1970–71 Yugoslav First League
4th Federal League title
6th Yugoslav title overall
|European Cup||Hajduk Split|
|Cup Winners' Cup||Red Star|
|Top goalscorer||Petar Nadoveza
(20 goals each)
The 1970–71 Yugoslav First League season was the 25th season of the First Federal League (Serbo-Croatian: 'Prva savezna liga'), the top level association football league of SFR Yugoslavia, since its establishment in 1946. Eighteen teams contested the competition, which ended with Hajduk Split winning their fourth title, club's first in 16 years.
The season featured an incident that occurred in Split's Stari plac Stadium in fall 1970 during the Hajduk vs. OFK Beograd fixture. With the score tied at 2-2, match referee Ristić fell unconscious after getting hit in the head with an object thrown from the stands. The match was stopped and the Yugoslav FA's (FSJ) disciplinary body decided to register it with 0-3 score for OFK Beograd.
The disciplinary measure set off huge days-long, often violent protests in Split that quickly assumed a distinctly anti-Belgrade and anti-Serbian tone. Led by the club's hardcore fans Torcida Split, the practice of seeking out parked cars with city of Belgrade license plates and pushing them into the sea from the docks was especially widespread in Split during the protests.
Due to their political undertones and the potential to undermine the country's official inter-ethnic guiding principle during the sensitive time when MASPOK was gathering steam in SR Croatia, the Split football protests quickly came to the attention of Yugoslav politicians who decided to deal with the situation by pressing FSJ into changing its disciplinary ruling and registering the 2-2 score. FSJ did exactly that, reinstating the score at the moment when the match was interrupted as the official result.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Hajduk Split (C)||34||18||13||3||61||31||+30||49||1971–72 European Cup|
|2||Željezničar||34||18||9||7||59||34||+25||45||1971–72 UEFA Cup|
|6||Red Star||34||14||8||12||62||46||+16||36||1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup|
|14||Borac Banja Luka||34||9||11||14||47||66||−19||29|
|17||Bor (R)||34||9||8||17||43||66||−23||26||Yugoslav Second League1971–72|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of 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.
League top scorers:
- Petar Nadoveza (Hajduk Split) - 20 goals from 24 league appearances
- Božo Janković (FK Željezničar) - 20 goals from 33 league appearances
Promoted from Yugoslav Second League:
|DF||Holcer, DraganDragan Holcer||33||0|
|MF||Jerković, JuricaJurica Jerković||33||11|
|DF||Džoni, VilsonVilson Džoni||32||0|
|FW||Pavlica, IvanIvan Pavlica||30||7|
|Lemešić, MarinoMarino Lemešić||29||1|
|Jovanić, MićunMićun Jovanić||29||7|
|GK||Vukčević, RadomirRadomir Vukčević||25||0|
|FW||Nadoveza, PeroPero Nadoveza||24||20|
|Vardić, MiroslavMiroslav Vardić||23||4|
|DF||Boljat, MarioMario Boljat||20||0|
|DF||Buljan, IvanIvan Buljan||16||1|
|DF||Bošković, MiroslavMiroslav Bošković||16||1|
|DF||Peruzović, LukaLuka Peruzović||14||0|
|MF||Mužinić, DraženDražen Mužinić||11||0|
|GK||Sirković, AnteAnte Sirković||9||0|
|Gluić, JoškoJoško Gluić||8||0|
|Zrilić, VeselinVeselin Zrilić||8||0|
|Smolčić, VladimirVladimir Smolčić||3||0|
|Matković, IvicaIvica Matković||2||0|
|Ferić, MiroslavMiroslav Ferić||1||1|
|Ivković, AnteAnte Ivković||1||0|