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What is the Russian Premier League?
The Russian Premier League or the Russian Premier Liga is the top division professional association football league in Russia. The competition was established in 1992 as the Russian Football Championship (the Top League) and officially played in 2001 as the Russian Football Premier League. The current name Russian Premier League has been used since the 2018 season.
The Premier League succeeded the history and record of the Top Division. The top league was run by the Professional Football League of Russia. Then, the creation of the Premier League was considered making the clubs a greater degree of independence. Currently, the league is also known as the Tinkoff Russian Premier League due to its sponsorship reasons.
As of 2020, Russia ranks seventh in the UEFA coefficients. Zenit Saint Petersburg (27), CSKA Moscow(35), and Krasnodar(44) are the best teams of the nation who are having impressive positions in the Europe team ranking.
Zenit Saint Petersburg celebrate their victory in the 2020-21 Russian Premier League
How is the format of the Russian Premier League?
There are 16 teams taking part in the top league. They play each other twice, once home and once away, for a total of 30 games. The teams get three points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and none for a loss. If teams are equal on points, the tie-breakers are the numbers of wins, the goal difference, and then some other factors.
In case there are ties for the first position, the number of wins, then head-to-head records, then even a championship playoff are used to determine the champion.
Russian Premier League
As of the 2020-21 season, the best team in the league are crowned the champions and have the right to come to the UEFA Champions League group stage. The runners-up qualify for the Champions League third qualification round. The third and the fourth teams are eligible for the UEFA Europa Conference League. If the winners of the Russian Cup finish in first or second on the championship in the same season, the third-placed team straightly enter the UEFA Europa League group stage. Thus, the fourth and fifth-ranked teams qualify for the Europa Conference League instead.
The two worst teams are relegated to the Russian Football National League (FNL). Also starting on the 2020-21 edition, the 13thh and 14th ranked teams join a relegation playoff against the 4th and 3rd ranked teams in the second division. The two winners of this round can play in the Premier League next season.
Because the weather in Russian is very cold, the league traditionally runs in summer, from March to November, to keep the best status for all players, the audience as well as the good condition on every matchday. However, the schedule is often changed over seasons. In the latest season (2020-21), the competition was played from 8 August 2020 to 16 May 2021.
2020-21 Russian Premier League
The 2020-21 season is the 17th edition of the top league under the current Russian Premier League name. There were 16 Russian Premier League teams playing in the league. Rotor and Khimki were the two teams promoted from the National League. They returned to the top league after many years of playing in the second division.
At the end of the season, Zenit Saint Petersburg continued to keep their dominance in the league with the third straight year becoming the champions. On the other hand, Rotor had to return to the National League next season, and Tambov announced their dissolvent.
2020-21 Russian Premier League Standings
Titles by Clubs
Spartak Moscow are having the most titles in the top league with 10 times becoming the champions. Zenit Saint Petersburg are playing very well these seasons and they are the first rivals of Spartak Moscow in the race of getting the highest titles.
The next ranks in the Russian Premier League table respectively belong to CSKA Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Rubin Kazan, and Alania Vladikavkaz with 6, 3, 2, and 1 titles.
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