2011–12 Prva HNL
|Champions League||Dinamo Zagreb|
|Europa League||Hajduk Split
|Goals scored||552 (2.39 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Fatos Bećiraj (15)|
|Biggest home win||Dinamo Zagreb 7–0 Varaždin|
|Biggest away win||Osijek 0–4 Dinamo Zagreb
Lučko 0–4 Dinamo Zagreb
Varaždin 0–4 Dinamo Zagreb
|Highest scoring||Zadar 4–4 Rijeka|
The 2011–12 Prva HNL (officially known as the MAXtv Prva Liga for sponsorship reasons) was the twenty first season of Prva HNL, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 23 July 2011 and ended on 12 May 2012.
On 5 July 2010 the Croatian Football Federation Executive committee reached a decision to reduce the number of teams competing in Prva HNL to twelve for the 2011–12 season of the competition. This meant that the bottom five placed teams would be relegated and only the champion of the 2010–11 Druga HNL would earn a promotion to Prva HNL. This decision was confirmed by the Croatian Football Federation Assembly on 14 July 2010. The twelve-teams format would only be a temporary solution before the number of teams is further reduced to ten for either 2012–13 or 2013–14 Prva HNL season.
The decision to reduce the number of teams competing in Prva HNL was supported by 30 out of 48 Croatian Football Federation representatives, with 13 representatives voting against the proposal and five of them undecided. On behalf of the Executive committee, Ante Vučemilović explained that the current format with sixteen teams does not contribute to development of football in Croatia and the standard of its domestic competitions.
However, CFF Assembly on 17 December 2010 delayed the execution of this changes by one year. Instead, the league will stay at 16 teams with only the last three teams being relegated and the first three teams from 2010–11 Druga HNL earning promotion (if they are granted with top level license). In case of 16 teams not acquiring top level license, format with 12 teams will be applied.
On 4 April 2011, CFF announced that the first stage of licensing procedure for 2011–12 season was completed. For the 2011–12 Prva HNL, only eight clubs were issued a top level license: Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split, Inter Zaprešić, Istra 1961, Lokomotiva, Slaven Belupo, Varaždin and NK Zagreb. Out of these eight, only Lokomotiva and NK Zagreb weren't issued a license for participating in UEFA competitions. In the second stage of licensing procedure clubs that didn't get a license appealed on the decision and provided new facts and arguments. On 4 May 2011, it was announced that all remaining Prva HNL clubs were granted top level license. Additionally, Cibalia, Rijeka and RNK Split obtained a license for UEFA competitions. Only three teams from Druga HNL acquired the top level license: Dugopolje, Gorica and Lučko, where the latter two are set to play outside of their home venues.
However, Dugopolje didn't managed to finish the season within top five places which would secure them promotion. The remaining clubs were given a deadline until 6 June 2011 to confirm their participation in the 2011–12 season. All clubs of the previous Prva HNL season have done so, with Druga HNL teams Lučko and Gorica applying on the last day. This meant that the format with 16 teams was prolonged by one more season, meaning five clubs are going to be relegated at the end of this season. The status of 14th placed Lokomotiva was in question after the 3rd placed team from Druga HNL, Pomorac, contested the decision of CFF and tried to obtain the license through arbitration. On 9 June 2011, arbitrary committee rejected the appeal with two votes against one. Istra 1961 appealed on the decision to include Gorica in the Prva HNL on terms of their license conditions concerning stadium infrastructure. The appeal was successful and on 20 June 2011 arbitrary committee revoked Gorica's top level license allowing Istra 1961 to remain in the Prva HNL.
Stadia and locations
The following is a complete list of teams who will contest the 2011–12 Prva HNL. The league will be contested by 15 clubs from the previous season plus the newly promoted NK Lučko who replaced the bottom placed team from the previous season, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac. Druga HNL champions HNK Gorica were initially promoted, but after the appeal from NK Istra 1961, their license was revoked.
|Stadium||City||Home club||Licensed club(s)||Capacity|
|Stadion HNK Cibalia||Vinkovci||Cibalia||9,958|
|Park mladeži||Split||RNK Split||8,000|
|ŠRC Zaprešić||Zaprešić||Inter Zaprešić||4,528|
|Gradski stadion||Koprivnica||Slaven Belupo||3,059|
Personnel and kits
- As of 2 May 2012
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Cibalia||Toplak, SamirSamir Toplak||Lučić, MarioMario Lučić||Jako||Croatia Osiguranje|
|Dinamo Zagreb||CzazicAnte Čačić||Badelj, MilanMilan Badelj||Puma||Konzum|
|Hajduk Split||Krstičević, MišoMišo Krstičević||Andrić, SrđanSrđan Andrić||Umbro|
|Inter Zaprešić||Perković, BorimirBorimir Perković||Šarić, TomislavTomislav Šarić||Joma||VŠPU "B.A.Krčelić"|
|Istra 1961||Pamić, IgorIgor Pamić||Budicin, FaustoFausto Budicin||Legea|
|Karlovac||Lucijanić, SanjinSanjin Lucijanić||Štefančić, MatijaMatija Štefančić||Macron||HS Produkt|
|Lokomotiva||Ivković, TomislavTomislav Ivković||Mesarić, LeonardLeonard Mesarić||Puma|
|Lučko||Kopić, ŽeljkoŽeljko Kopić||Rendulić, KrunoslavKrunoslav Rendulić||Jako|
|Osijek||Mršić, StankoStanko Mršić||Smoje, IvoIvo Smoje||Jako||Croatia Osiguranje|
|Rijeka||Scoria, ElvisElvis Scoria||Čagalj, IgorIgor Čagalj||Jako||Croatia Osiguranje|
|Slaven Belupo||Ferenčina, RoyRoy Ferenčina||Maras, AlenAlen Maras||Adidas||Belupo|
|RNK Split||Bašić, TonćiTonći Bašić||Vuković, AndrijaAndrija Vuković||Jako||Skladgradnja|
|Šibenik||Tomić, GoranGoran Tomić||Spahija, HrvojeHrvoje Spahija||Jako||Zagrebačka banka|
|Varaždin||Janžek, BrankoBranko Janžek||Conjar, IvanIvan Conjar||Legea/Givova||Croatia osiguranje|
|Zadar||Zebić, DaliborDalibor Zebić||Surać, JakovJakov Surać||Jako|
|NK Zagreb||Besek, DraženDražen Besek||Štrok, HrvojeHrvoje Štrok||Givova|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Dinamo Zagreb||Halilhodžić, VahidVahid Halilhodžić||Mutual consent||24 May 2011||Jurčić, KrunoslavKrunoslav Jurčić||26 May 2011||Pre-season|
|Lokomotiva||Jurčić, KrunoslavKrunoslav Jurčić||Signed by Dinamo Zagreb||26 May 2011||Tot, MarijoMarijo Tot||1 June 2011||Pre-season|
|Hajduk Split||Miše, AnteAnte Miše||Removed from position||27 May 2011||Balakov, KrasimirKrasimir Balakov||27 May 2011||Pre-season|
|Rijeka||Scoria, ElvisElvis Scoria||Mutual consent||16 June 2011||Horvat, AlenAlen Horvat||21 June 2011||Pre-season|
|RNK Split||Katalinić, IvanIvan Katalinić||Sacked||14 August 2011||Bašić, TonćiTonći Bašić||14 August 2011||10th|
|Lučko||Biškup, DraženDražen Biškup||Sacked||23 August 2011||Kopić, ŽeljkoŽeljko Kopić||23 August 2011||15th|
|Cibalia||Mršić, StankoStanko Mršić||Sacked||28 August 2011||Toplak, SamirSamir Toplak||30 August 2011||13th|
|Varaždin||Toplak, SamirSamir Toplak||Resigned||29 August 2011||Kocijan, TomicaTomica Kocijan||30 August 2011||16th|
|Šibenik||Lokica, VjekoslavVjekoslav Lokica||Mutual consent||1 September 2011||Tomić, GoranGoran Tomić||1 September 2011||12th|
|Karlovac||Lušić, SrećkoSrećko Lušić||Mutual consent||5 September 2011||Petravić, DamirDamir Petravić||6 September 2011||14th|
|NK Zagreb||Pavlović, LukaLuka Pavlović||Resigned||26 September 2011||Ciprić, GordanGordan Ciprić||26 September 2011||9th|
|Rijeka||Horvat, AlenAlen Horvat||Sacked||4 October 2011||Ištuk, IvoIvo Ištuk||4 October 2011||8th|
|Varaždin||Kocijan, TomicaTomica Kocijan||Sacked||15 October 2011||Janžek, BrankoBranko Janžek||15 October 2011||16th|
|Lokomotiva||Tot, MarijoMarijo Tot||Mutual consent||29 October 2011||CzacicAnte Čačić||29 October 2011||11th|
|Dinamo Zagreb||Jurčić, KrunoslavKrunoslav Jurčić||Sacked||7 December 2011||CzacicAnte Čačić||23 December 2011||1st|
|Lokomotiva||CzacicAnte Čačić||Signed by Dinamo Zagreb||23 December 2011||Ivković, TomislavTomislav Ivković||24 December 2011||6th|
|Karlovac||Petravić, DamirDamir Petravić||Resigned||31 December 2011||Ganjto, KrešimirKrešimir Ganjto||4 January 2012||15th|
|Karlovac||Ganjto, KrešimirKrešimir Ganjto||Sacked||1 March 2012||Lucijanić, SanjinSanjin Lucijanić||1 March 2012||15th|
|Rijeka||Ištuk, IvoIvo Ištuk||Sacked||18 March 2012||Skočić, DraganDragan Skočić||19 March 2012||7th|
|Hajduk Split||Balakov, KrasimirKrasimir Balakov||Signed by Kaiserslautern||22 March 2012||Krstičević, MišoMišo Krstičević||22 March 2012||2nd|
|NK Zagreb||Ciprić, GordanGordan Ciprić||Sacked||27 March 2012||Besek, DraženDražen Besek||27 March 2012||11th|
|Osijek||Bilić, VladoVlado Bilić||Mutual consent||31 March 2012||Mršić, StankoStanko Mršić||31 March 2012||12th|
|Inter Zaprešić||Lončarević, IlijaIlija Lončarević||Sacked||22 April 2012||Perković, BorimirBorimir Perković||22 April 2012||12th|
|Rijeka||Skočić, DraganDragan Skočić||Sacked||30 April 2012||Scoria, ElvisElvis Scoria||2 May 2012||12th|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Dinamo Zagreb (C)||30||23||6||1||73||11||+62||75||2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round|
|2||Hajduk Split||30||16||6||8||50||24||+26||54||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 3|
|8||Osijek||30||11||10||9||45||38||+7||43||2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 3|
|13||Lučko (R)||30||6||13||11||29||36||−7||31||Relegation to 2012–13 Druga HNL|
|16||Varaždin (R)||24||2||3||19||16||52||−36||82||Relegation to 2012–13 Druga HNL 4|
Source: Prva-HNL.hr UEFA.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored
For deciding champions, qualification to UEFA Europa League and relegation: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head away goals scored.
1Karlovac were deducted 1 point after they failed to appear on the match against Rijeka
2Varaždin were deducted 1 point after they failed to play the match against Rijeka due to suspension
3Since 2011–12 Croatian Cup winners Dinamo Zagreb qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, so cup runners-up Osijek qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round. Moreover, Slaven Belupo were moved up a round as the cup winner spot was not used.
4After Varaždin failed to play two matches due to suspension, according to the competition rulebook they were considered to withdrawn from the competition and since they have played more than a half of matches in the second part of the season, those matches were considered valid and all further matches were awarded as 3–0 forfeit wins to their opponents. Also according to the rulebook, since Varaždin left the competition after the 24th round, the number of matches they have played will stay at 24 in the league table.
(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.
|Home \ Away||CIB||DIN||HAJ||INT||IST||KAR||LOK||LUČ||OSI||RIJ||SLA||SPL||ŠIB||VAR||ZAD||ZAG|
Updated to games played on 12 May 2012.
Source: Prva-HNL.hr UEFA.com
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
† Match was awarded 3–0 to Rijeka, as Karlovac players were on strike and refused to travel to Rijeka
‡ Varaždin was suspended and thus unable to play the match so the game was awarded 3–0
aAfter Varaždin failed to play two matches against Rijeka and Cibalia, they were expelled and all their remaining matches were awarded 3–0 to opponents
b Match was replayed after it was originally abandoned in 71st minute at the result 1–0 for Istra 1961 due to thrown flares of supporters of both teams
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
As of 12 May 2012; Source: Prva-HNL
- 15 goals
- 12 goals
- 10 goals
- 9 goals
- 8 goals
- Stipe Bačelić-Grgić (Šibenik, Istra 1961)
- Mladen Bartolović (Cibalia)
- Duje Čop (RNK Split)
- Sandi Križman (Rijeka, Istra 1961)
- Marin Tomasov (Hajduk Split)
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