2007 Belarusian Premier League

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Belarusian Premier League
Season2007
ChampionsBATE Borisov
4th title
RelegatedMinsk
UEFA Champions LeagueBATE Borisov
UEFA CupGomel
MTZ-RIPO Minsk
UEFA Intertoto CupShakhtyor Soligorsk
Matches played182
Goals scored407 (2.24 per match)
Top goalscorerBelarus Raman Vasilyuk (24)
Biggest home winGomel 4–0 Dnepr;
Dinamo Brest 4–0 Smorgon;
Gomel 4–0 Darida
Biggest away winDarida 2–7 Gomel
Highest scoringDarida 2–7 Gomel
2006
2008

Belarusian Premier League 2007 was the 17th season of top-tier football in Belarus. It started on April 14 and ended on November 10, 2007. BATE Borisov were the defending champions.

Team changes from 2006 season[edit]

Lokomotiv Minsk and Belshina Bobruisk were the two teams relegated after the 2006 season, having finished in 13th and 14th place respectively. They were replaced by 2005 First League champions Minsk and runners-up Smorgon. Lokomotiv Vitebsk changed their name to Vitebsk.

Overview[edit]

BATE Borisov won their 4th champions title and qualified for the next season's Champions League. The championship runners-up Gomel and 2007–08 Cup winners MTZ-RIPO Minsk qualified for UEFA Cup. Due to Premiere League expansion to 16 teams starting with next season, only one team (Minsk, who finished in the last place) relegated to the First League.

Teams and venues[edit]

Team Location Venue Capacity Position in 2006
BATE Borisov City Stadium 5,500 1
Dinamo Minsk Minsk Dinamo, Minsk 41,040 2
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Stroitel 5,000 3
MTZ-RIPO Minsk Traktor 17,600 4
Gomel Gomel Central, Gomel 11,800 5
Vitebsk Vitebsk Central, Vitebsk 8,300 6
Naftan Novopolotsk Atlant 6,500 7
Darida Minsk Raion Darida 6,000 8
Dinamo Brest Brest OSK Brestskiy 10,080 9
Neman Grodno Neman 6,300 10
Torpedo Zhodino Torpedo, Zhodino 3,020 11
Dnepr Mogilev Spartak, Mogilev 11,200 12
Minsk Minsk Torpedo, Minsk 5,200 First league, 1
Smorgon Smorgon Yunost 3,500 First league, 2

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 BATE Borisov (C) 26 18 2 6 50 25 +25 56 2008–09 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Gomel 26 12 8 6 49 28 +21 44 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Shakhtyor Soligorsk 26 12 8 6 41 27 +14 44 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
4 Torpedo Zhodino 26 11 10 5 28 21 +7 43
5 MTZ-RIPO Minsk 26 11 9 6 32 25 +7 42 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
6 Neman Grodno 26 9 9 8 23 22 +1 36
7 Naftan Novopolotsk 26 9 9 8 28 30 −2 36
8 Vitebsk 26 9 8 9 25 28 −3 35
9 Dinamo Minsk 26 8 11 7 27 28 −1 35
10 Smorgon 26 6 8 12 15 29 −14 26
11 Darida Minsk Raion 26 7 4 15 27 46 −19 25
12 Dinamo Brest 26 6 7 13 23 31 −8 25
13 Dnepr Mogilev 26 5 8 13 21 33 −12 23
14 Minsk (R) 26 4 9 13 18 34 −16 21 Relegation to First League
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

Belarusian clubs in Euporean Cups[edit]

Round Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup
First round Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus 4–3 Armenia Ararat Yerevan 4–1 0–2
Second round Chernomorets Odessa Ukraine 6–2 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk 4–2 2–0
2007–08 UEFA Cup
First qualifying round Liepājas Metalurgs Latvia 3–2 Belarus Dinamo Brest 1–1 2–1
Skonto Riga Latvia 1–3 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–1 0–2
Second qualifying round Dinamo Minsk Belarus 1–5 Denmark Odense 1–1 0–4
First round Villarreal Spain 6–1 Belarus BATE Borisov 4–1 2–0
2007–08 UEFA Champions League
First qualifying round APOEL Nicosia Cyprus 2–3 Belarus BATE Borisov 2–0 0–3 (aet)
Second qualifying round Hafnarfjarðar Iceland 2–4 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–3 1–1
Thind qualifying round BATE Borisov Belarus 2–4 Romania Steaua Bucureşti 2–2 0–2

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Belarus Raman Vasilyuk Gomel 24
2 Belarus Gennadi Bliznyuk BATE Borisov 18
3 Belarus Vitali Rodionov BATE Borisov 14
Belarus Valery Strypeykis Gomel 14
5 Belarus Andrey Sherakow Torpedo Zhodino 10
6 Russia Aleksandr Alumona Neman Grodno 9
Belarus Syarhey Nikiforenka Shakhtyor Soligorsk 9
Belarus Viktor Sokol Dinamo Brest 9
9 Belarus Alyaksandr Klimenka Shakhtyor Soligorsk 8
Belarus Ruslan Usaw Vitebsk 8

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