2016–17 Russian Premier League
The 2016–17 Russian Premier League was the 25th season of the premier league football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 14th under the current Russian Premier League name. CSKA Moscow came into the season as the defending champions of the 2015-16 season. Fixtures for the 2016–17 season were announced on 20 June 2016.
9th Premier League title
22nd overall title
|Champions League||Spartak Moscow|
|Europa League||Lokomotiv Moscow|
Zenit St. Petersburg
|Goals scored||512 (2.13 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Fyodor Smolov|
|Biggest home win||Spartak 4–0 Arsenal|
Krasnodar 4–0 Terek
Lokomotiv 4–0 Anzhi
Krylia Sovetov 4–0 Spartak
CSKA 4–0 Ural
CSKA 4–0 Tom
CSKA 4–0 Anzhi
|Biggest away win||Tom 0–6 Rostov|
|Highest scoring||Tom 1–6 Lokomotiv|
|Longest winning run||6 matches:|
Spartak (15 Oct–26 Nov)
|Longest unbeaten run||13 matches:|
CSKA (6 Nov–26 Apr)
|Longest winless run||14 matches:|
Arsenal (14 Aug–30 Nov)
|Longest losing run||5 matches:|
Arsenal (30 Oct–30 Nov)
Tom (27 Nov-11 Mar)
|Highest attendance||44,884 |
Spartak 3–1 CSKA Moscow
(29 October 2016)
Tom 1–1 Ural
(1 October 2016)
2017–18 →All statistics correct as of 8 May 2017.
As in the previous season, 16 teams played in the 2016–17 season. After the 2015–16 season, FC Kuban Krasnodar, FC Dynamo Moscow and FC Mordovia Saransk were relegated to the 2016–17 Russian National Football League. They were replaced by three clubs from the 2015–16 Russian National Football League, FC Arsenal Tula, FC Orenburg and FC Tom Tomsk.
|Krylia Sovetov||Metallurg Stadium||Samara||1957||33,001|
Personnel and sponsorshipEdit
|Zenit||André Villas-Boas||Contract expired||24 May 2016||pre-season||Mircea Lucescu||24 May 2016||pre-season|
|Rubin||Valeriy Chaly||Contract expired||21 May 2016||pre-season||Javi Gracia||27 May 2016||pre-season|
|Ufa||Sergei Tomarov (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||6 June 2016||pre-season||Viktor Goncharenko||6 June 2016||pre-season|
|Anzhi||Ruslan Agalarov||Contract expired||31 May 2016||pre-season||Pavel Vrba||30 June 2016||pre-season|
|Spartak||Dmitri Alenichev||Resigned||5 August 2016||1st|| Massimo Carrera (caretaker)
|5 August 2016
permanent since 17 August 2016
|Rostov||Kurban Berdyev||Resigned||6 August 2016||4th||Dmitri Kirichenko (caretaker)||6 August 2016||4th|
|Lokomotiv||Igor Cherevchenko||Resigned||10 August 2016||9th||Oleg Pashinin (caretaker)||10 August 2016||9th|
|Lokomotiv||Oleg Pashinin (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||26 August 2016||12th||Yuri Semin||26 August 2016||12th|
|Rostov||Dmitri Kirichenko (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||9 September 2016||7th||Ivan Daniliants||9 September 2016||7th|
|Krasnodar||Oleg Kononov||Resigned||13 September 2016||7th|| Igor Shalimov (caretaker)
|13 September 2016
permanent since 6 October 2016
|Arsenal Tula||Sergei Pavlov||Mutual consent||5 October 2016||14th||Andrei Kozlov (caretaker)||5 October 2016||14th|
|Arsenal Tula||Andrei Kozlov (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||6 October 2016||14th||Sergei Kiriakov||6 October 2016||14th|
|Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast||Vadim Skripchenko||Resigned||1 November 2016||13th||Yuri Matveyev (caretaker)||1 November 2016||13th|
|Krylia Sovetov||Franky Vercauteren||Mutual consent||1 November 2016||16th||Hans Visser (caretaker)||1 November 2016||16th|
|Krylia Sovetov||Hans Visser (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||3 November 2016||16th||Vadim Skripchenko||3 November 2016||16th|
|Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast||Yuri Matveyev (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||3 November 2016||13th||Aleksandr Tarkhanov||3 November 2016||13th|
|CSKA Moscow||Leonid Slutsky||Resigned||7 December 2016||3rd||Viktor Goncharenko||12 December 2016||3rd|
|Ufa||Viktor Goncharenko||Mutual consent||12 December 2016||8th||Sergei Semak||30 December 2016||8th|
|Anzhi Makhachkala||Pavel Vrba||Mutual consent||30 December 2016||11th||Aleksandr Grigoryan||5 January 2017||11th|
Tournament format and regulationsEdit
The 16 teams played a round-robin tournament whereby each team plays each one of the other teams twice, once at home and once away. Thus, a total of 240 matches was played, with 30 matches played by each team.
Promotion and relegationEdit
The teams that finish 15th and 16th will be relegated to the FNL, while the top 2 in that league will be promoted to the Premier League for the 2016–17 season.
The 13th and 14th Premier League teams will play the 4th and 3rd FNL teams respectively in two playoff games with the winners securing Premier League spots for the 2017–18 season.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Spartak Moscow (C)||30||22||3||5||46||27||+19||69||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|2||CSKA Moscow||30||18||8||4||47||15||+32||62||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|3||Zenit Saint Petersburg||30||18||7||5||50||19||+31||61||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round|
|8||Lokomotiv Moscow||30||10||12||8||39||27||+12||42||Qualification to Europa League group stage[a]|
|13||Orenburg (R)||30||7||9||14||25||36||−11||30[b]||Qualification to Relegation play-offs|
|14||Arsenal Tula (O)||30||7||7||16||18||40||−22||28|
|15||Krylia Sovetov Samara (R)||30||6||10||14||31||39||−8||28||Relegation to Football National League|
|16||Tom Tomsk (R)||30||3||5||22||17||64||−47||14|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Matches won; 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head matches won; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head goals scored; 7) Head-to-head away goals; 8) Goal difference; 9) Goals scored; 10) Away goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
The draw for relegation play-offs scheduling took place on 24 April 2017.
|Yenisey Krasnoyarsk||2–1||Arsenal Tula|
|Aleksandrov 11' (o.g.)
|Arsenal Tula||1–0||Yenisey Krasnoyarsk|
Positions by roundEdit
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.
- First goal of the season: Ivan Novoseltsev for Rostov against Orenburg (30 July 2016)
- First double: Jano Ananidze for Spartak Moscow against Arsenal Tula (31 July 2016)
- First hat-trick: Pavel Nyakhaychyk for Orenburg against Tom Tomsk (16 October 2016)
On 3 November 2016, FC Tom Tomsk was banned from registering new players for debts to PFC CSKA Moscow for Pyotr Ten's transfer fee. On 27 December 2016, the ban was re-confirmed for debts to a former player Andrei Lyakh. On 19 January 2017, the ban was re-confirmed for debts to player Sergey Kuznetsov and former players Maksim Tishkin, Artyom Yarmolitsky, Aslan Dudiyev, Aleksandr Zhirov, Sergey Samodin, Vitali Dyakov, Anton Kochenkov and Pyotr Ten. On 31 January 2017, the ban was re-confirmed for debts to former players Oleksandr Kasyan and Pavel Golyshev. On 10 February 2017, the ban was re-confirmed for debts to former players Pavel Golyshev and Kirill Pogrebnyak. On 20 February 2017, the ban was re-confirmed for debts to players Aleksei Pugin, Artyom Popov and Kirill Kombarov. By the time the winter player registration window closed on 24 February 2017, the ban remained as place. Most of the players who represented Tom in games played in 2016 left the club as free agents due to non-payment of wages, and as a result, Tom were forced to play out the 2017 games remaining on their schedule with the players registered for their Under-21 squad.
On 16 November 2016, FC Rubin Kazan was banned from registering new players for debts to former player Shota Bibilov. On 23 December 2016, the ban was re-confirmed for debts to player Ruslan Kambolov. On 17 February 2017, the ban was removed.
On 19 December 2016, FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, FC Tom Tomsk, FC Amkar Perm and FC Rubin Kazan were banned from registering new players by the licensing committee of the Russian Football Union for unspecified debts. Krylia Sovetov's ban was removed on 30 January 2017.
1: Zenit played two of their home matches at Krestovsky Stadium.
2: Krasnodar played their first five home matches of the season at Kuban Stadium.
3: CSKA Moscow played last season at Arena Khimki.
4: Team played last season in the Russian Football National League.
5: Rubin Kazan played six of its home matches at Central Stadium and played eight of its home matches there last season.
6: Krylia Sovetov played one of their home matches at a Neftyanik Stadium and played three of their home matches last season at Start Stadium.
7: Ufa played one of its home matches last season at Start Stadium.
8: Tom Tomsk played its home matches against Rostov and Lokomotiv Moscow at the away team's stadium and played last season in the Russian Football National League.
Other awards announced on the same day included:
Player of the year: Denis Glushakov.
Hope prize (under-21 players): Fyodor Chalov (CSKA).
Coach of the year: Massimo Carrera (Spartak).
Referee of the year: Vladislav Bezborodov.
Team of the year: FC Spartak Moscow.
For contribution to football development: Nikita Simonyan.
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