2002 Russian Premier League

2002 was the first season of the Russian Premier League. While the structure of the competition did not change, the top level clubs gained independence from the Professional Football League.

Spartak's six-year dominance in the league was broken by Lokomotiv.

OverviewEdit

Team Head coach
FC Lokomotiv Moscow Yuri Syomin
PFC CSKA Moscow Valery Gazzaev
FC Spartak Moscow Oleg Romantsev
FC Torpedo Moscow Vitaliy Shevchenko (until July)
Sergei Petrenko (from July)
FC Krylia Sovetov Samara Alexander Tarkhanov
FC Shinnik Yaroslavl Aleksandr Pobegalov
FC Saturn-RenTV Ramenskoye Vladimir Shevchuk
FC Dynamo Moscow Aleksandr Novikov (until April)
Viktor Prokopenko   (from April)
FC Rotor Volgograd Vladimir Salkov
FC Zenit St. Petersburg Yuri Morozov (until April)
Mikhail Biryukov (caretaker) (April to July)
Yuri Morozov (July)
Mikhail Biryukov (caretaker) (July to August)
Boris Rappoport (from August)
FC Rostselmash Rostov-on-Don Anatoly Baidachny (until August)
Sergei Balakhnin (caretaker) (from August)
FC Alania Vladikavkaz Volodymyr Muntyan   (until June)
Bakhva Tedeyev (from July)
FC Uralan Elista Sergei Pavlov (until August)
Yuri Shishlov (caretaker) (August)
Revaz Dzodzuashvili   (from August)
FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow Vadim Nikonov
FC Anzhi Makhachkala Leonid Tkachenko (until May)
Aleksandr Reshetnyak (caretaker) (May to June)
Myron Markevych   (June to August)
Aleksandr Reshetnyak (caretaker) (August)
Gadzhi Gadzhiyev (from August)
FC Sokol Saratov Aleksandr Koreshkov (until April)
Anatoli Aslamov (caretaker) (April to May)
Leonid Tkachenko (from May)

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Lokomotiv Moscow (C) 30 19 9 2 46 14 +32 66 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 CSKA Moscow 30 21 3 6 60 26 +34 66 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Spartak Moscow 30 16 7 7 49 36 +13 55 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round
4 Torpedo Moscow 30 14 8 8 47 32 +15 50 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
5 Krylia Sovetov Samara 30 15 4 11 39 32 +7 49
6 Saturn 30 13 8 9 41 37 +4 47
7 Shinnik Yaroslavl 30 13 8 9 42 37 +5 47
8 Dynamo Moscow 30 12 6 12 38 33 +5 42
9 Rotor Volgograd 30 11 5 14 27 34 −7 38
10 Zenit St. Petersburg 30 8 9 13 36 42 −6 33
11 Rostselmash 30 7 10 13 29 49 −20 31
12 Alania Vladikavkaz 30 8 6 16 32 42 −10 30
13 Uralan Elista 30 6 11 13 32 42 −10 29
14 Torpedo-ZIL Moscow 30 6 10 14 20 39 −19 28
15 Anzhi Makhachkala (R) 30 5 10 15 22 43 −21 25 Relegation to 2003 Russian First Division
16 Sokol Saratov (R) 30 5 8 17 24 45 −21 23
Source: RFPL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

As CSKA and Lokomotiv finished at the top of the table with equal points, the title was decided in a championship play-off.

Lokomotiv Moscow1–0CSKA Moscow
Loskov 6' (Report)
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: V. Ivanov

Torpedo qualified for the UEFA Cup thanks to Spartak winning the Russian Cup in 2003.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Name Goals Team
1 Rolan Gusev 15 CSKA
Dmitri Kirichenko 15 CSKA
3 Aleksandr Kerzhakov 14 Zenit
4 Vladimir Beschastnykh 12 Spartak
Andrei Karyaka 12 Krylya Sovetov
6 Robertas Poškus   11 Krylya Sovetov
Serghei Rogaciov   11 Saturn-REN-TV
Igor Semshov 11 Torpedo
9 Aleksandr Shirko 10 Torpedo
Zurab Tsiklauri 10 Uralan

AwardsEdit

On December 10 Russian Football Union named its list of 33 top players:[1]

Goalkeepers
  1.   Sergei Ovchinnikov (Lokomotiv Moscow)
  2.   Ruslan Nigmatullin (CSKA Moscow)
  3.   Valeri Chizhov (Saturn)
Sweeper
  1.   Sergei Ignashevich (Lokomotiv Moscow)
  2.   Sargis Hovsepyan (Zenit)
  3.   Bohdan Shershun (CSKA Moscow)
Defensive midfielders
  1.   Elvir Rahimić (CSKA Moscow)
  2.   Yevgeni Aldonin (Rotor)
  3.   Igor Semshov (Torpedo Moscow)

Medal squadsEdit

1. FC Lokomotiv Moscow

Goalkeepers: Sergei I. Ovchinnikov (31).
Defenders: Sergei Ignashevich (29 / 1), Gennadiy Nizhegorodov (29), Vadim Evseev (24 / 7), Dmitri Sennikov (24 / 1), Oleg Pashinin   (24), Jacob Lekgetho   (23 / 2), Yuri Drozdov (18), Milan Obradović   (17).
Midfielders: Dmitri Loskov (30 / 7), Vladimir Maminov   (29 / 4), Narvik Sirkhayev   (15 / 4), Marat Izmailov (14 / 2), Bennett Mnguni   (4).
Forwards: James Obiorah   (23 / 5), Maksim Buznikin (23 / 2), Ruslan Pimenov (19 / 7), Júlio César   (11 / 3), Nemanja Vučićević   (9), Baba Adamu   (8 / 1), Giorgi Demetradze   (6), Sergei V. Ovchinnikov (1).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

One own goal scored by Dmytro Semochko   (FC Uralan Elista).

Manager: Yuri Syomin.

Transferred out during the season: Giorgi Demetradze   (to FC Alania Vladikavkaz).

2. PFC CSKA Moscow

Goalkeepers: Ruslan Nigmatullin (15), Veniamin Mandrykin (13), Dmitriy Kramarenko   (3).
Defenders: Denis Yevsikov (29), Deividas Šemberas   (28), Andrei Solomatin (26 / 3), Vyacheslav Dayev (22 / 1), Bohdan Shershun   (18 / 1), Aleksei Berezutski (16), Aleksandr Berketov (8), Yevgeni Varlamov (2), Vasili Berezutski (2).
Midfielders: Rolan Gusev (30 / 15), Elvir Rahimić   (30 / 2), Igor Yanovsky (29 / 4), Juris Laizāns   (27 / 3), Sergei Semak (24 / 6), Aleksei Triputen (9), Artur Tlisov (3).
Forwards: Denis Popov (28 / 7), Dmitri Kirichenko (26 / 15), Spartak Gogniyev (21 / 2), Roman Monaryov   (12), Igor Piyuk (1).

One own goal scored by Martin Hyský   (FC Dynamo Moscow).

Manager: Valery Gazzaev.

Transferred out during the season: Igor Piyuk (to FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow).

3. FC Spartak Moscow

Goalkeepers: Maksym Levytskyi   (19), Stanislav Cherchesov (7), Dmitri Goncharov (6).
Defenders: Igor Mitreski   (27), Ibra Kébé   (24 / 3), Moisés   (23 / 1), Dmitri Ananko (21), Dmytro Parfenov   (16 / 2), Yuri Kovtun (16 / 1), Jerry-Christian Tchuissé   (12), Valeri Abramidze   (6), Dmitri Khlestov (6), Andrei Streltsov (4), Samuel Ogunsania   (1).
Midfielders: Vasili Baranov   (24 / 1), Dmitri Kudryashov (22 / 5), Yegor Titov (20 / 4), Eduard Tsykhmeystruk   (20 / 2), Maksym Kalynychenko   (11 / 1), Artyom Bezrodny (6 / 1), Aleksandr Pavlenko (5), Dmitri Torbinski (3), Marcelo Silva   (2), Pyotr Nemov (2), Aleksandr Sheshukov (2), Aleksei Rebko (1), Aleksandr Samedov (1), Robert Scarlett   (1).
Forwards: Vladimir Beschastnykh (30 / 12), Aleksandr Danishevsky (21 / 4), Dmitri Sychev (18 / 9), Okon Flo Essien   (9 / 1), Aleksandr Sonin (8 / 2), Pavel Pogrebnyak (2), Raman Vasilyuk   (1).

Manager: Oleg Romantsev.

Transferred out during the season: Dmitri Ananko (to   AC Ajaccio), Eduard Tsykhmeystruk   (to   FC Metalurh Donetsk), Dmitri Sychev (to   Marseille), Dmitri Goncharov (to FC Alania Vladikavkaz), Raman Vasilyuk   (to   FC Dinamo Minsk).

See alsoEdit

2002 in Russian football

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Названы имена лучших футболистов России (in Russian). Sport Express. 2002-12-10.

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