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
Season1936 spring
ChampionsFC Dynamo Moscow
Relegatednone
Matches played21
Goals scored85 (4.05 per match)
Top goalscorer(6) Mikhail Semichastny (Dynamo M.)
Biggest home winSpartak 6–1 Dynamo L. (June 10)
Biggest away winKrasnaya Zarya 2–7 Dynamo K. (May 31)
CDKA 1–6 Dynamo K. (June 11)
Highest scoringKrasnaya 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]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Republic
1 Dynamo Moscow 6 6 0 0 22 5 +17 18  Russian SFSR
2 Dynamo Kiev 6 4 0 2 18 11 +7 14  Ukrainian SSR
3 Spartak Moscow 6 3 1 2 12 7 +5 13  Russian SFSR
4 CDKA Moscow 6 2 1 3 13 18 −5 11  Russian SFSR
5 Lokomotiv Moscow 6 2 0 4 7 11 −4 10  Russian SFSR
6 Dynamo Leningrad 6 1 1 4 5 12 −7 9  Russian SFSR
7 Krasnaya Zarya Leningrad 6 1 1 4 8 21 −13 9  Russian SFSR
Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 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 ╲ Round1234567
CDKA Moscow1124344
Dynamo Kyiv6332422
Dynamo Leningrad3445566
Dynamo Moscow2211111
Krasnaya Zaria5556677
Lokomotiv Moscow4677755
Spartak Moscow7763233
Source: helmsoccer.narod.ru (in 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), Yevgeny Fokin (2 / -3).
Defenders: Lev Korchebokov (5), Viktor Teterin (5).
Midfielders: Yevgeny Yeliseyev (6), Aleksandr Ryomin (6), Aleksey Lapshin (5), Pavel Korotkov (4), Viktor Dubinin (1).
Forwards: Mikhail Semichastny (6 / 6), Vasily Smirnov (6 / 5), Vasily Pavlov (6 / 5), Sergei Ilyin (6 / 4), Mikhail Yakushin (5 / 1), Aleksey Ponomaryov (1), Nikolai Postavnin.

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

Manager: Konstantin Kvashnin.

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

2. FC Dynamo Kyiv

Goalkeepers: Mykola Trusevych (5 / -6), Anton Idzkovsky (2 / -5).
Defenders: Mykhaylo Volin (6), Vasyl Pravovierov (4), Kostyantyn Fomin (3).
Midfielders: Volodymyr Greber (6 / 2), Ivan Kuzmenko (6 / 2), Iosif Livshyts (2), Oleksiy Klymenko (1), Mykhaylo Pustinin (1).
Forwards: Konstantin Shchegotsky (6 / 4), Mykola Makhinya (6 / 3), Fedir Tyutchev (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: Anatoly 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 [ru] (6 / 1), Georgy Glazkov (5 / 4), Pyotr Nikiforov (5 / 3), Matvey Zaytsev (4 / 2), Nikolay Zhigalin (2), Leonid Rumyantsev (2), Vladimir Yegorov (1), Boris Stepanov (1), Nikolay Glazkov (1), Nikolay 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
Season1936 fall
ChampionsFC Spartak Moscow
RelegatedCDKA Moscow
Matches played28
Goals scored117 (4.18 per match)
Top goalscorer(7) Georgi Glazkov (Spartak)
Biggest home winLokomotiv 4–0 Dynamo L. (September 11)
Dynamo Tb. 4–0 CDKA (October 8)
Biggest away winCDKA 0–6 Dynamo M. (October 17)
Highest scoringDynamo 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 expanding 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]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Republic
1 Spartak Moscow (C) 7 4 2 1 19 10 +9 17  Russian SFSR
2 Dynamo Moscow 7 3 3 1 21 12 +9 16  Russian SFSR
3 Dynamo Tbilisi 7 3 3 1 14 9 +5 16  Transcaucasian SFSR
4 Lokomotiv Moscow[a] 7 4 0 3 18 14 +4 15  Russian SFSR
5 Krasnaya Zarya Leningrad 7 3 0 4 13 18 −5 13  Russian SFSR
6 Dynamo Kiev 7 1 3 3 16 19 −3 12  Ukrainian SSR
7 Dynamo Leningrad 7 1 3 3 7 15 −8 12  Russian SFSR
8 CDKA Moscow (R) 7 2 0 5 9 20 −11 11  Russian SFSR
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: Classification is done by points and then goal difference.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ 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 ╲ Round12345678910
CDKA Moscow3312455778
Dynamo Kyiv4667777556
Dynamo Leningrad8888888887
Dynamo Moscow1123122112
Dynamo Tbilisi5774514443
Krasnaya Zaria7446666665
Lokomotiv Moscow6231243224
Spartak Moscow2555331331
Source: helmsoccer.narod.ru (in 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: Anatoly 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: Georgy Glazkov (7 / 7), Vladimir Stepanov [ru] (7 / 6), Boris Shchibrov (7 / 2), Valentin Liventsev (4 / 1), Stepan Kustylkin (4), Leonid Rumyantsev (4), Pyotr Nikiforov (3 / 1), Aleksey Yeryomin (1), Nikolay Zhigalin, Boris Stepanov.

Manager: Mikhail Kozlov.

Transferred out during the season: .

2. FC Dynamo Moscow

Goalkeepers: Aleksandr Kvasnikov (6 / -11), Nikolay Sokolov (1 / -1), Yevgeny Fokin.
Defenders: Lev Korchebokov (7), Viktor Teterin (2).
Midfielders: Yevgeny Yeliseyev (7 / 2), Aleksey Lapshin (7), Aleksandr Ryomin (7), Pavel Korotkov (5), Gavriil Kachalin (2), Arkady Chernyshev (1).
Forwards: Sergei Ilyin (7 / 6), Vasily Smirnov (7 / 5), Mikhail Yakushin (7 / 4), Mikhail Semichastny (7 / 1), Vasily Pavlov (4 / 2), Aleksey Ponomaryov (3 / 1), Nikolay 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]