1981 Soviet Top League

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Soviet Top League
Season1981
ChampionsDinamo Kiev
RelegatedSKA Rostov-na-Donu, Tavriya Simferopol
European CupDinamo Kiev
Cup Winners' CupSKA Rostov-na-Donu
UEFA CupSpartak Moscow
Dinamo Moscow
Dinamo Tbilisi
Top goalscorer(23) Ramaz Shengelia (Dinamo Tb.)
1980
1982

Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1981 season.

Overview[edit]

It was contested by 18 teams, and Dynamo Kyiv won the championship.

League standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Dynamo Kyiv (C) 34 22 9 3 58 26 +32 53 Qualification for European Cup first round
2 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Spartak Moscow 34 19 8 7 70 40 +30 46 Qualification for UEFA Cup first round
3 Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic Dinamo Tbilisi 34 16 10 8 62 35 +27 42
4 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Dynamo Moscow 34 15 10 9 41 29 +12 40
5 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Torpedo Moscow 34 14 14 6 41 29 +12 38[a] Qualification for Cup Winners' Cup first round
6 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic CSKA Moscow 34 14 9 11 39 33 +6 37
7 Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Shakhtar Donetsk 34 12 10 12 51 39 +12 34
8 Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 34 12 8 14 42 53 −11 32
9 Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic Dinamo Minsk 34 11 13 10 44 39 +5 32[b]
10 Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic Neftchi Baku 34 11 12 11 34 49 −15 32[c]
11 Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Chornomorets Odessa 34 11 9 14 36 44 −8 31
12 Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Kairat Almaty 34 10 12 12 42 46 −4 30[c]
13 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Kuban Krasnodar 34 11 7 16 42 54 −12 29
14 Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Ararat Yerevan 34 10 9 15 44 50 −6 29
15 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Zenit Leningrad 34 9 10 15 33 43 −10 28
16 Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic SKA Rostov-on-Don (R) 34 8 10 16 39 58 −19 26 Relegation to First League
17 Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Tavria Simferopol (R) 34 8 7 19 27 54 −27 23
18 Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic Pakhtakor Tashkent[d] 34 7 5 22 34 58 −24 19
Source:[citation needed]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ 4 points deducted (10 draw limit)
  2. ^ 3 points deducted (10 draw limit)
  3. ^ a b 2 points deducted (10 draw limit)
  4. ^ Pakhtakor Tashkent avoided relegation as it received a three year guarantee of no relegation after the 1979 airplane crash.

Top scorers[edit]

23 goals
21 goals
19 goals
16 goals
15 goals
14 goals
13 goals
12 goals

References[edit]