As we all know, football has suffered notable disruption in 2020.
However, there has been one football league that has come under the spotlight in recent weeks, the Belarusian Premier League.
The division has never seen so much publicity, with teams such as Vitebsk and Slutsk becoming familiar names, and not just a team which may play on a Thursday night in the Europa League.
As the league continues to grow in popularity, we thought we would give you an insight into the one of Europe’s last remaining leagues.
Belarusian Premier League 2019
Who was crowned Champions? Dynamo Brest
Who was Relegated? Dnyapro Mogilev, Gomel and Torpedo Minsk
Who achieved Europa League Qualification? – BATE Borisov and Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Who was Top Scorer? Iiya Shkurin (Energetik-BGU Minsk) scored 19 goals.
After finishing sixth in 2018, Dynamo Brest had a fantastic domestic season, with their first ever title, dethroning BATE Borisov, the successive 13-time champions. The main reason for Dynamo Brest’s success was down to their joint top scorers Dzyanis Lapstew and Pavel Nyakhaychyk, of whom netted a combined 24 goals. This led to Belarusian international Nyakhaychyk signing for previous champions BATE Borisov.
Belarusian Premier League 2019
Best Players in the Belarusian Premier League
The players to look out for from the early action are:
The young Uzbekistani international has got off to a great start scoring six goals and is the current joint top scorer in the league early doors. Can he continue his hot streak in front of goal as the season progresses?
The experienced goalscoring midfielder, who has made 66 caps for the Belarus National Team, plays for league favourites BATE Borisov. The midfielder has a lot of experience within this league, playing over 100 times for Dinamo Minsk prior to a four-year stint in the Russian Premier League. If BATE want to get back to winning ways, Drahun will have to play an integral part.
The frontman of Dynamo Brest, he scored 12 goals last year, helped his side to win their first ever league title last season. However, if they want to win successive league titles, you would have thought he would need to continue his goal scoring prowess this season, as BATE Borisov look to redeem themselves and take back the title.
Upcoming Belarusian Premier League Fixtures
Minsk vs Isloch, 18:00
Gorodeya vs Slutsk, 18:00
Neman Grodno vs Smolevichy-STI, 14:00
Torpedo BelAZ vs Dinamo Brest, 16:00
Dinamo Minsk vs Slavia, 18:00
Energetyk-BGU vs Belshina, 14:00
Ruh Brest vs Vitebsk, 16:00
BATE vs Shakhtyor, 18:00
Slavia vs Smolevichy-STI, 15:00
Slutsk vs Neman Grodno, 17:00
Isloch vs Torpedo BelAZ, 14:00
Dinamo Brest vs Gorodeya, 16:00
Dinamo Minsk vs Energetyk-BGU, 18:00
Belshina vs BATE, 14:00
Vitebsk vs Minsk, 16:00
Shakhtyor vs Ruh Brest. 18:00
Minsk vs Shakhtyor, 14:00
Neman Grodno vs Dinamo Brest, 16:00
BATE vs Dinamo Minsk, 18:00
Torpedo BelAZ vs Vitebsk, 14:00
Ruh Brest vs Belshina, 16:00
Gorodeya vs Isloch, 18:00
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