Season review: Belarus

Published: Monday 29 November 2010, 9.51CET
FC BATE Borisov did not concede a goal in their first 13 league games and went on to claim a fifth straight championship, completing a treble with the Belarusian Cup and Super Cup.
by Denis Orlov
from Minsk
Season review: Belarus
BATE have impressed at home and in Europe ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 29 November 2010, 9.51CET

Season review: Belarus

FC BATE Borisov did not concede a goal in their first 13 league games and went on to claim a fifth straight championship, completing a treble with the Belarusian Cup and Super Cup.

FC BATE Borisov made it five league titles in a row this season and Viktor Goncharenko's side completed a treble with the Belarusian Cup and Super Cup.

Champions: FC BATE Borisov
The season was less than two months old when BATE had shown their continued ambition by winning both cups and they did not concede a league goal until the 14th game, when they lost 2-1 at home to FC Minsk. That was one of only three defeats as they finished six points clear of FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, scoring the most goals and conceding fewest, just 18 in 33 fixtures. For good measure they are already through from the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Cup final: FC BATE Borisov 5-0 FC Torpedo Zhodino
Borisov and Zhodino are only 10km apart but the distance between the teams was considerable as Renan Bressan and Vitali Rodionov scored twice and Artyom Kontsevoi was also on target for BATE's first cup triumph since 2006.

European places*
FC BATE Borisov – UEFA Champions League qualifying
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk – UEFA Europa League qualifying
FC Minsk – UEFA Europa League qualifying
2010/11 Cup winners (tbc) – UEFA Europa League qualifying

*Exact rounds and entry subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Surprise package: FC Minsk
The capital club has never had much of a profile but this was their breakthrough year, finishing third and qualifying for 2011/12 European competition a season after coming ninth. However, they had ended that campaign with four straight wins under new coach Vitaly Tarakano and proved they were the real deal in 2010. Andrei Razin, Evgeni Loshankov, Dmitry Osipenko, Ionas Piatrauskas, Igor Voronkov and Andrei Sheryakov all made their marks.

Player of the year: Renan Bressan (FC BATE Borisov)
The official award is yet to be made but this attacking midfielder finished as top scorer with 15 goals and also produced nine assists in a superb all-round display for the winter signing from FC Gomel. The 22-year-old Brazilian's finishing and elegant passing gave BATE a new dimension in attack and justified all the expectations.

One to watch: Vladimir Yurchenko (FC Dnepr Mogilev)
The striker scored twice in the play-off win against Italy that took Belarus to next June's UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals and was equally prolific for his club. In the league he struck ten times and added six goals in Dnepr's run to the UEFA Europa League play-offs, having begun in the first qualifying round. The diminutive striker's strengths lie in great technique and lightning pace.

Leading scorer: Renan Bressan (FC BATE Borisov) 15

Relegated: FC Partizan Minsk

Promoted: FC Gomel

Number: 19
That's the number of different scorelines over the 198 top-flight matches. The most common was 2-0, happening 35 times – once more than 1-0.

Quote: "Each championship title differs in its importance and pleasure. We have had a fantastic season. We won the Belarusian League, Cup and Super Cup, while also moving through to the UEFA Europa League knockouts. The atmosphere in our team always motivates us all to move forward."
Viktor Goncharenko enjoys BATE's latest title.

Last updated: 03/01/11 23.52CET

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