1998 Belarusian Premier League
|Champions League||Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev|
|Goals scored||587 (2.61 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Sergey Yaromko (19)|
|Biggest home win||
BATE 6–0 Dinamo Brest; |
Belshina 6–0 Naftan-Devon;
Torpedo Minsk 6–0 Kommunalnik
|Biggest away win||
Kommunalnik 0–5 Dnepr-Transmash;|
Dinamo Minsk 0–5 Dinamo Brest
|Highest scoring||Dinamo Brest 6–3 Molodechno|
Belarusian Premier League 1998 was the eighth season of top-tier football in Belarus. It started on April 12 and ended on October 31, 1998. Dinamo Minsk were the defending champions.
Team changes from 1997 season
Two worst teams of the last season (Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev and Shakhtyor Soligorsk) relegated to the First League. They were replaced by two best clubs of 1996 First League (FC Gomel and BATE Borisov).
In the early days of January it was announced that Transmash Mogilev ceased to exist as an independent club merged with Dnepr Mogilev (with the latter being renamed to Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev). Ataka Minsk, who suffered heavy financial troubles, let go all their senior team players and failed to confirm their participation in the new season by a deadline in early March. A week later BFF announced that Ataka Minsk were excluded from the league and that two vacant places (left by Transmash and Ataka) are being filled by Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev and Shakhtyor Soligorsk, both of whom were spared from relegation.
Before the start of the season, MPKC Mozyr changed their name to Slavia Mozyr.
Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev won their 1st champions title and qualified for the next season's Champions League. The championship runners-up BATE Borisov as well as bronze medalists and 1998–99 Cup winners Belshina Bobruisk qualified for UEFA Cup. Kommunalnik Slonim finished on last, 15th place and relegated to First League. Dinamo-93 Minsk dissolved and withdrew from the championship after 15 rounds. They were excluded from the final table and their results were annulled.
Teams and venues
|Team||Location||Venue||Capacity||Position in 1997|
|Dinamo Minsk||Minsk||Dinamo, Minsk||41,040||1|
|Dinamo Brest||Brest||Dinamo, Brest||10,080||7|
|Molodechno||Molodechno||City Stadium, Molodechno||5,500||13|
|Gomel||Gomel||Central, Gomel||11,800||First league, 1|
|BATE||Borisov||City Stadium, Borisov||5,500||First league, 2|
||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev (C)||28||21||4||3||55||12||+43||67||1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||BATE Borisov||28||18||4||6||50||25||+25||58||1999–2000 UEFA Cup Qualifying round|
|4||Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk||28||14||6||8||35||24||+11||48||1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round|
|15||Kommunalnik Slonim (R)||28||3||5||20||14||63||−49||14||Relegation to First League|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head
(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.
Dinamo-93 Minsk withdrew after 15 rounds with the following result:
All their games were annulled and the team was excluded from the final table.
Belarusian clubs in European Cups
|Round||Team #1||Agg.||Team #1||1st leg||2nd leg|
|1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup|
|First round||Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev||2–10||Debrecen||2–4||0–6|
|1998–99 UEFA Cup|
|First qualifying round||Belshina Bobruisk||1–3||CSKA Sofia||0–0||1–3|
|1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup|
|Qualifying round||Levski Sofia||9–2||Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk||8–1||1–1|
|1998–99 UEFA Champions League|
|First qualifying round||Skonto Riga||2–1||Dinamo Minsk||0–0||2–1|
|1||Sergey Yaromko||Torpedo Minsk||19|
|2||Valery Strypeykis||Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk||18|
|Raman Vasilyuk||Dinamo Brest||18|