2018–19 Russian Premier League
The 2018–19 Russian Premier League was the 27th season of the premier football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 16th under the current Russian Premier League name. Lokomotiv Moscow came into the season as the defending champions.
|Champions||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Champions League||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Europa League||CSKA Moscow|
|Goals scored||542 (2.26 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Fyodor Chalov (15 goals)|
|Biggest home win||CSKA Moscow 6–0 Krylia Sovetov|
|Biggest away win||Anzhi 0–4 Krasnodar|
|Highest scoring||Zenit 5–3 Lokomotiv|
|Longest winning run||5 matches:|
Zenit (29 Jul–2 Sep)
|Longest unbeaten run||8 matches:|
(29 Jul–30 Sep)
|Longest winless run||9 matches:|
Yenisey (27 Aug-present)
|Longest losing run||6 matches:|
Anzhi (6 Aug–22 Sep)
Zenit 3–1 CSKA
(12 May 2019)
Yenisey 0–0 Arsenal
(2 September 2018)
2019–20 →All statistics correct as of 26 May 2019.
The new logo was presented on 24 July 2018, there was no title sponsor announced for the season.
As in the previous season, 16 teams will play in the 2018–19 season. After the 2017–18 season, Anzhi Makhachkala, Tosno and SKA-Khabarovsk were relegated to the 2018–19 Russian National Football League. They were replaced by three clubs from the 2017–18 Russian National Football League, Orenburg, Krylya Sovetov Samara, and Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. Orenburg and Krylya Sovetov returned after one season of absence while Yenisey make their debut in the Premier League.
On 13 June 2018, FC Amkar Perm announced that the Russian Football Union recalled their 2018–19 season license, making them ineligible for the Russian Premier League or Russian Football National League. FC Anzhi Makhachkala, which was already licensed for the 2018–19 Premier League before losing in the 2017–18 relegation play-offs, was eligible to stay in the league ahead of the other relegation play-off losing club, FC Tambov. Anzhi re-applied for the Premier League membership on 15 June and was officially re-admitted into the Premier League on 22 June.
|Zenit Saint Petersburg||Rubin Kazan||Rostov||Krylia Sovetov Samara|
|Krestovsky Stadium||Kazan Arena||Rostov Arena||Cosmos Arena|
|Capacity: 67,800||Capacity: 45,093||Capacity: 45,000||Capacity: 44,918|
|Otkritie Arena||Central Stadium|
|Capacity: 44,307||Capacity: 35,696|
|Capacity: 34,291||Capacity: 30,597|
|CSKA Moscow||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|VEB Arena||RZD Arena|
|Capacity: 30,457||Capacity: 27,320|
|Anzhi Makhachkala||Yenisey Krasnoyarsk|
|Anzhi Arena||Central Stadium|
|Capacity: 26,500||Capacity: 22,500|
|Arsenal Tula||Dynamo Moscow||Ufa||Orenburg|
|Arsenal Stadium||Arena Khimki||Neftyanik Stadium||Gazovik Stadium|
|Capacity: 20,048||Capacity: 18,636||Capacity: 15,132||Capacity: 7,520|
Personnel and kitsEdit
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Zenit||Roberto Mancini||Mutual consent||13 May 2018||pre-season||Sergei Semak||29 May 2018|
|Ural||Aleksandr Tarkhanov||Moved to the advisor position||21 May 2018||Dmytro Parfenov||21 May 2018|
|Arsenal||Miodrag Božović||Contract expired||21 May 2018||Oleg Kononov||1 June 2018|
|Ufa||Sergei Semak||Mutual consent||29 May 2018||Sergei Tomarov||13 June 2018|
|Anzhi||Vadim Skripchenko||Contract expired||31 May 2018||Magomed Adiyev||4 June 2018|
|Akhmat||Igor Lediakhov||Resigned||2 September 2018||10th||Ruslan İdiqov (caretaker)||2 September 2018|
|Akhmat||Ruslan İdiqov (caretaker)||Caretaking spell over||5 September 2018||10th||Rashid Rakhimov||5 September 2018|
|Krylia Sovetov||Andrey Tikhonov||Fired||5 October 2018||15th||Miodrag Božović||5 October 2018|
|Spartak Moscow||Massimo Carrera||Fired||23 October 2018||6th||Raúl Riancho (caretaker)||23 October 2018|
|Ufa||Sergei Tomarov||Resigned||7 November 2018||15th||Dmitri Kirichenko||7 November 2018|
|Spartak Moscow||Raúl Riancho||Caretaking spell over||12 November 2018||9th||Oleg Kononov||12 November 2018|
|Arsenal Tula||Oleg Kononov||Mutual consent||12 November 2018||11th||Igor Cherevchenko||13 November 2018|
|Ufa||Dmitri Kirichenko||Mutual consent||27 March 2019||15th||Vadim Evseev||27 March 2019|
Tournament format and regulationsEdit
The 16 teams will play 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 will be 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 2019–20 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 2019–20 season.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Zenit Saint Petersburg (C)||30||20||4||6||57||29||+28||64||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|3||Krasnodar||30||16||8||6||55||23||+32||56[a]||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|4||CSKA Moscow||30||14||9||7||46||23||+23||51||Qualification to Europa League group stage[b]|
|5||Spartak Moscow||30||14||7||9||36||31||+5||49||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[b]|
|6||Arsenal Tula||30||12||10||8||40||33||+7||46||Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round[b]|
|13||Krylia Sovetov Samara (O)||30||8||4||18||25||46||−21||28||Qualification to Relegation play-offs|
|15||Anzhi Makhachkala (R)||30||5||6||19||13||50||−37||21||Relegation to Football National League|
|16||Yenisey Krasnoyarsk (R)||30||4||8||18||24||55||−31||20|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head matches won; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored; 6) Head-to-head away goals; 7) Matches won; 8) Goal difference; 9) Goals scored; 10) Away goals scored; 11) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
- Head-to-head away goals: Lokomotiv 1, Krasnodar 0.
- Lokomotiv Moscow won the 2018–19 Russian Cup. As they already qualified for the Champions League, the Europa League group stage spot (originally designated for the Cup winner) goes to the fourth-placed team, third qualifying round spot goes to fifth-placed team and second qualifying round spot goes to sixth-placed team.
Ediyev 80' (o.g.)
|Nizhny Novgorod||1–3||Krylia Sovetov Samara|
|Fomin 23' (pen.)||Report||Fedoriv 65' (o.g.)
Zinkovsky 90+1' (pen.)
|Krylia Sovetov Samara||0–1||Nizhny Novgorod|
|Report||Fomin 45' (pen.)|
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.
|1||Fyodor Chalov||CSKA Moscow||15|
|2||Sardar Azmoun||Rubin Kazan
Zenit St. Petersburg
|4||Sebastián Driussi||Zenit St. Petersburg||11|
|Anton Miranchuk||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|6||Zé Luís||Spartak Moscow||10|
|Zelimkhan Bakayev||Arsenal Tula|
|Artem Dzyuba||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|Jefferson Farfán||Lokomotiv Moscow|
Other awards announced on the same day included:
Player of the year: Artem Dzyuba.
Hope prize (under-21 players): Matvei Safonov (Krasnodar).
Coach of the year: Sergei Semak (Zenit).
Team of the year: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
For contribution to football development: Stanislav Cherchesov.
- "New Season. New League" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 24 July 2018.
- ""АМКАР" НЕ ПОЛУЧИЛ ЛИЦЕНЗИЮ РФС НА СЛЕДУЮЩИЙ СЕЗОН" (in Russian). FC Amkar Perm. 13 June 2018.
- ""Анжи" подал документы для вступления в Премьер-Лигу" (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 15 June 2018.
- "Состоялось заседание Общего собрания клубов РФПЛ" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 22 June 2018. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
- ""Зенит" и Роберто Манчини достигли соглашения о досрочном расторжении контракта" (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 13 May 2018.
- "Сергей Семак назначен главным тренером "Зенита"" (in Russian). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 29 May 2018.
- "ГЛАВНЫМ ТРЕНЕРОМ "УРАЛА" НАЗНАЧЕН ДМИТРИЙ ПАРФЕНОВ" (in Russian). FC Ural Yekaterinburg. 21 May 2018. Archived from the original on 22 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "СПАСИБО, МИОДРАГ!" (in Russian). FC Arsenal Tula. 21 May 2018.
- "ОЛЕГ КОНОНОВ, ДОБРО ПОЖАЛОВАТЬ В "АРСЕНАЛ"!" (in Russian). FC Arsenal Tula. 1 June 2018.
- "Спасибо, Сергей Богданович!" (in Russian). FC Ufa. 29 May 2018. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- "Сергей Томаров - главный тренер ФК "УФА"" (in Russian). FC Ufa. 13 June 2018. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- ""Анжи" и Скрипченко завершили сотрудничество" (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 31 May 2018. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "Магомед Адиев – главный тренер "Анжи"" (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 4 June 2018. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "Игорь Ледяхов подал в отставку" (in Russian). FC Akhmat Grozny. 2 September 2018.
- "Рашид Рахимов – главный тренер ФК "Ахмат"" (in Russian). FC Akhmat Grozny. 5 September 2018.
- "Андрей Тихонов покидает "Крылья Советов"" (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 5 October 2018.
- "Миодраг Божович представлен команде" (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 5 October 2018.
- "Spartak Moscow sack Massimo Carrera". Goal.com. 23 October 2018.
- "Сергей Томаров покидает пост главного тренера" (in Russian). FC Ufa. 7 November 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
- "Олег Кононов — главный тренер "Спартака"" (in Russian). Spartak Moscow. 12 November 2018.
- "ОЛЕГ КОНОНОВ ПОКИНУЛ "АРСЕНАЛ"" (in Russian). Arsenal Tula. 12 November 2018.
- "ИГОРЬ ЧЕРЕВЧЕНКО ВОЗГЛАВИЛ "АРСЕНАЛ"" (in Russian). Arsenal Tula. 13 November 2018.
- "Дмитрий Кириченко покидает пост главного тренера" (in Russian). Ufa. 27 March 2019.
- "Вадим Евсеев – главный тренер ФК "Уфа"!" (in Russian). Ufa. 27 March 2019.
- "Premier League 2018/2019 - Season rules" (PDF). rfpl.org. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
- "Итоги жеребьевки стыковых матчей" [Relegation play-offs draw results] (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 16 May 2019.
- "Назначены арбитры стыковых матчей" [Referees for play-offs appointed] (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 27 May 2019.
- "Бомбардиры" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
- "Лауреаты сезона и список "33-х лучших игроков"" [Season awards and Top 33] (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 26 June 2019.