This is an article on the Premier Russian Football League. The main aim for this article is to provide you the basic details about the Russian Football Premier League along with its history, its clubs and the structure. There are very few detailed articles available on the Russian Football on the internet and we believe this one is one of those rare articles.
All about Russian Football Premier League
As the name suggests the Russian Football Premier League which is currently called as SOGAZ among the Russian football lovers has been founded in 2001, hence it is one of the most modern and new football leagues of the world. The Russian football premier league is associated with the UEFA and it has 16 teams as participants. The relegated teams play for the National Football League. The domestic cup for football in Russia is called the Russian Cup and the winners of the Russian Football Premier League play in the UEFA Champions League and in the Europa League. Currently the Russian Football Premier League stands at the 7th place among the top European football leagues list of UEFA. CSKA Moscow are the current champions of the league and Spartak Moscow have won most number of titles, which is 7. NTV and Our Football are the television partners of the Russian Football Premier league and RFPL.org is the official website for the league.
History and the Format of the Russian Football Premier League
As we all know that Russia was born out from the dissolution of the former Soviet Union in 1992 and since then there was no such premier football tournament in the country. Although the top 8 of Russia did came to gather and used to play the ‘Top Division’ football tournament every year. But still there was no enough autonomy for the players and the football clubs around the country. Hence, to provide such independence to the Russian football players and the club the Top Division competition was replaced by the Russian Football Premier League or SOGAZ in 2001.
Just like any other European premier football league the Russian Premier Football League too have 16 clubs participating every year and each team plays two matches against other teams on home and away basis. At the end of the season the last two teams on the points table are relegated to the National Football League and similarly top two teams from the National Football League is promoted to the Russian Premier League. Top 2 teams of the Russian Football Premier League play in the UEFA Champions League and number 3, 4 and 5 play in the Europa League.
Teams Qualified to Play the 2014-15 Season of the Russian Football Premier League
- Amkar Perm
- Arsenal Tula
- CSKA Moscow
- Dynamo Moscow
- Kuban Krasnodar
- Lokomotiv Moscow
- Mordovia Saransk
- Rubin Kazan
- Spartak Moscow
- Terek Grozny
- Torpedo Moscow
- Zenit St. Petersburg