1998 in Russian football
1998 in Russian football was marked by Spartak Moscow's sixth national title.
|Date||Venue||Opponents||Score1||Competition||Russia scorers||Match Report|
|18 February 1998||Olympic Stadium, Athens (A)||Greece||1–1||F||Igor Kolyvanov||RussiaTeam|
|25 March 1998||Dynamo Stadium, Moscow (H)||France||1–0||F||Sergey Yuran||RussiaTeam|
|22 April 1998||Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow (H)||Turkey||1–0||F||Vladimir Beschastnykh||RussiaTeam|
|27 May 1998||Silesia Stadium, Chorzów (A)||Poland||1–3||F||Aleksey Gerasimenko||RussiaTeam|
|30 May 1998||Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi (A)||Georgia||1–1||F||Igor Simutenkov||RussiaTeam|
|19 August 1998||Eyravallen, Örebro (A)||Sweden||0–1||F||RussiaTeam|
|10 October 1998||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (H)||France||2–3||ECQ||Igor Yanovskiy, Aleksandr Mostovoi||uefa|
|14 October 1998||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík (A)||Iceland||0–1||ECQ||uefa|
|18 November 1998||Estádio Plácido Castelo, Fortaleza (A)||Brazil||1–5||ECQ||Oleg Kornaukhov||RussiaTeam|
- Russia score given first
- H = Home match
- A = Away match
- F = Friendly
- ECQ = 2000 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying, Group 4
The Russian league system underwent reorganization for the 1998 season. The "leagues" were renamed "divisions". The Second Division was extended to six zones with 16-22 teams (compared to three zones of the Second League), while the Third League was abolished. These changes reduced the number of levels in Russian professional football to three.
|P||2||Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod||42||23||8||11||65||34||+31||77|
|16||Lokomotiv Saint Petersburg||42||14||11||17||38||41||–3||53|
1 Lada-Togliatti-VAZ were docked 6 points for not building pitch heating system
2 KAMAZ-Chally were docked 6 points for not paying transfer fee in time
Andradina of Arsenal became the top goalscorer with 27 goals.
Of six clubs that finished first in their respective Second Division zones, five with the best records were promoted to the First Division, and one went to a promotion/relegation playoff.
The clubs promoted automatically were
- FC Spartak-Orekhovo Orekhovo-Zuyevo (Centre)
- FC Volgar-Gazprom Astrakhan (South)
- FC Torpedo-Victoria Nizhny Novgorod (Povolzhye)
- FC Amkar Perm (Ural)
- FC Metallurg Krasnoyarsk (East)
Torpedo-ZIL won the play-off and were promoted to the First Division at the expense of Neftekhimik.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk||1–3||FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow (West)||1–1||0–2|
UEFA club competitions
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1997-98
UEFA Cup 1997-98
Spartak Moscow reached the semifinal of the UEFA Cup 1997-98 after beating Ajax Amsterdam in both quarterfinal matches. However, in the semifinal Internazionale Milano F.C. won both matches against Spartak 2–1.
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1998
Two Russian clubs played in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1998, both being eliminated in the third round. Baltika Kaliningrad recorded victories over PFC Spartak Varna and OD Trencin before facing FK Vojvodina, and Shinnik Yaroslavl, who had a bye to the second round, defeated Turun Palloseura before being knocked out by Valencia CF.
UEFA Champions League 1998-99
Spartak Moscow qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League 1998-99 by defeating PFC Litex Lovech with an aggregate score of 11–2. Spartak finished third in Group C with Internazionale Milano F.C., Real Madrid, and SK Sturm Graz.
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1998-99
UEFA Cup 1998-99
Rotor Volgograd were eliminated after the second qualifying round of UEFA Cup 1998-99, losing twice to Red Star Belgrade. Dynamo Moscow were more successful, winning on aggregate against Polonia Warszawa in the second qualifying round and against Skonto FC in the first round. Their campaign ended after two losses to Real Sociedad in the second round.