Belarusian Premier League

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Belarusian Premier League
Country  Belarus
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Belarusian First League
Domestic cup(s) Belarusian Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions BATE Borisov
(2016)
Most championships BATE Borisov (12 titles)
TV partners Belarus 5
2016 Belarusian Premier League

The Belarusian Premier League or the Vysheyshaya Liga (Belarusian: Вышэйшая ліга, top league) is the top division of professional football in Belarus, and is organized by the Belarusian Football Federation. The number of teams in the competition has varied over the years from as high as 17 (1992–93 season) to as low as 11 (2012). As of 2016, the league includes 16 teams. Each team plays every other team twice during the course of the season. At the end of the season two teams are relegated to the Belarusian First League, and two are promoted from the First League to replace them.

BATE Borisov are the current champions and most successful team, with 12 titles.

History[edit]

The Belarusian Premier League was organized in 1992. The first participants were: Dinamo Minsk, the only Belarusian side in the former Soviet Top League, five teams from the lower tiers of the Soviet league system, and ten teams who were previous competitors in the Belarusian SSR First League.

Immediately after the organization of the league, it was decided to change its season from a Soviet-style summer season to a European-style winter season. To make that possible, the first season was shortened, consisting of a single round-robin tournament between 16 teams, finishing in mid-summer. Due to the shortened season, no team was relegated from the Premier League and only one was promoted from the First League. The 1992–93 season had 17 teams, but was reduced back to 16 teams for the following season. In 1995, the winter season experiment was proven unsuccessful due to poor weather and field conditions in Belarus in the late autumn and early spring. The season was changed back to summer, and the 1995 championship was again held as a single round-robin tournament. Every season since 1996 has been played in the summer.

Throughout the 2000s, the number of competing teams has changed several times. In 2001, the league was reduced to 14 teams, but expanded back to 16 in 2003. In 2005, after two teams withdrew before the start of the season, the league was once again reduced to 14 clubs, but expanded again to 16 teams in 2008. That same year, the decision was made to gradually reduce the number of teams even more, starting with 14 teams in 2009 and 12 in 2010 onwards. 2012 season was played with only 11 teams due to last minute exclusion of Partizan Minsk.

In its earliest years, the league was dominated by Dinamo Minsk, who won the league five times in a row between 1992 and 1995. During the next ten seasons, seven different teams finished as champions: Slavia Mozyr (1996 as MPKC Mozyr, 2000), Dinamo Minsk (1997, 2004), Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev (1998), BATE Borisov (1999, 2002), Belshina Bobruisk (2001), Gomel (2003), Shakhtyor Soligorsk (2005). Since 2006, BATE Borisov has dominated the league, winning ten championships in a row (2006–2015), and becoming the first Belarusian team to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (2008, 2011, 2012, and 2015) and the UEFA Europa League (2009 and 2010).

Premier League in 2015[edit]

Team Location Venue Capacity Position in 2014
BATE Borisov Borisov Arena 12,896 1st
Belshina Bobruisk Spartak Stadium 3,700 10th
Dinamo Brest Brest OSK Brestskiy 10,060 11th
Dinamo Minsk Minsk Traktor Stadium 16,500 2nd
Gomel Gomel Central Stadium 14,307 6th
Granit Mikashevichi Polesye Stadium 3,100 First League, 1st
Minsk Minsk Torpedo Stadium 4,820 7th
Naftan Novopolotsk Atlant Stadium 4,500 5th
Neman Grodno Neman Stadium 8,500 8th
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Stroitel Stadium 4,200 3rd
Slavia Mozyr Yunost Stadium 5,300 First League, 2nd
Slutsk Slutsk City Stadium 1,896 9th
Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino Torpedo Stadium 3,020 4th
Vitebsk Vitebsk Vitebsky CSK 8,100 First League, 3rd
Locations of teams in the 2015 Belarusian Premier League

Soviet era champions[edit]

Champions and top scorers[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third place Top scorer
1992
Dinamo Minsk Dnepr Mogilev Dinamo Brest Belarus Andrey Skorobogatko (Dnepr Mogilev) (11)
1992–93
Dinamo Minsk KIM Vitebsk Belarus Minsk Belarus Sergey Baranovsky (Dinamo Minsk) (19)
Belarus Miroslav Romaschenko (Vedrich Rechitsa / Dnepr Mogilev) (19)
1993–94
Dinamo Minsk Dinamo-93 Minsk KIM Vitebsk Belarus Pyotr Kachuro (Dinamo-93 Minsk / Dinamo Minsk) (21)
1994–95
Dinamo Minsk Dvina Vitebsk Dinamo-93 Minsk Belarus Pavel Shavrov (Dinamo-93 Minsk) (19)
1995
Dinamo Minsk MPKC Mozyr Dinamo-93 Minsk Belarus Sergey Yaromko (MPKC Mozyr) (16)
1996
MPKC Mozyr Dinamo Minsk Belshina Bobruisk Belarus Andrey Khlebosolov (Belshina Bobruisk) (34)
1997
Dinamo Minsk Belshina Bobruisk Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk Belarus Andrey Khlebosolov (Belshina Bobruisk) (19)
1998
Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev BATE Borisov Belshina Bobruisk Belarus Sergey Yaromko (Torpedo Minsk) (19)
1999
BATE Borisov Slavia Mozyr Gomel Belarus Valery Strypeykis (Slavia Mozyr) (21)
2000
Slavia Mozyr BATE Borisov Dinamo Minsk Belarus Raman Vasilyuk (Slavia Mozyr) (31)
2001
Belshina Bobruisk Dinamo Minsk BATE Borisov Russia Sergei Davydov (Neman-Belcard Grodno) (25)
2002
BATE Borisov Neman Grodno Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus Valery Strypeykis (Belshina Bobruisk) (18)
2003
Gomel BATE Borisov Dinamo Minsk Belarus Gennadi Bliznyuk (Gomel) (18)
Belarus Sergei Kornilenko (Dinamo Minsk) (18)
2004
Dinamo Minsk BATE Borisov Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus Valery Strypeykis (Naftan Novopolotsk) (18)
2005
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Dinamo Minsk MTZ-RIPO Minsk Belarus Valery Strypeykis (Naftan Novopolotsk) (16)
2006
BATE Borisov Dinamo Minsk Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus Alyaksandr Klimenka (Shakhtyor Soligorsk) (17)
2007
BATE Borisov Gomel Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus Raman Vasilyuk (Gomel) (24)
2008
BATE Borisov Dinamo Minsk MTZ-RIPO Minsk Belarus Gennadi Bliznyuk (BATE Borisov) (16)
Belarus Vitali Rodionov (BATE Borisov) (16)
2009
BATE Borisov Dinamo Minsk Dnepr Mogilev Brazil Maycon (Gomel) (15)
2010
BATE Borisov Shakhtyor Soligorsk Minsk Brazil Renan Bressan (BATE Borisov) (15)
2011
BATE Borisov Shakhtyor Soligorsk Gomel Brazil Renan Bressan (BATE Borisov) (13)
2012
BATE Borisov Shakhtyor Soligorsk Dinamo Minsk Belarus Dzmitry Asipenka (Shakhtyor Soligorsk) (14)
2013
BATE Borisov Shakhtyor Soligorsk Dinamo Minsk Belarus Vitali Rodionov (BATE Borisov) (14)
2014
BATE Borisov Dinamo Minsk Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus Mikalay Yanush (Shakhtyor Soligorsk) (15)
2015
BATE Borisov Dinamo Minsk Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus Mikalay Yanush (Shakhtyor Soligorsk) (15)

Performances[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Teams Champion Runner-up Third place
BATE Borisov 12 (1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) 4 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2004) 1 (2001)
Dinamo Minsk 7 (1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995, 1997, 2004) 8 (1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015) 4 (2000, 2003, 2012, 2013)
Slavia Mozyr 2 (1996, 2000) 2 (1995, 1999)
Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1 (2005) 4 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) 6 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015)
Gomel 1 (2003) 1 (2007) 2 (1999, 2011)
Belshina Bobruisk 1 (2001) 1 (1997) 2 (1996, 1998)
Dnepr Mogilev 1 (1998) 1 (1992) 1 (2009)
Vitebsk 2 (1992–93, 1994–95) 2 (1993–94, 1997)
Dinamo-93 Minsk 1 (1993–94) 3 (1992–93, 1994–95, 1995)
Neman Grodno 1 (2002)
Partizan Minsk 2 (2005, 2008)
Dinamo Brest 1 (1992)
Minsk 1 (2010)

All-time table[edit]

As of end of 2015 season.
Rank Club1 Seasons Debut Last
Season
Pld2 W D L Goals Points3 Best Result
1 Dinamo Minsk 25 1992 703 419 153 131 1316–604 1410 1st (1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995, 1997, 2004)
2 BATE Borisov 18 1998 522 344 109 69 1023–397 1141 1st (1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
3 Shakhtyor Soligorsk 25 1992 703 319 176 208 993–748 1123 1st (2005)
4 Neman Grodno 25 1992 704 255 185 264 788–855 950 2nd (2002)
5 Dnepr Mogilev 23 1992 2014 647 252 161 234 869–788 917 1st (1998)
6 Dinamo Brest 25 1992 703 234 168 301 821–954 870 3rd (1992)
7 Gomel 21 1992 2015 563 229 121 213 727–710 808 1st (2003)
8 Belshina Bobruisk 19 1993–94 548 214 118 216 750–725 760 1st (2001)
9 Vitebsk 20 1992 553 203 144 208 634–692 747 2nd (1992–93, 1994–95)
10 Naftan Novopolotsk 19 1996 555 179 117 259 673–842 649 4th (2009)
11 Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino 16 1992 453 157 114 182 500–545 585 4th (2004, 2005, 2007, 2014)
12 Torpedo-SKA Minsk 14 1992 2004 383 151 106 126 457–416 559 4th (2002, 2003)
13 Slavia-Mozyr 14 1995 390 157 79 154 581–564 550 1st (1996, 2000)
14 Dinamo-93 Minsk 7 1992–93 1998 181 99 43 39 296–157 340 2nd (1993–94)
15 Minsk 8 2007 238 90 51 97 289–282 321 3rd (2010)
16 Molodechno-2000 12 1992 2003 323 80 80 163 339–490 320 4th (1994–95)
17 Partizan Minsk 7 2004 2010 198 80 42 76 288–281 282 3rd (2005, 2008)
18 Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev 10 1992 2000 271 64 76 131 266–444 268 7th (1992)
19 Vedrich-97 Rechitsa 8 1992 2001 208 46 44 118 167–327 182 8th (1992)
20 Darida Minsk Raion 6 2003 2008 168 44 38 86 165–252 170 8th (2006)
21 Bobruisk 5 1992 1995 122 44 34 44 119–145 166 4th (1992)
22 Lida 7 1992 2000 182 38 46 98 144–289 160 8th (1994–95)
23 Ataka Minsk 3 1995 1997 75 29 16 30 86–93 103 4th (1995)
24 Granit Mikashevichi 3 2008 82 26 25 31 92–105 103 5th (2015)
25 Lokomotiv Minsk 4 2003 2008 112 23 25 64 100–187 94 11th (2005)
26 Lokomotiv Vitebsk 4 1992 1994–95 107 22 27 58 82–181 93 10th (1993–94)
27 Zvezda-BGU Minsk 4 2002 2005 112 21 23 68 106–228 86 12th (2002, 2003)
28 Smorgon 3 2007 2009 82 18 26 38 58–114 80 8th (2008)
29 Slutsk 2 2014 58 17 14 27 52–64 65 9th (2014)
30 Kommunalnik Slonim 3 1997 2000 89 15 17 57 66–191 62 11th (1997)
31 Stroitel Starye Dorogi 3 1992 1993–94 77 14 18 45 48–117 60 14th (1992, 1992–93)
32 Transmash Mogilev 1 1997 1997 30 8 4 18 30–52 28 14th (1997)
33 Savit Mogilev 1 2008 2008 30 5 6 19 28–61 21 15th (2008)
34 Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi 1 1999 1999 30 4 4 22 24–74 16 15th (1999)
35 Isloch Minsk Raion 0 2016 0 0 0 0 0–0 0 TBD
36 Gorodeya 0 2016 0 0 0 0 0–0 0 TBD
35 Krumkachy Minsk 0 2016 0 0 0 0 0–0 0 TBD
  1. For clubs that have been renamed, their name at the time of their most recent season in the Premier League is given. The current members are listed in bold.
  2. Includes 2002 championship play-off, 2004 relegation play-off and 14 games of Dinamo-93 in 1998 season.
  3. For the purposes of this table, each win is worth 3 points. The three-points system was adopted in fall 1995 season.

Player of the year[edit]

Belarusian Premier League Player of the year is an annual award given by a sports newspaper Pressball.

Season Player Club
1992
Belarus Valyantsin Byalkevich Dinamo Minsk
1992–93
Belarus Sergey Gotsmanov Dinamo Minsk
1993–94
Belarus Yury Shukanov Dinamo Minsk
1994–95
Belarus Valyantsin Byalkevich Dinamo Minsk
1995
Belarus Valyantsin Byalkevich Dinamo Minsk
1996
Belarus Alyaksandr Kulchy MPKC Mozyr
1997
Belarus Andrei Lavrik Dinamo Minsk
1998
Belarus Aleh Konanaw Torpedo Minsk
1999
Russia Dmitri Karsakov Slavia Mozyr
2000
Belarus Aleksandr Lisovsky BATE Borisov
2001
Belarus Vitali Kutuzov BATE Borisov
2002
Belarus Dzmitry Likhtarovich BATE Borisov
2003
Belarus Timofei Kalachev Shakhtyor Soligorsk
2004
Belarus Andrey Razin Dinamo Minsk
2005
Belarus Vital Valadzyankow Dinamo Minsk
2006
Belarus Oleg Strakhanovich MTZ-RIPO Minsk
2007
Belarus Raman Vasilyuk Gomel
2008
Belarus Vitali Rodionov BATE Borisov
2009
Belarus Sergey Krivets BATE Borisov
2010
Brazil Renan Bressan BATE Borisov
2011
Brazil Renan Bressan BATE Borisov
2012
Belarus Stanislaw Drahun Dinamo Minsk
2013
Belarus Alexander Hleb BATE Borisov
2014
2015

Reserves League[edit]

An annual league competition is organized for the reserve teams of Premier League clubs since 2001. This tournament was won by the reserves of Dinamo Minsk (7 titles), Gomel (2 titles), Shakhtyor Soligorsk (2 titles), BATE Borisov (1 title), Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino (1 title) and Dnepr Mogilev (1 title).

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