1979–80 Yugoslav First League

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Yugoslav First League
Season 1979–80
Champions Red Star (13th title)
Relegated Osijek
Čelik
European Cup Red Star
Cup Winners' Cup Dinamo Zagreb
UEFA Cup Sarajevo
Radnički Niš
Napredak Kruševac
Matches played 272
Top goalscorer Safet Sušić
Dragoljub Kostić
(17 goals each)

The 1979–80 Yugoslav First League was won by Red Star Belgrade.

Teams[edit]

A total of eighteen teams contested the league, including sixteen sides from the 1978–79 season and two sides promoted from the 1978–79 Yugoslav Second League (YSL) as winners of the two second level divisions East and West. The league was contested in a double round robin format, with each club playing every other club twice, for a total of 34 rounds. Two points were awarded for wins and one point for draws.

NK Zagreb and OFK Belgrade were relegated from the 1978–79 Yugoslav First League after finishing the season in bottom two places of the league table. The two clubs promoted to top level were Vardar and Čelik.

Locations of teams' home cities in the 1979–80 Yugoslav First League
Team Location Federal Republic Position
in 1978–79
Borac Banja Luka Banja Luka  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 01111th
Budućnost Titograd Titograd  SR Montenegro 0066th
Čelik Zenica  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina N/A
Dinamo Zagreb Zagreb  SR Croatia 0022nd
Hajduk Split Split  SR Croatia 0011st
Napredak Kruševac Kruševac  SR Serbia 01414th
Olimpija Ljubljana  SR Slovenia 01616th
Osijek Osijek  SR Croatia 01313th
Partizan Belgrade  SR Serbia 01515th
Radnički Niš Niš  SR Serbia 0077th
Red Star Belgrade  SR Serbia 0033rd
Rijeka Rijeka  SR Croatia 01010th
Sarajevo Sarajevo  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0044th
Sloboda Tuzla  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0088th
Vardar Skopje  SR Macedonia N/A
Velež Mostar  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0055th
Vojvodina Novi Sad  SR Serbia 01212th
Željezničar Sarajevo  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0099th

Death of Marshal Tito[edit]

The season's week 25 derby match Hajduk vs. Red Star featured a mass display of public grief. Played on Sunday afternoon, 4 May 1980, the match was in the 41st minute when three men entered the Poljud Stadium's pitch, signalling the referee to stop the match. The mayor of Split Ante Skataretiko took the microphone and informed the 50,000+ crowd that Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito had died. What followed were sudden scenes of mass crying with even some players such as Zlatko Vujović collapsing down to the ground and weeping. The crowd then launched into a rendition of "Druže Tito, mi ti se kunemo", a popular personality cult song that professes loyalty and devotion to Comrade Tito. The match was halted and never resumed.

The decision was made to void the match and re-play it two and a half weeks later on Wednesday, 21 May at the same stadium. Red Star won the re-play 3-1.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Red Star (C) 34 19 10 5 54 26 +28 48 1980–81 European Cup
2 Sarajevo 34 17 7 10 55 41 +14 41 1980–81 UEFA Cup
3 Radnički Niš 34 14 11 9 49 32 +17 39
4 Napredak Kruševac 34 13 13 8 41 27 +14 39
5 Hajduk Split 34 15 8 11 53 44 +9 38
6 Sloboda Tuzla 34 13 9 12 44 37 +7 35
7 Vardar 34 10 15 9 43 41 +2 35
8 Velež 34 13 8 13 44 39 +5 34 1980–81 Balkans Cup
9 Željezničar 34 9 15 10 41 47 −6 33
10 Rijeka 34 12 9 13 34 47 −13 33
11 Budućnost 34 10 12 12 34 34 0 32
12 Dinamo Zagreb 34 9 14 11 43 44 −1 32 1980–81 European Cup Winners' Cup
13 Partizan 34 10 12 12 31 37 −6 32
14 Borac Banja Luka 34 11 8 15 34 42 −8 30
15 Olimpija 34 11 8 15 30 45 −15 30
16 Vojvodina 34 12 6 16 33 53 −20 30
17 Osijek (R) 34 10 9 15 28 34 −6 29 01980–81 Yugoslav Second League0
18 Čelik (R) 34 5 12 17 22 43 −21 22

Source: rsssf.com
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 topscorers:
Safet Sušić (FK Sarajevo) - 17
Dragoljub Kostić (Napredak Kruševac) - 17

Champions:

players (league matches/league goals):
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Srebrenko Repčić (33/7)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cvijetin Blagojević (31/2)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Jovin (31/1)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Savić (28/11)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Petrović (28/5)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miloš Šestić (28/4)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zlatko Krmpotić (25/0)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Filipović (24/6)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zdravko Borovnica (24/0)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nedeljko Milosavljević (23/3)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Živan Ljukovčan (23/0) -goalkeeper-
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Jurišić (19/0)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Miletović (18/0)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Nikolić (16/1)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slavoljub Muslin (15/0)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Đorđe Milovanović (14/3)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boško Đurovski (14/1)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Jovanović (14/0)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Aleksandar Stojanović (11/0) -goalkeeper-
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radomir Savić (9/3)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Srboljub Stamenković (1/0)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Mitić (1/0)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Borisav Mitrović (1/0)

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