2008–09 Montenegrin First League

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Montenegrin First League
Season 2008–09
Champions Mogren
Relegated Jedinstvo
Jezero
Champions League Rudar
Europa League Budućnost
Mogren
Sutjeska
Petrovac
Matches played 198
Top goalscorer Fatos Bećiraj (18)

Montenegrin First League 2008-09 is the third season of top-tier football in Montenegro. The season began on 9 August 2008 and ended in May 2009. The defending champions are Budućnost Podgorica.

Overview[edit]

Location of teams in Montenegrin First League 2008-09
Team City Stadium Capacity
Budućnost Podgorica Stadion Pod Goricom 17,000
Dečić Tuzi Stadion Tuško Polje 1,000
Grbalj Kotor Stadion u Radanovićima 1,500
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje Stadion Gradski 5,000
Kom Podgorica Stadion Zlatica 3,500
Lovćen Cetinje Stadion Obilića Poljana 2,000
Mogren Budva Lugovi Stadion 4,000
OFK Petrovac Petrovac Pod Malim Brdom Stadium 530
Rudar Pljevlja Stadion Gradski 10,000
Sutjeska Nikšić Stadion kraj Bistrice 10,800
Zeta Golubovci Stadion Trešnjica 6,000

Promotion and relegation[edit]

FK Mladost Podgorica were directly relegated to the Montenegrin Second League after finishing 12th in last year's standings. Their place was taken by Second League champions Jezero Plav.

10th placed Bokelj Kotor and 11th placed Sutjeska Nikšić had to compete in two-legged relegation play-offs. Bokelj were relegated by losing 1–0 on aggregate against the 3rd placed team from Second League, Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje. On the other hand, Sutjeska saved their place in Montenegrin top league by beating cross-town rivals Čelik Nikšić, who had finished in 2nd place in the Second League, also with 1–0 on aggregate.

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Mogren (C) 33 23 5 5 62 24 +38 74 2009–10 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Budućnost Podgorica 33 21 7 5 72 34 +38 70 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Sutjeska 33 18 9 6 45 23 +22 63
4 Grbalj 33 15 5 13 47 34 +13 50
5 Rudar 33 12 5 16 39 37 +2 41
6 Petrovac 33 12 5 16 42 56 −14 41 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
7 Lovćen 33 10 10 13 23 25 −2 40
8 Kom 33 10 7 16 33 43 −10 37
9 Zeta 33 13 7 13 36 41 −5 0362, 3
10 Jezero (R) 33 9 6 18 30 62 −32 33 Relegation play-offs
11 Dečić 33 9 4 20 23 45 −22 31
12 Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje (R) 33 7 8 18 28 56 −28 29 Relegation to Second League 2009-10

Source: fscg.co.me
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Petrovac qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League as winners of Montenegrin Cup 2008–09.
2Zeta were deducted 9 points because of their decision not to include great number of players that have not been injured, ill or under suspension in their lineup in the match against Mogren.[1]
3Zeta were also deducted one more point due to the incident in their match against Sutjeska. The referee did not want to enter the field and start the game due to threats by Radojica Božović, Zeta's chairman, about Zeta must having to win in that match. Božović was also excluded from the Football Association of Montenegro.[2]
(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.


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 will then be 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] BUD DEČ GRB JED JEZ KOM LOV MOG PET RUD SUT ZET
Budućnost Podgorica 3–1 2–2 4–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 5–1 4–3 3–2 3–0
Dečić 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–0 1–0 0–1
Grbalj 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–2
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 0–0
Jezero 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–6 1–3 1–4 2–1 1–1
Kom 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–2
Lovćen 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–0
Mogren 1–0 2–0 1–0 6–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 4–3 0–1 2–0
Petrovac 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–0 1–4 1–0 1–1 0–2
Rudar 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–0
Sutjeska 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–2
Zeta 3–2 2–1 1–1 4–1 0–2 2–3 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–0

Source: fscg.co.me
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round[edit]

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

23rd round 24th round 25th round 26th round 27th round 28th round
   1 - 12     1 -  2     2 - 12     1 -  4     3 - 12     1 - 6
   2 - 11     8 -  6     3 -  1     2 -  3     4 -  2     2 - 5
   3 - 10     9 -  5     4 - 11     9 -  7     5 -  1     3 - 4
   4 - 9     10 -  4     5 - 10    10 -  6     6 - 11    10 - 8
   5 - 8     11 -  3     6 -  9    11 -  5     7 - 10    11 - 7
   6 - 7     12 -  7     7 -  8    12 -  8     8 -  9    12 - 9

29th round 30th round 31st round 32nd round 33rd round
   4 - 12     1 -  8     5 - 12     1 - 10     6 - 12
   5 -  3     2 -  7     6 -  4     2 -  9     7 -  5
   6 -  2     3 -  6     7 -  3     3 -  8     8 -  4
   7 -  1     4 -  5     8 -  2     4 -  7     9 -  3
   8 - 11    11 -  9     9 -  1     5 -  6    10 -  2
   9 - 10    12 - 10    10 - 11    12 - 11    11 -  1
Home \ Away[1] BUD DEČ GRB JED JEZ KOM LOV MOG PET RUD SUT ZET
Budućnost Podgorica 2–0 6–0 6–1 1–1 1–1 1–0
Dečić 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0
Grbalj 1–2 2–2 4–0 1–0 0–2 4–1
Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–2
Jezero 2–2 1–2 4–2 4–2 1–0
Kom 1–2 4–3 1–0 2–1 0–1
Lovćen 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–0
Mogren 2–3 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0
Petrovac 3–1 0–3 2–0 0–3 3–2
Rudar 6–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0
Sutjeska 1–0 2–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 0–0
Zeta 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–32

Source: fscg.co.me
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match of Round 29 was registered as 0–3 for Sutjeska. Actually, the match was not played because the main referee Jovan Kaluđerović was being threatened by Radojica Božović, Zeta's chairman, about Zeta must having to win in that match. Due to that the referee did not want to enter the field and start the game.[3]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Montenegro Fatos Bećiraj Budućnost 18
2 Montenegro Ivan Vuković Budućnost 17
Serbia Predrag Ranđelović Rudar 17
4 Montenegro Vladimir Gluščević Mogren 16
Montenegro Admir Adrović Sutjeska 16
6 Montenegro Igor Burzanović Budućnost 10
Montenegro Balša Božović Mogren 10
Montenegro Mehmet Divanović Petrovac 10

Source: [1]

Relegation play-offs[edit]

The 10th placed team (against the 3rd placed team of the Second League) and the 11th placed team (against the 2nd placed team of the Second League) will both compete in two-legged relegation play-offs after the end of the season.

First legs[edit]

3 June 2009
17:30 CEST
Mladost 0-2 Dečić

3 June 2009
17:30 CEST
Mornar 2–1 Jezero

Second legs[edit]

7 June 2009
17:30 CEST
Dečić 0–1 Mladost

7 June 2009
17:30 CEST
Jezero 0–0 Mornar

FK Dečić & FK Mornar plays 2009/10 in the Montenegrin First League.

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