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1995 Belarusian First League

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Season  1995
Goals scored  268 (2.55 per match)
Matches played  105
1995 Belarusian First League
Champions  Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk
Promoted  Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk
Relegated  Fomalgaut Borisov Kimovets Vitebsk Khimvolokno Grodno

Belarusian First League 1995 was the fifth season of 2nd level football championship in Belarus. It started in August and ended in November 1995.

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Team changes from 1994–95 season

Winners of 1994–95 Belarusian First League MPKC Mozyr and runners-up Ataka-Aura Minsk were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. Three lowest-placed teams (ZLiN Gomel, AFViS-RShVSM Minsk and Stroitel Vitebsk) relegated to the Second League. Stroitel Vitebsk eventually desbanded before the start of the season.

These teams were replaced by two lowest placed teams of Premier League (Gomselmash Gomel, renamed to FC Gomel starting this season, and Lokomotiv Vitebsk) as well as three best teams of 1994–95 Second League (Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk, Fomalgaut Borisov and Dinamo-Juni Minsk).

Before the start of the season Santanas Samokhvalovichi, placed 8th last season, withdrew to amateur level due to financial troubles. Thus, the league was reduced to 15 teams for this season.

Overview

Newcomers Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk won the tournament and were promoted to the Premier League. Runners-up Kommunalnik Pinsk qualified to the promotion play-offs against 15th team of Premier League but lost and had to stay in the First League. Khimvolokno Grodno, who finished 15th, relegated to the Second League. The team eventually disbanded before the 1996 season, as did Fomalgaut Borisov and Kimovets Vitebsk, who finished 3rd and 14th.

League table

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head (points, matches won, goal difference, goals scored); 4th goal difference; 5th goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Promotion play-off

Kommunalnik Pinsk had to play two-legged play-off against Shinnik Bobruisk, who finished 15th in Premier League. Shinnik won and both teams remained in their respective leagues.

References

1995 Belarusian First League Wikipedia


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