2008–09 Ukrainian Premier League
|Champions League||Dynamo Kyiv
|Europa League||Metalist Kharkiv
Vorskla Poltava (via Ukrainian Cup)
|Goals scored||551 (2.3 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Oleksandr Kovpak (17) (Tavriya Simferopol)|
|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 Simferopol and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. The last round of matches were played on 26 May 2009. A total of 16 teams participated in the league, 14 of which had contested in the 2007–08 season, and two of which 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 15-point lead over the defending champions and current runners-up Shakhtar Donetsk.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Managers and captains
- 3 Qualification to European competitions for 2009–10
- 4 League table
- 5 Results
- 6 Round by Round
- 7 Top scorers
- 8 Season awards
- 9 Stadiums
- 10 Medal squads
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
- FC Illichivets Mariupol, champion of the 2007-08 Ukrainian First League – (returning after absence of a season)
- FC Lviv, runner-up of the 2007-08 Ukrainian First League – (debut)
Managers and captains
Qualification to European competitions for 2009–10
- After the 23rd Round, Dynamo Kyiv qualified for European football for the 2009–10 season.
- After the 26th Round, Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for European football for the 2009–10 season, while Dynamo Kyiv - for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League with an away 1–0 win over Zorya Luhansk.
- 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.
- After the 28th Round, Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League with an away 3–0 win over Zorya Luhansk.
- After the 30th Round, Metalurh Donetsk qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League with the 0–0 home draw against Arsenal Kyiv.
- After beating Shakhtar Donetsk in the final of the 2008–09 Ukrainian Cup (1–0), Vorskla qualified for the Europa League play-off round, which qualified Metalist for the Europa League third qualification round and Metalurh for the second qualification round
Timeline of qualification
||Qualification or relegation
|1||FC 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|
|12||Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||30||8||8||14||21||36||−15||32|
|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||122|
Source: Premier League website (Ukrainian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd overall wins; 3rd goal difference; 4th goals scored
1Chornomorets were docked 6 points for failing to satisfy contractual obligations with the Bosnian player Đorđe Inđić.
2On 6 May 2009 FC Kharkiv were docked 3 points by the Disciplinary Committee of the FPL (application fees).
(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.
|Home ╲ Away||ARK||CHO||DNI||DYN||ILL||KAR||KHA||KRY||LVI||MET||MDO||MZA||SHA||TAV||VOR||ZOR|
|FC 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|
|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|
- (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
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|
|FC 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|
|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|
Source: kicker.de (German)
|1||Oleksandr Kovpak||17 (6)||Tavriya Simferopol|
|2||Ismaël Bangoura||13 (1)||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Oleksandr Aliev||13 (3)||Dynamo Kyiv|
|4||Jajá||11 (1)||Metalist Kharkiv|
|5||Serhiy Kuznetsov||10||Karpaty Lviv|
|Parid Xhihani||10||Zorya Luhansk|
|Artem Milevskiy||10 (1)||Dynamo Kyiv|
|8||Tiberiu Ghioane||9||Dynamo Kyiv|
|9||Oleksandr Kosyrin||8||Chornomorets Odesa|
|Marko Dević||8 (2)||Metalist Kharkiv|
|Ricardo Fernandes||8 (6)||Metalurh Donetsk|
The laureates of the 2008–09 UPL season were:
- Best player: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk)
- Best coach: Mircea Lucescu (Shakhtar Donetsk)
- Best arbiter: Andriy Shandor (Lviv)
- Best goalscorer: Oleksandr Kovpak (Tavriya Simferopol)
- Fair play prize: Dynamo Kyiv
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. 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 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.
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk has moved this season to the newly built Dnipro Stadium, but still played some of its games at Stadium Meteor on occasion. Also 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). Late in April FC Lviv returned for home fixtures at Kniazha Arena.
List of home stadiums
|1||Dnipro Stadium||31,003||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||Moved from Stadium Meteor (12 games)|
|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
|Temporarily leased to FC Arsenal|
|10||Illichivets Stadium||12,680||Illichivets Mariupol|
|11||Slavutych Arena||11,983||Metalurh Zaporizhya|
|12||Dynamo Stadium (Kharkiv)||9,000||FC Kharkiv||FC Kharkiv played only its last four games (all lost)|
|13||Metalurh Stadium||5,300||Metalurh Donetsk|
|14||Spartak Stadium||5,000||Chornomorets Odesa||Chornomorets' secondary home ground.|
|15||Kniazha Arena||3,220||FC Lviv||FC Lviv's home ground in Dobromyl|
Auxiliary or former home stadiums
|1||Chornomorets Stadium||34,362||Chornomorets Odesa||Home ground for the first half (9 games)|
|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||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|
|7||Obolon Stadium||4,300||Arsenal Kyiv||Lent to Arsenal Kyiv by Obolon Kyiv|
|8||Bannikov Stadium||1,678||Arsenal Kyiv, FC Lviv||Lent to Arsenal Kyiv and FC Lviv by FFU|
|9||Dynamo Club Stadium||750||Arsenal Kyiv||Lent to Arsenal Kyiv by Dynamo Kyiv|
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)
Note: Players in italic are those whose playing position is uncertain.
- Ukrainian Premier League reserves 2008-09
- Ukrainian First League 2008-09
- Ukrainian Second League 2008-09
- Ukrainian Cup 2008–09
- UEFA Cup 2008-09
- "Chornomorets deducted 6 points" (in Russian). UA Football. 2009-03-02. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
- 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.
- Тепер у Луцьку! (Now in Lutsk) (Ukrainian)
- [September 14, 2008]
- FPL: Game Report – Venue Dynamo Stadium used as home ground by FC Kharkiv (Ukrainian)
- At Dynamo, Kharkiv played against Tavria, Lviv, Metalurh Donetsk and Metalist.
- FPL: Game Report – Venue Spartak Stadium used as home ground (Ukrainian)
- Renovations in preparation for UEFA Euro 2012 since the start of 2009
- FPL: Game Report – Venue Avanhard Stadium (Lutsk) used as home ground (Ukrainian)
- "Metalist-Kryvbas match report". Fpl.ua. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
- FPL: Game Report – Venue Obolon Stadium used as home ground (Ukrainian)
- FPL: Game Report – Venue Bannikov Stadion used as home ground by Arsenal (Ukrainian)
- FPL: Game Report – Venue Bannikov Stadion used as home ground by FC Lviv (Ukrainian)
- FPL: Game Report – Venue Dynamo Club Stadion used as home ground (Ukrainian)