# RPL

Moscow best side and first medals in 14 years: 2021/22 Russian Premier League review

The 2021/22 Russian Premier League season turned out to be difficult for Dynamo. Despite the bitter end, it became one of the brightest and most successful in Russian history. We have collected a number of facts that speak for themselves.

In 2008, the White-Blues won the last medals of the Russian championship. Anton Shunin and Fedor Smolov were just starting their careers inside Andrey Kobelev’s young team. 14 years later Anton and Fedor won bronze medals again as part of Dynamo.

Before that, Dynamo finished the championship in the top three and reached the Russian Cup final only once during one calendar year – it was back in 1997.

The fourth year of progressive development led to 53 points that Dynamo players earned in the table. Under the current point system, two championships brought more points – in 2008 (54 points) and 1995 (56 points).

Dynamo scored 53 goals throughout the season – two goals were not enough to repeat the 1994 record. Last time, Dynamo upset their opponents so often in the 2014/15 season, when Stanislav Cherchesov's men made a good noise in the Europa League.

Dynamo fans witnessed four big wins in one season of the Russian championship in 1997. This time, Khimki (4:1, 3:0) and Arsenal (5:1, 4:1) suffered two painful defeats both at home and away.

16 tournament wins repeated the record of the 1995 season. However, Dynamo couldn’t win medals that year because our team finished only fourth.

Dynamo have played successfully on the road: 9 away wins in 15 matches became the White-Blues' best result in Russian championships.

Finally, Dynamo became the best side in Moscow for the first time since 1986, finishing ahead of CSKA (4th place), Lokomotiv (6th place) and Spartak (10th place).

It is impossible not to mention our fans – thanks to them, Dynamo have become the most attended side in the capital (10,774 spectators on average, taking all the restrictions of the Premier League first part into consideration). The last round match against Sochi became the most attended in the VTB Arena history. 25,018 spectators filled its stands.

The bright performance of our team attracted fans in other cities as well – all Dynamo matches gathered more than 296 000 spectators, which is the second result in the League.

We are looking forward to the next season and we are going to reach new heights!