1996 Belarusian Premier League

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Belarusian Premier League
Season 1996
Champions MPKC Mozyr
(1st title)
Relegated Obuvshchik Lida
Vedrich Rechitsa
Champions League MPKC Mozyr
Cup Winners' Cup Belshina Bobruisk
UEFA Cup Dinamo Minsk
Intertoto Cup Dinamo-93 Minsk
Matches played 240
Goals scored 647 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Belarus Andrey Khlebasolaw
(34 goals)
Biggest home win Dinamo Br 7–0 Torpedo-Kadino
(19 June);
Belshina 7–0 Vedrich
(11 August)
Biggest away win Vedrich 0–6 Torpedo Mn
(28 October)
Highest scoring MPKC 7–1 Torpedo-Kadino
(27 July)
1995
1997

1996 Belarusian Premier League was the sixth season of top-tier football in Belarus. It started on 16 April and ended on 10 November 1996. Dinamo Minsk were the defending champions.

Team changes from 1995 season[edit]

Bobruisk, who finished in the last place, have relegated and immediately dissolved after 1995 season. They were replaced by the newcomers Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk, who won the First League in 1995.

Dvina Vitebsk changed their name to Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk and Shinnik Bobruisk were renamed to Belshina Bobruisk. Torpedo Mogilev changed name to Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev in the middle of the season (in September).

Overview[edit]

The championship was played as a double round-robun tournament in the summer season of 1996. MPKC Mozyr won the champions title for the 1st time while spending only two seasons in Premier League and qualified for the next season's Champions League. The championship runners-up Dinamo Minsk qualified for UEFA Cup. Bronze medalists and 1996–97 Cup winners Belshina Bobruisk qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup. Obuvshchik Lida and Vedrich Rechitsa, placed 15th and 16th respectively, relegated to the First League.

Teams and venues[edit]

Team Location Venue Capacity Position in 1995
Dinamo Minsk Minsk Dinamo Stadium (Minsk) [1] 50,050 1
MPKC Mozyr Mozyr Yunost Stadium (Mozyr) 7,500 2
Dinamo-93 Minsk Minsk Traktor Stadium [2] 25,000 3
Ataka-Aura Minsk Minsk Traktor Stadium [3] 25,000 4
Molodechno Molodechno City Stadium 5,600 5
Dnepr Mogilev Mogilev Spartak Stadium (Mogilev) [4] 12,000 6
Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk Vitebsk Dinamo Stadium (Vitebsk) [5] 5,500 7
Neman Grodno Grodno Neman Stadium 14,000 8
Torpedo Minsk Minsk Torpedo Stadium (Minsk) 5,000 9
Dinamo Brest Brest Dinamo Stadium (Brest) 5,400 10
Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev Mogilev Torpedo Stadium (Mogilev) 6,000 11
Obuvshchik Lida Lida Obuvshchik Stadium 3,000 12
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Soligorsk Stroitel Stadium [6] 5,000 13
Vedrich Rechitsa Rechytsa Central Stadium 5,500 14
Belshina Bobruisk Bobruisk Spartak Stadium (Bobruisk) 4,800 15
Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk Novopolotsk Atlant Stadium 6,500 First league, 1
  1. ^ One game played at City Stadium in Lyuban, two games at Traktor Stadium.
  2. ^ Two games played at Kamvolschik Stadium, one game at Dinamo Stadium.
  3. ^ Two games played at Dinamo Stadium.
  4. ^ Ten games played at Khimvolokno Stadium due to renovation works at Spartak Stadium
  5. ^ One game played at City Stadium in Shumilino.
  6. ^ Two games played at Shakhtyor Stadium.

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 MPKC Mozyr (C) 30 24 4 2 64 17 +47 76 1997–98 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Dinamo Minsk 30 23 6 1 83 20 +63 75 1997–98 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Belshina Bobruisk 30 20 3 7 67 32 +35 63 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round
4 Dinamo-93 Minsk 30 17 5 8 44 30 +14 56 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group stage
5 Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk 30 13 10 7 48 27 +21 49
6 Ataka-Aura Minsk 30 13 5 12 31 42 −11 44
7 Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk 30 13 4 13 43 52 −9 43
8 Molodechno 30 11 8 11 42 33 +9 41
9 Dnepr Mogilev 30 11 6 13 33 36 −3 39
10 Dinamo Brest 30 7 11 12 39 43 −4 32
11 Shakhtyor Soligorsk 30 8 5 17 29 50 −21 29
12 Torpedo Minsk 30 7 8 15 32 53 −21 29
13 Neman Grodno 30 7 8 15 25 48 −23 29
14 Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev 30 7 6 17 27 64 −37 27
15 Obuvshchik Lida (R) 30 6 6 18 26 43 −17 24 Relegation to 1997 First League
16 Vedrich Rechitsa (R) 30 4 3 23 14 57 −43 15

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head
(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.

Belarusian clubs in Euporean Cups[edit]

Round Team #1 Agg. Team #1 1st leg 2nd leg
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup
Group stage Ataka-Aura Minsk Belarus 0–4 Russia Rotor Volgograd 0–4
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 1–2 Belarus Ataka-Aura Minsk 1–2
Ataka-Aura Minsk Belarus 0–3 Turkey Antalyaspor 0–3
Basel Switzerland 5–0 Belarus Ataka-Aura Minsk 5–0
1996–97 UEFA Cup
Preliminary round Dinamo-93 Minsk Belarus 4–2 Moldova Tiligul Tiraspol 3–1 1–1
Bohemians Republic of Ireland 1–1 (a) Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–1 0–0
Qualifying round Helsingborgs Sweden 4–1 Belarus Dinamo-93 Minsk 1–1 3–0
Dinamo Minsk Belarus 2–3 Turkey Beşiktaş 2–1 0–2
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Qualifying round MPKC Mozyr Belarus 2–3 Iceland KR Reykjavik 2–2 0–1

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Belarus Andrey Khlebasolaw Belshina Bobruisk 34
2 Belarus Uladzimir Makowski Dinamo Minsk 23
3 Belarus Alyaksandr Vyazhevich Molodechno 20
4 Belarus Sergey Yaromko MPKC Mozyr 14
5 Belarus Alyaksandr Kulchy MPKC Mozyr 13
6 Belarus Vitaliy Kirilko Dinamo Brest 12
Russia Vladimir Solodukhin Dnepr Mogilev 12
8 Ukraine Ruslan Lyashenko Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk 11
Belarus Vladimir Putrash Belshina Bobruisk 11
10 Belarus Aleksandr Volovik Torpedo Minsk 10

See also[edit]

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