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SuperCup of Russia is an annual one-match tournament, organized jointly by The Football Union of Russia and the Russian Football Premier-League one week before the Championship of Russia starts.

SuperCup match is an official opening of each football season in Russia. The main Trophy of SuperCup-tournament - elliptic crystal cup placed on an ebony base – is contested by the current Champion of Russia and the Winner of the Cup of Russia.

The idea to identify the strongest among the Championship winner and the Cup of Russia winner was already implemented in Russian football during Soviet period when a newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" proposed to hold the Cup of Season. The innovation got accustomed partly: the tournament was held irregularly and its regulations were inconstant. Some opponents played on neutral ground while others held games home and away. Timing ranged from early spring to late autumn. In 1987 FC Dinamo Kyiv (Kiev) and FC Torpedo Moscow simply held a penalty shootout after the end of a USSR Championship calendar game which ended in a draw ...

In the XXI century the Football Union of Russia and the Russian Football Premier-League have had a more thoughtful approach to the project. The SuperCup of Russia obtained new title sponsors. The game has been appointed necessarily a week before a starting tour and served as a prelude to a season. In case if the same club won the Championship and the Cup of Russia, the silver prize winner became the preferred second participant of the game.

During the first six SuperCup tournaments the valid Champion of Russia was constantly stronger. But in 2009 the tradition was broken by the Cup of Russia winner PFC CSKA Moscow that won the fourth SuperCup in the club’s history.

The SuperCup of Russia is an annual one-match tournament which is organized jointly by the Football Union of Russia and the Russian Football Premier-League one week before the Russian Championship starts.

SuperCup match is an official opening of each football season in Russia.

The main trophy of the SuperCup tournament - an elliptic crystal cup placed on an ebony base – is contested by the valid Champion of Russia and the Winner of the Cup of Russia.

According to the Regulations of the tournament, if the Champion of Russia and the Cup of Russia winner are the same team, the Russian Football Championship runner-up participates in the tournament together with the Champion. The situation mentioned occurred in 2006 and 2007 when PFC CSKA was the valid Champion and the Cup of Russia holder. Both times FC Spartak Moscow became an opponent. On the contrary, in 2011 PFC CSKA Moscow participated in the SuperCup as the Russian Championship silver medalists as in 2010 both supreme Russian football trophies were collected by FC Zenit (St. Petersburg).

On the basis of this regulation as well as due to the fact that the Cup of Russia tournament is open to the Professional Football League teams playing in various divisions, the ability to challenge the SuperCup of Russia is not only a right of the RFPL teams but of the teams of lower leagues either. E.g. in 2005 the Cup of Russia was won by the First Division team – FC Terek Grozny. However, this case shouldn’t be considered as an absolute precedent as in 2004 FC Terek became a winner of the First Division and at the time of the SuperCup match Terek was officially the Premier-League club.

Participation of the RFPL teams in the SuperCup match is obligated. The Professional Football League team is granted the right to refuse to participate in the tournament until September 1 of a year previous to a year of the tournament to be hold. In case of the Professional Football League club’s refusal to participate, its place is taken by the Russian Championship runner-up of the previous season.

The SuperCup match is held according to the following rules:

  • if in regulation time (two equal halves of 45 minutes) the match ends in a draw, then extra time is assigned (two additional halves of 15 minutes each);
  • - if at the end of extra time the draw remains, the winner of the match is determined by a penalty shootout in accordance with the Laws of the Game approved by the International Board (IFAB).

It is remarkable that only in four of eight matches held between 2003 and 2010 the SuperCup winners were defined in regulation time. This fact confirms that struggle for this trophy is principled and ultimatistic.

The SuperCup of Russia is a challenge prize. It is handed over to a winner club after the match and carried under its custody till February 1 of a next season. Upon returning of a challenge prize a winner club receives its copy as a replacement for permanent storage. In case of winning the SuperCup three times in a row or five times in total a prize remains with the club forever. In 2011 PFC CSKA had a chance to become a permanent holder of the trophy as the club had become the SuperCup winner four times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009.) But FC Zenit became the winner of the game in Krasnodar.

Besides a challenge prize, participating teams (football players, managers and specialists of the clubs) are also awarded with memorable medals and diplomas.

In seven of eight SuperCup tournaments the valid Champion of Russia won. In 2009 only, PFC CSKA which won the Cup of Russia managed to break this tradition.

The place (city, stadium), date and time of the match are determined jointly by the FUR and the RFPL. The right to choose the color of players’ kit, locker rooms and substitutes’ benches belong to the participant which is the valid Champion of Russia of the previous season.

Until 2006 the first match of the season was held at the Lokomotiv central stadium in Moscow. From March 2006 the Large Sports Arena Luzhniki hosted the tournament. Simultaneously with the relocation, the attendance of the event increased dramatically: from 11,000 spectators in 2005 to 43,000 in 2006. Attendance record was set in 2008 when the match between Zenit and Lokomotiv welcomed 48,000 people from various cities of Russia.

In 2011 the SuperCup was held outside Moscow for the first time. Kuban Stadium (Krasnodar) became a home arena for the SuperCup 2011 where FC Zenit and PFC CSKA identified the strongest. The goal by Ionov secured the victory for the Saint-Petersburg club.

In 2012 the match was held in Samara at the Metallurg stadium. The valid Champion FC Zenit played against the Winner of the Cup of Russia FC Rubin. The Champion was defeated for the second time in the history of the tournament with a score of 0:2 due to the goals by Bocchetti and Dyadyun.

In 2013 the SuperCup game took place in Rostov-on-Don at the Olymp 2 stadium. The Winner of the Russian Championship 2012-2013 and the Cup of Russia 2012-2013 PFC CSKA played against the Russian Championship silver medalists FC Zenit.The Army club won decisively with a score of 3:0 and in accordance with the Regulation of the SuperCup of Russia was granted a crystal bowl for permanent storage.

All SuperCup matches in Russia

Season

Champion of Russia

Score

Participant

Place

Audience

2003

"Locomotiv" (Moscow)

1:1

(4:3 pen.)

CSKA (Moscow)
(Cup of Russia Winner)

"Lokomotiv" (Moscow)

15 000

2004

CSKA (Moscow)

3:1 (ET)

"Spartak" (Moscow)
(Cup of Russia Winner)

"Lokomotiv" (Moscow)

18 000

2005

"Locomotiv" (Moscow)

1:0

"Terek" (Grozny)
(Cup of Russia Winner)

"Lokomotiv" (Moscow)

11 000

2006

CSKA (Moscow)

3:2

"Spartak" (Moscow)
(Vice-Champion of Russia)

"Luzhniki" (Moscow)

43 000

2007

CSKA (Moscow)

4:2

"Spartak" (Moscow)
(Vice-Champion of Russia)

"Luzhniki" (Moscow)

45 000

2008

"Zenit" (Saint-Petersburg)

2:1

"Locomotiv" (Moscow)
(Cup of Russia Winner)

"Luzhniki" (Moscow)

48 000

2009

"Rubin" (Kazan)

1:2 (ДВ)

CSKA (Moscow)
(Cup of Russia Winner)

"Luzhniki" (Moscow)

15 000

2010

"Rubin" (Kazan)

1:0

CSKA (Moscow)
(Cup of Russia Winner)

"Luzhniki" (Moscow)

17 000

2011

"Zenit" (Saint-Petersburg)

1:0

CSKA (Moscow) (Москва) (Vice-Champion of Russia)

"Kuban" (Krasnodar)

22 500

2012

"Zenit" (Saint-Petersburg)

0:2

"Rubin" (Kazan)

(Cup of Russia Winner)

"Metallurg" (Samara)

16284

2013

CSKA (Moscow) (Москва

3:0

"Zenit" (Saint-Petersburg)

Stadium «Olymp-2»

15200

Clubs – Partisipants of matches for SuperCup of Russia (2003-2012)

Club

Total wins

Total Participations

CSKA (Moscow)

5

8

"Locomotiv" (Moscow)

2

3

"Zenit" (Saint-Petersburg)

2

4

"Rubin" (Kazan)

2

3

"Spartak" (Moscow)

0

3

Terek (Grozny)

0

1