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2001–02 Vyshcha Liha

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Season  2001–02
Biggest home win  Dynamo - Metalist 6:0
Champion  FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Relegated  FC Hoverla Uzhhorod
Champions  Shakhtar Donetsk
Dates  7 Jul 2001 – 11 Jun 2002
Location  Ukraine
2001–02 Vyshcha Liha
Champions League  Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Cup  Metalurh Donetsk Metalurh Zaporizhia
Top goalscorer  (12) Serhiy Shyschenko (Metalurh Donetsk)
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The 2001–02 Vyshcha Liha season was the 11th since its establishment. FC Dynamo Kyiv were the defending champions.



  • Zakarpattia Uzhhorod, the runners-up of the 2000–01 Ukrainian First League – (debut)
  • Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya, the third placed of the 2000–01 Ukrainian First League – (debut)
  • Note: the 2000–01 Ukrainian First League was won by the second team of Dynamo Kyiv, FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv, which could not be promoted.


  • FC CSKA Kyiv owned by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine was sold to the Kiev city authorities headed by Oleksandr Omelchenko. The club was reorganized and renamed as FC Arsenal Kyiv to commemorate SC Arsenal that existed before 1960s.
  • Final standings

    Source: Football Federation of Ukraine
    Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored away; 4th overall wins; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored
    1Metalurh Zaporizhia obtained the uncontested European competitions berth (both Shakhtar and Dynamo were participants of the 2002 Ukrainian Cup Final) after it was awarded the 4th place on the decision the Executive Committee of Football Federation of Ukraine. According to the Metalist head coach Mykhailo Fomenko, the club's leadership did not contested the decision as it was afraid for obligation to invest more funds in the club, plus the home stadium had to be reconstructed.
    (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.

    European qualifications case

    Due to the fact that both finalists of the 2002 Ukrainian Cup Final Dynamo and Shakhtar qualified for the UEFA Champions League, the fourth European competition berth was to be awarded to the best fourth placed team in the league competition. The fourth place with 40 points earned was Metalist Kharkiv, however there were two more teams with the same amount of points Metalurh Zaporizhia and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. According to the 2001-02 season regulations the first tie breaker in case of even points were the head-to-head points among the teams that tied. Therefore originally Metalist Kharkiv was the main contender to qualify for the European competitions. However, the administration of FC Metalurh Zaporizhia argued the fact that their team head better head-to-head record with both Metalist Kharkiv (2 1-0-1 2-2 with an away goal) and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (2 1-0-1 2-1). On 16 June 2002 the FFU Executive Committee came up with its final decision awarding Metalurh Zaporizhia with qualification to European competitions.


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