In Ukraine, the football championship was established in 1992. It is clearly dominated by two clubs, Dynamo Kiev, the most successful Ukrainian club in history, and Shakhtar Donetsk, which experienced enormous growth during the 2000s.

Ukraine football match


The championship is contested in two phases. The twelve best Ukrainian teams meet twice in the first phase. At the end of this phase, the twelve teams are divided into two pools, the first six play for the title, the last six for the relegation pool. The teams meet again twice and the points from both phases are accumulated. The team with the most points at the end of the two phases is crowned champion and qualifies for the Champions League, as does the second. Finally, the third, fourth and winner of the Ukrainian Cup go to the Europa League. The last one is relegated to the second division. The 10th and 11th play the 3rd and 2nd of the second division respectively in two-leg play-offs.



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