2008–09 Serbian SuperLiga

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Jelen SuperLiga
Season 2008–09
Champions Partizan
2nd SuperLiga title
21st domestic title
Relegated Banat Zrenjanin
Champions League Partizan
Europa League Vojvodina
Red Star
Goals scored 420
Average goals/game 2.12
Top goalscorer Lamine Diarra (19)
Biggest home win Vojvodina 6–1 OFK Beograd (9 May 2009)
Biggest away win Jagodina 1–5 Red Star (16 May 2009)
Rad 1–5 Partizan (16 May 2009)
Highest scoring Čukarički 4–4 Vojvodina (8 April 2009)

The 2008–09 Serbian SuperLiga season (known as the Jelen SuperLiga for sponsorship reasons) was the third since its establishment in 2006. It began on 16 August 2008[1] and ended on 30 May 2009. Partizan Belgrade successfully defended their title.

Team changes from 2007–08[edit]

FK Bežanija were relegated to the Serbian First League after finishing in 12th place. Promoted from the First League were champions FK Javor Ivanjica and runners-up FK Jagodina.

FK Smederevo, having finished in 10th place, had to play a two-legged play-off against the fourth-placed team from the First League, FK Rad. Rad won 4–3 on aggregate and thus were promoted to the SuperLiga while Smederevo were also relegated.

FK Mladost Lučani declined their participation for the 2008–09 season due to financial problems on 2 July 2008.[2] The spot left behind by Mladost was given to 11th placed (second to last) FK Banat Zrenjanin by the Serbian Football Association on the basis that the club has "better sponsors and more committed community support" than the other candidate for a free spot - FK Smederevo. This drew protests from FK Smederevo management who thought that their club has a better claim to stay in SuperLiga for the 2008–09 season based on their 2007–08 league finish. They even launched an official complaint with UEFA, but the answer they got was that UEFA stands by the Serbian Football Association's decision.

Future changes[edit]

At the end of the 2007–08 season several SuperLiga clubs, most notably FK Bežanija, proposed an expansion of the league from 12 to 16 teams for 2008–09.[3] The FSS board rejected that proposal. However, it was decided that the 2009–10 season will feature 16 teams. Only one team will be directly relegated, while five First League clubs will be directly promoted.[4]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in the Serbian SuperLiga 2008–09
Team City Stadium Capacity
Banat Zrenjanin Karađorđev Park Stadium 13,500
Borac Čačak Čačak Stadium 6,000
Čukarički Čukarica, Belgrade Čukarički Stadion 5,000
Hajduk Kula Stadion Hajduk 11,000
FK Jagodina Jagodina Stadion FK Jagodina 15,000
Javor Ivanjica Ivanjica Stadium 5,000
Napredak Kruševac Stadion Mladost 10,811
OFK Beograd Belgrade Omladinski Stadion 13,912
Partizan Belgrade Partizan Stadium 32,887
Rad Belgrade Stadion Kralj Petar I 6,000
Red Star Belgrade Stadion Crvena Zvezda 55,000
FK Vojvodina Novi Sad Karađorđe Stadium 15,000

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Partizan (C) 33 25 5 3 63 15 +48 80 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Vojvodina 33 18 7 8 46 25 +21 61 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
3 Red Star 33 17 8 8 59 32 +27 59 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Javor Ivanjica 33 13 14 6 39 27 +12 53
5 Borac Čačak 33 9 13 11 28 35 −7 40
6 Napredak Kruševac 33 10 8 15 28 37 −9 38
7 Hajduk Kula 33 9 11 13 23 34 −11 38
8 Rad 33 7 15 11 27 35 −8 36
9 Čukarički 33 9 8 16 30 39 −9 35
10 Jagodina 33 10 4 19 28 47 −19 34
11 OFK Beograd 33 8 9 16 28 54 −26 33
12 Banat Zrenjanin (R) 33 7 10 16 21 40 −19 31 Relegation to Serbian First League 2009-10

Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Because cup winners Partizan qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, the losing cup finalists, First League club Sevojno, qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Therefore, league runners-up will qualify for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results[edit]

The schedule consists of three rounds. During the first two rounds, each team played each other once home and away for a total of 22 matches. The pairings of the third round were then set according to the standings after the first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 33 games per team.

First and second round[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BAN BOR ČUK HAJ JAG JAV NAP OFK PAR RAD RSB VOJ
Banat Zrenjanin 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 4–2 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–1
Borac Čačak 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
Čukarički 3–0 0–1 2–1 4–1 1–3 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–1
Hajduk Kula 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–2
Jagodina 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–4 0–1
Javor Ivanjica 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Napredak Kruševac 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–4 1–1 1–2 2–1
OFK Beograd 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 2–2 2–1
Partizan 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 1–0
Rad 1–1 0–2 3–02 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–3 0–0 1–0
Red Star 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 0–2 4–0 5–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Vojvodina 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0

Source: soccerway.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The game of Round 13 was awarded to Rad with a score of 3–0[5] because Čukarički had been suspended by the league committee[6] over unpaid debts to former player Mirko Poledica.[7]
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 22 games):[8]

Round 23 Round 24 Round 25 Round 26 Round 27 Round 28 Round 29 Round 30 Round 31 Round 32 Round 33
1 – 12
2 – 11
3 – 10
4 – 09
5 – 08
6 – 07
01 – 2
11 – 3
10 – 4
09 – 5
08 – 6
12 – 7
3 – 01
2 – 12
4 – 11
5 – 10
6 – 09
7 – 08
01 – 4
02 – 3
11 – 5
10 – 6
09 – 7
12 – 8
5 – 01
4 – 02
3 – 12
6 – 11
7 – 10
8 – 09
01 – 6
02 – 5
03 – 4
11 – 7
10 – 8
12 – 9
7 – 01
6 – 02
5 – 03
4 – 12
8 – 11
9 – 10
01 – 08
02 – 07
03 – 06
04 – 05
11 – 09
12 – 10
09 – 01
08 – 02
07 – 03
06 – 04
05 – 12
10 – 11
01 – 10
02 – 09
03 – 08
04 – 07
05 – 06
12 – 11
11 – 01
10 – 02
09 – 03
08 – 04
07 – 05
06 – 12
Home ╲ Away[1] BAN BOR ČUK HAJ JAG JAV NAP OFK PAR RAD RSB VOJ
Banat Zrenjanin 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0
Borac Čačak 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–32
Čukarički 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 4–4
Hajduk Kula 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–0
Jagodina 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–5
Javor Ivanjica 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0
Napredak Kruševac 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–2
OFK Beograd 2–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–1
Partizan 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 4–1 2–0
Rad 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–5 2–2
Red Star 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 3–2 0–1
Vojvodina 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 6–1 0–2

Source: soccerway.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match was registered with a score of 0–3 due to Borac's use of ineligible player.[9]
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Senegal Lamine Diarra Partizan
19
2 Serbia Nenad Milijaš Red Star Belgrade
18
3 Serbia Dragan Mrđa Vojvodina
13
4 Serbia Nikola Simić Javor Ivanjica
12
5 Portugal Almami Moreira Partizan
9
Uganda Eugene Sepuya Čukarički Stankom
9
Serbia Dušan Tadić Vojvodina
9

Source: superliga.rs

Awards[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

Nenad Milijaš and Almami Moreira both received the same amount of votes therefore they both share the title as co-winners.

Team of the Year[edit]

The All Star team was voted on at the end of the season by the 12 coaches of each SuperLiga team.[10] Almami Moreira was the only player to receive all 12 votes.

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SuperLiga Team of the Year
Božović
Stevanović
Đorđević
Dmitrović
Obradović
Fejsa
Tomić
Milijaš
Koroman
Moreira
Diarra
GK Mladen Božović Partizan
RB Ivan Stevanović Partizan
CB Nenad Đorđević Partizan
CB Boban Dmitrović Borac Čačak
LB Ivan Obradović Partizan
DM Ljubomir Fejsa Partizan
RM Nemanja Tomić Partizan
CM Nenad Milijaš Red Star
LM Ognjen Koroman Red Star
AM Almami Moreira Partizan
ST Lamine Diarra Partizan

Champion squad[edit]

1. FK Partizan

Goalkeepers: Montenegro Mladen Božović (33)
Defenders: Ivan Obradović (29); Ivan Stevanović (26/1); Srđa Knežević (24/1); Nenad Đorđević (22/1); Marko Jovanović (16); Goran Gavrančić (12); Rajko Brežančić (7); Bosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandar Kosorić (2); Milovan Sikimić (2); Bogdan Stević (1).
Midfielders: Ljubomir Fejsa (27); Portugal Almami Moreira (27/9); Adem Ljajić (24/5); Radosav Petrović (21/1); Brazil Juca (18/2); Nemanja Tomić (14/2); Montenegro Nikola Vujović (11/3); Slovenia Danijel Marčeta (2); Branko Mihajlović (1); Vojkan Miljković (1).
Forwards: Miloš Bogunović (32/6); Senegal Lamine Diarra (29/19); Brazil Washington (12/4); Brana Ilić (11/2); Aleksandar Đoković (1).
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)

Manager: Slaviša Jokanović.

On the roster but have not played in a league game: Montenegro Darko Božović; Aleksandar Radosavljević.

Transferred out during the season: Vladimir Branković (on loan to Sevojno); Montenegro Nenad Brnović (on loan to Rad); Republic of Macedonia Dragan Čadikovski (to Incheon); Đorđe Lazić (to Metalurh); Nenad Marinković (to Teleoptik); Aleksandar Miljković (to Teleoptik); Cameroon Alexis N'Gambi (to Daugava); Veljko Paunović (retired); Milan Perić (on loan to Jagodina); Zoran Tošić (to Manchester United); Tunisia Kamel Zaiem (to Al-Khor).

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