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
2013–14 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]

Members for 2012–13[edit]

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.[2]

Club
Position
in 2012–13
First season in
top division
Number of seasons
in top division
Number of seasons
in Premier Leaguea
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top division
titles
Last top division title
Borac b 0033rd 1961–62 23 9 2008–09 1 2010–11
Čelik b,c 0044th 1966–67 30 13 2000–01 3 d 1996–97
GOŠK (R) 01515th 2011–12 2 2 2011–12 0 N/A
Gradina (R) 01616th 2012–13 1 1 2012–13 0 N/A
Leotar b,c 0088th 2002–03 11 11 2002–03 1 2002–03
Olimpic 0055th 2000–01 6 6 2009–10 0 N/A
Radnik 01212th 2006–07 3 3 2012–13 1 e 1998–99
Rudar 01111th 2009–10 4 4 2009–10 0 N/A
Sarajevo b,c 0022nd 1947–48 55 13 1958–59 4 f 2006–07
Slavija 0077th 1930 17 9 2004–05 0 N/A
Široki Brijeg b,c 0066th 2000–01 13 13 2000–01 6 g 2005–06
Travnik 01414th 2000–01 10 10 2007–08 0 N/A
Velež b 01313th 1952–53 48 10 2006–07 0 N/A
Zrinjski b,c 0099th 2000–01 13 13 2000–01 2 2008–09
Zvijezda 01010th 2008–09 5 5 2008–09 0 N/A
Željezničar b,c 0011st 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

Rankings[edit]

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

Bosnia and Herzegovina Champions[edit]

Championships based on ethnical principles[edit]

Before 2003 Croats and Serbs had their own league. The champions of the mainly bosniak Prva Liga BiH, except 1998 and 2000, are recognised as champions of the country.[3]

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

  • 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 - Mladost Dubint Široki Brijeg
  • 1994–95 - Mladost Dubint Široki Brijeg
  • 1995–96 - Mladost Dubint Široki Brijeg
  • 1996–97 - Široki Brijeg
  • 1997–98 - 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; 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[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 Vagner 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 2000–01.

Club Winners Runner-up Third place Times finished in first three
Željezničar
5
3
1
9
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 Prijedor 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 Ugljevik 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 Gacko 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 Velika Obarska 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).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BH Telecom the first ever sponsor of the Premier League, signing a two year deal!" (in Bosnian). SportSport.ba. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sloboda relegated after 43 years" (in Croatian). Klix.ba. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bosnia-Herzegovina - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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