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Prva HNL
T-Com Prva HNL.png
Countries Croatia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Number of teams 16
Relegation to Druga HNL
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Croatian Cup
Croatian Supercup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Dinamo Zagreb (2008–09)
Most championships Dinamo Zagreb (11)
TV partners HRT
Website http://www.prva-hnl.hr
Soccerball current event.svg 2009–10 season

The Prva HNL (Croatian: Prva hrvatska nogometna liga), also known as 1. HNL or for sponsorship reasons the T-Com Prva HNL, is the top Croatian football league competition, established in 1992. The winners qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Dinamo Zagreb are the current champions, having won their fourth consecutive title in the 2008–09 season, and are the most successful club with 11 titles overall, followed by Hajduk Split with 6 titles.

Since 2003, Prva HNL has been named after its sponsor, giving it the following names:

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Overview

The Prva HNL was formed in 1991, following the dissolution of the Yugoslav First League, and is operated by the Croatian Football Federation. The first season started in February 1992. Since its formation, the league went through many changes in its system and number of participating clubs. Currently, there are 16 teams participating in the league.

Each season of the Prva HNL starts in late July or early August and ends in May, with a two-month hiatus between December and February. Historically, the teams were split into two groups of six which continued to play separately starting in March. These two groups were known as the Championship League and the Relegation League. However, the 2006-07 season introduced a new system in which everybody plays everybody three times in the season. Upon the end of the first part of the season, consisting of 22 matchdays, a draw is held to pair the teams and decide host teams for the last 11 matchdays of the season. This system brought one additional matchday in comparison to the preceding seasons.

At the end of each season, the last team is directly relegated to the Druga HNL and the second-last team goes in the relegation play-off, a two-legged tie against the second-placed team from the Druga HNL. The champions qualify for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, the runners-up, as well as the winners of the Croatian Cup, for the UEFA Cup qualifying, with the third-placed team winning a spot in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The average attendance for the 07-08 season was about 2,838 per game. Altogether the attendance was 562,000. UEFA currently ranks the league 27th in Europe. The main sponsor of Prva HNL is T-Com, part of German mobile operator T-Mobile. The president of T-Com HNL is Igor Štimac.

HNL 2009-10

Club Location 2008-09 season
Cibalia Vinkovci 8th
Croatia Sesvete Zagreb 12th
Dinamo Zagreb Zagreb 1st
Hajduk Split Split 2nd
Inter Zaprešić Zaprešić 9th
Istra 1961 Pula 2.HNL 1st
Karlovac Karlovac 2.HNL 2nd
Lokomotiva Zagreb 2.HNL 4th
Međimurje Čakovec 2.HNL 5th
Osijek Osijek 7th
Rijeka Rijeka 3rd
Slaven Belupo Koprivnica 4th
Šibenik Šibenik 6th
Varteks Varaždin 10th
Zadar Zadar 11th
NK Zagreb Zagreb 5th

HNL Teams in Champions League

Only three times in history have HNL teams entered the UEFA Champions League. In the 1994-95 season, Hajduk Split qualified over Legia Warsaw (1-0 A, 4-0 H). They qualified for the quarterfinals (from group with Benfica 0-0 H, 1-2 A, Steaua 1-0 A, 1-4 H, and Anderlecht 2-1 H,0-0 A), but lost to Ajax 0-0 H, 0-3 A. Ajax won CL that year. In the 1998-99 season, NK Croatia Zagreb (Dinamo) qualified over Celtic (0-1 A, 3-0 H). They were drawn in the same group with Olympiacos 1-3 A, 1-1 H, Porto 0-3 A, 3-1 H, and Ajax 1-0 A, 0-0 H. They finished in 2nd place, but failed to go to the next round because in that season only first place teams went through. Next season, 1999-2000, Dinamo also played in CL, in the same group as defending champion Manchester United, Olympique de Marseille and Austrian side FK Sturm Graz. They started their campaign with a famous 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. After that they lost to OM 0-1 in Zagreb, won against Sturm 3-0, lost against Sturm away 0-1, lost 0-2 against MU in Zagreb, and in the last match they drew against OM at Velodrome 2-2 (Bakayoko scored for Marseille in 91'). They finished fourth.

TV

In past, TV coverage was only for one match in each round (derby match). But in this season there were some changes. Croatian national TV Network (HRT) started new TV Show Volim Nogomet (I like football), made in association with League's main sponsor T-Com. In that show, 5 matches are watched combined on Sunday afternoons (during summer on night), while derby match is on programme at 20.15 CET, so TV-viewers can watch all matches. There are also experts in studio, commenting on matches and other things, football and non-football. Main iniciator of that project is famous Croatian football player (played for Hajduk Split, West Ham United and Derby County) and also president of T-Com 1. HNL Organisation Igor Štimac.

Before WWII

In 1940-41, Banovina Hrvatska had its own league.

During World War II

Croatia previously had its own football league which operated from 1941 to 1944 (during the Independent State of Croatia 1941-1945). The Croatian Football Federation seems to recognize this league as being equivalent to the current Prva HNL, despite the fact that the territory covered by these leagues was not the same as of Croatia today, and that most of this was during World War II.

In the 1944 season, the final match between HAŠK Zagreb and SAŠK Sarajevo could not be played due to war complications, leaving no champion.

Winners and top scorers

Season Champions [1] Runners up Third place Top scorer(s) Goals
1992 Hajduk Split NK Zagreb Osijek Ardian Kozniku (Hajduk Split) 12
1992–93 Croatia Zagreb Hajduk Split NK Zagreb Goran Vlaović (Croatia Zagreb) 23
1993–94 Hajduk Split NK Zagreb Croatia Zagreb Goran Vlaović (Croatia Zagreb) 29
1994–95 Hajduk Split Croatia Zagreb Osijek Robert Špehar (Osijek) 23
1995–96 Croatia Zagreb Hajduk Split Varteks Igor Cvitanović (Croatia Zagreb) 19
1996–97 Croatia Zagreb Hajduk Split Hrvatski Dragovoljac Igor Cvitanović (Croatia Zagreb) 20
1997–98 Croatia Zagreb Hajduk Split Osijek Mate Baturina (NK Zagreb) 18
1998–99 Croatia Zagreb Rijeka Hajduk Split Joško Popović (Šibenik) 21
1999–2000   Croatia Zagreb   Hajduk Split Osijek Tomislav Šokota (Croatia Zagreb) 21
2000–01 Hajduk Split   Dinamo Zagreb   Osijek  Tomislav Šokota (Dinamo Zagreb)  20
2001–02 NK Zagreb Hajduk Split   Dinamo Zagreb   Ivica Olić (NK Zagreb) 21
2002–03 Dinamo Zagreb Hajduk Split Varteks Ivica Olić (Dinamo Zagreb) 16
2003–04 Hajduk Split Dinamo Zagreb Rijeka Robert Špehar (Osijek) 18
2004–05 Hajduk Split Inter Zaprešić NK Zagreb Tomislav Erceg (Rijeka) 17
2005–06 Dinamo Zagreb Rijeka Varteks Ivan Bošnjak (Dinamo Zagreb) 22
2006–07 Dinamo Zagreb Hajduk Split NK Zagreb Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb) 34 [2]
2007–08 Dinamo Zagreb Slaven Belupo Osijek Želimir Terkeš (Zadar) 21
2008–09 Dinamo Zagreb Hajduk Split Rijeka Mario Mandžukić (Dinamo Zagreb) 16
[3] Dinamo Zagreb was renamed HAŠK Građanski in 1992. During the winter break of the 1992-93 season it changed its name again and started playing as Croatia Zagreb in March 1992. The club won 5 Prva HNL titles and participated in the 1998-99 and 1999-00 Champions League seasons bearing that name until they switched back to Dinamo Zagreb in mid-season in February 2000.
[4] This is the record number of goals scored by any player in a single Prva HNL season.

Results by team

Club Titles Years won
Dinamo Zagreb 11 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Hajduk Split 6 1992, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2005
NK Zagreb 1 2002

All-time Prva HNL table

The All-Time Prva HNL Table is a cumulative record of all matches played since the inception of the Prva HNL, in 1992. The table is accurate from the 1992 season to the end of the 2008–09 season, inclusive.

P
Club
Ssn
Pld
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
PPG
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
1 Dinamo Zagreb 18 564 385 101 78 1303 489 +814 1256 2.22 11 3 2
2 Hajduk Split 18 564 331 123 110 1061 512 +549 1116 1.97 6 9 1
3 NK Zagreb 18 564 232 144 188 814 701 +113 840 1.48 1 2 3 1
4 Osijek 18 564 230 132 202 818 770 +48 822 1.45 6 4
5 Rijeka 18 554 223 148 183 760 665 +95 817 1.47 2 2 5
6 Varteks 18 564 223 121 220 789 768 +21 790 1.40 3 2
7 Cibalia 16 490 145 140 205 526 670 −144 575 1.17
8 Slaven Belupo 12 386 145 101 140 465 476 −11 536 1.38 1 1
9 Šibenik 15 458 140 115 202 533 650 −117 536 1.17 1
10 Zadar 13 402 111 101 190 460 698 −238 434 1.07
11 Inter Zaprešić 11 330 111 81 138 393 467 −74 414 1.25 1 2
12 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 7 199 62 54 83 234 294 −60 240 1.20 1 1
13 Istra 7 201 58 46 97 198 295 −97 220 1.09
14 Kamen Ingrad 6 191 59 40 92 203 279 −76 217 1.13 1
15 Marsonia 6 176 50 40 86 204 293 −89 190 1.07
16 Segesta 5 146 49 39 58 178 188 −10 186 1.27
17 Međimurje 4 130 32 25 73 146 244 −98 121 0.93
18 Istra 1961 3 97 26 31 40 100 107 −7 109 1.12
19 Mladost 127 4 94 27 23 44 97 135 −38 104 1.10
20 Belišće 4 94 24 21 49 115 170 −55 93 0.98
21 GOŠK Dubrovnik 3 86 18 23 45 54 133 −79 77 0.89
22 Pomorac 2 62 19 15 28 78 93 −15 72 1.16
23 Čakovec 2 62 19 14 29 59 81 −22 71 1.14
24 Primorac 2 64 18 17 29 69 103 −34 71 1.10
25 Pazinka 2 64 15 20 29 71 95 −24 65 1.01
26 Radnik Velika Gorica 2 64 12 9 43 47 161 −114 45 0.70
27 Samobor 1 32 9 5 18 34 55 −21 32 1.00
28 Vukovar '91 1 33 7 9 17 32 56 −24 30 0.90
29 Dubrava 1 34 7 9 18 28 63 −35 30 0.88
30 Orijent 1 30 5 11 14 28 53 −25 26 0.86
31 Croatia Sesvete 1 33 6 8 16 31 66 −35 251 0.75
32 Neretva 1 30 4 11 15 20 44 −24 23 0.76
33 TŠK Topolovac 1 30 4 2 24 31 95 −64 14 0.46
34 Karlovac 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
35 Lokomotiva 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

1 Croatia Sesvete were deducted 1 point for an unpaid transfer fee in the 2008–09 season.
P = Position; Ssn = Number of seasons; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; Ppg = Points per game

Source: Clas Glenning's website

Awards

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Simple English

Prva HNL
Country Croatia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Level 1
Number of teams 16
Relegation to Druga HNL
Current champions Dinamo Zagreb (2008/09)
Most successful club Dinamo Zagreb (11)

Prva HNL is a football league which is top division in Croatia.

Contents

Club 2009/10

  • Dinamo Zagreb
  • Hajduk Split
  • Rijeka
  • Slaven Belupo Koprivnica
  • Zagreb
  • Šibenik
  • Osijek
  • Cibalia Vinkovci
  • Inter Zaprešić
  • Varteks Varaždin
  • Zadar
  • Croatia Sesvete
  • Istra
  • Karlovac
  • Lokomotiva
  • Međimurje

Champions

SeasonChampionsRunner-upThird place
2000/01Hajduk SplitDinamo ZagrebOsijek
2001/02ZagrebHajduk SplitDinamo Zagreb
2002/03Dinamo ZagrebHajduk SplitVarteks Varaždin
2003/04Hajduk SplitDinamo ZagrebRijeka
2004/05Hajduk SplitInter ZaprešićZagreb
2005/06Dinamo ZagrebRijekaVarteks Varaždin
2006/07Dinamo ZagrebHajduk SplitZagreb
2007/08Dinamo ZagrebSlaven Belupo KoprivnicaOsijek
2008/09Dinamo ZagrebHajduk SplitRijeka

Former champions

References


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