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|Champions League||CSKA Moscow|
Zenit St. Petersburg
|Europa League||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Goals scored||627 (2.61 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Yura Movsisyan|
|Biggest home win||Alania 5–0 Terek|
Zenit 5–0 Spartak
Krasnodar 6–1 Mordovia
|Biggest away win||Krylia Sovetov 0–5 Spartak|
|Highest scoring||Kuban 6–2 Volga|
The 2012–13 Russian Premier League was the 21st season of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and 11th under the current Russian Premier League name. It began on 21 July 2012 and ended on 26 May 2013, with a winter break between the weekends around 13 December 2012 and 10 March 2013.
This was the first season in Russian football history to be played on the basis of the autumn/spring calendar, rather than the spring/autumn schedule traditionally used in Russia due to climate conditions.
A total of sixteen teams participate in the league, the best fourteen sides of the 2011–12 season and two promoted clubs from the 2011–12 National Football League.
The following teams are mathematically confirmed to compete in the 2012–13 season:
- Alania Vladikavkaz (promoted from the National League)
- Amkar Perm
- Anzhi Makhachkala
- CSKA Moscow
- Dynamo Moscow
- FC Krasnodar
- Krylia Sovetov Samara
- Kuban Krasnodar
- Lokomotiv Moscow
- Mordovia Saransk (promoted from the National League)
- FC Rostov
- Rubin Kazan
- Spartak Moscow
- Terek Grozny
- Volga Nizhny Novgorod
- Zenit St. Petersburg
Tom Tomsk and Spartak Nalchik were relegated at the end of the 2011–12 season after finishing the season in the bottom two places. Both teams returned to the First Division after respectively seven and six seasons in top level.
The relegated teams were replaced by 2011–12 First Division champions Mordovia Saransk and runners-up Alania Vladikavkaz. Former Russian champions Alania made their immediate return to the Premier League, while Mordovia are playing their first season at the highest football level of Russia.
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|Lokomotiv||José Couceiro||Contract expired||14 May 2012||Pre-season||Slaven Bilić||14 May 2012||Pre-season|
|Volga||Dmitri Cheryshev||Sacked||7 June 2012||Pre-season||Gadzhi Gadzhiyev||7 June 2012||Pre-season|
|Spartak||Valery Karpin||Resigned||10 June 2012||Pre-season||Unai Emery||10 June 2012||Pre-season|
|Amkar||Miodrag Božović||Resigned||11 June 2012||Pre-season||Rustem Khuzin||11 June 2012||Pre-season|
|Rostov||Anatoly Baidachny||Sacked||11 June 2012||Pre-season||Miodrag Božović||11 June 2012||Pre-season|
|Dynamo||Sergei Silkin||Resigned||6 August 2012||16th||Dmitri Khokhlov (caretaker)||6 August 2012||16th|
|Kuban||Dan Petrescu||Resigned||14 August 2012||8th||Yuri Krasnozhan||16 August 2012||8th|
|Dynamo||Dmitri Khokhlov (caretaker)||Caretaker spell over||17 August 2012||16th||Dan Petrescu||17 August 2012||16th|
|Alania||Vladimir Gazzayev||Resigned||14 November 2012||15th||Valery Gazzaev||14 November 2012||15th|
|Krylia Sovetov||Andrey Kobelev||Resigned||15 November 2012||12th||Aleksandr Tsygankov (caretaker)||15 November 2012||12th|
|Mordovia||Fyodor Shcherbachenko||Mutual agreement||19 November 2012||16th||Vladimir Bibikov (caretaker)||19 November 2012||16th|
|Spartak||Unai Emery||Sacked||25 November 2012||7th||Valery Karpin (caretaker; from 13 Dec 2012 – permanent)||26 November 2012||7th|
|Mordovia||Vladimir Bibikov (caretaker)||Caretaker spell over||28 December 2012||16th||Dorinel Munteanu||28 December 2012||16th|
|Kuban||Yuri Krasnozhan||Sacked||8 January 2013||4th||Leonid Kuchuk||9 January 2013||4th|
|Volga||Gadzhi Gadzhiev||Resigned||19 January 2013||13th||Yuriy Kalitvintsev||19 January 2013||13th|
|Krylia Sovetov||Aleksandr Tsygankov (caretaker)||Caretaker spell over||27 January 2013||14th||Gadzhi Gadzhiyev||27 January 2013||14th|
|Terek||Stanislav Cherchesov||Contract expired||26 May 2013||8th||Yuri Krasnozhan||26 May 2013||8th|
Last updated: 26 May 2013
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.
The teams that finish 15th and 16th will be relegated to the FNL, while the top two FNL teams will be promoted to the Premier League for the 2013/14 season.
The 13th and 14th Premier League teams will play the 4th and 3rd FNL teams respectively in two playoff games with the winner securing a Premier League spot for 2013/14 (see paragraph 4.5.1 in the league regulations).
According to long-standing practice, a tournament of junior teams will be held in parallel with the championship. The age limit for junior teams' players for this season is yet to be decided. Each club will be allowed to field no more than 3 field players and 1 goalkeeper older than the age limit.
As of 4 July, a team will be allowed to have 7 foreign (non-Russian nationals) players on the pitch at the same time, unlike the previous season when the limit was 6 foreigners per team. The new rule will run until 2017.
On 17 November 2012, the game in which Dynamo Moscow was hosting Zenit St. Petersburg at Arena Khimki was abandoned at the 37th minute with Dynamo leading 1–0 through a free kick goal by Vladimir Granat when a firecracker thrown from the stands hit Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin. Shunin was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with the chemical burns of his corneas and eyelids, conjuctivitis, and otitis of his right ear with partial loss of hearing. Dynamo insisted that the game should be awarded to them. Zenit's general director Mikhail Mitrofanov suggested that Zenit might drop out of the Russian league altogether if the game is awarded to Dynamo. According to the police, the main suspect is a female fan who was arrested after the game. The criminal investigation was opened on the charge of hooliganism. On 22 November, Russian Football Union's Control-Disciplinary Committee awarded the game to Dynamo with a score of 3–0 and fined both clubs. Dynamo had to play their next home game (against Rubin Kazan) behind closed doors and Zenit had to play their next 2 home games (against CSKA Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala) behind closed doors as well. Yellow cards received by Bruno Alves and Roman Shirokov before the game was abandoned still count for disciplinary purposes. Shunin did not play in the remaining 3 games of 2012. Zenit only gained 2 points in their behind closed doors games, Dynamo won their behind closed doors game. Zenit filed an appeal for that decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which heard their case on 9 May 2013. The appeal was denied on 14 May 2013.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||CSKA Moscow (C)||30||20||4||6||49||25||+24||64||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|2||Zenit St. Petersburg||30||18||8||4||53||25||+28||62||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|3||Anzhi Makhachkala||30||15||8||7||45||34||+11||53||Qualification to Europa League group stage|
|4||Spartak Moscow||30||15||6||9||51||39||+12||51||Qualification to Europa League play-off round|
|5||Kuban Krasnodar||30||14||9||7||48||28||+20||51||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round|
|6||Rubin Kazan||30||15||5||10||39||27||+12||50||Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round|
|12||Volga Nizhny Novgorod||30||7||8||15||28||46||−18||29[b]|
|13||Rostov (O)||30||7||8||15||30||41||−11||29[b]||Qualification to Relegation play-offs|
|14||Krylia Sovetov Samara (O)||30||7||7||16||31||52||−21||28|
|15||Mordovia Saransk (R)||30||5||5||20||30||57||−27||20||Relegation to Football National League|
|16||Alania Vladikavkaz (R)||30||4||7||19||26||53||−27||19|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of wins; 3) head-to-head points; 4) number of head-to-head wins; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) number of head-to-head goals scored; 7) number of head-to-head away goals scored; 8) goal difference; 9) number of goals scored; 10) number of away goals scored; 11) position in the 2011–12 season (only used until all the regularly scheduled games have been played); 11) extra play-off game or tournament between the teams in question.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
- Dynamo Moscow ahead of Terek Grozny on head-to-head points; Dynamo Moscow–Terek Grozny 1–2, Terek Grozny–Dynamo Moscow 1–2.
- Amkar Perm ahead of Volga Nizhny Novgorod and Rostov on head-to-head points; Amkar Perm: 7 pts, Volga Nizhny Novgorod: 5 pts, Rostov: 4 pts.
|Jan Holenda||Rostov||Alania||3–1||25 August 2012|
|Yura Movsisyan||Spartak||Terek||3–1||10 March 2013|
|Wánderson||Krasnodar||Anzhi||4–0||31 March 2013|
|Royston Drenthe||Alania||Mordovia||3–1||15 April 2013|
|Hulk||Zenit||Alania||4–0||4 May 2013|
|Krylia Sovetov Samara||2–0||Spartak Nalchik|
|Caballero 21' (pen.), 42' (pen.)|
|Month||Premier League Manager of the Month||Premier League Player of the Month||Reference|
|March||Kurban Berdyev||Rubin||Vágner Love||CSKA|||
|April||Kurban Berdyev||Rubin||Dmitri Kombarov||Spartak|||
|May||Leonid Slutsky||CSKA||Vágner Love||CSKA|||
Top 15 attendances (single match)
Russian Premier League attendances (average)
Last updated: 26 May 2013
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)
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- Гаджи Гаджиев официально стал тренером "Крыльев" (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 27 January 2013.
- Юрий Красножан возглавил "Терек" (in Russian). FC Terek Grozny. 26 May 2013.
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- 22 game against Zenit St. Petersburg was played at Anzhi Arena in Kaspiysk
- On 17 November 2012, the game in which Dynamo Moscow was hosting Zenit St. Petersburg at Arena Khimki was abandoned at the 37th minute with Dynamo leading 1–0 through a free kick goal by Vladimir Granat when a firecracker thrown from the stands hit Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin. On 22 November, Russian Football Union's Control-Disciplinary Committee awarded the game to Dynamo with a score of 3–0 and fined both clubs. Dynamo had to play their next home game (against Rubin Kazan) behind closed doors and Zenit had to play their next 2 home games (against CSKA Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala) behind closed doors as well.
- 30 game against Alania Vladikavkaz was played at Eduard Streltsov Stadium in Moscow
- 20 game against Zenit St. Petersburg was played at Axmat Arena in Grozny
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