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Ukrainian Premier League
2017–18
Ukrainian Premier League
Season information
Winners Shakhtar Donetsk
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk
Dynamo Kyiv
Europa League Vorskla Poltava
Zorya Luhansk
Mariupol
Season statistics
Matches played 183
Goals scored 407
Top goalscorer 21 – Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar)
Biggest home win 5 – Dynamo 5–0 Karpaty (Round 3)
Zorya 5–0 Chornomorets (Round 7)
Shakhtar 5–0 Chornomorets (Round 20)
Shakhtar 5–0 Zirka (Round 21)
Biggest away win 5 – Karpaty 1–6 Veres (Round 8)
Highest scoring 8 – Zorya 4–4 Dynamo (Round 11)
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The 2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League season is the 27th top level football club competitions since the fall of the Soviet Union and the tenth since the establishment of the Ukrainian Premier League.

The tournament started on 16 July 2017 with the competition set to end on 19 May 2018. The relegation play-offs will take place on 23 May and 26 May 2018. The league has scheduled to take its winter intermission after Round 19 on 9–10 December 2017 and resume its competition of the Championship with Round 20 on 17 February 2018.

The defending champion is the 10-times winner FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

The league's last season title sponsor, a bookmaker company Pari-Match, withdrew from the sponsorship. On 7 July 2017, Pari-Match announced that it had ended its cooperation with the Ukrainian Premier League.

Before the start of the season a scandal arose around promotion between the First League clubs FC Desna Chernihiv and NK Veres Rivne when Veres that placed lower in tournament table was admitted to the Premier League ahead of Desna. Later it was announced that Desna might be promoted as well due to rumors around a financial situation of FC Stal Kamianske. The final decision of the league's composition was adopted at the FFU Conference on 16 June 2017.

With the ongoing War in Donbass, the Round 2 games started with a minute of silence to commemorate the warriors of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who had perished in the ATO zone.

Promotions

Two teams were promoted to the league (instead of the relegated FC Dnipro and FC Volyn Lutsk):

Stadiums

Five teams play their matches outside of home towns. The minimum threshold for the stadium's capacity in the UPL is 5,000.

The following stadiums are regarded as home grounds:

Rank Stadium Place Club Capacity Notes
1 NSC Olimpiyskiy Kyiv Dynamo Kyiv 70,050
2 OSC Metalist Kharkiv Shakhtar Donetsk 40,003 Used as home ground during the season.
3 Arena Lviv Lviv Veres Rivne 34,915 Used as home ground during the season.
4 Chornomorets Stadium Odesa Chornomorets Odesa 34,164
5 Ukraina Stadium Lviv Karpaty Lviv 28,051
NK Veres Rivne Round 32 (last round)
6 Vorskla Stadium Poltava Vorskla Poltava 24,795
7 Meteor Stadium Dnipro Stal Kamianske 24,381 Nominally reserved as the home station for Stal where it played only its first game.
8 Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium Kyiv Olimpik Donetsk 16,873 Used as home ground during the season.
Dynamo Kyiv Dynamo used the stadium since April 2018 since NSC Olympiyskiy was getting ready to host the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.
9 Zirka Stadium Kropyvnytskyi Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 13,667
10 Illichivets Stadium Mariupol FC Mariupol 12,680
11 Slavutych-Arena Zaporizhia Zorya Luhansk 12,000 Used as home ground during the season.
12 CSC Nika Stadium Oleksandriya FC Oleksandriya 7,000
13 Obolon Arena Kyiv Stal Kamianske 5,100 De facto, the home stadium of Stal.

Personnel and sponsorship

Team President Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Chornomorets Odesa Leonid Klimov Flag of Ukraine Kostyantyn Frolov Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Lyulka Legea Gefest
Dynamo Kyiv Ihor Surkis Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Khatskevich Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov adidas UEFA
No to racism
Karpaty Lviv Petro Dyminskyi Flag of Ukraine Oleh Boychyshyn Flag of Ukraine Artem Fedetskyi Joma ZIK
Mariupol Pavlo Rozumnyi Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Babych Flag of Ukraine Rustam Khudzhamov Nike Favorit Sport
Oleksandriya Serhiy Kuzmenko Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Sharan Flag of Ukraine Andriy Zaporozhan Nike UkrAhroKom
Olimpik Donetsk Vladyslav Helzin Flag of Ukraine Roman Sanzhar Flag of Ukraine Zauri Makharadze Joma Pari-Match
Shakhtar Donetsk Rinat Akhmetov Flag of Portugal Paulo Fonseca Flag of Ukraine Taras Stepanenko Nike SCM
Stal Kamianske Vardan Israelian Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Kostov Flag of Ukraine Maksym Zaderaka Hummel
Veres Rivne Bohdan Kopytko Flag of Ukraine Andriy Demchenko (interim) Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Borzenko Joma Global Development
Vorskla Poltava Roman Cherniak Flag of Ukraine Vasyl Sachko Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Chesnakov adidas Ferrexpo
Zirka Kropyvnytskyi Maksym Berezkin Flag of Ukraine Roman Monaryov Flag of Ukraine Maksym Drachenko Joma
Zorya Luhansk Yevhen Heller Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Vernydub Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Karavayev Nike Favorit Sport

Notes:

  • Ever since Darijo Srna was tested positive for doping (dehydroepiandrosterone among others), on 22 September 2017 he voluntarily stopped participation in competitions and on 20 November 2017 he has been suspended by UEFA for the continental competitions. The team's captain for Shakhtar has been served either by Taras Stepanenko or Taison. On 22 February 2018, the disqualification was officially applied and retrospectively including the time he was suspended from competitions. The start time of disqualification was identified as 22 March 2017 (date of test taken) and the end time shall be no earlier than 22 August 2018.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov End of contract 31 May 2017 Pre-season Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Khatskevich 2 June 2017 Pre-season
NK Veres Rivne Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Virt (caretaker) Change of contract 6 June 2017 Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Virt 6 June 2017
Stal Kamianske Belarus Flag Leonid Kuchuk End of contract 6 June 2017 Flag of Armenia Yegishe Melikyan 25 June 2017
Karpaty Lviv Belarus Flag Oleg Dulub Resigned 11 June 2017 Flag of Spain Sergio Navarro 16 June 2017
Chornomorets Odesa Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Babych Resigned 21 August 2017 12th Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Hranovskyi (caretaker) 21 August 2017 12th
Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Hranovskyi (caretaker) End of interim spell 30 August 2017 Flag of Ukraine Oleksiy Chystyakov (caretaker) 30 August 2017
Flag of Ukraine Oleksiy Chystyakov (caretaker) End of interim spell 4 September 2017 Belarus Flag Oleg Dulub 4 September 2017
Karpaty Lviv Flag of Spain Sergio Navarro Sacked 14 September 2017 10th Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Zaytsev 14 September 2017 10th
FC Mariupol Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Sevidov Mutual consent 22 September 2017 5th Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Babych 22 September 2017 5th
Stal Kamianske Flag of Armenia Yegishe Melikyan Resigned 25 September 2017 11th Flag of Ukraine Kyrylo Nesterenko (caretaker) 25 September 2017 11th
Flag of Ukraine Kyrylo Nesterenko (caretaker) End of interim spell 28 September 2017 Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Kostov 28 September 2017
Karpaty Lviv Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Zaytsev Sacked 19 November 2017 11th Flag of Argentina Dario Drudi (caretaker) 19 November 2017 11th
Flag of Argentina Dario Drudi (caretaker) Will work as assistant 21 November 2017 Flag of Ukraine Oleh Boychyshyn 21 November 2017
Chornomorets Odesa Belarus Flag Oleg Dulub Mutual consent 22 December 2017 10th Flag of Ukraine Kostyantyn Frolov 23 December 2017 10th
Veres Rivne Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Virt Mutual consent 29 December 2017 5th Belarus Flag Yury Svirkov 30 December 2017 5th
Belarus Flag Yury Svirkov Resigned 25 April 2018 6th Flag of Ukraine Andriy Demchenko (caretaker) 26 April 2018 6th

Regular season

League table

Template:2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League Regular Season table

Positions by round

The following table represents the teams position after each round in the competition played chronologically.

Team \ Round 12345678910111213141516171819202122
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 4 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Dynamo Kyiv 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Vorskla Poltava 12 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3
Zorya Luhansk 10 9 9 11 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4 4 4
Veres Rivne 7 8 7 5 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 5
FC Mariupol 8 7 5 7 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 6
Olimpik Donetsk 2 3 6 3 3 4 4 4 6 6 5 4 3 3 3 3 4 5 6 7 6 7
FC Oleksandriya 11 11 10 9 10 11 11 11 9 8 8 9 9 10 10 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 5 6 8 10 11 9 8 8 8 9 9 8 10 9 8 10 10 9 9 9 10 9
Karpaty Lviv 6 10 11 8 9 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 8 8 9 11 11 11 11 10 9 10
Chornomorets Odesa 9 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 11 11 11 9 9 10 10 11 11 11
Stal Kamianske 4 2 3 6 7 7 9 9 11 11 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Last updated: 6 March 2017
Source: BBC

Notes:

  • After the second round, places of Zirka Kropyvnytskyi (6th) and FC Mariupol (7th) are defined by undisclosed criterion.
  • After the third round, places of Zirka Kropyvnytskyi (8th) and Zorya Luhansk (9th) are defined by undisclosed criterion.

Championship round

Template:2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League Championship Round table

Championship round positions by round

Team/
Round
23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Dynamo Kyiv 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Vorskla Poltava 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Zorya Luhansk 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
FC Mariupol 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5
Veres Rivne 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6

Relegation round

Template:2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League Relegation Round table

Relegation round positions by round

Team/
Round
23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
FC Oleksandriya 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7
Karpaty Lviv 11 11 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 8
Olimpik Donetsk 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 9
Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Chornomorets Odesa 10 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 11
Stal Kamianske 12 10 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 12

Relegation play-offs

Teams that placed 10th and 11th in the 2017–18 Ukrainian Premier League play two-leg play-off with the second and third teams of the 2017–18 Ukrainian First League. On 11 May 2018, a draw for relegation play-offs took place in the House of Football, Kyiv. The games were played on 23 May and 27 May 2018.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 1–5 Desna Chernihiv 1–1 0–4
Chornomorets Odesa 1–3 FC Poltava 1–0 0–3 (a.e.t.)

First leg

23 May 2018 (2018-05-23)
17:00 UTC+3
Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 1–1 Desna Chernihiv Zirka Stadium, Kropyvnytskyi
Attendance: 2,981
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (Kyiv Oblast)
D. Favorov Soccerball 77' (o.g.) Report Volkov Soccerball 32'

23 May 2018 (2018-05-23)
19:00 UTC+3
Chornomorets Odesa 1–0 FC Poltava Chornomorets Stadium, Odesa
Attendance: 4,124
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyi (Kyiv)
Kovalets Soccerball 36' Report

Second leg

27 May 2018 (2018-05-27)
17:00 UTC+3
FC Poltava 3–0
(a.e.t.)
Chornomorets Odesa Lokomotyv Stadium, Poltava
Attendance: 3,700
Referee: Yuriy Mozharovskyi (Lviv)
Dehtyarev Soccerball 67'105'
Zubeiko Soccerball 113' (o.g.)
Report Romanyuk Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 64', 110'

FC Poltava won 3–1 on aggregate and was promoted to the 2018–19 Ukrainian Premier League. Chornomorets Odesa was relegated to the 2018–19 Ukrainian First League.


27 May 2018 (2018-05-27)
18:00 UTC+3
Desna Chernihiv 4–0 Zirka Kropyvnytskyi Chernihiv Stadium, Chernihiv
Attendance: 10,799
Referee: Kostiantyn Trukhanov (Kharkiv)
A.Favorov -Soccerball shade cross 24'
D.Favorov Soccerball 38'
Arveladze Soccerball 52'87'
Volkov Soccerball 63'
Report

Desna Chernihiv won 5–1 on aggregate and was promoted to the 2018–19 Ukrainian Premier League. Zirka Kropyvnytskyi was relegated to the 2018–19 Ukrainian First League.

Season statistics

Top goalscorers

Rank Scorer Team Goals
(Pen.)
1 Flag of Argentina Facundo Ferreyra Shakhtar Donetsk 21 (1)
2 Flag of Ukraine Marlos Shakhtar Donetsk 18 (5)
3 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv 13 (2)
4 Brazil Iury Zorya Luhansk 11 (1)
5 Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Kolomoyets Vorskla Poltava 9
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Dieumerci Mbokani Dynamo Kyiv 9
Flag of Ukraine Mykhaylo Serhiychuk Veres / Vorskla 9 (3)
8 Flag of Ukraine Oleksiy Khoblenko Chornomorets Odesa 8 (1)
Flag of Ukraine Orest Kuzyk Stal Kamianske 8 (1)
10 Flag of Ukraine Artem Hromov Zorya Luhansk 7
Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Starenkyi FC Oleksandriya 7
Flag of Ukraine Marian Shved Karpaty Lviv 7

Hat-tricks (pokers)

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv Karpaty Lviv
5–0
29 July 2017
Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Starenkyi Oleksandriya Stal Kamanske
4–1
16 September 2017
Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Andriyevskyi Zorya Luhansk Mariupol
5–2
22 October 2017
Flag of Ukraine Andriy Boryachuk Mariupol Zirka Kropyvnytskyi
3–0
18 February 2018

(number) Player scored (number) goals if more than 3

  Away win
  Home win
  Draw

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Player of the Month
Player Club
July 2017 Brazil Marlos Shakhtar Donetsk
August 2017 Flag of Ukraine Maksym Pryadun Zirka Kropyvnytskyi
September 2017 Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Hutar Chornomorets Odesa
October 2017 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Andriyevskyi Zorya Luhansk
November 2017 Flag of Ukraine Artem Polyarus FC Oleksandriya
March 2018 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv
April 2018 Flag of Colombia Jorge Carrascal Karpaty Lviv

Round awards

Round Player Coach
Player Club Reference Coach Club
Round 1 Brazil Marlos[a] Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Armenia Yegishe Melikyan Stal Kamianske
Round 2 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Dieumerci Mbokani Dynamo Kyiv Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Khatskevich Dynamo Kyiv
Round 3 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Sevidov FC Mariupol
Round 4 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko Vorskla Poltava Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Virt Veres Rivne
Round 5 Flag of Ukraine Vyacheslav Churko FC Mariupol Flag of Ukraine Roman Sanzhar Olimpik Donetsk
Round 6 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Chyzhov Vorskla Poltava Flag of Ukraine Roman Monaryov Zirka Kropyvnytskyi
Round 7 Flag of Ukraine Maksym Pryadun Zirka Kropyvnytskyi Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Vernydub Zorya Luhansk
Round 8 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Virt Veres Rivne
Round 9 Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Hutar Chornomorets Odesa Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Khatskevich Dynamo Kyiv
Round 10 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Bandura Veres Rivne Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Virt Veres Rivne
Round 11 Flag of Ukraine Ihor Kharatin Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Vasyl Sachko Vorskla Poltava
Round 12 Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Kolomoyets Vorskla Poltava Belarus Flag Oleg Dulub Chornomorets Odesa
Round 13 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Andriyevskyi Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Vernydub Zorya Luhansk
Round 14 Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Myakushko Karpaty Lviv Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Kostov Stal Kamianske
Round 15 Flag of Ukraine Vitaliy Buyalskyi Dynamo Kyiv Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Khatskevich Dynamo Kyiv
Round 16 Flag of Ukraine Artem Polyarus FC Oleksandriya Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Sharan FC Oleksandriya
Round 17 Flag of Ukraine Marlos[a] Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Sharan FC Oleksandriya
Round 18 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv Not awarded
Round 19 Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Pankiv FC Oleksandriya Flag of Ukraine Vasyl Sachko Vorskla Poltava
winter break
Round 20 Flag of Ukraine Andriy Boryachuk FC Mariupol Flag of Bulgaria Nikolay Kostov Stal Kamianske
Round 21 Flag of Ukraine Marlos Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Vernydub Zorya Luhansk
Round 22 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Babych FC Mariupol
Round 23 Flag of Argentina Facundo Ferreyra Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Portugal Paulo Fonseca Shakhtar Donetsk
Round 24 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Vernydub Zorya Luhansk
Round 25 Flag of Ukraine Mykola Shaparenko Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Portugal Paulo Fonseca Shakhtar Donetsk
Round 26 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Khatskevich Dynamo Kyiv
Round 27 Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Shepelyev Dynamo Kyiv Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Khatskevich Dynamo Kyiv
Round 28 Flag of Ukraine Artem Besyedin Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Portugal Paulo Fonseca Shakhtar Donetsk
Round 29 Brazil Iury Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Kostiantyn Frolov Chornomorets Odesa
Round 30 Brazil Taison Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Babych FC Mariupol
Round 31 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Bandura Veres Rivne Belarus Flag Alyaksandr Khatskevich Dynamo Kyiv
Round 32 Flag of Ukraine Vladyslav Kulach Vorskla Poltava Flag of Ukraine Vasyl Sachko Vorskla Poltava

The 2017 Coach of the Year award

The best coaches were identified by the All-Ukrainian Football Coaches Association.

1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Coach Team Coach Team Coach Team
Roman Sanzhar Olimpik Donetsk Paulo Fonseca Shakhtar Donetsk Yuriy Vernydub Zorya Luhansk

Season's incidents

Desna vs Veres promotion

On 1 June 2017, it was announced that second-placed club FC Desna Chernihiv was denied a license to play in the top division. The argument was that the club was not able to provide guarantees for an adequate financing of infrastructure. The license was received by NK Veres Rivne, the third-placed team during the last season in the second-tier division.

Both clubs FC Desna Chernihiv and NK Veres Rivne did not play at their home stadiums in the 2016–17 Ukrainian First League. The first one played in Kyiv at the Obolon Arena, while the other one played in Varash, at the Izotop Stadium of the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant. The administration of Desna released a letter of protest before a meeting of FFU representatives. In protest, the Desna administration announced that the club would not play its final game of the season against FC Illichivets Mariupol, but later relented. Nonetheless, during the game, players of both teams expressed their protest on the field in a special way: when the whistle was blown the players, instead of starting play, were demonstratively standing around yet kicking a ball.

On 2 June 2017, upon conclusion of its conference the UPL administration announced about the final composition of the league and calendar for the upcoming season. The conference confirmed the admission of Veres to the league and the only club that voted against was FC Dynamo Kyiv, while six votes were for decision and three (including FC Zorya Luhansk) abstained. On 2 June 2017, the Desna fans were picketing the House of Football in Kyiv after they arrived on four buses from Chernihiv.

On 7 June 2017, sports media UA-Football requested from Football Federation of Ukraine and FC Desna Chernihiv to publish related documents to have better understanding over the situation and come to some kind of closure on the subject.

Number of football experts negatively commented on the situation, while the PFC Sumy head coach Anatoliy Bezsmertnyi stated that tomorrow these sports functionaries in such way will make Veres the national champions. The former PFL president Svyatoslav Syrota said that the FFU vice-president is lying about Desna problems. President of FC Inhulets Petrove, Oleksandr Porovoznyuk, called on other clubs to withdraw their teams from the league in support for FC Desna Chernihiv. President of FC Hirnyk-Sport Horishni Plavni Petro Kaplun stated that it makes him laugh when the president of Veres Oleksiy Khakhlev asks to follow the regulations. He points out that last season Veres was admitted to the Second League with complete disregard to the season's regulations. Kaplun also called on the FFU authorities to pay attention to what owners of professional clubs have to say as they have a right to express their vote of confindance for the FFU leadership.

Mariupol vs Dynamo (security issues)

Another issue relating to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine became serious when FC Dynamo Kyiv failed to arrive to Mariupol for the away game against FC Mariupol on 27 August 2017.

The issue was ongoing ever since the end of previous season when on 2 June 2017 FC Mariupol's promotion to the Ukrainian Premier League became official. On 3 June 2017 the vice president of Dynamo Serhiy Mokhnyk officially announced that the club will not travel for a game in Mariupol city as it is difficult to present guarantees in security due the fact that the city is located near a frontline (about 23–25 km (14–16 mi), see War in Donbass). The vice president also offered to conduct the game on a neutral field such as Dnipro Arena. Few days later in more details the same announcement was repeated by Ihor Surkis who also added that if he will receive documented security guarantees, he will send his team to Mariupol.

The leadership of the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) in a face of Andriy Pavelko right away expressed its opposition for the Dynamo's statement. The president of FFU made an emphasis that the game in Mariupol is an important component of uniting policy on national scale. He also underlined that there is no danger in conducting the game in Mariupol.

During preparation for the next season the issue was moved to background. However, when the season started on 16 July 2017, the issue surfaced again. About a week later, on 24 July 2017, Dynamo received recommendation letter from the Ministry of Interior and the Security Service of Ukraine where it was urged not to travel to Mariupol for a game. The same day Dynamo published its own letter addressed to the Football Federation of Ukraine and Ukrainian Premier League petitioning to transfer the Round 7 game against Mariupol scheduled on 27 August 2017 to another city. Two days later, on 26 July 2017, almost at the same time both the Minister of Interior (Arsen Avakov) and the President of UPL (Volodymyr Heninson) made public announcements assuring in safety of conducting football games in the littoral city of the Sea of Azov.

Throughout the rest of month of July two games took place in Mariupol. Until August FC Karpaty Lviv supported the position of Dynamo. Eventually to this "stand off" became involved the general manager of FC Shakhtar Donetsk Serhiy Palkin, while the television channel "Football" launched a wide informational campaign in support to conduct the game. For example, during one of the channel's broadcasting the president of Football Federation of Mariupol city called Hryhoriy Surkis the "main football separatist" and offered him to resolve the issue through Viktor Medvedchuk and the president of the aggressor state (Vladimir Putin). On 11 August 2017, the Deputy director of National Police in Donetsk Oblast wrote an official letter to the Football Federation of Ukraine with security guarantees for all games in Mariupol. Finally the game between FC Mariupol and FC Karpaty took place on August 13 in Mariupol.

On 18 August 2017, FFU issued a press release where it denied the petition of Dynamo in transferring the game. The session of the FFU Executive Committee that had took place on 22 August 2017 should have solved the problem.

Following no show of Dynamo to the game with FC Mariupol on 27 August 2017, FC Mariupol issued a press release where it accused its opponents in attempt to discredit the football club from Mariupol. On 14 November 2017, The Appeal Committee of the Football Federation of Ukraine did not satisfy the Dynamo appeal and counted the team's technical defeat.

On 19 February 2018, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne declined all claims of Dynamo to the Football Federation of Ukraine in relations to the "Mariupol case".

On 28 February 2018, the Ukrainian Premier League has officially updated its standings in correspondence to the earlier decision of the FFU CDC of 11 September 2017.

Relocation of teams

Due to the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine some football clubs were forced to be dissolved, other moved away to other cities in Ukraine. Among the UPL teams, teams from Donetsk, Olimpik and Shakhtar, moved to Kiev, Zorya Luhansk moved to Zaporizhia, teams from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Tavriya and Sevastopol, were dissolved. The relocated teams did not hurry with their change of place of registry in hope to be able to return home in near future.

In 2018 Shakhtar has officially changed its place of registry from Donetsk to Mariupol.

During the season several clubs (Shakhtar, Stal, and Veres) changed their city registration for various reasons and informed the Football Federation of Ukraine that since the next season will represent other cities.

2018 UPL presidential elections

The 2018 presidential elections of the Ukrainian Premier League took place on 6 April 2018. The current president Volodymyr Heninson that serves as the president since February 2016 announced that he will not run for president in 2018. Among possible candidates specialists note a Swiss lawyer Thomas Grimm or Joe Palmer from AFC Wimbledon. As of 26 March 2018, a day before deadline for submitting candidacy for election, there is only Thomas Grimm whose candidacy was submitted by FC Oleksandriya on 22 March 2018. On 6 April 2018, Thomas Grimm was elected as a new president with 10 votes for and 2 abstained.

Prospective disciplinary sanctions

According to FootballHub, in March the FFU Disciplinary Committee prosecuted the Olimpik's junior teams U-19 and U-21 for game fixing. Earlier the CDC chairman, Francesco Baranca, underlined that Olimpik won't participate in European competitions if its junior teams will be disqualified.

FC Vorskla Poltava could have problems with the league's attestation for next season for debts to its former players. Another UPL player submitted his claim to the FFU CDC against its former club FC Stal Kamianske.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ On 29 September 2017, it was announced that Marlos (native of Brazil) officially received Ukrainian citizenship and awaits for the FIFA documents permitting him to play for the Ukraine national football team. On 30 September 2017, FFU announced that Marlos is called up to play for the Ukraine national football team in the upcoming games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification against Kosovo and Croatia.
  2. ^ On 12 January 2018, Khoblenko signed with Lech Poznan.
  3. ^ On 5 March 2018, Serhiychuk signed with FC Vorskla Poltava.

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League cups

England · Estonia · Finland '17 '18 · France · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland '17 '18 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Scotland · Wales

Supercups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Cyprus · Czech Republic · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan · Lithuania · Macedonia · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Turkey · Ukraine

UEFA competitions

Champions League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Europa League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Super Cup

International competitions

2018 FIFA World Cup (UEFA qualification) · 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

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