1963–64 Yugoslav First League

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Prva savezna liga
Season 1963–64
Champions Red Star (7th title)
Relegated FK Novi Sad
European Cup Red Star
Cup Winners' Cup Dinamo Zagreb
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup OFK Beograd
Goals scored 522
Average goals/game 2,87
Top goalscorer Asim Ferhatović (19)

The 1963–64 Yugoslav First League season was the 18th season of the First Federal League (Serbo-Croatian: 'Prva savezna liga'), the top level football league of SFR Yugoslavia, since its establishment in 1946. Fourteen teams contested the competition, with Red Star winning their 7th title.


At the end of the previous season Sloboda and Budućnost were relegated. They were replaced by Vardar and Trešnjevka.

Team Location Federal Republic Position
in 1962–63
Dinamo Zagreb Zagreb  SR Croatia 0022nd
Hajduk Split Split  SR Croatia 01111th
FK Novi Sad Novi Sad  SR Serbia 0088th
OFK Belgrade Belgrade  SR Serbia 0055th
Partizan Belgrade  SR Serbia 0011st
Radnički Niš Niš  SR Serbia 0066th
Red Star Belgrade  SR Serbia 0077th
Rijeka Rijeka  SR Croatia 01010th
Sarajevo Sarajevo  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0099th
Trešnjevka Zagreb  SR Croatia N/A
Vardar Skopje  SR Macedonia N/A
Velež Mostar  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0044th
Vojvodina Novi Sad  SR Serbia 01212th
Željezničar Sarajevo  SR Bosnia and Herzegovina 0033rd

League table[edit]

Qualification or relegation
1 Red Star Belgrade (C) 26 14 8 4 45 22 +23 36 1964–65 European Cup
2 OFK Belgrade 26 11 11 4 49 32 +17 33 1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
3 Dinamo Zagreb 26 12 9 5 40 29 +11 33 01964–65 European Cup Winners' Cup0
4 Sarajevo 26 11 7 8 47 37 +10 29
5 Partizan 26 9 8 9 34 26 +8 26
6 Željezničar 26 8 10 8 37 43 −6 26
7 Vojvodina 26 9 6 11 34 31 +3 24 1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
8 Radnički Niš 26 10 4 12 33 34 −1 24
9 Rijeka 26 7 10 9 37 42 −5 24
10 Hajduk Split 26 9 5 12 44 44 0 23
11 Trešnjevka 26 9 5 12 34 54 −20 23
12 Velež 26 5 12 9 30 41 −11 22
13 Novi Sad (R) 26 7 7 12 30 52 −22 21 01964–65 Yugoslav Second League 10
14 Vardar 26 6 8 12 28 35 −7 20

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Despite getting relegated based on the results, it was decided that FK Vardar would be allowed to remain in the top-flight Yugoslav First League the following season due to the devastating earthquake that hit Skopje in July 1963. The thinking on the part of Yugoslav politicians was that having a team in the top-tier league would be a boost to the morale of inhabitants of Skopje.
(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.

The Planinić Affair[edit]

At the beginning of the 1965-66 season (14 months after the end of the 1964-64 season) FK Željezničar goalkeeper Ranko Planinić revealed that some matches had been fixed. He claimed hisclub had thrown matches against Hajduk Split, and NK Trešnjevka towards the end of the season in order to help those two relegation-threatened teams avoid the drop. Specifically, Planinić claimed that the match played on 31 May 1964 in Split when Hajduk beat Željezničar 4-0 was fixed, as well as the match on 7 June 1964 in Sarajevo when Željezničar and Trešnjevka tied 3-3. He was in Željezničar's goal in both matches.

This explosive testimony erupted in a nationwide scandal that became known as the 'Planinić Affair'. Many times in the past Yugoslav First League had been plagued by rumours of widespread match fixing, however this was the first occasion that a player had come forward and substantiated those claims on the record.

On 27 August 1965, the Yugoslav FA's disciplinary body (disciplinski sud) presided over by Svetozar Savić handed out the following penalties:

  • FK Željezničar's board members, including club president Nusret Mahić, got lifelong bans on performing any football-related official functions.
  • FK Željezničar's head coach at the time Vlatko Konjevod got a lifetime ban from football.
  • FK Željezničar's players Ivica Osim and Mišo Smajlović each got a one-year ban from football.
  • NK Hajduk Split's board members, including club president Josip Košto, got lifelong bans on performing any football-related official functions.
  • NK Hajduk Split's head coach at the time Milovan Ćirić got a lifetime ban from football.
  • Two members of NK Trešnjevka's board got lifelong bans on performing any football-related official functions.
  • NK Trešnjevka's club president Ivan Bačun and technical director Marjan Matančić got disciplinary motions started against them.
  • NK Dinamo Zagreb's general secretary Oto Hofman got a lifetime ban from football for acting as a go-between for Željezničar and Trešnjevka.

Disciplinary body president Svetozar Savić also announced that the investigation had revealed that Željezničar was paid YUD1.5 million by Hajduk Split, and YUD4 million by Trešnjevka for these matches. Some of the money Trešnjevka paid was obtained from the Zagreb Fair where some of Trešnjevka's board members were employed at.[1] As a reference point, the price of a daily newspaper at the time was YUD40.


On appeal, the main punishment for the three clubs was reduced to points-deduction. For season 1965-66 Željezničar, Hajduk, and Trešnjevka were docked 6, 5, and 5 points, respectively.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Golovi na sudu; Politika, 1 January 2008

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