Soccer / Football : Russia : Premier League 2016/2017
Ivanovic moves to Zenit
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has completed his transfer to Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg. The 32-year-old, who has today traveled to meet up with the Russian club at their winter training camp in Alicante, calls time on his supremely successful nine years at Stamford Bridge. With two Premier League titles and a Champions League winners medal to his name, Ivanovic has moved to Zenit on what is thought to be a free transfer as his Chelsea contract was set to expire in the summer.
Farfan joins Lokomotiv Moscow
Lokomotiv Moscow have announced the signing of free agent Jefferson Farfan whose contract with UAE club Al-Jazira was terminated in October 2016. The 32-year-old Peru international, who scored 53 goals for Schalke 04 between 2008 and 2015, has signed a deal until summer.
Eto'o completes move to Amkar
Samuel Eto'o looks set to extend his stay in the professional game after joining Russian Premier League side Amkar on a short-term deal. The 35-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee from Antalyaspor, bringing an end to an 18-month spell with the Turkish club and sees him join the 11th different club of his professional career. It will be the second time Eto'o has played in the Russian top flight after his three-year spell with Anzhi Makhachkala between 2011 and 2014.
|1||Spartak M||40||13||13-1-3 (17)|
|5.12||Amkar - Orenburg||3 : 0|
|5.12||Spartak M - Rubin||2 : 1|
|5.12||Krasnodar - Krylya||1 : 1|
|5.12||Tula - Anzhi||1 : 0|
|5.12||Ufa - Tomsk||1 : 0|
|4.12||Lokomotiv - Terek||2 : 0|
|3.12||CSKA - Ural||4 : 0|
|3.12||Rostov - Zenit||0 : 0|
Russian Premier League stats
|home wins||51 %|
|away wins||20 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Russia : Premier League 2016/2017
The Russian Premier League contains 16 teams. They will play a round-robin tournament whereby each team plays each one of the other teams twice, once at home and once away. Thus, a total of 240 matches will be played, with 30 matches played by each team.
The teams that finish 15th and 16th will be relegated to the First Division, while the top two First Division teams will be promoted to the Premier League. The 13th and 14th Premier League teams will play the 4th and 3rd First Division teams respectively in two playoff games with the winner ssecuring Premier League spots.