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Ukrainian Premier League
2019–20
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Season information
Dates 28 July 2019 – 19 July 2020
(winter break:
15 Dec 2019 – 22 Feb 2020)

(emergency:
18 March 2020 – 30 May 2020)
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League
Europa League
Season statistics
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The 2019–20 Ukrainian Premier League season was the 29th top-level football club competitions since the fall of the Soviet Union and the 12th since the establishment of the Ukrainian Premier League.

The tournament has been set to start on 28 July 2019. The same day there took place the game for the Ukrainian Super Cup. The UPL General Assembly also adopted a post season play-off mini-tournament for the last fifth berth of Ukraine in the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League competition which will involve the best team(s) of the relegation group. The assembly also agreed to implement the Video assistant referee (VAR) position in 2020. With the ongoing competition, on 7 August 2019 the league adopted new name FavBet Liha after its main sponsor as well as its new logo. For promotional purpose, the Ukrainian Premier League introduced an own copy of virtual fantasy league on the Real Manager game platform.

The defending champion was the 12-times winner Shakhtar Donetsk. On 20 June 2020, Shakhtar won the league again by beating Oleksandriya in the Round 27 home game gaining its 13th title record five rounds before the finish.

Summary

For next 2020–21 season, Ukrainian Premier League will expand to 14 teams. The lowest ranked team from Ukrainian Premier League will get relegated to Ukrainian First League. However, the top three teams from Ukrainian First League will gain promotion to Ukrainian Premier League next season.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine and based on resolutions of the Cabinet of Ukraine and the UAF Executive Committee, on 11 March 2020 the UPL adopted a decision to conduct games of the league's championship as well as under-21 and under-19 championships without spectators until 3 April 2020 (the first two rounds of the season's second stage).

On 17 March 2020, the Ukrainian Association of Football adopted its decision to pause all football competitions in the country since 18 March 2020 for unspecified period of time (until adaptation of its next decision to resume all football events) due to the coronavirus pandemic. On 14 May 2020 in the House of Football took place a working conference between leaders of UAF and UPL with representatives of the UPL club where it was decided not to renew competitions among U-21 and U-19 teams. The decision was approved on 27 May 2020 by the UAF Executive Committee. On 26 May 2020 the Ministry of Healthcare granted its permission to conduct games of the Favbet Liha and the Ukrainian Cup without spectators starting 30 May 2020 and the UAF Executive Committee supported the decision to renew the Championship and the Ukrainian Cup from 30 May 2020. Next day the Ministry of Health Care updated some of its restricting recommendations in regards to coordination of competitions among professional clubs.

The term of the UPL president expired on 5 April 2020. Due to pandemic situation worldwide, the election of the League's president was postponed to 27 April 2020. The current president Thomas Grimm stated that he will not run for the post as the members of the league are not interested to work together. On 4 May 2020 the league's executive director Yevhen Dykyi announced that there were registered three candidates for elections of the UPL president. On 18 May 2020 the league announced that elections for the league's president were postponed and their date will be announced later. Until then as the UPL president is acting the league's executive director Yevhen Dykyi.

Teams

Other issues

  • Olimpik Donetsk's participation in the season was under question because both of its youth teams (U-21 and U-19) were expelled from the Ukrainian Premier League due to match fixing, and are banned from competitions until the end of 2019–20 season.

Stadiums

Three teams play their matches outside of home towns. The minimum threshold for the stadium's capacity in the UPL is 5,000 (Article 10, paragraph 7.2).

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, after quarantine break clubs from Lviv are forced to conduct all their home matches in the other regions.

The following stadiums are regarded as home grounds (clubs in bold indicate that the respective stadium was their main home ground during the season):

Rank Stadium Place Club Capacity Notes
1 NSC Olimpiyskiy Kyiv Dynamo Kyiv 70,050
Shakhtar Donetsk used as home ground following COVID-19 quarantine
Kolos Kovalivka used as home ground in Round 26
2 OSC Metalist Kharkiv Shakhtar Donetsk 40,003 used as home ground before COVID-19 pandemic
3 Arena Lviv Lviv FC Lviv 34,915 used as home ground in Rounds 2 and 4
4 Dnipro-Arena Dnipro SC Dnipro-1 31,003
FC Lviv used as home ground in Round 25
5 Ukraina Stadium Lviv Karpaty Lviv 28,051
FC Lviv
6 Vorskla Stadium Poltava Vorskla Poltava 24,795
7 Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium Kyiv Olimpik Donetsk 16,873 used as home ground during the season
Dynamo Kyiv used as home ground in Round 19
8 Ternopilsky Misky Stadion Ternopil FC Lviv 15,150 used as home ground in Round 29
9 Volodymyr Boiko Stadium Mariupol FC Mariupol 12,680
10 Avanhard Stadium Lutsk Karpaty Lviv 12,080 used as home ground in Round 28
11 Chernihiv Stadium Chernihiv Desna Chernihiv 12,060
12 Slavutych-Arena Zaporizhia Zorya Luhansk 12,000 used as home ground during the season
13 CSC Nika Stadium Oleksandriya FC Oleksandriya 7,000
14 Obolon Arena Kyiv Kolos Kovalivka 5,100 used as home ground during the season

Personnel and sponsorship

Team President Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Desna Chernihiv Volodymyr Levin Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Ryabokon Flag of Ukraine Denys Favorov Flag of United States Nike Parimatch
SC Dnipro-1 Yuriy Bereza Flag of Ukraine Dmytro Mykhaylenko Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Kravchenko Flag of United States Nike
Dynamo Kyiv Ihor Surkis Flag of Ukraine Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Sydorchuk Flag of United States New Balance
Karpaty Lviv Oleh Smaliychuk Flag of Ukraine Roman Sanzhar Flag of Ukraine Dmytro Klyots Flag of Spain Joma Marathonbet
Kolos Kovalivka Andriy Zasukha Flag of Ukraine Ruslan Kostyshyn Flag of Ukraine Vitaliy Havrysh Flag of United States Nike Svitanok
FC Lviv Bohdan Kopytko Flag of Georgia Giorgi Tsetsadze Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Borzenko Flag of United States Nike LIMO
FC Mariupol Tarik Makhmud Chaudri Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Babych Flag of Ukraine Serhiy Yavorskyi Flag of United States Nike Favorite Sport
FC Oleksandriya Serhiy Kuzmenko Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Sharan Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Pankiv Flag of United States Nike AgroVista
Olimpik Donetsk Vladyslav Helzin Flag of Ukraine Ihor Klymovskyi (interim) Flag of Ukraine Dmytro Hryshko Flag of Spain Joma Parimatch
Shakhtar Donetsk Rinat Akhmetov Flag of Portugal Luís Castro Flag of Ukraine Andriy Pyatov Flag of United States Nike Parimatch
Vorskla Poltava Kostyantyn Zhevago Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Maksymov Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Chesnakov Flag of United States Nike Ferrexpo
Zorya Luhansk Yevhen Heller Flag of Ukraine Viktor Skrypnyk Flag of Ukraine Mykyta Kamenyuka Flag of United States Nike Favorite Sport

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Vernydub Mutual consent 31 May 2019 Pre-season Flag of Ukraine Viktor Skrypnyk 3 June 2019 Pre-season
Vorskla Poltava Flag of Ukraine Vitaliy Kosovskyi (caretaker) Change of contract 4 June 2019 Flag of Ukraine Vitaliy Kosovskyi 4 June 2019
Shakhtar Donetsk Flag of Portugal Paulo Fonseca Signed with A.S. Roma 11 June 2019 Flag of Portugal Luís Castro 12 June 2019
Karpaty Lviv Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Chyzhevskyi (caretaker) Change of contract 18 June 2019 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Chyzhevskyi 18 June 2019
Olimpik Donetsk Flag of Ukraine Ihor Klymovskyi (interim) End of interim term 1 July 2019 Flag of Brazil Júlio César Correia 1 July 2019
Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Belarus Alyaksandr Khatskevich Sacked 14 August 2019 3rd Flag of Ukraine Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko 15 August 2019 3rd
Olimpik Donetsk Flag of Brazil Júlio César Correia Sacked 19 August 2019 12th Flag of Ukraine Ihor Klymovskyi (interim) 19 August 2019 12th
Flag of Ukraine Ihor Klymovskyi (interim) End of interim 2 September 2019 Flag of Spain Vicente Gómez 2 September 2019
Karpaty Lviv Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Chyzhevskyi Sacked 3 September 2019 11th Flag of Ukraine Roman Sanzhar 3 September 2019 11th
FC Lviv Flag of Ukraine Bohdan Blavatskyi Mutual consent 10 September 2019 10th Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Mazyar 10 September 2019 10th
Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Mazyar Mutual consent 31 October 2019 12th Flag of Armenia Yegishe Melikyan 31 October 2019 12th
Vorskla Poltava Flag of Ukraine Vitaliy Kosovskyi Change of contract 14 November 2019 12th Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Maksymov 15 November 2019 12th
Olimpik Donetsk Flag of Spain Vicente Gómez Mutual consent 13 March 2020 11th Flag of Ukraine Ihor Klymovskyi (interim) 13 March 2020 11th
FC Lviv Flag of Armenia Yegishe Melikyan End of contract 21 June 2020 9th Flag of Georgia Giorgi Tsetsadze 22 June 2020 9th

First stage

First stage table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
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2 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
3 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
4 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
5 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
6 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
7 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0 Qualification to Relegation round
8 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
9 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
10 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
11 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0
12 [[{{{tan}}}|{{{t}}}]] 0 0 0

Source: Ukrainian 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

Championship round

Championship round table

Template:2019–20 Ukrainian Premier League Championship round table

Relegation round

Relegation round table

Template:2019–20 Ukrainian Premier League Relegation round table

Play-offs for qualification to the UEFA Europa League

Teams that placed 5th and 6th in the Championship group with the teams placed 7th and 8th in the Relegation group will play the one-leg play-off for one more berth in the Europa League second qualifying round. Winners of the pairs will contest in one-leg game the last berth to the UEFA Europa League. If the winners of the 2019–20 Ukrainian Cup Dynamo Kyiv hadn't already clinched the berth to the European competitions by the league performance, the play-off would have been set among teams placed 4th, 5th and 6th in the Championship group and 7th in the Relegation group in the same way.

First round

Team 1  Score  Team 2
FC Oleksandriya 1 8th placed team
Kolos Kovalivka 2 7th placed team

Second round

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Higher-ranked pair winner 1 Lower-ranked pair winner

Season statistics

Top goalscorers

As of 2020 075
Rank Scorer Team Goals
(Pen.)
1 Flag of Ukraine Júnior Moraes Shakhtar Donetsk 19 (1)
2 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Filippov Desna Chernihiv 15 (3)
3 Flag of Ukraine Marlos Shakhtar Donetsk 13 (1)
4 Flag of Ukraine Viktor Tsyhankov Dynamo Kyiv 12 (4)
5 Flag of Ukraine Bohdan Lyednyev Zorya Luhansk 11 (1)
6 Flag of Ukraine Vladyslav Supriaha SC Dnipro-1 10 (2)
Flag of Brazil Taison Shakhtar Donetsk 10 (4)
8 Flag of Ukraine Vitaliy Buyalskyi Dynamo Kyiv 9 (1)
Flag of Uruguay Carlos de Pena Dynamo Kyiv 9 (1)
Flag of Slovenia Benjamin Verbič Dynamo Kyiv 9 (2)

Top assistants

As of 2020 76
Rank Scorer Team Assists
1 Flag of Brazil Taison Shakhtar Donetsk 10
2 Flag of Ukraine Júnior Moraes Shakhtar Donetsk 8
3 Flag of Ukraine Yehor Kartushov Desna Chernihiv 7
Flag of Ukraine Vladyslav Kocherhin Zorya Luhansk 7
5 Flag of Ukraine Dmytro Myshnyov FC Mariupol 6
Flag of Ukraine Volodymyr Shepelyev Dynamo Kyiv 6

Clean sheets

As of 2020 76
Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Flag of Ukraine Andriy Pyatov Shakhtar Donetsk 11
Flag of Ukraine Yevhen Past Desna Chernihiv
3 Flag of Ukraine Mykyta Shevchenko Zorya Luhansk 8
Flag of Ukraine Heorhiy Bushchan Dynamo Kyiv
Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Pankiv FC Oleksandriya

Hat-tricks (pokers)

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Ukraine Júnior Moraes Shakhtar Donetsk FC Lviv
4–1
22 November 2019
Flag of Ukraine Vladyslav Supriaha SC Dnipro-1 Dynamo Kyiv
3–1
28 February 2020

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

  Away win
  Home win
  Draw

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Player of the Month Coach of the Month
Player Club Coach Club
August 2019 Flag of Ukraine Nazariy Rusyn Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Viktor Skrypnyk Zorya Luhansk
September 2019 Flag of Ukraine Bohdan Mykhaylichenko Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Ryabokon Desna Chernihiv
October 2019 Flag of Ukraine Bohdan Lyednyev Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Viktor Skrypnyk Zorya Luhansk
November 2019 Flag of Ukraine Yehor Nazaryna Karpaty Lviv Flag of Spain Vicente Gómez Olimpik Donetsk
December 2019 Flag of Ukraine Bohdan Mykhaylichenko Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Viktor Skrypnyk Zorya Luhansk
February 2020 Flag of Ukraine Vladyslav Supriaha SC Dnipro-1 Flag of Ukraine Yuriy Maksymov Vorskla Poltava
March 2020 Flag of Ukraine Bohdan Mykhaylichenko Zorya Luhansk Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Ryabokon Desna Chernihiv
June 2020 Flag of Ukraine Vitaliy Buyalskyi Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Ryabokon Desna Chernihiv

See also

External links

Ukrainian Premier League 2020–21

Desna Chernihiv · Dnipro-1 · Dynamo Kyiv · Inhulets Petrove · Kolos Kovalivka · Lviv · Mariupol · Mynai · Oleksandriya · Olimpik Donetsk · Rukh Lviv · Shakhtar Donetsk · Vorskla Poltava · Zorya Luhansk

Current Ukrainian Premier League managers 2020–21

Castro (Shakhtar) · Fedyk (Rukh) · Jovićević (Dnipro-1) · Klymovskyi (Olimpik) · Kobin (Mynai) · Kostyshyn (Kolos) · Lavrynenko (Inhulets) · Lucescu (Dynamo) · Maksymov (Vorskla) · O. Markevych (Mariupol) · Ryabokon (Desna) · Sharan (Oleksandriya) · Skrypnyk (Zorya) · Shumskyi (Lviv)

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