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Soviet Top League 1985

Soviet Top League

The Soviet Top League (Высшая лига) was the top division of Soviet Union football.

Champions and top goalscorers

Season Champion Runner-Up 3rd Position Top Goalscorer
1936 (spring) Dynamo Moscow Dynamo Kyiv Spartak Moscow Mikhail Semichastny
(Dynamo Moscow, 6 goals)
1936 (autumn) Spartak Moscow Dynamo Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Georgy Glazkov
(Spartak Moscow, 7 goals)
1937 Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow Dynamo Kyiv Vasily Smirnov
(Dynamo Moscow, 8 goals)
1938 Spartak Moscow CDKA Moscow Metallurg Moscow Aleksandr Ponomaryov
(Traktor Stalingrad, 19 goals)
1939 Spartak Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi CDKA Moscow Grigory Fedotov
(CDKA Moscow, 21 goals)
1940 Dynamo Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Spartak Moscow Sergey Solovyov
(Dynamo Moscow, 21 goals)
1945 Dynamo Moscow CDKA Moscow Torpedo Moscow Vsevolod Bobrov
(CDKA Moscow, 24 goals)
1946 CDKA Moscow Dynamo Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Aleksandr Ponomaryov
(Torpedo Moscow, 18 goals)
1947 CDKA Moscow Dynamo Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Vsevolod Bobrov
(CDKA Moscow, 14 goals)
Valentin Nikolayev
(CDKA Moscow, 14 goals)
1948 CDKA Moscow Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow Sergey Solovyov
(Dynamo Moscow, 25 goals)
1949 Dynamo Moscow CDKA Moscow Spartak Moscow Nikita Simonyan
(Spartak Moscow, 26 goals)
1950 CDKA Moscow Dynamo Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Nikita Simonyan
(Spartak Moscow, 34 goals)
1951 CDSA Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Shakhter Stalino

Avtandil Gogoberidze
(Dinamo Tbilisi, 16 goals)
1952 Spartak Moscow Dynamo Kyiv Dynamo Moscow Andrey Zazroyev
(Dynamo Kyiv, 11 goals)
1953 Spartak Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Torpedo Moscow Nikita Simonyan
(Spartak Moscow, 14 goals)
1954 Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow Spartak Minsk Anatoli Ilyin
(Spartak Moscow, 11 goals)
Vladimir Ilyin
(Dynamo Moscow, 11 goals)
Antonin Sochnev
(Trudovye Reservy Leningrad, 11 goals)
1955 Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow CDSA Moscow Eduard Streltsov
(Torpedo Moscow, 15 goals)
1956 Spartak Moscow Dynamo Moscow CDSA Moscow Vasily Buzunov
(ODO Sverdlovsk, 17 goals)
1957 Dynamo Moscow Torpedo Moscow Spartak Moscow Vasily Buzunov
(CSK MO Moscow, 16 goals)
1958 Spartak Moscow Dynamo Moscow CSK MO Moscow Anatoli Ilyin
(Spartak Moscow, 19 goals)
1959 Dynamo Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Zaur Kaloyev
(Dinamo Tbilisi, 16 goals)
1960 Torpedo Moscow Dynamo Kyiv Dynamo Moscow Zaur Kaloyev
(Dinamo Tbilisi, 20 goals)
Gennady Gusarov
(Torpedo Moscow, 20 goals)
1961 Dynamo Kyiv Torpedo Moscow Spartak Moscow Gennady Gusarov
(Torpedo Moscow, 22 goals)
1962 Spartak Moscow Dynamo Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Eduard Markarov
(Neftyanik Baku, 16 goals)
Yury Sevidov
(Spartak Moscow, 16 goals)
Boris Kazakov
(Krylya Sovetov Kuibyshev, 16 goals)
Mikhail Mustygin
(Belarus Minsk, 16 goals)
1963 Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow Dinamo Minsk Oleg Kopaev
(SKA Rostov-on-Don, 27 goals)
1964 Dinamo Tbilisi Torpedo Moscow CSKA Moscow Vladimir Fedotov
(CSKA Moscow, 16 goals)
1965 Torpedo Moscow Dynamo Kyiv CSKA Moscow Oleg Kopaev
(SKA Rostov-on-Don, 18 goals)
1966 Dynamo Kyiv SKA Rostov-on-Don Neftyanik Baku Ilya Datunashvili
(Dinamo Tbilisi, 20 goals)
1967 Dynamo Kyiv Dynamo Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Mikhail Mustygin
(Dinamo Minsk, 19 goals)
1968 Dynamo Kyiv Torpedo Moscow Spartak Moscow Georgi Gavasheli
(Dinamo Tbilisi, 22 goals)
Berador Abduraimov
(Pakhtakor Tashkent, 22 goals)
1969 Spartak Moscow Dynamo Kyiv Dinamo Tbilisi Nikolai Osyanin
(Spartak Moscow, 16 goals)
Vladimir Proskurin
(SKA Rostov-on-Don, 16 goals)
Dzhemal Kherhadze
(Torpedo Kutaisi, 16 goals)
1970 CSKA Moscow Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow Givi Nodia
(Dinamo Tbilisi, 17 goals)
1971 Dynamo Kyiv Ararat Yerevan Dinamo Tbilisi Eduard Malofeev
(Dinamo Minsk, 16 goals)
1972 Zorya Voroshilovgrad Dynamo Kyiv Dinamo Tbilisi Oleg Blokhin
(Dynamo Kyiv, 14 goals)
1973 Ararat Yerevan Dynamo Kyiv Dynamo Moscow Oleg Blokhin
(Dynamo Kyiv, 18 goals)
1974 Dynamo Kyiv Spartak Moscow Chornomorets Odessa Oleg Blokhin
(Dynamo Kyiv, 20 goals)
1975 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Moscow Oleg Blokhin
(Dynamo Kyiv, 18 goals)
1976 (spring) Dynamo Moscow Ararat Yerevan Dinamo Tbilisi Arkady Andreasian
(Ararat Yerevan, 8 goals)
1976 (autumn) Torpedo Moscow Dynamo Kyiv Dinamo Tbilisi Aleksandr Markin
(Zenit Leningrad, 13 goals)
1977 Dynamo Kyiv Dinamo Tbilisi Torpedo Moscow Oleg Blokhin
(Dynamo Kyiv, 17 goals)
1978 Dinamo Tbilisi Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Georgi Yartsev
(Spartak Moscow, 19 goals)
1979 Spartak Moscow Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Vitaliy Starukhin
(Shakhtar Donetsk, 26 goals)
1980 Dynamo Kyiv Spartak Moscow Zenit Leningrad Sergey Andreev
(SKA Rostov-on-Don, 20 goals)
1981 Dynamo Kyiv Spartak Moscow Dinamo Tbilisi Ramaz Shengelia
(Dinamo Tbilisi, 23 goals)
1982 Dinamo Minsk Dynamo Kyiv Spartak Moscow Andrei Yakubik
(Pakhtakor Tashkent, 23 goals)
1983 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Spartak Moscow Dinamo Minsk Yuri Gavrilov
(Spartak Moscow, 18 goals)
1984 Zenit Leningrad Spartak Moscow Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Sergey Andreev
(SKA Rostov-on-Don, 20 goals)
1985 Dynamo Kyiv Spartak Moscow Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Oleg Protasov
(Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, 35 goals)
1986 Dynamo Kyiv Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow Aleksandr Borodyuk
(Dynamo Moscow, 21 goals)
1987 Spartak Moscow Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Žalgiris Vilnius Oleg Protasov
(Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, 18 goals)
1988 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Dynamo Kyiv Torpedo Moscow Evgeny Shakhov
(Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, 16 goals)
Aleksandr Borodyuk
(Dynamo Moscow, 16 goals)
1989 Spartak Moscow Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Dynamo Kyiv Sergey Rodionov
(Spartak Moscow, 16 goals)
1990 Dynamo Kyiv CSKA Moscow Dynamo Moscow Oleg Protasov
(Dynamo Kyiv, 12 goals)
Valery Shmarov
(Spartak Moscow, 12 goals)
1991 CSKA Moscow Spartak Moscow Torpedo Moscow Igor Kolyvanov
(Dynamo Moscow, 18 goals)

Overall Statistics

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-Up 3rd Position Years Won
Dynamo Kyiv 13 11 3 1961, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990
Spartak Moscow 12 11 10 1936a, 1938, 1939, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1962, 1969, 1979, 1987, 1989
Dynamo Moscow 11 11 5 1936s, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1949, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1976s
CSKA Moscow 7 4 6 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1970, 1991
Torpedo Moscow 3 4 5 1960, 1965, 1976a
Dinamo Tbilisi 2 5 13 1964, 1978
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2 2 2 1983, 1988
Ararat Yerevan 1 2 1973
Dinamo Minsk 1 2 1982
Zenit Leningrad 1 1 1984
Zorya Voroshilovgrad 1 1972
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 2

Lokomotiv Moscow 1

SKA Rostov-on-Don 1

Metallurg Moscow 1

Neftchi Baku 1

Chornomorets Odessa 1

Žalgiris Vilnius 1

Performance by republic

Republic Winners Runners-Up 3rd Position Presences Winning Clubs
34 32 28 416 Spartak Moscow (12)
Dynamo Moscow (11)
CSKA Moscow (7)
Torpedo Moscow (3)
Zenit Leningrad (1)
16 15 8 191 Dynamo Kyiv (13)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (2)
Zorya Voroshilovgrad (1)
2 5 13 68 Dinamo Tbilisi (2)
1 2 33 Ararat Yerevan (1)
1 3 39 Dinamo Minsk (1)
1 29

1 11

24

22

7

7

3

2

Republics never represented at top-level were the Turkmen SSR and the Kyrgyz SSR

All-time table

Team Republic Seasons First
season
Last
season
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals
for
Goals
against
Points1
Spartak Moscow RUS 53 1936 1991 1453 722 385 346 2483 1467 1821
Dynamo Kyiv UKR 54 1936 1991 1483 681 456 346 2306 1566 1810
Dynamo Moscow RUS 54 1936 1991 1485 707 404 374 2435 1457 1805
Dinamo Tbilisi GEO 51 1936 1989 1424 621 406 397 2176 1677 1642
Torpedo Moscow RUS 51 1938 1991 1455 601 433 421 2059 1656 1613
CSKA Moscow RUS 48 1936 1991 1326 585 363 378 2030 1451 1524
Zenit Leningrad RUS 49 1938 1989 1402 464 411 527 1725 1914 1328
Shakhtar Donetsk UKR 44 1938 1991 1288 434 379 475 1522 1641 1241
Ararat Yerevan ARM 33 1949 1991 1026 352 280 394 1150 1306 972
Dinamo Minsk BLR 33 1945 1991 985 327 300 358 1109 1202 940
Lokomotiv Moscow RUS 38 1936 1991 1001 303 289 409 1218 1431 888
Neftchi Baku AZE 27 1949 1988 884 253 270 361 907 1141 771
Chornomorets Odessa UKR 26 1938 1991 789 260 230 299 841 986 744
Kairat Almaty KAZ 24 1960 1988 780 226 234 320 742 983 678
Pakhtakor Tashkent UZB 22 1960 1991 722 212 211 299 805 1035 629
SKA Rostov-on-Don RUS 21 1959 1985 680 218 194 268 843 911 620
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk UKR 19 1972 1991 554 227 154 173 729 634 604
Krylya Sovetov Kuybyshev RUS 26 1946 1979 715 185 209 321 675 996 579
Metalist Kharkiv UKR 18 1949 1991 552 167 147 238 525 706 480
Zorya Voroshilovgrad UKR 14 1967 1979 412 125 135 152 416 469 377
Dynamo Leningrad RUS 17 1936 1963 397 135 102 160 589 649 372
Torpedo Kutaisi GEO 13 1962 1986 439 104 129 206 395 655 335
Žalgiris Vilnius LIT 11 1953 1989 330 107 93 130 349 463 305
Rotor Volgograd RUS 11 1938 1990 293 91 66 136 352 488 248
Nistru Chişinău MLD 11 1956 1983 312 69 84 159 312 534 222
Karpaty Lviv UKR 9 1971 1980 244 68 85 91 250 301 218
VVS Moscow RUS 6 1947 1952 161 58 32 71 235 270 148
Daugava Riga LAT 7 1949 1962 203 51 48 104 198 311 150
Krylya Sovetov Moscow RUS 6 1938 1948 143 32 39 72 145 259 103
Metallurg Moscow RUS 4 1937 1940 91 40 17 34 173 170 97
Kuban Krasnodar RUS 3 1980 1982 102 29 26 47 111 145 84
Admiralteyets Leningrad RUS 3 1958 1961 84 26 17 41 122 149 69
Pamir Dushanbe TJK 3 1989 1991 84 21 27 36 74 104 69
Elektrik Leningrad RUS 5 1936 1939 80 22 18 40 112 163 62
Fakel Voronezh RUS 2 1961 1985 66 20 17 29 63 83 57
Trudovye Rezervy Leningrad RUS 3 1954 1956 68 16 23 29 82 113 55
Volga Gorky RUS 3 1951 1964 85 14 27 44 58 143 55
Spartak Tbilisi GEO 2 1950 1951 64 21 11 32 82 109 53
Spartak Minsk BLR 3 1954 1957 68 15 19 34 53 95 49
Spartak Vladikavkaz RUS 2 1970 1991 62 16 16 30 64 89 48
SKA Odessa UKR 2 1965 1966 68 4 19 45 38 121 27
Metalurh Zaporizhya UKR 1 1991 1991 30 9 7 14 27 38 25
VMS Moscow RUS 1 1951 1951 28 7 9 12 30 50 23
Tavriya Simferopol UKR 1 1981 1981 34 8 7 19 27 54 23
Selmash Kharkiv UKR 1 1938 1938 25 8 6 11 34 45 22
Uralmash Sverdlovsk RUS 1 1969 1969 34 7 8 19 19 39 22
Stalinets Moscow RUS 1 1938 1938 25 8 5 12 36 44 21
Lokomotiv Kyiv UKR 1 1938 1938 25 8 5 12 43 64 21
Shinnik Yaroslavl RUS 1 1964 1964 32 6 9 17 20 48 21
Dynamo Rostov-on-Don RUS 1 1938 1938 25 7 6 12 39 43 20
Temp Baku AZE 1 1938 1938 25 6 8 11 33 40 20
Spartak Leningrad RUS 1 1938 1938 25 6 8 11 30 39 20
Kalev Tallinn EST 2 1960 1961 58 3 14 41 46 146 20
Dynamo Kirovabad AZE 1 1968 1968 38 5 9 24 25 59 19
Guria Lanchkhuti GEO 1 1987 1987 30 5 8 17 18 38 18
Spartak Kharkiv UKR 1 1938 1938 25 5 7 13 43 63 17
Zenit (Bolshevik) Leningrad RUS 1 1938 1938 25 7 3 15 35 57 17
ODO Sverdlovsk RUS 1 1956 1956 22 6 4 12 31 45 16
Pishchevik Moscow RUS 1 1938 1938 25 5 6 14 25 53 16
Lokomotiv Tbilisi GEO 1 1938 1938 25 5 5 15 44 62 15
Kalinin city team RUS 1 1952 1952 13 5 4 4 19 19 14
Burevestnik Moscow RUS 1 1938 1938 25 4 4 17 28 87 12
1Two points for a win. In 1973, a point for a draw was awarded only to a team that won the subsequent penalty shootout. In 1978–1988, the number of draws for which points were awarded was limited.

See also

National leagues of the former Soviet republics

References

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