|Champions||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|Relegated|| Spartak Nalchik |
|Champions League|| Zenit St. Petersburg |
|Europa League|| CSKA Moscow |
|Goals scored||567 (2.44 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Seydou Doumbia (28)|
|Biggest home win|| Kuban 5–0 Volga |
Zenit 5–0 Krasnodar
|Biggest away win|| CSKA 0–4 Dynamo |
Terek 0–4 Lokomotiv
Tom 0–4 Krasnodar
Dynamo 1–5 Zenit
|Highest scoring|| Dynamo 6–2 Terek |
Anzhi 3–5 CSKA
The 2011–12 Russian Premier League is the 20th season of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and 10th under the current Russian Premier League name. The season began on 12 March 2011. The last matches were played on 22 May 2012, as the league switched to an autumn-spring rhythm. Zenit were the defending champions, and managed to successfully defend their title.
The 2011–12 season is a transitional season, as it will stretch over 18 months instead of the conventional 12 months. The unusual length of the season is the result of the decision to adapt the playing year to an autumn-spring rhythm similar to most of the other UEFA leagues.[ citation needed ]
The season will comprise two phases.The first phase will consist of a regular home-and-away schedule, meaning that each team will play the other teams twice for a total of 30 matches per team. The league will then be split into two groups for the second phase, where each team plays another home-and-away schedule against every other team of its respective group.
The top eight teams of the first phase will compete for the championship and the spots for both the 2012–13 Champions League and Europa League. Accordingly, the bottom eight teams will have to avoid relegation. The bottom two teams of this group will be directly relegated, while the 13th- and 14-placed teams will compete in a relegation/promotion playoff with the third- and fourth-placed teams of the 2011–12 National League Championship.
Alania Vladikavkaz and Sibir Novosibirsk were relegated at the end of the 2010 season after finishing the season in the bottom two places. Both teams returned to the First Division, rechristened the National League Championship starting with the 2011–12 season, after just one year.
The relegated teams were replaced by 2010 First Division champions Kuban Krasnodar and runners-up Volga Nizhny Novgorod. Kuban made their immediate return to the Premier League, while Volga is playing their first season at the highest football level of Russia.
In further team changes, Saturn Moscow Oblast was forced to withdraw from the league due to financial reasons. The club did not return at any level of Russian football in the 2011–12 season, as the club was eventually disbanded after amassing debts of RUB 800m.Their former farm club, FC Saturn-2 Moscow Oblast, participates in the Russian Second Division in 2011. Amkar Perm, who originally requested to withdraw as well, revoked this request on 24 January 2011.
In a meeting on 25 January 2011, an extraordinary general meeting of Premier League clubs decided to replace Saturn with FC Krasnodar, the fifth-placed team from the 2010 First Division.Similar to Volga Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar made their debut at the Premier League.
|Team||Location||Head coach||Team captain||Venue||Capacity||2010||Kit Maker||Shirt Sponsor|
|Krasnodar||Krasnodar||Kuban||35,200||D1 5th||Kappa||Home Credit Bank|
|Terek||Grozny||Terek Stadium||30,000||12th||adidas||Fond Akhmad Kadyrov|
|Volga||Nizhny Novgorod||Lokomotiv (Nizhny Novgorod)||17,856||D1 2nd||Puma||MRSK|
|Krasnodar||mutual consensus||7 November 2010||5th (D1)||28 December 2010||pre-season|
|Spartak Nalchik||end of contract||29 November 2010||6th||3 December 2010||pre-season|
|Lokomotiv||sacked||1 December 2010||5th||14 December 2010||pre-season|
|Terek||contract expired||22 December 2010||12th||22 December 2010||pre-season|
|Terek||mutual consensus||15 January 2011||pre-season||18 January 2011||pre-season|
|Dynamo Moscow||mutual consent||21 April 2011||9th||21 April 2011||9th|
|Rostov||resigned||13 May 2011||12th||13 May 2011||12th|
|Lokomotiv||sacked||6 June 2011||5th||7 June 2011||5th|
|Terek||sacked||14 June 2011||14th||15 June 2011||14th|
|Spartak Nalchik||sacked||15 June 2011||16th||16 June 2011||16th|
|Volga||sacked||16 June 2011||12th||16 June 2011||12th|
|Rostov||sacked||20 June 2011||14th||20 June 2011||14th|
|Krylia Sovetov||sacked||28 June 2011||16th||30 June 2011||16th|
|Rostov||caretaking spell over||1 July 2011||14th||1 July 2011||14th|
|Lokomotiv||caretaking spell over||1 July 2011||8th||1 July 2011||8th|
|Tom||resigned||19 September 2011||14th||19 September 2011||14th|
|Tom||caretaking spell over||27 September 2011||14th||27 September 2011||14th|
|Terek||caretaking spell over||27 September 2011||11th||27 September 2011||11th|
|Amkar||sacked||27 September 2011||13th||29 September 2011||13th|
|Anzhi||sacked||29 September 2011||7th||29 September 2011||8th|
|Anzhi||caretaking spell over||27 December 2011||8th||27 December 2011||8th|
|Anzhi||resigned||13 February 2012||8th||13 February 2012||8th|
|Anzhi||caretaking spell over||17 February 2012||8th||17 February 2012||8th|
|Spartak Nalchik||resigned||7 April 2012||16th||7 April 2012||16th|
|Rostov||sacked||18 April 2012||12th||18 April 2012||12th|
In early 2011, the contracts of three young FC Spartak Moscow players (Maksim Grigoryev, Dmitri Malyaka and Yevgeni Filippov) expired, and they decided to switch to FC Rostov. According to Russian football regulations, when a player under 23 years of age who was raised in the club system transfers to a different club after his contract expires, his old club is due compensation from his new club. If the new club plays on the third level (Russian Second Division), the compensation is the player's 5 previous years' salary multiplied by 1, if his new club is in the National League Championship, it's multiplied by 2 and if it's a Russian Premier League club, it's multiplied by 3. The three players signed with a Russian Second Division team FC MITOS Novocherkassk who immediately loaned them to the Russian Premier League team FC Rostov. Spartak lodged a complaint with the Russian Football Union, claiming this was not a fair transfer as the only reason for it was to lower the compensation that FC Rostov was due to pay Spartak. After the protest was declined on 29 March 2011, Grigoryev was registered for FC Rostov and scored a goal on his debut against FC Lokomotiv Moscow on 2 April 2011, the game ended with a score of 1–1.FC Lokomotiv's president, Olga Smorodskaya, filed a complaint with the Russian Football Union and Premier League, claiming Grigoryev was not eligible to be registered and play for FC Rostov. Before the protest was heard, Grigoryev scored a goal in Rostov's 2-1 victory over FC Dynamo Moscow in the 2010–11 Russian Cup quarterfinal. The protest was heard by the RFU's Dispute Resolution Chamber on 21 April 2011. Smorodskaya insisted that FC MITOS did not have the transfer certificate from Spartak in their possession before the transfer deadline and therefore could not have legally registered Grigoryev. The protest was declined as, according to the league, Grigoryev et al. were registered with RFPL before the transfer deadline, even though they were not included on the official rosters on the league's website or in any other sources. The official league website actually still lists the date of their registration as 1 April. In another twist, in January 2012, Lokomotiv signed Grigoryev from FC MITOS. In March 2012, Court of Arbitration for Sport began considering Grigoryev's case. CAS made their decision in May 2012, denying Lokomotiv's appeal.
According to the league regulations, every team has to put at least one player with a Russian citizenship born in 1990 or later on their game roster in every game (even if the player in question stays on the bench). If there is no such player or players, the team guilty is punished by the victory being awarded to their opponent and a fine. In the game against PFC CSKA Moscow on 10 April 2011, Zenit St. Petersburg did not have such a player in their lineup (the game ended in 1–1 draw). The youngest player was born in 1989. After the game, Russian Football Union president Sergei Fursenko said that Zenit would likely be awarded a defeat for breaking the regulations.Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti said after the game that they did this intentionally, as they were told it is punishable by a fine only, and the team was ready to pay the fine. They have done the same thing in the 2010 season and fine was the only punishment. However, the regulations were updated in December 2010, and the current exact language of Article 109 of the Disciplinary Regulations of the RFU states it is punishable by "a defeat awarded and a fine", not "a defeat awarded or a fine". Zenit was awarded a defeat by the RFU on 13 April. Zenit removed Vladislav Radimov, who as team director was responsible for filing the game roster with the league, from his position to the reserve team's assistant coach position, with a reduction in salary. Zenit's lawyer was punished by the club by having his bonus cancelled.
Following the RFU decision, the Premier League further decided that the goals scored by Mark González and Konstantin Zyryanov would not count for their scoring totals, but the yellow cards received in the game would count for disciplinary purposes.
On 23 April 2011 during a FC Rostov - FC Terek Grozny game, Rostov goalkeeper Dejan Radić collided with Terek's Zaur Sadayev fighting for a high ball. He had to be rushed into the hospital and after it was discovered that his kidney is seriously injured, he had to undergo nephrectomy (surgical removal of a kidney).His club, FC Rostov, announced that he will continue to receive all the bonuses he would have received if he was able to play as a starter during the time of his recovery. Former Russian international Valeri Minko, who played more than 200 games after undergoing nephrectomy himself after an in-game collision, said he expects Radić to fully recover and play again. Despite Rostov's initial promises, Radić stopped getting paid by Rostov in June 2011 and have not received any money stipulated in his contract from that time until March 2012. Terek and Chechnya's president Ramzan Kadyrov have paid him $50,000 as a goodwill gesture.
On 21 May 2011 FC Amkar Perm goalkeeper Sergei Narubin was seriously injured in a collision with FC Rostov's Kornel Saláta. He had to undergo splenectomy (surgical removal of the spleen).
FC Tom Tomsk was not able to score a single goal in 12 consecutive games from game day 18 (30 July) to game day 29 (30 October), they played 1166 minutes of game time without scoring a goal. They finally scored on the last game day of the first stage on 5 November. They only gained 1 point in those 12 games; when the series started, they were 9th in the league in goals scored with 18 goals in 17 games. The previous mark was set by FC Lokomotiv Moscow who could not score for 10 consecutive games and 943 minutes in the 1954 Soviet Top League.
|1||Zenit St. Petersburg||30||17||10||3||59||25||+34||61||Qualification to Championship group|
|9||Krasnodar||30||10||8||12||38||43||−5||38||Qualification to Relegation group|
|12||Volga Nizhny Novgorod||30||8||4||18||24||40||−16||28|
|14||Krylia Sovetov Samara||30||6||9||15||21||43||−22||27|
Last updated: 6 November 2011
Source: Russian Premier League [ permanent dead link ]
After the first 30 fixtures, teams were split into two groups of eight which play against each other on a home-and-away basis. Fixtures 31 and 32 were scheduled to be held on the weekends of the 3rd and the 4th weeks of November 2011 respectively. Fixture 33 will take place on 3–4 March 2012. The matches of Fixture 44 (the last one) will start simultaneously at 11 a.m. GMT on 13 May 2012. Russian Football Union decided to set up the calendar for the championship group manually, instead of the computer draw. The computer draw will be done only for the relegation group. The final version of the second phase calendar became available on 7 November 2011.
The top eight teams of the first phase participate in this group, which will decide which team will win the championship. Additionally, teams in this group compete for two 2012–13 Champions League and three Europa League spots.
The winners will qualify for the Champions League group stage, with the runners-up earning a spot in the third qualifying round. Furthermore, the third-placed team will qualify for the play-off round of the Europa League, with the fourth- and fifth-placed teams earning spots in the third qualifying round and second qualifying round, respectively.
An additional Europa League play-off round spot is awarded to the winners of the 2011–12 Russian Cup. However, depending on the final league placement of both finalists, the allocation of all four Europa League spots may vary according to the table below.
|Positions of Cup finalists||Allocation of Europa League spots|
|Cup winners||Cup runners-up||GS||PO||QR3||QR2|
|1st or 2nd||3rd, 4th or 5th||3rd||4th||5th||6th|
|1st or 2nd||6th or lower||3rd||4th||5th||Cup runners–up|
|3rd||any other place||Cup winners||4th||5th||6th|
|4th||any other place||Cup winners||3rd||5th||6th|
|5th||any other place||Cup winners||3rd||4th||6th|
|6th or lower||any other place||Cup winners||3rd||4th||5th|
|1||Zenit St. Petersburg (C)||44||24||16||4||85||40||+45||88||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|2||Spartak Moscow||44||21||12||11||69||47||+22||75||Qualification to Champions League play-off round|
|3||CSKA Moscow||44||19||16||9||72||47||+25||73||Qualification to Europa League play-off round|
|4||Dynamo Moscow||44||20||12||12||66||50||+16||72||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round|
|5||Anzhi Makhachkala||44||19||13||12||54||42||+12||70||Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round|
|6||Rubin Kazan||44||17||17||10||55||41||+14||68||Qualification to Europa League group stage|
Last updated: 13 May 2012
Source: Russian Premier League [ permanent dead link ]
The bottom eight teams of the first phase will determine the teams to be relegated to the 2012–13 National League Championship. The bottom two teams of this group will be directly relegated, while the fifth- and sixth-placed teams will have to compete in relegation/promotion playoffs with the third- and fourth-placed teams of the 2011–12 National League Championship.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|12||Krylia Sovetov Samara||44||12||15||17||33||50||−17||51|
|13||Rostov (O)||44||12||12||20||45||61||−16||48||Qualification to Relegation play-offs|
|14||Volga Nizhny Novgorod (O)||44||12||5||27||37||60||−23||41|
|15||Tom Tomsk (R)||44||8||13||23||30||70||−40||37||Relegation to Football National League|
|16||Spartak Nalchik (R)||44||7||13||24||39||60||−21||34|
|10 (2)||Krylia Sovetov|
Last updated: 13 May 2012
Source: Russian Premier League [ permanent dead link ]
|FC Rostov||3 – 0||FC Shinnik Yaroslavl|
| Cociș |
FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod won 2–1 on aggregate.
FC Rostov won 4–0 on aggregate.
On 15 May 2012 Russian Football Union named its list of 33 top players:
|1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg|
Goalkeepers: Vyacheslav Malafeev (41),
|2. FC Spartak Moscow|
Transferred out during the season: Fyodor Kudryashov (on loan to Krasnodar), Emin Mahmudov (on loan to Tom Tomsk),
|3. PFC CSKA Moscow|
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (28), Sergei Chepchugov (9), Vladimir Gabulov (7), Sergei Revyakin (2).
The 2010 Russian Premier League is the 19th season of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and ninth under the current Russian Premier League name. The season started on 12 March 2010 and the last matches were played on 29 November 2010. On 14 November 2010, Zenit Saint Petersburg clinched the title after a 5–0 win against Rostov. This season was the last one played during an entire year (March–November), as the Russian Football Union decided to schedule the following seasons in sync with the biggest European football leagues (August–May).
The 2011–12 Tom Tomsk season is the 7th straight season that the club will play in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of football in Russia.
The 2011–12 Rostov season was the 3rd straight season that the club played in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of football in Russia. They finished the season in 13th place, meaning they had to win a Relegation Playoff against Shinnik Yaroslavl, which they won 4-0 on aggregate. Rostov also competed in the 2010–11 & 2011–12 Russian Cup reaching the semi-finals in both.
The 2011–12 Lokomotiv Moscow season involved the club competing in Russian Premier League, Russian Cup and Europa League.
The 2012–13 Russian Premier League was the 21st season of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and 11th under the current Russian Premier League name. It began on 21 July 2012 and ended on 26 May 2013, with a winter break between the weekends around 13 December 2012 and 10 March 2013.
The 2012–13 Spartak Moscow season was the club's 21st season in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of association football in Russia. They finished the season in fourth place, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League; reached the round of 16 in the Russian Cup; and were knocked out 2012–13 UEFA Champions League at the group stage.
The following is a summary of the 2012–13 season of competitive football in Russia.
The 2012–13 Zenit season is the 17th successive season that the club will play in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of association football in Russia.
The 2012–13 Rostov season was the fourth straight season that the club played in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of football in Russia after they won their relegation playoff tie against Shinnik Yaroslavl. They will also play in the 2012–13 Russian Cup.
The 2012–13 FC Terek Grozny season was the 5th successive season that the club played in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of football in Russia. They finished the season in 8th place, their highest finish ever in the RPL, and reached the Quarter-Finals of the Russian Cup where they were eliminated by Rostov.
The 2010 FC Anzhi Makhachkala season was the 1st season that the club played in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of football in Russia since their relegation in 2002. They finished 11th in the league and also took part in the 2010–11 Russian Cup, exiting at the round of 16 stage.
The 2012–13 Mordovia Saransk season was their 1st season back in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of association football in Russia. They finished the season in 15th place, meaning they were relegated back to the Russian National Football League after only one season in the Premier League. Mordovia also participated in the 2012–13 Russian Cup, getting knocked out at the Round of 16 stage by Zenit St. Petersburg.
The 2013–14 Russian Premier League is the 22nd season of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and 12th under the current Russian Premier League name. The season started on 13 July 2013 and concluded on 17 May 2014, with a winter break between the weekends around 6 December 2013 and 6 March 2014.
The 2011–12 FC Terek Grozny season was the 4th successive season that the club played in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of football in Russia. They finished the season in 11th place, and reached the Quarter-Finals of the Russian Cup where they were eliminated by Volga Nizhny Novgorod after extra time.
The 2014–15 Russian Premier League is the 23rd season of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 13th under the current Russian Premier League name.
The 2011–12 Amkar Perm season was their 8th season in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of association football in Russia, following promotion during the 2003 season.
The 2016–17 Russian Premier League is the 25th season of the premier league football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 14th under the current Russian Premier League name. CSKA Moscow came into the season as the defending champions of the 2015-16 season. Fixtures for the 2016–17 season were announced on 20 June 2016.
The 2016–17 Spartak Moscow season is the 25th successive season that the club played in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of association football in Russia.
The 2017–18 Russian Premier League was the 26th season of the premier football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 15th under the current Russian Premier League name. Spartak Moscow came into the season as the defending champions.
The 2017–18 FC Akhmat Grozny season is the 9th successive season that the club will play in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of association football in Russia, and their first as Akhmat Grozny. On 7 June 2017, the club announced that they had changed their name from Terek Grozny, to Akhmat Grozny in celebration of Akhmad Kadyrov. Akhmat Grozny will also take part in the Russian Cup.