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The 2018–19 Russian Premier League is the 27th season of the premier football competition in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the 16th under the current Russian Premier League name. Lokomotiv Moscow come into the season as the defending champions.

Teams

As in the previous season, 16 teams will play in the 2018–19 season. After the 2017–18 season, Anzhi Makhachkala, Tosno and SKA-Khabarovsk were relegated to the 2018–19 Russian National Football League. They were replaced by three clubs from the 2017–18 Russian National Football League, Orenburg, Krylya Sovetov Samara, and Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. Orenburg and Krylya returned after one season of absence while Yenisey make their debut in the Premier League.

On 13 June 2018, FC Amkar Perm announced that the Russian Football Union recalled their 2018–19 season license, making them ineligible for the Russian Premier League or Russian Football National League. FC Anzhi Makhachkala, which was already licensed for the 2018–19 Premier League before losing in the 2017–18 relegation play-offs, is eligible to stay in the league ahead of the other relegation play-off losing club, FC Tambov. Anzhi re-applied for the Premier League membership on 15 June and was officially re-admitted into the Premier League on 22 June.

Stadiums

Team Stadium City Opened Capacity
Akhmat Grozny Akhmat-Arena Grozny 2011 30,597
Amkar Perm Zvezda Stadium Perm 1969 17,000
Arsenal Tula Arsenal Stadium Tula 1959 20,048
CSKA Moskva VEB Arena Moscow 2016 30,000
Dynamo Moskva Arena Khimki Khimki 2008 18,636
Krasnodar Krasnodar Stadium Krasnodar 2016 34,291
Krylia Sovetov Cosmos Arena Samara 2018 44,918
Lokomotiv Moskva Lokomotiv Stadium Moscow 2002 28,800
Orenburg Gazovik Stadium Orenburg 2002 7,500
Rostov Rostov Arena Rostov-on-Don 2018 37,868
Rubin Kazan Kazan Arena Kazan 2013 45,379
Spartak Moskva Otkritie Arena Moscow 2014 45,360
Ufa Neftyanik Stadium Ufa 1967 15,234
Ural Central Stadium Yekaterinburg 1940 23,000
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk Central Stadium Krasnoyarsk 1967 22,500
Zenit Saint Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium Saint Petersburg 2017 64,287

Personnel and kits

Team Location Head coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Akhmat Grozny Grozny Flag of Russia Igor Lediakhov Adidas Akhmat Foundation
Amkar Perm Perm Flag of Russia Vadim Evseev Adidas
Arsenal Tula Tula Flag of Russia Oleg Kononov Adidas SPLAV
CSKA Moscow Moscow Belarus Flag Viktor Goncharenko Adidas Rosseti
Dynamo Moscow Moscow Flag of Russia Dmitri Khokhlov Nike VTB
Krasnodar Krasnodar Flag of Russia Murad Musayev Puma Constell Group
Krylia Sovetov Samara Flag of Russia Andrey Tikhonov Nike
Lokomotiv Moscow Moscow Flag of Russia Yuri Semin Adidas RZhD
Orenburg Orenburg Flag of Russia Vladimir Fedotov Nike
Rostov Rostov-on-Don Flag of Russia Valeri Karpin Adidas Pari-Match, TNS Energoservice
Rubin Kazan Kazan Flag of Turkmenistan Kurban Berdyev New Balance Nizhnekamskneftekhim
Spartak Moscow Moscow Flag of Italy Massimo Carrera Nike LUKOIL
Ufa Ufa Vacant Joma
Ural Yekaterinburg Yekaterinburg Flag of Ukraine Dmytro Parfenov Joma Renova, TMK
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk Flag of Russia Dmitri Alenichev Nike
Zenit Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg Flag of Russia Sergei Semak Nike Gazprom

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Zenit Flag of Italy Roberto Mancini Mutual consent 13 May 2018 pre-season Flag of Russia Sergei Semak 29 May 2018
Ural Flag of Russia Aleksandr Tarkhanov Moved to the advisor position 21 May 2018 Flag of Ukraine Dmytro Parfenov 21 May 2018
Arsenal Flag of Montenegro Miodrag Božović Contract expired 21 May 2018 Flag of Russia Oleg Kononov 1 June 2018
Ufa Flag of Russia Sergei Semak Mutual consent 29 May 2018 Flag of Russia Sergei Tomarov 13 June 2018
Anzhi Belarus Flag Vadim Skripchenko Contract expired 31 May 2018 Flag of Russia Magomed Adiyev 4 June 2018

Tournament format and regulations

Basic

The 16 teams will play a round-robin tournament whereby each team plays each one of the other teams twice, once at home and once away. Thus, a total of 240 matches will be played, with 30 matches played by each team.

Promotion and relegation

The teams that finish 15th and 16th will be relegated to the FNL, while the top 2 in that league will be promoted to the Premier League for the 2019–20 season.

The 13th and 14th Premier League teams will play the 4th and 3rd FNL teams respectively in two playoff games with the winners securing Premier League spots for the 2019–20 season.

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Zenit St. Petersburg  (C) 30 20 4 6 57 29+28 64 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Template:Fb team Lokomotiv Moscow 30 16 8 6 45 28+17 56
3 Template:Fb team Krasnodar 30 16 8 6 55 23+32 56 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
4 CSKA Moscow 30 14 9 7 46 23+23 51 Qualification to Europa League group stage
5 Spartak Moscow 30 14 7 9 36 31+5 49 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
6 Arsenal Tula 30 12 10 8 40 33+7 46 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
7 Template:Fb team Orenburg 30 12 7 11 39 34+5 43
8 Akhmat Grozny 30 11 9 10 29 30−1 42
9 Template:Fb team Rostov 30 10 11 9 25 23+2 41
10 Template:Fb team Ural Yekaterinburg 30 10 8 12 33 45−12 38
11 Template:Fb team Rubin Kazan 30 7 15 8 24 30−6 36
12 Template:Fb team Dynamo Moscow 30 6 15 9 28 280 33
13 Template:Fb team Krylia Sovetov Samara (O) 30 8 4 18 25 46−21 28 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
14 Template:Fb team Ufa (O) 30 5 11 14 24 34−10 26
15 Anzhi Makhachkala  (R) 30 5 6 19 13 50−37 21 Relegation to FNL
16 Template:Fb team Yenisey Krasnoyarsk (R) 30 4 8 18 24 55−31 20
Source: Russian Premier League, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Relegation play-offs

Positions by round

External links

Russian Premier League seasons

2011–12 · 2012–13 · 2013–14 · 2014–15 · 2015–16 · 2016–17 · 2017–18 · 2018–19 · 2019–20 · 2020–21 ·

Russian Football Union
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International club competitions
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League cups

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Supercups

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UEFA competitions
Champions League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Europa League (qualifying phase and play-off round (Main Path), qualifying phase and play-off round (Champions Path) · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Super Cup
International competitions
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2018–19 UEFA Nations League (League A · League B · League C · League D · Finals)

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