1979 Soviet Top League

Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1979 season.

Soviet Top League
Season1979
ChampionsSpartak Moscow
RelegatedZaria Voroshilovgrad, Krylya Sovetov Kuibyshev
European CupSpartak Moscow
Cup Winners' CupDinamo Tbilisi
UEFA CupDinamo Moscow
Dinamo Kiev
Shakhter Donetsk
Matches played306
Goals scored758 (2.48 per match)
Top goalscorer(26) Vitaliy Starukhin (Shakhter)
1978
1980

OverviewEdit

1979 Top League was composed of 18 teams, the championship was won by Spartak Moscow.

On 11 August 1979, a mid-air collision killed virtually the entire FC Pakhtakor Tashkent team. The Top League ordered all the other teams to make three players available for a draft to restock the team, and Pakhtakor was given exemption from relegation for the next three years.

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Spartak Moscow (C) 34 21 10 3 66 25 +41 50[a] Qualification for European Cup first round
2   Shakhtar Donetsk 34 20 8 6 57 33 +24 48 Qualification for UEFA Cup first round
3   Dynamo Kyiv 34 21 5 8 51 26 +25 47
4   Dinamo Tbilisi 34 19 12 3 54 27 +27 46[b] Qualification for Cup Winners' Cup first round
5   Dynamo Moscow 34 17 9 8 41 27 +14 42[c] Qualification for UEFA Cup first round
6   Dinamo Minsk 34 15 6 13 48 38 +10 36
7   Ararat Yerevan 34 12 13 9 44 32 +12 32[d]
8   CSKA Moscow 34 12 8 14 46 46 0 32
9   Pakhtakor Tashkent 34 11 9 14 42 53 −11 30[c]
10   Zenit Leningrad 34 11 9 14 41 45 −4 30[c]
11   Chornomorets Odessa 34 10 11 13 32 37 −5 28[e]
12   Lokomotiv Moscow 34 8 12 14 44 57 −13 24[b]
13   Kairat Alma-Ata 34 8 9 17 29 44 −15 24[c]
14   Neftchi Baku 34 8 8 18 29 50 −21 24
15   SKA Rostov-on-Don 34 8 14 12 37 50 −13 24[f]
16   Torpedo Moscow 34 8 9 17 32 46 −14 24[c]
17   Zaria Voroshilovgrad (R) 34 6 11 17 41 62 −21 20[e] Relegation to First League
18   Krylya Sovetov Kuibyshev (R) 34 7 5 22 24 60 −36 19
Source:[citation needed]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ 2 points deducted (8 draw limit)
  2. ^ a b 4 points deducted (8 draw limit)
  3. ^ a b c d e 1 point deducted (8 draw limit)
  4. ^ 5 points deducted (8 draw limit)
  5. ^ a b 3 points deducted (8 draw limit)
  6. ^ 6 points deducted (8 draw limit)

Top scorersEdit

26 goals
17 goals
16 goals
14 goals

ReferencesEdit