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
Matches played306
Goals scored779 (2.55 per match)
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 Alma-Ata 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]