Umaglesi Liga 2008–09: Wikis

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Umaglesi Liga
Season 2008–09
Champions WIT Georgia
2nd Georgian title
Relegated Meskheti
Borjomi
Champions League WIT Georgia
Europa League Dinamo Tbilisi
Olimpi Rustavi
Zestaponi
Goals scored 411
Average goals/game 2.49
Top goalscorer Georgia (country) Nikoloz Gelashvili (20)
Biggest home win Dinamo Tbilisi 12–0 Borjomi
Biggest away win Borjomi 0–4 Dinamo Tbilisi
Gagra 0–4 WIT Georgia
Zestaponi 0–4 Dinamo Tbilisi
Highest scoring Dinamo Tbilisi 12–0 Borjomi

Umaglesi Liga 2008–09 was the twentieth season of top-tier football in Georgia. It was scheduled to begin in August 2008, but the start of the league was delayed due to the 2008 South Ossetia war. The first round of games finally took place on 13 and 14 September 2008. The season ended with the 33rd round played on 23 May 2009. Dinamo Tbilisi were the defending champions.

The league was reduced from 14 to 12 teams prior to this season. However, Ameri Tbilisi voluntarily withdrew from the competition in mid-July because of financial reasons. As no replacement team was announced, the league featured only 11 teams.

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Promotion and relegation

Merani Tbilisi, Dinamo Batumi and Dila Gori were relegated at the end of the previous season due to finishing 12th through 14th, respectively. Spartaki Tskhinvali, who finished the previous season in 11th place, retained their spot in Umaglesi Liga after defeating Pirveli Liga runners-up Gagra by 1–0.

Due to the reduction of league size, only Pirveli Liga champions Chiatura were promoted. However, they did not want to compete in 2008–09 Umaglesi Liga because of unknown reasons, so Gagra took their spot.

Stadia and locations

Location of teams in Umaglesi Liga 2008–09
Team Location Venue Capacity
FC Borjomi Borjomi Jemal Zeinklishvili Stadium 5,000
Dinamo Tbilisi Boris Paichadze Stadium 55,000
Gagra Tbilisi Ameri Stadium 1,000
Lokomotivi Tbilisi Mikheil Meskhi Stadium 24,680
Meskheti Akhaltsikhe Central Stadium 3,000
Mglebi Zugdidi Gulia Tutberidze Stadium 3,000
Olimpi Rustavi Poladi Stadium 10,720
Sioni Bolnisi Tamaz Stephania Stadium 3,000
Spartaki-Tskhinvali Tbilisi Kartlis Stadium 1,500
WIT Georgia Tbilisi Shevardeni Stadium 4,000
FC Zestaponi Zestaponi Municipal Stadium 10,000

League table

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 WIT Georgia  (C) 30 20 9 1 57 19 +38 69 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Dinamo Tbilisi 30 19 6 5 70 21 +49 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 Olimpi Rustavi 30 16 9 5 40 20 +20 57 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Zestaponi 30 16 4 10 43 27 +16 52 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 Sioni 30 11 11 8 35 29 +6 44
6 Lokomotivi Tbilisi 30 10 8 12 35 33 +2 38
7 Mglebi  (R) 30 10 6 14 36 41 −5 036 4
8 Meskheti  (R) 30 7 8 15 23 42 −19 029 3 Relegation to Pirveli Liga 2009-10
9 Gagra 30 7 7 16 23 48 −25 28
10 Spartaki Tskhinvali 30 6 7 17 28 46 −18 25
11 Borjomi  (R) 30 2 7 21 21 85 −64 13
Ameri  (R) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 2

Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
1Dinamo Tbilisi won the Georgian Cup 2008–09 and thereby qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Since they also finished second in the league, fourth-placed Zestaponi qualified for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
2Ameri Tbilisi voluntarily withdrew their participation before the start of the season due to financial reasons.
3Meskheti withdrew from the league after the season concluded due to financial reasons. Therefore, Gagra and Spartaki Tskhinvali, who originally were to be demoted, were spared from relegation and play in the 2009–10 season of Umaglesi Liga.
4Mglebi withdrew from the league
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective phase of tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results

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First and second round

Home \ Away1 BOR DIN GAG LOK MES MGL OLI SIO SPA WIT ZES
Borjomi 0–4 3–2 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–3 0–1 1–1
Dinamo Tbilisi 5–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–1 4–1 4–1 2–2 2–0
Gagra 2–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–3
Lokomotivi Tbilisi 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2
Meskheti 2–2 1–3 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–0
Mglebi 4–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 3–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 0–1
Olimpi Rustavi 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 4–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Sioni 2–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–1
Spartaki Tskhinvali 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–4 1–1 4–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–2
WIT Georgia 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1
Zestaponi 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 4–1 1–2

Source: soccerway.com
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round

Home \ Away1 BOR DIN GAG LOK MES MGL OLI SIO SPA WIT ZES
Borjomi 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–3
Dinamo Tbilisi 12–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1
Gagra 0–1 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–1
Lokomotivi Tbilisi 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–1
Meskheti 6–0 0–1 1–0 0–3
Mglebi 5–0 1–0 4–1 1–2 2–0 2–1
Olimpi Rustavi 6–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 1–0
Sioni 1–1 2–0 3–4 0–0
Spartaki Tskhinvali 2–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 1–0
WIT Georgia 0–0 3–1 4–0 2–1
Zestaponi 0–4 6–0 1–3 3–0 3–1

Source: soccerway.com
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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