2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League
The 2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League season was the 24th since its establishment. The competition commenced on 25 July when Metalurh Donetsk hosted Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Lviv. With the continuation of the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine in the oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk the Football Federation of Ukraine, the league reduced the number of teams.
|Goals scored||481 (2.66 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||17 – Eric Bicfalvi (Volyn)|
Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar)
|Biggest home win||6 – Shakhtar 6–0 Olimpik (Round 17)|
Dynamo 6–0 Hoverla (Round 22)
|Biggest away win||6 – Metalurh Donetsk 0–6 Dynamo (Round 23)|
|Highest scoring||10 – Hoverla 3–7 Shakhtar (Round 23)|
|Longest winning run||7 – Dynamo (Round 13–14,10,15–18)|
|Longest unbeaten run||26 – Dynamo (Round 1–26)|
|Longest winless run||15 – Illichivets (Round 1–15)|
|Longest losing run||4 – Illichivets (Round 11–14)|
|Highest attendance||57,502 – Dynamo–Shakhtar (Round 8)|
|Lowest attendance||0 – Volyn–Chornomorets (Round 16)|
2015–16 →All statistics correct as of 24 May 2015.
Initially, a new format was proposed to be introduced for this season by FC Shakhtar Donetsk. The first stage was to be a regular round robin of home/away format. In the second stage the championship was to have an additional play-off format where participants, upon completion of the regular round robin, were to be split into three groups of 4 (1–4 places), 4 (5–8 places) and 6 (9–14 places) teams. The points earned in the first stage were to be preserved. The first two groups of four teams would each have a regular round robin home/away format, while the third group of six was to play each other only once.
However, on 22 July 2014, it was confirmed that the championship would be played using a standard double round-robin tournament system. The last team would be relegated and would be replaced by the champion of the 2014–15 Ukrainian First League.
Initially, a total of 16 teams were expected to participate in the league, the best 14 sides of the 2013–14 season and two promoted clubs from the 2013–14 Ukrainian First League. The fifteenth-placed team of the 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League, Tavriya Simferopol was relegated to the 2014–15 Ukrainian First League at the end of the season. A second team was to be relegated but with the withdrawal of Arsenal Kyiv during the 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League season only one team was relegated.
Teams from Crimea, namely Sevastopol and Tavriya Simferopol, will not participate in the Ukrainian competition since they ceased their existences and applied (under new names) for a Russian license after the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014.
The relegated team and the vacant position were to be replaced by the champions of the 2013–14 Ukrainian First League, FC Olimpik Donetsk, and the runners-up, PFC Oleksandriya. But PFC Oleksandriya refused the promotion to the Premier League and merged with FC UkrAhroKom Holovkivka.
On 2 June 2014, Premier League published two preliminary projects of possible season schedule with 16 and 12 teams respectively. On 27 June 2014, it was confirmed that 14 teams will play in the 2014–15 season.
The following stadiums are regarded as home grounds:
|1||NSC Olimpiyskiy||Dynamo Kyiv||70,050||57,502||Round 8 (Shakhtar)|
|Metalurh Donetsk||12,869||Round 23 (Dynamo)||Used as home ground in Round 23.|
|2||OSC Metalist||Metalist Kharkiv||40,003||21,546||Round 6 (Dnipro)|
|3||Arena Lviv||Shakhtar Donetsk||34,915||32,509||Round 21 (Dynamo)||Used as home ground.|
|Metalurh Donetsk||7,527||Round 1 (Dnipro)||Used as home ground in Round 1.|
|4||Chornomorets Stadium||Chornomorets Odesa||34,164||25,182||Round 6 (Shakhtar)|
|5||Dnipro-Arena||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||31,003||17,444||Round 25 (Shakhtar)|
|6||Ukraina Stadium||Karpaty Lviv||28,051||7,800||Round 2 (Metalurh D.)|
|7||Vorskla Stadium||Vorskla Poltava||24,795||10,600||Round 9 (Metalist)|
|8||Meteor Stadium||Illichivets Mariupol||24,381||8,000||Round 8(Dnipro)||Used as temporary home ground|
|9||Dynamo Stadium||Dynamo Kyiv||16,873||10,000||Round 17 (Metalurh Z.)||Used as home ground in return match|
|Chornomorets Odesa||5,314||Round 18 (Dynamo)||Used as home ground in Round 18.|
|10||Avanhard Stadium||Volyn Lutsk||12,080||8,700||Round 20 (Dynamo)|
|11||Slavutych-Arena||Metalurh Zaporizhya||12,000||10,000||Round 4 (Dnipro)|
|Zorya Luhansk||4,100||Round 6 (Dynamo)||Used as home ground during season.|
|12||Avanhard Stadium||Hoverla Uzhhorod||12,000||8,800||Round 9 (Dynamo)|
|13||Obolon Arena||Metalurh Donetsk||5,100||2,500||Round 3 (Metalurh Z.)||Used as temporary home ground|
|Illichivets Mariupol||2,700||Round 18 (Shakhtar)||Used as home ground in Round 18.|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||3,200||Round 26 (Karpaty)||Used as home ground in Round 26.|
|14||Bannikov Stadium||Olimpik Donetsk||1,678||1,200||Round 4 (Shakhtar)||Used as temporary home ground|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||1,100||Round 7 (Zorya)||Used as home ground in Round 5.|
Round when attendance is noted as highest is the chronological number of the round, not the published round by the Ukrainian Premier League since some rounds were rescheduled for a later date.
Personnel and sponsorshipEdit
|Team||Outgoing head coach||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Table||Incoming head coach||Date of appointment|
|Dynamo Kyiv||Serhiy Rebrov (interim)||Change of contract||May 18||Pre-season||Serhiy Rebrov||May 18|
|Metalist Kharkiv||Ihor Rakhayev (interim)||Change of contract||May 19||Ihor Rakhayev||May 19|
|Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||Juande Ramos||End of contract||May 22||Myron Markevych||May 26|
|Metalurh Donetsk||Sergei Tashuyev||Signed by Anzhi Makhachkala||May 22||Volodymyr Pyatenko||June 16|
|Vorskla Poltava||Anatoliy Momot||Interim coach||June 10||Vasyl Sachko||June 10|
|Karpaty Lviv||Oleksandr Sevidov||Mutual agreement||June 17||Igor Jovićević (interim)||June 18|
|Metalurh Zaporizhya||Oleh Taran||Sacked||November 7||11th||Oleksandr Tomakh (interim)||November 7|
|Chornomorets Odesa||Roman Hryhorchuk||Mutual consent||December 16||9th||Oleksandr Babych (interim)||December 16|
|Metalurh Zaporizhya||Oleksandr Tomakh (interim)||End as interim||February 24||11th||Anatoliy Chantsev||February 24|
Qualification to European competitions for 2015–16Edit
- Since Ukraine finished in ninth place of the UEFA country ranking after the 2013–14 season, the league should have received the same number of qualifiers for 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. However, due to the recent format change, Ukraine will have only three teams entering the UEFA Europe League. The Ukrainian Cup winner qualifies for the Group stage.
- After the 20th Round, Dynamo Kyiv qualified for European football for the 2015–16 season.
- After the 21st Round, both Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Shakhtar Donetsk qualified for European football for the 2015–16 season.
- After the 24th Round, Dynamo Kyiv qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Group Stage after they defeated Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
- After the Ukrainian Cup Semi-finals, with both finalists having qualified for European football the fifth placed team will be able to qualified for 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. Zorya Luhansk can finish no worse than fifth and therefore qualify for Europa League third qualifying round.
- After the 25th Round, Vorskla Poltava qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, entering in the third qualifying round.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Dynamo Kyiv (C)||26||20||6||0||65||12||+53||66||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|2||Shakhtar Donetsk||26||17||5||4||71||21||+50||56||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|3||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||26||16||6||4||47||17||+30||54||Qualification to Europa League group stage[a]|
|4||Zorya Luhansk[b]||26||13||6||7||40||31||+9||45||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[a]|
|10||Metalurh Donetsk[d]||26||6||10||10||27||38||−11||22||Club folded after the season|
|14||Illichivets Mariupol (R)||26||3||5||18||25||55||−30||14||Relegation to Ukrainian First League|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) head-to-head goals scored; 7) fair play rating
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Since winners of 2014–15 Ukrainian Cup, Dynamo Kyiv, qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, the place in the Europa League group stage for the cup winner will be given to the third-placed team and the spots to Europa League third qualifying round will be given to the fourth-placed and fifth-placed teams.
- Zorya Luhansk were initially deducted a total of 3 points on decision of the FFU Control Disciplinary Committee on 18 February 2015, but the decision was reversed and the FFU reinstated the three points to Zorya Luhansk. (17 June 2015) 
- Volyn Lutsk were deducted a total of 9 points on decision of the FFU Control and Disciplinary Committee (24 February 2015)
- Metalurh Donetsk were deducted a total of 6 points on decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (9 September 2014).
After the season completed the president of FC Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk announced that the club will be merged with FC Metalurh Donetsk and replace them in the Premier League for the 2015–16 season. (14 June 2015)
- Karpaty Lviv were deducted a total of 9 points. Initially three points were deducted and then additional 6 points for non compliance with contractual agreements with player agents (regarding Martin Bogatinov).
Positions by roundEdit
The following table represents the teams position after each round in the competition.
- As of matches played on 30 May 2015.
|1||Alex Teixeira||Shakhtar Donetsk||17 (1)|
|Eric Bicfalvi||Volyn Lutsk||17 (4)|
|3||Artem Kravets||Dynamo Kyiv||15|
|4||Andriy Yarmolenko||Dynamo Kyiv||14 (3)|
|5||Nikola Kalinić||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||12 (2)|
|6||Oleksandr Hladkyi||Shakhtar Donetsk||11|
|7||Luiz Adriano||Shakhtar Donetsk||9 (1)|
|Đorđe Lazić||Metalurh Donetsk||9 (2)|
|9||Pylyp Budkivskyi||Zorya Luhansk||8|
|Oleksandr Kovpak||Vorskla Poltava||8 (1)|
|Željko Ljubenović||Zorya Luhansk||8 (1)|
|Yevhen Seleznyov||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||8 (1)|
|Cleiton Xavier[a]||Metalist Kharkiv||8 (3)|
- During the winter break Cleiton Xavier signed with Palmeiras.
|Artem Kravets||17 August 2014|
|Bruno Gama||13 September 2014|
|Cleiton Xavier||9 November 2014|
|Jajá||30 November 2014|
|Serhiy Hryn||30 May 2015|
|Month||UA-Football Player of the Month|
|August||Oleksandr Hladkyi||Shakhtar Donetsk|||
|September||Andriy Yarmolenko||Dynamo Kyiv|||
|October||Serhiy Sydorchuk||Dynamo Kyiv|||
|November||Andriy Yarmolenko||Dynamo Kyiv|||
|March||Andriy Yarmolenko||Dynamo Kyiv|||
|April||Oleksandr Shovkovskyi||Dynamo Kyiv|||
|May||Denys Boyko||Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk|||
The laureates of the 2014–15 UPL season were:
- Best player: Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv)
- Best coach: Serhiy Rebrov (Dynamo Kyiv)
- Best goalkeeper: Denys Boyko (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
- Best arbiter: Yevhen Aranovsky (Kyiv)
- Best young player: Valeriy Luchkevych (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
- Best goalscorer: Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk)
- Fair play prize: Zorya Luhansk
Number of teams by regionEdit
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