Nemzeti Bajnokság I (men's handball)

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Nemzeti Bajnokság I
Countries Hungary Hungary
Confederation EHF
Founded 1951
Number of teams 12
Relegation to Nemzeti Bajnokság I/B
Level on pyramid Level 1
Domestic cup(s) Magyar Kupa
International cup(s) EHF Champions League
EHF Cup
Current champions MKB Veszprém KC
Most championships MKB Veszprém KC (22 titles)
Website http://www.handballnet.hu
2013–14 Nemzeti Bajnokság I

The Nemzeti Bajnokság I (English: National Championship I, commonly abbreviated NB I) is the premier men's professional handball league in Hungary, administered by the Hungarian Handball Federation. Since 2006 the official name of the championship is Budapest Bank Férfi Kézilabda Liga due to sponsorship reasons.[1]

Overview[edit]

Running since 1951, the Hungarian championship is among the strongests in Europe. MKB Veszprém KC have won the EHF Cup Winners' Cup in 2008 and have reached the semi-final of the EHF Champions League three times in the last nine seasons, capturing a silver medal in 2002. Main domestic rivals Pick Szeged are also regular members of the Champions League.

Famous handball players who have played in the league include Carlos Perez, Zlatko Saračević, Mirza Džomba, Árpád Sterbik, Kiril Lazarov, László Nagy, Dániel Buday, Balázs Laluska, József Éles, Julio Fis, Rolando Uríos, Nenad Peruničić, Vlado Šola, Dejan Perić, Vladimir Hernandez, Gergő Iváncsik and many others.

Currently, it consists of 12 teams, joined by Slovakian top club HT Tatran Prešov, which are also participating in the league to enhance the level of it, and to be able to play more competitive matches than in their home league, where they proved untouchable in the recent seasons. However, matches played by and against them do not count towards the official ranking.

The top four teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs, where a best-of-three system is used. Teams ranked fifth to ninth and tenth to twelfth decide their final places in a classification round, using a double round robin system, playing six additional rounds. Depending on their final position in the regular season, they are awarded bonus points which are added to the points they earn in the postseason.

According to the EHF league ranking, NB I champions and runners-up receive an automatic spot in the Group phase of the forthcoming Champions League season, while following two clubs enter the EHF Cup. Teams ranked eleventh and twelfth get relegated and will be replaced by the winners of the Eastern and Western group of the second division.

Current season[edit]

Teams for season 2013–14[edit]

EHF league ranking[edit]

For season 2014/2015[2]
Current
Ranking
Movement Last Season
Ranking
League Coefficient
1 (1) Germany Bundesliga 160.50
2 Steady (2) Spain Liga ASOBAL 114.25
3 (3) France Ligue Nationale de Handball 76,86
4 (7) Denmark Håndboldligaen 62,75
5 (6) Slovenia 1. NLB Leasing liga 57,80
6 Substituted in (7) Hungary Nemzeti Bajnokság I 46,25
7 Substituted off (6) Russia Superliga 41,75

Previous winners[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Year Champions
(number of titles)
Year Champions
(number of titles)
1951 Vörös Meteor 1974 Tatabánya 1997-98 Veszprém (8)
1952 Honvéd 1975 Debrecen 1998-99 Veszprém (9)
1953 Újpest 1976 Honvéd (9) 1999-00 Dunaferr SE
1954 Vörös Meteor (2) 1977 Honvéd (10) 2000-01 Veszprém (10)
1955 Vörös Meteor (3) 1978 Tatabánya (2) 2001-02 Veszprém (11)
1956 Suspended 1979 Tatabánya (3) 2002-03 Veszprém (12)
1957 Vörös Meteor (4) 1980 Honvéd (11) 2003-04 Veszprém (13)
1958 Újpest (2) 1981 Honvéd (12) 2004-05 Veszprém (14)
1959 Bp. Spartacus 1982 Honvéd (13) 2005-06 Veszprém (15)
1960 Bp. Spartacus (2) 1983 Honvéd (14) 2006-07 Szeged (2)
1961 Bp. Spartacus (3) 1984 Tatabánya (4) 2007-08 Veszprém (16)
1962 Bp. Spartacus (4) 1985 Veszprém 2008-09 Veszprém (17)
1963 Honvéd (2) 1986 Veszprém (2) 2009-10 Veszprém (18)
1964 Honvéd (3) 1987 Győri ETO 2010-11 Veszprém (19)
1965 Honvéd (4) 1988-89 Győri ETO (2) 2011-12 Veszprém (20)
1966 Honvéd (5) 1989-90 Győri ETO (3) 2012-13 Veszprém (21)
1967 Honvéd (6) 1990-91 Elektromos SE (4) 2013-14 Veszprém (22)
1968 Honvéd (7) 1991-92 Veszprém (3) 2014-15 TBD
1969 Elektromos SE 1992-93 Veszprém (4) 2015/16 TBD
1970 Elektromos SE (2) 1993-94 Veszprém (5) 2016/17 TBD
1971 Elektromos SE (3) 1994-95 Veszprém (6) 2017/18 TBD
1972 Honvéd (8) 1995-96 Szeged 2018/19 TBD
1973 Bp. Spartacus (5) 1996-97 Veszprém (7) 2019/20 TBD
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2014-15 season of the Hungarian League.

Performances[edit]

Clubs[edit]

No. Club Winners Winning years
1.
Veszprém
22
1985, 1986, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
2.
Honvéd
14
1952, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
3.
Bp. Spartacus
5
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973
4.
Vörös Meteor
4
1951, 1954, 1955, 1957
4.
Elektromos SE
4
1969, 1970, 1971, 1990–91
4.
Tatabánya
4
1974, 1978, 1979, 1984
7.
Győri ETO
3
1987, 1988–89, 1989–90
8.
Újpest
2
1953, 1958
8.
Szeged
2
1995–96, 2006–07
10.
Dunaferr SE
1
1999-00
10.
Debrecen
1
1975
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2014-15 season of the Hungarian League.

Regions[edit]

The following table lists the Hungarian handball champions by regions of Hungary.

No. Region Titles Winning Clubs
1.
Central Transdanubia
27
Veszprém (22)
Tatabánya (4)
Dunaferr SE (1)
2.
Budapest
26
Honvéd (14)
Bp. Spartacus (5)
Elektromos SE (4)
Vörös Meteor (4)
Újpest (2)
3.
Western Transdanubia
3
Győri ETO (3)
4.
Southern Great Plain
2
Szeged (2)
5.
Northern Great Plain
1
Debrecen (1)
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2014-15 season of the Hungarian League.

Cities[edit]

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Location of Hungarian League title winner teams
Rank City Titles Winning Clubs Last victory
1. Budapest
26
Honvéd
Bp. Spartacus
Elektromos SE
Vörös Meteor
Újpest
1991
2. Veszprém
22
Veszprém (20) 2014
3. Tatabánya
4
Tatabánya (4) 1984
4. Győr
3
Győri ETO (3) 1990
5. Szeged
2
Szeged (2) 2007
6. Debrecen
1
Debrecen (1) 1975
6. Dunaújváros
1
Dunaferr SE (1) 2000
  • The bolded teams are currently playing in the 2014-15 season of the Hungarian League.

Clubs of the NB I[edit]

Since 1951, clubs have participated in the Hungarian League. Below the list of Hungarian League clubs who have participated in the first division. The club with the most appearances are the 28-time champions Ferencváros, however the club spent three years in the Nemzeti Bajnokság II (Hungarian Second Division) between 2006 and 2009. The only clubs who have never been relegated are Újpest.

Key to colours in group tables
Currently playing in the NB I 2014-15 season

Last modified: 14 August 2014

Format[edit]

As we can see from the chart the number of teams in the Hungarian First Division changed a lot and continuously. The league started in 1951 with four teams and with the formation of teams the league expanded continuously. Currently, there are 12 teams in the first division.

Hungarian handball clubs in European competitions[edit]

EHF Champions League :

Team Winner Years Won
Honvéd 1 1982

EHF Cup Winners' Cup (defunct) :

Team Winner Years Won
Veszprém 2 1992, 2008

EHF Cup :

Team Winner Years Won
Győri ETO 1 1986
Szeged 1 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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