2008 Russian Premier League
The Russian Premier League 2008 was the 17th edition of the Russian Football Championship, and the seventh under the current Russian Premier League name. The season started on Friday, 14 March 2008 with a match between Terek and Krylia Sovetov in Grozny. Krylia Sovetov won 3–0. The first goal of the season was scored by Krylia Sovetov's forward Yevgeny Savin.
|Relegated||Shinnik Yaroslavl |
|Champions League||Rubin Kazan |
|Europa League||Amkar Perm |
|Goals scored||578 (2.41 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Vágner Love (20)|
The champions were determined on the 27th matchday, 2 November 2008. Rubin claimed their first championship title in Russian Premier League, defeating Saturn 2–1 away, with Savo Milošević scoring in the 89th minute to claim the title for his club. Rubin became the third (and second consecutive) non-Moscow club to become Russian champions.
The last round of matches was played on 22 November 2008.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Rubin Kazan (C)||30||18||6||6||44||26||+18||60||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|3||Dynamo Moscow||30||15||9||6||41||29||+12||54||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|4||Amkar Perm||30||14||9||7||31||22||+9||51||Qualification to Europa League play-off round|
|5||Zenit St. Petersburg||30||12||12||6||59||37||+22||48[a]|
|6||Krylia Sovetov Samara||30||12||12||6||46||28||+18||48[a]||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[b]|
|15||Shinnik Yaroslavl (R)||30||5||7||18||25||48||−23||22||Relegation to First Division|
|16||Luch-Energiya Vladivostok (R)||30||3||12||15||24||53||−29||21|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head (points, matches won, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored); 4th goal difference; 5th goals scored; 6th away goals scored; 7th position in previous season or decision game
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Zenit St. Petersburg ahead of Krylia Sovetov on head-to-head points; Zenit St. Petersburg–Krylia Sovetov 1–1, Krylia Sovetov–Zenit St. Petersburg 0–3.
- Since both finalists of the 2008–09 Russian Cup qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, Krylia Sovetov earned a spot in the third qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.
|Russian Premier League 2008 Winners|
|FC Rubin Kazan|
|Danny||10||Dynamo (5) / Zenit (5)|
|6||Diniyar Bilyaletdinov||9 (5)||Lokomotiv|
|Anton Bober||8 (1)||Krylia Sovetov|
|Héctor Bracamonte||8 (1)||Moscow|
|Martin Kushev||8 (2)||Amkar|
- Семен Альтман возглавит "Луч-Энергию" (in Russian) October 10, 2008
- Утвержден список 33 лучших игроков "Росгосстрах Чемпионата России по футболу 2008 года" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-12-16.