Lucescu.

Transferred out during the season: ?.

3. FC Metalist Kharkiv

Goalkeepers: Oleksandr Horiainov (23), Ihor Bazhan (7).
Defenders: Milan Obradovic (28 / 5), Vitali Bordiyan (27 / 1), Papa Gueye (24), Seweryn Gancarczyk (23 / 2), Jonathan Maidana (20), Andriy Koniushenko (15 / 1), Yevhen Selin (2), Maksym Yakhno (1).
Midfielders: Valentyn Sliusar (29 / 3), Edmar Halovsky (27 / 4), Serhiy Valiayev (26 / 2), Oleksandr Rykun (17), Walter Acevedo (12), Andriy Berezovchuk (9 / 1), Anton Postupalenko (6), Serhiy Barilko (3).
Forwards: Marko Devic (24 / 8), Jackson Avelino Coelho (23 / 11), Venance Zeze (14 / 1), Dmytro Semochko (9), Roman Butenko (1).

Manager: Myron Markevich.

Transferred out during the season: ?.

Note: Players in italic are those whose playing position is uncertain.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chornomorets deducted 6 points" (in Russian). UA Football. 2009-03-02. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  2. ^ С ФК "Харьков" сняли три очка [FC Kharkiv deducted three points)] (in Russian). UA Football. 2009-05-13. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  3. ^ Тепер у Луцьку! (Now in Lutsk) (Ukrainian)
  4. ^ [September 14, 2008]
  5. ^ FPL: Game Report – Venue Dynamo Stadium used as home ground by FC Kharkiv (Ukrainian)
  6. ^ At Dynamo Kharkiv played against Tavria, Lviv, Metalurh Donetsk, and Metalist.
  7. ^ FPL: Game Report – Venue Spartak Stadium used as home ground (Ukrainian)
  8. ^ Renovations in preparation for Euro 2012 since the start of 2009
  9. ^ FPL: Game Report – Venue Avanhard Stadium (Lutsk) used as home ground (Ukrainian)
  10. ^ "Metalist-Kryvbas match report". Fpl.ua. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  11. ^ FPL: Game Report – Venue Obolon Stadium used as home ground (Ukrainian)
  12. ^ FPL: Game Report – Venue Bannikov Stadion used as home ground by Arsenal (Ukrainian)
  13. ^ FPL: Game Report – Venue Bannikov Stadion used as home ground by FC Lviv (Ukrainian)
  14. ^ FPL: Game Report – Venue Dynamo Club Stadion used as home ground (Ukrainian)

External links[edit]

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