Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
BH Telecom Premier League BIH logo.jpg
Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Confederation UEFA
Founded 2000
Number of teams 16
Relegation to First League of FBiH,
First League of RS
Domestic cup(s) Bosnian Cup
International cup(s) Champions League,
Europa League
Current champions HŠK Zrinjski Mostar
(2013–14)
Most championships Željezničar (5)
TV partners

BHRT (BHT 1)
Arena Sport

Moja TV
Website http://www.nfsbih.ba
2014–15 season

The BH Telecom Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the top football league in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the country's most prestigious level of football competition currently contested by 16 clubs with last two teams relegated at the end of every season.

The League is, as of season 2012–13, represented by 4 clubs in European competition. The winner of the Premier League starts from the Champions League second qualifying round. The winner of the Football Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina starts from the second qualifying round of Europa League, while the runner up and the third placed team start their journey from the first qualifying round of Europa League.

At the end of the season last two teams are relegated, and winners of First League of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and First League of Republika Srpska are promoted to Premier League.

The league is operated by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1998 and 2000, the champion was decided after a play-off between Bosniak and Bosnian Croat clubs. In 2000, a national league started for the first time, with Serbian clubs refusing to take part in the first two league seasons, eventually joining in 2002.

On 31 July 2012, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a two-year deal with BH Telecom regarding the sponsorship of the league, effectively renaming the league to BH Telecom Premier League.[1]

2014-15 Member Clubs[edit]

Team Location Entity Stadium Capacity[2]
Borac Banja Luka RS Gradski Stadion, Banja Luka 13,730
Čelik Zenica FBiH Bilino Polje 15,292
Drina Zvornik RS Gradski Stadion, Zvornik 5,000
Mladost Velika Obarska RS Gradski Stadion, Velika Obarska 1,000
Olimpic Sarajevo FBiH Otoka 3,000
Radnik Bijeljina RS Gradski Stadion, Bijeljina 6,000
Sarajevo Sarajevo FBiH Asim Ferhatović Hase 35,630
Slavija Istočno Sarajevo RS SRC Slavija 6,000
Sloboda Tuzla FBiH Tušanj 8,550
Široki Brijeg Široki Brijeg FBiH Pecara 5,628
Travnik Travnik FBiH Pirota 3,200
Velež Mostar FBiH Vrapčići 5,294
Vitez Vitez FBiH Gradski Stadion, Vitez 3,000
Zrinjski Mostar FBiH Bijeli Brijeg 20,000
Zvijezda Gradačac FBiH Banja Ilidža 5,000
Željezničar Sarajevo FBiH Grbavica 16,100

Rankings[edit]

Source: Bert Kassies' website (country rankings; team rankings)

Bosnia and Herzegovina Champions[edit]

Championships based on ethnical principles[edit]

Champions of First League of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina - played by Bosniaks

  • 1994–95 - Čelik - "Champion of BiH"
  • 1995–96 - Čelik - "Champion of BiH"
  • 1996–97 - Čelik - "Champion of BiH"
  • 1997–98 - Bosna - "Champion of First League of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina"
  • 1998–99 - FK Sarajevo - "Champion of BiH"
  • 1999–00 - Jedinstvo - "Champion of First League of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina"

Champions of First League of Herzeg-Bosnia - played by Croats

  • 1993–94 - NK Široki Brijeg
  • 1994–95 - NK Široki Brijeg
  • 1995–96 - NK Široki Brijeg
  • 1996–97 - NK Široki Brijeg
  • 1997–98 - NK Široki Brijeg
  • 1998–99 - Posušje
  • 1999–00 - Posušje

Champions of First League of the Republika Srpska - played by Serbs

Champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Listing seasons (aside of 1998–99 season) before the creation of Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina where the champion was decided via a play-off played between best placed clubs who played in First League of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and First League of Herzeg-Bosnia (without clubs from First League of the Republika Srpska). At least one club got the right to play in European competition for that year and secured that right through the league.

Season Winner of play-off Runners-up of play-off Top scorer(s) of play-off
Player(s) (Club) Goals
1997–981 Željezničar Sarajevo ? ?
?
1998–992
Three regional winners (Sarajevo, Posušje and Radnik)
1999–003 Brotnjo Budućnost ? ?
?

1 A play-off between the best placed teams of First League of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and First League of Herzeg-Bosnia was played; without clubs from Republika Srpska. The best two clubs got the right to play in 1998–99 UEFA Cup.
2 Play-off was scheduled but was later canceled because of stadium issues. Three different leagues played, no play-off contested, therefor no club got the right to play in European competition.
3 A play-off between the best placed teams of First League of Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and First League of Herzeg-Bosnia was played without clubs from Republika Srpska. Three clubs got the right to play in European competition.

Premier League Champions[edit]

Listing seasons from when the league was officially named Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Key
0League champions also won the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup, i.e. the domestic Double.0
Season Champions
(Premier League titles)
Runners-up Third place Top scorer(s)
Player(s) (Club) Goals
2000–011 Željezničar (1) Brotnjo Sarajevo Dželaludin Muharemović (Željezničar)
31
2001–021 Željezničar (2) Široki Brijeg Brotnjo Ivica Huljev (Željezničar)
15
2002–03 Leotar (1) Željezničar Sarajevo Emir Obuća (Sarajevo)
24
2003–04 Široki Brijeg (1) Željezničar Sarajevo Alen Škoro (Sarajevo)
20
2004–05 Zrinjski (1) Željezničar Široki Brijeg Zoran Rajović (Zrinjski)
17
2005–06 Široki Brijeg (2) Sarajevo Zrinjski Petar Jelić (Modriča)
19
2006–07 Sarajevo (1) Zrinjski Slavija Stevo Nikolić (Modriča)
Dragan Benić (Borac)
19
2007–08 Modriča (1) Široki Brijeg Čelik Darko Spalević (Slavija)
18
2008–09 Zrinjski (2) Slavija Sloboda Darko Spalević (Slavija)
17
2009–10 Željezničar (3) Široki Brijeg Borac Feđa Dudić (Travnik)
16
2010–11 Borac (1) Sarajevo Željezničar Ivan Lendrić (Zrinjski)
16
2011–12 Željezničar (4) Široki Brijeg Borac Eldin Adilović (Željezničar)
19
2012–13 Željezničar (5) Sarajevo Borac Emir Hadžić (Sarajevo)
20
2013–14 Zrinjski (3) Široki Brijeg Sarajevo Wagner Santos Lago (Široki Brijeg)
18

1 Played without clubs from Republika Srpska.

Times finished in first three[edit]

Counting since the official creation of Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, season 2002–03.

Club Winners Runner-up Third place Times finished in first three
Željezničar
3
3
1
7
Zrinjski
3
1
1
5
Široki Brijeg
2
5
1
8
Sarajevo
1
3
4
8
Borac
1
0
3
4
Leotar
1
0
0
1
Modriča
1
0
0
1
Brotnjo
0
1
1
2
Slavija
0
1
1
2
Čelik
0
0
1
1

Cities[edit]

The following table lists the champions by cities; counting since the league is officially named Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, season 2000–01.

City Titles Winning Clubs
Sarajevo
6
Željezničar (5), Sarajevo (1)
Mostar
3
Zrinjski (3)
Široki Brijeg
2
Široki Brijeg (2)
Trebinje
1
Leotar (1)
Modriča
1
Modriča (1)
Banja Luka
1
Borac (1)

Notable Performances in Europe[edit]

In the qualifiers for the UEFA Champions League season 2002/03, Željezničar gained the greatest success in Bosnian post-war club-football so far, going all the way to the last qualifying round for the most important club competition in Europe. After big wins over ÍA Akraness and Lillestrøm SK, however they were held by Newcastle United. In the first match, held in Sarajevo, Newcastle won 0-1 with English team defeating Željezničar 4-0 in England.

The second time a Bosnian club moved into the last qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League was FK Sarajevo in 2007/08, when they lost to Dynamo Kyiv 0-4 on aggregate, after going over Maltese Marsaxlokk and Belgian side Genk.

Another remarkable season for Bosnian clubs in Europe was 2009/10. The most memorable performances were marked by FK Sarajevo and FK Slavija. While Slavija surprisingly beat Aalborg BK in the Second Qualifying round but couldn't overcome MFK Košice in the third round, FK Sarajevo was able to reach the Play-Offs for the Group Stage of the newly formed UEFA Europa League after beating FC Spartak Trnava and Helsingborgs IF. However, they lost there unhappily 3-2 on aggregate to CFR Cluj.

All time table of Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Counting only since 2002–03 season, the season the league became a unified country-wide league.
As of the end of 2012–13 season.

Ssn = Number of seasons; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points;HF = Highest finish

Rank
Club
Town
Ssn
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
HF
1 Željezničar Sarajevo 11 338 182 61 92 548 308 +240 616 1
2 Sarajevo Sarajevo 11 338 176 77 78 560 313 +247 605 1
3 Široki Brijeg Široki Brijeg 11 338 178 60 100 535 347 +188 594 1
4 Zrinjski Mostar 11 338 165 49 122 511 430 +81 543 (-1) 1
5 Leotar Trebinje 11 338 147 48 147 439 456 -17 488 1
6 Čelik Zenica 11 338 131 70 137 400 393 +7 463 3
7 Borac Banja Luka 9 278 135 40 103 376 298 +78 445 (-1) 1
8 Sloboda Tuzla 10 308 128 49 131 354 365 -11 433 3
9 Slavija Istočno Sarajevo 9 270 113 40 117 334 358 -24 379 2
10 Travnik Travnik 9 270 99 42 129 333 405 -72 339 5
11 Velež Mostar 8 238 91 42 115 301 338 -37 315 9
12 Modriča Modriča 7 210 87 34 89 298 290 +8 295 1
13 Orašje Orašje 7 218 85 33 100 309 325 -16 288 7
14 Posušje Posušje 7 218 82 34 102 264 347 -83 280 9
15 Žepče Žepče 6 188 62 32 94 193 272 -79 218 8
16 Zvijezda Gradačac 5 150 56 35 59 193 202 -9 203 7
17 Jedinstvo Bihać 4 128 53 14 61 171 205 -34 173 7
18 Olimpic Sarajevo 4 120 54 31 35 143 116 +27 168 5
19 Rudar (P) Prijedor 4 120 42 23 56 131 161 -30 149 10
20 Budućnost Banovići 4 128 39 21 68 139 199 -60 138 8
21 Laktaši Laktaši 3 90 35 14 41 123 125 -2 119 8
22 Rudar (U) Ugljevik 3 98 34 14 50 118 143 -25 116 9
23 Radnik Bijeljina 3 90 27 17 46 89 137 -48 98 12
24 Glasinac Sokolac 2 68 25 10 33 71 103 -32 85 14
25 Brotnjo Čitluk 2 68 19 14 35 76 111 -35 71 13
26 Kozara Gradiška 2 68 19 13 36 74 107 -33 70 15
27 GOŠK Gabela 2 60 15 18 27 55 85 -30 63 13
28 Mladost (G) Gacko 1 38 11 6 21 40 65 -25 39 18
29 Drina Zvornik 1 30 7 2 21 18 53 -35 23 16
30 Bosna Visoko 1 38 4 1 33 28 107 -79 13 20
31 Gradina Srebrenik 1 30 1 6 23 17 57 -40 9 16
32 Vitez Vitez 0
32 Mladost (VO) Velika Obarska 0

1 In the 2004–05 season, Borac Banja Luka was docked 1 point (Slavija was awarded 3–0 vs Borac Banja Luka in week 11).
2 In the 2006–07 season, Zrinjski was docked 1 point (Orašje was awarded 3–0 vs Zrinjski).

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