PFC CSKA Moskva held their nerve to reign supreme for a second campaign running while FC Rostov prevailed in the Russian Cup decider. At the other end of the table, FC Anji Makhachkala slipped though the relegation trap door having come third the previous season.
Champions: PFC CSKA Moskva
The Army Men trailed FC Zenit and FC Lokomotiv Movska for long periods but saved their best form for when it mattered most, winning their final ten Premier-Liga outings. A 1-0 home success over Lokomotiv on the last day ensured Leonid Slutski's side finished a point above second-placed Zenit and wrapped up their fifth Russian crown. "CSKA won today because we truly are a team with a capital 'T'," midfielder Zoran Tošić said afterwards. "We don't have stars like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern, but we have a wonderful family and that's what matters."
Cup final: FC Krasnodar 0-0 FC Rostov (aet, Rostov win 6-5 on penalties)
After all ten of the opening penalties were successfully converted, both teams missed their sixth attempts, before Rostov's Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa made the decisive breakthrough, the 35-year-old captain saving Yuriy Gazinskiy's spot kick. Defender Igor Lolo then stepped up to net the winning penalty and propel his side into next season's UEFA Europa League group stage. "It is difficult to express what we are feeling now," said defender Vitali Dyakov. "Fantastic emotions! We have been battling for a victory like this for years – and it finally happened."
PFC CSKA Moskva – UEFA Champions League group stage
FC Zenit – UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
FC Rostov – UEFA Europa League play-offs
FC Lokomotiv Movska – UEFA Europa League play-offs
FC Dinamo Moskva – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
FC Krasnodar – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
* Subject to final confirmation from UEFA
Player of the year: Seydou Doumbia (PFC CSKA Moskva)
Despite a niggling back problem, the powerful striker still managed 18 Premier League goals, filling the void left vacant by fans' favourite Vágner Love. The 26-year-old Doumbia's season ended on a disappointing note, however, after he was left out of the Ivory Coast party for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
One to watch: Pavel Mogilevets (FC Zenit)
With first-team opportunities limited at his parent club, Mogilevets joined FC Rubin Kazan on loan and flourished in central midfield. The 21-year-old made his Russian national-team bow against Slovakia in May and travelled with the squad to Brazil as a reserve.
Surprise package: FC Krasnodar
The league's youngest club came of age in only their sixth campaign in existence, securing fifth spot and reaching the Russian Cup final. They also finished above rivals Kuban Krasnodar and will play European football for the first time in their history next term.
Leading scorers: Seydou Doumbia, PFC CSKA Moskva (18)
Relegated: FC Anji Makhachkala, FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod, PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara, FC Tom Tomsk
Promoted: FC Mordovia Saransk, FC Arsenal Tula, FC Torpedo Moskva, FC Ufa
After challenging for the title in 2013/14, Anji failed to win any of their opening 19 fixtures and eventually succumbed to relegation.
"This is some kind of fairy tale. No writer could have thought up a plot like this for the league, but we have a team that can do anything."
CSKA coach Slutski after his side were crowned champions, having been nine points off the pace in early March
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