2005 Belarusian Premier League

The 2005 Belarusian Premier League was the 15th season of top-tier football in Belarus. It started on April 16 and ended on November 5, 2005. Dinamo Minsk were the defending champions.

Belarusian Premier League
Season2005
ChampionsShakhtyor
RelegatedZvezda-BGU
Slavia
Champions LeagueShakhtyor Soligorsk
UEFA CupBATE Borisov
Dinamo Minsk
Intertoto CupMTZ-RIPO Minsk
Matches played182
Goals scored516 (2.84 per match)
Top goalscorerBelarus Valery Strypeykis (16)
Biggest home winDnepr-Transmash 6–0 Neman
Biggest away winSlavia 1–6 Shakhtyor;
Slavia 0–5 MTZ-RIPO
Highest scoringZvezda-BGU 5–3 Naftan
2004
2006

Team changes from 2004 seasonEdit

Two lowest placed teams in 2004 (Lokomotiv Vitebsk and Belshina Bobruisk) relegated to First League. Lokomotiv Minsk won the 2004 First League and were promoted. Vedrich-97 Rechytsa finished 2nd in First League and were supposed to be promoted as well. However, due to weak club infrastructure they couldn't obtain licence to compete in Premiere League and decided to stay in First League.[1] Torpedo-SKA Minsk, who finished 6th in 2004, lost financial support from their sponsor in early 2005 and, after losing almost all their main squad[2] and not having funds to pay entrance fee for next season's Premiere League, had to relegate to Second League.[3] BFF decided not to replace two withdrawn teams with anyone and the league was reduced to 14 clubs. Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk changed their name to Zvezda-BGU Minsk.

OverviewEdit

Shakhtyor Soligorsk won their 1st champions title and qualified for the next season's Champions League. The championship runners-up Dinamo Minsk and 2005–06 Cup winners BATE Borisov qualified for UEFA Cup. Zvezda-BGU Minsk and Slavia, who finished on last two places, relegated to the First League.

Teams and venuesEdit

Team Location Venue Capacity Position in 2004
Dinamo Minsk Minsk Dinamo, Minsk 41,040 1
BATE Borisov City Stadium 5,500 2
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Stroitel 5,000 3
Torpedo Zhodino Torpedo 3,020 4
Gomel Gomel Central 11,800 5
Neman Grodno Neman 6,300 7
Dinamo Brest Brest OSK Brestskiy 10,080 8
Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev Spartak 11,200 9
Naftan Novopolotsk Atlant 6,500 10
Darida Minsk Raion Darida 6,000 11
Slavia Mozyr Yunost 5,500 12
Zvezda-BGU Minsk Traktor 17,600 13
MTZ-RIPO Minsk Traktor 17,600 14
Lokomotiv Minsk Lokomotiv 800 First league, 1

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Shakhtyor Soligorsk (C) 26 19 6 1 59 14 +45 63 Qualification for Champions League first qualifying round
2 Dinamo Minsk 26 15 5 6 50 26 +24 50 Qualification for UEFA Cup first qualifying round
3 MTZ-RIPO Minsk 26 16 1 9 43 30 +13 49 Qualification for Intertoto Cup first round
4 Torpedo Zhodino 26 14 5 7 40 25 +15 47
5 BATE Borisov 26 12 11 3 42 27 +15 47 Qualification for UEFA Cup first qualifying round[a]
6 Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev 26 12 7 7 48 36 +12 43
7 Gomel 26 12 3 11 34 32 +2 39
8 Dinamo Brest 26 11 3 12 39 33 +6 36
9 Naftan Novopolotsk 26 10 3 13 43 44 −1 33
10 Darida Minsk Raion 26 7 8 11 30 36 −6 29
11 Lokomotiv Minsk 26 7 5 14 30 43 −13 26
12 Neman Grodno 26 7 3 16 20 50 −30 24
13 Zvezda-BGU Minsk (R) 26 3 5 18 24 60 −36 14 Relegation to Belarusian First League
14 Slavia Mozyr (R) 26 2 5 19 14 60 −46 11
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

Belarusian clubs in European CupsEdit

Round Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup
First round Neman Grodno   0–1   Tescoma Zlín 0–1 0–0
2005–06 UEFA Cup
First qualifying round Ferencváros Budapest   2–3   MTZ-RIPO Minsk 0–2 2–1
Torpedo Kutaisi   0–6   BATE Borisov 0–1 0–5
Second qualifying round MTZ-RIPO Minsk   2–3   Teplice 1–1 1–2
Krylia Sovetov Samara   4–0   BATE Borisov 2–0 2–0
2005–06 UEFA Champions League
First qualifying round Dinamo Minsk   1–2   Anorthosis Famagusta 1–1 0–1

Top scorersEdit

Rank Name Team Goals
1   Valery Strypeykis Naftan Novopolotsk 16
2   Ihor Chumachenko Naftan Novopolotsk 14
  Alyaksandr Klimenka Shakhtyor Soligorsk 14
4   Vitali Rodionov Torpedo Zhodino 14
  Roman Vasilyuk Gomel 13
6   Vadzim Boyka Dinamo Brest 12
  Syarhey Nikiforenka Shakhtyor Soligorsk 12
8   Alyaksandr Kobets BATE Borisov 11
9   Artyom Kontsevoy MTZ-RIPO Minsk 10
  Alyaksandr Pawlaw Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev 10

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Number of Belarusian Premier League members reduced to 15, football.by, retrieved 2005-02-02
  2. ^ Off-season news, football.by, retrieved 2005-01-11
  3. ^ Torpedo-SKA repeated Vedrich's fate, football.by, retrieved 2005-02-17

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