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Ukrainian Premier League
Season 2008–09
Champions Dynamo Kyiv
13th UPL title
Relegated FC Lviv
FC Kharkiv
Champions League Dynamo Kyiv
Shakhtar Donetsk
Europa League Metalist Kharkiv
Metalurh Donetsk
Vorskla Poltava (via Ukrainian Cup)
Goals scored 551
Average goals/game 2.3
Top goalscorer Oleksandr Kovpak (17)
Longest winning run Dynamo Kyiv (10)
Longest unbeaten run Shakhtar Donetsk (15)
Longest losing run FC Kharkiv (8)

The 2008–09 Ukrainian Premier League season was the eighteenth since its establishment. Shakhtar Donetsk were the defending champions, having won their fourth league title. The season began on 16 July 2008 with a scoreless draw between Tavriya and Dnipro. The last round of matches were played on 26 May 2009. A total of sixteen teams participated in the league; fourteen of them had contested in the 2007–08 season while the remaining two were promoted from the Persha Liha.

Vorskla Poltava's Ahmed Yanuzi scored the first goal of the tournament on 18 July 2008 in the 72nd minute of an away match against FC Kharkiv. Dynamo Kyiv won their title several games before the end of the season after a home win against Tavriya Simferopol. Dynamo finished with a fifteen point lead over the defending champions and current runners-up Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Team changes from previous season

FC Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka and Zakarpattya Uzhhorod were demoted to Ukrainian First League after the 2007-08 season for finishing in 15th and 16th place respectively. They were replaced by First League champions FC Illichivets Mariupol and runners-up FC Lviv.

Qualification to European competitions for 2009–10

  • Dynamo Kyiv qualified for the UEFA Champions League after Round 25 and were crowned Ukrainian champions two rounds later. As a consequence, they will enter the Champions League directly at the group stage.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk also qualified for the UEFA Champions League after Round 28. They will enter the competition in the third qualifying round.
  • After Round 28, Metalist Kharkiv and Vorskla Poltava qualified for the UEFA Europa League; Metalurh Donetsk gained access after Round 30. The exact distribution of the three Ukrainian Europa League spots will be dependent on the outcome of the Ukrainian Cup 2008–09 final, which will be played between Shakhtar and Vorskla.
  • Vorskla Poltava as Ukrainian Cup winners, enter the Europa league play-off round with Metalist entering the third and Metalurh entering the second qualifying round.

League table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dynamo Kyiv  (C) 30 26 1 3 71 19 +52 79 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Shakhtar Donetsk 30 19 7 4 47 16 +31 64 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Metalist Kharkiv 30 17 8 5 44 25 +19 59 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 Metalurh Donetsk 30 14 7 9 36 27 +9 49 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
5 Vorskla Poltava 30 14 7 9 32 26 +6 49 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 30 13 9 8 34 25 +9 48
7 Metalurh Zaporizhya 30 12 9 9 29 30 −1 45
8 Tavriya Simferopol 30 10 7 13 41 45 −4 37
9 Karpaty Lviv 30 8 10 12 33 39 −6 34
10 Chornomorets Odessa 30 12 2 16 34 42 −8 0321
11 Arsenal Kyiv 30 8 8 14 26 33 −7 32
12 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 30 8 8 14 21 36 −15 32
13 Zorya Luhansk 30 8 7 15 29 45 −16 31
14 Illichivets Mariupol 30 7 5 18 31 54 −23 26
15 FC Lviv 30 6 8 16 24 39 −15 26 Relegation to Ukrainian First League
16 FC Kharkiv 30 2 9 19 19 50 −31 0122

Source: Premier League website (Ukrainian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd overall wins; 3rd goal difference; 4th goals scored.
1Chornomorets were deducted 6 points for failing to satisfy contractual obligations with Bosnian player George Indjic.[1]
2On 6 May 2009 FC Kharkiv were deducted 3 points by the Disciplinary Committee of the FPL.[2]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results

Home \ Away1 ARS CHO DNI DYN ILL KAR KHA KRY LVI MET MDO MZA SHA TAV VOR ZOR
Arsenal Kyiv 1–0 0–1 0–2 4–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
Chornomorets Odessa 0–1 1–1 0–3 3–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–2 0–1 1–3
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–1 4–1 1–3 0–0 1–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1
Dynamo Kyiv 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 4–1 5–0
Illichivets Mariupol 2–1 1–0 1–2 3–4 1–5 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 3–3 1–3 1–0
Karpaty Lviv 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–4 1–0 0–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1
FC Kharkiv 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–3 0–1 2–3
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 1–0 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1
FC Lviv 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–4 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–4 0–0 3–1
Metalist Kharkiv 3–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 3–1 2–1
Metalurh Donetsk 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 3–0
Metalurh Zaporizhya 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1
Shakhtar Donetsk 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–1
Tavriya Simferopol 3–1 1–3 0–0 1–3 3–2 1–4 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 4–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–1
Vorskla Poltava 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
Zorya Luhansk 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–2

Source: Premier League website (Ukrainian)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Round by Round

The following table is a historic representation of the team's position in the standings after the completion of each round.

Team \ Round 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Arsenal Kyiv 3 4 5 6 8 11 10 10 9 11 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 11 10 11 13 12 12 12 12 13 14 12 10 11
Chornomorets Odessa 11 16 10 5 6 8 6 8 7 8 9 9 9 10 10 10 9 12 12 10 11 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 12 10
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 9 13 9 10 5 6 5 7 8 7 6 6 6 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 7 7 7 7 6 7 6 5 5 6
Dynamo Kyiv 1 1 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Illichivets Mariupol 15 7 12 14 15 16 16 16 13 14 13 13 12 12 12 14 14 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 14 14
Karpaty Lviv 11 10 15 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 9 9 9 10 8 7 7 8 8 8 9 10 10 10 10 11 9
FC Kharkiv 11 11 13 15 16 15 14 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 3 4 8 12 11 10 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 10 11 12 10 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 9 12
FC Lviv 1 7 11 11 10 13 13 13 16 16 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 14 14 13 14 15 15
Metalist Kharkiv 7 3 2 2 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Metalurh Donetsk 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Metalurh Zaporizhya 11 11 14 9 12 7 9 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 5 7 7 7 7
Shakhtar Donetsk 15 13 7 8 7 9 11 11 11 10 8 8 7 7 5 5 5 5 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Tavriya Simferopol 9 15 16 16 14 14 15 14 14 13 15 15 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 11 11 9 8 8 8 8 8
Vorskla Poltava 3 9 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 6 6 5
Zorya Luhansk 7 4 6 7 9 5 7 5 5 6 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 11 13 13 13

Source: kicker.de (German)

Top scorers

# Scorer Goals (Pen.) Team
1 Ukraine Oleksandr Kovpak 17 (6) Tavriya Simferopol
2 Guinea Ismaël Bangoura 13 (1) Dynamo Kyiv
Ukraine Oleksandr Aliev 13 (3) Dynamo Kyiv
4 Brazil Jackson Coelho 11 (1) Metalist Kharkiv
5 Ukraine Serhiy Kuznetsov 10 Karpaty Lviv
Albania Parid Xhihani 10 Zorya Luhansk
Ukraine Artem Milevsky 10 (1) Dynamo Kyiv
8 Romania Tiberiu Ghioane 9 Dynamo Kyiv
9 Ukraine Oleksandr Kosyrin 8 Chornomorets Odessa
Ukraine Marko Dević 8 (2) Metalist Kharkiv
Portugal Ricardo Fernandes 8 (6) Metalurh Donetsk

Top goal assistants

Ukraine Artem Milevsky Dynamo Kyiv 8
Ukraine Oleksandr Aliev Dynamo Kyiv 8
Ukraine Ruslan Rotan Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 8
 

Stadia

Locations of teams home grounds in Ukrainian Premier League 2008–09

FC Kharkiv played in Sumy, because Dynamo Stadium in Kharkiv which was recently bought by the club requires major renovations. The club returned to their home ground in April for their 24th Round game against Tavriya. FC Arsenal Kyiv, who also has a chronic problem with obtaining its own home ground, shared three stadiums in the first half of the season. Initially allowed to play at Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, Arsenal was forced to seek another home venue during its times financial hardship. Arsenal was spotted by FC Obolon Kyiv that let the club utilize the Obolon Stadium. As the problem continues to be unresolved with Arsenal's home field, they could possibly relocate from Kiev, with some speculations of moving to Sumy Oblast.

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk has moved this season to the newly built Dnipro Stadium, but still played some of its games at Meteor time to time. Also FC Shakhtar Donetsk plans to move to the newly built Donbas Arena once it is completely built. FC Chornomorets Odessa, due to renovations at Chornomorets Stadium played its games in the second half of the season at Spartak Stadium.

Newly promoted FC Lviv decided to use Ukraina Stadium expecting to attact extra fans in Lviv. However, economic factors as well as poor performances and lack of support in the area the club decided after the winter break to return back to their original home ground Kniazha Arena in Dobromyl. After one home game in atrocious conditions in early spring which damaged the pitch the club was forced to look to other venues (including Avanhard Stadium in Lutsk and Bannikov Stadium in Kiev).[3] Late in April FC Lviv returned for a home fixture at Kniazha Arena.

Rank Stadium Capacity Club Notes
1 Tsentralnyi-Chornomorets Stadium 34,362 Chornomorets Odessa Currently undergoing renovations in preparations for Euro 2012
2 Dnipro Stadium 31,003 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Moved from 24,381-seat Stadium Meteor on 14 September 2008
3 OSK Metalist 30,133 Metalist Kharkiv While upgrades are taking place, maximum capacity is at 22,757 (planned capacity is 42,000+)
4 Metalurh Stadium 29,783 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih
5 Yuvileiny Stadium (Sumy) 29,300 FC Kharkiv FC Kharkiv leased this stadium for their home games until April 2009
6 Ukraina Stadium 28,051 Karpaty Lviv
FC Lviv
Plans to upgrade to around 40,000 seats in preparations for Euro 2012, the ground was lent to FC Lviv in the first half.
7 RSK Olimpiyskiy 25,831 Shakhtar Donetsk Moving to new UEFA 5-star 50,000-seat venue in 2009
8 Vorskla Stadium 25,000 Vorskla Poltava
9 Stadium Meteor 24,381 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Moved to new home ground during the season
10 Avanhard Stadium 22,320 Zorya Luhansk
11 Lokomotiv Stadium 19,978 Tavriya Simferopol
12 Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium 16,873 Dynamo Kyiv
Arsenal Kyiv
Temporarily leased to FC Arsenal
13 Illichivets Stadium 12,680 Illichivets Mariupol
14 Slavutych Arena 11,983 Metalurh Zaporizhya
15 Avanhard Stadium[4] 11,574 FC Lviv Lent to FC Lviv after home ground's pitch in Dobromyl was damaged and was unfit to host a home fixture. Actual home ground of First Division side FC Volyn Lutsk.
16 Dynamo Stadium (Kharkiv)[5] 9,000 FC Kharkiv, Metalist Kharkiv FC Kharkiv's home ground
17 Metalurh Stadium 5,300 Metalurh Donetsk
18 Spartak Stadium[6] 5,000 Chornomorets Odessa Chornomorets secondary home ground.
19 Obolon Stadium[7] 4,300 Arsenal Kyiv Lent to FC Arsenal by Obolon Kyiv
20 Kniazha Arena 3,220 FC Lviv FC Lviv's home ground in Dobromyl
21 Bannikov Stadium 1,678 Arsenal Kyiv [8], FC Lviv[9] Lent to Arsenal and FC Lviv by FFU, training ground for the Ukrainian national teams.
22 Dynamo Club Stadium[10] 750 Arsenal Kyiv Lent to Arsenal by Dynamo Kyiv. Located at Dynamo's training facility outside of Kiev in the village of Chapayivka.

Managers and captains

Club Coach Captain Replaced coach
FC Arsenal Kyiv Ukraine Oleksandr Zavarov Ukraine Vitaliy Reva
FC Chornomorets Odessa Ukraine Viktor Hryshko Ukraine Vitaliy Rudenko Russia Vitaliy Shevchenko
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine Volodymyr Bezsonov Ukraine Andriy Rusol Ukraine Oleh Protasov
FC Dynamo Kyiv Russia Yuri Semin Morocco Badr El Kaddouri
FC Illichivets Mariupol Ukraine Ilya Bliznyuk Ukraine Ihor Shukhovtsev Ukraine Oleksandr Ischenko
FC Karpaty Lviv Belarus Oleg Kononov Ukraine Serhiy Pshenychnykh
FC Kharkiv Ukraine Mykhailo Stelmakh Ukraine Vitaliy Komarnitskyy Ukraine Volodymyr Bezsonov
FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih Ukraine Oleh Taran Albania Dorian Bylykbashi
FC Lviv Ukraine Serhiy Kovalets Ukraine Maryan Marushchak Ukraine Stepan Yurchyshyn
FC Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine Myron Markevych Ukraine Oleksandr Goryainov
FC Metalurh Donetsk Bulgaria Nikolay Kostov Ukraine Vyacheslav Checher
FC Metalurh Zaporizhya Ukraine Oleh Lutkov Ukraine Oleksiy Hodin Ukraine Anatoly Chantsev
FC Shakhtar Donetsk Romania Mircea Lucescu Croatia Darijo Srna
SC Tavriya Simferopol Ukraine Serhiy Puchkov Ukraine Oleksandr Kovpak Ukraine Mykhailo Fomenko
FC Vorskla Poltava Ukraine Mykola Pavlov Ukraine Gennadiy Medvediev
FC Zorya Luhansk Ukraine Yuri Dudnyk Ukraine Oleksiy Khramtsov Ukraine Anatoliy Volobuev

See also

External links

References

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