Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Country||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Number of teams||16|
|Relegation to||First League of FBiH,
First League of RS
|Domestic cup(s)||Bosnian Cup|
|International cup(s)||Champions League,
|Current champions||HŠK Zrinjski Mostar
|Most championships||Željezničar (5)|
|TV partners||Moja TV|
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 Members for 2012–13
- 2 Rankings
- 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Champions
- 4 Notable Performances in Europe
- 5 All time table of Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Members for 2012–13
The following 16 clubs are competing in the Premier League in the 2012–13 season. The clubs in bold also had spells in the Yugoslav First League before Bosnian clubs abandoned it in 1992 (as of the 2012–13 season 6 out of 8 Bosnian clubs which had appeared in the Yugoslav top division compete in the Premier League, the remaining two being the First League of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina sides Sloboda and Iskra).
Six of the twenty founding members of the unified country wide league were never relegated from the Premier League - Željezničar, Sarajevo, Čelik, Zrinjski, Široki Brijeg and Leotar. Sloboda got relegated from the top flight in 2011–12 season after spending there 43 years.
|First season in
|Number of seasons
in top division
|Number of seasons
in Premier Leaguea
|First season of
current spell in
|Last top division title|
|Čelik b,c||4th||1966–67||30||13||2000–01||3 d||1996–97|
|Sarajevo b,c||2nd||1947–48||55||13||1958–59||4 f||2006–07|
|Široki Brijeg b,c||6th||2000–01||13||13||2000–01||6 g||2005–06|
|Željezničar b,c||1st||1946–47||47||13||1978–79||8 h||2012–13|
a: Counting since 2000–01 season
b: Founding members of the unified country wide Premier League
c: Never been relegated from Premier League
d: Čelik tally includes 3 Bosnian championship (as tier one) titles
e: Radnik tally includes 1 Republika Srpska (as tier one) title
f: Sarajevo tally includes 2 Yugoslav, 1 Bosnian championship (as tier one) and 1 Premier League titles
g: Široki Brijeg tally includes 4 Herzeg-Bosnia (as tier one) and 2 Premier League titles
h: Željezničar tally includes 2 Yugoslav, 1 Bosnian championship (won play-off) and 5 Premier League titles
UEFA Country Ranking as of end of 2012–13 season.
As of 9 June 2013
Bosnia and Herzegovina Champions
Championships based on ethnical principles
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
- 1995–96 - Boksit
- 1996–97 - Rudar (U)
- 1997–98 - Rudar (U)
- 1998–99 - Radnik
- 1999–00 - Boksit
- 2000–01 - Borac
- 2001–02 - Leotar
Champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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|
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; played without clubs from Republika Srpska. Four clubs got the right to play in European competition.
Premier League Champions
Listing seasons from when the league was officially named Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup, i.e. the domestic Double.League champions also won the|
1 Played without clubs from Republika Srpska.
Times finished in first three
Counting since the official creation of Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, season 2000–01.
|Club||Winners||Runner-up||Third place||Times finished in first three|
The following table lists the champions by cities; counting since the league is officially named Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, season 2000–01.
||Željezničar (5), Sarajevo (1)|
||Široki Brijeg (2)|
Notable Performances in Europe
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
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
|3||Široki Brijeg||Široki Brijeg||11||338||178||60||100||535||347||+188||594||1|
|7||Borac||Banja Luka||9||278||135||40||103||376||298||+78||445 (-1)||1|
|32||Mladost (VO)||Velika Obarska||0|
1 In the 2004–05 season, Borac Banja Luka was deducted 1 point (Slavija was awarded 3–0 vs Borac Banja Luka in week 11).
2 In the 2006–07 season, Zrinjski was deducted 1 point (Orašje was awarded 3–0 vs Zrinjski).
- "BH Telecom the first ever sponsor of the Premier League, signing a two year deal!" (in Bosnian). SportSport.ba. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Sloboda relegated after 43 years" (in Croatian). Klix.ba. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.