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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.

Russian Premier League
Season2011–12
ChampionsZenit St. Petersburg
RelegatedSpartak Nalchik
Tom Tomsk
Champions LeagueZenit St. Petersburg
Spartak Moscow
Europa LeagueCSKA Moscow
Dynamo Moscow
Anzhi Makhachkala
Rubin Kazan
Matches played232
Goals scored567 (2.44 per match)
Top goalscorerSeydou Doumbia (28)
Biggest home winKuban 5–0 Volga
Zenit 5–0 Krasnodar
Biggest away winCSKA 0–4 Dynamo
Terek 0–4 Lokomotiv
Tom 0–4 Krasnodar
Dynamo 1–5 Zenit
Highest scoringDynamo 6–2 Terek
Anzhi 3–5 CSKA
2010

Contents

Competition modus changesEdit

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.[1] 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.[2]

TeamsEdit

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.[3][4] 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,[5] revoked this request on 24 January 2011.[6]

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.[7] Similar to Volga Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar made their debut at the Premier League.

Locations of teams in the 2011–12 Russian Premier League
Team Location Head coach Team captain Venue Capacity 2010 Kit Maker Shirt Sponsor
Amkar Perm   Miodrag Božović   Dmitri Belorukov Zvezda 19,500 14th Puma
Anzhi Makhachkala   Guus Hiddink   Samuel Eto'o Dynamo 16,863 11th adidas Podari Zhizn
CSKA Moscow   Leonid Slutsky   Igor Akinfeev Luzhniki[8] 78,360 2nd Reebok Bashneft
Dynamo Moscow   Sergei Silkin   Andriy Voronin Arena Khimki 20,000 7th adidas VTB
Krasnodar Krasnodar   Slavoljub Muslin   Aleksandr Amisulashvili Kuban 35,200 D1 5th Kappa Home Credit Bank
Krylia Sovetov Samara   Andrei Kobelev   Ivan Taranov Metallurg 33,001 13th Umbro Volgospetsstroy
Kuban Krasnodar   Dan Petrescu   Zelão Kuban 35,200 D1 1st Nike RGMK
Lokomotiv Moscow   José Couceiro   Dmitri Loskov Lokomotiv (Moscow) 28,810 5th Puma RZD
Rostov Rostov-on-Don   Anatoly Baidachny   Roman Adamov Olimp-2 15,842 9th Puma/Joma
Rubin Kazan   Kurban Berdyev   Roman Sharonov Central Stadium 27,434 3rd Umbro TAIF
Spartak Moscow Moscow   Valeri Karpin   Sergei Parshivlyuk Luzhniki 78,360 4th Nike Lukoil
Spartak Nalchik Nalchik   Timur Shipshev (caretaker)   Miodrag Džudović Spartak 14,194 6th Umbro Sindika
Terek Grozny   Stanislav Cherchesov   Rizvan Utsiyev Terek Stadium 30,000 12th adidas Fond Akhmad Kadyrov
Tom Tomsk   Sergei Perednya   Denis Boyarintsev Trud 14,950 8th adidas Rosneft
Volga Nizhny Novgorod   Dmitri Cheryshev   Aleksandr Belozyorov Lokomotiv (Nizhny Novgorod) 17,856 D1 2nd Puma MRSK
Zenit St. Petersburg   Luciano Spalletti   Vyacheslav Malafeev Petrovskiy 21,570 1st Nike Gazprom

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Krasnodar   Sergei Tashuyev mutual consensus 7 November 2010[9] 5th (D1)   Slavoljub Muslin 28 December 2010[10] pre-season
Spartak Nalchik   Yuri Krasnozhan end of contract[11] 29 November 2010[12] 6th   Vladimir Eshtrekov 3 December 2010[13] pre-season
Lokomotiv   Yuri Semin sacked 1 December 2010[14] 5th   Yuri Krasnozhan 14 December 2010[15] pre-season
Terek   Anatoly Baidachny contract expired 22 December 2010 12th   Víctor Muñoz 22 December 2010[16] pre-season
Terek   Víctor Muñoz mutual consensus 15 January 2011[17] pre-season   Ruud Gullit 18 January 2011[18] pre-season
Dynamo Moscow   Miodrag Božović mutual consent 21 April 2011[19] 9th   Sergei Silkin 21 April 2011 9th
Rostov   Oleh Protasov resigned 13 May 2011 12th   Volodymyr Lyutyi (caretaker) 13 May 2011 12th
Lokomotiv   Yuri Krasnozhan sacked 6 June 2011 5th   Vladimir Maminov (caretaker) 7 June 2011 5th
Terek   Ruud Gullit sacked 14 June 2011[20] 14th   Isa Baytiyev (caretaker) 15 June 2011[21][22] 14th
Spartak Nalchik   Vladimir Eshtrekov sacked 15 June 2011[23] 16th   Sergei Tashuyev 16 June 2011[24] 16th
Volga   Omari Tetradze sacked 16 June 2011[25] 12th   Dmitri Cheryshev 16 June 2011 12th
Rostov   Volodymyr Lyutyi (caretaker) sacked 20 June 2011[26] 14th   Andrei Talalayev (caretaker) 20 June 2011 14th
Krylia Sovetov   Aleksandr Tarkhanov sacked 28 June 2011[27] 16th   Andrei Kobelev 30 June 2011[28] 16th
Rostov   Andrei Talalayev (caretaker) caretaking spell over 1 July 2011[29] 14th   Sergei Balakhnin 1 July 2011 14th
Lokomotiv   Vladimir Maminov (caretaker) caretaking spell over 1 July 2011[30] 8th   José Couceiro 1 July 2011 8th
Tom   Valeri Nepomniachi resigned 19 September 2011[31] 14th   Vasili Baskakov (caretaker) 19 September 2011 14th
Tom   Vasili Baskakov (caretaker) caretaking spell over 27 September 2011 14th   Sergei Perednya (caretaker) 27 September 2011[32] 14th
Terek   Isa Baytiyev (caretaker) caretaking spell over 27 September 2011 11th   Stanislav Cherchesov 27 September 2011[33] 11th
Amkar   Rashid Rakhimov sacked 27 September 2011[34] 13th   Miodrag Božović 29 September 2011[35] 13th
Anzhi   Gadzhi Gadzhiyev sacked 29 September 2011[36] 7th   Andrei Gordeyev (caretaker) 29 September 2011 8th
Anzhi   Andrei Gordeyev (caretaker) caretaking spell over 27 December 2011[37] 8th   Yuri Krasnozhan 27 December 2011 8th
Anzhi   Yuri Krasnozhan resigned 13 February 2012[38] 8th   Andrei Gordeyev (caretaker) 13 February 2012 8th
Anzhi   Andrei Gordeyev (caretaker) caretaking spell over 17 February 2012 8th   Guus Hiddink 17 February 2012 8th
Spartak Nalchik   Sergei Tashuyev resigned 7 April 2012[39] 16th   Timur Shipshev (caretaker) 7 April 2012 16th
Rostov   Sergei Balakhnin sacked 18 April 2012 12th   Anatoly Baidachny 18 April 2012 12th

Season eventsEdit

Grigoryev affairEdit

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.[40] 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.[41] 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.[42] 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.[43] 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.[44]

Zenit St. Petersburg - CSKA affairEdit

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.[45] 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.[46] 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".[47] Zenit was awarded a defeat by the RFU on 13 April.[48] 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.[49]

Dejan Radić and Sergei Narubin injuriesEdit

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).[50] 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.[51] 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.[52] 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.[53]

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).[54]

Tom Tomsk futility recordEdit

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.[55]

First phaseEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Zenit St. Petersburg 30 17 10 3 59 25 +34 61 Qualification for Championship group
2 CSKA Moscow 30 16 11 3 58 29 +29 59
3 Dynamo Moscow 30 16 7 7 51 30 +21 55
4 Spartak Moscow 30 15 8 7 48 33 +15 53[a]
5 Lokomotiv Moscow 30 15 8 7 49 30 +19 53[a]
6 Kuban Krasnodar 30 14 7 9 38 27 +11 49
7 Rubin Kazan 30 13 10 7 40 27 +13 49
8 Anzhi Makhachkala 30 13 9 8 38 32 +6 48
9 Krasnodar 30 10 8 12 38 43 −5 38 Qualification for Relegation group
10 Rostov 30 8 8 14 31 45 −14 32
11 Terek Grozny 30 8 7 15 29 45 −16 31
12 Volga Nizhny Novgorod 30 8 4 18 24 40 −16 28
13 Amkar Perm 30 6 9 15 20 39 −19 27[b]
14 Krylia Sovetov Samara 30 6 9 15 21 43 −22 27[b]
15 Spartak Nalchik 30 5 9 16 23 40 −17 24
16 Tom Tomsk 30 4 8 18 19 58 −39 20
Source: Russian Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of wins; 3) head-to-head points; 4) number of head-to-head wins; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) number of head-to-head goals scored; 7) number of head-to-head away goals scored; 8) goal difference; 9) number of goals scored; 10) number of away goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b LOK 0–2 SPA; SPA 3–0 LOK
  2. ^ a b AMK 1–1 KRY; KRY 1–1 AMK

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AMK ANZ CSK DYN KRA KRY KUB LOK ROS RUB SPA SPN TER TOM VNN ZEN
Amkar Perm 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–3
Anzhi Makhachkala 2–1 3–5 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–1
CSKA Moscow 2–0 3–0 0–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 4–0 2–2 3–0 3–1 0–2
Dynamo Moscow 3–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 6–2 3–0 2–0 1–1
Krasnodar 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–4 2–0 3–1 2–4 2–0 0–2 2–2 4–2 0–0
Krylia Sovetov Samara 1–1 0–3 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–5
Kuban Krasnodar 3–2 1–0 0–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–3 5–0 1–1
Lokomotiv Moscow 4–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 4–2
Rostov 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–3 4–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 1–3
Rubin Kazan 1–1 0–3 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–3
Spartak Moscow 1–2 3–0 2–2 0–2 4–0 3–0 1–1 3–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–2
Spartak Nalchik 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–2
Terek Grozny 1–0 1–0 2–4 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–4 1–1 0–1 2–4 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–1
Tom Tomsk 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–3 2–1
Volga Nizhny Novgorod 0–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–2
Zenit St. Petersburg 1–1 2–0 0–3[a] 0–0 5–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 0–0 4–0 3–0
Updated to match(es) played on 6 November 2011. Source: Russian Premier League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Zenit received a 0–3 loss in a home game against CSKA due to violation of regulations.

First phase top goalscorersEdit

# Scorer Goals (Pen.) Team
1   Seydou Doumbia 23 CSKA
2   Aleksandr Kerzhakov 16 (1) Zenit
3   Lacina Traoré 14 (4) Kuban
4   Andriy Voronin 11 Dynamo
  Danko Lazović 11 (3) Zenit
6   Kevin Kurányi 10 Dynamo
  Igor Semshov 10 Dynamo
8   Sergei Davydov 9 (1) Kuban
9   Danny 8 Zenit
  Vágner Love 8 CSKA
  Pavel Golyshev 8 (2) Tom

Last updated: 6 November 2011
Source: Russian Premier League[permanent dead link]

Second phaseEdit

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.[56]

Championship groupEdit

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 fitfth-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 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
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

Championship group tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Zenit St. Petersburg (C) 44 24 16 4 85 40 +45 88 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Spartak Moscow 44 21 12 11 69 47 +22 75 2012–13 UEFA Champions League play-off round
3 CSKA Moscow 44 19 16 9 72 47 +25 73 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
4 Dynamo Moscow 44 20 12 12 66 50 +16 72 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Anzhi Makhachkala 44 19 13 12 54 42 +12 70 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
6 Rubin Kazan 44 17 17 10 55 41 +14 68 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group stage[a]
7 Lokomotiv Moscow 44 18 12 14 59 48 +11 66
8 Kuban Krasnodar 44 15 16 13 50 45 +5 61
Source: Russian Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of wins; 3) head-to-head points; 4) number of head-to-head wins; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) number of head-to-head goals scored; 7) number of head-to-head away goals scored; 8) goal difference; 9) number of goals scored; 10) number of away goals scored
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Rubin have won the 2011–12 Russian Cup and thus have qualified for the group stage of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

Championship group resultsEdit

Home \ Away ANZ CSK DYN KUB LOK RUB SPA ZEN
Anzhi Makhachkala 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–0 0–2
CSKA Moscow 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–2
Dynamo Moscow 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–5
Kuban Krasnodar 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–2
Lokomotiv Moscow 1–0 0–3 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–1
Rubin Kazan 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–2
Spartak Moscow 0–3 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–2
Zenit St. Petersburg 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–3
Updated to match(es) played on 13 May 2012. Source: Russian Premier League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship group top goalscorersEdit

# Scorer Goals (Pen.) Team
1   Seydou Doumbia 28 (2) CSKA
2   Aleksandr Kerzhakov 23 (3) Zenit
3   Lacina Traoré 18 (4) Kuban
4   Emmanuel Emenike 13 Spartak Moscow
  Kevin Kurányi 13 Dynamo
  Samuel Eto'o 13 (2) Anzhi
7   Igor Semshov 12 Dynamo
  Danko Lazović 12 (3) Zenit
9   Artyom Dzyuba 11 Spartak Moscow
  Andriy Voronin 11 Dynamo
  Denis Glushakov 11 (2) Lokomotiv

Last updated: 13 May 2012
Source: Russian Premier League[permanent dead link]

Relegation groupEdit

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.

Relegation group tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
9 Krasnodar 44 16 13 15 58 61 −3 61
10 Amkar Perm 44 14 13 17 40 51 −11 55
11 Terek Grozny 44 14 10 20 45 62 −17 52
12 Krylia Sovetov Samara 44 12 15 17 33 50 −17 51
13 Rostov (O) 44 12 12 20 45 61 −16 48 Qualification for 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
Source: Russian Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of wins; 3) head-to-head points; 4) number of head-to-head wins; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) number of head-to-head goals scored; 7) number of head-to-head away goals scored; 8) goal difference; 9) number of goals scored; 10) number of away goals scored
(O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

Relegation group resultsEdit

Home \ Away AMK KRA KRY ROS SPN TER TOM VNN
Amkar Perm 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 4–1
Krasnodar 0–1 0–2 1–0 3–2 1–3 3–1 2–1
Krylia Sovetov Samara 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0
Rostov 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–0
Spartak Nalchik 1–2 3–3 0–0 2–2 3–0 0–2 3–0
Terek Grozny 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–3
Tom Tomsk 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–0
Volga Nizhny Novgorod 1–2 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–3 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 13 May 2012. Source: Russian Premier League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation group top goalscorersEdit

# Scorer Goals (Pen.) Team
1   Yura Movsisyan 14 (5) Krasnodar
2   Roman Adamov 11 (2) Rostov
3   Pavel Golyshev 10 (2) Tom/Krasnodar
  Sergei Kornilenko 10 (2) Krylia Sovetov
5   Maurício 9 (2) Terek
6   Yevgeni Shipitsin 8 Krasnodar
  Shamil Asildarov 8 (1) Terek
  Otar Martsvaladze 8 (1) Volga/Krasnodar

Last updated: 13 May 2012
Source: Russian Premier League[permanent dead link]

Relegation play-offsEdit

First legEdit

FC Rostov3 – 0FC Shinnik Yaroslavl
Cociș   8'
Kirichenko   45'
Adamov   70'
Summary
Attendance: 8,950

FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod2 – 1FC Nizhny Novgorod
Maksimov   61'65' Summary Salugin   32'
Attendance: 7,150

Second legEdit

FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod won 2–1 on aggregate.


FC Shinnik Yaroslavl0 – 1FC Rostov
Adamov   90'

FC Rostov won 4–0 on aggregate.

AwardsEdit

On 15 May 2012 Russian Football Union named its list of 33 top players:[57]

Medal squadsEdit

1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg

Goalkeepers: Vyacheslav Malafeev (41),   Yuri Zhevnov (4), Dmitri Borodin (1).
Defenders:   Nicolas Lombaerts (40 / 1), Aleksandr Anyukov (37 / 1),   Bruno Alves (36),   Tomáš Hubočan (30),   Domenico Criscito (24 / 1),   Aleksandar Luković (19 / 1), Igor Cheminava (3),   Fernando Meira (1), Denis Terentyev (1).
Midfielders: Konstantin Zyryanov (41 / 2), Igor Denisov (40 / 1), Viktor Fayzulin (34 / 4),   Danny (27 / 9),   Szabolcs Huszti (26 / 4), Roman Shirokov (26 / 9), Aleksei Ionov (20 / 3), Sergei Semak (20 / 5), Vladimir Bystrov (12 / 1), Andrei Arshavin (10 / 3),   Alessandro Rosina (10), Sergei Petrov (2).
Forwards: Aleksandr Kerzhakov (32 / 23),   Danko Lazović (31 / 12), Aleksandr Bukharov (31 / 6), Maksim Kanunnikov (10).
Manager:   Luciano Spalletti.

Transferred out during the season:   Fernando Meira (to   Zaragoza), Igor Cheminava (on loan to Sibir Novosibirsk), Aleksei Ionov (to Kuban Krasnodar), Sergei Petrov (to Krylia Sovetov Samara).

2. FC Spartak Moscow

Goalkeepers:   Andriy Dikan (32), Artyom Rebrov (8), Nikolai Zabolotny (6).
Defenders: Yevgeni Makeyev (35 / 1),   Marek Suchý (32 / 3),   Nicolás Pareja (24 / 1),   Sergio Rodríguez (23 / 1), Aleksandr Sheshukov (20), Sergei Parshivlyuk (19), Sergei Bryzgalov (18), Fyodor Kudryashov (11),   Marcos Rojo (8).
Midfielders: Dmitri Kombarov (40 / 6), Kirill Kombarov (37),   Rafael Carioca (35 / 1),   Aiden McGeady (31 / 3),   Jano Ananidze (15 / 1),   Demy de Zeeuw (13 / 2), Emin Mahmudov (12),   Ibson (10 / 1), Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (8 / 1), Aleksandr Zotov (7), Soslan Gatagov (4), Dmitri Kayumov (3 / 1),   Alex (3), Artur Valikayev (3),   Filip Ozobić (1), Andrey Tikhonov (1).
Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (41 / 11),   Ari (38 / 10),   Emmanuel Emenike (22 / 13),   Welliton (21 / 7), Pavel Yakovlev (10 / 1), Aleksandr Kozlov (8 / 1), Vladimir Obukhov (3).
Manager: Valery Karpin.

Transferred out during the season: Fyodor Kudryashov (on loan to Krasnodar), Emin Mahmudov (on loan to Tom Tomsk),   Ibson (to   Santos),   Alex (to   Corinthians), Artur Valikayev (on loan to Amkar Perm),   Filip Ozobić (on loan to   Hajduk Split), Pavel Yakovlev (on loan to Krylia Sovetov Samara).

3. PFC CSKA Moscow

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (28), Sergei Chepchugov (9), Vladimir Gabulov (7), Sergei Revyakin (2).
Defenders: Aleksei Berezutskiy (40), Sergei Ignashevich (38 / 5), Vasili Berezutskiy (36), Kirill Nababkin (34),   Deividas Šemberas (29), Georgi Schennikov (21), Viktor Vasin (4),   Chidi Odiah (3), Semyon Fedotov (2).
Midfielders:   Zoran Tošić (36 / 8), Pavel Mamayev (33 / 1), Evgeni Aldonin (32), Alan Dzagoev (31 / 5),   Keisuke Honda (25 / 8),   Aleksandrs Cauņa (18),   Elvir Rahimić (12),   Pontus Wernbloom (11),   Mark González (5 / 2),   Kim In-Sung (1), Artyom Popov (1).
Forwards:   Seydou Doumbia (42 / 28),   Sekou Oliseh (38),   Vágner Love (25 / 9),   Tomáš Necid (23 / 3),   Ahmed Musa (11).
Manager: Leonid Slutskiy.

Transferred out during the season: Vladimir Gabulov (end of loan at Anzhi Makhachkala),   Vágner Love (to   Flamengo).

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