2018 Moldovan National Division

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Divizia Națională
Season2018
Dates1 April 2018 – 24 November 2018
ChampionsSheriff
17th title
RelegatedZaria
Champions LeagueSheriff
Europa LeagueMilsami
Petrocub
Speranța
Matches played112
Goals scored269 (2.4 per match)
Top goalscorerVladimir Ambros
(12 goals)
Best goalkeeperSerghei Pașcenco (11 clean sheets)
Biggest home winSheriff 4–0 Sf. Gheorghe
(16 June 2018)
Sheriff 5–1 Zaria
(1 July 2018)
Milsami 4–0 Dinamo-Auto
(1 July 2018)
Biggest away winDinamo-Auto 0–5 Sheriff
(10 June 2018)
Highest scoringSf. Gheorghe 3–6 Petrocub
(14 April 2018)
Longest winning run6 matches
Sheriff
Longest unbeaten run11 matches
Sheriff
Longest winless run12 matches
Dinamo-Auto
Longest losing run6 matches
Dinamo-Auto
Highest attendance5,500
Zimbru 0–0 Petrocub
(22 September 2018)
Lowest attendance50
Dinamo-Auto 0–0 Sf. Gheorghe
(20 May 2018)
Dinamo-Auto 1–2 Speranța
(27 June 2018)
Dinamo-Auto 3–0 Zimbru
(1 September 2018)
Dinamo-Auto 1–0 Milsami
(22 September 2018)
Zaria 1–1 Sf. Gheorghe
(10 November 2018)
Total attendance91,220
Average attendance814
2017
2019

The 2018 Moldovan National Division (Romanian: Divizia Națională) was the 28th season of top-tier football in Moldova. The season started on 1 April 2018 and ended on 24 November 2018. Fixtures were announced on 19 March 2018. Sheriff Tiraspol were the defending champions. The winners of the league this season earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, and the second, third and fourth placed clubs earned a place in the first qualifying round of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.[1]

Teams[edit]

Location of teams in 2018 Divizia Națională

Number of teams by region[edit]

Region Number of teams Club(s)
Transnistria Transnistria 2 Dinamo-Auto and Sheriff
Bălți Bălți 1 Zaria
Chișinău Chișinău Zimbru
Hîncești Hîncești Petrocub-Hîncești
Ialoveni Ialoveni Sfântul Gheorghe
Nisporeni Nisporeni Speranța
Orhei Orhei Milsami

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Dinamo-Auto Tiraspol Dinamo-Auto Stadium, Tîrnauca 1,300
Milsami Orhei Complexul Sportiv Raional 3,000
Petrocub-Hîncești Sărata-Galbenă Stadionul Municipal, Hîncești 1,000
Sfântul Gheorghe Suruceni Suruceni Stadium 1,500
Sheriff Tiraspol Sheriff Stadium 12,726
Speranța Nisporeni Complexul Sportiv Raional, Orhei 3,000
Zaria Bălți Stadionul Orășenesc 7,000
Zimbru Chișinău Zimbru Stadium 10,400

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Dinamo-Auto Russia Igor Dobrovolski Moldova Vitalie Bordian Joma OM
Milsami Moldova Veaceslav Rusnac Moldova Andrei Cojocari Kelme Dufremol, Avia Invest, Moldclassica
Petrocub-Hîncești Moldova Lilian Popescu Moldova Vladimir Ambros Joma CUN Auto Rentals, MAIB
Sfântul Gheorghe Moldova Serghei Cebotari Moldova Vitalie Plămădeală Macron Niagara fitness club, Craft Meat
Sheriff Croatia Goran Sablić Bosnia and Herzegovina Mateo Sušić Adidas IDC
Speranța Moldova Cristian Efros Moldova Ștefan Efros Nike Orom Imexpo, Mticket.md
Zaria Moldova Alexandru Patraman Moldova Vladimir Livșiț Joma Fundația Renato Usatîi, Bălți, OM
Zimbru Romania Sorin Colceag Moldova Ion Jardan Joma Chateau Vartely, amg-holding.md

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position
in table
Replaced by Date of appointment
Dinamo-Auto Moldova Veaceslav Semionov End of caretaker spell End of 2017 season[2] Pre-season Moldova Viorel Frunză 20 January 2018[3]
Zimbru Moldova Iurie Osipenco Sacked End of 2017 season[4] Moldova Vladimir Aga 23 February 2018[5]
Zaria Romania Ștefan Stoica Sacked 13 December 2017[6] Moldova Vlad Goian 5 February 2018[7]
Dinamo-Auto Moldova Viorel Frunză Demoted to assistant coach 19 March 2018[8] Russia Igor Dobrovolski 19 March 2018[9]
Sfântul Gheorghe Moldova Serghei Secu Resigned 15 April 2018 8th Moldova Serghei Cebotari 15 April 2018[10]
Sheriff Italy Roberto Bordin Resigned 24 April 2018[11] 1st Moldova Victor Mihailov (interim) 24 April 2018[12]
Moldova Victor Mihailov End of caretaker spell 7 June 2018 1st Croatia Goran Sablić 7 June 2018[13]
Zimbru Moldova Vladimir Aga Removed from position 12 June 2018 7th Moldova Serghei Secu 12 June 2018[14]
Moldova Serghei Secu Sacked 1 August 2018 5th Romania Sorin Colceag 1 August 2018[15]
Zaria Moldova Vlad Goian Sacked 25 October 2018 8th Moldova Alexandru Patraman (interim) 25 October 2018[16]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sheriff Tiraspol (C) 28 19 6 3 58 14 +44 63 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Milsami Orhei 28 13 6 9 36 24 +12 45[a] Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
3 Petrocub-Hîncești 28 12 9 7 38 28 +10 45[a]
4 Speranța Nisporeni 28 9 11 8 27 26 +1 38
5 Zimbru Chișinău 28 9 9 10 28 37 −9 36
6 Dinamo-Auto 28 7 7 14 25 43 −18 28
7 Sfântul Gheorghe 28 6 8 14 30 50 −20 26
8 Zaria Bălți (R) 28 4 10 14 26 46 −20 22 Relegation to Division "A"
Source: FMF, UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only if deciding champion when two teams tied); 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored; 6) Head-to-head goals scored; 7) Matches won; 8) Goal difference; 9) Goals scored; 10) Less red cards; 11) Less yellow cards.[17]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Milsami ahead of Petrocub on head-to-head points: Milsami : 7p, Petrocub : 4p.
  2. ^ Since the winners of 2018–19 Moldovan Cup, Sheriff Tiraspol, qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the Cup winner (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the next best-placed team (the fourth-placed team).

Results[edit]

Matches 1−14

Teams will play each other twice (once home, once away).

Home \ Away DIN MIL PET SFÎ SHE SPE ZAR ZIM
Dinamo-Auto 0–2 2–2 0–0 0–5 1–2 0–0 1–3
Milsami Orhei 4–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–0
Petrocub-Hîncești 0–3 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–0[a]
Sfântul Gheorghe 0–1 0–1 3–6 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–0
Sheriff Tiraspol 5–2 0–0 3–0 4–0 3–0 5–1 3–1
Speranța Nisporeni 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1
Zaria Bălți 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1
Zimbru Chișinău 2–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–3[b]
Source: FMF, Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Zimbru received a 0–3 technical loss in a away game against Petrocub due to violation of regulations. The original match ended in a 2–1 victory for Petrocub [18]
  2. ^ Zimbru received a 0–3 technical loss in a home game against Zaria due to violation of regulations. The original match ended in a 4–3 victory for Zimbru.[18]
Matches 15−28

Teams will play each other twice (once home, once away).

Home \ Away DIN MIL PET SFÎ SHE SPE ZAR ZIM
Dinamo-Auto 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 3–0[a]
Milsami Orhei 0–1 1–2 3–0 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–1
Petrocub-Hîncești 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1
Sfântul Gheorghe 5–2 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–0 3–1
Sheriff Tiraspol 2–0 1–1 0–0 4–1 2–0 5–2 3–0[b]
Speranța Nisporeni 1–0 1–0 1–2 4–1 0–0 1–2 1–3
Zaria Bălți 1–1 3–4 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–1
Zimbru Chișinău 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–3[c] 3–1
Source: FMF, Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Zimbru received a 0–3 technical loss in a away game against Dinamo-Auto due to violation of regulations. The original match ended in a 1–1 draw.[18]
  2. ^ Zimbru received a 0–3 technical loss in a away game against Sheriff due to violation of regulations. The original match ended in a 3–0 victory for Sheriff.[18]
  3. ^ Zimbru received a 0–3 technical loss in a home game against Speranța due to violation of regulations. The original match ended in a 1–0 victory for Zimbru.[18]

Results by round[edit]

The following table represents the teams game results in each round.

Team 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
Dinamo-Auto W D D L L W L D D L D D L L L L L L W[a] L W W D L L L W W
Milsami Orhei W W L W D L W D W W W W D W D D L W W L L L L D W W L L
Petrocub-Hîncești L L W W D L D W L W D D W W[a] W D L D W W D D W D W W L L
Sfântul Gheorghe L D L L D W D D W L L D L D W L W L L W L L W D L L D L
Sheriff Tiraspol W W W W D W W L D W W W D W L W W W W W[a] W D D D W W L W
Speranța Nisporeni D L D D D W D L D D D L W D D L W W[a] L W W L D W L L W W
Zaria Bălți D D D L D L L W D L L D W[a] L D W L D L L L W D L L L D L
Zimbru Chișinău L D D D W L D D L D D L L[b] L[b] D W W L[b] L[b] L[b] D W L W W W W W

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[19]
1 Moldova Vladimir Ambros Petrocub 12
2 Sierra Leone Alhaji Kamara Sheriff 9
3 Belgium Ziguy Badibanga Sheriff 8
Luxembourg Gerson Rodrigues Sheriff
5 Moldova Eugeniu Rebenja Dinamo-Auto 7
Moldova Mihai Plătică Milsami
Moldova Alexandru Antoniuc Milsami
8 Moldova Sergiu Istrati Sf. Gheorghe 6
9 Moldova Ion Nicolaescu Zimbru 5
Russia Aleksandr Butenko Milsami
Moldova Artiom Puntus Sf. Gheorghe (3) & Petrocub (2)
Moldova Denis Janu Dinamo-Auto
Moldova Evgheni Oancea Sheriff
Moldova Alexandru Bejan Petrocub (3) & Dinamo-Auto (2)
Moldova Vadim Gulceac Zaria
Moldova Alexandru Suvorov Sf. Gheorghe
Moldova Ilie Damașcan Zimbru

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player Home Away Result Date
Sierra Leone Alhaji Kamara Sheriff Sfântul Gheorghe 4–0 16 June 2018
Brazil Conrado Zaria Milsami 3–4 1 September 2018

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists[20]
1 Belgium Ziguy Badibanga Sheriff 8
2 Moldova Artur Pătraș Petrocub 7
Moldova Vadim Gulceac Zaria
4 Croatia Antun Palić Sheriff 6
Moldova Vadim Paireli Sf. Gheorghe (3) & Petrocub (3)
Moldova Vadim Rață Milsami
7 Moldova Alexandru Onica Zimbru 5
Moldova Mihai Plătică Milsami
9 Moldova Vladislav Ivanov Petrocub 4
Belarus Yury Kendysh Sheriff
Moldova Anatol Cheptine Dinamo-Auto
Brazil Cristiano da Silva Sheriff
Moldova Ilie Damașcan Zimbru
Moldova Dinu Graur Milsami

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean sheets[21]
1 Moldova Serghei Pașcenco Sheriff 11
2 Russia Daniil Avdyushkin Speranța 9
Moldova Radu Mîțu Milsami
Moldova Dumitru Celeadnic Petrocub
5 Moldova Cristian Avram Dinamo-Auto 8
6 Moldova Dorian Railean Sf. Gheorghe 6
7 Portugal Mickaël Meira Zimbru 5
Croatia Zvonimir Mikulić Sheriff
9 Moldova Vladimir Livșiț Zaria 4
10 Moldova Victor Buga Zimbru 3

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Sheriff Tiraspol 19,420 3,500 600 1,387 +3.2%
2 Zimbru Chișinău 18,010 5,500 350 1,286 +42.9%
3 Zaria Bălți 16,550 2,500 50 1,182 −23.4%
4 Milsami Orhei 14,920 2,000 120 1,065 +5.3%
5 Petrocub-Hîncești 12,950 1,500 300 925 +30.1%
6 Speranța Nisporeni 4,550 1,000 100 325 −26.8%
7 Sfântul Gheorghe 3,420 400 100 244 −24.2%
8 Dinamo-Auto 1,400 200 50 100 −28.1%
League total 91,220 5,500 50 814 +17.0%

Source: fmf (in Romanian)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Technical win
  2. ^ a b c d e Technical loss

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Country ranking". Bert Kassies.
  2. ^ У Динамо-Авто будет новый главный тренер (in Russian).sports.md
  3. ^ "Viorel Frunze a părăsit Dacia și a preluat clubul Dinamo-Auto" (in Romanian).moldfootball.com
  4. ^ "Iurie Osipenco a fost demis de la Zimbru" (in Romanian).moldfootball.com
  5. ^ "Vladimir Aga noul antrenor principal" (in Romanian).zimbru.md
  6. ^ Заря расторгла контракт со Штефаном Стойкой (in Russian).fczaria.md
  7. ^ Влад Гоян готовит Зарю к новому сезону (in Russian).sports.md
  8. ^ Добровольский сменил Виорела Фрунзе (in Russian).sports.md
  9. ^ "Igor Dobrovolski a devenit antrenorul clubului Dinamo-Auto" (in Romanian).moldfootball.com
  10. ^ "Noul antrenor este Cebotari" (in Romanian).publika.md
  11. ^ "Roberto Bordin said goodbye to the team".fc-sheriff.com
  12. ^ "Victor Mihailov is appointed temporarily as a head coach".fc-sheriff.com
  13. ^ "Goran Sablić new head coach".fc-sheriff.com
  14. ^ "Serghei Secu - noul antrenor principal" (in Romanian).zimbru.md
  15. ^ "Colceag este noul antrenor al clubului Zimbru".publika.md
  16. ^ Влад Гоян отстранен от должности главного тренера (in Russian).fczaria.md
  17. ^ "Regulamentul campionatului R. Moldova la fotbal ediția 2018" [Rules Football Championship Edition 2018 Moldova] (PDF). fmf.md (in Romanian). Moldovan Football Federation.
  18. ^ a b c d e Discipline Commission Decision. Moldovan Football Federation. 28 September 2018
  19. ^ "Players - Divizia Națională - Moldova". Soccerway.
  20. ^ "TOP Assist". moldfootball.com.
  21. ^ "Clean sheets". fmf.md.

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