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Russian Premier League
Season 2010

The 2010 Russian Premier League is the 19th season of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and 9th under the current Russian Premier League name. The season started on 12 March 2010. The last matches will be played on 29 November 2010.



Kuban Krasnodar and Khimki were relegated at the end of the 2009 season after finishing in the bottom two places. Kuban make their immediate return to the First Division, while Khimki were relegated after a three-year tenure in the highest Russian football league.

The relegated teams were replaced by 2009 First Division champions Anzhi Makhachkala and runners-up Sibir Novosibirsk. Anzhi return after a eight-year hiatus from the Premier League, and Sibir will make their debut in the highest level of the Russian football pyramid.

On February 5, 2010, FC Moscow owner and main sponsor, MMC Norilsk Nickel, announced that the club will not play in the Russian Premier League in 2010, possibly playing on a lower level instead.[1] The club sent the official fax to the league refusing to participate in the 2010 competition on February 11, 2010.[2]. On February 17, 2010, FC Moscow were officially excluded from the league and replaced by Alania Vladikavkaz, the third-placed team from the 2009 First Division.[3] Alania thus make their return to the Premier League after a four-year absence.

Furthermore, Krylia Sovetov Samara, who were scheduled to pass licensing on February 4, asked Russian Football Union to postpone their licensing until February 15 due to financial problems and debts to players.[4] The club was reported to be close to liquidation due to shortage of financing.[5] It later asked to postpone the licensing again to February 19, but the RFU only postponed it until February 17.[6] On February 17 it was decided to postpone the licensing until February 19 after all.[7] Krylia Sovetov finally received their license on February 19 after agreeing on new contracts with several companies to sponsor them, some of which might become partial owners of the club.[8][9]

According to Premier League rules, any clubs which are not able to rejoin the league prior to a season are to be replaced by First Division clubs, which will be invited to join the league in order of their finish in the previous season.[10] Since third-placed Alania Vladikavkaz were already admitted promotion, fourth-placed Volga Nizhny Novgorod would have been the next team to be asked. However, Volga were unlikely to accept such an invitation, as well as fifth-placed KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny; sixth-placed Shinnik Yaroslavl would have considered the opportunity if given, but were undecided.[11] After Krylia Sovetov received their license, the issue became moot.

As the first matchday arrived, Krylia Sovetov were still banned from registering new players because of debts outstanding on old contracts.[12] They could only register 11 players over 21 years old and several more players from the youth team that were registered for them in 2009. The transfer deadline had to be extended from March 11 to April 8 to accomodate Krylia Sovetov in hope they will pay their outstanding debts shortly.[13] With injuries on top of that and only 16 players available for both their main squad and the reserve team,[14] their reserve team had to finish their first game with 9 players on the field as they only had a goalkeeper on the bench after two players were injured,[15] and the main squad had to play against FC Zenit St. Petersburg with a heavily diluted roster, so even the loss with the score 0-1 was saluted by the Krylia's fans.[16] The transfer ban was confirmed again on March 16, and will remain in place until Krylia will pay back their debts to their former players Jan Koller and Jiří Jarošík.[17]

Location of teams in Russian Premier League 2010
Team Location Head Coach Team Captain Venue Capacity 2009 Kit Maker Shirt Sponsor
Alania Vladikavkaz Russia Shevchuk Russia D.Bazaev Spartak 32,464 D1 3rd Umbro
Amkar Perm Russia Rakhimov Bulgaria Kushev Zvezda 19,500 13th Puma
Anzhi Makhachkala Russia Tagirbekov Dynamo 16,100 D1 1st Adidas
CSKA Moscow Russia Slutskiy Russia Akinfeev Arena Khimki 20,000[18] 5th Reebok Bashneft
Dynamo Moscow Russia Kobelev Russia Khokhlov Arena Khimki 20,000 8th Umbro VTB
Krylia Sovetov Samara Russia Y.Gazzaev Russia R.Adzhindzhal Metallurg 33,001 10th Nike Rostekhnologii
Lokomotiv Moscow Russia Semin Russia Sychev Lokomotiv 28,810 4th Adidas RZD
Rostov Rostov-on-Don Ukraine Protasov Russia Cherkes Olimp-2 15,842 14th Patrick
Rubin Kazan Turkmenistan Berdiýew Russia Semak Centralny 28,856 1st Umbro[19] TAIF
Saturn Ramenskoye Russia Gordeev Russia Igonin Saturn 16,726 7th Adidas
Sibir Novosibirsk Belarus Kriushenko Russia Medvedev Spartak 12,500 D1 2nd Errea Sibmost
Spartak Moscow Russia Karpin Czech Republic Jiránek Luzhniki 78,360 2nd Nike Lukoil
Spartak Nalchik Russia Krasnozhan Montenegro Džudović Spartak 14,194 11th Umbro
Terek Grozny Russia Baidachny Russia Dzhabrailov Sultan Bilimkhanov 10,400 12th Adidas Zato-Bank
Tom Tomsk Russia Nepomnyaschiy Estonia Pareiko Trud 14,950 9th Adidas
Zenit St. Petersburg Italy Spalletti Russia Anyukov Petrovskiy 21,358 3rd Nike Gazprom

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Anzhi Makhachkala Russia Omari Tetradze Resigned 18 March 2010[20] 10th

League table

Qualification or relegation
1 Rubin Kazan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Tom Tomsk 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
3 Terek Grozny 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Zenit St. Petersburg 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
5 CSKA Moscow 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
6 Dynamo Moscow 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
7 Saturn Moscow Oblast 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
8 Alania Vladikavkaz 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
9 Spartak Nalchik 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
10 Anzhi Makhachkala 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
11 Spartak Moscow 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
12 Krylia Sovetov Samara 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
13 Amkar Perm 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
14 Lokomotiv Moscow 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
15 Rostov 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 Relegation to the 2011 Russian First Division
16 Sibir Novosibirsk 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0

Updated to games played on 14 March 2010
Source: RFPL (Russian)
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.
1Winners of Russian Cup 2010–11 will qualify for the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.


Alania Vladikavkaz 1–1
Amkar Perm
Anzhi Makhachkala 0–0
CSKA Moscow 1–0
Dynamo Moscow
Krylia Sovetov Samara 0–1
Lokomotiv Moscow
Rostov 0–2
Rubin Kazan 2–0
Saturn Moscow Oblast
Sibir Novosibirsk 0–2
Spartak Moscow 0–1
Spartak Nalchik
Terek Grozny
Tom Tomsk
Zenit St. Petersburg

Updated to games played on 14 March 2010
Source: RFPL (Russian)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

2 goals
1 goal

See also


  1. ^ «Москва» не будет играть в премьер-лиге
  2. ^ Плотников уведомил РФПЛ о снятии "Москвы" с чемпионата России
  3. ^ ФК "Москва" прекращает членство в Премьер-Лиге
  4. ^ "Динамо" и "Анжи" прошли лицензирование, вопрос по "Крыльям" отложен
  5. ^ Самара в шаге от того, чтобы остаться без большого футбола
  6. ^ Лицензирование «Крыльев» перенесли
  7. ^ Надежду на премьер-лигу "Крыльям Советов" подарил премьер
  8. ^ "Крылья Советов" получили лицензию РФС
  9. ^ Владимир Артяков назвал новых партнеров футбольного клуба "Крылья Советов"
  10. ^ Russian Premier League Regulations, paragraph 4.5.3
  11. ^ Нижегородская «Волга» откажется от возможного приглашения в премьер-лигу
  12. ^ Запрет на регистрацию новых игроков ФК «Крылья Советов» остается в силе.
  13. ^ Бюро Исполкома РФС продлило срок зимнего регистрационного периода
  14. ^ Юрий Газзаев: «У нас в строю 16 полноценных игроков»
  15. ^ Молодежка «Крыльев» доигрывала матч с «Зенитом» вдевятером
  16. ^ Юрий Газзаев: «Несмотря на поражение, болельщики скандировали нам: «Молодцы!»
  17. ^ Итоги заседания Палаты по разрешению споров Комитета РФС по статусу игроков
  18. ^ Arena Khimki - Stadium information (Russian)
  19. ^ Контракт "Рубина" с Umbro рассчитан на три года
  20. ^ "Тетрадзе покинул "Анжи"" (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 


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