2008–09 Prva HNL

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T-Com Prva HNL
Season 2008–09
Champions Dinamo Zagreb
11th Croatian title
15th domestic title
Relegated None
Champions League Dinamo Zagreb
Europa League Hajduk Split
Rijeka
Slaven Belupo
Matches played 198
Goals scored 522 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Mario Mandžukić (16)
Biggest home win Dinamo 6–0 Cibalia
Biggest away win Varteks 1–6 Dinamo
Highest scoring Rijeka 6–2 Slaven B.
Average attendance 3,067

The 2008–09 Prva HNL (officially known as the T-Com Prva HNL for sponsorship reasons) season was the 18th since its establishment. It started on 27 July 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009. Dinamo Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their twelfth championship title the previous season, and they defended the title again, after a win against Slaven Belupo on 17 May 2009.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Međimurje were automatically relegated to Druga HNL as they finished last in the previous season, while Croatia Sesvete were automatically promoted from Druga HNL after winning the 2007–08 title. In a two-legged playoff between Inter Zaprešić and Hrvatski dragovoljac, the former kept their Prva HNL status by beating Hrvatski dragovoljac with 2–0 on aggregate (2–0, 0–0).

League expansion[edit]

In June 2007 Igor Štimac, president of Association of Prva HNL clubs, proposed a future expansion of Prva HNL from 12 to 16 clubs, starting from 2008–09 season.[1] However, although a majority of club representatives supported that proposal, no strict agreement or final decision was made. On HNS meeting in late August 2007 it was decided to postpone the decision for late 2007 or even 2008 and that the expansion would not be possible before the 2009–10 season.[2]

For more than a year nothing explicit was stated on that matter. Finally, on a regular HNS meeting in February 2009 HNS Secretary Zorislav Srebrić stated that club licensing would decide whether the 2009–10 season would feature 12 or 16 teams. Theoretically, if only 15 teams obtained Prva HNL license, league would have featured 12 teams. The deadline for submitting the license was 1 May 2009.[3] On 8 May 2009 HNS declared that all 19 clubs that applied for the license were awarded with it and would be in possibility to enter the league in 2009–10, now expanded to 16 clubs.[4] Also, on 26 May 2009 HNS received official confirmations from all 19 clubs in which they expressed their will to compete in next year's Prva HNL, what means that none of the clubs would withdraw from the league.[5] However, despite their guarantee to compete in Prva HNL, Slavonac eventually withdrew although they finished fourth and earned direct access to Prva HNL 2009–10. Their place was taken by Međimurje while sixth-placed Hrvatski dragovoljac competed in a relegation play-offs.[6]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

After the death of Hrvoje Ćustić during a game played at Zadar's Stanovi Stadium in March 2008, it was decided that the stadia for the 2008–09 season would have to pass a closer inspection to be deemed fit for first-league football. Since only 9 stadia managed to meet the requirements and obtain first-league license from the Croatian Football Federation, it was announced in May 2008 that some of the teams (Cibalia, Croatia Sesvete, Zadar and NK Zagreb) would have to share stadia and temporarily play their home games at other venues.[7] Just before Round 1 kicked off, Cibalia managed to bring their stadium to standard, and in August, just before round 5, Zadar secured the licence to play their games at Stanovi Stadium.[8]

Stadium City Home club Licensed club(s) Capacity
Stadion HNK Cibalia Vinkovci Cibalia 9,920
ŠRC Zaprešić Zaprešić Inter Zaprešić 4,528
Kranjčevićeva Zagreb NK Zagreb Croatia Sesvete 8,850
Kantrida Rijeka Rijeka 10,275
Poljud Split Hajduk Split 35,000
Anđelko Herjavec Varaždin Varteks 10,800
Maksimir Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb 37,168
Gradski vrt Osijek Osijek 19,500
Gradski stadion Koprivnica Slaven Belupo 4,000
Šubićevac Šibenik Šibenik 8,000
Stanovi Zadar Zadar 5,860


Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
NK Zagreb Croatia Miroslav Blažević
Mutual consent
10 May 2008 [9]
Croatia Luka Pavlović
11 May 2008 [10]
Pre-season
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Zvonimir Soldo
Resigned
14 May 2008 [11]
Croatia Branko Ivanković
20 May 2008 [12]
Pre-season
Slaven Belupo Croatia Krunoslav Jurčić
Resigned
14 May 2008 [13]
Croatia Mile Petković
26 May 2008 [14]
Pre-season
Hajduk Split Croatia Robert Jarni
Sacked
24 May 2008 [15]
Croatia Goran Vučević
25 May 2008 [16]
Pre-season
Croatia Sesvete Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar
Resigned
18 June 2008 [17]
Serbia Ljupko Petrović
2 July 2008 [18]
Pre-season
Rijeka Croatia Zlatko Dalić
Sacked
1 July 2008 [19]
Croatia Mladen Ivančić
7 July 2008 [20]
Pre-season
Osijek Croatia Ilija Lončarević
Sacked
26 September 2008 [21]
Croatia Tomislav Steinbrückner
26 September 2008 [21]
10th
Zadar Croatia Dalibor Zebić
Resigned
28 September 2008 [22]
Croatia Ivica Datković
9 October 2008 [23]
12th
Rijeka Croatia Mladen Ivančić
Resigned
8 October 2008 [24]
Croatia Robert Rubčić
13 October 2008 [25]
7th
Inter Zaprešić Croatia Milivoj Bračun
Resigned
20 October 2008 [26]
Croatia Borimir Perković
20 October 2008 [26]
11th
Hajduk Split Croatia Goran Vučević
Resigned
26 October 2008 [27]
Croatia Ante Miše
21 November 2008 [28]
3rd
Cibalia Croatia Srećko Lušić
Sacked
10 November 2008 [29]
Croatia Stanko Mršić
14 November 2008 [30]
11th
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Branko Ivanković
Mutual consent
24 November 2008 [31]
Croatia Marijan Vlak
24 November 2008 [31]
1st
Croatia Sesvete Serbia Ljupko Petrović
Resigned
7 December 2008 [32]
Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar
30 December 2008 [33]
10th
Zadar Croatia Ivica Datković
Mutual consent
21 December 2008 [34]
Croatia Dalibor Zebić
30 December 2008 [35]
12th
Croatia Sesvete Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar
Resigned
21 February 2009 [36]
Croatia Milan Đuričić
3 May 2009 [37]
10th
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Marijan Vlak
Sacked
5 March 2009 [38]
Croatia Krunoslav Jurčić
5 March 2009 [38]
2nd

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) 33 23 5 5 71 26 +45 74 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Hajduk Split 33 21 5 7 59 25 +34 68 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
3 Rijeka 33 17 5 11 50 44 +6 56 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Slaven Belupo 33 16 7 10 46 39 +7 55 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 NK Zagreb 33 13 8 12 38 39 −1 47
6 Šibenik 33 13 7 13 44 35 +9 46
7 Osijek 33 10 11 12 40 41 −1 41
8 Cibalia 33 10 8 15 33 53 −20 38
9 Inter Zaprešić 33 9 9 15 41 50 −9 36
10 Varteks 33 10 5 18 41 55 −14 35
11 Zadar 33 7 8 18 28 49 −21 29
12 Croatia Sesvete (O) 33 6 8 19 31 66 −35 0252 0 Relegation play-off0

Source: prva-hnl.hr (Croatian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Because both cup finalists, Dinamo and Hajduk, qualified for Europe through their league positions, all three UEFA Europa League spots were given to teams according to their league positions, what means that fourth-placed Slaven Belupo also earned a spot in Europa League.
2Croatia Sesvete were deducted 1 point due to unpaid debts to Imotski over player Darko Vučić.[39]
(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.

Relegation play-off[edit]

Due to the expansion of Prva HNL to 16 clubs in the 2009–10 season, four clubs from Druga HNL 2008–09 were automatically promoted. Those should have been top four clubs, but since Slavonac withdrew[6] their direct access spot was taken by fifth-placed Međimurje. Therefore, the 12th placed Croatia Sesvete played a two-legged relegation play-off against the 6th placed team of Druga HNL, Hrvatski dragovoljac. Croatia Sesvete won 2–1 on aggregate and thereby earned a spot in the 2009–10 season.

11 June 2009
18:00 CEST
Hrvatski dragovoljac 0 – 0 Croatia Sesvete
Ercegović Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 58', 84' Report
(Croatian)
Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Domagoj Ljubičić

14 June 2009
20:00 CEST
Croatia Sesvete 2 – 1 Hrvatski dragovoljac
Vojnović Goal 10' Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 41', 62'
Čižmek Goal 90'
Report
(Croatian)
Janjetović Goal 67'
Kranjčevićeva, Zagreb
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Ivan Bebek

Results[edit]

The schedule consisted 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] CIB CRS DIN HAJ INT OSI RIJ SLA ŠIB VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–3 0–3 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1
Croatia Sesvete 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 4–0 3–1 1–4
Dinamo Zagreb 6–0 6–1 0–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 3–1
Hajduk Split 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–3 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0
Inter Zaprešić 1–2 3–2 1–3 0–4 0–1 2–2 0–0 2–3 2–3 3–1 1–1
Osijek 2–0 4–2 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–3 2–1 3–0 0–2
Rijeka 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–1
Slaven Belupo 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 4–2 2–1 3–1 2–3 2–1 2–0
Šibenik 4–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Varteks 3–0 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–02 3–3 2–3 2–1 2–0 2–1
Zadar 2–1 1–2 2–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1
NK Zagreb 0–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 0–3 0–0

Source: prva-hnl.hr (Croatian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match was suspended after 82 minutes due to heavy fog. However, since more than 80% of the game was played it was officially registered with the score at the moment of suspension (0–0).[40]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CIB CRS DIN HAJ INT OSI RIJ SLA ŠIB VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 3–0 3–4 1–1 2–1 2–1
Croatia Sesvete 0–4 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–1
Dinamo Zagreb 1–0 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 0–1
Hajduk Split 2–0 5–0 2–2 2–0 0–1 2–0
Inter Zaprešić 0–0 0–2 3–0 1–0 2–2
Osijek 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–0
Rijeka 2–0 3–2 2–1 6–2 4–1 2–0
Slaven Belupo 1–1 5–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–1
Šibenik 0–2 4–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–1
Varteks 1–6 0–1 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–2
Zadar 3–1 1–1 0–3 3–1 0–1
NK Zagreb 4–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1

Source: prva-hnl.hr (Croatian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: HRnogomet.com (Croatian)

16 goals
15 goals
14 goals
12 goals
11 goals

Transfers[edit]

See also[edit]

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