The History of the Russian Premier League (1992-2017)


The Russian Premier League is the successor of the Soviet Top League and has been found after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, in 1992. The league size is 16 teams and 400 players, from which 147 of them are foreign players (36,8%) and the average age is 27,6 years. The league is ranked by UEFA in the 6th position with 50.532 points and the total market value rise to 698,15 million euros.

The most successful clubs of the Russian Premier League are:

SPARTAK MOSCOW 742 408 176 158 1400
CSKA MOSCOW 742 391 172 179 1345
LIKOMOTIV MOSCOW 742 359 210 173 1287
ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG 650 322 184 144 1150
DYNAMO MOSCOW 714 292 206 216 1082


Spartak Moscow has won also the most championships (10), followed by CSKA Moscow with 6 titles and Zenit St. Petersburg with 4.

The most successful goal scorer of the league is Alexandr Kerzhakov with 90 goals in 227 matches, second is Artem Dzyuba with 82 goals in 252 matches, third is Vagner Love with 76 goals in 157 matches, fourth Roman Pavlyuchenko with 70 goals in 191 matches and fifth is Danny with 67 goals in 267 matches. The top 5 record players is Sergey Ignashevich at the top of the list with 331 matches (29.272 minutes), second is Igor Akinfeev with 327 matches (29.319minutes), third is Dmitri Kombarov with 318 matches (27.387 minutes), forth is Vasili Berezutski with 317 matches (28.177 minutes) and fifth is Alexandr Samedov with 309 matches (24.007 minutes). The most successful coaches are Leonid Slutski, Kurban Berdyev and Rashid Rakhimov.

The biggest victory recorded was Lokomotiv Moscow 9:0 Uralan (November 3, 2000) and the game with most goals was Zhemchuzhina 3:7 Spartak Moscow (October 2, 1999).

The biggest stadium is Sankt- Petersburg Arena (Zenit) with 67.800 seats and second biggest is Otkrytie Arena (Spartak Moscow) with 45.360 seats. The match with the highest number of spectators was Spartak Moscow 1:3 CSKA Moscow counting 63.000 spectators (May 22, 2005). On the other hand the match with the lowest attendance was Ufa 1:2 Mordovia reaching 200 spectators (May 4, 2015).

Lastly, the most expensive transfer was Hulk from Zenit to SIPG with 55,8 million euros, the second most expensive was again Hulk from Porto to Zenit with 40 million euros and Axel Witsel from Benfica to Zenit with 40 millions euros, the fourth was Willian from Anzi to Chelsea with 35.5 million euros and fifth most expensive was again Willian from Shakhtar to Anzi, a transfer move that cost 35 million euros.